It’s a heavy load to carry, but mothers, and mother figures seem to be able to do it effortlessly. Whether you’re a mama yourself, or you’re celebrating the numero uno woman in your life, here are some partner yoga sequences you can try to alleviate any aches and pains, and even emotional stressors. Plus, partner yoga is always heaps of fun!
Partner Seated Cat Pose
Sit cross-legged facing each other, and get your knees to come as close to touching as possible. Bring your arms overhead and grab for your partner’s biceps. Next, tuck your chin into your chest, rounding your back, like you would a cat pose on the floor. The difference is you’d feel the stretch in your back through the resistance of your partner’s arm grasp. Take a few deep breaths, and repeat.
Partner Forward Bend
This one’s a great stretch for your lower back, Stand tall with legs hip-width apart, feet facing forward, and straighten your arms alongside your body. Shift so that you’re facing each other about two leg lengths away from each other. Bend your upper body and reach your arms to rest on your partner’s shoulders. Your heads should be almost touching, and your arms should be fully supported by your partner. Take a few deep breaths and relax into the pose, feeling the stretch in your lower back.
Partner Seated Seated Twist
Once again, sit comfortably cross-legging facing each other. This time, make sure you’re about an arm’s length away. Keep your spine tall and straight, with your palm on your knees. While twisting your torso to the right, use your left hand to reach for your partner’s right hand and wrap your right behind you, reaching for your partner’s left. Switch sides and repeat.
Partner Leg Up The Wall Pose
You’re going to get comfy with Mama on this one. First, lie on the ground, flat on your back and raise your legs as straight up as you can, making an L shape with your body. Wiggle towards each other till your booties are touching and legs are parallel. Keep your legs together, and flex your feet, with your arms spread out to the sides. Rest, and breathe.