Partner yoga is a practice of yoga into the realm of relationship. Designed for two or more people, partner yoga utilises the forms and principles of individual posture while incorporating the presence of another to deepen the impact of the experience. This particular style of partner yoga awakens our human potential through the integration of universal principles such as compassion, trust, balance and creativity.
Partner Yoga is not a substitute for individual yoga practice; it is an accelerated path to experience directly the root principle of yoga- union . To experience union , we relax into the present moment and our individual presence . From this primary connection with ourselves, we realise our essential sameness and unity with others
During partner yoga practice challenges arise and we often experience emotions and internal conflicts. As partners work together, supporting one another, a context is created for examining larger principles of our human nature in relationship.
The excitement , mistrust, anger, and love we feel reflect our interpersonal patterns outside of yoga practice. Through seeing how we are in the practice , we are empowered with more choices in our lives. Principle-Based Partner Yoga integrates the body-heart mind-spirit connection through the use of universal principals such as trust, compassion and creativity.
Because Partner Yoga is nurturing and playful as well as instructive, it is accessible to a wide range of students. Partner yoga provides a pathway into yoga that may have previously seemed intimating or inaccessible.
While suitable for intimate partners, this practice allows everyone to explore interpersonal dynamics in ways that nurture all our relationships- making it a powerful tool for teachers and counsellors, corporate groups, partners and children, and all individuals seeking personal growth.
Although partner yoga is a newly emerging practice, it has ancient roots in tantric lingages. Tantra like partner yoga is a word with may misconceptions including that it is all about sex and for lovers only. The word Tantra however, essentially means to weave and the core of its philosophy is using everything that we relate to as the part of the path. Partner yoga also holds the philosophy of using relationship as a tool for awakening to our true nature.
Benefits of Partner Yoga
1. Cultivating touch
2. Increasing Fitness
3. Having Fun
5. Strengthening Relationships
Roles in Partner Yoga:
There are three primary roles in an Acro-yoga practice : base, flyer and spotter
Base: This is the individual who has the most points of contact with the ground. Often this person is lying on the ground with the entire back torso in full contact. This enables both the arms and legs to be”bone-stacked” for maximum stability and support of the Flyer. Main points of contact with the flyer are the feet( generally placed on the Flyer’s hips) and the hands ( which either form handholds or grasp the shoulders)
Flyer: This the individual who is elevated off the ground by the base. The Flyer can move into a series of dynamic positions and generally lets gravity do the work for them. A Flyer needs balance, confidence and core strength.
Spotter: This is the individual who has an objective view of the partners and whose entire focus is on making sure that the Flyer lands safely in case of any slips. the spotter can also make recommendations to the base and Flyer to improve their form.
Note:Anybody can take this class on demand.
This course is free for our TTC students.