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Thursday, 6 April 2017

4 poses to deepen intimacy and strengthen relationships

Seated forward bend

Seat back-to-back with your fellow in Staff Pose (Dandasana) Start to quietly establish breathing beat that you’ll feel along the backbone. Stay here or lean forward into a Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana) managing spine-to-spine contact. Breathe in together and out together for 3 to 5 minutes.
Why It Works: You are establishing body connection and also reducing stress by developing a constant and shared spirit of breath control.


Easy pose with eyes open

Sit across from your companion in Easy Pose and sustain eye contact. Stretch your arms forward at chest level and join palms with your partner, moving front and back in a push-pull motion at a moderate speed for 3 to 11 minutes. You may intone a simple mantra, such as "om," or pass in silence.
 Why it works: This is a white tantric method that builds a level of shared energy between a pair. Coordination, listening, and maintenance is realized by sustaining the beat for several minutes. It may become very light-hearted or strongly meditative.

Revolved Head-of-the-Knee Pose
Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana

Move into Revolved Head-of-the-Knee Pose, following your companion as you both go in and out of pose for 3 to 5 minutes, maintaining eye contact.
Why It Works: You are generating a shared tempo that links movement, breath, and eye connection. This also requires one companion to support the other to stay together, decreasing a dynamic of trying to be better than one another and keeping you both working together.


Easy Pose with eyes closed

Sit across from your companion in Easy Pose. Use your fingertips to draw and touch your companion’s face while maintaining slow prana breaths for 2 to 3 minutes Optional from one companion to another.
Why It Works: You are growing an awareness of your companion without the show, and you are improving trust by letting out your partner touch you with limited expectation or control.