Do try this at home. Partner poses are not only fun but also a great way to connect with your guy. You'll be forced to communicate effectively (to let each other know how the adjustments feel) and to act with sensitivity (to ensure that the amount of force you're using is appropriate). Aren't those skills every couple could stand to practice?
First, one of you get into downward-facing dog pose (adho mukha svanasana). Then, other partner, position your feet on either side of your down-dogging partnerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hands and use your hands to lower yourself onto your partner's back. Then, partner on top, stretch your arms overhead, letting your weight fall back onto your partner. This should feel great for both of you. Stay for several breaths, then trade places.
If you don't know wheel pose, skip ahead to the next posture or go ahead and adjust your partner in this pose if they do know it. Good karma, right?
If you know the pose, come into it as you normally would. You can start with a bridge pose to warm up your spine before placing your hands next to your ears and extending into full wheel.
Standing partner, take a towel and wrap it around your partnerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lower back. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent for stability. Then pull the towel straight back toward you. This adjustment takes a lot of pressure off their lower back and gives a sense of almost floating in the pose.
One partner take a seated forward bend either bound angle pose (baddha konasana) or for greater intensity seated forward bend (paschimottanasana). Other partner, sit on your seated partner's lower back and recline into a backbend. Then take your arms up and out into cactus position. Your seated partner can gently reach up and pull your wrists forward to add a shoulder opener. Stay here for about 10 breaths, then trade places.
Both of you sit in a comfortable cross-legged seated position (sukhasana) facing each other. Inhale and lengthen your spine up and away from your tailbone. Then exhale and each of you twist toward your right, reaching your right arm behind your back to take hold of your partner's left hand and your left arm out to take your partner's right hand. Help each other deepen the twist by gently pulling on your hands.
One person start by lying in savasana (shown here). Other partner, kneel between their legs in a stable position. While your partner begins to bring awareness to their breath noticing whether its short or long, deep or shallow today, press straight down on one of their upper thighs while reaching under their other hip to pull up on their lower back. After a few breaths, switch sides. When you finish the adjustments and your partner feels sufficiently centered, be sure to trade places!
Do 5 to 10 rounds of sun salutations solo but side by side at your own pace. Notice whether your breath and movements are in or out of sync.
Place a rolled up blanket lengthwise on your mat. One partner lie back, centering the blanket under your spine and coming into reclining bound angle (as shown here). Bring the soles of your feet together, open your knees to the sides, and reach your arms out in cactus position. Other partner, gently press straight down on your reclining partnerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s shoulders. This pose feels grounded and relaxed, which allows for effective opening in the chest and hips. Each of you should get a turn to stay in this pose for several minutes, breathing deeply.