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Give your love story a twist with Valentine’s Day Yoga

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you must be looking for the perfect plan to make the day most memorable in your love life. Be it hunting for romantic getaways or just some delicious homemade chocolates for your love. So, here we are to help you with the perfect plan that is interesting, adventurous, fun, healthy, and last but not the least, the most romantic and sizzling option – Valentine’s Day Yoga. Don’t worry yoga is not always for those searching for more calmness and peace. Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with the mystery bundle mentioned below and you are going to thoroughly enjoy it!

11 Best Valentine’s Day Yoga Poses To Try With Your Partner

Combination Pose I – Reverse Table-Top and Chakrasana

This pose is a fun pose to do and improves the trust factor multifold. While one partner finds a stable and balanced position on the ground in a reverse plank position, the other partner balances in chakrasana on top of them. This isn’t difficult or impossible but could be tricky.

Combination Pose II – Adho Mukha Vrikshasana Variation with 90 degree hold and downward dog

This combination requires one partner to hold in the adho mukha vrikshasana with a 90 degree hold while the other partner leans into them in a downward dog pose. It’s like you are striving to lean into them for a mere touch.

Combination Pose III – Balasana one on top of the other

This is a fun pose as long as neither of you are overweight or with spinal issues. In this combination both the partners tend to stack on each other in the yogic balasana. It helps massage the spine of the partner in the lower end. This builds trust and improves balance as well.

Combination Pose IV – Halasana and Paschimottanasana

This combination looks like spiraling fetuses in a womb. One of the partners establishes their position firmly on the ground in halasana while the other gently tries to balance their body weight in Paschimottanasana in a slanted position. The second partner balances on the lower body of the first partner while holding their position firm on the ground.

Combination Pose V – Navasana 

This combination is quite easy to do and is more fun. Both the partners hold each other’s hand and both of them engage in navasana while sitting opposite to each other. It is a great opportunity to sit comfortably talking too while you are in this pose.

Combination Pose VI – Vrikshasana

This is a standing combination and both the partners take the position in tree pose. Slowly they tilt their bodies sideways towards each other and find their balance by holding their hands. This is more of a no-see pose where they feel disconnected but are still connected completely.

Combination Pose VII – Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend

This is a wide-legged standing forward bending pose where both the partners stand with their backs facing each other. Slowly they forward with their knees straight and try to hold each other’s arms from in-between their legs.

Combination Pose VIII – One-Legged Side Plank Pose

The one-legged side plank pose is fun to do and could be playful too! Both the partners stand in a row and reach to their individual sideward plank positions in opposite directions. Each of the partner’s balance their one arm and leg that are hanging in the air by taking the support of the partner’s leg and arm respectively.

Combination Pose IX – Wheel pose with partner support (in the scorpion pose)

This combination pose is a simple pose that could be practiced regularly too. Both the partners take positions facing each other and engage in the with a slight variation of holding each other’s arms as a balance support for their spines.

Combination Pose X – Wide-Legged Forward Bend 

This pose also requires the partners to be seated facing each other. Spread your legs wide and try to join your sole of the feet with that of your partner’s. Now lean forward and try to hold your partner’s arms from their elbows down. Try to engage in a playful pull and push to improve your flexibility of the spine and work on your cores.

Combination Pose XI – Standing Backwards Bend with partner support

This is a standing combination where both the partners stand opposite to each at an arm’s distance. Slowly try to bend backwards from your hips and try to balance half-way by taking support on your partner’s shoulder. Extend your arms and try to interlock with that of your partner to maintain the balance. Remember not to bend your knees.

10 Heart Opening Poses To Embrace Yourself With Valentine’s Day Yoga

Relax and smile, if you are not already committed or in a relationship. It is totally fine if you are single this Valentine’s Day and you could still celebrate the love and compassion with the same amount of enthusiasm. Have you ever heard of self-love? No, don’t think dirty but try to relate or recall one moment when you looked into that mirror and smiled back at yourself! Or, think and try to remember when was the last time you embraced your physical look without being judgemental deep in your head. 

While having a partner could be important and fun, it is essential for you to love yourself with no boundaries and to do so you must have an abundance of love and compassion which can be tapped by activating your heart chakra. Here, we have listed a few heart opening yoga poses that could help you find a great balance in your emotions and feelings. 

  • Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana or Dolphin Plank Pose – The Dolphin Plank Pose can help you with an overall body strengthening that includes arms, legs, chest, abdomen, core muscles, and lower back. It also helps to slightly stretch the leg muscles. This pose can help you improve your cardiovascular endurance. Check out this tutorial to understand the Dolphin Plank Pose better! 
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Dog Pose – Talk of yoga and most of the people can relate to this downward facing dog pose. This is an inversion pose that helps you to strengthen your wrists and arms while stretching your spine and leg muscles. Since it is an inversion you will be hanging your head lower than your chest allowing for a better circulation of blood throughout the body. It also helps alleviate stress and tension. Check out this tutorial to understand the Downward Dog Pose better!
  • Ustrasana or Camel Pose – Though camel pose looks a little complicated it is quite fun to do. The camel pose helps open the heart and loosens the spinal tension. It stretches the hip flexors, shoulders, and back. This pose also improves blood circulation and brings out a glow on your face. Check out this tutorial to understand the Camel Pose better!
  • Virabhadrasana or Warrior Pose – The warrior pose in itself has three different variations and all the three are beneficial to practice. This pose in all its variations helps in overall body stretching and strengthening. It improves blood circulation and energizes the body. It can help enhance the focus, balance, and stability as well. Check out this tutorial to understand the Warrior Pose better!
  • Bhujangasana  or Cobra Pose – The cobra pose is a simple and a very natural body movement. It helps open the lungs, shoulder blades, and collar bones. It helps loosen the vertebrae, lowers back pain, massages the abdominal muscles, and also helps improve digestion. This pose enhances blood circulation and alleviates stress. Check out this tutorial to understand the Cobra Pose better! 
  • Utkatasana or Chair Pose – This pose majorly targets the lower portion of the body. It helps strengthen the hip flexors, waist, abdominal muscles, ankles, calves, and the spine. It also helps stimulate the functioning of the cardiovascular system. It also helps in bringing in balance and stability. Check out this tutorial to understand the Chair Pose better!
  • Purvottanasana or Reverse Plank Pose – This one doesn’t need a special mention as a heart opening pose. It is very evident that it is a core strengthening technique that also helps in engaging the posterior muscles. It helps strengthen the pelvic floor and relieves the rigidity in the spine.Check out this tutorial to understand the Reverse Plank Pose better!
  • Urdhva Dhanurasana or Wheel Pose – This pose needs a little bit of practice and if you are a beginner to exercising then we would recommend you do it under the guidance of an expert. This is an excellent heart opening pose that can also assist in strengthening the lower back muscles, wrists, arms, thighs, hamstrings, and calf muscles. It can also promote adrenal functioning. Check out this tutorial to understand the Wheel Pose better!
  • Dhanurasana or Bow Pose – This is a natural body pose that we often get to see in younger kinds. Eventually as we grow we tend to develop rigid spines due to poor choices of physical activity. The bow pose is a great choice to improve the spinal flexibility and to improve the posture. It helps strengthen the spine, hamstrings, and hip flexors. It can help alleviate the back pain and keep you more mobile. Check out this tutorial to understand bow pose better!
  • Ardha Chandrasana or Half-Moon Pose – This is a standing pose with a tilt. It feels fun to try this balancing pose and it has quite a few benefits. This pose strengthens core muscles, thighs, and ankles. It also helps stretch the groin, hip flexors, hamstrings, and glutes. It enhances the body balance and stability too. Check out this tutorial to understand the Half-Moon Pose better!

FAQs

What is Valentine’s Day Yoga?

With exercise enthusiasts growing in number year by year, the concept of Valentine’s Day Yoga has begun. Though these names are new and are being given a makeover to the age-old partner yoga practices, they are still giving a fresh feel within youngsters with some modern twists. Isn’t it good to bring your partner along for your workout and do it together? It builds trust and love.

Who should do Valentine’s Day Yoga?

Anyone under the sky can try Valentine’s Day Yoga! It is just a day to celebrate all forms of love and the style of yoga you choose is up to you. Do check out the sections above to understand how you can spice up your love life if you are committed or simply try those heart-opening poses if you are still alone. If you would like to try some partner yoga poses with your friend or exercise partner you could still try that too!

How does Yoga define love?

Yoga has been an ancient tool to find unison with the physical and mental self by also bringing in awareness of the moment. Love has a supreme position when it comes to yoga. “Prem ” in Sanskrit means Love. Love is not always restricted to a physical connection between two individuals. It could be compassion and empathy too. In yoga it could also relate to self-love that is also referred to as “atmaprem”. Unconditional love towards your inner-self helps you to grow as an individual too and allows you to stay compassionate towards others as well.

Conclusion

So, now that you are aware of this interesting option of Valentine’s Day Yoga, start looking out for yoga studios who are offering any single day workshops in this line or look out for the perfect getaway amidst the hills and carry your yoga mats along to warm-up and spice-up your relation to a new different level.

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