Many people might dislike, including myself previously, Partner Yoga for a number of reasons – excessive body contact, different levels of strengths and techniques, or not fully trusting your partner.
However, if you have received an adjustment from a Yoga teacher who helped you get deeper into a pose such that you feel nicely stretched; or when you are unable to do a pose like a handstand and your teacher helped lifting you up to get the basic feeling, you’ve already experienced the benefits of Partner Yoga.
I am attracted to the concept of Partner Yoga being a non-competitive style. It relies on a deep level of trust with each other and helps oneself go deeper into the poses comfortably without easily get injured, while having tremendous fun.
While I was craving to try some quality Partner Yoga workshops/lessons, I joined Master Kumaran’s workshop which I totally enjoyed myself and learnt a great deal. The workshop not only covered specific techniques, in a painless way, to open up the whole body, including shoulders, upper chest, spine, hip joints, hamstrings and calf muscles, but also explored how muscles tensions or joints compression can be released by helping each other.
It is for sure equally important in selecting a good partner. It might not feel easy initially when you are assigned a stranger or an opposite gender in your practice. However, if your partner seems weak to support or hold you, especially for an inversion pose, don’t be afraid to seek help from an experienced teacher as a support
The key benefit of Partner Yoga, along with deep self-awareness, and cultivating our ability to build trust and good relationships with each other, is to help bringing our relational patterns into balance. If relationships are strained, we often experience painful emotions that could be difficult to manage.
Challenge yourself to experience Partner Yoga today and work out a way through your discomfort. Carefully select an experienced Yoga master and a partner you can trust (ideally your Yoga mate who has a complimentary practice) to provide safe assistance and offer the same back to them. Be open, aware and friendly while taking responsibility of your partner’s safety. The benefit is far beyond than you expect.
I really had a wonderful experience in the Partner Yoga Workshop
I’d never imagine that paradoxically, this practice brings great peace, smiles, and pure joy. I explored it with a friend and it made the journey different.
I could not have done those poses on my own. I learned that poses that can’t be accomplished alone can be done together, reflecting each other’s energy, sharing sensations and understanding one another’s strength.
I think that the great art of life is a sensation, and Yoga is full of sensations!
Before joining the Partner Yoga workshop by Master Kumaran, all I knew about it was two persons performing some advanced postures. It looks so graceful that I was so attracted and wanted to have fun in it.
In the workshop, the first thing Master Kumaran told us was “the most important thing of Partner Yoga is to help your partner”. It really woke me up. We learned from the basic of how to help our partner to open up different parts of their body. I found that we must care about our partner, then we know how to help each other. After building up this foundation, we would understand our partner more – both their body and strength – which prepared us to perform Partner Yoga.
We were so excited when we started doing some basic partner postures. It helped us understand how it is different from doing it on our own because we have to coordinate with our partner. We have to adjust our alignment and strength to get into balance in the final posture together with our partner.
After we established the “sense” of care about our partner and “tasted” what Partner Yoga is by performing some basic postures, naturally, we trust our partner more to get into some advanced postures.
We tried various postures – with focus, attention and care – and subconsciously learned the techniques of understanding and helping each other. At times, we were clumsy to get into the postures we just broke into laughter and had fun trying.
We realise that the best way of learning is “to learn with fun and playfully!”