11 Partner Yoga Poses For Couples To Build Intimacy

partner yoga poses for couples to build intimacy

4. Soul Gazing

Soul Gazing
11 Partner Yoga Poses For Couples To Build Intimacy

This exercise is deeply personal and nourishing, as you sit facing your partner, gently gazing into their eyes.

Rest your hands on their knees or in their hands, and allow them to do the same. This will further connect you with the power of touch. Once you’re settled (and the giggles have subsided from direct eye contact), begin to truly see your partner.

In the chaos of our days and weeks, we don’t often get the chance to sit down and take in the person with whom we share our life. Gently gaze and take in your partner’s features, uniqueness, and energy, and allow them to see you in return.

Not only is this centering for the rest of your practice, but it’s also deeply loving and compassionate.

Stay in this exercise for 5 minutes or longer, if you both feel tuned in.

5. Seated And Supported Cat/Cow

Seated and Supported Cat Cow
11 Partner Yoga Poses For Couples To Build Intimacy

From a seated position, reach for your partner’s forearms and interlace. As you inhale, arch your back and lift your heart to the sky, maybe even lifting the gaze to expose and open the throat. As you exhale, round the spine and pull back, using the resistance of each other’s arms as support, bringing the gaze inward toward your chest.

Repeat the movements 3-5 times, or as long as you feel comfortable.

Allow this support from your partner to begin to build trust and surrender, as well as communication. Speak out about what feels good in this pose, and ask your partner the same.

While the pose is done in tandem, your experience of it in your own body is going to vary. Take this time to share those sensations, and become curious of your partner’s.

Related: 10 Factors That Promote Intimacy in a Relationship

6. Seated And Supported Forward Fold

Seated and Supported Forward Fold
11 Partner Yoga Poses For Couples To Build Intimacy

In relationships, we know that we don’t have to do everything on our own. We have our best ally in our corner to help us out.

Likewise in this pose, come into a wide-legged seat with the soles of your feet touching. Reach the arms forward and interlace, and then take turns gently pulling one another closer past the middle, using each other as resistance in this Forward Fold. Stay here for 5 full breaths each.

While this pose is a deep stretch, maybe opt for more of a playful approach! If laughter comes naturally or someone cracks a joke, go along!

Find fun in working out and being with one another. It’s a surefire way to relieve any stress or tension and remind each other of the simpler things that bring you both some more smiles.

7. Partner Boat Pose

Partner Boat Pose
11 Partner Yoga Poses For Couples To Build Intimacy

When it comes to postures that are challenging, having a partner mirroring and supporting you can go a long way to giving you that extra boost of confidence and energy. And because they’re doing it with you, too, you can both share in the achievement of rocking this core-engaging posture.

Start in a seated position, facing one another, a little further away to give enough room for extending the legs. When you’re ready, come into Boat pose one leg at a time, until the soles of your feet are touching.

Use them as resistance to further stabilize this pose. If available, reach for each other’s hands, and find each other’s gaze. Smile and breathe. Communicate how you’re feeling and root each other on for 5 full breaths.

8. Double Downward Dog

Double Downward Dog
11 Partner Yoga Poses For Couples To Build Intimacy

Speaking of building trust, this pose will give you and your partner a chance to work together toward a common goal. This pose is also all about communication and speaking your mind when you’re ready to come down or are feeling a sensation that you’d like to share with your significant other.

With your partner in traditional Downward Dog, set yourself up by coming into a Forward Fold at the top of the mat. Lifting one foot at a time, place your feet at the base of your partner’s spine. You may need to adjust your feet or walk your hands back once you get into this, to readjust.

Once in the pose, breathe there for 5 full breaths, before you switch. After you come out, touch base on how it felt and what you experienced. Share in the pose together by bringing in your specific perspective.

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Aleksandra Slijepcevic

Aleksandra Slijepcevic is an international Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga and Meditation teacher, known for her authenticity, humor, and real-life approach to the body-mind-spirit connection in what she has coined as "YogaSouhl." She obtained her yoga certification under the tutelage of One-Yoga's Susan Smith. Since 2015, she has contributed content to a number of platforms, including Elephant Journal, Elite Daily, and Sivana Spirit, on the topics of yoga in the real world, as well as spirituality and self-development in the age of anxiety and depression. Aleksandra is the host of a number of meditation sessions on Insight Timer, and she teaches regular classes in brick-and-mortar studios around the world.View Author posts