1. Double Forward Fold
This pose is a great stretch for your hamstrings. Start by standing back and leaving about six inches between your heels and your partner's. Hinge at the hips and fold forward while keeping your hands on your waist. If your rear ends touch when you both fold over, you'll know you're the proper distance apart. While you're still in the fold, reach back and grab your partner's shoulders or arms and pull yourselves closer to each other. Hold for a minimum of five breaths. When finished, place your hands on the floor and slowly roll up.
2. Partner Breathing
This is actually a great place to start when it comes to partner yoga poses. Start in a seated position, comfortably, with backs resting against each other. Begin alternate breathing patterns with your partner (when he or she exhales, you inhale) and continue to do this for three to five minutes.
3. Partner Twist
Start in a seated position with your legs crossed and backs resting against each other. Reach your arms overhead as you inhale, and then while bringing your right hand to the inside of your partner's left knee and left hand to the outside of your right knee or thigh. Hold for three to five breaths and then switch sides.
4. Forward Fold/Backbend
Extend your legs in front of you while sitting back-to-back. One partner will then fold forward while the other arches back. Hold for three to five breaths and then switch.
5. Back-Bending Cobra Pose
Stand over your partner, feet on either side of their thighs, as they lie on their stomach. Grasp their hands while you lift them into the cobra pose while you do a full backbend.
The Downtown Athletic Club of Amarillo offers a wide variety of group fitness classes, including various forms of yoga. Check out one of our classes for guided yoga instruction.