Partner Yoga How-To With Christy and Meg

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Hey Chicks! We are BFF yogis, Christy and Meg! Christy (bottom) is a yoga studio owner and mother of a teenage son and Meg (top) is a photographer (specializing in newborn babies) and mother to 5 boys. In January, we started a 365 day partner yoga project entitled Partner Yoga 365. Follow along on Instagram, let’s do it together!

First Things First!

  • Find a partner you can trust. This is important, for obvious reasons.
  • Decide who will be the “base” and who will be the “flyer” The base is generally the person who is bigger, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. In the examples below, Christy is the base, and Meg is the flyer.
  • Consider using a spotter.  It’s often helpful to have a spotter to help you get into some of the trickier poses, and also to check your alignment. A spotter can see things you can’t necessarily see when you’re in the posture.
  • Be mindful of your body and what it’s telling you. If something doesn’t feel right, it isn’t. Re-position or come out of it completely, and try again.
  • Most importantly, laugh and have fun!

Let’s Do This!

The Base lays on her back and grounds her hips for a good foundation. This pose, when done against a wall is called Legs Up the Wall! It’s a restorative posture with lots of health benefits!
The Flyer leans in and places her hips onto the Base’s feet. Their hands connect as the Flyer gently leans her weight onto the Base. The Flyer regrets the pizza she consumed the day before and promptly apologizes to the Base.
The Base then rotates her feet so that her toes are pointing outward, allowing the Flyer’s hips to fall into the arches of her feet. The Base gently releases the Flyer’s upper body, putting her into a wide-legged forward fold.
Once stable, the Base will grab for the Flyer’s shoulders and find a solid alignment from the Flyer’s shoulders to the Base’s wrists and down to her shoulders. The Flyer will grab onto the Base’s shins wherever she feels comfortable.
The Flyer will then lean all of her weight into the Base’s stacked hands, while simultaneously distributing all of her weight evenly, straightening her arms and pointing her toes to the sky, finding alignment and balance. This is where that partner trust comes in handy! The Base is being sure to keep her hips grounded and her arms stacked in alignment.
Have fun here! Try coming into bent legs, wide legs or feet together! Keep your grip, breathe and trust! 

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading along. Find us on Instagram and say hello! Namaste!

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