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Turn Date Night into Couples Yoga

Here’s a hump day challenge for you: convince your significant other to turn date night into a couples yoga session… [you can place the blame me]. C’mon, guys. Take one for the team.

It took a liiiittle convincing to get my Indiana-bred-non-yoga-husband to get zen with me. But now, I’d like to think he’s hooked. What started off as a silly date idea turned into something more mindful and challenging. It made me want to share the idea with you alongside The Chalkboard Mag for our monthly fitness series. We teamed up with the instructors behind Apsara Life for a beachside session.

Here’s why it’s worth trying: practicing yoga with a partner brings two people together in a way no other workout does, building trust and confidence. Physically, it’s an especially strong core and arms workout you can do from anywhere, tailoring the positions to fit your level of skill and comfort.

Here are four yoga positions to do alongside your partner…

1. CALIBRATION BACK-TO-BACK | Begin seated back to back with locked arms. Press your weight into your partner’s back while keeping your feet grounded. Push the floor away as you rise together.

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Laurens-Lyst-Couples-Yoga

2. CALIBRATION HAND-TO-HAND | Begin standing roughly 5 feet apart, with your hands clasped together. Keep your arms straight, while your partner bends their elbows and leans toward you. Your body should remain stiff like a board, to uphold your partner’s weight. Alternate turns.

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Laurens-Lyst-Couples-Yoga

3. FRONT BIRD | Have your partner lie on the ground, with his legs bent in a chair position. Place your hips on your partner’s feet, and lean forward. Reach for his hands as he extends them upward. Press your hips into your partner’s feet, as his legs extend toward the sky. Keep your chest and feet raised, while your partner adjusts his feet (his toes should be pressed into your hips for stability). Once balanced, let go of your partner’s hands and reach outward as your partner releases his hands.

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Laurens-Lyst-Couples-Yoga

Laurens-Lyst-Couples-Yoga

4. SEATED MEDITATION | Sit cross-legged next to your partner. Close your eyes and place your hands on your knees (palms facing upward). Focus on your breathing, as to create a peaceful environment after your workout. Practice awareness and be grateful for your partner’s support.

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On Lauren // Pants + Bra: Lulu Lemon

On Jake// Pants + Tee: James Perse

Check out this video to see the moves in action!

Click HERE for five yoga moves you should be doing daily!

PS. Wellness lovers — my mindful friends who taught us these moves are vying to bring free wellness, yoga and meditation across America. You can support their mission by heading to their IndieGOGO campaign and spreading the word! They’ll be hitting 10 major cities and a lot of small towns in between. Spread the word + the love!

Photos by Annie Shak