Good evening Yogis!
I had a lot of fun designing these poses with a colleague at work. I am going to go through each photo and describe what on earth is going on!
I hope you enjoy!
This one is probably one of the easiest, as long as the person underneath has a history of doing the aeroplane when they were a child, not much can go wrong! The person on the top needs a little more core strength as you cant rely on much for balance. To kick it up a notch let go of the hands! Take it slowly…
I’ve got your back
A progression on from the aeroplane, the person underneath needs some serious leg strength as they need to do a full leg press of all their partners weight… Yup… Balance your feet on their bum just below their sit bones and let them lean backwards until you can place your hands on the upper back. Next leg press them up into the sky supporting them whilst they get into a camel or bow position. Challenging for core leg strength and again, trust!
Double Downward Dog
The Double downward dog requires a little bit of shoulder strength from both members. Both members need to have a little bit of hamstring flexibility but the person at the back needs that extra posterior leg mobility.
Trusting the Double Downward Dog
The Floating Double downward dog requires a little bit of shoulder strength from both members with a sprinkle of trust. Again, both members need to have a little bit of hamstring flexibility but the person at the back needs that extra posterior leg strength, balance alongside mobility. TRUST ❤
Now… This one was difficult to get into firstly! you have to have a good amount of shoulder strength to be able to lift yourself. Your friend can only really help you up once you have already lifted your legs off the floor. This is really core heavy for both those involved, you won’t need to hold this long for a good workout. Make sure the friend underneath isn’t arching their back too much, that means their core is not working as hard as the back.
The Bowing Dog
First things first, the person underneath needs to be strong! Having another human on top of you in a Downward Dog is very challenging! The other buddy on top needs to have the flexibility to do either a Bow or a Camel before trying this one otherwise you won’t be able to grab your feet. Keep that back bending and sink into it, relaxing makes this one easier believe it or not!
X marks the Yogi
I love this one it is so pretty! It is relatively easy if the person underneath has leg and back strength, and the yogi on top has basic core strength and balance. The person under needs to link arms with the other, bend their knees and lift them up (think strong)! Once you both have your legs in place then you can cross your arms over each other, beautiful and powerful.
These are all fun but just make sure you are both warmed up and have someone around you that knows what they are doing.