The Joy of Partner Yoga
by Mishabae Edmond
Description: Share the joys of yoga—and
increase the benefits. The familiar postures of Hatha Yoga have renewed
power and effectiveness when partners work together. Though all the
asanas are touched upon, this comprehensive holistic program charts
new ground in looking at a joint practice. There are creative interpretations
for two of yogic breathing, symbolic hand gestures, mantras, and
vinyasas—those special, flowing sequences of poses. For a restorative
and healing workout, one person goes into repose while the other
applies leans, stretches, twists, and compressions. Special advice
on the art of partnering reveals how to create a positive, safe,
and nurturing environment. In all the exchanges, the mutual support
helps both people work better and improve alignment. Special black
and white symbols representing each partner make directions easy
It's difficult to find anything really unique in yoga these
days-But this book is it! Sure the concept of partner yoga has been presented
before, But not like this. Here, the `practice' transcends to communal
ceremony...as playful as you like, yet leading to sensitive, divine connection.
And, it's not limited to asanas ....All maya koshas are honored: (physical/breath/
mental-emotional/ intuitive/and bliss bodies). And, I really like the descriptions
of the chakras and using mudras with a partner (so creative and original).
ALSO, The photos are gorgeous! The author's writing is as eloquent and inspired
as the quotes! (a `non-yoga' friend wants the book just to `look at' ) However,
it also works on the practical level: guiding you through developing and varying
your very own practice...gentle or more challenging.
I believe this practice is possible for any two people. I've tried it with partners
not my size or degree of flexibility; just use that open mind and a blanket to
adjust height. Your reward will be `Namaste' experienced throughout the practice!