Yoga is wildly popular these days, and for good reason. Not only do the mental benefits of this embodied practice induce calm and decrease stress, but studies show yoga also increases flexibility and range of motion, reduces risk of injury, improves sleep quality, and promotes blood flow to repair and regenerate muscles. So why not incorporate yoga-like couple stretching exercises into your at-home workout routine? Just grab your partner and a good playlist, and follow the workout below.
(Trust us, working out together is a solid way to connect.) Spartans who sweat together, stay together. Oh, and they make the best lovers, too.
Couple Stretching Exercises to Amplify Your Recovery Routine
The following workout is mostly yoga-based, with a few bodyweight movements thrown in. You’ll just need a pair of yoga mats, a solid playlist, and a desire to stretch out together. Enjoy.
Related: This is Why You Should Be Doing Yoga
Warm Up: Pre-Workout Stretches
LEGS: Warm up your hamstrings, calves, and thighs (and all the small muscles in between) as shown in these videos. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds and breathe into the muscle.
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UPPER BODY: Stretch your shoulders, arms and torso with the Cross-body Arm Stretch. Standing straight and looking forward, take either arm and cross it in front of your body horizontally. Taking your other arm and cross it upward, trapping the horizontal arm, and then press the crossed arm against your body until you feel the stretch in your shoulder. Hold for 15–30 seconds and release. Do this once or twice and make sure you do both shoulders.
10-Minute Core Routine
Follow this core-stabilization workout video. You don't need a gym to get your core burning. No excuses.
Posture-Enhancing Yoga Exercises
Have a strong posture is key to all of your daily tasks and training. Consider it the foundation of fitness. So by working your core and back muscles, you can learn to support yourself (from a desk to the barbell) and improve your form to stay injury free. Plus, doing these with your partner can help you track your gains over time. Record them in a way that works for you and watch your progress unfold.
1. Posture-Building Backbends
Practice these four posture-building exercises, in order of easiest to hardest, until you find the most advanced variation you can hold for at least five seconds. Repeat the lift five more times, holding it as long as you can and resting fifteen seconds between repetitions.
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2. Upward Plank Pose
Hold to fatigue three times, resting fifteen seconds between repetitions.
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Cycle through these eleven poses three times, holding each pose for 10-20 seconds. Don’t stretch beyond the point of discomfort or hold poses past the point of fatigue or where you feel “the burn.” Let this be easy and relaxing.
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Do you have trouble relaxing, going to sleep, or reducing your anxiety/stress? Read below for full details and for more flows, modifications and progressions to all the foundational poses of yoga, check out the e-books (link in bio)! Make sure you share this with someone that could benefit and save it for your personal practice! #Yogateacher @yoganama ・・・ Another snippet from my practice the other day. Nothing beats foundational postures when it comes to truly relaxing and unwinding. We do really underestimate their power. . They’re a great way to counter and settle back after an intense session or are good to do on their own as well. . Depending on the time I have and the mood I’m in, I like to hold them anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes. . 1: is great to find length and space in the spine 🌴 . 2: is the safest way to work towards forward bends. Keep the spine long and hips above the ankles. 🦘 . 3: We move into the hip flexors- I love stretching them! Keep the back knee bent slightly (it’s ok, do it!) and point the tailbone down 🌙 . 4: Opposing movement to the above posture. We are going deeper into the hamstrings. 🦵🏽 . 5: Inversion! Yes downward dog is an inversion. This is where headstand and stuff begins. 😎 . 6: Now we add in a mini Backbend while continuing to stretch our hip flexors. It is actually a very useful pose to start deepening your backbends 🧜🏼♀️ . 7: Surprise the spine with a different orientation 🐉 . 8: If you didn’t feel them yet, you WILL feel them now. This is your PSOAS. If you don’t feel any stretch push yourself away from the bent leg. 💫 . 9: Thoracic spine will be grateful. Definitely do this if you work on the computer a lot. Emailing less and talking more also helps 😉 . 10: Let’s reverse it. This and the previous pose is just a fancier cat-cow variation. I didn’t mean to trick you 😼 . 11: You don’t have to tell me. I know it’s a good stretch 😀❤️
Or, try these essential recovery poses from internationally-renowned yoga teacher Benjamin Sears that are particularly beneficial after an intense race or workout.