Couple’s Yoga Poses: 23 Easy, Medium, and Hard Partner Poses

In this post, we demonstrate and explain easy, medium, and hard couple’s yoga poses that even non-yogis (like us) can do. 

Some days, we have a hard time touching our toes. Still, we were able to safely practice these partner yoga poses. Get your tripod ready, because these 2 person yoga poses are fun to photograph!

Let’s begin with a few couple’s yoga pointers before diving into the easy couple yoga poses.

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This Couple’s Yoga Poses article is one of four Ryan and Alex Duo Life blog posts about working out as a couple. The others are the Couple’s Workout Routine, the Complete Guide to Working Out as a Couple, and Benefits of Working Out With Your Spouse.

Although we practice yoga regularly, we are not yogis.

Since we’re not yogis, we were supervised by a certified yoga teacher while taking these pictures. We did our best to represent proper form, but, as you’ll see, our form isn’t perfect. Yours doesn’t have to be either. 

We also provide certified yoga teacher advice to help you perform the couple’s yoga positions safely. 

This curated list of 23 partner and acro yoga poses are our favorites. Additionally, anyone (with a little practice) can do these easy, medium, and hard yoga poses for two people.

Have fun together, do your best, and know that you’re utilizing the scientifically proven benefits of exercise with your partner

Pointers Before Doing These Couple’s Yoga Poses

First, you need to make sure you’re both warmed up. A few sun salutations and stretches will suffice. 

Second, be ready to communicate during each couple’s yoga pose. Talk about when to start and finish the pose, and make sure to talk about how you are feeling. Do not do a pose if it’s painful for either of you. 

Do you have a hard time motivating your partner to work out or do yoga with you? We share one proven tactic you won’t read about anywhere else, along with actionable tips to start working out together in our article titled, ‘Working Out As A Couple: A Complete Guide.

Easy Partner Yoga Poses

The following couple’s yoga poses are for beginners. These include partner yoga stretches and beginner yoga moves. Later on, in the medium and hard couples yoga poses, you’ll do acro yoga beginner moves.

When we practiced these poses together, it helped to do so after a glass of wine. It was fun and quite funny. Plus, this counts as healhty alcohol consumption

However, make sure you don’t do anything risky, especially if you’re beginners. If either of you is uncomfortable doing one of these partner yoga poses, find a spotter to help. 

1. Stacked Child’s Pose

This first couple’s yoga image might be a new one for you. The stacked couple’s child’s pose is so photogenic you should probably Instagram this with your partner immediately.

Although funny looking, this duo yoga pose will relieve tension in your lower back. A padded surface would be far more comfortable than stone tiles. We only use this mat from YOGO.

2. Partner Back Stretch

This two person, beginner yoga pose feels fantastic. Plus, your partner is always more fun to stretch with than a stability ball.

Although it looks a little funny, it still works when a 5’4″ wife lifts her 6’1″ husband.

3. Couple’s Camel Pose

Another great back stretch, but with an emphasis on lengthening the quads and hip flexors. 

To safely complete this beginner couples yoga pose, follow these steps:

  1. Put your knees together
  2. Grab your partner’s forearms
  3. Lean back into camel pose
  4. Keep your chest open and flex your core by pulling your belly button toward your spine
  5. It feels even better to relax your head and neck
  6. Be careful not to turn your head to the side

If you notice tight hip flexors and quads during this couple yoga pose, we recommend you start using a standing desk

4. Partner Side Angle Pose

Side angle pose is an excellent couple’s yoga position for beginners. Make sure you alternate sides. Keep your feet perpendicular and gaze up at your hand. 

If you have a hard time reaching your partner’s hand, you can use a yoga strap or t-shirt.

5. Cheeky Forward Fold

This easy couple yoga pose can get a little cheeky.

In forward fold, don’t lock your knees. If you need to bend your knees (like Ryan), that’s fine. Focus on keeping your spine long instead of rounding your back. You can also do a wide-legged forward fold.

Although not pictured in our duo yoga pose, it’s extra credit if you get a little cheeky and bump buns with your partner. 

6. Triangle For Two

This standing partner yoga pose is another excellent hamstring stretch. Triangle is a beginner yoga pose that anyone can do. If you’re less flexible, touch your shin or knee instead of your ankle or the floor.

It’s important not to apply pressure with your hand, especially if it’s on your knee. You can also place your hand on a yoga mat or water bottle to make the floor higher. Lastly, make sure your back foot is at a 45-degree angle and never lock your knees. 

7. Cobra Back Bend

This partner yoga pose stretches your lower back. For the person on the floor, it will also stretch their shoulders and chest. Take turns standing and lying down. Finally, make sure to engage your core. 

8. Seated Cat For Couples

Engage your core, tuck your chin, pull your belly in, and lean back. You can pull away from each other to go deeper into the stretch. 

9. Partner Yoga Twist

To properly complete this easy couple yoga pose, lengthen your spine, sit up straight, breathe, and enjoy the couple’s yoga spinal twist.

10. Child’s Pose And Fish

A padded surface is helpful for this couple’s yoga pose. 

11. Partner Yoga Tree Pose

Couple’s tree pose is the classic couple balancing pose. It’s even more challenging to balance when you’re attached to your partner.

Depending on your flexibility, keep your foot above or below your knee to avoid putting pressure on your knee. 

14-Day Couples Yoga Challenge

This challenge aims to reconnect you to your health and help you appreciate your body. Practicing yoga as a couple is an opportunity to connect and be present in a way apart from your normal, busy lives.

The customized yoga workout calendar was curated by us to expose couples to a variety of yoga styles and instructors as well as practicing yoga from home.

Or, download for free.

Partner Yoga Poses Medium

These yoga poses for two are perfect for beginner to intermediate yogis. They are more challenging because they require more strength and balance than the 11 easy partner yoga poses we just did.

In this next group positions, two of the poses are beginner acro yoga poses. Both will challenge your balance. 

Going forward, these couple’s yoga positions will require more upper and lower body strength. To strengthen your yoga practice as a couple, make sure you’re optimizing your workout routine to build strength, improve balance, and increase range of motion.

Of course, practicing more yoga together will also help strengthen your practice. Our 14-Day Couple’s Yoga Challenges will help you accomplish that goal in the comfort of your own home. We prefer following streamed yoga classes, so we’ll share the routines we love. 

12. Downward Dog Upward Bow

Our first medium two person yoga pose is a combination of downward dog and bow.

First, if you can’t do bow pose individually (on your stomach), skip this pose or only do downward dog.

Second, while in downward dog focus on driving your hips up and flexing your core to help support your partners weight. 

Lastly, Alex (105 lbs.) didn’t try to support Ryan (175 lbs.) in this pose. That would have been dangerous. Use your best judgment. If you’re uncomfortable, skip the position. 

13. Couple’s Chair Pose

For couple’s chair pose, it helped us to start with our arms linked in a sitting position. Then, push with your legs against each other’s back and lift off of the ground.

Hold this pose until muscle failure, and make sure you communicate to your partner when you need to go back down to the floor. 

14. Partner Shoulder Stand

Support your lower back with your hands and engage your core. For safety, do not use momentum during this couple’s yoga pose.

Instead, use your core strength to come in and out of the pose slowly. Lastly, once you’re in the pose, do not turn your head from side to side. 

15. Hand Standing On The Dog

First, one person gets into downward dog. Then, the second person positions their hands before lifting their legs onto the downward dog.

Take turns in each role and enjoy the upper body burn while in a handstand. 

16. Partner Yoga Plank Up Dog

This yoga pose for couples requires considerable core and upper body strength.

Flex your core, and if you can’t maintain perfect plank form while supporting the weight of your partner, skip this position until you can increase core strength. Try doing plank holds until failure four times a week. 

17. Partner Yoga Plank

The same rules apply to this couple’s yoga pose. 

18. Beginner Acro Yoga Pose 1 – I Got Your Back

This post was about sharing our favorite couple’s yoga poses with you. While we did our best to give each pose a correct name, we had to make up some of them.

Stand back to back and link your arms. One person bends over while keeping their spine long. The second person uses their core strength to lift their legs. 

19. Beginner Acro Yoga Pose 2 – Flying L-batross

This one is relatively simple, but it requires leg and core strength and balance. While on the ground, make sure you press your lower back into the floor. 

14-Day Couples Yoga Challenge

This challenge aims to reconnect you to your health and help you appreciate your body. Practicing yoga as a couple is an opportunity to connect and be present in a way apart from your normal, busy lives.

The customized yoga workout calendar was curated by us to expose couples to a variety of yoga styles and instructors as well as practicing yoga from home.

Or, download for free.

Couple’s Yoga Poses – Hard

If you are wondering where to begin with acro yoga, start with these moves. These are hard couple’s yoga poses, so please be safe. Increasing your total body strength will only help. For that, we recommend our total body, at-home Couple’s Workout Routine

Also, as always, make sure you stop if you feel pain. And, if your back is continuously sore throughout, check to see if your mattress could be causing your back pain.

20. One Arm High-Flying Whale Pose

Start by holding both legs with both arms and then experiment with one. This hard yoga pose for two people will test your balance and core strength. If you need a spotter, recruit a friend. 

21. Couple’s Crow Pose

Challenge your upper body strength with this hard partner yoga pose. 

22. Yoga Airplane Pose

When you are comfortable with this acro yoga pose, let go of each other’s hands and try flying. We weren’t quite there yet, so we’ll keep practicing. 

23. Couple’s Throne Pose

Couple’s throne pose is hard to get into and out of, but easy to maintain. We used a spotter for this position. 

We hope that you enjoyed our 23 favorite couple’s yoga poses. Please share this article with the other aspiring yogi couples in your life.

I have questions. What do I do?

Ask away in the comments below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible and if you have yoga pose recommendations we’ll try them out and add them to this article accordingly.

Thanks for reading, and thanks in advance for your comment!

14-Day Couples Yoga Challenge

This challenge aims to reconnect you to your health and help you appreciate your body. Practicing yoga as a couple is an opportunity to connect and be present in a way apart from your normal, busy lives.

The customized yoga workout calendar was curated by us to expose couples to a variety of yoga styles and instructors as well as practicing yoga from home.

Or, download for free.

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