Lessons Learned From a 14-Day Couple’s Yoga Challenge
Ryan and I recently designed and completed our 14-Day Couple’s Yoga Challenge. Since we’re two engineers, our partner yoga challenge began as an experiment.
Traditionally I don’t enjoy doing yoga or couples yoga, so I was the perfect test subject.
There were many lessons learned from completing the partner yoga routine. In this article, we’ll explain our experiment and clue you into what might change as you reconnect with your mind, body, and partner during two weeks of couples yoga.
lessons learned from 14-days of couple’s yoga
Our Inspiration For Starting Couple’s Yoga
“Do Something You Hate Every Day”
Ryan recently told me that the life mantra of David Goggins, author of Can’t Hurt Me, and one of the toughest men alive. He is a former Navy SEAL, ultra-athlete, and pull-up world champion. His mantra:
“Do something you hate every day.”
The purpose of this is to challenge yourself outside of your comfort zone and experience victories you never thought you would.
Okay fine, David Goggins. For me, this is very obviously yoga. “Hate” is a strong word, so perhaps “intensely dislike” is more suitable.
My engineering brain understands the physical and mental benefits of yoga, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy it. For something that seems so “go-with-the-flow,” zen, and bendy, my type-A personality and tight hamstrings always get in the way.
So, I suggested an experiment with Ryan. Like me, Ryan doesn’t love yoga, but he does it because it keeps the injuries at bay.
The product or this experiment is our 14-Day Couple’s Yoga Challenge. At the end of the article, we’ll talk about whether or not it’s a fit for you and your partner.
The Couple’s Yoga Challenge Experiment
Practice yoga with Ryan for 14-days to help strengthen my yoga practice, reconnect with my body, share in the challenge as a couple, and overcome my dislike of yoga.
I believe that practice makes perfect, and hypothesize that by entirely focusing on the yoga poses, trying different yoga styles, and following new instructors will increase my joy and comfort during yoga.
Complete the 14-Day Couple’s Yoga Challenge including:
- Two weeks of daily 30-minute, online beginner yoga classes streamed at home through a free Beachbody On Demand trial
- Six different instructors throughout the challenge
- Yoga workouts focused on various body areas as well as muscle recovery
- Practicing five couples yoga challenge poses with Ryan
As previously mentioned, in the past, I have not enjoyed my yoga practice. It was helpful to focus on my practice for two weeks. Additionally, it was beneficial to do yoga with my partner.
Along with the many benefits of working out with your spouse, it was especially useful having Ryan present to help correct form and notice small improvements. We had fun sharing this new experience.
Lessons Learned From The Couple’s Yoga Challenge
After completing this partner yoga routine with Ryan, I have learned five valuable lessons.
Lesson 1: Doing something hard takes patience.
Yoga teaches awareness, and we became aware of how much we rush around. We would hold a pose a few seconds less than we should. We would get antsy and push too deep into stretches when we shouldn’t.
Through this partner yoga challenge, we learned to take it easy, listen to our bodies, and be patient with our progress.
Lesson 2: There’s no better feeling than the calmness after a yoga workout.
Everyone should experience daily sun salutations and how good it feels to have a thorough, regular stretch. It’s magic.
Before our scheduled couples yoga workout, our minds would be buzzing about our daily to-do list. After, we were much better at focusing on only the essential things that we needed to complete that day.
What’s more, is we completed them with much more clarity and creativity.
Lesson 3: I’m not as bad at yoga as I thought.
Slowly but surely, I felt pride in having my best yoga practice yet. I even started to add a tricep push-up before and after my upward dog. I’m in control moving from Warrior 3 to Warrior 2. The pointers from the trainers were helpful. As it turns out, I had been doing downward dog all wrong.
For Ryan, he was able to clear his mind and focus more than ever on his rhythmic breathing. I made progress so much more quickly by focusing for two weeks on these daily yoga workouts as a couple.
Lesson 4: We both balance better on our left legs than our right.
Yoga showcases the imbalances you have in your body. Which hip is tighter? Which calf is weaker? More importantly, why?
Knowing your imbalances helps avoid future injuries. Over time, I suspect a consistent yoga practice would correct many imbalances. By the end of the two weeks, we had both noticed improvements.
Lesson 5: Partner yoga is more fun than individual yoga.
Committing to this challenge was easier because I knew that Ryan would hold me accountable to the partner yoga workouts. I also asked him to keep an eye on my poses and help give me feedback and corrections.
The best part? We can now do the five sweet couple’s yoga poses demonstrated on our downloadable 14-day Couple’s Yoga Challenge calendar!
Yoga Couple Update:
It’s been eight months since we completed our first Couple’s Yoga Challenge. We have repeated the calendar once more and continued to incorporate yoga into our routine 1-3 times per week.
Yoga still takes patience! We always enjoy practicing yoga as a couple, but we are still very much beginner to intermediate yogis.
The Couple’s Yoga Challenge is primarily individual yoga workouts completed together as a couple. It’s not acro yoga or partner yoga where you are practicing each pose with your partner.
We’ve grown to love practicing couple’s yoga poses together as well. Here are our 23 favorite couple’s yoga poses that you and your partner can do as beginners. Enjoy!
The Couple’s Yoga Challenge Is Right For You If…
In just two weeks, we learned a lot about our bodies and our yoga abilities. Putting aside 30-minutes a day for yoga with my partner became routine.
We knew we were doing something good for our bodies, and we didn’t dread it like we would a challenging cardio workout.
Instead, our partner yoga training session was a time when we could relax and focus on ourselves. The benefits of couples yoga are instilled in us.
The Couple’s Yoga Challenge is right for you if…
- You want couple’s yoga for beginners that can be done together at home.
- You hate yoga, but know that you want more of it in your life.
- One of you likes yoga, and the other does not. The challenge is a perfect 2-week trial run.
- You’re intermediate yogis who lack the structure and variety to advance your practice.
- You want to experience a new, healthy habit with your partner.
Overall, we feel good, and I now enjoy something I used to hate. If I can gain confidence in my yoga practice in 2-weeks, what could happen to you?
If you have a hard time motivating your partner to exercise with you, you’re not alone. As health coaches who focus specifically on couples, we’re regularly asked, “How do I get my spouse to work out with me?”
To help people navigate this challenge, we wrote The Complete Guide to Working Out as a Couple.
Recommended Yoga Mats
We love the YoGo Travel Yoga Mat when we are on the go. The size perfect and it’s extremely durable for indoor or outdoor use.
So far, they are even resistant to bug spray and sun screen. As former materials engineers, we know that’s a feat. Lastly, every mat sold equals a tree planted.
For the home studio, we use the Jade Harmony Mat. This offers more padding than the YoGo mat which is comfortable for seated positions and core exercises.
We have used both mats for more than three years and they are still in new condition. That says a lot because we use them daily (for HIIT, core, yoga, and lifting workouts) and clean them regularly.
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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Hey we're Ryan and Alex
The creators of Ryan and Alex Duo Life. We are a husband-wife duo and “lifestyle engineers.”
After eight years working in the corporate world, originally as engineers, we left our high-powered jobs to tackle our true passion — helping couples engineer their best lives.
The synergy of our engineering minds and ten years of health coaching experience produced Ryan and Alex Duo Life. Our mission is to help you transform your bodies, minds, and relationship, as a couple.