Lessons Learned From a 14-Day Couple’s Yoga Challenge
Ryan and I recently designed and completed our 14-Day Couples Yoga Challenge. Since we’re two engineers, we had to treat the challenge as an experiment. And, since traditionally I don’t enjoy doing yoga or couples yoga, I was the perfect test subject. There were many lessons learned from the couples yoga challenge. So, here is what might change for you as you reconnect with your mind, body, and partner during two weeks of couples yoga.
lessons learned from a 14-day couple’s yoga challenge
“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 (former Navy SEAL, ultra-athlete, and pull-up world champion): 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 to Ryan: A 14-day Couple’s Yoga Challenge (which, you can join us too for free here!)
the couple’s yoga challenge experiment
Practice yoga 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 fully focusing on the yoga poses, trying out different yoga styles, and following new instructors will increase my joy and comfort during yoga.
Follow the 14-Day Couple’s Yoga Challenge. This includes:
- Two weeks of daily 30-minute, online yoga classes in video format to follow at home
- Six different instructors over the course of the challenge
- Yoga sessions focused on various body areas as well as muscle recovery
- Practicing 5 couples yoga poses with Ryan
results and lessons learned from couples yoga
As previously mentioned, in the past I have not enjoyed my yoga practice. It was very helpful to focus on my practice for 2 weeks, and it was highly beneficial to do yoga with my partner. Along with the many benefits of working out as a couple, it was especially useful having Ryan present to help correct form and notice (and celebrate) small improvements.
Here are 5 lessons learned from the Couple’s Yoga Challenge:
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 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 savasana and how good it feels to have a thorough, daily 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 important things that we needed to complete that day. And, 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 can add in a tricep push-up before and after my upward dog. I’m in control moving from Warrior III to Warrior II. 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 on these couples yoga workouts every day for 2 weeks.
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 wrist is weaker? More importantly, why? Knowing your imbalances helps avoid future injuries.
Lesson 5: Yoga is better with a buddy.
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 these sweet couple’s yoga poses together (as listed on our downloadable 14-day Couple’s Yoga Challenge calendar!)
is the couple’s yoga challenge right for you?
In just two weeks, we learned a lot about our bodies and our yoga abilities. Putting aside 30-minutes a day for yoga with our partner became routine and we looked forward to our yoga workouts. We knew we were doing something good for our bodies, and we didn’t dread it like we would a difficult cardio workout. Instead, our partner yoga training session was a time when we could relax and focus on ourselves. The benefits of couples yoga had been instilled in us.
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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? The Couple’s Yoga Challenge is right for you if you are a beginner or intermediate yogis ready to try doing yoga together online, in the comfort of your home. See how your body and mind can transform in just 14-days with the 14-Day Couple’s Yoga Challenge.
14-Day Couples Yoga Challenge
This 14-day couple’s yoga training program 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 calendar was curated and created by us with the purpose to expose couples to a variety of beginner to intermediate yoga styles while practicing yoga with your partner from home.
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