Are you a couple in search of new and innovative ways of spending time with each other? Perhaps in a way, that may rekindle some passion? Well, partner yoga can do all that and much more by working on your trust, sensitivity, and spiritual connection, while simultaneously whipping your body into stunning shape and form.

For a preview, try this session of couple’s yoga to really understand how the practice can strengthen your bond and heighten your attraction towards each other:

Adho Mukha Svanasana, Or Downward Dog Meets A Romantic Back-Bend
Step 1: Partner 1 gets into the Downward Dog position.
Step 2: Partner 2 should position their feet on either side of partner 1’s hands (so both of them are back to back)
Step 3: Next, partner 2 should use their hands to lower him or herself on partner 1’s back. Partner 2 can at this point stretch their arms over their head, allowing their weight to fall on partner 1.
Step 4: Hold for 10 breaths and then trade places.

Urdhva Dhanurasana, Or Floating In love, Partner Wheel Pose
To get into the Urdwa Dhanurasana or wheel pose, here’s what partner 1 needs to do:
Step 1: Lie down on your back and bend your knees.
Step 2: Grab your ankles and bring your heels in, as close to your glutes as possible.
Step 3: Place your hands in line with your ears, fingers facing towards your feet. Now lift your hips, straightening your arms.
Step 4: Relax your neck, allowing your head to drop back. Gaze at your third eye.

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Next, partner 2 should get into position.
Step 5: Take a towel and stand with your feet at shoulder-width distance; your legs in contact with partner 1. Use the towel to support partner 1’s lower back.
Step 6: Gently pull the towel upward. This action will take the pressure off partner 1’s lower back. He or she will feel as light as a feather, floating mid-air. The feeling is liberating and helps open up their chakras, while activating all the glands in the body.
Step 7: Hold for 10 breaths and then trade places.

Paschimottanasana, Or Divine Forward Stretch
Step 1: Partner 1 and 2 sit facing each other with their legs stretched out; Feet and soles touching.
Step 2: Now both partners inhale, stretch your arms up; exhale, and bend forward from your hips grabbing each other’s wrists, forearms or upper arms, depending on flexibility and comfort.
Step 3: Hold for 15-20 breaths and repeat.

This little routine is a fun workout—a new fitness regime you could consider—that will help you connect as a couple in multiple ways. Exercising with you partner will also ensure that you don’t stray off course, and give you yet another reason to spend some time together, alone.

Nisha Gulati is a fitness expert and model originally hailing from New Jersey, USA. She is a certified Bikram Hot Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Instructor, health and fitness columnist for Hyderabad’s widely read B Positive Magazine, a trained Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Bhangra, and giddha dancer. She also has trained in Kalaripayattu a martial arts form in Kerala. Yoga has been a source of great discipline, inspiration and positivity for Nisha who has been teaching at studios in Mumbai India, Phuket Thailand, Marina Dubai and Vancouver Canada.