Do you and your bestie like to try new things together? I know that my girlfriends and I are always looking for a way to spend some quality time together, but having a coffee at the cafe again and again can get old after a while. Taking a drawing lesson or craft workshop can be fun if the two of you are artsy, and taking a Spin class at the gym or a Vinyasa class at a Yoga studio will get the body moving, but you’re not actually connecting with your friend.
When my yogi friends and I go to a Yoga studio, I find that it’s hard for me to focus on my practice as well as the teacher’s pace because I want to compare notes with my friend about elbow placement in Sphinx Pose, (Salamba Bhujangasana) or comment on how we’ve both improved by a teeny tiny millimetre in Monkey Pose or Hanumanasana (the good old-fashioned splits). In most Yoga studios, the classes are silent and can even be a bit serious so once you’ve ungracefully fallen over in Warrior III pose, or tooted your way through a Sun Salutation because of that three-bean soup you had last night, a giggle session with your bestie is out of the question. In addition, it’s hard to get a repeat on the sequence instructions or clarification on proper alignment simply because the teacher has a lot of students to watch and assist.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love my local Yoga studios and when I go alone I’m wanting to work on connecting the body with the mind and the breath and I’m dedicating an hour or so to igniting my Prana (universal energy that flows like currents in the body).
But back to time with you and your friend: A Duet Yoga Session with a qualified teacher allows for the two of you to have a Yoga practice that is tailored to your own needs, be it a tight lower back or tense shoulders, while at the same time you can talk with your friend, assist each other in poses (asanas) and give each other words of encouragement.
When I lead a Duet Yoga Session you can expect everything you would in a traditional Yoga studio such as a warm-up, Sun Salutations, standing sequences, floor work and breath work. The difference is that you will be guided in every single pose to ensure safe alignment, correct positioning and knowledge on different poses to meet different needs. You can request to work on certain chakras that need to be opened or certain areas of the body such as the hips or chest, or have a session focused on balancing the hormones and endocrine system; the variations on class themes are endless.
Feel free to contact me if you and your friend would like to set up a Duet Yoga Session for 60 to 90 minutes. We can meet at the beach or a park in the Eastern Suburbs or Inner West in Sydney, or I can come to your place if that suits you.