The hanging bow posture is an amazing partner yoga pose that gives a really nice stretch to the chest, abdominal muscles, and hip flexors. This pose is also wildly entertaining, so you might consider giving it a go with a friend if you’re flexible enough to comfortably hang out in the bow pose on your own.
If you decide to try this one out, have your friend enter the bow posture. Carefully thread your feet through your partner’s arms and rest your feet near either side of their waist. Once you’ve gotten into the general position, wrap your hands around your partner’s feet just under the heels. Bend your legs, keep your back straight, and gently pull upward. Check in with your partner to make sure that everything is going well, and if they give you the green light, gently lift them upward and off of the floor.
Once they’re up, hang out for a bit, and lower them gently back down to the floor when they’re ready to descend.
NB: If your partner isn’t ready to lift all the way, a gentle upward pull on the arms and legs still feels great. Start with that and build to the full lift with practice.
What about you? Got any cool yoga tricks to share?