Couple’s yoga: It’s OK to giggle your way through

Start or end your Valentine’s Day with a little partner yoga.

We leave early in the morning and come home late at night, passing out next to our partners. The problem: We’re not always fully present, often spending more time interacting with our iPhones than each other. These yoga poses are aimed at slowing you down and bringing you closer together with your Valentine for an intense five to eight minutes of your day.

1. Calming breath

 
Sit back to back with your partner in a comfortable position, making sure your spine is straight. Sitting on a pillow may help lift your lower back.
Start breathing in and out together, and feel each other’s breath as you start breathing in unison.
 
Breathe in for two counts and out for four for a few rounds. Then, in for three and out for six; then, in for four and out for eight, gradually building up to in for five and out for ten.
This helps you create a deep feeling of relaxation. This is your chance to slow down the nervous system and connect with your partner after a busy day.

2. Downward dog

 
This is a classic pose and, done together, it will get the two of you laughing and feeling connected. Position your mats in a straight line (not side by side). Facing away from each other, get on your hands and knees. With your toes tucked under, lift your bum up in the air and press your thighs back to straighten the legs.
 
Press in your hands as you straighten the arms and press your bum up as high as possible. If you both look between your legs you should be able to see one another.
 
From here, you can tread gently from heel to heel or take long breaths in and deep sighs out.
This is a great pose to stretch the back and strengthen the arms and shoulders.

3. Spinal twist
 
Lie on your backs next to each other and stretch your arms to the side. Your left hand can hold your partner’s right wrist and vice versa.

Place your feet flat on floor, then lift your feet off the ground and bring your knees into your chest.

Lower your knees to the right. As you are both lowering your knees in same direction, take five breaths.

Lift your knees and then lower over to the left side, taking five breaths.

Place your feet back on the ground.

The spinal twist opens the chest (where the heart is) and releases tension in the lower back, shoulders and neck.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.