Yoga for lovers

Downward dog.

We leave early in the morning and come home late at night, passing out next to our partners. The problem: We are not always present in body and soul, and spend more time interacting with our BlackBerry or iPhone than with each other. These poses are aimed at slowing you down and bringing you closer together as you spend five to eight intense minutes together either in morning or at end of 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 the lower back. Start breathing in and out together and feel each other’s breath as you start breathing in unison. Count in for two breaths and out for four for a few rounds. Then in for three breaths and out for six, then in for four and out for eight, gradually building up to in for five and out for 10. This is your chance to slow down after a busy day and connect with your partner.

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), get on your hands and knees, with your toes tucked under, then 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 long deep sighs out. This is a great pose to stretch out the back and strengthen the arms and shoulders.

3 Spinal twist.
Lie on your backs next to one another and stretch your arms out 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 and lower your knees to the right. As you are both lowering your knees in same direction, take five breaths. Lift knees and then lower over to the left and take five breaths. Place your feet back on the ground.

4 Eye-to-eye kindness.
Making sure you have some quality face-to-face time with your other half is vital. Sit down on the floor facing each other. Make sure you are in a comfortable cross-leg position and that your spine is straight. Place a pillow under your buttocks. Breathe together in for two counts out for four. Sit facing each other again and look into your partner’s eyes and say three kind things you love about them. This is a great practice for letting the one you love know why.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor announces public housing improvements

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem on Wednesday, calling for the scaffolding to come down at NYCHA complexes across…

National

Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…

Local

Bratton defends 'broken windows' work as NYPD support…

Sixty percent of those polled said they support the "broken windows" theory approach popularized by Commissioner Bratton since his first term in the 1990s.

Local

Transit changes for Labor Day weekend

The MTA is adding additional service Friday for New Yorkers getting out of the city for the long weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29, 27 additional…

Television

'Full House' might be relaunched with some of…

A new "Full House" might be in the works.

Movies

Review: 'The Congress' is a crazy, unwieldy sci-fi…

Robin Wright is the center of gravity in "The Congress," which turns from a live-action Hollywood satire into an animated spectacular on a downer future.

Movies

Review: 'The Last of Robin Hood' is a…

Dakota Fanning plays Errol Flynn's (Kevin Kline) teenage gal pal in "The Last of Robin Hood," which takes a scandal and makes it dully empathetic.

Movies

Review: The uneven 'Life of Crime' mostly gets…

Elmore Leonard's "The Switch" becomes the new indie crime dramedy "Life of Crime," with Jennifer Aniston as a kidnapped woman whose husband won't pay up.

Sports

Serena Williams leaving legacy of talented American women…

It seems only a matter of when, not if, Serena Williams will win her 18th career grand slam championship.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…

Sex

The 10 types of people you meet online

Does it ever seem like online dating profiles tend to get a little repetitive? It turns out you are not the only one to have…

Home

Labor Day essentials

Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or barbecuing in the park here are some must-haves for your end-of-summer bash.

Education

Does the school day start too early?

As thousands of high schoolers get ready to head back to class, health experts say it may be time to push back the start of…