Book Launch “It takes two to yoga”
It was launched at the charming Devang house cafe at Ashok hotel in Delhi this August, followed by a lively discussion on how the idea of writing a book fully dedicated to Partner yoga appeared and evolved, and what are the main aspects of practicing yoga with a partner. As a quintessence of the evening, the guests enjoyed a breathtaking performance by Sonu and Shikha from India Got Talent, demonstrating the beauty and the challenges of a partner yoga. (See photos of the event below)
“We have been offering partner yoga classes quite regularly at the AtréYoga Studio in Delhi. It started almost for fun with the students who regularly come to class, then the demand for partner yoga increased and we conceived specialised workshops entirely dedicated to partner yoga sessions. However, the idea of writing the book did not exactly evolved over time; it rather surfaced up suddenly when my editor Dharini Bhaskar, raised the idea to condense my experience with partner yoga into a manual that could allow a wider public to benefit from this amazing practice” – explains Zubin Atré.
When two people meld, the impact and the experience of their practice deepens on account of touch.
It Takes Two to Yoga moves beyond individual yogic practice and embraces the essence of yoga a term that, in fact, means a ‘union’ or a ‘yoking together’. It considers asanas that two people can practice as one whether they are colleagues, couples, parents or friends to deepen the impact of postures.
After hand-holding readers through a series of preparatory poses, this book goes on to guide partners and couples through the minutiae of more than forty two-person postures among them, ‘butterfly arch’, where two bodies curve like the wings of a moth; ‘London bridge’, where two pairs of hands knot to form an overpass and ‘flying bow’, where one of two partners seems to levitate! Besides photographs, each posture comes with detailed practice instructions; The vision guiding the pose and how best to build awareness.
What makes It Takes Two to Yoga particularly special is its emphasis on touch. By focusing on this form of non-verbal communication, the book uses yoga as a tool to establish a connection that goes beyond the purely physical, rather, couples and partners, by practicing as one, come to embrace laughter, trust, compassion, forgiveness and an acceptance of each other’s limitations.
“It takes two to yoga” is now available in the bookstores across India, as well as on Amazon and Kindle (goo.gl/Xxl2El)