Yoga With Friends

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BY Don Peers, Elixr Yoga Teacher
Thursday Jun 29, 2017
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If the yoga studio is your happy place, there's one way to make it even better: rope in a buddy to downward dog with you. Here are five great reasons to recruit a friend to be your yoga partner:

1. You'll be sharing the love
If you're a regular at your favourite class, you'll know that your yoga practice helps you to de-stress, keep fit and stay flexible. These are pretty amazing benefits, and way too good to keep to yourself – so why not share the experience with your BFF?

2. You can motivate each other
We all have days when the lure of the couch is strong, and this is where a yoga buddy really comes in handy. You're much less likely to give in to your inner sloth if you know your yoga partner is waiting for you. Sometimes, a little guilt can be a good thing.

3. You'll have moral support
If you're relatively new to this yoga thing, you might feel a little intimidated in class. You shouldn't, but you might. There's an easy fix for this. Get a friend to join you, so you can support and encourage each other as you find your feet and try out new poses for the first time.

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4. You might even enjoy it more
If you love your time on the mat, you might enjoy it even more if you do it with a friend – and we're not just saying that, there's science to back it up. Research published in Psychological Science shows that sharing a positive experience with another person can make it more pleasurable. In the article, lead researcher Erica Boothby says, "A pleasant experience that goes unshared is a missed opportunity to focus on the activity we and others are doing and give it a boost." 

5. You'll get healthier, together
Sure, you could get together for an after-work glass of wine and catch-up. Or, you could meet up at the gym and work up a sweat as you reap the many, many health benefits of a regular yoga practice – and then head out for that glass of wine and catch-up. According to this Huffington Post article, these benefits include better cardiovascular health, improved mood, reduced stress and anxiety, and sharper brain function.

If you're going it alone

No luck getting a friend to practice yoga with you? No worries. Show up often enough at your favourite class and you're bound to meet a friendly and diverse group of people who all have one important thing in common – a passion for yoga.

At Elixr, we offer a range of yoga classes at our Bondi Junction and Bligh Street clubs. Check out our class timetable and plan your yoga schedule here.

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