Month: January 2018

5 Benefits of Partner Yoga

atlas studioPartner yoga is an excellent opportunity for us to play, relax, and deepen the experience of love, while receiving all the benefits of yoga. The practice supports us to unplug from the stress of everyday life and nourish each other in both simple and profound ways. It opens up a whole new way of relating that is beneficial for all the different aspects of our being.

Here are five benefits of practicing partner yoga.

Partner Yoga connects and relaxes us. Partner yoga cuts through our habitual ways of relating and brings us more easily and directly into the heart. The touch and physical connection have an immediate relaxing effect that calms the mind and nervous system. We thrive on physical contact.

It supports our yoga practice. It is a wonderful entry into yoga for those who have little or no yoga experience & possibly believe themselves to be inflexible. Our partner’s presence provides the comfort and safety to stay present in areas of physical or emotional discomfort and supports us to move into places that are difficult to access on our own. For more experienced practitioners, the practice can deepens both our postures and our understanding of the healing power of yoga.

It creates more authenticity and honesty. The connection with our partner easily and naturally goes deeper because we are communicating directly, beyond words and stories, through our touch and presence. We learn that we don’t have to sacrifice our needs in order to be in relationship. Instead, we explore our own alignment and presence as the foundation to support our partner. In this way, the practice can cut through projections and misunderstandings and provide an opportunity to be transparent, honest, and vulnerable with each other. As one student recently shared, “Doing partner yoga helps us come close and back to love after an upset or disconnect. It’s a safe space to re-enter into intimacy.” Not only for romantic partners but for parents and children, for friends and siblings.

It allows us to see who & how we are in relationship. Simply sitting back to back, feeling a partner’s breath and warmth, we become mirrors for each other and feel how the quality of our presence impacts the other. We can feel if we are showing up as a willing, openhearted partner or open up to the opportunity of observing our resistance and/or assumptions about self or other.

It deepens our capacity for intimacy. Partner Yoga is a wonderful tool for us to enhance intimacy, going beyond the personality to recognize the soul attributes of those we are in relationship with. It can also be a magical way to get to know someone new in our lives!

(adapted from Elizabeth Williamson’s notes on the same subject, the edits and expansions are mine)


Flower of Life Yoga & Meditation Retreat – Costa Rica

TierraDeSueños2017_Fotografìas_SantiagoPascual_InternetSize_117Retreat is Nobel. Let’s retreat together to the beach and jungle of Costa Rica and give ourselves time to practice yoga, focus on deep self care and exploration of body, mind and spirit with long-time dedicated yogini, Denise Davis-Gains (over 30 years studying yoga and meditation, more than 24 years teaching yoga & wellness and 20 years training yoga teachers).
We will explore the world together and remember how to listen closely to our body, mind and spirit. Our days will start with yoga and a deep connection to our sankalpha. Conscious, locally sourced food supports our dedication to the planet and our bodies. Workshops and classes that take us places we have never been. A deeply satisfying experience for our wild, untameable souls!
Investment: 2,597.00 (airfare not included, shuttle included)
Early bird registration: With a 700.00 deposit….500.00 discount up until March 25, 2018 – extended by the retreat organizers!!!! That is a 20% savings.  Payment plans are available!
There are only 18 places – so register early!!
The Accommodations:
Tierra de Suenos is nestled in the jungle right next to some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. The rustic retreat centre is just outside of the Caribbean resort town of Puerto Viejo.
The centre is in the jungle and monkeys, toucans, sloths and other wildlife inhabit the area and are often seen overhead.
A quiet and refreshing retreat centre surrounded by the beauty of Costa Rica.
Flights not included. Group Shuttle/ground transportation included from Airport to Retreat Centre.
Remaining amount due after deposit in 2 payments, May 1, 2018 and November 1, 2018. A monthly payment plan is available upon request. Email Denise at
The Program -includes:
* 7 nights accommodations (shared Costa Rican style bungalows)
* Locally Sourced Meals daily
* Daily 2 yoga classes(am/pm), workshops, yoga nidra & meditation, live music and conversations with a master yoga teacher. See the retreat schedule here…
* a welcome gift
Optional Wellness Activities on site include:
* Infrared Sauna
* Massages
* Reiki
* Acupuncture
Optional Tours & Activities on site include:
*Surfing Lessions
*Swimming with Dolphins
* Medicine Man Tour in Local Jungle
*Chocolate Tour
*Waterfall or Jungle Hikes
*Hike learning about native plants
*Day with Native BriBri tribes
*Jaguar Rescue Centre
*Horseback riding
*Other spectacular Beaches
*White water rafting
Investment: 2597.00
** Deposit of 700.00 required to reserve your spot!!
Watch our facebook event page for more details….


Atlas Yoga Studio
18 Ainslie Street South, Unit B
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
N1R 3K1


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Director: Denise Davis-Gains
Phone: +1 519-240-9642