What is Aqua Yoga?

Develop strength and balance with this relaxing form of aquatic exercise

Aqua Yoga is a low-impact aquatic exercise, performing Yoga poses in warm water. Aqua Yoga poses simultaneously help you to develop:

  • Strength
  • Static balance
  • Range of motion increase

This is accomplished in coordination with diaphragmatic breathing and long exhalations.

Aqua Yoga is a gentle and very low impact aquatic activity.

Aqua Yoga takes the principles and movements of Yoga and adapts them to the water environment.

  • With the release of gravity the body is able to find the optimum stretch.
  • By using the rhythm of the breath an inner sense of relaxation can be achieved.
  • Aqua Yoga strengthens and tones the body whilst relieving tensions and renewing energy.
  • There is a beneficial cycle between the mind, the body and the emotions.

Health Benefits of Aqua Yoga

  • Pain relief from Fibromyalgia and arthritis
  • Ease anxiety and stress
  • Promotes profound relaxation, peace and joy
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • Reduce soreness and fatigue
  • Improve digestion
  • Enhance immune system response
  • Improve healing
  • Increase body energy
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improves muscle tone and strength
  • Increase muscle relaxation
  • Decrease muscle spasm
  • Improves endurance
  • Decrease spasticity (muscular hypertonicity)
  • Slowed bone density loss
  • Decreased heart rate, systolic blood pressure
  • Improve breathing
  • Encourage body detoxification
  • Increased sodium and potassium excretion
  • Remove metabolic waste
  • Increases cardiovascular function
  • Improves self esteem
  • Overall improvement in quality of life

Activities in warm water:

  • Promote well-being
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Alleviate chronic pain
  • Relieve stress
  • Ease the pain of fibromyalgia

It is believed that the thermal properties of water assist healing. The body’s reaction to hot and cold water causes the nerves at the surface of the skin to carry impulses deep into the body. This reaction is thought to:

  • Lessen pain sensitivity
  • Stimulate the immune system
  • Aid lymphatic drainage
  • Increase blood circulation

It is also likely to leave you both physically and mentally relaxed.

Bodywork in warm water can release energy and balance chi

Thermal aquatic bodywork is an effective way of mobilizing “Chi” (life force) through the “Meridians” (lines of energy in the body). Body temperature water offers a unique and ideal medium for freeing energy. The lightness of the body in water allows the Aquatic practitioner to float you, which has the following effects:

  • Frees the spinal vertebrae
  • Rotates joint articulations
  • Elongates muscles

All of the above benefits are simply not possible with land exercise.

Precautions:

Alcohol and smoking are prohibited during activities.

There are several precautions you need to consider before participating the thermal aquatic bodywork:

  • confusion or disorientation
  • after ingestion of alcoholic beverages
  • under the influence of narcotic
  • medications
  • respiratory problems
  • hypertension
  • medical condition affecting the spine
  • spinal disc herniation (slipped disc)
  • pregnancy
  • limited strength, endurance, balance, or range of motion

Contraindications:

You can not participate if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

  • incontinence diarrhea, bowel/bladder incontinence
  • vomiting (emesis)
  • seizure (epilepsy) disorders
  • open wounds or non-healing ulcers
  • contagious skin condition
  • herpes
  • high fever
  • HIV
  • hepatitis C
  • infectious diseases
  • ear infection (otitis)
  • urinary infections
  • perforated eardrum
  • eye infection
  • heart disease (abnormal heart function), cardiac failure
  • blood pressure disorder (untreated)
  • pregnancy (after the 17th week, with your physician approval)
  • chemotherapy and radiation therapy (after the 3rd month)
  • allergies or sensitivities to pool chemicals
  • excessive fear of water
  • colostomy bag/catheter use by patient

Yoga Asanas in Water

What are the physiological changes in our body during Aqua Aerobics exercise:

  • Decreased heart rate
  • Decreased rate of respiration
  • Increased depth of respiration
  • Increased peripheral vasodilatation
  • Increased smooth muscle activity (digestion)
  • Decreased activation of striated muscles (skeletal)
  • Decreased spasticity
  • Decreased muscle spasm
  • Decreased reticular activating system (RAS) activity
  • Enhanced immune system response

 

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