Aqua Yoga for Healing
Aqua Yoga can build awareness of your body if you go as far as is right for you.
In general, Aqua Yoga is beneficial for those with many medical problems, as it can be gentle and very low impact. Aqua Yoga can be safely practiced by people with a wide range of fitness levels and physical abilities.
- The fact that the body becomes weightless in water means that the asanas and exercises don’t put strain on the joints as they would on land.
- In addition, many of the asanas and exercises will increase synovial fluid production, which improves the lubrication of the joints.
These factors make water an ideal medium for exercising arthritic joints and other problem joints/muscles/ligaments. Aqua Yoga can help to:
- Improve flexibility and function
- Reduce stiffness
- Strengthen the muscles around the joints
- Reducing strain on the joints themselves
The support of the water also makes it easier for those who are less mobile to carry out Yoga asanas than on dry land.
Water also provides resistance, and this resistance is used in Aqua Yoga to help strengthen and develop control.
This is very useful in helping with some joint and other musculoskeletal problems, and can be safer and more gentle than the traditional work with weights in the gym.
Those with chronic back pain can benefit enormously from Aqua Yoga.
- Strengthens gently
- Increases flexibility
- Improves posture
- Spinal awareness
These skills can be taken into every day life.
The weightlessness in water can allow those with back problems to move more easily and comfortably.
The golden rule in Yoga is to go as far as is right for you, and Yoga can improve your awareness of your body and its needs. The exercises and asanas should not cause pain; if something is uncomfortable for you, stop, and inform your practitioner. If you find something difficult rather than painful, try slowing it down and concentrate on relaxing that area of your body.