Aqua Yoga for Pain and Stress Relief
In Aqua Yoga you are able to challenge your body, mind and spirit for healing.
Practicing Yoga in warm water can provide a number of benefits. It acts as a safeguard against any injuries that will most likely occur on land. The buoyancy of water can reduce your “weight” by about 90 percent, which reduces stress on joints and connective tissues.
The buoyancy of water decreases the amount of shock which is transmitted through the bones/ joints/ ligaments on land activities, while in chest deep water. The movements of your hands and legs become smoother in water and therefore your body will not experience the strain.
Aqua Yoga take places when water temperature is 29 to 34.4ºC.
- The thermal properties of water assist healing.
- The body’s reaction to warm 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
- Leave you both physically and mentally relaxed
The hydrostatic pressure is beneficial for Aqua Yoga breathing. The pressure of the water on the chest wall resists muscles that expand the chest for breathing. In this way, these muscles are strengthened and can more efficiently expand the chest.
Beyond the physical advantages of Aqua Yoga, there are mental and spiritual improvements. You will feel better about yourself and familiarize yourself with your body. In Aqua Yoga you are able to challenge your body, mind and spirit for healing in a way that can never be accomplished on land.