Water Yoga - yoga in the water

WATER YOGA

Come explore a new environment for practicing yoga - one that assists, resists, and supports your own movements. This is the wondrous world of water. Because of the unique properties of water people of all fitness levels can safely enjoy water yoga. Conditions such as arthritis, MS, obesity, and others can make traditional yoga practice on land extremely difficult. The force of gravity during standing poses (“asanas’) may also be too great for deconditioned individuals just beginning physical activity after illness or injury. But the buoyancy and hydrostatic pressure of the water support the body in all directions making most standing yoga poses easier. Over time practicing these poses in the water will lead to greater strength and stability. Often people move on to broaden their yoga practice on land after training in the water.

Cynthia Bialek - creator of Yoga Afloat (a water yoga program)I first began to practice yoga in the water after a two year struggle with chronic fatigue and fibromyalsia.
Having been very extremely active for years in group exercise, running, cycling, dance and yoga made me quite frustrated at the start. But practicing yoga in the water was like nothing else I had ever felt. It is a one on one experience with nature. The water’s energy suddenly becomes your own when you have none. You become excepting of this as you feel yourself slowly being restored. It is not a miracle. You have to “let go” relax and learn to be passive and receive a little at a time. Patience is the key to any successful recovery. Yoga teaches you to be kind to yourself and the water helps by making movements easier.

As there are many ways to practice yoga movements on land so are there in the water. Vinyasas (connecting movements) help keep the body warm by sending oxygen more quickly to many muscles as the body flows from one yoga pose to the next. These vinyasas can be performed standing in the middle of a pool, on the side , or in a floating position.

Water Yoga
Yoga in the Water
Water Yoga

Partner and group poses are very valuable for many people who benefit greatly from fellowship.

Water Yoga
Water Yoga
Water Yoga
Water Yoga
Yoga in the water
Yoga in the water
Yoga in the water
Yoga in the water

Water temperature and the time spent in the water is very important. If vinyasa work is practiced one will not feel the cold as much. Water temperature can be suitable between 82 and 86 degrees for no more than 45 minutes. If mostly floating and flexibility poses, breathing and meditation are practiced the water should be betwwen 86 and 90 degrees. The duration of the session sould be between 30 and 45 minutes.

Floatation equipment may be used if a knowlegeable instructor is present. I have designed a program called Yoga Afloat and have certified a few hundred people in the program to date. If you are interested in learning more about the program or on how to become certified in Yoga Afloat click here.

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