If you love the water and the unique fitness benefits it offers, it’s high time you try Yoga in the Pool.
This modified yoga practice is calming, as well as an effective workout.
The Skinny On Yoga In The Pool
Yoga in the Pool utilizes the principles of traditional yoga, but with modified movements suitable for the water. In many of the movements, the side of the pool replaces the floor.
This type of yoga is also referred to as Aqua Yoga.
A Brief History
Fitness classes performed in the water originated in the 1950s with Water Aerobics, attributed to Jack Lalanne. Water has always been well-known to add resistance and increased balance and core work, and the popularity of water fitness lead to an explosion of classes such as Aqua Zumba and Yoga in the Pool.
The exact origin of Aqua Yoga is not known, but it became mainstream in 2013.
What Sort Of Exercise Is Yoga In The Pool?
This type of yoga is a low-impact, thermal aquatic workout with a variety of modified movements that make it accessible to advanced practitioners, as well as beginners.
Preparation for the Exercise
You’ll want to wear a bathing suit or fitness clothing you don’t mind getting wet. The water will likely be set to 86-90 degrees, and the class will last from 30-45 minutes.
If your instructor makes use of floatation devices, such as kick boards or pool noodles, bring your own or borrow one from your gym before class begins.
Yoga in the Pool makes use of the side of the pool for poses like Happy Baby, as well as freeform poses and exercises in the water, such as Seaweed Asana. To be less “floaty” during poses, try these three things:
- Keep pelvic floor lifted and engaged for balance and grounding
- Draw your belly up and in, concentrating on keeping all sides of the waist long
- Lengthen the base of your skull upwards so the neck is long
Think about keeping your head in alignment over your heart and your heart over your pelvis, and focus on slowing your breath. Attempt to remain solidly anchored in your feet.
Benefits of Yoga In The Pool
Water has relaxing effects on the nervous system and will help you feel at peace during your practice – even more so than in a yoga practice on land. There are many variations of poses; choose the one in which you feel most grounded in the water.
Water is naturally supportive, enveloping you with each movement. It is ideal for those with physical limitations.
Types of Yoga In The Pool
Yoga in the Pool classes vary in the types of poses used, and in whether they employ floatation devices or not. Just as there are eight types of yoga, including Bikram and Vinyasa, there are Aqua Yoga variations for each.
Yoga in the Pool is a unique, therapeutic form of yoga that can accommodate people of all fitness levels. If you’d like to change up your yoga practice, it offers a unique way to evolve your workout and add a new appreciation for your favorite yoga poses.