One thought that always comes to mind when we think about spas is relaxation. Whether you’re getting comfortable with a good book and soothing music, or enjoying quality time with family and friends, you’re bound to encounter the relaxing benefits of soaking in a hot tub. But what happens when you bring the art of yoga and meditation to the jet-driven waters? In this article, we’re going to find out.
What is Water Yoga?
Water yoga is exactly as it sounds: yoga that is performed in the water. This can be done in both cool and warm water, it all depends on your personal preference and the water feature that is available to you. In this article, we’re going to focus specifically on yoga performed in a hot tub or swim spa, as these water features are built with your health, wellness and relaxation in mind.
A Closer Look at Yoga
Yoga is a practice that dates back thousands of years. It involves a rhythmic pattern of slow and controlled stretches, positions and breathing exercises. It can help to clear your mind, relieve stress, tone and strengthen muscles, and achieve an overall healthier lifestyle.
The Benefits of Water Yoga
If you thought that the health benefits of soaking in a hot tub or swim spa were already spectacular, wait until you do yoga in the spa too! It can help to amplify certain health benefits of the jet-driven water, while adding a few extras for you to enjoy.
Here are 10 of the best health benefits of hot tub and swim spa yoga:
- Less stress
- Better sleep
- Fewer aches and pains
- Weight maintenance
- Improved flexibility
- Stronger, toned muscles
- Reduced muscle tension
- More energy
- Improved balance and core strength
- Enhanced overall mobility
Soaking in your hot tub for as little as 20 minutes several times a week can result in many of the above health benefits. Can you imagine how amazing you would feel if you incorporated water yoga into your spa session too?
As always, we highly recommend consulting a physician before engaging in water yoga to ensure your best health. You never know, your doctor may have some tips and tricks up their sleeve to help maximize your experience.
Water Yoga Poses
- Mountain Pose
- Seated Forward Bend
- Upward Facing Dog Pose
- Lotus Pose
- Triangle Pose
- Tree Pose
- Warrior II Pose
- Warrior II Pose
- Lord of the Dance Pose
- Boat Pose
- Camel Pose
- Eagle Pose
- Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose
- Warrior III Pose
Your Water Yoga Routine
The beauty of water yoga is that your routine can be tailored to meet your needs and adjusted for your fitness level. There are so many poses that can be incorporated for those at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Keep in mind that whichever poses that you choose to include, your head must always remain above water – so forget the downward dog while in the spa!
What will you need for your water yoga session? Gather your towel, a bottle of water, music playlist, bathing suite, robe, and anything else that you may need.
Enter the water slowly and allow your body a few minutes to adjust to the temperature and relax before you get started. You may want to perform some light stretches before you enter the water as well.
Keep your routine a little shorter than you would on dry land, as you don’t want to overexert yourself while in the warm water. Take it slow and perform each pose in a slow and controlled motion. Be sure to use the grab bars to steady yourself if you feel that you may lose balance.
Once you have finished your water yoga session, simply have a seat and sip your water as your body cools down. Remember, this is a relaxing experience, so take some time to do just that!
Imagine Backyard Living
Does water yoga sound like the right approach to health, wellness and relaxation for you? Visit Imagine Backyard Living today to learn more or find your dream spa. We have a wide selection of Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs, Sundance® Spas, Hydropool Swim Spas, backyard essentials, and everything else in between.
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