The Physical Health Benefits of Aqua Yoga
It increases flexibility. With aqua yoga, you get the same benefits of regular yoga, but you’re supported by the water while doing so. For me, I’ve noticed that I’m able to perform some poses better in the water than on dry land. And that has helped me improve my flexibility even more. To get started, try these 8 yoga pool poses.
It’s easy on the joints. I mentioned how the water supports your body. Combine that with the buoyancy created by water, and you end up with a great low impact workout. As this Chicago Tribune article on water aerobics notes, being in the water means “no jarring or pounding on joints or bones.” It also notes that the water “massages the body,” which makes for a more therapeutic exercise routine.
It serves as a great way to rehab after an injury. Because water is easy on the joints and helps support the body, aqua yoga is also a great way to rehab after an injury. In this blog post, a yoga and personal trainer explains how she used aqua yoga to rehab after having surgery to repair ACL and MCL tears. She notes that the resistance of the water helps rebuild strength after an injury and says that being able to walk in the water without her crutches helped her feel more independent.
It helps alleviate breathing issues. Breathing patterns are just as important in aqua yoga as they are in yoga practiced on dry land. As this Aqua Kriya Yoga program notes, breathing is a huge focus and many participants with breathing issues are able to correct them in the course of their aqua yoga practice.
Aqua yoga is growing in popularity and for good reason. The physical and mental health benefits are truly astounding. Don’t hesitate to take your yoga practice into the water.
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Patricia Sarmiento loves swimming and running. She channels her love of fitness and wellness into blogging about health and health-related topics. She played sports in high school and college and continues to make living an active lifestyle a goal for her and her family. She lives with her husband, two children, and their shih tzu in Maryland.