Forget Water Aerobics, I'm Going to Aqua Yoga
This article originally appeared on Yoganonymous.com.
Can you really embrace your asana under water?
Apparently, yes. According to this article posted by California Diver, many deep sea divers are now enjoying courses in underwater yoga. Yes—underwater!
So many questions pop up when I hear this statement. How do you breathe? How do you flow? How do you get the benefits of deep stretching?
As I read onin, my questions became obsolete. Underwater yoga is wonderful for you! Especially if you experience muscle stiffness. Yes, you will have to modify poses. Your breath may work a little differently, but it could be a beneficial.
If you’re looking to expand your practice and try new things—underwater yoga (also known as aqua yoga) may be your next destination. Swimming pools everywhere from Austin, Texas to Hong Kong are embracing this new form of yoga.
Aqua For Balance is a studio that shares aqua yoga classes with their community, and they claim that this particular yoga style helps increase your body’s range of motion, encourages detoxification, decreases muscle spasms, reduces fatigue, and aids in pain relief (among many, many other benefits—read the full list here).
Every single day there’s a new type of yoga merging it’s way onto the scene, but aqua yoga is by far the most serene style I’ve ever heard about. Imagine sitting underwater, focusing on your inner-workings. Nothing really around you, just water (that gently surrounds you and supports the weight of your body), and pure silence. No studio noises, no tension—just flow, and just ease.
You can try this with a parent or loved one who is reluctant to get deep into a yoga practice, as it’s minimally stressful on your muscles and joints, while simultaneously helps you explore a yoga practice.