An Introduction to Water Yoga

20 Oct

water yogaWant to lose weight without breaking a sweat? Try Water Yoga, a relatively new idea. New but effective and getting popular rapidly. Water yoga is low impact and gentle on the muscles and joints, making it perfect for the elderly, pregnant women and people with injuries or chronic conditions. Moving through various ranges of motion while submerged in water provides low-impact resistance to your muscles and may help alleviate symptoms of certain medical conditions, including arthritis, osteoporosis and tendonitis.

This fun water workout burns mega calories and tones every trouble spot. Aquatic yoga can burn fat faster. Aquatic exercises can help you heal faster too. Doctors often recommend them for people with joint injuries, infections or surgeries as a way to stay fit and shorten recovery time. The soothing warmth and buoyancy of warm water make it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. Water supports joints to encourage free movement, and may also act as resistance to help build muscle strength. Water therapy exercise is especially helpful in cases where a land-based exercise program is not possible due to the intensity of pain, decreased bone density, disability or other factors

Looking for a great summer workout? Leave your gym shoes in the closet and turn to water yoga instead. Like all water exercises, water yoga is easy on the joints. It provides resistance, which strengthens muscles and boosts cardio intensity. Water provides 12 times the resistance of air, so as you walk, you’re really strengthening and building muscle. But not all the Yoga poses are suitable for Water Yoga. So let’s find some poses that are perfect for Water Yoga.

Floating Forward Bend
Wall Cobra
Floating Boat Pose
Floating Half Bow Pose
Water Handstand
Chair Pose
Corpse Pose

But before practicing these water yoga poses you might try water walking. This will help you get familiar with the water movement and movement in water. In water that’s about waist-high, walk across the pool swinging your arms like you do when walking on land. Make sure that you are NOT walking on your tiptoes. Try to keep balance and keep your back straight.

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