Currently we offer two styles of aquatic yoga classes at AquaFit of Plano. Being able to swim is not a requirement. The pool depth ranges from 3'6" to 4'6". We can accommodate up to 24 students in the pool; the dimensions of the pool are 25' x 50'. Water temperature ranges from 88-89 degrees and the air temperature is 80 degrees.
Though 80 degree air temperature sounds warm, it is the perfect balance to the water temperature being at 88-89 degrees. Not so sure? We invite you to try the first time for absolutely free.
If you are uncertain how the aqua yoga practice will affect your particular condition, we recommend you receive a personal consultation before attending your first group class. Please see more information here:
Aqua Yoga - Monday and Wedensday Morning
Mondays 11:30 am
Wednesdays 10:30 am
These are suitable for individuals who are interested in approaching their yoga practice with emphasis on moving from and with the breath. The class is taught with the Viniyoga approach to postures practice. The goal is to restore natural healthy curvature of the spine; the limbs of the body release and strengthen naturally as the relationship between breath and the spine is cultivated. The orientation is around the breath and spine first and then outward.
We have a very diverse population of students who benefit from these morning sessions. Some have no specific health concerns or issues but for others practicing yoga in the water is especially meaningful. Many of our students who used to have a land practice feel that they are at a point in their lives where practice in the water serves them better. We also have students who cannot practice inversions such as downward facing dog on land; however, they can enjoy "water dog" and more instead. In this class students do not get their hair wet.
Here is a listing of the kinds of conditions some of our students have:
Herniated/bulging disc issues
Scoliosis/rod in back
Pregnancy past first trimester
Balance difficulties on land
High blood pressure/hypertension
Diabetes and/or insulin resistance
Glaucoma/detachment of retina
*Note as of January 2019 this class has been removed from the schedule. Clients are strongly encouraged to sign up for one-on-one work to receive a practice tailored to their condition.
Therapeutic Movement - Afternoon
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 pm
This session is recommended for post-op patients and individuals who have just been released from physical therapy. This is also a good fit for anyone wanting to gain a better awareness of their movement patterns and imbalances in their structure. Through this awareness, teacher and student work together to try to reduce dysfunctional movement patterns.
Many of the movements I teach in the class do stem from techniques taught in aquatic physical therapy, but I also incorporate techniques from Viniyoga, where movements are initiated with and guided through the breath. Consciousness of breath with simple movements help students understand how breath affects the spinal curves and can support their structure.
Please note that the Therapeutic title given to the class as well as the population it has been determined appropriate for is the decision of the hosting facility. The therapeutic and yoga therapy components of my instruction are based on resources I receive as a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists & Yoga International as well as material I study from the American Viniyoga Institute, not derived from my status as an RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.