Features of the J's pool that makes it an excellent environment for aqua yoga:
Aqua yoga benefits ALL ages and body types. We have seen:
Typically, we see that our aqua yoga classes are largely attended by the senior community. Seniors are the ones who are the most willing to connect with the aqua yoga experience. However, we have lately seen younger individuals ranging in age from 20s to 50s who still work come take the evening class on a regular basis. Many of these individuals find that it either helps them relieve stress and complements their aerobic activities very well - they are able to relax muscular tension/holding patterns due to repetition from those types of workouts. Often they are surprised by the amount of core, leg and arm strength challenge and coordination the practice provides.
Aqua yoga is an inclusive practice that encourages and empowers people of all ages and backgrounds to pursue wellness in mind, body and spirit.
Learn more on the wide variety of conditions people live with who are included in the practice:
Our teaching approach encourages students to get to know each other and explore how connection with another supports yet also challenges them in balance and strength work.
Any type of flotation device can be used for resistance work in the water. We often use pool noodles but we have also used kick boards and aqua bells. When positioned to be pressed down into the water, the student can both actively strengthen and release muscle groups. Level of challenge can be adjusted to placement and weight of the flotation device.
The students themselves have shared their own stories about how the practice has transformed them:
The bars bolted into the pool wall create a likelihood of strap techniques being available for students. This type of resistance work is excellent for building strength in muscles surrounding the knees without submitting the joints to loading under full gravity. It is also a helpful to help students practice hip stability as well as opening shoulders and learn how to practice spinal extensions in a healthy way.
Abdominal work and arm balance work can also be explored.
Various weight pool noodles, kick boards and aqua bells.