Why Aqua Yoga

With the multitude of styles of yoga, why aqua yoga? What is so special about practicing in the environment of water? Is it really that big of a deal?

 

The environment of water provides a tremendous amount of sensory feedback to the yoga practitioner. We are accustomed to operating on land and usually only against one plane of reference and force (the ground and gravity). We have a very difficult time knowing ourselves honestly and how certain things feel in the body can over time become very familiar to the point that our awareness to what is really going on diminishes. The gift of being held in the water is that is provides an opportunity to refresh your perception of operating in your body. The unpredictable nature of moving in the water stimulates the mind. Water tells you the truth about imbalances in your body in a very kind and supportive way. In the water, the body receives a great lift from the weight of gravity. This provides freedom in some ways but very interesting challenges in others. Whether you consider yourself a healthy body with no major concerns or someone who is experiencing pain and difficulty in the body, water has something special to teach you.

 

For individuals with a special condition who would like to understand a bit better about the properties of water and how they relate to supporting their condition, we'd like to share with you the following information generated by Camella Nair of Aqua Kriya Yoga who has been pioneering Aqua Yoga Therapy for almost 20 years. You can learn more about Camella and Aqua Kriya Yoga at www.aquakriyayoga.com

 


Buoyancy

Enhances flexibility and range of motion

Improves pelvic floor health

Reduces weight on joints

Support weak muscles

Decompresses the spine

Populations Benefited

Overweight

Knee/hip issues

Back pain

Pregnancy issues

Blind


Water Viscosity & Resistance

Educates muscles through controlled movements

Tones muscles

Massages the lymphatic system

Improves range of motion more than on land

Reduces resting and exercise heart rate

Populations Benefited

Amputation

Scoliosis

Post-surgery on joints

Arthritis

Cancer


Hydrostatic Pressure

Increases respiratory function

Improves circulation

Improves posture and trunk control

Affects skin and internal organs positively

Reduces swelling in legs and ankles

Populations Benefited

Asthma

Depression

Spinal injury

Paralysis

Post surgery


Warm Water Immersion

Increases sensory awareness

Improves balance

Freedom for those with paralyses

Uses therapy time more efficiently

Calms the parasympathetic nervous system

Populations Benefited

PTSD

Fibromyalgia

Multiple Sclerosis

Parkinson's Disease

Autism



"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),It's always our self we find in the sea." -e.e. cummings