Water yoga is a low intensity aquatic exercise where yoga stretches are conducted under water. A variation of this is done on paddle boards that float in water. Aquatic yoga is known to help in improving the core functions of the body.
Strength which is the state of being physically strong. It is the capacity of the body to withstand force.
Stability allows the body to be firm, solid and steady.
Balance the body, this means an even distribution of weight that allows it to be upright and steady.
Range of motion
There are various physical properties that water provide. Understanding these helps the body when they are used in aquatic practices.
Buoyancy which is the upward pressure exerted by the water when an object is made to sink
Density depending on the density of the immersed object, the tendency is to sink or float.
Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure exerted by the water column on all sides when an object is immersed in it. This benefits lymphatic circulation. This applies mild pressure on the lungs causing them to expand thus improving respiratory efficiency.
Resistance is the pressure exerted by the water against a movement when a movement is carried out. This helps to increase the sensory awareness to build muscle strength.
Turbulence the turbulence in water as it moves in random directions causes resistance to the body thereby helping to alleviate pain. More movement improves circulation.
Stamina Exercising in water helps to build stamina, strength, and flexibility, cardiovascular fitness. It also helps burn body fat. Medicinally, it is a great healer. Water yoga can help rehabilitate muscles and joints.
Benefits of Aquatic Yoga
An optimum stretch can be attained by working with low gravity; especially when yoga is done within the water.
Following a proper awareness on the breath an ultimate relaxation can be achieved.
✡ It brings a great cyclical synergy between body, mind, breath and the emotions.
✡ Reduces anxiety and stress and promotes profound relaxation.
✡ Reduces the fatigue and gives a great energy to the body.
✡ The balancing positions done on a paddle board greatly improve muscle strength and tone.
✡ The slow and steady movements yoga when done on a floating board or inside water helps in reducing the spasticity of the muscles.
✡ It can be done by people with reduced bone density.
✡ Increases concentration, boosts confidence and self esteem.
✡ Improves the overall quality of life.
Additional benefits of water yoga
✦ Reduces stress on joints
✦ Increases muscle tone
✦ Reduces pain
✦ Improves balance and coordination
✦ Decreases edema
✦ Improves posture control
✦ Improves circulation due to hydrostatic pressure
✦ Warm water helps promote relaxation
✦ Improves proprioception
✦ Improves kidney function
✦ Increases respiratory function - due to hydrostatic pressure
AVOID WATER YOGA
If you have the following conditions
✦ Contagious diseases of the skin
✦ Seizures and convulsions
✦ High grade fever
✦ Long-standing cardiovascular diseases
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