Aqua Yoga

"I was not walking terribly well when my osteopath recommended me to see Katy and to try Aqua Yoga at a Hydrotherapy pool.

It was brilliant, because Katy was able to observe me in the water and see why I was still not walking very well. She then put together a plan of action into motion, talking through the whole thing and explaining why we were doing certain movements, ,breathing and exercises. Because you are weightless you are not putting your full weight down on the repaired limbs so not likely to injure them further.. We then progressed to about strengthening other areas in which I was also weak.

I am now confident to walk my black Labrador dog up the hills of Downs which I was unable to do earlier in the year without walking sticks."

- Sandra

Pioneered by Francoise Freedman of Birthlight, Aqua Yoga is the most comprehensive set of adaptations of classic yoga practices in water. Aqua Yoga offers the benefits of stretch, relaxation and deep breathing with buoyancy and water resistance. It is accessible to all irrespective of age, fitness, previous experience of yoga and swimming competence.

Aqua Yoga sessions are offered to suit both tentative beginners and strong swimmers. All Aqua Yoga stretches are done with the flow of the breath: breathing more fully in water stimulates all the body systems with minimal strain. It is not necessary to immerse face and head to practice Aqua Yoga but those who are happy to have their faces in water can access a further range of practices.

Relaxation is a main practice and outcome in yoga. Aqua Yoga expands the benefits of yoga relaxation with all the documented health benefits that it brings. The properties of water are fully used when bodies are immersed up to the shoulders and neck: immersion is a foundation of Birthlight aqua yoga and singles it out from other forms of exercise in water.

Potential Health Benefits of Aqua Yoga

  • Improve healing from injury and surgery
  • Pain relief from conditions such as Fibromyalgia and arthritis
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • Reduce soreness and fatigue
  • Improve digestion
  • Enhance immune system response
  • Increase body energy
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improves muscle tone and strength
  • Increase muscle relaxation
  • Decrease muscle spasm
  • Improves endurance
  • Decrease spasticity (muscular hypertonicity)
  • Slowed bone density loss
  • Decreased heart rate, systolic blood pressure
  • Improve breathing
  • Encourage body detoxification
  • Increased sodium and potassium excretion
  • Remove metabolic waste
  • Increases cardiovascular function
  • Overall improvement in quality of life

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