Relaxation and exercise – two things you may not think of together. Have you tried hot tub yoga? Say “namaste” and bring yoga to your hot tub.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is a combination of physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines brought together to strengthen the body and relax the mind. According to simplemost.com, the benefits of yoga include reducing stress, lessening back pain, improving heart health, better sleep, improving flexibility, lowering the risk of depression, building a stronger immune system, and developing stronger bones.
Time spent in the hot tub helps relax muscles and joints. The soothing warm water eases pain and gives you a chance to unwind, releasing stress. According to WebMD, heat widens blood vessels allowing nutrient-rich blood to flow more freely throughout your body. Warm water helps reduce swelling and loosens tight muscles. Easing pain and enjoying the soothing effects of the water creates a stress-relieving environment.
What is Hot Tub Yoga?
For hot tub yoga, you perform standard yoga techniques while in the warm water. Combining the benefits of hot water therapy and the art of yoga creates an exercise combination that soothes muscles and takes away the strain on the body while allowing the mind to focus and relax. Hot tub yoga gets you moving, breathing, and unwinding. Performing yoga moves in the warm water of your hot tub puts less strain on your joints and being in a relaxed environment makes it easier to achieve those moves.
Hot Tub Yoga Techniques
Before any exercise routine, it is important to stretch. Do this before getting in the hot tub. Stretch your muscles and get your blood flowing.
There are many different yoga poses to adapt to the hot tub. The following are a few of the more common per aquamagazine.com. A few poses to try include:
Breakwater Pose – Stand straight then twist at the waist side to side.
Pelican Pose – Start in the chair pose position. Place your palms together in front of your chest with your elbows out to the side. Twist at the waist to one side placing one elbow on the outside of the opposite thigh then raise your foot on the other side off the ground. Repeat on the opposite side.
Wave Pose – Stand in a wide stance. Bend one leg and stretch the other leg out to the side. The hand on the side of the bent leg is put to your ear. Push the elbow away. Stretch the other arm straight out. Switch sides.
Other poses include Half Moon Pose, Half Boat Pose, and Propeller Pose.
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