on August 5, 2014 in Fitness, Health
Unlike other forms of exercise, yoga combines physical, mental and sometimes spiritual practices. It involves balance, strength, flexibility and concentration, allowing for not only physical wellness, but also mental wellness. Although yoga is an ancient exercise, hot yoga is a relatively new and popular variation of the practice. It involves performing yoga in hot and humid conditions, allowing for increased flexibility in the poses.
Like hot yoga, performing yoga in warm hot tub water can enhance yoga’s mental and physical benefits. The relaxing bubbling system aids in melting the stress away, and the warm water increases flexibility, making it easier to stretch into difficult positions.
We here at ThermoSpas have rounded up a handful of easy and effective hot tub yoga poses to practice in your hot tub. Make sure to be conscious of your breathing for ultimate relaxation.
Before doing any of the following yoga techniques, make sure to check with your primary care physician to determine if you have any health issues that might stop you from safely practicing each of these poses. Drink water throughout your exercise to ensure that you stay hydrated, and we recommend that you do not exercise in the hot tub for more than 20 minutes. If you begin to feel unwell, stop exercising immediately. Be sure to practice these poses in a safe and careful manner. ThermoSpas is not liable for any injuries that may occur.
To boost your stretching capabilities, it’s best to warm up before doing yoga poses. We recommend going on a short jog to get your blood pumping and doing some light stretches.
Start by standing in Tadasana, tall, straight and with weight evenly distributed to both feet. Then, raise your arms perpendicular to the sky with your palms facing each other or joined together. Next, bend your knees. Try to keep your thighs as parallel to the floor as possible, like you are sitting on an invisible chair. Your inner thighs should be facing each other. Push the top of your thighbones towards your heels. Make sure your shoulder blades are firm and keep your lower back long. Try to hold this position for 30 seconds to a minute.
One-Arm Advanced Bend Pose
Carefully stand in Tadasana in the middle of your hot tub. Then, spread your feet shoulder-width and lift your right arm straight up. Curve your right arm to the left while pushing out your left hip. Now, keep your eyes on your outstretched arm. When you are done stretching out the right side, move on to the left.
This one is a very simple, but effective stretch that will make your waist feel great. First, stand up straight with your toes together in the Tadasana position. Next, stretch your hands out in front of you with your palms parallel to the ground and facing each other. Make sure they are at shoulder width distance from each other. With your hands out in front of you, gently twist your waist to the right while looking over your right shoulder. For the best stretch possible, do not move your feet. You should feel a nice stretch in your lower back area. Repeat this movement on the other side.
The Tree Pose is one of the most recognized poses in yoga. If you don’t have great balance, you should skip this pose or try practicing with someone nearby to help you balance. Like usual, you should start the pose off in Tadasana in the middle of the hot tub. Then, shift your weight to your right leg. Next, bend your left leg out to the side, placing your left foot on your inner right thigh. Keep your back straight and place your hands in Namaste above your head. Stay balanced for as long as possible, looking forward. Then, switch legs.
Half Moon Pose
This one is slightly more challenging than the preceding poses. Take it slow, and if you have back pain, it’s best to skip this pose. Stand up straight in the middle of the hot tub in the Tadasana position. Then, place your hands on your lower back. Next, while focusing on the chest area of your backbone, slowly arch your back. Take care not to throw your head back too far or too quickly. Press your elbows together. When you become experienced at this pose, you can put your palms together and point them in the direction you are looking instead of placing them on your lower back.
We hope these yoga positions boost your mental and physical well-being in the soothing waters of a hot tub. For the best workout environment, take a look at ThermoSpas’ Swim Spas and Exercise Spas. They are larger than average hot tubs to give you ample space to stretch out and exercise in a low impact environment. They also include attachments for you to enjoy a variety of different types of exercises in your hot tub, including rowing and swimming.