Do your daily activities leave you feeling stressed out?
While many of us lead busy, overstretched, yet full lives, it doesn’t mean they have to cause stress.
We have two favorite things we do to practice wellness and relieve stress: hydrotherapy in a hot tub and yoga. These two activities truly help us feel great.
In this article, we look at an intermingling of the two in hot tub yoga. And, yes, it’s a thing!
Two Favorites Meet
Hydrotherapy alone is an activity ripe with immense benefits, including management of fatigue and relief from chronic and acute musculo-skeletal ailments. It also supports our healthy, active lifestyle.
Yoga leads to greater flexibility, strength, and balance.
Combined, yoga and hydrotherapy help relieve stress and tension and rejuvenate the body while centering the mind on awareness in the present moment.
Pairing hot tub therapy with yoga exercises engages all your senses and opens the door to an empowered daily practice that’s gentle and accessible for three main reasons:
- Water helps support some of your weight, so the practice is low impact.
- Warm water makes your body more supple and able to achieve deeper stretches.
- Your hot tub environment encourages more complete relaxation of the mind.
If you’ve found yoga inaccessible in the past, your hot tub may be the key to overcoming your personal yoga barriers. If you already incorporate yoga in your life, your hot tub can help you to take your practice to new levels.
Who Benefits from Hot Tub Yoga?
Because hot tub yoga is such an adaptable form of both movement and meditation, nearly anyone can take part and enjoy a greater mind-body connection. (Do check with your physician before starting any new exercise routine.)
When you immerse yourself in the warm water and decide to move, breathe and relax in its flow, you find synchronicity. Hot tub yoga is especially beneficial for the following:
- Athletes and very active adults who want to balance strenuous fitness activities with simpler ones. A 20-minute hot tub soak before exercise can warm muscles, joints, and ligaments and reduce the risk of injury. A hot tub soak after exercise can help to relax a tired body and relieve soreness and tension.
- Older adults who experience stiffness and other limitations to physical activity. Warm, jet-massaging water softens and supports the body during stretching and strengthening exercises. Many yoga poses are done with the body submerged, so the risk of falling is reduced. Some poses can even help improve balance by strengthening muscles.
- People seeking stress management. From stay-at-home moms and dads to paramedics and heads of state, many people face stress on a daily basis. You can find relief in your hot tub by practicing hot tub yoga each morning. This puts you on a great road to your day and the first step to eliminating anxiety.
With hot tub yoga, you make a daily commitment to wellness while enhancing your physical and mental suppleness and strength.
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Get Started with Hot Tub Yoga Stretching Exercises
Approach your hot tub yoga practice with gentle movements and awareness, avoiding any positions of pain or discomfort.
It’s also a good plan to practice the following poses in still water first. Then, when you feel comfortable, add the challenge and stimulation of the hot tub jets.
Merge with the Water
- Sit comfortably in your hot tub, with your feet on the floor and with plenty of space in which to move your upper body freely.
- Close your eyes and feel the water move around you.
- Slowly wiggle your spine, pushing against the water in every direction.
- Let your movements start small and then widen as you flow with the water and loosen up your body.
- Next, bring those natural, flowing movements all the way up into your arms and your neck.
- After a few minutes, come to stillness again in the water.
Flowing Spinal Twist
- Take a few long, slow breaths and sit up tall and straight.
- Stretch both arms out in front of you, then cross your right arm over your left.
- Bend both arms and reach your hands to touch opposite shoulders, as if you’re giving yourself a hug.
- Let your shoulders relax, even as your spine stretches long.
- Keep hugging yourself as you gently twist from side to side.
- Look over your left shoulder as you twist to the left, and over your right shoulder as you twist to the right.
- After a few repetitions, come back to the center.
- Gently bring your arms to your sides, letting them flow through the water, and relax.
- Repeat the exercise, but this time cross your left arm over your right, hugging yourself in the same way as before. Sit up tall and twist from side to side again. Then settle in the center, slowly unwind, and let the water relax you.
Buoyant Staff Pose
- Return to an awareness of your breath; your inhales and exhales should be smooth and even.
- Position yourself in the hot tub so that you’re sitting comfortably at a 90-degree angle, with your back straight, your legs outstretched, and your heels on a seat.
- If you’re able, stretch your back up even taller, lengthening the muscles that connect throughout your entire back body.
- Keeping your back fairly straight, fold at your hips, bringing your heart closer to your knees.
- Rest your hands on your legs and bend your knees a bit if the stretch is too intense in your legs. ow, breathe smoothly, let the warm water soothe your challenged muscles, and hold the pose for five to 10 long breaths (or longer) to let the stretch deepen. When done, slowly walk your hands up your legs, unfold your back, and bring your feet back down to the hot tub floor.
- Sitting tall with your feet on the floor, stretch both arms out in front of you with palms pressed together, just under the water.
- Drop your chin slightly to gently stretch the back of your neck.
- Then press the back of each hand against the water as you open your arms, stretching wide.
- Let your chest expand and tip your chin up and forward slightly to stretch the front of your neck for a least a few full breaths.
- As you continue this sequence, exhale as you tilt your head down and bring your arms together, and inhale as you sweep your arms out again, head tipped up.
Grounded, Cross-Legged Twist
- From a relaxed, seated position, take a few natural breaths.
- Cross your right leg over your left, keeping your left foot on the floor of the hot tub.
- Set your right hand on the seat behind you and reach your left hand over your right thigh.
- Reach up through the top of your head to lengthen your spine and twist slowly to the right, looking over your right shoulder, if comfortable.
- Hold for three relaxed breaths, then face forward and uncross your right leg.
- Set up in the same way, but this time cross your left leg over your right and repeat the rest of the sequence.
Take your time when soaking and practicing these yoga exercises in the hot tub. Yoga isn’t something to be rushed as it’s also a mindful experience.
Let the water guide your actions and help you find your comfort zone.
The best results happen gradually and with daily practice. You’ll soon see how regular hot tub soaking and some hot tub yoga can change your entire outlook!