Combining the benefits of hot tub therapy with a yoga practice could be the best thing you have ever done for your health and well-being. Using a hot tub helps with pain, is easy on the joints, reduces stress, improves sleep, and relaxes muscles. Yoga improves balance, strength, and flexibility. It also helps with back pain, stress, and heart health. When you combine hot tub therapy with yoga exercises the two join forces to strengthen and energize the body while quieting your mind. The biggest benefit of doing yoga in your hot tub is that the warmth of the water helps loosen joints, aiding flexibility and making the movements easier to perform. You don’t need to be an expert to get started with yoga. Here are 6 yoga poses to do in your hot tub.
1. Center Yourself
When you first enter the hot tub, sit on the bench with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor of the tub. Rest your hands on your thighs. Close your eyes, quiet your mind, and be aware of the water around you. Concentrate on your breathing for a few breaths. Breathe in through your nose and exhale through the nose for five or six breaths.
2. Spinal Twist
Sitting straight, stretch your arms out in front of you, placing the right over the left. Bring your arms up around your shoulders as if you are giving yourself a hug. As you hold the hug position, twist your torso to the left, then the right, looking over your shoulder in the direction of the twist. Repeat this motion several times, then bring your arms back to your sides and relax.
3. Leg Stretch
Standing in the hot tub, raise one leg and support it on the edge of the hot tub. Reach for your ankle with both hands and stretch your body forward toward your foot. If you can reach your foot, gently stretch it toward you, giving your leg a complete stretch. Hold for a few seconds, and then repeat with the other leg.
4. Boat Pose
Sit on the bench with your arms supporting you on each side. Extend your legs out in front of you. Bend your knees and bring them toward your chest. Do this one leg at a time if using both at once is too difficult. Inhale as you extend the legs, exhale as you bring them back in toward your chest. This movement will strengthen your core.
5. Standing Tree Pose
Standing in the hot tub, lift one leg and place your foot on the inner calf of your standing leg. Raise both your arms and balance for as long as you can, aim for 10 seconds at first. The water will help you balance. Repeat with the opposite leg.
6. Half Moon Stretch
Stand in the hot tub and stretch your arms upward and then clap your hands together. With your elbows slightly bent, your arms will form a full moon shape. Gently bend your arms and upper torso to the right, pushing your hip out slightly to the left. Hold for a few seconds, then repeat on the other side.
These six beginner yoga poses to do in your hot tub will get you started on your yoga journey. Combining yoga positions with the warmth of the water in your hot tub is a great way to introduce yourself to the benefits that yoga can add to your life and well-being. Always keep your movements gentle and do not push it if you experience any pain or discomfort. Don’t rush the stretches and always try to be aware of your breathing while performing the movements. Before you know it, due to the combination of warm therapeutic water and these simple poses, you will feel stronger, energized, and more flexible. You’ll also have greater peace in your mind.
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