Aqua Yoga provides a fantastic opportunity to learn more thoroughly the connection between breath and the spine.
The properties of water create an interesting environment where the buoyancy quality of inhale becomes more apparent and the anchoring quality of the exhale becomes very necessary to stabilize the body in the fluidity of water. Water viscosity provides resistance to movements and the "weightless" experience due to the property of buoyancy allows an individual the opportunity to strengthen weak muscles with less load on the joints. If you have balance issues, you'll find that water is a very safe environment to re-cultivate your ability to stabilize as you move. If you'd like to learn more about how aquatic work can be therapeutic, we recommend this article: https://www.brainline.org/article/why-aquatic-therapy
You may have a special condition that makes it extremely challenging to attend a regular yoga class due to weight-bearing on arms being contraindicated or knee and hip issues that make it very difficult to get down to the floor. We actually translate many of the floor work positions to the water environment so that you can still receive the benefit of them without getting down to the floor under the full load of gravity. Interestingly, muscles that are typically not accessed fully in a land based class are prompted to awaken and work due to the effects of working with the properties of water.
We are also happy to share that because we see so many individuals with challenging conditions come together and practice in such a helpful medium, we have created a warm, friendly and encouraging community. Just come visit once and someone will surely greet you and give you a smile. We are proud to be part of the Accessible Yoga Movement. Learn more about it by visiting http://accessibleyoga.org/
Please visit our sister website www.dallasaquayoga.com for more depth of information about aqua yoga.
Aqua Yoga Mornings
Monday, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Wednesday, 10:30 - 11:15 AM
Therapeutic Movement Afternoons
Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00 - 2:45 PM
(Group class currently suspended; time slot is available for one-on-one work)
Your swimsuit, towel and bottled water (no glass container please). Changing rooms available.
I teach this class as a contractor for AquaFit. The facility is located in a technology business/warehouse district of east Plano. It is accessible from the main road (Plano Parkway), but because it is tucked back it is very nice and quiet. Come 10-15 minutes early to sign a waiver and let us know about any concerns you have about practicing. The pool is a lovely warm salt water pool that is kept at 88-89 degrees.
First class is free! Ask the front desk at AquaFit about any current specials by calling 972-578-7946.
Call AquaFit at 972-578-7946 or visit www.aquafitplano.com
I teach both morning and evening aqua yoga with a Viniyoga approach to postures practice.
Morning aqua yoga is held regularly on Mondays at 11:30 am and Wednesdays at 10:30 am. This class is an all levels class with core stability work combined with strength and release through arms, shoulders, legs and hips. The movements taught in these sessions are such that heads are kept above water and hair will not get wet.
Visit https://www.dallasaquayoga.com/class-details/ to learn more.
AquaFit of Plano
1400 Summit Ave, Ste D
Plano, TX 75074
This session is recommended for post-op patients and individuals who have just been released from physical therapy.
I teach the class with a Viniyoga approach where consciousness of breath with simple movements help students understand how breath affects the spinal curves. The goal is to restore natural healthy curvature of the spine; the limbs of the body release and strengthen naturally as the relationship between breath and the spine is cultivated. The orientation is around the breath and spine first then outward.
Aquafit offers Therapeutic Movement taught by other instructors throughout the week that have a mechanical emphasis where alignment and postural cues are driven with less coordination of the breath. This creates sometimes a bit more angularity and harder body lines in the movements. Some individuals connect with this approach more readily because of familiarity with this mode in working with the body.
Please note that the Therapeutic title given to the class and the population it has been determined appropriate for is the decision of the hosting facility. The yoga therapy components of my instruction are based on resources I receive as a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists & Yoga International as well as material I study from the American Viniyoga Institute, not derived from my status as an RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.