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Starting a Movement: Aquatic Yoga

This program brings yoga to the water in a thoughtful, easy-to-understand manner for instructors and students.

Byline: Andrea Salzman, MS, PT

Cynthia Bialek has worked for years translating yoga into an aquatic environment. The resulting technique, known as Yoga Afloat, evolved out of her personal desire to continue the practice of yoga in a place that was comfortable and conducive for someone with acute fibromyalgia.  

Bialek understood that it would not be possible to just transpose moves into the water without understanding the unique properties and principles of the water.

Water temperatures necessary for Yoga Afloat vary. Beginners, who need to move more slowly and deliberately to understand and perform the movements correctly, should have water that’s 86 to 88 degrees. For those who can move a bit quicker, and for the Yoga Afloat Power Moves Vinyasa, water can be as cold as 81 to 85 degrees.

For the suspended and floating poses, it’s best to have at least an 8-foot-deep pool, though it is possible to work in depths as shallow as 6 feet just by adjusting the moves a bit. Ideally, a participant should have a 6-foot working area in which to fully extend the body when floating.  It’s more relaxing to have no loud noises around the pool during a Yoga Afloat class, but ... Continue Reading Article Here.

Interested in aquatic therapy? View our webinar, "Evidence-Based Aquatic Therapy for the Total Knee Replacement," and get CEUs while you learn!

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Interested in more aquatic therapy research? Check out this study on how aquatic therapy aided in the recovery of sports-related knee joint injuries:

Li, Q., Chen, S., Zang, Y., Zhang, X., & Chen, H. (2023). Aquatic sports rehabilitation on functional recovery of knee joint injury. Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte, 29, e2022_0807.

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