Yoga is capable of healing many ailments, health problems, and mental disorders. When you add in a hot tub, the benefits multiply. Yoga on it’s own can increase your flexibility, muscle strength, and balance. Your athleticism builds and you become stronger, more capable of doing other physical activities. When you add in a hot tub, your body and mind will further relax because of the warm water. A hot tub on its own relieves body aches and helps you to sleep better. The hot water also helps release opioid peptides. A simpler explanation is that it release endorphins which makes you feel great, as though you’ve run for at least 30 minutes.
Hot Tubs Support Yoga Poses
For some, it’s not possible to do yoga poses because their joints don’t allow them to. This is the beauty of being submerged in the water. You don’t put any weight on your joints which prevents injury. Hot tub yoga is being used by professional athletes and seniors alike.
1. A Hot Tub Loosens The Muscles
When you’re in hot water, it makes the blood vessels dilate. This in turn warms up your connective tissue and muscles so your muscles stretch more easily. Hot tub yoga is especially wonderful after you’ve worked out. It helps to remove the lactic acid build-up which is the source of muscle soreness the next day.
2. Hot Tub Yoga Benefits Seniors
Seniors often struggle with stiff joints and muscles. They have found that hot tub yoga is a wonderful way to relieve the aches in a safe way. The exercise is done in water which makes it low impact. This means it prevents any further damage on the body.
3. Has Hydrotherapy Benefits
Not only do you stretch out your muscles in a safe, low-impact way but you also take advantage of hydrotherapy benefits. This includes treatments for migraines and restless leg syndrome. When you increase your internal temperature, you increase blood circulation and lymph fluid. This allows your body to detoxify more efficiently.1
4. Can Use Essential Oils
If you like, you can put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on your hands and put them in the water. The heat of the water will make the aroma more intense. It’s a great opportunity to take some deep breaths and slow yourself down. It may be easier to meditate with the aid of your favorite relaxing oil also.
5. Improves Circulation
If you have pain in your back, shoulders, neck, or hips, hot water can be helpful. Raising the body temperature promotes circulation so you have more energy.
Some yoga poses to try in the hot tub; Seated Twist; Seated Forward Bend, Camel, Cobra, Side Plank, Boat Pose, and Seated Pigeon.
Here are some of the other poses with instructions that work particularly well in a hot tub.
- Stand up in your hut tub with your feet shoulder width apart.
- Lift the right arm up and extend your right hip out.
- Repeat on the other side.
- You should feel the pose in your side-body. It also strengthens your abdominals.
Half Boat Pose
- Sit down in your hot tub with a straight back.
- Keep your hands down to support yourself.
- Focus on engaging your stomach muscles as you bend your legs.
- Slowly lift your bent legs up and keep lower legs parallel to the waters surface.
- This helps ease back pain and develop core muscles.
- Stand up straight with your feet hips length apart.
- Stretch out both of your arms in front of you.
- Turn your torso to the right while keeping your arms stretched.
- Then repeat to your left.
- Twisting helps detoxify the internal organs and strengthens the oblique’s.
Stand in the middle of the hot tub with your arms straight out in front of you. Turn your torso to the right as you look over your right shoulder. Turn to the other side and repeat a few times. When you twist, you detoxify your abdominal organs.You also strengthen the side stomach muscles.
Hot tub yoga is proving to be beneficial for all kinds of people. If you have issues with your joints or just want to try yoga in a new way, take advantage of the hot tub in your back yard and try these poses. Alternatively, head to your local public pool. The poses are subtle enough that nobody will question what you’re doing. Enjoy the benefits of this new addition of exercise.
|↑1||Mooventhan, A. Nivethitha, L. Scientific Evidence-Based Effects of Hydrotherapy on Various Systems of the Body. North American Journal Of Medical Sciences. US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.|