Yoga helps you relax and feel calmer while helping you be stronger and more flexible. It really is a perfect form of exercise. But, we can make it better with hot tub yoga!
Start the day with hot tub yoga, and you’ve elevated the experience.
Why should you explore hot tub yoga? When you combine heat, yoga, and the buoyancy of the water, you’ll get an even greater benefit from your morning soak.
What is Hot Tub Yoga?
Hot tub yoga simply means performing yoga poses in the comfort of your warm, cozy hot tub. While professional and amateur athletes use this form of exercise, it is for anyone, regardless of your fitness level.
Plus, yoga in the hot tub is easy to do.
Hydrotherapy Plus Yoga
When you soak in the hot tub, you reap immense benefits from the hydrotherapy and the massage. You feel better, are less tired, are more relaxed, and you experience relief from chronic ailments.
Yoga helps users with greater flexibility, strength, and balance.
By combining the two together, you relieve stress and tension while rejuvenating your body and centering your mind on the moment. Here are three reasons why we love combing hot tub soaks and yoga:
- Hot tub yoga is low impact because of the water’s buoyancy.
- The warm water loosens your muscles and helps you achieve deeper stretches.
- Because you are outside in your hot tub, you can more completely relax your mind and your body.
Who Benefits from Hot Tub Yoga?
Nearly anyone can enjoy hot tub yoga. We do recommend checking with your doctor, though, if you are concerned.
Hot tub yoga is an excellent way to have a better mind-body connection because of the warm water immersion. You can concentrate on your movements and breathing in one place.
Yoga in the hot tub can be beneficial for:
- Athletes at any skill level. this form of yoga helps increase strength and flexibility which is a bonus for athletes. Soak 20 minutes before exercise to warm muscles, joints, and ligaments, and to reduce the risk of injury. Soaking after exercise helps you relax and relieve soreness.
- Older adults with stiffness and activity limits. The warm water and massaging jets help stretch and strengthen the body while improving balance. Plus, there is less of a risk of falling because you are in the water.
- Anyone who has stress and wants to work to relieve it. This covers basically everyone else! Moms, dads, front line workers, office workers, retail and restaurant workers, and nearly anyone else! Hot tub yoga can help you meet your day from a better place both mentally and physically.
Hot Tub Yoga Poses
Ready to get in your hot tub? Here are some yoga poses to get you started:
Heart Opening Flow:
Sit 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. Inhale as you sweep your arms out again, head tipped up.
Standing Tree Pose:
Stand in the hot tub and slowly lift one foot. Put this foot on the calf of your standing leg. Gently raise both arms in the air like tree branches and hold for 10-20 seconds. Repeat standing on the opposite leg.
Half Moon Pose:
Start with feet flat on the bottom of the spa, stretch your arms to the sky, and clasp your hands above your head in a full moon fashion. Stretch the upper body side-to-side. Keep your hips moving in the opposite direction from your arms. Hold for a few seconds on each side.
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.
Sit tall on a seat and give yourself a hug, gently twisting to one side before moving to the other and returning to center. Repeat 5-10 times.
Seated Staff Pose:
Sit and stretch your legs out to 90-degrees. Slowly bend over at the hips to stretch your hamstrings. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat several times.
Begin in seated staff pose. Don’t bend forward. Instead, put your hands on the seat firmly and raise both legs slowly while balancing on your bottom. Hold for about five breathing cycles, release, and repeat about three times.
You’ll experience the most benefit from by practicing it on a regular basis. Daily practice is a great way to enjoy your hot tub and your yoga at the same time. You’ll reap the benefits by feeling more flexible, strong, and energetic. You’ll also experience more peaceful days without the old usual stress.
Interested in your own hot tub? Contact us today and let our expert team help you find the perfect hot tub to feel better every day.