It may sound a bit strange, but your hot tub is a great place to incorporate some yoga into your life. Think of hot yoga, but in a much more soothing environment. You get the benefits of relaxing your muscles with the jets and keeping them warm and limber in order to reduce over-stretching or injury. Floating in warm water, being buoyant, generally means a lot less wear and tear on your joints. The water can also assist in your balance and poses. If you’re interested in incorporating some yoga sessions into your hot tub, here’s a beginner’s guide for you to start with.
The Chair Pose
After you’ve warmed up your body a bit with some light stretching, begin with the Chair pose. Imagine that you are going to sit on an invisible chair. Get your body in a similar sitting position, where you distribute your weight evenly on both feet, while raising your arms perpendicular to the sky, palms joined together. Keep your thighs parallel to the floor and hold for at least 30 seconds.
Stand in the middle of your hot tub with toes together, and stretch your hands out shoulder width in front with palms parallel to the ground and facing each other. Gently twist your waist to one side while looking over your shoulder. Repeat this for each side and hold for 30 seconds.
The Tree Pose
For the Tree pose, it helps if you have good balance to start off with. Shift your weight to one side. Slowly lift the leg that doesn’t have the weight on it. Bend the leg outwards and place your foot on the inner thigh of your supportive leg. Keep a straight posture with hands above your head folded for at least 30 seconds.
Half Moon Pose
If you’re looking for something that’s a little more advanced, this pose is for you. Stand up straight at the center of your hot tub. Place your hands on the mid to lower area of your back. Then slowly start to press into your back to arch it while leaning backward with your head. If you suffer from back pain, it may be wise to avoid this pose.
Yoga is one of the best ways to incorporate low-impact exercise into your routine. And if you’re a hot tub owner, there’s great potential for you to take extra advantage of that warm, soothing water by taking both your physical and mental relaxation to the next level. So start with a few simple poses and you can take hot yoga to a whole new level.