Aqua yoga is a natural and all-encompassing way to promote and sustain fitness and health. It offers a gentle and easily available way to enjoy movement and breathing using the supportive element of water.
Aqua Yoga combines slow stretching with the use of breathing and relaxation as the water provides resistance for the muscles to work against. Bodies feel virtually weightless in water, so that stretches that might not be possible on the ground can be achieved without strain. Aqua yoga is the perfect combination of the benefits that yoga and swimming can bring.
Aqua yoga is the perfect combination of the benefits that yoga and swimming can bring.
Benefits of Pre-natal Aqua Yoga:
- Expansion of the breath
- Open pelvis in preparation for birth
- Strengthen abdominal muscles
- Stretch and alignment of the spine
- Gain control of the pelvic floor
- Deep relaxation helps to sooth away muscle tension experienced from daily weight bearing
- Connecting you with your baby
- Feeling of well being
Benefits of Post-natal Aqua Yoga:
- Closing pelvis after birth
- Re knitting abdominal muscles
- Realigning and strengthening the spine
- Regaining strength to the pelvic floor
- General toning and feeling of well being
Classes can begin in the early stages of pregnancy and continue thought out into full term.
Classes are 1 hour long and involve: Alignment exercise, hip opening exercises, classic yoga poses, flowing sequences, adapted swimming techniques and relaxation.
It has been shown that swimming can strengthen the immune system, and can help us to heal a wide variety of conditions. Swimming not only improves the circulatory and respiratory systems but develops mobility in the muscles and joints and increases muscular strength and tone.
No previous experience of yoga is necessary to benefit from these exercises. Aqua yoga can be practiced by swimmers and non-swimmers alike.
Water is a medium especially suited to pregnant women and wonderfully soothing to those who have just given birth. It is therapeutic and supportive, allowing you to stretch and breathe far beyond your capabilities on dry land. Yoga is a centuries old practice that promotes balance, energy, deep breathing and relaxation. Together they provide the optimum workout for you and your baby.
Aqua Yoga is a unique series of exercises developed by Françoise Barbira Freedman, Birthlight, over many years. www.birthlight.com
Aqua Yoga class details
Wednesday 12.30pm – 1.30pm (term time only)
1 Gonville Place,
Tel: 01223 446100
Drop-in class, no need to book. £6.50 per class, payable at reception.
We suggest you arrive 15 minutes beforehand to give yourself time to get ready.