If you're like us, you love yoga, but have a hard time getting your body to move into some of the positions.
Stiffness of the body happens, and sometimes you need a little help, and perhaps that could be from warm water to get your body moving. One of our favorite ways to help relieve some of the stiffness from our joints is to soak in a warm bath before hitting up yoga class, or better yet, practicing hot tub yoga.
Yes, hot tub yoga! Maybe you haven't heard about it, but this is a great way to improve your flexibility without stressing out your muscles or joints. We can see what you might be thinking, or picturing. We're not talking about doing the downward facing dog pose inside your hot tub, but there are some great stretches to do in the hot tub.
Here are our five favorite moves to help you to be more flexible, strengthen your muscles, and improve your overall health.
This is a wonderful stretch to help relieve lower back pain. Put one foot straight out in front of you and place the other one firmly on the bottom of the hot tub. Gently reach out in front of you and lower your chest down toward your outstretched knee, hold for a few counts, and slowly rise. If you would like, interlock your fingers behind you and then lower your chest to your knee for a deeper stretch.
Lift one arm up and bend your elbow so your hand touches your back. With your other hand, pull your elbow toward the center of your head and lean the back of your head against the alternate arm that is holding the elbow, and do this with 3 - 5 deep breaths. Release and repeat on the other side.
Standing, place your feet hip distance apart and bend at your knees. Swing both of your arms as you twist from side-to-side, bringing your head around with you.
Sit with your hips and hands on the bench of the hot tub and let your feet float up so you are balanced on your tailbone. Lift your legs, relax your face, and make a "V" shape with your body. Bend your knees toward your chest, then extend them straight. Repeat the move for 10 - 15 repetitions.
Side Angle Posture
Stand with your front leg out, slightly bent, and straighten your back leg behind you. Bend your forearm to place it on your matching knee (ie. right arm is on the right leg) in front of you, and reach your other arm over your head. Straighten your arm that is reaching over your head for a nice, long reach. Now, with the arm that has been resting on your matching knee, reach up with this arm into the air. This changes this pose into a "reverse warrior." And with the other hand, place it on the straightened leg in the back. Reach your arm farther down your straightened leg to extend this stretch. To get a better sense of this move, you can watch this video by Hot Tub Yoga.
With these daily exercises and stretches, you can improve your body’s flexibility, improve your posture, and tone your muscles without putting additional strain on your body. Include essential oils and other aromatherapy to your hot tub to help with relaxation and stress relief.
Remember to talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
About the Author: Danielle Adams is a fan of holistic living, healthy eating and all things yoga. When she isn’t attending a yoga class, Danielle enjoys relaxing in her Bullfrog Spa, trying out a new healthy recipe and hanging out with friends.