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Try the Water Yoga Trend: 6 Aqua Yoga Poses

Practicing yoga and meditation in water brings us back to basics.

Practicing yoga and meditation in water brings us back to basics.

Yogis have taken to adding modern “extras”—from aerial silks to free weights—to the ancient practice. Yet the latest trend, practicing yoga and meditation in water, brings us back to basics and offers a slew of benefits, says Kat Tudor, co-owner of SunWater Spa, a new yoga studio and water-therapy spa in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

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“Water’s buoyancy takes weight off your joints, making even difficult asanas feel effortless,” says Tudor. “Plus, soaking is a time-honored way to heal; it helps you connect with your body, release pain, and stimulate your lymph system, and it encourages you to go with the flow.” From aqua chi (a form of Tai Chi in water) to float tanks (single-person pods filled with warm saltwater that create a sensory-deprivation experience perfect for meditation), it’s time to dive in and soak up the benefits.

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6-Pose Aqua Yoga Sequence

North Star Pose

Water and its wisdom comes to us from the stars so we start in North Star Pose with an inhale. Stand with your feet greater than hip-width apart; bring your hands together in prayer over your head.

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Warrior II Pose

Exhale and land in Warrior II by bending into your right leg and stretching your arms open wide. Connect to the earth by grounding through your feet. Feel the earth beneath the water, plant yourself.

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Flowing Warrior Pose

Keep your lower body planted while you let your upper body and arms flow like seaweed. Feel the watery nature of your spine.

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Sugarcane Pose

Breathe deeply and shift your weight into your front foot. Stand to balance letting your back leg float effortlessly in the water coming into Half Moon Pose. Reach back and take your lifted foot into your hand and discover the connection between the moon and water that flows through your spine.

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Floating Savasana

Release the pose and come to rest on the surface of the water in a floating Savasana.

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Namaste

To seal your practice, give gratitude through your heart to water.

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