Pool Poses: Yoga On the Go!

Graduation parties and weddings, birthday parties and cookouts: all reasons we love the summer months but also the reasons our schedules are booked solid for the next 2 months. Summer in Upstate New York is so short yet so loved. We try and do as much as we can to take advantage of those sunny days but soon we are overscheduling, overextending, and exhausting ourselves.

...Slow down

There will be plenty of beautiful days for you to enjoy and burgers for you to grill. It's important to slow down and give yourself the care and attention you most likely need. Can't make it to class? Well, rest assured, we have created a Yoga flow you can do right at home. Better yet, you can do it at home, in the pool. Not only is Yoga in the pool refreshing and fun, but it's also gentle on your body. The water acts as a cushion and surrounds your bones and joints, protecting them and alleviating any pressure. 

Enjoy the beautiful weather Yogis. 

 
 Hold on to the side of the pool. Making sure to keep your back straight, lift one leg and rest it against the side of the pool. Hold for up to one minute. Slowly lower the leg back down and then switch legs, doing the same thing on the other side.

Hold on to the side of the pool. Making sure to keep your back straight, lift one leg and rest it against the side of the pool. Hold for up to one minute. Slowly lower the leg back down and then switch legs, doing the same thing on the other side.

 Holding onto the side of the pool, firmly plant one leg to the ground but allow a slight bend in your knee. Lift the other leg and extend it toward the side of the pool. Hold this stretch. Switch to the other side. 

Holding onto the side of the pool, firmly plant one leg to the ground but allow a slight bend in your knee. Lift the other leg and extend it toward the side of the pool. Hold this stretch. Switch to the other side. 

 Stand with your feet hip-distance apart and your arms at your side. Exhale as your step your feet apart. Make sure your heels are aligned. Point the toes of your front foot forward and turn your back foot out 90-degrees. Make sure your knee does not extend over your front foot. Stretch the arms away from the shoulder blades, grabbing onto the pool for support. Hold. Repeat on the other side. 

Stand with your feet hip-distance apart and your arms at your side. Exhale as your step your feet apart. Make sure your heels are aligned. Point the toes of your front foot forward and turn your back foot out 90-degrees. Make sure your knee does not extend over your front foot. Stretch the arms away from the shoulder blades, grabbing onto the pool for support. Hold. Repeat on the other side. 

 Keeping both feet planted on the ground, extend your torso into a side stretch toward the side of the pool. Hold on to the side of the pool to help with balance. Turn around and repeat with the other side. 

Keeping both feet planted on the ground, extend your torso into a side stretch toward the side of the pool. Hold on to the side of the pool to help with balance. Turn around and repeat with the other side. 

 Stand at arms length from the side of the pool. Place your hands on the side of the pool at shoulder height. Inhale, and as you exhale, slowly walk your feet back until your spine is parallel to the floor. Hold. Inhale and walk toward the side of the pool. Repeat. 

Stand at arms length from the side of the pool. Place your hands on the side of the pool at shoulder height. Inhale, and as you exhale, slowly walk your feet back until your spine is parallel to the floor. Hold. Inhale and walk toward the side of the pool. Repeat. 

 Step one leg back and hinge forward from the hips and place hands on the edge of the pool. Repeat on the other side.    

Step one leg back and hinge forward from the hips and place hands on the edge of the pool. Repeat on the other side. 

 

 After your finish your Warrior 2 pose, prepare for Warrior 3 by pressing your weight into your front foot and slowly lifting your back leg parallel to the ground. Extend your arms forward, toward the side of the pool and lower. Flex your back foot and reach out through your heel. Make sure you are not locking your knees. Repeat on the other side. 

After your finish your Warrior 2 pose, prepare for Warrior 3 by pressing your weight into your front foot and slowly lifting your back leg parallel to the ground. Extend your arms forward, toward the side of the pool and lower. Flex your back foot and reach out through your heel. Make sure you are not locking your knees. Repeat on the other side. 

 One foot is pointed toward the side of the pool while the other foot is perpendicular. Legs are wide apart, about 3-4 feet. The arm closest to the side of the pool will rest on the side while the other arm reaches straight up to the sky. Begin to lean toward the edge of the pool until your feel a gentle stretch. Hold. Repeat on other side. 

One foot is pointed toward the side of the pool while the other foot is perpendicular. Legs are wide apart, about 3-4 feet. The arm closest to the side of the pool will rest on the side while the other arm reaches straight up to the sky. Begin to lean toward the edge of the pool until your feel a gentle stretch. Hold. Repeat on other side.