Aqua Kriya Yoga Teacher Training
I had a wonderful time at Aqua Kriya Yoga teacher training in Dallas last weekend!
The first morning we jumped in the pool immediately to get in and out of the water before regular class times started. That made it a very experiential class because we didn’t have any theory or background filtering our experience. We ran through a regular Aqua Yoga wall class. It included poses such as Horse (like Goddess with your back against the pool wall), Crocodile/Water Dog (which is the pool Down Dog equivalent), and Sunbird flow.
Most of the poses had a very similar shape to how they would be on land. The difference was they presented a very different sensory and physical experience. A balance posture such as Tree is more accessible because of buoyancy. However, because of buoyancy, you have to engage different proprioceptive micro adjustments. You have much greater pelvic engagement in general in the water. Camella described it as like a tube of toothpaste. The water constrains and supports your viscera like a brand new, stiff tube. Also, with less gravity acting upon you, it can be easier to achieve proper form in the asanas. Poses such as Chair or Horse can be hard to accomplish without collapsing the low back or rounding forward in the upper back. In the water, proper spinal alignment is much easier when some of your weight is taken out of the equation.
The second day of Aqua Kriya yoga training involved more pool time, our teaching demos, and a noodle class. The class time segment I found most helpful focused on how Aqua Yoga fits into the larger philosophical and spiritual world of yoga. Camella discussed how Aqua Yoga facilitates proper pelvic alignment, and therefore maximizes movement of the prana for individuals. Taking that time highlighted how the water is just another tool in our yoga toolbox to help us in our larger goals of personal fulfillment instead of simply a neat system of poses in the water.
Here’s a brief video of me in aqua Wheel below. You can view my full demo teaching run at the training on my Youtube channel.
After multiple years of teaching aqua yoga, I have a lot of resources on my website for you to learn about and practice aqua yoga.