Water Yoga: A Teacher's Guide

Water Yoga is a comprehensive guide to practicing and instructing yoga in the water and gives everyone clear, easy to use directions.  

Graphic from Water Yoga: A Teacher's Guide.  It shows the symbol for the root chakra, a mountain logo for the earth element and two figures, one standing and one floating to show buyoancy.

A Splash from the book...

"Kelp plants attach themselves firmly to the ocean floor.  That connection to the earth is vital to their survival.  They are not free-floating algae, and need to be tethered to the Earth element.  Like you, they use the buoyancy of the water to support their leaves.  The water lets the leaves fan out and receive the sun's rays.  

Firmly ground into your feet, like the holdfast qualities of Pacific kelp.  Reach out with your arms on the surface of the water.  Feel the water support your arms.  Press into your firm hold on the bottom of the pool.  Feel that solidity up your legs into the base of your spine at the Root Chakra.  Reach up through the crown of your head towards the sun.  Feel the buoyancy provided by the water.  Feel the firm, safe connection your feet give you.  Be grounded, but tall and flexible like kelp."

- From Chapter  11, Integrating Water Science and Yoga Systems in Water Yoga

Who the book is for

If you want to try water yoga, this is the book for you

Why a water lover would want the book...

If you're curious about water yoga whether as a participant in other aquatics classes or someone who needs land yoga alternatives, why should you buy a book with teacher in the subtitle?

Because you know you're getting a complete resource with all the information you're going to need to develop your own practice.  It's like buying a cookbook that's called 'Learn to cook like Julia Child' instead of 'How to Buy Take Out'.

The book will get you started, and continue to be of value to you as your practice changes and grows.

You don't have to be a teacher to love this book

Gina - Book reader

Christa's eagerly anticipated "Water Yoga" has finally been released, to the delight of water yoga practitioners everywhere! 

You don't have to be a teacher to love this book. To those of us that are just not that into mat yoga or have difficulty with it, Christa and her book are a sigh of relief! She explains traditional yoga philosophy and how it blends together seamlessly into the water to soothe body and mind.. Exercises with photos are plentiful in the book to learn and practice on your own or with others.

If you love being in water as I do, or have ever been curious about yoga in the water, let this book be your guide. You will absolutely love the book and the experience.

Why a pro would want the book...

Water Yoga takes the blended discipline of water yoga and breaks it down for movement professionals who want to add water yoga into their personal and professional life.

It grounds water yoga in the traditions of yoga at the same time it makes the practice relevant to everyday life in the modern world.  Water yoga is filled with the best practices within the fields of aquatics, science, and yoga.

It's a great get started guide before you invest the time and energy in a full training.

Mark Grevelding

Whether you want to do yoga yourself in your pool, or you are a fitness professional who leads water yoga classes, this book is a wealth of invaluable photos and directives for guiding yourself or others to better health with a yoga practice in the pool.

Founder FitMotivation / AEA Master Trainer

Cover of the book, Water Yoga a Teacher's Guide which shows a woman in the pool wearing an orange sun shirt and black sun pants in a modified version of Eagle pose during aqua yoga.
A complete practice guide
Water yoga is about more than poses

The first book to tackle water yoga comprehensively through all eight waves of yoga as both a practitioner and teacher.

Fully illustrated

Over 100 photos and illustrations to make the concepts clear and easily understandable. 240 pages.

Professionally embraced

A foreword by Ruth Sova, founder of both the Aquatic Exercise Association, and the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute.

3 Ways to Buy the Book

Get exclusive content and access to live recordings by buying from the author

Buy the book

Buy the book  as a water vs land

yoga for arthritis bundle

Buy the book from me and receive an exclusive bookmark, bookplate, and author's note.

You'll get the Water Yoga book, bookmark, bookplate, author's note, and the Yoga Therapy for Arthritis book with a laminated meditation for arthritis bookmark.

PLUS, you get access to the recording of the book release party.

PLUS, you get access to the 2-hour workshop recording with me and Dr. Steffany Moonaz comparing aqua and land yoga.

Plus, you'll get a replay of the Water Yoga Book Launch Party and Workshop.

We covered 2 movement principles to remember, reader questions from the book, celebrated with sparkly beverages, and gave out prizes.  

Your confirmation email will have the link.

Plus, you'll get a replay of the Water vs. Land Yoga for Arthritis Workshop.

We showed how to make standing, seated and balance yoga poses appropriate for people who live with arthritis on land and in the pool, discussed the differences between meditation and breathwork in water vs on land and answered reader questions.

Your confirmation email will have the link.

All books are sent USPS.

What colleagues say about the book

I am so excited for this book. Christa has combined the wisdom of yoga's traditions and practices with practical tips from her professional expertise and personal experience, plus a little sprinkle of her own magical whimsy. The book is fun, accessible, useful, and meaningful.

As Christa knows firsthand, many people with arthritis and chronic pain struggle with land-based activities and find relief in the buoyancy of the water. Water Yoga has lots of teaching tips, but is also great for people who want to practice on their own.

Steffany Moonaz

PhD, C-IAYT, Founder of Yoga for Arthritis

According to legend, yoga began under water. The story goes that Matsyendra, the first yogi, overheard Shiva sharing the secrets of yoga with Parvati at the bottom of the ocean.

Christa Fairbrother continues this ancient, mystical tradition in Water Yoga, where she translates the fullness of the eight limbs of yoga into a fluid and flexible practice for all of us.

Jivana Heyman

C-IAYT, Founder of Accessible Yoga

Professional Accolades

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Silver Medalist

Yoga Category

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About  Christa

Christa Fairbrother, MA, is an internationally recognized water yoga coach and trainer.  In addition to being a yoga professional, she is certified both as an Aquatic Therapist through the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute and as an Aquatic Fitness Professional through the Aquatic Exercise Association. She combines her background in education, yoga, and aquatics to provide high-quality training for other professionals so more people worldwide can get the benefits of water yoga.  

She lives in Florida with her husband and two sons.  When she’s not in the pool, there’s nothing she loves better than a good book and a huge cup of tea.

Christa Fairbrother

Photo of Christa Fairbrother in the pool. Her back is to the pool wall and she has her hands open to be spread on the pool deck. She's wearing a blue one-piece swimsuit that has side panels in salmon with turquoise trim around the neck and armholes.


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