Shoulder flexibility with Aqua Yoga

woman doing shoulder stretch with a pool noodle in the pool

We all spend too much time on our devices and most of us could use better posture. Here’s a pose for improving shoulder flexibility. Starting in Mountain Pose, use one pool noodle. As you inhale, bring the noodle overhead. Exhale, drop it down towards the water behind you. Your arms will need to be straight […]

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How to do Mountain Pose in the Pool

aqua yoga photo - woman doing mountain pose in the pool with one pool noodle

Mountain Pose is the foundation of our practice. It’s where we start, it’s where we come back to. I like to refer to it as yogi home base. It’s a stable, grounded place with deep roots. Work in a flat spot in the pool where the water comes up to mid chest height. Bring your […]

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How to do Leg Lifts in the Pool

woman doing leg lifts on the pool steps

This video focuses on how to build core strength in aqua yoga. You’ll be using the pool stairs to do leg lifts, and it gives you several practice variations. Start by sitting down on a pool step that allows approximately half your torso to be under water. Your arms should be out to your sides […]

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How to do Side Leg Lifts in the Pool

Women in the pool showing how to do side left lifts with the pool steps during aqua yoga

Side leg lifts can be done in the pool without the pool steps, but here I’m using them to provide some structure and support to my posture.                      Start in Mountain pose (feet hip distance apart and parallel). Open one leg out to the side and set it on one of the pool steps. […]

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How to do Triangle Pose in the Pool

womand doing triangle pose in the pool using the pool steps

  Directions for how to do Triangle pose in the pool Start in a wide legged stance.  Turn your toes out on one leg.  Your arms go straight out of your shoulders in a T shape.  Inhale and as you exhale, hinge in your hips on that same side.  Keep both legs straight.  Your arms […]

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February Aqua Yoga Tips Videos

February Aqua Yoga Tips Videos These are four aqua yoga tips videos I produced this month.  They’re designed to be samples of what’s possible with aqua yoga. Mountain Pose Mountain pose is the foundation of our practice. We need strong roots to be tall. It’s not just a metaphor, the action of learning to root […]

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What is Unpredictable Command Technique and How can it be used in Aqua Yoga

brain illustration floating in water to illustrate unpredictable command technique

Unpredictable Command Technique, UCT, was developed by David Ogden, PT.  He developed these novel techniques to help a client with Parkinson’s disease.  Her condition dramatically improved after implementing this work and it was expanded to be used in group classes.  I took a workshop in UCT at the ATRI Symposium last year and was struck […]

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January Aqua Yoga Videos

aqua yoga videos

One of my goals for 2019 is to produce a weekly aqua yoga video to promote awareness about aqua yoga and it’s amazing potential. The videos are not designed to be done in a sequence or in any order, just as examples of the diversity of practice options.These are January’s Aqua Yoga VideosHow to challenge your […]

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Using Pool Noodles for Land Yoga

Using Pool Noodles in Your Land Yoga Practice

Last week I posted an article on how to keep your aqua yoga practice going when you can’t make it to the pool.  Sometimes, you have to just throw in the towel and move your practice inside.  If that’s the case, your pool noodles can come with you because they make great land yoga props. […]

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A Year of Abundance

a year of abundance

            The Jewel of Abundance by Ellen Grace O’Brian is a wonderfully clear and concise book about how to lead a richer, more full life with the tools of yoga. Abundance is available to everyone.  While you might feel that way philosophically, you might not have the tools to get […]

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My Birthday Present to You

birthday present

In case you didn’t know I’m a big Tolkien fan.  Hobbits give presents for their birthdays which I think is a lovely tradition.  Today, Thursday the 10th, is my birthday.  In honor of the day, I’m giving you a birthday present in the form of a discount coupon.  You can buy anything: …in my online […]

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My Word for the Year- Courage

word for the year

I used to set New Year’s resolutions like a lot of people.  Like a lot of people, I failed at them, or forgot about them by the end of January.  This year I got intrigued by the idea of picking a word for the year.  Inadvertently, I’ve been doing this before now.  When I got […]

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Yoga 12 Days of Christmas

yoga 12 days of christmas

These posts originally appeared on Facebook as the Yoga 12 Days of Christmas.  They are collected here in one place to be easier to find.  While the theme of these posts was applying these principles to the holidays, yoga truths are universal so use them all year long. Yoga 12 Days of Christmas – Day […]

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Poems to support your yoga practice

poems to support your yoga practice

I teach a bunch of classes in public libraries.  I love teaching in libraries because I can reach people who wouldn’t necessarily ever go to a yoga studio.  They feel the library is more welcoming and more their style.  In support of the overall mission of libraries, I always include a reading in these classes.  […]

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Arthritis Blogs

arthritis blogs

This week was Rheumatic Disease Blog week As a rheumatic disease patient and blogger I was both a participant and spectator.  Some of the other participants I’d interacted with before, but some of the blogs were totally new to me. The huge geographical diversity, different perspectives on disease management and writing styles makes for a […]

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Yoga and neuroplasticity

yoga and neuroplasticity

Have you ever seen a picture of Homunculus man? He’s a visual representation of our bodies based on how much of our brain is dedicated to processing information from those individual body parts.  So our mouth, and our hands take up almost all of our brain’s processing power, while our arms and legs only get […]

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