Aquatic yoga comes to us from Quebec where it was invented in the late 1970s by Quebecer Carole Veechi-Dion.
Based on the wave method
“This discipline is based on the wave method,” develops Brigitte Marion, lifeguard, relaxation therapist, gestalt therapist and trained in aquatic yoga by Carole Veechi-Dion.
Water has two essential movements: the ripple and the spiral. The human being, made up of 70% water, is naturally inhabited by these two movements, and aquatic yoga proposes to reproduce them in water. ”
A practice that borrows certain postures from yoga but also the quest for balance between body and mind, work on concentration, breathing and breathing. The most experienced can go as far as meditative practice.
In practice, we discover how a small movement performed by a single part of the body (trunk, head, fingers, etc.) is sufficient to impart a global movement to the whole body: that we wave on the stomach like a wave, or that one turns on oneself (in lying position) in the manner of a spiral.
“Exercises that require a deep relaxation of the body,” says Brigitte Marion. It also involves considering the arms and legs as a simple extension of the trunk. ”
Being able to stay underwater for a long time
Also essential: the control of his breathing, in particular his exhalation, in order to be able to remain under water for a long time. “The work is done alternately underwater and on its surface, with a diving mask, in a position almost always lying down. We can sometimes find ourselves in an upright position as when we reproduce the ripple of the flame of a candle. ”
As the sessions progress, we assimilate about fifty postures which, with experience, are chained in a continuous movement for about twenty minutes, without placing the feet on the ground.
“I complete my sessions by learning traditional swims (breaststroke, front crawl, back crawl) revisited with a new body awareness and with particular attention paid to the spine, never twisting. ”
What are the benefits?
By noting that a small movement is reflected in the whole body, you develop a fine perception of each part of your anatomy. In addition, the breath improves and the spine is strengthened while becoming more flexible. Body and mind are relaxed but also energized: the spinal column constituting, with the spinal cord, an essential nerve center.
“We finally learn to behave differently,” says teacher Brigitte Marion. It is not a matter of obeying what we are asked to do, but of acting according to one’s personal bodily sensations. Everyone progresses at their own pace, which is why all the levels are combined in the same course, which has a maximum of ten students. ”
To read : Aqua yoga: aquatic exercises for pregnancy, childbirth and the first months after birth, Françoise Barbira Freedman, ed. Manise, an adaptation of yoga in a liquid medium to prepare for childbirth.