Hot Tub Yoga
If you’re like me, you might be closer to the redneck end of the social spectrum than the “granola munching yogi” end of the spectrum. Don’t get me wrong, I love everyone the same (except Don Cherry… I love him a bit more than everyone else). I also want to be open minded about how I exercise without everyone else thinking I’m open minded (there’s the redneck bit of me leaking out). This is why I choose to do yoga in the privacy of my hot tub, in the confines of my backyard.
There are a lot of benefits to doing yoga in the hot tub. It can help alleviate muscle pain, relieve headaches, strengthen the immune system and improve sleep. The warm water of a Jacuzzi can also improve your circulation and release endorphins (you know, those things that your body releases when you do “it”). If you’re really into yoga already or you’re a bit more liberated than me, Susan Atkinson has some amazing resources available that can go into much more detail and depth than I can. Find her at www.tubyoga.com.
I appreciate the privacy my hot tub provides me and I find it much more motivating to exercise in a place I’m very comfortable with. I love knowing that no one can see my cottage cheese thighs or hear my donkey like gasps as I nearly expire on a very publicly positioned treadmill. Hot tub yoga has given me a low key exercise outlet that fits into my hectic work schedule as well. I don’t have to drive to a gym and I usually fall asleep easily after a session, so I can still exercise in the evening without waking at an ungodly hour to beat the morning gym crowd. I feel better about myself knowing that I’m putting in that extra effort to better myself (without having to be on a salad diet).