The practice of Woga – an acronym of the words water and yoga – is a discipline born about ten years ago in America and that, like Watsu, combines a traditional technique with water. In this case, Woga can be summarized as “doing yoga in water”, an increasingly widespread tendency because it has many benefits and no contraindications.
Water and yoga, a winning union
Woga enhances the benefits of traditional yoga through immersion in water, a natural element for the human body, which promotes deep relaxation, essential for maintaining concentration and muscle control. In addition, water facilitates the yoga positions and helps you maintain them longer without weighing on the joints.
The principle of Woga is very simple: the traditional asanas (the Sanskrit term that indicates the yoga postures) are performed immersed in a swimming pool or a thermal bath at a recommended temperature of 33°-35°C, with feet touching the bottom.
In addition to traditional yoga sequences, Woga also includes moments dedicated to meditation, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to reduce stress.
What are the benefits of Woga?
Woga is a complete and safe physical activity because it activates all the muscles of the body gradually, gently releases tension and, if practiced regularly, contributes to greater flexibility.
Water resistance counteracts movement and requires more effort, but drastically reduces the risk of muscle pulls and joint pain. That is why Woga is also suitable for overweight people, pregnant women or the elderly.
In addition, immersion in water slows the heartbeat and attenuates surrounding noises, allowing the mind to concentrate on balance and breathing, and ensuring complete psychophysical regeneration.