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Aqua Yoga resources

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Dear All,

I'm preparing a presentation on aqua yoga and looking for any resources on the subject. I've got Francoise's book, Birthlight website and that is all. Is there more information on the internet? I feel I need to see it in a wider perspective. Is Birthlight aqua yoga unique? History of development? Any info on adjacent disciplines (Ai Chi etc.)? Any active aqua yoga schools? Testimonials from teachers and students (other than those on our website)? ANYTHING would help.

It says here http://www.birthlight.com/public/com/content.aspx?id=7733a46e-ec4a-4990-... that 'Birthlight has initiated the International Aqua Yoga Association', but I can't find anything about this association on the internet. Any related links would be most welcome.

Katia
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Mon, Jan 14 2008 8:15 AM In reply to
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Dear Katia,

As a swimmer from the time I engaged with Yoga seriously I started doing Aqua Yoga for myself and then developing it for pregnant women as part of the Birthlight childbirth preparation classes. We held experimental sessions in AquaYoga at the Cambridge city pool in the 80s and there was a regular class going in the training pool. Quite pioneering as pregnancy yoga on the dry land was very new then. When I bargained with the publisher of Water Babies to produce the Aqua Yoga book, there was interest in a more general Aqua Yoga book but then we focussed on pre and postnatal exercises. I hope to publish the complete set of Aqua Yoga practices I have developed over the years. Amanda Walker, Sally Lomas and Shawn Tomlinson have trained as Aqua Yoga tutors and we have trained many teachers, including for Sports Councils in the UK.

Since 2000 i have been teaching Aqua Yoga workshops alongside Ai Chi and Watsu practitioners. I am not aware of other Aqua Yoga trainers apart from Marina in Florida and at the millenium congress in Oregon we were the only 2 prenatal AquaYoga trainers. I set up the International Aqua Yoga Association, it is now under the International AquaBodyWorkers Association, the main contact is Basia Spak in Holland. Aqua Yoga is my special passion and I hope to get time aside among the commitments of running Birthlight and my academic commitments to take it out there and benefit people who cannot do yoga because of injuries, and also older people and larger people who need the support of the water to gain all they can from Yoga.

I am in the process of writing an article explaining how Aqua Yoga differs from other forms of Aquacise and why it is of particular benefit for post-trauma recovery, pregnancy and exercise for the over 60s. When will it be out? it's on my list of deadlines for early to mid 2008.

I hope this helps

Francoise

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Mon, Jan 14 2008 3:44 PM In reply to
Katia

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Dear Francoise,

Thank you so much for your reply. It did help indeed. I'm really looking forward to your new publications related to Aqua Yoga as this area is of great personal interest to me and also because I think it should develop well in Russia, despite the aerobics rush everywhere (or maybe thanks to this rush).

Basia Spak ... is this the right link then http://home.hetnet.nl/~basiaszpak/?

Thank you and I can't wait for you to be teaching Aqua Yoga this year with me as a student!

Katia