2628 – Aqua Yoga

Intermediate / Pool Workshop


San Diego, CA / Saturday, September 7, 2019 – 8:00-11:00 am – 3.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 8:00-9:30 am / Indoor Pool: 9:30-11:00 am)


Faculty: Camella Nair, Swami, C-IAYT


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve as a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels. Practicing yoga facilitates calmness due to larger doses of gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) from the thalamus which suppresses neural activity. In the water especially, older adults can enjoy countering cognitive decline along with the physical benefits of yoga to improve their quality of life. In this workshop we will identify areas where aqua yoga therapy has proven to be beneficial, as well as experience a range of yoga poses in the water and how they may enhance resilience and well-being across many conditions. Therapeutic yoga is defined as the application of yoga postures and practice to the treatment of health conditions which involves psychological, emotional and spiritual pain, suffering and limitations. In this land and pool lab, you will be able to experience aqua yoga for yourself in order to determine if and how it may be applicable for your clients, but also help you personally obtain and sustain optimum strength, flexibility, balance and stability. This workshop is open to all levels and current knowledge of yoga philosophy and application is not needed beforehand, but may be useful.



1)  Examine the 8-limbed system of yoga and the 5-fold Panchakosha model that is used in Yoga Therapy application and how it can help empower our clients to improve their mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

2)  Explore mounting research into the healthcare benefits of yoga which will demonstrate unequivocally that regular yoga is worth the investment of time and effort.

3)  Review and practice yoga breathing techniques and determine how they can help shift balance from the SNS and flight to PNS and the relaxation response.

4)  Consider various case studies where yoga in the water has benefitted client beyond what they could have achieved on land. EgGilliane Barre, FML, Obesity, Spinal stenosis, pregnancy.

5)  Outline how the pool lab will enable us to cultivate self-discipline and study in order to experience introspection and integration of mind and body via the breath and investigate how this might be useful for specific clients.

6)  Examine various poses in the pool affecting the body systems by cultivating breath awareness, relaxation, strength, flexibility, stability and balance.


FACULTY: Camella Nair, Swami, C-IAYT, is one of the few ordained female Swamis currently teaching in the Kriya Lineage. It is an unbroken line of gurus dating back thousands of years. She pioneered Aqua Kriya Yoga 20 years ago. Through student passion, advocacy and love for yoga, Camella eventually wrote a book and designed a pioneering 2-level teacher training program in Aqua Kriya Yoga. She is a certified Yoga therapist, addressing the gap between yoga and accessibility in the water. She contributes articles and blogs in fields ranging from prenatal, to yoga philosophy, and breaking the taboo around death and dying. She is an affiliate with Yoga for Arthritis and a Blue Mind Ambassador.