Why Teach Aqua Yoga

If you're an aquatics professional or a yoga teacher, aqua yoga is a natural modality to add to your offerings.

  • Expand Your Income

    As a yoga teacher, aqua yoga can reduce the seasonality of your income. Lots of teachers face student declines during the summer - summer is the busiest season for aqua yoga and expands your offerings to more locations and more people.

  • Expand Who You Serve

    There's a huge percentage of the population who is not well served by traditional mat yoga - aqua yoga is accessible to them. Aqua yoga is kinder on your body to teach as an aquatics professional and expands your offerings.

  • Expand Your Skillsets

    Working in the medium of water expands your teaching skills and makes you a better teacher of land yoga. Adding aqua yoga to existing aquatics programs helps you bring in new clients and offer existing clients new classes.

Words from teachers I've trained

“Far beyond expectations! This is by far the best online instruction I have ever experienced! I highly recommend this course and any course Christa offers. It was incredibly organized with several modalities to learn the info. The platform, reading, recorded videos, live classes, Facebook page. There is an abundance of info and Christa is so accessible to answer questions, etc." RYT - 200 Mary Beth Quick”

RYT-200

Mary Beth Quick

“As a seasoned Aqua Yoga Practitioner, Christa's on-line course offered an avenue to broaden my knowledge and work with like-minded professionals. The course reflects Christa's personal approach, delivered in a sympathetic and caring way.

The platforms used - video clips/written documents/links to studies and research, plus live meetings with other course participants makes for an interactive way to learn. This is not a course you'll want to rush through but to dip back into to refresh and re-energise your practices. For those new to aquatic exercise, it offers a firm foundation into a rewarding career.”

Aqua Yoga Teacher

Carol Anne Kent

Video Resources

Packed with real time videos

  • Every pose we cover has two videos - one for how to perform the posture and one for all the teaching tips - 90+ videos (more than 14 hours)
  • You'll also receive two full sequence videos so you can see a full practice in action.
  • Plus videos on the benefits of aqua yoga, how to sequence, anatomy and physiology, principles of aquatics and more...

Downloadable Resources

Reference materials

  • 88 page manual
  • Download 2 full practice sequences you can laminate
  • My book, There's no P in our OOL, applying yoga philosophy to an aqua yoga practice
  • Download 2 full audio sequences  to practice and memorize

Teaching Support

Face to face feedback

  • Weekly 40 minute video conference calls
  • (2) one half hour private sessions with me during the course
  • Weekly support emails
  • 1 hour private session with me to go over your video teaching submission and get actionable teaching tips

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to the course!

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    • Before we begin...

    • Materials List

    • How To Use the Pose Videos

    • A Little More About Me and My approach to yoga

    • Communication During the Course

    • Aqua Yoga Certification Manual

    • An example of Time Management During the Course

    • Weekly Support Emails

    • Live Sessions

  • 02

    Aqua Yoga Anatomy and Physiology

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    • Applied Aqua Yoga Anatomy and Physiology

    • Benefits of Aqua Yoga

    • Where You Practice Aqua Yoga

  • 03

    Standing Aqua Yoga Poses

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    • Mountain pose

    • Standing Twist

    • Side Stretch

    • Half Locust

    • Pyramid Pose

    • Triangle pose

    • Revolved Triangle pose

    • Warrior I

    • Warrior II and Warrior II Variations

    • Down Dog and Revolved Down Dog pose

    • Goddess pose

    • Chair pose

    • Cat/Cow pose

    • Foot Placement in Standing Yoga Poses

    • How to get people into and out of Standing Postures

  • 04

    Sun Salutations

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    • Sun Salutations with 1 Noodle

    • Sun Salutation with 2 Noodles

    • Wall Sun Salutations

  • 05

    Balance Aqua Yoga Poses

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    • 4 Tips for Better Balance

    • Warrior III

    • Front Leg Lifts

    • Tree pose

    • Side Leg Lifts

    • Half Moon pose

    • Eagle pose

    • Figure 4 pose

    • Dancer's pose

  • 06

    Prone/Supine Aqua Yoga Poses

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    • Plank

    • Cobra/Up Dog

    • Reverse Table and Reverse Plank

    • Plank to Reverse Plank Flow

    • Camel/Reclined Hero pose

  • 07

    Wall Aqua Yoga Poses

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    • Half Childs/Standing Pigeon pose

    • Baby Bug Pose

    • Forward Fold

    • Side Plank

  • 08

    Seated Aqua Yoga Poses

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    • Seated Aqua Yoga Poses

  • 09

    Feedback on First Section

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    • How did the pose videos work out for you

  • 10

    Sequences and sequencing

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    • Directions for Laminating Sequences

    • No Props Core Sequence to Laminate

    • No Props Core Sequence Posture List

    • Wall/Steps Sequence to Laminate

    • Wall Sequence Posture List

    • Kickboard Sequence Audio Recording

    • One Noodle Gentle Sequence Audio Recording

    • Two Noodle Sequence Video

    • Two Noodle Sequence Teaching Tips

    • Barbell Sequence Focused on Planks

    • Barbell Sequence Focused on Plank Teaching Tips

    • Barbell Sequence Focused on Lunges

    • Barbell Lunge Sequence Teaching Tips

    • Aqua Yoga for Lupus Sequence

    • Big Body Warm-Up Examples

    • How to Sequence

  • 11

    Aqua Yoga Props

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    • Noodles

    • kickboards

    • Barbells

    • Inner Tubes

    • Belts

    • Using yoga blocks in the Pool

  • 12

    Yoga Philosophy

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    • Getting Philosophy Wet

    • There's no P in our OOL

    • 8 Limbs of Yoga

    • Where are the 8 limbs of yoga within the sutras

  • 13

    Feedback on Section #2

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    • Feedback on Section #2

  • 14

    Aqua Yoga Teaching Tips

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    • Effective Cueing Skills

    • Practical Observation Skills

    • 5 W's of Teaching

    • Live Teaching Samples

  • 15

    Working with Special Populations

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    • Principles and Resources for Working with Special Populations

  • 16

    Aqua Yoga Pranayama

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    • Pranayama - science and philosophy

    • Applied Breathwork Practices in the Pool

    • Aqua Yoga and the Koshas

  • 17

    Chanting, Sound and Spirituality in Aqua Yoga

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    • Chanting, Sound, and Spirituality in Aqua Yoga

  • 18

    Floating Meditation

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    • Free Resources for Floating Meditation Ideas

    • Offering pre-recorded meditations

    • Floating Meditation

  • 19

    Aqua Yoga Safety

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    • Resources to give your clients

  • 20

    Business of Aqua Yoga

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    • Creating quality marketing materials

    • Professional Organizations & Resources

    • Know Your Strengths

    • Business Resources I Use

  • 21

    Recording and Submitting your Teaching Sample

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    • To Submit

People I've worked with

You want to work with someone who's a leader in the field who has a track record of teaching and supporting others as they step up

“Even if it is messy, just do it! The course work is presented as audio, video, written as well as personal face to face with Christa. Her explanations are true to every aspect of working with people in a pool setting.

How do you clearly, effectively instruct a group of participants about water safety, exercise efficiency, safety and fun all at the same time? Christa touches on all of these aspects of Aqua Yoga in a very accessible way.

If you have been an aqua fitness or aquatics professional, Christa introduces an entire new realm to your tool box. The course work is not overwhelming. I feel very confident with my new skills to provide Aqua Yoga practice to willing participants.”

Aquatics Professional

Rikki Gross

FAQ

  • Do I need access to a pool?

    Yes. It doesn't have to be every day but you need a pool to practice in and to use to record your teaching sample submission.

  • Is this course eligible for CEU's?

    The course is eligible for 21 hours of contact hours with Yoga Alliance if completed before Sept. 30th. 21 hours non-contact thereafter, and 15 hours from the Aquatic Exercise Association.

  • What if I'm not already a yoga or aquatics teacher?

    This course is designed for yoga or aquatics professionals. It's not a basic teaching course and assumes you already know the mechanics of being a good movement teacher. If you're a professional in another capacity and feel like this might be a fit for you, email me and let's talk. christa@christafairbrother.com

  • What technology do I need for this course?

    You'll need access to a phone or laptop. You'll need either a personal printer or access to a copy service. You'll also need some way to record your teaching submission, that could be a phone, a digital camera that shoots video, or a camcorder

  • Can I take this course if I'm outside the US?

    Yes! We will work out time frames that meet both our schedules for your one on one session. The enrollment platform accepts credit cards or PayPal. Please check with your local governing body about transferring CEC credits if applicable.

  • How long do I have to complete this course?

    You'll have 12 months after the course starts to complete the training. The course requires at least 6 weeks but can easily be accomplished in 3 months.

  • What if I change my mind about the course?

    As so much of the content is downloadable, once the course starts there's no refunds.

Meet Christa

Christa Fairbrother, E-RYT/RYT-500
Aqua Kriya Yoga Certified
Aqua Yoga Specialist
Aquatic Fitness Professional
Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute Certified
Certified Yoga for Arthritis Instructor
Lover of yoga, books, and tea

I use my 25+ years of yoga practice, my Master's in education and all my teaching experiences to provide you with trainings that are complete, filled with resources, and actionable. After this training you'll have the skillsets and the confidence to teach quality aqua yoga programs to diverse clients in your community.

Christa Fairbrother

Aqua Yoga Coach and Trainer

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