FUSION OF YOGA & DIVING
What is the link between diving and yoga?
Yoga and scuba diving are both forms of meditative movement which focus on breath synchronized movement. The breath and mind is interlinked, thus if we can control our breathing we can control the mind.
Trough controlled breathing the mind becomes calm and relaxed and our breathing rate becomes slower which leads to better air consumption while diving and a longer bottom time and improved quality of our dive.
Once relaxed and calm while diving we tend to enter a natural meditative state of mind, being in the present moment which is the same as when practising yoga – entering a meditative state of mind.
The quality and enjoyment of our dive is directly affected by our breathing rate:
The calmer we are during the dive
The slower our breathing rate
The better our air consumption
The longer bottom time and improved quality of our dive
Definition of Meditation:
Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.
How can diving complement or enhance your yoga practise?
Through diving, one can experience a moving meditative state, a sense of peace and connectedness with nature as you float silently, weightless in the blue, only hearing the sound of your breathing, being in the present moment as you experience the sensation of being submerged in another environment. The sensation of hovering in midwater is immensely liberating, the nearest most people will get to experiencing near-zero gravity like an astronaut. This natural tendency of entering a meditative sate while diving helps us to understand meditation better which is one of the limbs of yoga practise.