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:

Controlled Breathing

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.

How can yoga enhance your diving skills or learning how to dive?
Yoga places emphasis on slow controlled breathing, on proper inhalation and exhalation, as breathing is considered the essential connection between body and mind. Practiced regularly, yoga promotes deep, slow breathing, and teaches you how to calm your mind. The breathing skills we learn in yoga will help us to breathe better underwater and thus improving our air-consumption. One also learns how to refine your buoyancy through breathing properly underwater and being relaxed. Yoga teaches us how to relax consciously. If you are relaxed underwater while diving and breathing slow and rhythmically and with good buoyancy then it becomes easier to enter a meditative state of mind.

Yoga Schedule:

Mornings: 8:00 – 9:30 am

Sunset: 5:30 – 7:00pm

Marisa teaches Hatha yoga based on Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga.

The yoga classes are vibrant and include pranayama (breathing techniques), sun salutations, moon salutations and a dynamic flowing sequence of asanas (postures) bringing awareness into mindfulness and energy flow, followed by relaxation and a short meditation. The classes are suitable for all levels and variations are given accordingly. Yoga groups are small which allows for personal attention and adjustment.

To learn more about Marisa’s yoga classes please visit www.yogazanzibar.com