Yoga for scuba diving

Yoga for scuba diving;

“we work with being, it is non-being what we use”
(tao te ching)

Yoga is;
-a broad and vast medium covering all the aspects of our being. It contains physical poses;  “asana”, breath exercises; “pranayama”, concentration and relaxation techniques and much more. These practices will lead slowly and steadily to a more balanced mind, feeling centered and to be in a state of equanimity.
Yoga can be a way of living, or just a 20 minutes a day of physical practice with breath awareness. Both will give you a feeling of well-being. We can apply yoga techniques in various ways on our every day life to create harmony and well-being.It is integrated easily into your diving, and it will definitely benefit your experience. The connection between yoga and scuba diving is a two-way-street. Scuba diving is helpful for your yoga practice, and yoga certainly enhances in various ways your diving experience.

Yoga and scuba-diving is;
-the connection with the breath underwater. Any asana done without breath-awareness is not yoga, and everything you do with breath-awareness is yoga. Under the surface you are completely aware of this breath awareness and with that the subtly effects on your buoyancy, your concentration and state of mind. When you move effortlessly with concentration, a breath deep and calm, your air-supply will take you for a longer period of time under water. The sound of the breath under the surface, will have a calming and meditative effect, similar to the sound the yogi practices on its mat, called ‘ujjayi breathing’.

Increasing your physical fitness is one way to get more out of every breath, but even fit divers can find themselves breathing too fast or too shallow from the stress of diving. Like scuba-diving, yoga places emphasis 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. Yoga also strengthens and stretches muscles that are important in diving. This all adds up to more quality time floating in the under water universe.

Divers with a regular yoga practice often have more air left in their tank when they reach surface. The body is not sore or tired, the mind is calm, and swimming is comfortably and easily. Yoga teaches you to control your breathing while your body is working, so you can calmly and efficiently deliver more oxygen to your muscles and brain.
Your impulse to breathe is triggered more by a buildup of carbon dioxide than by low oxygen, so by learning to exhale fully, you clear more carbon dioxide and automatically breathe more slowly. Slower breathing also improves your concentration and focus. Circumstances can turn so suddenly in the water. Yoga teaches you how to center yourself in different situations.
Yoga uses a technique called ujjayi (OO-jeye) breathing, which translates into “expand successfully”–precisely what you’re training your respiratory system to do. When doing ujjayi breathing, you pull slow, steady breaths, fully filling and emptying your lungs, and increasing the live-force and oxygen in your system.
The deep breathing exercises used in yoga help keep blood gases normal and are very beneficial as a relaxing technique. The breathing techniques you learn in yoga affect your breathing behavior in other activities and give you a tool to fall back on in physically or mentally challenging situations.

Another benefit of yoga is that the physical poses (asana) strengthen and lengthen your muscles and connective tissues, leaving you in better shape for virtually any physical activity–including scuba.The asana open your chest cavity and promote strength and mobility in your back, hamstrings, quadriceps and calves. It will facilitate easiness of breath, and movement throughout the body. With a regular yoga practice you will develop a better and detailed body-breath-mind awareness, which will give you more control over your body-mind in any situation under any condition.
Diving is exploring an environment with different rules of gravity, being in unfamiliar circumstances, using your body and breath in different ways. This can create a heightened awareness and can develop new insights for your yoga practice. And for everyone who has been under the surface, the peacefulness and wonderment of the under-water universe is a meditation on its self.

The yoga for diving classes have;
-a strong focus on the breath and is suitable for all levels and first timers. We like every participant to keep a “beginners-mind”, being more receptive and aware to what is happening within the body-mind. Developing a witness perspective. Of course the benefits are not developed over a couple of classes, and establishing a short efficient self-practice is the aim. The class will be structured with a basic warming up, asana for lengthening and stretching muscles and connective tissues, breath exercises, and concentration techniques. Which you could apply prior to any dive you will do or making it part of your daily life.
The yoga we teach is hatha yoga; which is the foundation of most contemporary yoga varieties around the world. It has its roots in the ancient yogi texts; yoga sutras. Hatha yoga has as meaning to unite the solar and lunar forces of the body, mind and universe.
The yoga classes will take place at a gorgeous little Balinese open house; “bale yoga”, at the Gedong Gandhi Ashram, Candidasa.  A coconut grove  merged between the ocean, the hills and a flourishing lotus pond at East-Bali. An open air space which is neither too warm or too cold, and direct sea-view, which will make you silent. Yoga mats are provided, and various yoga props are available if needed.

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Karma yoga is;
-part of yoga, and part of the Gedong Gandhi Ashram philosophy. Living a righteous life, in service for humanity. Your participation in the “yoga for diving class” will help ashram members and also other Balinese youngsters in need of educational assistance. The  Gandhian ashram incorporates an educational fund, Gedong Gandhi Ashram Educational Fund, GGAEF.  Any young person in need can apply for educational assistance at any level when their eligibility will be assessed by the ashram’s advisers. The ashram founded in the late 70ties is based on Gandhian principles of self-sufficiency, independence, non-violence and supporting the local community.

All things end in the Tao
as rivers flow into the sea.

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