YogaInspirational number 48.
Before moving to Hawaii, I vacationed there. Swimming in the Pacific Ocean, I was amazed when I saw a group of free divers descend to 80 feet and interact with a pod of lazy-eyed spinner dolphins. Free diving is the art of diving deep without using tanks.
It’s a mental and physical discipline with many of the same skills as yoga, yet while yoga requires conscious breathing; free diving requires conscious breath holding. Breath awareness is the foundation for both disciplines, and both improve with training and calm, relaxed movement.
When I saw free divers gracefully bend, and smoothly propel themselves down with long fins and steady, full-bodied kick strokes, I thought I was participating in an interactive art gallery. And as I watched them roll and twist deep below while the dolphins imitated their fluid movements, I was captured.
Later that day, I asked one of the free divers if he would teach me how to swim into the deep. I wanted to dive like that; I wanted to interact with dolphins and other marine life. To my surprise, he told me he would, and we promised to meet again at the same beach in two years.
Two years later, when I met him to learn free diving, we started on the shore. My teacher led me through breathing exercises, meditation, and mental imagery. I remember him asking me if I did yoga. At that time, I didn’t. He said, “Yoga will help you be a better free diver.”
See the full article in November’s Asana Journal by following this link: www.asanajournal.com/finding-your-depth/