Human Health & Zen Harmony
Zen Harmony Diving offers a pathway to holistic health and wellness by combining pranayama, mediation, yoga and Ayurveda with underwater experiences where one can naturally, learn to restore conscious deep breathing patterns and thus effective air-oxygen consumption, achieve a meditative state of mind that promotes relaxation and reduces stress and special yoga physical exercises in the high density underwater environment with little risk of strain and injury. The three components of Zen harmony breathing, meditation and gentle yoga asanas, have the potential to confront the ailments and diseases of modern lifestyles.
Whilst 3 billion people in the world live in coastal areas with easy access to the seas and oceans, less then some 50 million of the world’s total population has experienced the world of scuba diving and snorkeling. Human beings in large number traveled across the world in search of adventure, discovery and migration and yet 95% of the world’s ocean realm remains unexplored, unseen by human eyes. The reasons for this may be a fear of the underwater world as well as the need of knowledge and skills, sophisticated equipment for safety, effectiveness and efficiency as well as affordability.
The human body comprises of some 65% water as body weight. Human beings technically spend the first 9 months of life in the womb, essentially in a water world. From the day we are born we are assumed to breathe “naturally” and most people are not taught how to the breathe “correctly” except in the specific cases such as, for example, yogis, professional athletes and singers and asthma sufferers.
Scuba diving and snorkeling, beyond experiencing the beauty and amazing diversity of the marine world, offers a unique pathway to human health through the effective practice of controlled breathing, meditative focus and free flow physical exercise. In a sense the greatest challenge for scuba divers and snorkelers is to get their breathing right and this may perhaps be the greatest barrier to experiencing and discovering of the underwater world.
Zen Harmony Diving offers an integrated holistic concept combining harmony breathing, meditation, yoga and Ayurveda, with scuba diving and snorkeling. This program designed and managed by leading wellness and diving experts is rapidly gaining the attention by the world’s leading certification and licensing authorities and becoming the “Gold Standard” standard in the world of scuba diving practices and safety by which others will be measured. The Oceanic world is ideally suited to physical, mental and emotional therapy.
Scuba diving on a regular basis improves and maintains fitness and stamina through entails aerobic and anaerobic exercises as well as cardiovascular and muscular workout, as the diver moves against the natural pressure of water little risk of strain, for example on joints. Also increased muscle tone and strength in underwater environment helps in relieving tension and improves ailments such as backache because, by strengthening the back muscles, pressure is reduced in the spine.
With controlled breathing scuba divers train to take long, deep and slow breaths to conserve air and this empowers efficient use the oxygen going to the muscles. A normal person only uses about a quarter of the oxygen that is inhaled into the lungs. As we learn to more efficiently breathe our bodies learn to absorb more of the available scuba tank concentrated oxygen and this has the potential to repair and heal any damaged tissues in our body.
Deep breathing also means increased oxygen intake and this has numerous benefits too. Increased oxygen levels in the body raises energy levels, stimulates circulation, benefits heart and lung function and improves mental capacities. This is relevant to removing toxins and also in handling, for example, depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders.
Scuba divers are taught to always breathe slowly and deeply during a dive. This is so that the air in your tank will last longer and means more time can be spent underwater but more importantly, deep steady breathing promotes a calm attitude. However, this deep slow breathing has other benefits too; it increases lung capacity, strengthens the respiratory system and drains mucous. This in turn helps with the prevention of lung diseases and can actually improve existing ones such as asthma.
The calm, relaxed state produced through deep, slow breathing and through focusing on your underwater environment, reduces stress and balances the nervous system. A relaxed, calm state of mind has been proven to promote a positive attitude and prevent depression.
The Watery Emotional Embrace
Divers find it a great way to unwind, relax and forget about all the stresses of daily modern life. Flotation therapy is essentially a way of placing the body into a state of total relaxation. Floating weightless in a quiet atmosphere breaks down stress responses and allows the mind and body to rejuvenate.
Underwater buoyancy and the rainbow colorful marine life with the only noise being the sound of breathing, is pure mediation.
Scuba diving can be exhilarating, awe-inspiring, relaxing, calming, rejuvenating, fun and above all good for health and well-being