Yoga and scuba diving fusion
Yoga and scuba diving fusion – there are striking similarities between scuba diving and the eight limbs of traditional yoga, which are both rooted in breath control, awareness, meditation, and relaxation. Zen Dive Resorts are the first PADI 5 Star Dive Resorts to have created a program designed for all types of people, whether they are beginners or experienced divers and yogis – Zen Harmony Diving. The program combines scuba diving and yoga and its aimed at restoring correct breathing patterns, improving buoyancy and air consumption, creating a meditative state of mind during the dive, removal of excess nitrogen after a dive, and special asanas designed to increase flexibility and warm-up the body prior to diving.
During a dive, divers become one with their breath, body, and environment – a situation which parallels meditating in lotus position after yoga asanas and pranayama. Zen Harmony Diving brings the meditative limb of yoga off the mat and into the water, instructing divers how to focus their concentration upon their breath through meditative and visualization techniques, thereby, increasing awareness and control of their body, thus promoting relaxation and reducing stress.
Although breathing is a natural process of the body, diving and yoga instructors must first teach individuals how to breathe. As in yoga, deep breathing is important for divers for better buoyancy, longer air consumption, and remaining calm in stressful situations. Zen Harmony Diving teaches divers before a dive of the importance and awareness of breath as well as yogi breathing techniques such as deep breathing, ujayi breathe Post-dive, divers are guided how to release excess nitrogen out of the body through specific pranayama.
Another aspect of Zen Harmony Diving`s program is relaxation. Like breathing, divers are taught how to relax through meditation and visualization techniques. Zen Harmony Diving has developed a yoga nidra body and mind relaxation that allows diver to fully visualize and experience a dive before it happens. This kind of experience allows the diver to remain calm before and during a dive as they have already been exposed to a situation.
Zen Harmony Diving has focused on breathing, meditation, visualization, simple asanas and Ayurveda to create awareness and peace to divers, in and out of the water.
Article written by Andrea Ridgway, PADI Divemaster and RYT Yoga Alliance Instructor and Therapist, Usui and Karuna Reiki Master Teacher and Practitioner