Practicing Yoga Under The Sea: Yoga Diving
10 March 2015
It is said that scuba divers are the happiest people on earth. Combine that with Yoga and you'll probably feel like you're on top of the world.
Yoga in the present day has many forms and styles. There's Vinyasa, Iyengar, Hot Yoga, Yin Yang and many more. In addition to these generic styles, there are also some new and crazy but fun ways to practice Yoga. For example, there is Anti Gravity or Aerial Yoga, Yoga Ballet, Laughter Yoga and so on.
But did you know that now you can take your practice from the mat and trapeze to the ocean floor? Here's a video of a friend of mine to prove that I am not hallucinating. Vaclav went all the way to Egypt on a scuba yoga retreat and did the entire sequence including sun salutations, inversions and twists on the ocean bed, 9 feet below the surface! There can't be a better way to make Yoga even more adventurous than it already is.
It is said that scuba divers are the happiest people on earth. Combine that with Yoga and you'll probably feel like you're on top of the world (even though technically, you're below sea level). Imagine being surrounded by fascinating aquatic life in the vast ocean and working against gravity, water pressure and your mind to enjoy practicing in this unusual environment. It sure sounds like a tough challenge but it also is one hell of an experience if you can learn to relax under the water.
For those pro yogis who want to spice up their practice and take it to a whole new level, Yoga diving can be a great experience and a fun way to challenge yourself.
If it sounds like something you would like to try, then don't forget to check out some of the world's most popular yoga diving destinations below:
- Bali, Indonesia
- Koh Tao, Thailand
- Dahab, Egypt
- Baa Atoll, Maldives
- Mallorca, Spain
There are usually all sorts of retreats and courses that are advertised from time to time, mostly in the summer. So keep an eye on websites like Destination Yoga, Responsible Travel, Yoga Life Retreats, Go Yoga Travel and so on. So, start planning from now if you would like to try it out this summer!