Scuba diving and yoga are the yin-yang of sports. One adrenaline fulled, the other relaxing. However, there is a growing consensus that the two complement each other, given the emphasis on quality of breath that is required. Indeed when divers learn how to control their breathing, it leads to better control of buoyancy in the water and a calmer mind. And of course, it also significantly helps increase the length of a dive.
With a number of dive resorts around the world now offering tailored scuba-yoga packages, it is no surprise they are proving to be very popular among the dive community. One in particular that has caught my attention is at LaSource - a holistic resort in Grenada.
Earlier this year it launched the Caribbean’s first Scuba-Yoga programme, which incorporates Pranayama yoga and meditation tuition desgined specifically to enhance the overall dive experience. The three-day programme consists of three dives on days chosen by guests over a seven night stay, balanced with Pranayama yoga techniques and meditation before or after each one.
As the resort’s resident holisitc programme director - Dr.Manoj Kutteri, says “Pranayama aids dive performance and gives beginners confidence. The specific techniques within the breathing exercises strengthen the lungs and help develop greater ability to breathe with continuity. They also de-stress and create openness of the mind to the quiet world underwater.”
Personally, I never feel more at peace than when I am scuba diving. It is such a fun, yet calming activity. When underwater, with no sound other than my own slow, deep breathe it really does induce a state that resembles meditation.
Another advocate of scuba diving and its many benefits, is Tina Gibbons - founder of The Mind Sanctuary and PADI Divemaster. “The sensation of being weightless installs a sense of freedom and your connection and intimacy with the beautiful underwater marine life stimulates a wonder of just how amazing nature is. It’s no wonder that the underwater world has become one of my greatest sanctuaries.”
Having only attempted yoga classes a handful of times, I will definitely be looking to improve my poses next year. Whether they will look elegant or not, is another matter…
To book a stay at LaSource:
Tropical Sky (www.tropicalsky.co.uk0844 332 9349) is offering seven nights on an all-inclusive basis at LaSource in Grenada from £1,839 per person . Valid for selected departures from 1-13 April 2012. The price includes flights from Gatwick with Monarch, accommodation in a luxury room, resort transfers, six spa treatments, three dives (PADI qualified divers), daily yoga, plates and Tai Chi, taxes and surcharges. /
For more information on Grenada and its dive offering, visit www.grenadagrenadines.com.