I like to invoke the tree as my symbol of spirituality — to remain consciously aware without reaction, while still radiating love and light.
Through yoga, I've been able to find love, peace and joy by connecting my mind, body and spirit. But when the opportunity arose to help develop an underwater wellness program with Zen Harmony Diving in Bali, I was greatly intrigued ... Could I remain tree-like underwater?
Besides the wonder and opportunity to explore a world that is mostly untouched and unseen by people, I wanted to further explore myself ... How would weightlessness affect the mind/body connection and my meditation?
Water has miraculous healing properties and scuba diving helped me reconnect to the first nine months of my life — in the womb.
I realized quickly that yoga and scuba diving complement each other beautifully due to the mutual emphasis on breath control and awareness. In the beginning, diving was a exciting challenge of trying to implement what I had learned and practiced on land. I soon adjusted, grew and fell in love with my floating time of silence, surrounded by stunning corals and schools of fish.
Through correct breathing patterns, I was able to control my buoyancy, remain tree-like in stressful situations and relax physically in ways I was unable to on land. Scuba diving allowed me to completely dissolve in my watery environment, as my mental clutter and noise quickly became silent. I only became focused on the present, or the colorful fish swimming next to me. Diving has allowed me to further explore and deepen my practices, as well as heal myself in ways I could not have imagined on land.
Here are some beautiful photos from Tulamben, Bali, of the exercises we do on land before we dive, and then a few underwater asanas. I hope you have the opportunity someday to give yoga diving a try! Namaste.