Why scuba divers should do yoga?
Yoga – in this context we mean asana (yoga poses) – has some excellent benefits for other activities. If you are a scuba diver, it can help us to build strength that is needed during the activity but also developing flexibility that is required. There are a lot of movements in scuba, that needs strength and flexibility. For example how to get in and out of the gear, how we walk down the shore and back up again from a dive. Even wearing and adjusting your fins need special flexibility!
The way we swim will affect our buoyancy, and this has a lot to do with technique as well as flexibility and strength. The tendency to collapse on the lower back will result in back pain to most divers after their long dives.
Yoga poses for scuba divers
Scuba diving needs strength and flexibility in all part of the body and it also depends on the person condition and gear. But we can look at the poses here for a general guidance
Start by warming up with Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B. Do each 3 rounds.
High Crescent Lunge.
From Downward Facing Dog, step right foot forward in between the hands, and stay at the ball of the back foot. Slowly lift your upper torso up. Make sure the legs are active and pressing down, the front knee is away from the midline and the tailbone is tucked.
Still in High Crescent Lunge, we add Eagle hands.
Spread your arms out to the side then swing them to the centre, right arm under the left. Bend the elbows and lift the elbows at your shoulder height. Hold for five breaths.
Do the other side.
Knee to Chest
From Downward Facing Dog, inhale and come to plank. Simultaneously without dropping the back or the upper torso, pull the right knee towards the right armpits, opening the hip slightly. Exhale, back to Downward Facing Dog. Repeat to the other side. Do ten rounds on each side.
Start by laying down on the stomach. Keeping the feet hip width distance apart and hips press on the floor. On the inhale lift the legs up, and the chest up. Spread the fingers and toes. Hold for 5 breaths. Repeat 3 times. Then recover in Child Pose.
Reclines Spinal Twist
Lay down on the back, and spread the arms to the side. Pull right knee towards the chest, then keeping the shoulders firm on the mat, drop the knee to the left side. Stay for five breaths and then change side.
Lay down on the back with palms facing up. Tense all muscles and then relax all the muscle. Focus on your breaths only. Stay for ten minutes.
Have fun in your scuba diving activities!