Fitness and scuba diving

It is common knowledge that the pratice of sports and in general any physical activity can help also the scuba diver during his underwater adventures. Regardless of the type of sport chosen, it's crucial to have a good trainer or for the more experienced, follow some fundamental guidelines in order to reach effective benefits and avoid any physical injury.

Because scuba diving is a particular activity and not a real sport in the strict sense of the term, it could be helpful doing other considerations.

Personally talking, after many years of diving and many attempts to find a good solution for my fitness, I started to practice yoga. I think to have been lucky because my teacher introduce me to yoga philosophy, not only to the practice of asana. What normally happens, it's to start to practice the 'asana' without any other knowledge about the yoga philosophy.

Quite often, people is interested in the practice of asana for the fitness; many free divers use pranayama technics to improve relaxation and their control on heartbeat. The asana and pranayama practice can solve or improve common problems as backache, neck ache, ache/problems to joints, rebalancing the body posture. One of the logistical advantages is that you can practice it at your home and no tools are needed, only a carpet and sometimes, at the beginning, the use of a cushion.

Generally talking, the practice of the yoga philosophy as a whole leads to many advantages, increasing not only the body's efficiency but also the capacity in selfcontrol, concentration and the self-knowledge, improving the quality of life.

The mind is a very powerful tool, often underused in the West culture, and that can help each one to conduct a more 'balanced' life also in the 'small things' like scuba diving.

By the way, the Raja Yoga, also called Ashtanga Yoga (yoga in eight steps), is composed by two main parts. The first one, that collects the first four steps, focus the attention to the 'external part' and is composed by:

  • yama

  • niyama

  • asana

  • pranayama

The second one, that collects the higher four steps, focus the inner/intimate part of ourselves and is composed by:

  • pratyahara

  • dharana,

  • dhyana

  • samadhi