It’s been awhile since I regularly practiced yoga, but recently I’ve taken it up again. I was immediately reminded of the similarities between the scuba diving and yoga.
Like yoga, scuba is paced by your breath.
Like yoga, scuba is an acquired skill.
Like yoga, scuba benefits when you dedicate each session.
What do I mean by dedicate a session? I had completely forgotten about this idea, until I dived back into yoga. Our instructor, at the beginning of the class, told us to take a minute and dedicate our practice to someone, or something, that might require our attention.
It made me realize that every single dive I go on, I should be dedicating to something, or someone. Because every single dive is an opportunity to better my diving and myself.
The decision to make small strides toward improvement, instead of being overwhelmed by trying to improve everything at once.
If we took a few minutes before each dive to dedicate a dive to our buoyancy, or our breath, focusing every few moments again on drawing our attention back to the dedication, can you imagine the strides we could all make in our skill and ability?
I know it sounds kind of hippie dippy, but why not try dedicating each dive to something, and see what the results are?
PS here are some ideas for dedications:
-Navigate back to the boat with your compass
-Improve air consumption
-Attain neutral buoyancy throughout the dive
-Find tiny micro life
-Communicate seamlessly with your dive buddy
-work through feelings of panic or fear
-Keep track of all your students* (ha ha, just kidding guys….)
-Focus solely on breathing, and leaving the dry part of your life on dry land
-Find your dive buddy’s favorite fish for them
…the ideas are endless. What are some other diving dedications we can make for a dive?