Freediving holiday in Indonesia
Imagine yourself floating in the Indonesian archipelago, the water is warm, clear and a deep blue colour. The marine life is like nothing you have seen before. You are holding onto the flotation ring and practicing your breath technique, slowing your mind and relaxing your body before you take your final breath. You dive under, pulling yourself along the line, feeling the sensation of the water on your skin, the deeper you go, the cooler it gets. Your attention is on your heartbeat and the crackling sounds of the ocean. The pressure builds up in your ears with each pull on the line, as you descend deeper into your journey. It feels so natural, yet so unnatural at the same time. This is where the experience really starts, this is when you begin to really exercise mind control. You clear your mind of any thoughts and bring it back to a state of relaxation. You become aware of your buddy diver beside you, its all okay, they are watching your every move to make sure you are safe.
Learning to Freedive is all about learning to be comfortable being outside of your comfort zone. It’s an opportunity to be safely challenged in a new and unique way. Initially, it will feel so foreign being meters underwater without the ability to breathe. Yet through understanding the physiology behind the dive reflex, knowing and trusting that your body has this under control, you are able to discover what you are truly capable of.
One of the most incredible and beautiful effects of learning to freedive is the profound state of calm you will experience. So how does submerging yourself in water induce such a deep state of relaxation? Firstly, the simple act of immersing your face in water, allows your heart rate drops by up to 25%. Then as your blood starts rushing into your core to protect your most important organs, your brainwaves start to soften. The deeper you go the more profound the effect is. Yet, even at shallow depths, freediving can bring you in touch with such a pure state of bliss.
At our Freediving and Yoga Retreat, you will learn how to achieve freedom from your busy mind. Professional training in the freediving breath techniques, will not only teach you how to breathe properly but will bring you into a greater connection with yourself and your body. In our daily lives we only use 20-30% of our lung capacity. Freediving increases this capacity whilst also slowing your breath. This deep, calm breath slows your mind, allowing you the space to feel and see things clearly. There is a surrender that takes place and you experience complete presence.
Freediving is the perfect tool to practice mindfulness. You need to be 100% present and in a state of peace, trusting and letting go whilst not being attached to the outcome. The key to successful freediving is relaxation, the more relaxed you are, the less oxygen you use.
Free diving is the ultimate form of connecting with your Self. It’s a journey of self- discovery. It is the ultimate discipline, being able to listen to your body so innately gives you a deep understanding of the direct impact your emotions have on your mind. Learning to freedive teaches you self-awareness to know how far you can push yourself, within your limits in any given moment. It is a truly incredible experience.