4 Amazing Facts about Swim: Combine Swimming with Yoga

swimming and yoga
How much do you know about swimming?[dt_gap height=”20″ /]
Other than plenty of physical benefits you can gain from swimming, like building cardiovascular fitness and boosting muscle strength, to name just a few, what I want to share with you today are some of its byproducts related to mental health which you may not realize.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]

1. Swimming is a meditation in motion, Yoga in water[dt_gap height=”20″ /]

Swimming is a rhythmic physical exercise, which is more breath concerned and helps you get yogic benefits. Amazing right? Swimming is an ideal alternative to Yoga as far as I am concerned. What are the commonalities between these seemingly different activities?[dt_gap height=”20″ /]

2. Swimming and Yoga are both arts about breathing and grabbing control over your breath.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]

Breath is operated by the subconscious mind, which means we don’t have to breathe purposely to take in oxygen and most of the people generally don’t feel their breath intentionally in daily life.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]
We take the breath for granted, though it makes sense anyway, what’s the point of being distracted by breathing when it can automatically happen?[dt_gap height=”20″ /]
This is just the case when we are above water, but underneath the water, it’s a different story.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]
choke in waterTiming is the first fundamental thing when swimming. It pushes you to concentrate on your breath.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]

During swimming, the gravity of your body and the water-resistance won’t allow you to emerge above the surface as long as you can.

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Try this rejuvenating rose quartz mask to feel the loving power which like what you feel when water flow through your face.

This time-intensive inhalation urges you to be aware of your breath. It feels so awful to choke in the water.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]
No matter what kind of swimming stroke you choose, whether it’s freestyle or breaststroke, the principle is nearly the same(although might be a bit different according to your coach):[dt_gap height=”20″ /]

Here is a tip to utilize your swimming time to a full extent.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]

Slowly exhale as you trickle the air through the nose underneath the water, and when your mouth is exposed to the air, take a deep, sharp breath, take in air as much as possible, and as quick as you could.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]

Despite the inadequate timing for inhalation, take a gulp of air down just leads to shallow breathing and subsequently insufficient oxygen delivery, you should avoid gulping.

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What you should do is make the inhaling so deep that you can feel the fullness in your lungs.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]

The Mouth-in, nose-out, time-intensive breath pattern is oddly different from the breath involuntarily functioned in our daily life.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]

3. Your fight or flight mechanism is triggered by the underlying danger of being drowned. Thus, the mind goes into survival mode.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]

combine swimming with yoga
When you’re swimming, suddenly you come up with a random thought– I pick a wrong swimming suit today,  I look fat in this. With this distraction, you are mentally dragged into this specific thought, even for one second, you may swallow water.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]
Your subconscious is quite smarter than you, it will not allow your body to take any risk. The panic of being drowned free your mind from thoughts.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]

4. Your mind is at its full alertness. 

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A state of mindfulness where you can monitor every emerging thought is created naturally.

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Likewise, the subconscious mind has to adapt to the new surroundings, so it forces you to withdraw your sensation. Therefore, your senses are also narrowed down.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]
You can hear the sound of the bubbles streams when you’re exhaling, and you can feel the touching of them bursting in your face.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]
bubble in waterThe sensation of flow across your skin when you are rotating and sliding is so unique that they literally give you a dolphin-like feeling. And this enhances the consciousness of living in the present.[dt_gap height=”20″ /]

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Try a Different way to Swim[dt_gap height=”20″ /]

Next time you dive into the water, pay attention to what you feel in your body, blow away your panic

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This yoga in the swimming pool provides you a moment with yourself. This real enjoyment of life can help you find out more about yourself, about the world around you.

 

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