Floatdreams Floating & Yoga
Yoga gives you all kinds of benefits. You become more energized, you increase blood flow, and improve circulation. This happens with floating too. While floating you can really get in touch with your breath. You can learn what your body is all about, and you can get inside and see what kind of abitual holding patterns have accumulated. The floatation environment is the ultimate place to look at whatever is going on with you. Whether these are memories produced by experiences, thoughts, or actual events. We tend to store experiences, and make rationalizations about ourself based on them. Floating gives you an instant understanding that you are much more than your collective memories. So like yoga, you learn to let go, and go deep within yourself, and discover everything is perfect exactly the way it is right now.
Yoga produces an increased awareness in the body because we takes the time to meditate, or go through a series of asanas. It might be all about getting your body into shape and getting healthier, as it might be about experiencing oneself as a part of the universe, whatever your experience is, this is yoga.
Floating helps one with their yoga practice, brings you into a meditative state, teaches you how to relax, and concentrate.
The floatation environment allows for this exact, restful period of time, this break from from the routine, and puts you in a state of deep relaxation. This type of deep relaxation gives you energy that allows for insightful ideas to emerge, and gives you also the energy and the momentum to carry these ideas to fruition.
Floatings most important function allows you to be fully suspended, without gravity. You can feel your complete body, you can feel the placement of the bones, and muscles without any interferance. For people who practise yoga it takes years to experience what is going on with their alignment.
This brings us to an important understanding that correct alignment is an important factor in our yoga practise. What you might be aware of is not being able to get into certain postures, pain, tightness, the muscles not extending as much as you would like. Moving is blissful, when the body is properly aligned, and loose, and when its not, we are all familiar with not feeling our best.
To get a better picture of what is being said here, image a thin line running up and down through your body. It is as if you were a puppet being held up from heaven, and totally connected to the earth at the same time. Your movement is easy. No body parts are held, stiff or tight. This is true ease.
Generally people who have problems with their lower back and pelvis suffer from too much sitting or driving. Floating allows you to feel if the front of the legs are tight from holding the pelvis tilted forward, or tension in the lower back because one is unconsiously thrusting the pelvis back. The ease is somewhere in between.
The length of the lower back is essiential, that means finding that free place in between the two.
This takes a lot of attention, and regular discipline. Most people who start studying yoga, at least at the beginning are lost in just getting the postures, and because they are difficult, are not in a position to really experience how they are moving from one posture into the next, or even how they are really feeling while in the posture.
So the key is, to turn your attention inward, and feel the lengthening of your muscles downward through your lower back down your legs into your feet and at the sametime, the lengthening upward through the head. One needs to breathe as one lengthens, and sofen on one exhales. The easiest place to feel this movement, internally and externally is while floating. You can actually lengthen down into your toes and into the top of your head, at the sametime without any effort. Can you do this while doing your yoga practice? If no is the answer, you have to call the nearest floatation center, and give yourself the test. See if while you breathe, you can have the breath motivate the movement. Then in your next yoga class see if while you are working you can continue to use what you have learned, to breathe and let the breath motivate the movemnet, and continue the stretching down into the soles of the feet and through the top of the head on each inhalation. If you do not understand why this is not happening, go back to floating and focus on your breath. Feel your breath, ride your breath as if it was a wave. Each breath is like a new day, explore the sensation of yourself as you breathe. See if you can sense the up and down quality as if there was a bellows inside of you, like an accordian. Now see if you can notice besides the up and down quality sensation, the waist, the ribs move too.