Research indicates that exercise performed in the water can expand range of motion by more than 30%. But in the high saline waters of the Dead Sea, where the body is liberated from the ongoing struggle against gravity, almost anything is possible!
The Dead Sea has long been known for its healing properties. It is one of the most mineral rich bodies of water on planet earth, with a unique composition of magnesium, potassium, bromides and other minerals. This relaxes the muscles very quickly, making it much easier to get into poses quickly. In addition to rich, healing minerals, the Dead Sea has 10 times more salt than the world’s oceans, so it is impossible not to float in this calming body of pristine water!
This unique environment provides a perfect setting for yoga teachers to help their students achieve and hold postures that would not normally be available only to experienced yogis.
Consider Shalabasana (Locust Pose) for example. This is a very demanding posture. It requires a remarkable amount of effort (and more than a little back and core strength) to lift the body off of the floor and hold it, even for a few breaths.
But practiced in the Dead Sea, the water supports the body, gently pushing up from beneath to open the chest and lift the legs. Since there is virtually no muscle tension, it is possible to stretch and extend from the pelvis to the toes with little effort. All that is required to achieve the full expression of Locust is a slight push downward on the tailbone.
The extreme buoyancy of the Dead Sea means that poses can be held for much longer and extended practice sessions can go on for hours without risk of injury or over-fatigue (perfect for teacher trainings!). And if you ever get tired of the water (unlikely), the surrounding Judean desert is a beautiful setting for sessions on dry land!
Visit Avayasana to discover how DeepFloating yoga in the Dead Sea re-defines what is possible for you and your students.
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