The Healing Power of the Ocean
November 22, 2016
I’ve been lucky to lead yoga retreats all over the world, and almost all of them have one physical characteristic in common: they’re located somewhere near the ocean. And I am counting down the days to being back by the healing sea, on my next retreat to Maderas Village in Nicaragua. Days of swimming, surfing, and practicing yoga while listening to the meditative sound of the waves, yes please!
The ocean is just as important a yoga is on my retreats, for it aids in self-discovery, it is healing and cleansing, and ever inspiring, reminding me of the constant ebb and flow of life.
PHYSICAL BENEFITS of the ocean
The therapeutic properties of the sea have been celebrated since ancient times.
And I feel that spending time with the ocean is more important than ever in our over-caffeinated, over-stimulated society. It is imperative to take time to unplug and return to nature. When I’m swimming in the ocean, there isn’t a screen in sight. I just float, I tap into the expansiveness of the world, and I am able to just be.
MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL BENEFITS of the ocean
The ocean is as restorative for our minds and spirits as it is for our bodies. If you’ve ever tried surfing in a stormy sea, you know how humbling of an experience it is. If you try to fight the power of the waves, you’ll likely get a mouthful of salt water. If you work with the waves however, you can find success. Surfing, and just being in the water, reminds us to go with the flow.
The ocean reminds us that change in life is constant and is something to worth with, not against. The ocean is ever-shifting; one day it is calm and sparkling, the next day chopping and unpredictable. When you’re surfing or swimming in the ocean, you have no option but to remain in the present moment, or you’ll get toppled over by a wave. Like yoga, it forces you to become aware of your body, your breath, and the present moment.
If it has been months or even years since you’ve played in the ocean, what are you waiting for? I hope that you can join us at Maderas Village or plan another journey to your beach of choice in the near future, to feel rejuvenated in body, mind, and spirit.
What is your favorite aspect of the ocean?