At Halcyon Floats, our clients are a mixed bag of awesome folks looking to enrich their lives with more healthful habits, often layering practices of mindfulness and fitness, in order to increase happiness and overall wellbeing. The consensus seems to be that floatation therapy is an amazing way to incorporate meditative practice into anyones's fitness routine. That said, I’d like to shine a big old spotlight on how sensory deprivation seems to be an especially wonderful compliment to yoga. By now, some of you “in the know” might be saying,”DUH!” Even still, I encourage my float gurus to continue reading. For my float newbies, hold on to your yoga pants!! I'm about to drop some knowledge!
Both yoga and floating allow the mind to relax, and the body to unwind, easing muscle strain. The various movements and postures in yoga, stretch and warm up muscles, increasing flexibility. Additionally, yoga incorporates controlled breathing exercises that have a calming, soothing effect on the mind and body. With time and practice, yogis find they are more flexible, able to achieve more poses, reaching deeper levels of relaxation. A post-yoga session in a float tank can be a game changer to enhance the practice, relaxing and healing stretched muscles, increasing flexibility, taking your practice to the next level.
Yoga and floating also work in concert for detoxification purposes. While stretching on the mat, yogis allow their muscles to loosen and release toxins. A post-yoga float will promote increased blood flow to soft tissue, helping to remove these toxins from the bloodstream. As a result, you feel more energized, with an increased sense of overall well-being.
Meditation is typically a part of many yoga class, however, the practice can be difficult and downright frustrating, especially for yogis-in-training. For some, calming down the mind can seem impossible. That said, the sensory deprivation tank is the perfect place to hone this skill of mindfulness. The stimuli free environment of floatation therapy allows the mind to switch gears, shifting to the meditative alpha state, then the deeper theta. The float tank can be a catalyst for these deep levels of meditation, which usually take a great deal of time and practice to achieve. At Halcyon Floats, we’ve heard our customers refer to floating as “meditation on steroids” on more than one occasion.
The benefits of floating and yoga have wonderful effects on personal wellness on their own, however, layering the practices is a perfect combo to level up one's mental and physical healing and fitness. When paired, yoga and sensory deprivation can have profound effects on the body, resulting in deep relaxation, pain relief and mental clarity.
We urge you to try a post-yoga float and let us know how you feel. Use promo code “FloatingYogi” at check out from now until 9/30/17, and receive $10 off your online purchase. CLICK HERE to book your appointment at Halcyon Floats.
Namasté, Float Fam!