LeisurePro Reveals New Trend for 2008: Scuba Diving is the New Yoga

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Many participants of scuba diving have begun to refer to "scuba as the new yoga" and are planning underwater vacations for 2008 to escape the stress above sea level.

One of the largest sellers of scuba equipment in the world predicts that scuba diving will be the hot new trend for people seeking stress relief in the New Year. Many in the sport have begun to refer to "scuba as the new yoga" and are planning underwater vacations for 2008 to escape the stress above sea level.    

"For thousands of years, cultures around the world have sought places to go for quiet meditation and peace of mind -- from the practice of Yoga in India to Henry David Thoreau's walk through the woods of Walden Pond," says Ben Teichberg, Scuba Diving Master Instructor with LeisurePro. "Today, scuba divers experience the same meditative benefits while enjoying nature and its underwater beauty."

LeisurePro's Teichberg offers reasons behind this exciting new trend of people exploring the sport of scuba diving as a way to find tranquility under the waves. The top six reasons sited by LeisurePro for this new trend of "Scuba as the new yoga" include:

  •     The body becomes relaxed underwater in a gravity-free environment where you become neutrally buoyant, like being in outer space.
  •     Many athletes use underwater meditation, such as Olympic swimmers
  •     Certain types of dives called "drift dives" allow you to gently move with the current, with minimal body movement
  •     As with meditation, slow breathing works best with scuba. Focusing on breathing relieves stress and promotes relaxation,
  •     The only noise you generally hear underwater is the sound of your breath.
  •     Observing the beautiful colors of fish, coral and other sea life is stimulating.

Many times divers don't have to cover lots of ground during a dive. Some dives for example called "muck dives," are limited to a 10-foot radius, where you don't move around much - but look slowly and carefully for microscopic creatures. This activity slows you down and requires complete concentration.

LeisurePro was founded in 1989 as the first online scuba store and is one of the largest sellers of scuba equipment in the world. The company is committed to growing scuba diving's popularity through making the sport more affordable and accessible to the general public. For more information on scuba diving, visit: http://www.leisureproinfo.com. Contact: Joe Clark at 201-843-5600 or joe @ rosica.com

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