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Wonderful article. But the authors are wrong about needing gravity to build strength - they have somehow not heard of resistance training (?) which is what swimming is (and the program astronauts use in space to offset the effects of micro-gravity.)

Maryanne Ford

I love the article, as I'm an avid lap-swimmer AND a yoga teacher/therapist. Louise, I share your thought that we must inhale through the mouth when taking breath..If you inhale nasally you might aspirate on water, whereas if you inhale water accidentally through your mouth it will just end up in your stomach, not your lungs.

Louise Burger

Lovely article, thanks. I was looking specifically for advice on the breathing aspect of swimming. In my yoga practice both the in and out breath pass are done through the nose. How to bteathe when swmming? Breathing out through the nose is achieveable when under the water, but too difficult uopn rising to the surface - natural inclination is to take a gulp of air through the mouth, which is surely unhealthy, or not??


In issue 230 "Knee Deep" The drawing of Viparita Karani is incorrect. The bolster should support the pelvis to the bottom of the shouder blades not the lower back.


Hope this isn't a silly question as I'm new to yoga. Can some yoga asanas be done in a swimmimg pool?

Martha Lord

I am an aquatic core strength instructor as well as a yoga teacher. I don't swim laps, never have. I use a bouyancy belt and do suspended exercise in deep water engaging the core muscles in a wide variety of ways. I've found that it is absolutely fabulous when combined with yoga on land for an overall fitness routine. Lap swimming is far too repetitive and boring for me.


will try it...
i think swim itself is yoga also

Sara Cecilia Neuman

This is enlightening.
I am almost 64 now. I have practiced yoga and swimming separately, on and off throughout the years, now doing swimming but no yoga. This article has put me back on the track of practicing both again.
Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge.


Dear Clive, I understand perfectly what you write, I kind of feel the same way.I live by the beautiful Lac Leman or Lac Geneva in Geneva Switzerland, I will get back in touch with you.. certainly!.


I swam competitively until my late teens and when I started doing yoga 10 years after dropping competitive swimming I was surprised at how many yoga based stretches we'd done as part of land conditioning in swimming. I've always found swimming very meditative so the end of the article really struck a chord with me.
I sail a lot now, any suggestions for yoga to help sailing?

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