Secrets of the Sea. {Underwater Yoga Photos That Will Blow Your Mind.} ~ Britta Trubridge

Via Britta Trubridge
on Sep 19, 2013
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Photo: Elena Kalis
Photo: Elena Kalis

The world as you know it becomes silenced and you come face to face with what’s happening inside of you.

“You know that our breathing is the inhaling and exhaling of air. The organ that serves for this is the lungs that lie round the heart, so that the air passing through them thereby envelops the heart. Thus breathing is a natural way to the heart.

And so, having collected your mind within you, lead it into the channel of breathing through which air reaches the heart and, together with this inhaled air, force your mind to descend into the heart and to remain there.”

~ Nicephorus the Solitary

Full submersion into sea has a tendency to make most of us feel a little bit uncomfortable.

Photo: Daan Verhoeven
Photo: Daan Verhoeven

She brings us face to face with something we are often not ready to confront.

Photo: Daan Verhoeven
Photo: Daan Verhoeven


“When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still.”

~ Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika

During a freedive, we become closed circuits of energy.

As we descend, the blood shifts towards the heart and lungs to preserve the royal organs. When this happens, we find ourselves engaging in full pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses).

Loud and clear are the “voices” in your head, mostly telling you to get back to surface so you can breathe. This is a primal instinct and the mental practice of leaning into this fear is very real.

Ironically, we have more oxygen than we think. It’s the high levels of CO2 that are giving the mind/body the urgency to breathe, but the oxygen is sufficient.

With practice, there comes a point in the freedive where we are able to quiet that internal conflict and rest into the feeling of being without air.

With this, a deep meditative state is induced.

Our thoughts begin to cease and we fall into what is the definition of yoga:

“Yogas chitta-vritti-nirodhah” or “Yoga is the cessation of the activities of the mind.”

Photo: Elena Kalis
Photo: Elena Kalis
Photo: Elena Kalis
Photo: Elena Kalis

It is practice in learning how to overcome that internal conflict and like with all practices, when we continually revisit and push beyond the edge of our comfort zone, something magical is revealed to us…

Photo: Daan Verhoeven
Photo: Daan Verhoeven

…our potential.

Photo: Daan Verhoeven
Photo: Daan Verhoeven
Photo: Elena Kalis
Photo: Elena Kalis

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart:  I am, I am, I am.”

~ Sylvia Plath

Please, never dive alone.


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Ed: Cat Beekmans


About Britta Trubridge

Britta Trubridge (B.A. Psychology), creator of B-Tru Yoga™, is a 500h RYT of the Sivananda Vedanta School, a 300h certified Ayurvedic Counselor and a Reiki Healer with specialties in acupressure, crystal and chakra therapies. Britta is also an AIDA3 star freediver and is the yoga specialist for the elite Vertical Blue freediving school. Britta teaches a hatha blend of Sivananda-style, Kundalini and Ashtanga yogas laced with energy healing techniques, internal flexibility maneuvers and pranayama.  Her synergistic work in combining yoga, freediving and energy healing has allowed for a beautiful infusion of the more subtle aspects of yoga into a well-rounded physical and spiritual practice. Britta currently holds Caribbean Yoga Retreats Fall through Spring and European Workshops and Retreats in the summer. Britta also conducts Ayurvedic Consultations, Yogic Coaching and Customized Sequences, Skype Classes and Energy Healing year long.


20 Responses to “Secrets of the Sea. {Underwater Yoga Photos That Will Blow Your Mind.} ~ Britta Trubridge”

  1. shiva says:

    Beautiful photos. I was blown away. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. Britta says:

    Daan Verhoeven:
    Elena Kalis:

  3. cesar says:


  4. amazone says:

    Amazingly beautifull!!

    Didnt know this was possible…what a inspiring lesson!

  5. von says:

    Looking at your pictures remind me why i love the ocean so much, a sense of peacefulness full fillls my curiosity.Like the flowers blowing in the wind I find your graceful style soothing to my sleepness night

  6. Leslie says:

    Your writing & pictures are unbelievable! You have an eloquence and beauty in how you present yourself to the world….what gifts you offer.

  7. Britta says:

    Thank you, Shiva 🙂

  8. Britta says:

    Thank you, Amazone! xoxo

  9. Britta says:

    Thank you 🙂

  10. Britta says:

    Thank you for these kind words, Von 🙂 The ocean is truly magic…

  11. Britta says:

    Thank you so much for this sweet comment, Leslie!! Lots of love to you 🙂

  12. Daphne says:

    Where these photos taken in The Bahamas? I would love to know. They are magnificent!

  13. Sierra says:

    This is amazing! I want to go to a retreat and learn from you! Do you hold any in Asia?

  14. britta says:

    Bahamas, yes 🙂

  15. Dwi says:

    Beautiful. I love to see how calm you are inside the water. So inspiring.

  16. Carolyn says:

    On so many levels, such intense talent, and humility. <3

  17. Linda says:

    Absolutely stunning.

  18. starchild says:

    truly inspirational .

  19. Jill says:

    I used to be a swimmer and the only thing that comes close to the feeling of being in the water is yoga. Beautiful photos and beautiful message.

  20. Herbert Eugen Wallace says:

    Beautiful photos outstanding art needs to be put on canvas . l hope you don’t mind if I paint your work.