The Story Of Mindfulness Freediving (The beginning of a new teaching)
After 8 years of teaching yoga internationally and after going through a short-lived existential crisis, I took a break from teaching yoga mid-2017 to study freediving more seriously.
Under the guidance of three elite freedivers, I completed all my freediving courses with AIDA in Bali before becoming a PADI-certified freediving instructor in Thailand.
Beginning of 2018 I returned to my native country of Mauritius to pioneer the development of freediving there with the intention to teach people that freediving can be a powerful tool for the mind, and not just some form of underwater activity.
During 2020, Mauritius also got hit by the Covid-19 pandemic followed by an oil disaster from a shipwreck in the region of the island where I was living. That kept many freedivers including myself out of the ocean for around a year. It was during that time that I started reflecting on what it meant to be “free” as a freediver.
After a couple of months spent in India in 2022, living and freediving in a very minimalist way, I returned to Mauritius with a change of heart regarding my freediving practice. India reminded me that there were more important things in life than chasing longer breath holds or depths, and that it was possible to find peace of mind in a breath hold without the need to freedive to 10 m or 100 m, to wear expensive wetsuits or long fins or without having to spend thousands of dollars to travel to exotic destinations.
Around that same time, I started to have people approaching me who were more interested to learn freediving for the mental benefits or to complement their meditation practice than for the freediving certification card or to freedive deep in the ocean. That was how the intention to systematize Mindfulness Freediving came to.
After almost 15 years of combined teaching experience in yoga, pranayama and freediving, I knew I had the knowledge and experience to offer a more mindful approach to freediving. Life gave me the motivation to put everything together.