Yoga for Freediving

An Online Video Training Programme with Sara Campbell

Learn the secrets of deep freediving, which harness the awesome power of your mind, and work in harmony with the natural wisdom of your body.


ABOUT THE YOGA FOR FREEDIVING PROGRAMME

Yoga for Freediving is a totally new concept in freediving and personal development. 

This ground-breaking programme brings you six unique online courses, over 60 videos and 17 hours of meditation, pranayama, lectures, visualisations and more, which form the core of Sara's coaching programmes. It is these methods which enabled Sara to claim three World Records with just nine months of training - without forcing and without injury. Since then she has claimed a further World Record in Constant Weight and remains 'unofficially' the world's deepest woman with her dive to 104m Constant Weight.

These videos teach freediving as a philosophy rather than a series of techniques. They will help you to manage your mental processes, eliminate your fears, help you to focus, and will totally shift your perspective on yourself as a human being in relation to water. 

 
 
  • For me freediving is relaxation. There’s no freediving without relaxation, in mind and body. And the best way to reach this point of total relaxation is the correct breathing technique, pranayama and meditation. It is on this basis that I have always prepared for all my records, and this is the way I teach freediving.
    Umberto Pilizzari

    Umberto Pelizzari | Founder of Apnea Academy & 16-times World Record holder

  • Sara is an inspiration for women in freediving. She has been an instructor, mentor and emotional support for me in my training. This programme is absolutely some of the best teachings I have experienced. She breaks down the magic of freediving into its parts and then brings it all together in a way that is easy to understand and integrate.
    Jillian Ruteldge

    Jillian Rutledge | Freediving Instructor

  • Yoga was a major part of my everyday routine for the first four years for my freediving career.
    Alexey Molchanov

    Alexey Molchanov | 5-times World Champion and World Record holder

  • The extreme calm induced by this extraordinary yoga practice has totally benefited my freediving. I am now continuously taking myself beyond my previously perceived limits.
    Sheila Hanney

    Sheila Hanney | Aida Freediving Instructor


Deep Relaxation

6 VIDEOS  |  2 hours

 

Freediving begins with relaxation. Without relaxation you can't equalise, you experience unpleasant sensations and pressure during the dive, you risk getting squeezed, and the dives are hard, stressful and no fun at all. Quite simply, without relaxation, there is no progression and there is no joy.

In the Yoga for Freediving course DEEP RELAXATION, Sara will guide you through the basic principles of relaxation, beginning with your mental approach, because it is this that influences your physical response. In these six lectures, meditations, pranayama exercises and visualisations, you will learn some incredible truths about yourself, your relationship with the ocean, and your natural, pre-programmed, ability to dive. You will find a place where you can completely let go, surrendering to the ocean's loving embrace on your descent, and returning to the surface with a huge smile and that feeling of, 'I could have done more.'

DEEP RELAXATION includes two hours of yoga-based exercises and advice which Sara herself used to relax her way to 104m.

Sara's clear instructions, insightful teaching and pertinent examples bring Yoga for Freediving to life in your home, in your mind and in your body within the ocean.

More about this course

  • Six videos and over two hours of targeted RELAXATION training
  • A further two hours of tips and technique training in 22 "How to..." videos
  • Video streaming on any mobile device
  • Audio downloads of the lectures and visualisations to take with you wherever you want
  • Step by step six week programme to ensure you get the best out of your DEEP RELAXATION experience
  • Life time access to all videos and content

Why is Relaxation important?

Relaxation is quite possibly the most important aspect of freediving, but unlike equalisation and other physical techniques, relaxation is a state of mind, and is harder to learn. These videos help you actively tackle the different aspects of relaxation; how to beat stress, relax your body, and understand and manage your mind.

When you first start learning to freedive, relaxation is hard because everything is so new and there is so much to integrate; as you get deeper and start exploring your limits, relaxation is hard because you start coming up against very real mental and physical challenges. But without effective relaxation, it is impossible to progress no matter what level you are.

PREMIUM clients will receive a personal online consultation and three one to one sessions with Sara.

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Manage Your Mind

7 VIDEOS  |  2.5+ hours

 

The single most important aspect of freediving - our mind - receives by far the least attention in any certification or coaching programme. Freedivers become obsessed with training physical techniques, and then become increasingly frustrated when their hard work doesn't pay off. Without targeted mental training, and constructive advice on how to proceed, most freedivers simply end up over-trained, exhausted, frustrated and resenting the time they spend in the water, instead of loving each and every dive.

The mind constitutes well over 80% of any performance, possibly closer to 90-95%. The only training Sara did in 2011 to take herself from 88m to 104m, was four dives, no warm-ups, no additional training dives in between those dives, no breath hold practice and no physical strength, flexibility or adaptation training. She did one dive every 8-10 days, and in between she meditated. Sara rested her body, and worked on the one aspect of herself which she knew has the power to take her to the next stage; her Mind.

MANAGE YOUR MIND includes over two and a half hours of yoga-based exercises and advice, which Sara has used both in her own training, and in working with hundreds of freedivers, from beginners to some of the top athletes in the world, to help them reach their goals.

Sara's clear instructions, insightful teaching and pertinent examples bring Yoga for Freediving to life in your home, in your mind and in your body within the ocean.

More about this course

  • Seven videos and over two and a half hours of targeted MANAGE YOUR MIND training
  • A further two hours of tips and technique training in 22 "How to..." videos
  • Video streaming on any mobile device
  • Audio downloads of the lectures and visualisations to take with you wherever you want
  • Step by step six week programme to ensure you get the best out of your MANAGE YOUR MIND experience
  • Life time access to all videos and content

Why is Manage Your Mind important?

Everything that we experience in life starts with a thought. If our thoughts are not directed, disciplined or focused, not only our dives, but our whole life, is at the whim of a mind which is often more directed by fear and negativity, than any clear, positive conscious plan.

Meditation is not simply something that yogis do to get closer to God, it is the single most important tool we have in the modern day to get our lives, our destinies and our dives going the way WE want them to go.

MANAGE YOUR MIND is a targeted programme to help you begin to bring your mind back under your control, so you can have the experiences you want – including deep, relaxed, fun, blissful dives - when you want them.

PREMIUM clients will receive a personal online consultation and three one to one sessions with Sara.

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Energy Beyond Breath

5 VIDEOS  |  2.5 hours

 

Energy is the life force within and around us. When we freedive we clearly have a limited supply of energy, as we are on breath hold, and once the oxygen supply is used up, so our time under the water comes to an end. In yoga we call energy prana, and in this course I hope to not only expand your understanding of prana versus Prana (the breath versus the life force), but through exercises and meditations, to enable you to connect and actually use the deeper, more powerful source of Prana throughout your dives.

You may have experienced the difference between diving on prana and diving on Prana - the one may feel tough, limited and stressful; the other is pure bliss, it is where you surface from your deepest ever dive with a huge smile on your face and know that you could have gone much, much deeper. You accessed a deeper source of energy inside of you, letting go of your mental constructs of limitations and dived through your spirit, which is infinite.

More about this course

  • Five videos and over two and a half hours of targeted ENERGY BEYOND BREATH training
  • A further two hours of tips and technique training in 22 "How to..." videos
  • Video streaming on any mobile device
  • Audio downloads of the lectures and visualisations to take with you wherever you want
  • Step by step six week programme to ensure you get the best out of your MANAGE YOUR MIND experience
  • Life time access to all videos and content

Why is Energy Beyond Breath important?

ENERGY BEYOND BREATH is the course that takes you beyond the confines of the limitations of your mind and into the realms of infinite possibility.

As part of creation, each one of us has the possibility and potential to tap into the infinite energy of the cosmos - when we believe, understand and act as One, we have access to all that Is. Freediving is an expression of this expansion, when we let go of our mental limitations, we experience ourselves on a much greater, deeper level.

PREMIUM clients will receive a personal online consultation and three one to one sessions with Sara.

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Training and Performance

6 VIDEOS  |  2.5 hours

 

It is not possible to train successfully based on meditation alone. The Laws of Nature come into play in everything that we do, including the law of adaptation, which governs how the human body can be safely and successfully stimulated to adapt to all kinds of change. In freediving we need to adapt to decreasing oxygen saturation levels, increasing carbon dioxide levels, pressure at depth, the body's ability to work anaerobically, specific strength and flexibility and many other things. The mind is not separate from this adaptive process.

Every aspect of ourselves needs time and the right, healthy approach, in order to flourish under a training programme. In this course, I unfold the fullness of this process, helping you to understand that freedive training is a holistic process of mind, body and spirit, and that each and every aspect needs to receive just the right amount of stimulus, and the right amount of rest for effective adaptation to occur. Once this balance is found, progress is more rapid, without compromising on safety and healthy integrity of the body.

More about this course

  • Six videos and over two and a half hours of targeted TRAINING & PERFORMANCE training
  • A further two hours of tips and technique training in 22 "How to..." videos
  • Video streaming on any mobile device
  • Audio downloads of the lectures and visualisations to take with you wherever you want
  • Step by step six week programme to ensure you get the best out of your TRAINING & PERFORMANCE experience
  • Life time access to all videos and content

Why is Training & Performance important?

TRAINING AND PERFORMANCE is the next crucial step along the Yoga for Freediving path - it shifts our perspective of ourselves, enabling us to go even deeper on our journey of reflecting on ourselves and our training within the greater context of the Universe and the laws of nature that govern all of creation. When we start to work with ourselves on this level our consciousness opens up dramatically, and it can be the moment that we make the shift from ‘me’ to ‘we’, which is essential in expanding and letting go of our fears, perceptions and projections.

For freedivers, Training and Performance is essential as it is this course, possibly more than any other, that addresses the internal battle that so many face when confronted with the desire for greater performance, but faced with the very uncomfortable reality of a squeeze, black-out, or physical or mental burn-out. Training and Performance paves the way for a radical re-think of your training strategy to help you move from stress to 'yes'! It leads smoothly into the next course, Success and Failure, to dig deep into our psyche to understand how our underlying beliefs drive us towards unsupportive and even unhealthy or destructive behaviour. Training and Performance is about training in balance and harmony, to always connect with the joy in what we do, and how we do it.

PREMIUM clients will receive a personal online consultation and three one to one sessions with Sara.

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Success and Failure

6 VIDEOS  |  2+ hours

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This is for me one of the most fascinating themes within freediving, because everyone comes up against this block at some stage but it is relatively easy to resolve, once clarity and light are shed on the knot of frustration and 'failed' performances. It is the basis of the conundrum that is competitive freediving; how can we achieve success in a sport that requires we step away from the entire concept of 'success' in order to succeed?

Success and failure are polar extremes on the human-created continuum of achievement. However, as with all human-created concepts, they are just that, concepts, or illusions. The Universe does not set out for some of us to succeed, and others to fail; it sets out for all of us to learn. Each and every situation, conversation, thought, experience, and dive, is an opportunity for us to learn. However, because we create benchmarks of what we deem to be 'success' we also create our own failures, when we fall short of our benchmark. But these numbers we fixate on as being our point of achievement are totally arbitrary; when we start out 20m seems like an impossible feat, but very soon, we are looking towards 30, 40, 50m and 20m seems paltry and disappointing as a 'limit'. These benchmarks are constantly shifting, demonstrating that they are just projections and perspectives, not real in their own right.

Every freediver should spend time with this course to sort through the illusions of polarisation, and return to the understanding that the real goal and value in freediving, and life, is to use each experience, 'good' or 'bad', as a golden opportunity to learn and grow.

More about this course

  • Six videos and over two hours of targeted SUCCESS & FAILURE training
  • A further two hours of tips and technique training in 22 "How to..." videos
  • Video streaming on any mobile device
  • Audio downloads of the lectures and visualisations to take with you wherever you want
  • Step by step six week programme to ensure you get the best out of your SUCCESS & FAILURE experience
  • Life time access to all videos and content

Why is Success & Failure important?

SUCCESS & FAILURE is possibly the most powerful course yet in this series - it contains two of the three most powerful practices ever taught in the ancient technology of Kundalini Yoga, both of which I have practiced for extended periods at various times, and to which I attribute a HUGE part of my freediving performances.

We live in societies and families that are almost entirely judgement based - how smart we are, what career we have, how much money we earn, how many cars, how large our house etc etc… Without being aware of it we are constantly comparing ourselves with our colleagues, friends and peer group, and much of the time we come out badly in that comparison. This means that our self-esteem - how worthy we perceive ourselves to be - is based on what other people do, or what other people think of us. When we focus on these external benchmarks, or our own perception of them, we are powerless to change, or we put ourselves under so much pressure to out-perform others that we burn out or breakdown or simply check-out of the race. When this attitude creeps into our freediving, we compare our dives to those of our friends, or expectations which we have set for ourselves, which most of the time are based on external factors rather than any truth from inside of us.

We can each learn that the value in life is in LEARNING, and growing at our own pace, to reach our own destiny - where other people are headed, and how quickly they are getting there, has absolutely no relevance to us or our lives or dives. Once you can start to shift to learning, rather than performing, you will find that the pressure is off, the joy increases, and the experience transforms into something even greater than you could ever have dreamed of.

PREMIUM clients will receive a personal online consultation and three one to one sessions with Sara.

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Pre-Dive Preparation

8 VIDEOS  |  2+ hours

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Pre-dive preparation brings you two core stretching modules; pre-dive warm-ups based on Kundalini Yoga; and lung stretches. Both of these are key, particularly for deep diving, where adaptation to depth is essential.

I have used Kundalini Yoga throughout my freediving career to get my body in the perfect state for diving. As a relative beginner, people told me that these exercises were counter-productive to freediving, probably because nobody had ever used them. My personal experience, and that of the hundreds of students I have worked with over the years, tells me differently.

These exercises, which I had adapted to incorporate the stretches I feel are most beneficial to freediving preparation, are the most effective way to get ready to get in the water. They open up the energy channels of the body for our Kundalini energy to flow, they oxygenate and cleanse the blood, stretch and tone the muscles, massage the inner organs, strengthen the nervous system and they are deeply relaxing also.

Lung stretches are an essential part of our physical training, not only to increase our inhale and thereby bring in more oxygen before a dive, but more importantly to decrease the residual capacity, i.e. the amount we are able to exhale, so that our lungs and surrounding tissue can compress further at depth, without injury or needing to rely on advanced equalisation techniques.

This is a step by step approach to lung stretches. As you practice any of these videos your capacity will increase both on the inhale and the exhale. It is important to progress slowly - even if you stay with the beginner exercises, your capacities will adapt and you will experience benefits on both ends of the scale. Don't be in a hurry to progress to the intermediate and advanced levels, allow the changes and adaptation to occur naturally, without forcing and rushing. Nature will take its course, your body will adapt, and it will do so best if you work with patience and respect for your body and the law of nature at work within you. Combine the warm-up exercises with the lung stretch sequences and you have a pre-dive warm-up which will target all the areas you need to focus on, mind, body and spirit - and you will notice the difference the moment you enter the water.

More about this course

  • Eight videos and over two hours of targeted PRE-DIVE PREPARATION training
  • A further two hours of tips and technique training in 22 "How to..." videos
  • Video streaming on any mobile device
  • Audio downloads of the lectures and visualisations to take with you wherever you want
  • Step by step six week programme to ensure you get the best out of your PRE-DIVE PREPARATION experience
  • Life time access to all videos and content

Why is Pre-dive Preparation important?

PRE-DIVE PREPARATION wraps up the previous five courses, bringing the practical application of Kundalini Yoga to life within the realm of freedive training. The two sections in this course are both designed to get you in the right frame of body and mind for your dives. Very often freedivers don't know what to do BEFORE they get in the water, and find the first few warm-ups stressful and uncomfortable, needing time to calm down, get focused and start to really relax in the water. These exercises ensure that you are calm, focused and relaxed from the first warm-up onwards, saving you time, energy and effort - and if you're diving in colder waters, this can be crucial to getting the most out of your precious dive session.

Preparing yourself mind, body and soul for your diving is more than just a nice concept - if you really want to excel in the water, you need to know how to prepare yourself in a reliable way, rather than leaving your frame of mind and your relaxation to chance and circumstance. This gives you a clear, simple and super-effective routine, which will grow with you as you advance, to ensure you are 100% ready, 100% of the time.

PREMIUM clients will receive a personal online consultation and three one to one sessions with Sara.

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GO PREMIUM

Now is your chance to really personalise this online training in order to kick-start your journey into Yoga for Freediving. By upgrading to PREMIUM, you not only get the videos included in the course, you will also receive a personal consultation and three one-to-one online coaching sessions with Sara!

Each premium course is priced at $300.

There are a limited number of spaces on each PREMIUM course, so if you want Sara's personal coaching to maximise your Yoga for Freediving experience, sign up today!


Complete Course Collection

The full Yoga for Freediving programme contains six yoga-based freediving courses, each bringing you around two hours worth of advice, exercises, techniques and meditations to help you tackle what Sara considers to be the six crucial aspects of freediving as a spiritual journey.

The full programme will become available in a staged release, allowing you to focus on each stage of your development before moving on to the next.

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Relaxation is the core of all freediving. But unlike physical techniques, true relaxation, the kind that enables really deep and safe dives, stems from your state of mind, and is, therefore, much harder to learn. This video course contains all the tools you need to achieve a deep relaxation that encompasses body, mind and spirit, helps to actively beat stress and will enable you to safely and confidently overcome the mental barriers that hinder your progress.

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It makes no sense that the single most important aspect of freediving - our mind - receives, by far, the least attention in any training programme. Freedivers become obsessed with developing their physical performance, and become frustrated when their hard work doesn't pay off. This course aims to give you the focused mental training that will allow you to develop the one aspect of yourself that has the power to take you to the next stage.

EnergyBeyondBreath

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While freediving, as we limit our oxygen supply through breath hold, so too do we limit our access to the energy we need to prolong our dives. In this course Sara disects the yogic concept of prana (energy we receive) versus Prana (the life force), and through exercises and meditations, you with able to connect with and actually use the deeper, more powerful source of Prana throughout your dives.

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To freedive is to push our body outside it's natural comfort zone, stimulating it to adapt to a new environment and physiology. This course, explains the fullness of this adaptive process; to understand that freedive training is a holistic process of mind, body and spirit. That each aspect needs to be in balance to achieve progress, without compromising the safety and health of the body.

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Every freediver, at some stage in their development, will come up against the barrier formed by the human-created concept of achievement. In this course Sara brings clarity to the limiting illusions of success and failure and helps you return to the understanding that the real goal and value in freediving, as in life, is to use each experience, 'good' or 'bad', as an opportunity to learn and grow.

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Welcome to perfect pre-dive preparation. Yoga warm-ups open the channels of the body for our energy to flow, they oxygenate and cleanse the blood, stretch and tone the muscles, massage the inner organs, strengthen the nervous system and encourage a deeper level of relaxation. Lung stretches will increase your capacity both on the inhale and the exhale, enabling safe depth increase.


Free Videos

Included in all of the Yoga for Freediving courses

The 22 free Yoga for Freediving 'How To' videos cover the essential techniques and terminology used throughout the programme. Each video is also a useful training tool in its own right and the yoga sections are crucial for helping you create a regular meditation practice. These videos will be released over time on my YouTube Channel - please subscribe to receive them, and other exciting updates.

The entire 'How To' series is also included in every one of the Yoga for Freediving courses, giving you immediate access to the full range of videos, without having to wait.

To watch and own them first, buy any of the Yoga for Freediving courses online, today!


** DISCLAIMER **
These courses are not intended to replace any of the recognised certification training programmes, through which you will learn the essential basics of in-water personal and buddy safety. You MUST obtain a recognised freediving certification through a fully qualified instructor before beginning any in-water exercises!

Always train conservatively, and never, ever dive alone.