Floatation tank benefits for Yogis

Isolation tanks float users in water infused with Epsom salts at the same temperature as their skin for 60 minutes to two hours. The practitioner is effectively weightless, in pure darkness, and closed off to outside noise. Due to the buoyancy created by the Epsom salt, every single muscle in the body is allowed to totally relax. The tank’s interior quietness and darkness allow the mind to drift into the deepest state of relaxation possible. Welcome to the theater of the mind! Users of floatation tanks report deep spiritual experiences, along with vivid visualizations. Benefits of isolation tanks include: increased magnesium absorption, deep meditation, pain management, heightened senses, increased endorphins, “super” learning, and increased healing and rejuvenation.

Why Yogis should try Isolation Tanks:

Pratyahara is the 5th limb of yoga, and is withdrawal of the senses. But what does withdrawing the senses do for yoga practitioners? It gives yogis the chance to get away from the constant stimulus of daily living in modern society, and withdraw into the mind, in hopes of finding and cultivating the true self or Atman. In practicing pratyahara, we must not let any external stimuli into our awareness. This leads us to deep meditation, and eventually Samadhi (dissolving of the ego).

Pratyahara is considered by BKS Iyengar to be the “hinge” or pivotal point in the yogic journey, because it is the step where we move from our behaviors and action in the outside world, to diving deep within in order to “gain knowledge of the self”. Pratyahara is literally the opposite of what we have learned since birth; instead of looking outside of ourselves for happiness or reaction, we consciously move inward to the mind and the self.

BKS Iyengar also points out that in turning inward, we must “self-study” intensely, because of the grip of the ego. The key to dropping ego is through concentration, attention, curiosity or flow. Iyengar states that practicing pratyahara must come out of the previous limbs, specifically asana, and pranayama, which begin to still the sporadic mind. Meditation is a great start to dive closer to the self, but for deeper sensory withdrawal experiences, people are going all over the continent, and many to try Isolation tanks.