Yoga-Water for stress relief

The rhythm we live in can be overwhelming and stressful.

We may have to drive in traffic, have to respond to an overflow of emails, have to take care of family obligations.

Sometimes, going outdoor near the water, feeling the fresh air and leaving the phone in the car can cause first a certain anxiety to let go. We become so attached to constant communication and accessibility that our ego can feel that we are constantly needed. Just hearing the phone ringing cause a constant stress which can come up with a certain dose of dopamine.

After a few breaths and a moment of contemplation of our surrounding, we can detach from this illusion that is actually so real.

A second step in this detachment that give space for connection is when we get on the SUP, on the Water. We let go of the shore and stable ground to move in a flow. This transition requires alertness and strength to stay balanced and in control of the direction we choose to go. When our mind focuses on this experience, a natural sense of presence appears. We tune with the elements around us and embrace the moment.

Once we find the space for practice, our focus can be more aligned into the yoga asanas and towards an inner experience. Breath by breath we surrender. We open our mind and body to the benefits of the movements.

When a wave pass by, we observe, we feel, we allow flexibility while staying strong in our core center. After a few minutes, our attention is so focused in the floating experience that we almost forgot about what, who was causing stress before the initiation of the class.

In moments of deeper relaxation through some asanas, some flashbacks, some fears, some thoughts may come back to the surface. They are like wave we are learning to surf. They are like clouds we are learning to direct with breaths, intention and purpose.

Relieving stress from our daily life through a yoga-water practice gives a healthy distance to clarify and redirect your thoughts and actions.

You come back to shore with more clarity, confidence and balance.


Christelle Chopard

E-RYT500, C-IAYT, Founder

Christelle Chopard was born in one of the most beautiful country in the world: Switzerland. Even that it is a privilege for her to be native from such a wonderful, harmonious, conscious place, she has been inspired to travel the world and explore many different cultures. Ms Chopard began to study and work professionally in holistic consulting, therapies, and self development in 1991. Since then, she explored many ways, and forms to support the wellbeing and evolution, in different cultures. She founded the DHARMI® Map & Institute for Holistic Development which is a synthesis of those approaches into a simple, yet profound and integrative program. At this time, Christelle Chopard is based in Miami, Florida. She offers her services online with people worldwide, in person with people who are located in Florida and travels regularly to lead seminars in Switzerland, Colombia, USA, and in the location of your choice. She practices outdoor sports regularly: skiing, swimming, paddleboarding, yoga, and her main hobby: kitesurfing. She began to practice yoga on stand up paddle board (sup) in 2009. The connection between yoga and the elements of nature gives me the chance to apply the philosophy, practices and teachings in a holistic way. She leads seminars and specific trainings for yoga on sup, on yoga watermat®, as well as teacher training for DHARMI-Yoga® She is the author of three books about the Map for holistic development, manuals for yoga on sup, and yoga watermat. She also produced instructional videos.

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