Elevate your spiritual practice
How can floating help deepen your meditation practice?
Floating removes all external distractions, allowing you to focus your mind much more easily.
“Most of the known techniques of altering and focusing human consciousness/awareness are thousands of years old. It is exceedingly rare that a new tool is discovered.”
The water in the tank is kept at just at your skin temperature, shifting your perception away from the physical experiences of your body.
Just an hour long session can slow your mind into the lowest alpha and theta brainwaves, which can take years of practice otherwise!
Floating has been described as savasana on steroids.
You lay alone, naked in the tank. It supports your weight effortlessly. The water matches your skin temperature, dissolving your sense of where your body begins and where it ends.
There is nothing but your breath and your heartbeat.
“The sensory deprivation chamber is the most important tool I’ve ever used for developing my mind, for thinking, for evolving.”
Have you ever heard your heart beating? In the silence of a float tank, it's possible.
BKS Iyengar considers pratyahara, or withdrawal of the senses, to be the ‘hinge’ or pivotal point in the yogic journey. It's the step when we move from focusing on our behaviours and action in the outside world, to diving deep within to gain “knowledge of the self”.
Flotation offers a helpful boost. Even if your true goal is pure self-discipline, the tank can help you learn what it feels like to lose your ego and step outside of yourself. Experience it once, and it becomes easier to return to it.
“The only way I can describe it is that floating feels like being meditated. As if the tank does it for you, from the outside in.”
The body and mind are deeply connected. In traditional meditation, you learn to still the mind so that your body will follow. A float tank helps still the body so your mind can follow. The path can be different but the destination is the same.
Floating can give access to an altered state of consciousness. You may feel your awareness sliding out of your body, or hear sounds that are not there, or feel dreamlike perceptions of time and space.
On rare occasions, floating can lead to lucid dreams, or outright psychedelic trips.
Every float is different. There is only you in the tank. You will get out what you bring in, and it may just be what you need.