It’s been almost a month since we had the chance to last skydive over California. And since then, we’ve been on the go-go-go, filling our lives with such wonderful adventures and tangents. However, now that we are blessedly stationary, I’ve been noticing how picky I’ve become in my opportune moments to leap like a lemming. The body keeps telling me how dissatisfied it is for not practicing yoga as often as I used to. Now, a perpetual sore back and irritable achy whingeing shoulders keep me subdued and cautious about skydiving. But the beauty of body-flight prevails …. with blue skies and a Twin Otter beckoning us, we made 2 spectacular jumps overlooking the mountains, Pacific Ocean and Lake Elsinore. How can you not love the freedom which comes with exiting an aircraft over our glorious Mother Earth??
My body is paying for it … but oh so worth it!
How does one explain the superb sensation that skydiving evokes? The ‘delicate’ art of flying one’s body through the air is a phenomenon that is similar to flying a plane … maneuvering one’s body in a controlled fashion, to include (as Wiki describes): “turns, rolls, lateral movement, fall rate control, and other acrobatics in the air. The skill of bodyflight makes it possible for skydivers to fly closer to each other while they are falling, to allow them to link together in formation skydiving, then fly apart to a safe distance before opening parachutes.”
Technically, this is what body flight is all about, but the experience itself is a mind-blowing, sensory-exploding escapade which conveys freedom beyond the boundaries of the physical and spiritual body, of gravity and the heavens, earth & sky, above and below. And for this reason, I keep returning to that place which leaves me breathless, forever on edge and excited about the next leap into the unknown.
Perhaps this is why yogaFLIGHT is such an important part of the journey? It helps uS to teach those who have never made a skydive that feeling of weightlessness and body-flight. Such an incredible tool for skydivers and non-skydivers alike.
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.
— Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 – 1519)