The Sea, the Body, and the Soul

How the Ocean Heals Us

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By Chelsea Vincent

How the Ocean Heals Us

The ocean’s undeniable ability to heal us is backed by science

 

About five years ago, I led my first international yoga retreat to Koh Samui, Thailand. It was an incredible week. We did yoga in the mornings and late afternoons, we explored the surrounding areas, and we spent a lot of time in and around the ocean.

While we were there, I met another yoga teacher (we’ll call him Ron). Ron was a Dutch guy in his mid-fifties who had once been an extremely wealthy businessman. He had developed a “terminal” illness, and his doctors in Europe had given him months to live.

At that point, faced with his mortality, Ron packed up and moved to a life by the sea. He began practicing yoga and swimming in the ocean daily. Within six months, his illness had completely disappeared.

To this day, Ron credits saltwater and sweat with saving his life.

“The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea."

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