After suffering with psoriatic arthritis for five years and being told strong medication was his only source for relief, Stig Pryds of Denmark turned to yoga and freediving to cope with his crippling ailment and nightmarish life.
Pryds started meditating and changed his diet, and after a few weeks he was completely free of medication and walking without a cane for the first time in years. He was also on his way to becoming a professional freediver.
Pryds discovered freediving by coincidence while taking swim classes for his condition and being introduced to breathing exercises.
“As it turned out, I had a completely undiscovered potential and gift—a potential and gift that I probably would have never realized had it not been for that awful psoriatic arthritis,” he wrote on his website.
In the video above, Pryds combines yoga with freediving as he successfully attempted to sink to the bottom of a 108-plus-foot pool in the lotus pose.
“This dive took 2 minutes, but it took years to master the skills required,” the video related. “Not bad for a man who is supposed to be in a wheelchair.”