Who we are?
Aquatic means relating to water, living surrounded by or in the water
"small is beautiful''
I was born in Istanbul in 1979. Like most of the kids who lived in the seaside districts I learnt to swim in the Bosporus. It might also be because of my Black sea heritage, but the sea is one of the things I can't do without. My first experience of freediving, even if I didn’t know that was what I was doing, was as a child on family outings to the nearby Princess Islands. We had our own boat and would take it out on weekends for leisure trips and to go fishing. I have precious memories of the time I spent with my father onboard, and these experiences only increased my early love for the sea.
I used to line up the fish that he caught according to their size and try to secretly throw them back when he wasn’t looking. My interest in conservation began early!
Throughout my youth I played a lot of volleyball, and playing with Arcelik Sports club we won our first national championship. Sport is one of the things I have embraced to feel alive and complete in myself, and it is one of my enduring passions. During university I got a chance to try Scuba diving and fell in love again. I soon realized that I wanted to put it at the centre of my life. I worked as a Divemaster in Turkey, in Marmaris, Bodrum and Kaş. In fact it was all the motivation I needed to begin to travel further, and before I knew it I found myself in Thailand. For the time that I was there I worked in Koh Tao as a dive instructor and dive center manager. They were some of the best days of my life so far, and it was only after four years that I was able to part with my first tropical love to relocate to Indonesia. It was inevitable though, there was still so much ocean to discover.
I worked for 8 months as a dive shop manager there and it was during this time that I began to get interested in freediving as a sport, and as my interest grew I decided to train to be a teacher.
For me it was a perfect combination, one that represented my loves so well, and I decided to bring the combination of freediving, yoga and meditation back to my beloved Turkey. On my return I began Life Aquatic. It was an easy decision to base the school in Kaş, because its dive sites are unrivalled and because the harmony of life here fits the freediving philosophy so well. I was always saddened by the over commercialization of diving, small is beautiful!
I am the founder and principal teacher at Life Aquatic. I teach the SSI program level 1 to level 3 and also advanced breath and flexibility techniques, as well as preparing individualized training programs for those wishing to improve their freediving.
Isabel BOTH YANBAY
Isabel, originally from Germany has been practicing Yoga Asanas happily with her mother and sister since she was a child. During her youth, she has practised meditation and spirituality with an ever growing passion.When she was 11 years old, she traveled to India, which opened her heart and allowed her to discover the colourful diversity of the world.Frequently embarking on adventurous travels, she fell in love with a beautiful underwater world and the feeling of weightlessness underwater became her passion. Isabel spent several years in Thailand and Indonesia working as a SCUBA diving instructor.
She loves the connection between freediving and yoga, and when she finds time she enjoys freediving into the depths to relax in absolute silence of the abyss.
Whilst living in Southeast Asia and Germany, she practiced yoga with different yoga teachers from all over the world, many of whom had training in a Sivananda Ashram. Isabel wants to share her entusiasm and educate others on the benefits of yoga. She believes that yoga is medicine and that you can use it for self healing in many situations, and belives yoga should be accessable to everyone.
She ubdertook Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 at Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Reith bei in Kitzbühel, Austria She was certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance with the required 200 hours practise required by the Registered Yoga Teachers RYT.
Isabel teaches Hatha Yoga with influences from different aspects of the wider practise. Meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises) is an important part of her practice. Due to her sensitive nature, she tries to connect with her students on a spiritual level.
She is running our yoga classes and teaching freediving courses, whilst continuing to teach SCUBA diving as well.
Om Namah Shivaya
May Peace Prevail On Earth
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti