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James Cameron Took Up Yoga to Dive the Mariana Trench

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It goes without saying that diving to the world’s deepest point is not for those with a fear of tight spaces.

For James Cameron, who is reportedly making the record solo attempt sometime soon (as in, any moment now), it means fitting his 6ft 2 ins tall frame into a small three-foot wide sphere and sitting cross-legged. For nine hours.

All of his movements inside this crazy marvel of engineering will be controlled by joystick; with a multitude of cameras giving him (and the world) the first-ever views of the bottom of trench. (The Trieste, a sub that made the dive in 1960, kicked up too much silt once on the bottom to see anything.)

Anyways, according to a new, slick, video from National Geographic, Cameron took up yoga as a way to limber up for his tight quarters. As any yogi will tell you, beyond the health benefits, yoga is also a phenomenal way to increase your flexibility and strengthen your body. Being cramped for so long, Cameron was wise to prepare himself physically for the trek 36,000ft below.

Check out the video from NatGeo below. No word yet on Cameron’s progress with the dive, but we’ll be sure to update once we hear anything!

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