Yoga & Surf Retreats have grown in popularity in recent years.
You don't have to be an advanced level of either to enjoy a retreat like this.
Both complement each other and all retreats cater for beginners.
And if you are big into either one of them already then the other will be a delight to explore.
Yoga complements surfing in many ways.
Yoga builds core strength, flexibility and balance.
And with yoga comes mind & energy focus and breathing techniques.
These techniques help to reduce stress and stay cool & calm in tricky situations out in the waves.
Physically, Yoga lengthens the muscles...whilst in the water the muscles are constantly contracting,
and so Yoga helps the body with what it has to go through in the water. Injury is then less likely.
These are the practical and physical points.
Yoga is great to practice to support surfing.
And a surfer should not find it hard to adapt to yoga.
Same way a Yogi should find surfing not too difficult to adapt to.
There's a spiritual connection that goes far further than this.
A connection between the flow and balance of ourselves and nature.
A spiritual connection.
Yoga & Surfing can both be seen as about flow of energy.
On the ocean behold the sheer awesomeness of nature's power and it's never-ending flow.
In Yoga see the flow of body & mind. Yoga opens us to ourselves and our energy balance as we deepen our practice and understanding.
Both flow. And the ocean's flow isn't constant of course. Just the same as all of us.
But it's not the destination, it's the journey.
Yes, the retreats are set up for beginners.
Having experience of one or the other will help you along for sure.
Yes. The retreat centers have surf & yoga instructors and are set up for teaching beginners in both disciplines.
In fact they are often the same centers that are running pure yoga or pure surf retreats.
Our top picks for mixing these two disciplines and the standard of the retreat centers around are-
Surf and Yoga Retreats in Costa Rica
For a quick break to hit the waves and mat nothing quite competes with Costa Rica. Head to Nicoya Peninsula for the best setups and yoga surf retreats.
Bali has many surf spots along its great surf beaches. The biggest collection of surf and yoga retreats are in Canggu, Bali. Make time to head elsewhere too as there is a lot on offer in this retreat heaven.
Portugal has become more popular in recent years and for good reason. The cliff-lined coastline is dramatic and home to many good surf and yoga spots.
Well that all depends whereabouts in the world you are considering as the surf will be different.
And the level of experience comes into it as if you are a beginner surfer it may be a good idea to travel outside of the months of the strong surf.
That way you will get the most out of the retreat.
Enjoy lots of opportunity to put the surfing practice in on the beach after your morning yoga.
March & April, towards the end of the dry season, offer easy and fun waves to play on and you could get some yoga in on the long board too.
If you are looking for bigger waves then May onwards is when you want to go.
The summer months are when the surf is slower and easier or January to March if you are looking for a big swell.
Portugal offers the most reliable surf in the whole of Europe so its a great choice to join in on a surf yoga retreat at any time.
Bali offers a long season of great surf from March to November, which includes the high season on the island too.
This makes Bali surf yoga retreats one of the top choices in the world. And the centers and instructors are all well organized as it's quite a busy location, so you can rely on a successful retreat experience here.
So what are you waiting for. Portugal, Bali & Costa Rica really do offer great opportunities to find the retreat that you are looking for.
People and nature have come together in these places to create a culture and lifestyle that breathes the beach and surf.
Here you will find every type of yoga surf retreat you could imagine. Quick breaks, budget retreat options or luxury yoga retreat hotels.
Even if you can't get to one of these top locations for yoga & surfing there are many other destinations offering courses around the world, so pretty much every month of the year is covered for you.
One thing you can be sure of, all the retreats offered here are trusted and professional. The instruction is supportive, caring and inclusive.
So don't be afraid to break those barriers down and get out of your comfort zone and mix your yoga practice with some surf lessons on a retreat with us.
And at the same time you are sure to meet some great people, enjoy yourself and make the most of the opportunity of yoga & surf practice somewhere new.