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Article: A Yoga and Surf retreat

Un retreat di Yoga e Surf

A Yoga and Surf retreat

Close the computer. Go home to pick up your suitcase. Get on that flight. And in a few hours the scenario changes, the temperature is different, you don't know the people with you. It's the beginning of a new adventure. A Yoga and Surf retreat. Escaping the city to participate in a yoga and surfing holiday is an excellent opportunity not only to disconnect from the daily routine, but also to stop and think about your life. In this salty and humid parenthesis, one forgets the structures and rules, if not those of being guided by the flow. A flow established by the tides, the wind, the breath that will help you become more aware. The main focus is connection - connection with oneself, with nature and with people. Thanks to these two disciplines, it is possible to reach a state of mind of calm and tranquility, where everyday thoughts and worries disappear and one is completely immersed in the present moment. Surfing is a sport that requires a lot of physical and mental preparation: you are immersed in the ocean and you have to get in tune with the waves. It requires strength, balance and coordination, but also a resilient mindset and the ability to face the challenges the ocean presents. Furthermore, all our moods come out in the sea ... this is where yoga comes into play: through the breath and its connection with the movement you enter a mental state, called flow, which allows you to be really centered in the moment present, in the here and now, where everything becomes clearer; it therefore helps to connect with your body, to find awareness while also improving flexibility and muscle strength. Doing lots of chaturanga, cobra, plank, warriors, tones the shoulders, core and legs, and the vinyasa movements (breath-guided asana sequences) are very similar to those performed on the table. While meditation helps to increase concentration and inner calm. Not only that, surfing is a sport that puts you in contact with nature and leads to respect for the ocean, its inhabitants, and the surrounding environment, leading us to reflect on how we can live in a more sustainable way (seeing plastic floating in water while sitting on the table is not a pretty scene), even when we return to daily life in the city. The simplicity of a life connected with the sea offers so much that you don't feel the lack of anything else, of any material good. Emotions are very unique and constructive. And the bonds that are created with people who share these same passions, even if born in so few days, are so authentic as to remain indelible. My advice is to continue doing yoga even in the city, even when its frenetic rhythms seem to give no respite: carving out an hour for yourself will bring back those moments of presence. Until the next wave is conquered! There are many places where you can experience these vibes around the world, which is why the flow will guide you in choosing the right retreat for you: people, connections, chance. Personally, by organizing them, I like to bring people to the places that have left a mark on my heart, which I know by now and where I feel at home. And in fact for now we move between Forte dei Marmi, where I grew up, Portugal, where I lived, and the Canary Islands, whose volcanic energy has bewitched me. I like being able to share my own experiences hoping that others will benefit from them, as it was for me. by Irene Traina - The Wild Production