Surfers and yogis are known to be some of the most relaxed people in the world. While that may be true, we’re telling you that they’re also some of the most adventure-loving folks out there. Most surfers and yogis love discovering new things, locations and experiences; they love to travel and they love sharing their knowledge with the world. Surfing and yoga go hand in hand and those who practice both know it! Yoga centers your mind and your body, surfing pushes your boundaries and gets your heart pumping. Yoga makes a surfer better and surfing makes a yogi more in tune with nature. Because these two are so interconnected, we thought we would take a look at six surf and yoga vacations that will surely make your body and soul happy!
Who: Mondo Surf and Lifestyle Village
What: Don’t have any surf experience? No problem! This retreat is ideal for new surfers since the staff selects appropriate wave locations for all levels. And if you’re a bit more experienced, the instructors will help you to correct postures for you to move to the big leagues. And to complement your practice on the board, you’ll benefit from 6 yoga classes on the mat.
Where: The venue is conveniently located in Canggu, one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali. The vibrating nightlife of this amazing city gives you a great opportunity to relax after catching waves and striking the most difficult asanas.
When: This retreat is available all year round.
How much: From US$505 for 8 days / 7 nights
Who: Red Star Surf
What: During this surf and yoga retreat, you will have daily yoga classes and 5 guided surfing sessions. There will be experienced teachers to instruct you, whenever you need it and accommodation is included in the price.
Where: Famara Beach is located in the small, picturesque village of Famara on the north coast of Lanzarote (Canary Islands, Spain), which is one of the most stunning locations in the whole of Spain. In 1993, UNESCO actually declared the island a Biosphere Reserve, so you’ll have plenty of pristine landscapes to admire, plenty of mountains to hike up on and waves to surf. Simply put, Famara Beach is a perfect surf spot, with lots of reef breaks, beach and point breaks!
When: This retreat is available all year round.
How much: US$384 for 8 days / 7 nights
Who: The Salty Pelican
What: Some of the best waves in Europe and 12 yoga sessions during your stay! What else could you ask for? At this retreat you’ll start your mornings with some Vinyasa Flow at sunrise to get you ready for the surf lessons. The yoga sequence will not only help to stretch out, but to gain awareness and focus to destroy each wave that you ride!
Where: The Salty Pelican is a comfy hostel near Lisbon, located between Cascais Bay and Sintras dramatic mountain range. The Portuguese coastline view is impressive and the quaint atmosphere of Cascais makes it one of the most magical places you’ll ever see. There is a reason why many people think Pena Palace was the inspiration behind Disney’s Magic Kingdom, this destination might be more beautiful than any fairy tale!
When: Available all year long. Save some money during low season from October 1st to May 31st
How much: From US$388 for 8 days / 7 nights
Who: Star Surf Camps
What: On this budget surf and yoga retreat you will learn how to surf, you will practice yoga and meet fellow travelers from around the world. What’s great about this retreat is that it has everything one needs for a perfect surf and yoga holiday and it’s so affordable. You will be sleeping in comfortable guest tents close to the beach, there will be a yoga tent and free surf equipment for you to use. Mountain bikes, beach cruiser bikes and hammocks will also be available for you to use for free and you’ll also be getting a goody bag! How cool is that?!
Where: Carcans is a quiet beach town in southwest France. The waves here are smooth and reliable and we’re certain you will fall in love with the laid back atmosphere of this quaint, little surf spot!
When: This vacation is available from June 4 to October 1, with arrival and departure on Saturday.
How much: Starting from US$388, for 1 person in a shared Tipi tent, in low season.
Who: Danyasa Eco-Retreat
What: Could we consider surf as some sort of yoga style? Well, this retreat thinks so. Not only because both practices build up strength and flexibility, but because they also require similar mental traits to transcend the physical part of it. On this retreat, you will learn to read the ocean, be patient and control your body by combining yoga and surf in a very natural way!
Where: This retreat takes place in the astonishing beach of Dominical in Costa Rica. It offers a cosy eco-lodging in the heart of Osa Peninsula, the most biodiverse place on Earth according to National Geographic. It is host of all sorts of fauna and spectacular natural attractions like waterfalls and sea caves waiting for you to be discovered during free time.
When: This vacation is available all year round.
How much: Starting from US$445 during low season.
Who: Kristy Murphy’s Siren Surf Adventures
What: During this women’s surf camp, you will get one 1 surf yoga session, around three hours of daily surf lessons, and 1 hour surf massage. You will also be invited on a surf history field trip and on a surfing outrigger canoe ride. A typical day will consist of breakfast, morning surf, lunch, followed by an after surf activity such as massages or canoe surf; then in the evening there will be a sunset free surf and dinner. Doesn’t that sound just lovely?!
Where: Waikiki, Hawaii is one of the best surf spots in the world. The best thing about this surf and yoga camp is the fact that you are not tied down to one particular surf location. You are free to move around and discover on your own and with the group.
When: July 25-31, August 8-14, August 22-28, September 5-11, September 19-25, 2016
How much: US$2,898 for 7 days / 6 nights
Now it only seems natural how yoga and surf can get along so well, right? They were meant to be together! And if you’re looking for more adventures where you can combine both practices, BookYogaRetreats.com and BookSurfCamps.com have hundreds of options to choose from, depending on which activity you’d like to have more of.