Surf and Yoga Retreat
- Apura Yoga Retreats
- Baleal, Portugal
- Apr 30, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 (183 days)
- from 549 Euros per person and week
Surf and Yoga Retreat
The Apura Yoga Surf and Yoga Retreat is always a nice way to deepen your yoga practice as well as learn how to surf better. We focus on the key elements of the body in the yoga sessions so that your strength and balance increases so that your surfing becomes better. Because we are both long time surf and yoga instructors we know how to achieve the greatest performance in being able to strengthen the body, but also targeting the muscles in the restorative yoga that need to be re-opened after the surfing so that they aren’t as sore the next day. We are the best at what we do, and we are always looking for the best results in everybody we meet.
Each day we start with a warming up of the body doing a Vinyasa yoga class. After that we have a nicely prepared breakfast and get our lunch organized for a day out on the beach. We will do a 2 hour surf class on the beach including surf theory and water safety throughout the week. For the rest of the afternoon you are free to choose what you would like to do. In the evenings we meet again for a restorative yoga session, but incorporates stretching all the muscles that we used in the day from surfing.
We teach pranayama (breathing) exercises, meditation techniques, energies of the body, yoga history and philosophy.
This retreat is located in Baleal, Portugal which is 1 hour North of Lisbon on a peninsula known as Peniche. This area is called the Silver Coast and is known for its amazing waves, good weather, and lovely people.
We stay in a retreat house in walking distance to the romantic beaches of the North Coast. With a quiet garden and spacious yoga terrace from which we can see the whole island of Baleal and the Atlantic Ocean, this space offers you the perfect environment for your surf and yoga retreat.
There are single, double and a shared bedroom available. The rooms are cozy and homely with beds made of solid wood of old oak trees. You can access the fully equipped kitchen and are welcome to use the BBQ area. We are situated secluded enough to enjoy your retreat, but with access to a free bike you are mobile and can dive into the spirit of surftown Baleal, Peniche at any time.
Monday to Friday we prepare a delicious and healthy breakfast buffet which we adjust for your special diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free people welcome). For lunch we prepare everything that you need to make yourself a nice lunch pack for the day that you can take to the beach with you.
Yoga - Your Teachers
The yoga is Vinyasa style yoga with elements of Hatha yoga. Every morning we begin with some Pranayama to increase the amount of oxygen we can bring into our bodies and also to clean out the stale air. The yoga allows us to increase our blood flow and awakens our muscles for the day. Once the class is finished we will give a short guided meditation to allow the mind to become settled, clear and joyful.
Your teachers are Yvonne Stolz-Longaker– who originally comes from a small town in Germany called Eschenbach. She has been practicing yoga for 16 years and teaching retreats and classes in Germany, Portugal, Austria and Sri Lanka. She completed her Ph.D studies in 2012 as an Economic Historian and from there traveled to Portugal where she met her soon to be husband Donovan. Together they created Apura Yoga. Yvonne is also a consultant, coach, reiki practitioner and Founder of Apura Consult. She has been practicing Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition for the past 5 years and is also a teacher in mindfulness and meditation. She is also an awesome surfer and is licensed to teach surfing as well as the Yoga Alliance Certification program.
Donovan Longaker– Originally from Santa Cruz, California. Donovan has been doing yoga now for over 18 years of his life. He has been teaching Vinyasa style yoga for the past 6 years throughout the world and is certified with the Yoga Alliance Certification program. Donovan was raised in a Tibetan Buddhist tradition as a young child and has received instruction on meditation from many great teachers over the years. He completed a 3 year Buddhist retreat in the South of France in 2010. Donovan is also an avid surfer and has been teaching surfing as an internationally licensed instructor for many years. He is passionate about teaching and loves the most to see the smiles on people’s faces the first time they catch a wave.
Since Peniche has how become one of the top locations on the surfing world tour, many people are beginning to see Portugal as the new California of Europe. The wave quality and the variety of waves on our coast is world class. We have waves for every surf level that is out there. Whether for beginners or advanced surfers, Peniche offers an amazing geography that you cannot find anywhere else in Europe.
We teach in very small groups and on various levels which means that next to all the practical aspects of surfing we also teach you about water safety. The content covers everything from waves and surfing etiquette to tides and swell formation so that you have a very good understanding of the ocean.