Sofa to Surf: Surf + Yoga Travel Guide
by Carly Truss
In February we launched our online health and fitness take over ‘Sofa to Surf’, kicking things off with a healthy breakfast recipe, surf specific fitness videos and our first edition of surf and yoga recommended surf camps.
Continuing on this health and fitness path, this Edition 2 Travel Guide highlights a few more of our favourite yoga and surf+yoga retreats from around the world.
Surf and yoga goes hand-in-hand, helping surfers improve balance and flexibility, sharpen mental focus and increase strength. So for a little namaste out of the water and a little ‘hell yeah’ when catching waves, check out the following:
Ocean Soul Retreat – Bali
Nestled in Seminyak on a beautiful and exclusive sanctuary, Ocean Soul Retreat is a boutique, women’s only haven designed for ultimate relaxation and restoration.
Reset with the team in Bali for a week of wellness, surf and yoga. The program includes 7 days in the Ocean Soul luxurious accommodation complete with delicious and nutritious meals to prepare you for hitting the surf, relaxation massages, a holistic treatment, a coaching session, yoga and morning asanas in the beautiful garden, wellness workshops, wholefood cooking demonstrations all alongside your specific activity of choice – yoga, surf and yoga, pilates or holistic healing.
The team want to make sure you get the most out of your holiday and no matter which program you choose, how little or how much you do is always up to you.
Plus the retreat is limited to 14 women to ensure a transformative and fulfilling experience for all.
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
Balancé Yoga Retreat
Come experience what El Salvador’s coastline has to offer: world-class waves, great friends, delicious food, and a wonderful yoga adventure. Balancé Yoga Retreats thoughtfully designed space will dazzle your senses and you’ll have the adventure of your life!
The Surf & Yoga Retreat at Balancé is just that, an adventure combining world-class surfing with carefully sequenced yoga classes in one of the finest studio spaces you’ll ever find. Accommodation is provided in luxury villas and waterfront suites that are just steps from the waves. A typical day will include early morning yoga classes for fast-risers, surfing lessons for beginners, or guided surf trips to El Salvador’s classic point breaks for more advanced riders. Apart from yoga and surfing there are fun day trips and activities, massages and wellness services on offer plus transportation to get you to and from the airport.
Bespoke offline time at Arrifana beach, SouthWest Portugal! Whether looking for a mix of surf and yoga or surf/yoga only, Offline House has the perfect holiday for you.
Located at the heart of the natural park this is the perfect setting to disconnect from your online world and reconnect with yourself, nature and the people around you. Offline Portugal builds packages according to what you are looking for and offers a wide range of activities such as surf, yoga, music, hikes, massages, kayak tours and SUP. They also offer an in house yoga instructor offering lessons everyday and ready made weekly programmes on which you only need to book the dates. The team invite all guests to experience a few ‘smartphones free days’ and to experience life for real without the social media presence. You will love it!
Disconnect to Reconnect with surf, yoga & music
Pura Vida Adventures – Costa Rica
For over thirteen years, Pura Vida Adventures has been empowering women with their world renowned surf and yoga retreat in Costa Rica. Their all inclusive 7-day/6-night retreat is located at a barefoot, luxury beachfront hotel in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Enjoy ocean view bungalows, beachfront swimming pool and yoga studio, and healthy, gourmet cuisine. Surf adventures activities include: daily surf and yoga instruction, a one-hour private massage, nature hikes, and outings that introduce you to the local culture. They combine surfing and culture for a complete Costa Rican “pura vida” experience.
Whether you’re a first-time surfer who’s never stepped on a board, an experienced ripper wanting to try different breaks and get intensive feedback, or simply a curious soul looking to challenge yourself and then recharge with some hammock time under the cool of a palm tree, Pura Vida Adventures surf and yoga retreat is the perfect retreat for women of all ages and abilities.
Challenge your body, relax your soul and join a community full of laughter and fun.
Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort – Panama
Sansara means continuous flow, and at Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort, yoga and surfing go hand in hand. Arise each morning to the sound of the waves as you deepen your practice both on and off the mat. The friendly and warm waters of Cambutal offer surf breaks for all levels, weather you’re just beginning your surf journey or have years in the waves. Join Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort for a 6 Night Luxury Stay Salty Surf Retreat in Panama. Enjoy 3 healthy gourmet meals daily, daily yoga classes, 5 days of surfing & instruction from Professional Surfer Leah Oke, shuttle transportation to and from Panama City – Sansara, complimentary use of SUP boards and bikes, and more!
Disconnect to Reconnect
Yogaion – Portugal
Come and join one of the best retreats Portugal has to offer, with a superb mix of Iyengar based yoga, surf and nourishment.
Yogaion offers three different packages within the same retreat: the original Yoga & Surf package; The Yoga, Surf & Nourish; and the Yoga & Nourish which is the lush wellness option. What makes the retreats extra special is the stunning location at the eco ocean view beach house amidst a coastal national park plus Yogaion only accommodates for small groups with a maximum of 10.
Start the day with an invigorating yoga class breathing in the fresh ocean air, followed by fun on the beach or pamper yourself with wellness sessions at the retreat, rounding the day off at sunset with a relaxing, restorative Yoga session. All combined with yummy, healthy food based on a mostly organic, local, vegan/vegetarian diet. See you there!
Peace and tranquility in the most beautiful surroundings of the Algarve.