How did you get into both yoga and surfing?
I took my first lessons in yoga and in surfing when I was living and working in Fortaleza back in 2003/2004.
At what point did you decide that you wanted to become a teacher?
When I started with my first teacher training in 2013, I didn’t think of becoming a teacher. I just wanted to learn more about yoga. However, as I finished the training, I travelled the world and started to teach a couple of lessons in exchange for accommodation. It then didn’t take long for me to realise that I actually enjoyed teaching. So I continued when I returned back to Switzerland.
What style of Yoga do you practice or teach?
Since I have practised quite some time, my style is influenced by various teachers and teachings. I call it Hatha Flow, because it is rooted in the classic Hatha Yoga tradition but it also relates to Ashtanga Vinyasa. Besides, I love using props like straps, blocks and blankets and there’s nothing more relaxing than Restorative Yoga.
What is your favorite asana and why?
Ardha Chandrasana, the Half Moon.
It seems easy, but is higly complex and once you get the hang of it, you feel yourself expanding to all sides possible.
Surfing and yoga are the perfect match.
What are your top 3 yoga poses for surfers?
1.) Virabhadrasana II, Warrior II for a strong stance and good balance.
2.) Utthita Chaturanga Dandasana, High Plank Pose for a strong core, arms and shoulders.
3.) Shalabhasana, locust to open the thoracic spine and stabilise the neck.
What do you think it is that links surfing and yoga and why the two work so well together for a retreat?
The two activities are the perfect match. It requires a lot of stamina, strenght, flexibility and focus to surf. Yoga will help you build all these requirements. Besides, Yoga and surfing can get you in a state of bliss.
Yoga and surfing can get you in a state of bliss.
What if I have never surfed or done Yoga? Are beginners welcome?
Of course. We welcome all levels. Since it’s going to be a small group, we can look after everyone individually. I cannot think of a better way to start surfing or a yoga practice.
What does a daily schedule look like during the retreat?
Getting up early for a morning practice of yoga, pranayama (breath work) and meditation. Having delicious breakfast on the porch. Going for a surf. Taking time to relax, read, enjoy delicious local food, maybe getting a massage (there’s the best massage and body therapist in town). Letting go in a restorative evening yoga practice. Eating dinner with your new friends. Proably going to bed early and surly having the best night’s sleep. Repeat!
Can you sum up the retreat in 3 words?
All you need!