Deanna Black: Explore within the adventures of your life!

Learn a little more about instructor’s point of view for next surf and yoga camp at Vista Guapa. One week to connect mind and body letting you “go with the flow”.

My teacher, Shiva Rea, introduced me to surfing during one of her Prana Flow yoga teacher trainings. She was talking about the correlation between yoga and surfing and the concept “go with the flow.” This week retreat of yoga and surfing is a subtle (for some it’s a “slap you upside the head”) exploration within the adventures of your life. You arrive with an idea of a week vacation of yoga and surfing, then leave with often an unexpected realization of empowerment.aboutelement4

Prana is the life force, the energy and tied with it the vibe, the essence of our being. Ideally we want this energy to flow fluidly so we move with ease and lightness and even when we are still, we are peaceful and relaxed.

Yoga means to yoke, to join, to connect. Whether in your practice you simply connect your mind with your body, your breath with your movement or at a deeper sense connect with God, the Divine, whatever higher power you believe, this connection brings an awareness to your life.

So we practice on the yoga mat and notice how we react, respond to all the different and sometimes crazy positions we get ourselves into and how we get out of them. We notice our breath and if it remains calm or if it becomes erratic. What it takes to flow from one position to another. What it feels like to be upside down, rightside up and all twisted and bound.

And we practice on the board. Paddling out into the waves, a roll or duck dive to get through the wave and how we feel when we often get pushed back towards shore. The feeling of finally getting out there only then to wait, to catch that perfect wave and ride in. And just when you think you have that perfect wave, you’re going with the flow, connecting with the water, the mind and or the ego slips and the next thing you know you lost your focus and are being tossed around in the washing machine. Here again is the time to “go with the flow” because if you fight the wave and panic all your energy will be consumed. Let go and roll with the wave.

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Each day will be a different theme based on what we’ve experienced. With prana flow yoga, your individual needs will be addressed as you may feel energized to flow through an Ashtanga based power class or you may need to recover and rest with a restorative class. Each class will end with relaxation and meditation.

This Yoga & Surfing retreat is open to everyone who knows how to swim, how to breathe and has an open mind. No yoga experience and no surfing experience are necessary. This week can be used for one needing to escape and clear their head from life at home, for one needing a new fitness training routine, for one in transition or for one simply wanting the experience. You get what you need from it. And often it is more than what you expect. But come without expectations and simply go with the flow. Pura Vida! In the end it’s all good!

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