3 Days Surf and Yoga Course in Ecuador

  • Betty Surf and Yoga, Bambu Hotel, North Malecon Beachfront Road, Canoa, Ecuador

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Overview

Ecuador Yoga Retreat

  • 3 days with instruction
  • Join this course to learn how to integrate the concepts of balance, breath, and focus and bring surf to a whole new level of understanding. Yoga is a meditative practice in motion, through which people aspire to perform optimally by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system to enhance the range of motion, stretch muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Learn how to take the pranayama practice off the mat and combine it with surf on the water and into your everyday life challenges.

    Highlights

    • Daily yoga classes
    • Lessons with bilingual instructor
    • Daily surfing lessons, equipment and practice
    • Yoga for surf balance class and slackline yoga
    • Custom balance boards to practice dynamic mindfulness
    • Betty Surf and Yoga welcome gift
    • 2 nights accommodations

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 10.

      Languages

      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: Spanish, English
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    Two nights in Backpackers Hostal with wifi and full service restaurant, beer & wine bar featuring locally brewed artisanal beer.

    The Wave Guided Empowerment™ Course is an awesome fusion of surf & yoga teaching students how to bring yoga into the water and into daily living through a variety of unique classes including the Surf Balance Class featuring slackline yoga and balance board yoga. Unique equipment and methodology along with bilingual instruction creates a first world experience without losing a single beat of the authentic rhythm of Ecuador. Empower your life and challenge your potential learning how to surf in Ecuador this year!

    Every surf class is composed of two distinct exercises that you will have opportunity to practice on the beach first and then take the practice in to the water. You will work through new yoga balance poses for surfing as you enhance your experience surfing and flowing through a series of yoga balance exercises while riding your board. The program is specially designed to meet your experience level and to create mindful presence through the surf session.

    Lesson one

    Learn to catch a wave, find the soul of the surfboard, and enjoy a deep stretch yoga for surfing to relax the mind and release negativity.

    Lesson two

    Perfect the pop up and alignment on the board and one balance challenge to learn how to use drishti focus and pranayama breath to still the mind and find balance. Yoga session utilizing slackline yoga, Aerial yoga, and Indo balance boards.

    Lesson three

    Paddling and turning on the board and yoga surf recovery with guided relaxation to release three days of muscle soreness. Begin taking your practice of pranayama and drishti to a deeper level.

    Surf and yoga

    Surf and yoga is a practice that integrates the concepts of balance, breath, and focus to bring surfing to a whole new level of understanding. Learn how to utilize pranayama and drishti to engage the parasympathetic nervous system optimizing your potential in challenge situations such as learning to surf. Use of slackline yoga, Indo balance boards, and aerial balance stations.

    Vinyasa stretch and flow

    A gentle Vinyasa practice featuring a short Yin warming of energy, followed by a brief Vinyasa flow from which you step into your asanas closing with a relaxing stretch.

    Betty Surf and Yoga is located on the northwestern coast of Ecuador, in a small town named Canoa, a small fishing village with a modest tourism industry and nearby tropical jungle that features an incredibly diverse array of plants and wildlife. The Manabi province is host to several volunteer organizations and forestry projects including reserves and organic farms.

    Canoa also has an ideal beach break for folks learning to surf with warm tropical water to surf in, no rocks, no reef, no riptides, no sharks, and 15 miles of abandoned beach break which means low competition for waves. This explains the friendly locals' attitude towards foreign surfers and the willingness to share waves with a spirit of abundance.

    Nearby places

    • Guayaquil - 3.5 hours
    • Manta - 1.5 hours
    • Quito - 7 hours

    Betty Surf and Yoga studio has an amazing local green food and seasonal seafood menu that you may enjoy for an additional cost.

    Exclusions

    Meals are not included in the price.

    • Countryside horseback riding tours
    • Mangrove swamp tour
    • Massage
    • Rio Muchacho organic farm tour
    • 1 surf lesson per day
    • 1 yoga class per day
    • 3 nights accommodation
    • 3 day surfboard rental
    • All equipment for surf and yoga practice
    • Bilingual instructor
    • Transportation and meals.

    Arrival by airplane

    The closest international airports to Canoa are the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) and the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). You can take a flight of 45 minutes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) to Eloy Alfano National Airport (MEC).

    Arrival by bus

    From the Quitumbe south terminal, which is 30 minutes away from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), you may take a direct bus to Canoa. Alternatively from the Reina del Camino bus office located five minutes away you may take an executive bus direct to Bahia which leaves every day at noon, then you may hire a cab for approximately 8 USD to get to Canoa. You may also choose to get on the

    Tosagua bus which stops at the terminal about every 20 minutes and this will take you directly from Bahia to Canoa.You may take a direct bus from the Jos Joaqun de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) bus terminal in Guayaquil to Bahia and then hire a cab for approximately 8 USD to get to Canoa. The cabs know when the buses show up so there are always cabs available when you arrive in Bahia

    Distances

    • Eloy Alfano National Airport (MEC) - 1.5 hours
    • Joaqun de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) - 3.5 hours
    • Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) - 7 hours
    For information about the booking conditions, please send Betty Surf and Yoga an inquiry.

    Testimonials

    • Review by Andi from West Palm Beach, Florida

      "We had a great time and hope to be back. Patricia was patient and with what she showed us it made things much easier just wish we had spent more time in Canoa."

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    • Review by Darcy H from Vancouver, Canada

      "One of the best yoga classes I've experienced. Flow Instructor was amazing obviously knew her stuff."

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    • Review by Natalie R

      "This place offers yoga sessions 5 days (sometimes even on Saturdays) a week, somewhat 60-90 minutes. We went for a monthly pass for $60 and you can attend as many classes you like within a month. Single lessions are $10 each. Mostly the owner Patricia teached but there were also guest teachers on some days. We enjoyed it a lot!"

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    • Review by Lauren F

      "Betty Surf & Yoga is an excellent place to learn how to surf. I was very nervous about learning but Patricia (Betty) made it so accessible and easy. She's a great teacher (both surfing and yoga) and her the two yoga teachers working for her were great too."

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    • Review by Ulrikek

      "It has been awesome. Highly recommended to people which might be a bit insecure since Patricia is very calm how to make you feel more comfortable. "

      "I'm very thankful for her help as well when I didn't feel good and she did get me some medication. "

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    • Review by Stephen S from Silt, Colorado

      "It was a lot of fun having Patricia as a surfing instructor. She was very encouraging but would let you do what you could do and have fun in the process. At 72 years old you need all the encouragement you can get. She was also very helpful with what to do in Canoa."

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    • Review by Susan from Sunshine Coast, Canada

      "Professional, excellent teaching skills, very good equipment, friendly and fun. They went out of their way to make every day an exceptional experience for us. Can't thank them enough. Also an excellent location and good pricing."

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    • Review by Bucher Christoph from Geneva, Switzerland

      "I took spontaneously the Surf-and-Yoga lessons during my stay in Canoa. Was able to improve my surfing. Thanks for that."

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    • Review by a traveler from Oakland, Maryland, USA

      "I was on my own when I landed in Canoa, with one plan on my mind: surf, sleep, rest, repeat. I was desperately in need of a place to recharge and hoping to find a few friendly faces to introduce me to the area. Betty Surf and Yoga was EXACTLY what I was looking for. I got a great board at a great rate, several days of rejuvenating yoga, and the opportunity to connect with a new friend who not only introduced me to her local beach break but also reinspired my world view. Couldn't have asked for more. If you are heading down the Ecuadorian coast, don't miss Betty's! Anyone looking to relax with a local vibe and a view of the beach will be happy with all she has to offer."

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    • Review by Janielo from Portland, Oregon, USA

      "After a trip to the Galápagos, we came out of our way to experience Betty's Surf and Yoga- and it was SO worth it! We're middle aged women and Patricia made it so easy- we were up on our boards the first day and surfing the next! The yoga classes are the perfect compliment to surfing- stretching, balance and focus help you hone your surfing skills. Patricia's energy is contagious and she's a natural-born teacher. This is a destination worth planning your trip around- we'll definitely be back!"

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    • Review by Andy D.

      "I spend three days at Betty Surf and Yoga and I loved it. Each class was so different from what I had done before as we used slack lines, balance boards, and hammocks. I especially enjoyed the yoga for surfing class. Betty is a brilliant teacher and each class is designed for any level of expertise."

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    • Review by Pamela R.

      "This was my second trip to Canoa and also my second trip enjoying yoga with Patricia at Betty Yoga. This year she also added the amazing Aerial yoga, which is a wonderful way to relax and destress at the end of a long plane ride from USA. I am planning to take the surf classes at Betty Surf and Yoga."

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    • Review by Annika K. from Helsinki, Finland

      "I took the three day surf and yoga retreat and had a great time in Canoa. Aerial yoga was super fun and went really well with surfing. I learned the basics of surfing in just three days and now all I want to do is surf. Also the yoga teacher, Patricia, is amazing."

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    • Review by Emma E. from London, United Kingdom

      "I spent a wonderful few days with Betty's doing both surf and yoga. We did a range of different yoga classes including a deep stretching Yin class, gentle Vinyasa, and Aerial yoga, all of which I enjoyed. It was my first time surfing and absolutely loved it. Patricia is awesome and her explanations were very clear. My group all picked it up pretty quickly. I would definitely recommend it."

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    • Review by Serina D.

      "My husband and I took yoga classes with Patricia and then decided to try out surfing classes as well. My husband had a little surf experience, but I was a total newbie. Patricia was fantastic at explaining the basic principles of surfing and how they relate to yoga. I stood up on the first day and Patricia was able to cater to us both, at different levels, at once. My husband feels much more confident now on a board. Patricia was also very accommodating with board rentals after the lessons. I highly recommend Betty Surf and Yoga studio."

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    • Review by Kendi Henderson

      "Thank you so much for the last week Patricia! I loved practicing with you each day - thanks for being so warm and welcoming."

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    • Review by Susan Elizabeth Ondak

      "I had an awesome experience with Betty Surf. The boards are of way better quality than other rentals in town. She is also a great teacher and just cool/kind person."

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    • Review by Kate Motter

      "My boyfriend and I had an awesome private yoga session and surf lesson with Tricia while staying at the Canoa Beach Hotel. She was so friendly and easy going, and was a great, patient, teacher who got us up and going on the surf boards in less than an hour major success all around/ We would definitely recommend Betty Surf and Yoga to anyone else traveling to Canoa."

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    • Review by a traveler from Toronto, Canada

      "I have never surfed in my life and decided to take 3 surf classes at Betty's because of the reviews here on TripAdvisor. I'm pleased to say the reviews did not let me down. My experience was super fun, my instructor Cedric was incredibly patient and helpful, the equipment was clean and of good quality - overall, very professional. I got exactly what I expected and maybe a bit more. I am proud to say that I was able to stand up on the board during the first lesson, and learned a few other techniques as well. Highly recommended"

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    • Review by Becky H.

      "I am going regularly to morning sessions of Yoga at the Betty Surf and Yoga in Canoa. It is so invigorating and a great way to start the day. Either at the house, or right on the beach, the Yoga classes are fun and also catered to ability. I have tried surfing a few times but have easily given up. The classes are inspiring me to give it another go. The instructor, Patricia is very professional, friendly and fun. I highly recommend Betty surf and yoga camp."

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