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Experience the incredible power of combining the energizing practice of yoga with the ancient sport of surfing. Inside every moment and every action is an opportunity to connect with life. By practicing mindfulness through yoga and meditation it can enhance your every experience which is why it is such a perfect compliment to surfing. Surfing mindfully makes you acutely conscious of the water's energy and flow, much like a yogic breath, and can provide an experience which connects you to nature in a deeply profound way.
The physical benefits of practicing yoga as a surfer are improved balance, flexibility, lung capacity, core strength, and it also decreases the risk of injury. This is why practitioners of both yoga and surfing benefit from the physical and mental enhancements of the combined exercises.
You will be staying in a private double room or shared dormitory, which accommodates two to four persons. The peaceful property is located in an urbanisation in the middle of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, on the west coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The entrance to the Rota Vicentina trail, the old fisherman's trail that follows the coast line, is in only five minutes walking distance of the accommodation, while the closest beach is about three kilometers away.
The house features three bedrooms, of which two doubles (25 meter squares) with a shared bathroom, and one large dorm room (35 meter squares) with an attached bathroom (four sleepers). The house itself has a large garden boasting shady olive trees and an extended herb and vegetable garden. A salt water swimming pool allows guests to sunbath and relax while talking with friends and fellow guests. On most days, yoga classes will take place on the wooden yoga deck in the garden, while bad weather sees the class head indoors.
The physical benefits of practicing yoga as a surfer are, for example, improved balance, flexibility, lung capacity, and core strength, and it also decreases the risk of injury. This is why practitioners of both yoga and surfing benefit from the physical and mental enhancements of the combined exercises. Prana Casa has developed a program in which they marry these two lifestyles.
You will start your days with an energizing morning yoga practice, after which you will enjoy a healthy power breakfast, and prepare for a day of surf and fun on the beach. You will end each day with a relaxing activity and a healthy, freshly cooked, vegetarian dinner coupled with some storytelling (1 afternoon is completely off).
Times might change due to surf conditions or weather if you wish, the surf classes can start already on Sunday.
Eve has done several studies: a Teacher Training Course with the emphasis on anatomy and physiology, a Back Pain Management course at SHIVSHAKTI YOGA INSTITUTE (www.drvenkysyoga.com) and a traditional Indian Hatha TTC at Yog Vidya Gurukul in India. Her ambition is not only to teach but mainly to inspire people to integrate yoga in their daily life.
The retreat will take place in Portugal's least developed region, the western Algarve. Algarve boasts nationally protected nature reserves, pristine beaches, wild coastlines, and dramatic jagged cliffs.
The region is also home to Europes southwestern most point, Cabo de So Vicente (Cape St Vincent). All of this is only 30 kilometers from the busy southern Algarve coast!
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Your food is prepared by your yoga instructor and are healthy yet simple so you could be inspired to take some recipes home and integrate healthy lifestyle in a simple way to your busy lifestyle.
Every day there is a healthy breakfast buffet and home cooked vegetarian (or vegan) dinners, 1 night we take you to a local restaurant where you can choose to have vegetarian or maybe some local fish, if the weather is good we will organize a fish or veggie BBQ in the garden.
One night is free for you to decide where you like to go and eat (at own cost) this will be on a day where we do morning yoga, breakfast and mindful walk, cause it allows you to enjoy the whole afternoon without having to look at the time somewhere else.
There are limited facilities to cook your own lunch, since we have set up a basic outside kitchen, but rather than cooking yourself you can pre-order a 5 EUR packed lunch deal which you can keep or bring along with you and enjoy wherever you like.
Going out for lunch though, is super cheap in Portugal, a drink is around 1 EUR and fresh soups are sold for around 2 EUR, or you look for a prato de dia (dish of the day) in any restaurant which will cost you around 7,50 EUR.
Alkaline water, herbal tea, and fruit are available during the day.
Hiking the Rota Vicentina, the fisherman's trail.
Tracking right next to the coastline, the Rota Vicentina follows the trails used by locals to reach the beaches and hot fishing spots. It is a single track along the cliffs with plenty of sand, which can only be explored by foot. Since the accommodation is nestled in the Costa Vicentina natural park, Prana Casa recommends you discover some parts of the famous Rota Vicentina.
The closest town from the accommodation is Aljezur, a beautiful representation of the untouched Algarve. Enjoy beautiful natural landscapes, where donkeys work the land, cowbells tinkle on the plains and some of the best beaches in Portugal await you.
Situated in the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, the large natural park that extends along the western coast of the Algarve, Aljezur is a small agricultural town lying on the fertile plains that border the Aljezur river. The hilltop ruins of a 10th Century Moorish castle dominate the historic town centre.
Other beautiful nearby villages are Carrepateira, Bordeira, Odeceixe or the mountains on Monchique. Let the team of Prana Casa advice you.
Treat yourself with a massage at Prana Casa, share your wishes and we will find you the right offer.
There really is just one word to describe a carriage ride: relaxing! The calm horse pulling the elegant wooden carriage through our beautiful village.
The classes include transfer, material, instruction from a local surf school who believes quality is more important than quantity! Everyone gets to stand up on the board!
The Algarve was the last major European surf region to be explored, and is getting very popular. Prana Casa is close to Monte Clerigo and Arrifana beach (three kilometers) both suitable for all levels.
Set your spirit free and learn to trust the beautiful nature of a horse.
The southwest has a wide network of mainly unmapped dirt tracks that are great fun to explore on a (mountain) bike, with trips customised for all levels of ability.
Enjoy a dolphin seeing tour in Lagos. To get there, you will need to use public transport or rental car.
Transfer available for additional US$100 per person
There are various airports to fly into, the closest one being Faro Airport. From here, an hour and 15 minute trip by car takes you to the west coast. You may also take a train or bus to Lagos, and then a taxi to the location. Prana Casa can happily arrange either a taxi and rental car for you.
There are also cheap flights flying to Lisbon (3 hours drive) and Seville (Spain) and there is good public transportation from there to Lagos which takes around four hours.
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