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Experience the incredible power of combining the energising practice of yoga with the ancient sport of surfing.
Inside every moment and every action is an opportunity to connect with life. By practising 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, 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.
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.
Every morning will start with an energizing yoga class from one of Prada Casa's highly experienced yoga teachers, ranging from Hatha, Yin to Vinyaasa yoga, followed by a wholesome and varied breakfast. Surfers are then picked up by local surf instructors to spend the day catching waves on one of the beautiful local beaches. The day is then topped off with evening class which will be a restorative yoga class, a special Yoga Nidra session or a sunset nature walk to make sure you will get to see some part of the famous Rota Vicentina trail and witness the sun setting in the ocean. In the end of the day the group sits down to enjoy a freshly home cooked dinner and share stories of the day.
When taking a day off from surfing, you can choose to spend the day either relaxing by the pool, working on your own practice, or enjoying one of the many activities available through Prana Casa. These include mountain biking, hiking, surfing, horse riding, and more and can be arranged before or upon arrival.
Shivshakti Yoga Institute Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
Eve has done a teacher training course with the emphasis on anatomy and physiology and traditional Indian Hatha. She feels blessed to be in close contact with two of her teachers Venky and Paresh who remain her loyal advisors. Her ambition is not only teaching but also inspiring people and to help people with any imbalances in mind/body.
The retreat will take place in Portugal's least developed region, the western Algarve, in the middle of the stunning Costa Vicentina Natural Park. The area boasts nationally protected nature reserves, pristine beaches, wild coastlines, and dramatic jagged cliffs. The peaceful village of the Casa is only a five minute drive to the nearest beaches famous for their excellent surf, and a five minute walk to the Fisherman's coastal trail for hiking.
Guests will enjoy home cooked, wholesome and balanced, vegetarian breakfasts and evening meals during their stay. On the chef's night off, guests can explore the incredible local cuisine the area has to offer. On a walking distance you will find a small supermarket and also some cheap restaurants to get your lunch/snacks.
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 nested 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 and afford beautiful panoramic views of cork oak and pine woods, fields sprinkled with wild flowers and the sea in the distance.
The old town spreading down the hillside is a charming mix of cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, with the characteristic colourful trimmings around the windows. The newer part of town was established in the 18th century to relocate the population after the destruction caused by the 1755 earthquake, and lies at a short distance from the hill on the other side of the river. Heading out of town, it is hard to decide what is more appealing, the countryside or the coastline. 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.
Working with CEO Healing Orion Therapy (CEO Healing) and The Tapping Therapy, Janice considers herself as a channel through which the Ascended Masters and The Angel Team work, so the human being can evolve through love.
Be smart and book your workshop around lunch time, learn, enjoy, and taste.
There really is just one word to describe a carriage ride: relaxing! The calm horse pulling the elegant wooden carriage through our beautiful village. See individual villas with international decor, several garden designs and colourful flowers. It is such a different perspective to glide over two meters above the ground - soundless, if not for the rhythmic and smooth clopping of a horses hooves. Nice to share with your fellow guests!
The classes include transfer, material, three hours instruction from a local surf school who thinks 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) bot 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. You can meander through colourful drifts of spring flowers and forests or see the ripening grapes and wheat fields in the autumn. Visit archaeological sites, fantastic beaches, and unspoiled villages as you pedal along some of the quietest roads in Europe. The more adventurous choose to ride a mountain bike as in this part of Portugal, most roads are still unpaved, so you can go on forever and just follow your nose.
Enjoy a dolphin seeing tour in Lagos. To get there, you will need to use the public transport or rental car
On site wellness practitioners and massage therapists are available for an extra cost. Please inquire to Prana Casa for more information.
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 (three hours drive) and Seville (Spain), and there is good public transportation from there to Lagos which takes around four hours.
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