Let's start surfing or bring your surfing skills to a whole other level! Yoga and surfing go together like sea and saltwater. Both disciplines tap into a natural flow. Yoga gets you in touch with the rhythm of your breath and body, while surfing gets you in sync with the wave patterns and ocean tides. Special Hatha yoga postures help to strengthen the key physical points to the surfing practice, such as arms, legs, back, and wrists; minimizing the risk of injuries and improving recovery time after a surf session. They help you focus your mind and supports your balance on the board. This vacation has been designed so that you can enjoy a different and quality vacation.
Golden Heritage Ericeira Villas' goal is to be more a home than a surf camp which allows you to have individual attention. The accommodation is the alternative for those seeking for some peace of mind; located in the city center, but on one of the few premium properties in Ericeira. It has a common pool, outdoor parking, and also a number of green spaces. The team is composed of people who travel a lot. They know the importance of being well received and followed up when they come to a country that is not theirs. If you find you need anything extra or have some special requests, please tell Golden Heritage Ericeira Villas.
The private double room is for two guests, equipped with a double bed, lots of light, and shared full bathroom for every three bedrooms. The bedroom is inserted in one of the large villas of the property. The shared twin room is for one or two guests, equipped with two twin beds, lots of light, and shared full bathroom for every three bedrooms. The bedroom is inserted in one of the large villas of the property.
Making a decision on how to spend your vacation is an important one. You should choose this retreat if these reasons sound familiar to you.
In yoga, you learn not to force any pose, but to find the depth of the pose in the moment. In surfing, you learn that you can’t force a wave or a set. Instead, you practice being fully present in the moment and in tune with the current so you can catch a wave. Therefore, it’s no wonder that pros, like Kelly Slater and Rochelle Ballard, use this old-school practice (roughly 5,000 years old) to complete their surfing skills. Whether you are a pro surfer or not, your surfing will definitely benefit from a special surf and yoga practice. You will see that practicing yoga will improve your surfing steadily.
Yoga is a great way to start and / or end your surf day by warming up your body and creating the energy on focusing yourself before a session or by stretching to help avoid neck, shoulder, and back stiffness, as well as relaxing your physical and mental bodies after a nice surf day. Practicing yoga on flat surf days can also keep you in great shape until the next big swell comes in.
Both yoga and surfing teach you to meet and overcome fear, to breathe deeply, and to ride the waves of life with grace and ease. Learning to concentrate during intense yoga poses plays out in the water. As you breathe deeply and calm your mind, you settle into a natural rhythm and balance on your board. Therefore, when the big waves roll in, you can stay cool and collected. Hang loose on yoga.
Here are some more benefits, how yoga will improve your surfing skills:
The morning sessions are composed of energizing and re-vitalizing Hatha yoga to strengthen and tone your body structure and posture. In the happy back sessions, you concentrate on postures to support a healthy and natural body posture and a strong healthy back. During "open your heart" sessions, you learn postures and frequencies to open your chests, release tension in your heart regions, and support a well-being. With the hip hip hurra sessions, you practice postures to open your hips. In addition to the benefits of an improved range of motion and circulation and decreased back pain, opening the hips can create an energetic shift or release as well. Opening the hips gives you access to freedom in the body and in your own unique expression - creatively, physically, sexually, and spiritually.
With deepening Yin yoga, you reach out to the fasciae structures, connective tissues, and joints of your body, take your personal time out, let all the stress go, and just become aware of yourself in the present moment.
Not every way of meditation is equally effective and relaxing for everyone. Therefore, you will get to know and practice different ways of how to meditate.
The first guests arrive at the breakfast buffet, ready for a new day in paradise. Here, the yoga classes invite you to withdraw, clear the mind, and relax. The daily Hatha yoga classes are perfect to start your day, building strength and working on your individual body alignments. Special surf yoga sessions are designed to benefit your surf practice and help prevent sore muscles after a surf day. The Yin yoga classes in the evenings give you the chance to end your day completely relaxed. Several times a week, there are also beach yoga classes, where the rhythm of the waves and the salty air let you relax and calm your mind immediately.
Sami is a professional surfer born in Ericeira. He tries to adapt the classes to the students so that they have fun and learn the maximum. He has been teaching since he was 16 years old. He has worked as a surf coach all over the world. In addition to being certified as a surf instructor, he also has certification as a lifeguard, a stand-up paddle instructor, and as a surf coach.
Sansão is one of the surf instructors during your stay. His background is architecture, however, he dedicated himself to surfing a few years ago. He is certified as a surf teacher and has been teaching in Ericeira since the beginning of his training.
Early in the morning, the misty veil slowly rains over the Portuguese Atlantic Coast and the first rays of sunlight fall warmly over the Surf Riders Camp, dipping the flowers and palm trees in the garden into a light morning blush. The chirping of the little birds is the only noise you hear. Nestled among the rolling fields of lush green vegetation, stands the villas of the guesthouse 'Surf Riders Surf Camp', overlooking the region of Ericeira. Here the world is still in order. Slowly, the clear air mixes with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Not only the Golden Heritage itself, with its outdoor pool, the lovingly landscaped garden and the countless chill-out and withdraw options leave nothing to be desired. Also, the surrounding area offers a lot.
For city lovers and explorers, the center of the beautiful city Ericeira (the first world surf reserve in Europe and second in the world and part of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) world tour) and its many stunning beaches are within walking distance. For those who like to explore more of the Portuguese Atlantic Coast, the historical cities such as Óbidos, Sintra, Lisbon, Peniche, and Fatima are very close too. The whole coastline invites water sports enthusiasts to go surfing, sailing, diving, and canoeing, while land lovers come with hiking, golfing, biking and many more activities at their expense.
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Every morning, the cook will serve you a healthy breakfast with organic fruit and juices, homemade granola musli, and a choice of well-chosen ingredients for a rich lunch pack. A healthy and balanced as well as tasty diet which gives you strength for your yoga and surf sessions is the number one priority. In the evening, the kitchens in each villa invite you to cook. For those who prefer eating out, Ericeira offers a variety of restaurants which is either traditional Portuguese cuisine or international dishes. During the retreat, Golden Heritage Ericeira Villas will also offer special healthy dinners to nourish your bodies and souls after a day full of yoga, surf, and adventure.
Lisbon Portela Airport
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Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. You can book your transfer soon after booking the room.
A cheap and convenient way to get from Lisbon to Ericeira is to use the public bus. Leaving the Campo Grande in Lisbon, there is a direct connection to the center of Ericeira. The first bus leaves at 06:27 and the last at 23:40. It takes between 45 minutes (fast lane) and 85 minutes. You can consult the calendar on www.mafrense.pt.
Coming from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) to Ericeira, just take the Metro to Campo Grande. In Campo Grande, catch a bus from Mafrence to Ericeira. The entire trip (from the airport to Campo Grande, Ericeira Bus Terminal, and walk to the Golden Heritage) can take three to four hours depending on the time you take the bus.
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