Teaching at a Surf & Yoga Retreat (& kind of surfing!)
Last week I got up bright and early to drive to Mondos Beach to teach yoga for a 'Women's Yoga & Surf Retreat.' So... the yoga part was pretty easy (although, believe it or not, it was my first time teaching this large of a group (12!) yoga in sand!). I've been surfing maybe 3 times in the past 7 years, and haven't attempted since 2012 (I think). I don't really prefer going underwater and have had experiences of the surfboard whacking me on the head 😒 not a fun experience, especially for someone who's had multiple concussions.
Needless to say, I wasn't super duper thrilled or even excited for the surf part of the retreat. However, this summer has been a summer of changing everything, and so, in the spirit of shifting all that I am, I just did it. So, no, I didn't catch any waves... and I did not attempt to. But, I did go WAY out into the water with this gigantic board attached to my foot. I ended up organically figuring out how to do yoga (duh) while balancing on the board way out in the water.
So I basically had my own 'Yoga & Surf Retreat' out there. I did crocodile pose, squats of some sorts, lots of sphinx, down & up dog, upward and downward boat pose, baddha konasana and variations, and even laid down on my back for a mini shavasana. The gentle rocking of the water was so soothing and grounding. It felt like Mother Earth herself was holding me in her arms. I ended up spending almost an hour out in the water.
I feel really accomplished for even having spent that much time on a surfboard. I think I want to do it again. I think eventually I'll want to try to catch a wave, but it has to come from a place of honestly wanting to try it and not from a place of force, comparison, or competition. Anyone wanna do yoga on a surfboard with me?? 😘