Ahimsa (non-violence) is one of the most important principles on the eight-limbed path of yoga and concerns us surfers as well. Why? The ocean is a place of calm and peace and it should stay that way. In the high-season line-ups can get pretty full, which leads to conflict and competition every once in a while. We should all try to treat each other with friendliness and respect, regardless of our origins and regardless of our surfing skills. We have more in common than what separates us, so let’s celebrate the moments spent together in the ocean and share the exhilaration that comes from nailing that ride. Ahimsa also applies to our relationship with our own bodies: accepting our limits, avoiding over-ambitiousness by finding joy in continuous small progress, and realizing when the forces of nature at work in the water are greater than our own, in order to avoid injury. Finally, Ahimsa plays a role in our treatment of nature. We surfers love the ocean and, as a consequence, are very connected to and keenly aware of changes in it. That is why we should strive to preserve these areas by keeping the water and beaches free of plastics and trash, starting with ourselves by minimizing our own waste production.
Sun salutation by the ocean
Yoga for body and soul in surf villa by the beach in South of France
Breathe in…breathe out…your breath flows like the waves surrounding you. You are completely calm, your mind is clear, and your concentration is completely focused on that next wave already rising behind you. This is what makes a good surfer – and this is what yoga teaches you: controlling your breathing, keeping a level head, and directing your concentration towards specific things. It’s not without reason that Yoga and Surfing have become so commonly associated. Not only does it train your mental fitness; regular yoga practice also strengthens your body, which in turn prevents injury and provides the flexibility necessary for a smooth take-off. Some yoga poses, referred to as asanas, work perfectly as warm-up exercises before surfing. Others have a relaxing effect and loosen up your tired muscles after a rigorous session in the waves.
The Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskara), a dynamic cycle of specific asanas, in which movement and breath become synchronized, follows a motion almost identical to the take-off on a surfboard, making it the ideal exercise for surfers. Finally, through regular yoga practice you can treat, even prevent, chronic surfer ailments like lower back pain and neck tension
Fit for any wave
Next to regular yoga-lessons we would like to offer our guests surf-oriented fitness training. In order to help you prepare for your surf-trip beforehand we’ve compiled a brief training plan, which you can download here. These specifically chosen exercises are sure to make your first days in the water and on the board easier.
Once here, this routine can be built upon by adding exercise tools, all readily available at your leisure. Learn more about our surf-specific training offers.