Balancing Your Energy Retreat, Island Vis
Connect Yourself With The Energy Of The Sea, Vis Island
This is an amazing retreat that we feel very grateful to be able to offer, a SUP & SEA YOGA RETREAT on the beautiful island of Vis.
Stand Up Paddleboarding and Yoga, take everything you love about yoga and add a touch of nature, adventure and fun on an island, in the middle of the Adriatic Ocean.
SUP and Yoga - An Inspiring Experience
Bring Your Sense of Adventure
Firstly, this retreat is designed to create a supportive environment for learners of all levels, from beginners to life-long yogis! All you need to bring is your playfulness and sense of adventure!
Your teacher, Ivana in this retreat simply wants to share her passion of the sea and yoga with others. For Ivana, her first encounter combining SUP and Yoga was enlightening, a fresh discovery and an inspiring experience.
One she wants to share with others, as she combines her love of the sea to bring you closer to your true nature and inner joy during the 7 days of retreat, continuing for you when you return home.
Be aware that on the paddleboard, yoga should be thought of, as being so much more than just a collection of poses. It’s a new sensation where the fluidity of the sea resonates through your body.
SUP and Vinyasa - A Fresh Perspective
Challenging Your Self Awareness
We are sometimes more comfortable understanding yoga with the purpose of mastering challenging poses, bringing more flexibility and strength to our physical body. Yoga does that, and let’s take yoga to a deeper level.
- What is the pose teaching us while we sit quietly on the board and just breath?
- What is the sensation of simply trying to balance?
- What silent part of the body do you become more aware of or feel?
The sea, as your unstable platform challenges your self-awareness. Try to visualise this:
Normally, you are in the bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvagasana) in the studio.
On retreat, you are lying on top of an oversized surfboard gazing at the sky. A paddle is lying across the nose of the board. An image of Jesus walking on the sea pops into your head, as he is feeding his brothers and sisters. Thought after thought follows. You feel the water around you as you slowly slip into the sea and experience a whole new sensation.
Yes, just a simple change of scenery, the water, adds new dimensions and sensations to your standard yoga routine. Moreover, the visibility angle adds new sensations because of the standing height over the water; you can see both deeper into the water and further across the smooth sea surface. As a result, you are getting a new vision of otherwise neglected features, whether harbours, boats, or sunset on the horizon.
History of Stand Up Paddleboarding
Beach Boy Surfing
The history of SUP is very diverse, and there seems to be no real point of origin; from ancient Polynesia to the gondolas of Venice, paddleboarding has been a common means of simple transportation for over a thousand years. Yet, the popularity of the modern sport of SUP has its origin in the Hawaiian Islands. In the early 1960s, the Beach Boys of Waikiki would stand on their longboards and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf. The term “Beach Boy Surfing” originates, another name for Stand Up Paddle Surfing.
In the early 2000s, Hawaiian surfers such as Dave Kalama, Brian Keaulana and Laird Hamilton started SUP as an alternative way to train while the surf was down. One difference between the modern idea of surfing and SUP is that the latter does not need a wave. In SUP, one can paddle on the open ocean and sea, in harbours, on lakes or any large body of water.
SUP and Yoga Brings You Into The Now
Slipping And Falling - It's Part of The Fun
Since the paddleboard creates a relatively unstable surface, alignment and positioning are vital to this practice. On the yoga mat, misalignment can go unnoticed, but Happy Babby Pose can quickly become “Wet Baby Pose” on the water. And falling is good too. Ivana would like you to feel that falling in and letting go of are the most important lessons to learn from the SUP Yoga experience … because it’s ok to fall. Or fail.
We are aware of the benefits that yoga has on our spiritual and mental well-being, but it brings together mind, body, spirit, and nature when combined with standup paddleboarding. The gentle rocking of the waves, the warm sunshine, and the sound of the seagulls all bring relaxation during a SUP Yoga Savasana. Performing yoga in nature, especially on top of a floating yoga mat, quiets the mental chatter, bringing us into the present moment.
SUP and Yoga Creates A Sense of Accomplishment
Combining Stand Up Paddleboarding and Yoga can provide a great alternative to running or other high impact sports that can frequently cause injury. It is excellent that beginners can jump on a board and become proficient at SUP on their first day. Basic yet efficient yoga poses such as plank pose can be added that will instantly challenge the core and build strength. SUP Yoga has the power to be beginner-friendly yet challenging for experienced yoga students.
BALANCING YOUR ENERGY (SUP & SEA YOGA RETREAT)11-17 SEPTEMBER 2021 - VIS ISLAND
Book Your retreat for September 2021
Join us for our week-long Balancing Your Energy Yoga Retreat. Take time out for yourself and deepen your practice fully immersed in Yoga and the Sea, on the Dalmatian Island of Vis, CROTIA.
A bonus in this retreat is that VIS island is a Covid safe zone, with reasonable measures applied. All activities will take place in the open natural space with distance provided as needed. Island surface area is sunbathed throughout the year, which is a guarantee of cleaner space and ground.
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CONNECT TO YOUR HIGHER SELF
The practices of yoga and meditation can help us know our higher self a bit better. Taking time to retreat helps us profoundly understand ourselves so we can have the life we dream of.
Our dreams can manifest from imagination into reality.
I invite you to bravely stand up to the parts of you that hold you back and go to that Retreat.
Your soul will thank you.