Yoga at Lion’s Rest Hotel, Gurubebila
Yoga is without doubt complementary to a day’s surfing. On a basic physical level is great to stretch out. Yoga improves balance, flexibility, core strength and deepens breathing. The connection you will get by being in the ocean combined with yoga practice can really help you regain your centre.
Twice daily drop in classes. Yoga mats included. Please ask about weekly or monthly passes.
Season 2015-16 Vinyasa Flow with Emma from Feb 16
The relationship between yoga and surfing goes beyond the union of strength, balance and breath control that can be found in this land based practice and it’s wetter ocean cousin.
Yoga can help surfers become more accomplished in their practice, working on their focus and flexibility to help them surf with more grace and awareness. Yoga also gives surfers the tools to help prevent themselves from injuries and a way to stretch out tired muscles at the end of a day’s session.
As a passionate surfer Emma’s style of teaching has a special consciousness around it connected to the surf side environment that she loves to teach in. Her classes are perfect for surfers and non surfers alike and she aspires to create a vibe of equanimity in all her classes, with everyone from the super stiff surfing first timers to experienced yoga practitioners who prefer the beachside view, being welcome in her classes.
Her style is based around the vinyasa style, which incorporates elements of interval training for strength and endurance building, creative flow for fluidity and fun –just like you’d find when surfing a wave, and Yin and restorative yoga for repairing and soothing tired or injured bodies (of which there’s quite a few when the waves are pumping).
‘I definitely believe in making people smile throughout their yoga practice and to encourage them to find their own personal expression of themselves with their bodies. We’re all built differently and are graced with different capabilities, and this is one of the beautiful things about yoga; that we can all find our own unique flow.
Saying this alignment and the promotion of self awareness are two elements which are really important to my classes. You come to the yoga mat to strengthen and heal your body not to injure yourself. So safety in class is paramount.
Hopefully every class will be a mini journey for you of stretching, sweating and smiling your way into self discovery, all topped off with some calming deep tissue working restorative poses to let you leave the class feeling light, revitalised and happy’.
Emma spends her time between the UK and beach side towns in the tropics where she is further deepening her studies into yoga therapy for surfers and writing a lifestyle blog for Travellers, Surfers, Yogis, or all of the above! Fittingly named – Travel Surf Yoga Repeat – check out her recent blog posts www.travelsurfyogarepeat.com
Emma will be teaching twice daily at Lions Rest with energising morning yoga classes at 8 am on either the roof top terrace looking out over the waves, or in the down stairs yoga shala for when the tropical rains set in. She will also be giving a slow flow evening class at 6pm with a focus on restorative and yin style yoga, perfect for easing away the muscle tension gained through a day out on the water.
Season 2015-16 Vinyasa Flow with Iza until Feb 16
Iza’s classes are accessible to both beginners and more experienced practitioners. She combines correct alignment, conscious breathing, and leads the class with proper cues and instructions. Iza teaches mainly Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha and Yin practice and has taught internationally, from Malta, Scotland, Spain, France, Vietnam to now Sri Lanka at Lion Rest
“My hope as a teacher is to make yoga accessible for all bodies, ages and all levels of experience. I believe in a yoga practice that allows us to transform ourselves on and off the mat.”
Iza’s teaching places emphasis on the transitions between postures and works on deepening body awareness by focusing on the breath-movement connection. During her class, one can expect to build on strength and flexibility through the right structural and muscular support. She combines this with deep breath work and underlines the importance of practicing in a safe way without competitiveness or judgement.
Iza’s Profile and Practice
Forever a student, Iza believes that yoga is a continuing journey to be nurtured. Iza discovered her true passion for teaching after completing her teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa in 2011 and began to take her first steps as a fully qualified yoga instructor. She on a path, to herself, and as a teacher and to always continue exploring and learning with teachers from various traditions.
Iza has committed to the ideology that yoga is a lifelong commitment and to attain more knowledge of this ancient healing practice. Having traveled to Rishikesh, India for advanced teacher training in Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, she was taught by inspiring teachers at the Shiva Yoga Peeth centre and given the opportunity to explore alignment, conscious sequencing and the art of adjustment which have greatly influenced her teaching techniques. To deepen and strengthen her appreciation of alignment she has recently turned towards exploring and learning more about the Iyengar style of teaching.