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Yoga at Lion’s Rest Hotel, Gurubebila

Yoga Lions Rest Sri Lanka

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.

Emma Wall Yoga Sri Lanka Surf
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.

Emma Wall Yoga Class Sri Lanka Surf

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.

Emma Wall Vynyasa Flow Yoga Sri Lanka Surf

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

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.

Iza Yoga Sri Lanka 2

Iza Yoga Sri Lanka 1

Local Bread Van

Village Bread Van Surf South Sri Lanka Every village has a local bread van also selling tasty snacks. Each van has a special tune on repeat, like an ice cream van. In Gurubebila, Santa Clause is coming to town all year round.

Sunset Catamaran

Boats Sunset Catamaran 2 Surf-South-Sri-Lanka WelligamaSunset Catamaran tours can be arranged, departing around 4pm from Mirissa Harbour. 5,000 LKR per head or privately for 60,000 LKR.

Rent a Scooter

Bike-Sri-LankaIf you have never rented a scooter please don't do this. We have a couple for rent if you are sure, surfboards on bike racks are now illegal and the roads are mental.

New Years Eve 15

NYE with Surfing-Life-Gurubebila-Surf South Sri LankaDetails tbc 31/12/15. Check out Lion's Rest, Surfing Life, Lucky Guest House and KBH for dinners and drinks. Meet on the land for midnight fireworks and then off to the dance bars in Mirissa or Unawatuna. This was NYE 2014..

Night Fishing

Seasonal Lobster Fishing 1 Surf South Sri LankaGuided night time local reef trip to catch lobster and edible reef fish. Not for the fainthearted but an amazing experience.

Visit a Temple

Visit-a-Temple-Night Surf-South Sri LankaBuddhism is the majority religion in the south, visit a temple day and night. There are many temple festivals and full moon poya days.

Feed a Cow

Village Cows Gurubebila-Surf South Sri Lanka Gurubebila free land is used for grazing cows by local farmers. They are particularly friendly especially for roadside sweetcorn, water melon skin and coconut.

Galle Fort

Galle-Fort-Photo-Credit-Sri Lanka Tourist BoardGalle Fort is a Sri Lanka UNESCO World Heritage Site. A maze of narrow streets and period buildings, restaurants and boutiques. Perfect day trip or stay in a beautiful colonial house.

Coconut a day

Village Eat Coconuts-Surf-South-Sri-LankaCoconuts are hailing to be the next superfood. Super isotonic and refreshing, great after a surf. Available from this man it Gurubebila and everywhere else.

The Backcountry

Backcountry-Sri-LankaDiscover the back country. There are plenty of tours by Tuk Tuk to local villages inland. You don't have to go far to find yourself unspoilt rural Sri Lanka and get a taste of village life.

Epic Sunset Beaches

Sunset-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka CoconutsWhy not grab a beer and watch the sun go down in Gurubebeila, perhaps on the Sunset Terrace at Lion's Rest Hotel. There are some other good spots on the coastline listed here.

Ayurvedic Health

Auvedic Tearments-Photo-Credit-Sri-Lanka-Tourist-BoardAyurvedic Treatments. This accent and holistic and herbal healing practice has some simple treatments and massage to help you unwind and find your zone state.

Fish Pedicure

Fish-Pedicure-Surf-South-SrAs part of the Kogala lake tour for a few rupees you can indulge in a fish spa pedicure. Its a bit odd but quite fun.

Xmas & Boxing Day

NYE Christmas-2-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka2014 Lions Rest Hotel will most likely host a traditional roast, more tbc. Last year we all bought birthday hats at Surfing Life as we couldn't find crackers, was a big group table. Lovely stuff.

Go Surfing

x Your-wave-is-coming-Surf-South Sri LankaThe best surf times are with the high tide at sunrise and sunset. Surfboard hire, lessons and transport available.

Catamaran Fishing

Local Catamaran Fishing Surf South Sri LankaLocal Catamaran Fishing is a super trip. Go line fishing with the pros,  16000 LKR for the boat and crew, up to 6 guests. Catch some calamari bait then some big fish or take the boat to the secret breaks.

Stilt Fisherman

Stilt Fisherman Surf South Sri Lanka iMany make a living from tourism pictures however there are some that still fish in the traditional ways. See them at sunrise in Gurubebila.

Fireworks Factory

NYE-Fireworks-Factory-Surf-Not an official tour but a trip can be arranged to buy fireworks for after a BBQ. Everyone chips in and the display is on the free land in Gurubebila. NYE 2013 was Epic!

Go Banannas

Bananas-Surf-South-Sri-LankBananas are a rich source of vitamin B6, Tryptophan and potassium. Perfect snack.


Yoga Surfing Sri LankaYoga Classes are available with the resident teachers at Lion's Rest Hotel, Gurubebila. A perfect balance to with surfing training core strength and flexibility.

Cooking Lessons

Sri-Lankan-Food-Cooking Lessons - Surf South Sri LankaPrivate Sri Lankan cookery with local village guest houses can be arranged. Everyone is always keen to share their unique recipe.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving Unawatuna Perl Divers Surf South Sri Lanka  (2)Scuba Diving is available from Weligama, Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa. Please contact us for more info.

Jeep Safari Yala

Safari-Lepoard-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka Jeep - Treehouse Yala Safari Tour in Yala National Safari Park. Explore sunset and sunrise with leopards, elephants, crocodiles, water buffalo, and all manner of birds and other animals. Local guide, Private chef, treehouse overnight experience.

Private Tours

Tours-Sri-Lanka-Rent-DriverTailor your own freestyle tour  of the heritage sites and countryside of Sri Lanka with one of our drivers in an air-conditioned, people carrier. Airport transfers also.

Tea Plantation

Tea-Plantation-Photo-Credit-Sri-Lanka Tourist BoardPlenty of local tea plantations to tour, take in the green rolling hills, aromatic smells of the plantation, wind down and relax and with a cup of Ceylon tea.


Kite-BoardBeaches-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka Midigama-Kite boarding is a small but growing sport in the region. 2km crescent beaches with consistent winds. Bring your own kit for now but watch this space.

Sport Fishing

Fishing Deep Sea Unawatuna Surf South Sri LankaDeep sea, line and rod fishing trips can be arranged, so far from Unawatuna in pairs and if you are "gona need a bigga boat" Mirissa with groups of 6. Please contact us for more more info.

Local Stilt Fishing

Stilt-Fishing-Locals-Sri-LankaBefriend and challenge a local fisherman to one-on-one-off Stilt Fishing. All friendly in Gurubebila. Beware carbon rods in thunderstorms.

Surf Lessons

Surf-Etiquete-Beginners-Sri LankaBook Surf Lessons on Weligama beach break. Safe to learn, daily lessons with Lions Rest Hotel. Lesson#1 Avoid dropping in on your fellow surfers.

Whale Watching

Whale Watching Surf South Sri LankaWhale Watching trips leave early from Mirissa Harbor for 4hrs including brunch. You may see any of the 5 types of whale and 4 types of dolphin.