March 2018

surf & yoga seaside holiday in Morocco

A seaside holiday to change your life

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Seaside holidays can be an important opportunity to regenerate the body and the psychophysical well-being. The sea is also a great solution for those who want to lose weight and feel better. In fact, iodine and other salts contained in the air that can be breathed in the sea are very important to trigger our metabolism blocked or subject to slow rhythms. Sea water is good for health as it is able to favor fluid drainage. A nice swim can be a real touch against the water retention and swelling that

this can cause. Linking the benefits of the sea with sport is ideal for achieving the

right physical and mental well-being. Among the sports that can be practiced at the seaside, the surf occupies a prominent position as it reveals a complete physical activity that can bring many benefits to our body and also to the mind. What if you can add to surf some yoga and live one life-changing experience?

Psycho-physical balance with surf

Surfing practice allows you to maintain concentration, coordination and balance skills in training. It is a really functional activity that can be very useful in downloading all the tensions we are subjected to during our work. That’s why just surfing is the right idea to find the right psycho-physical balance, which allows us to go back to the usual commitments. The benefits of this magnificent sport do not stop there. Surfing can be an excellent system for toning the body and promoting muscle development. Additionally, the physical effort you have to use to overcome water resistance allows you to dispose of excess calories and tone your entire body. To be able to overcome your physical limits, have control of your balance and mind, many of the world’s most famous surfers, such as the American Kelly Slater, have been practicing yoga for years. The interest in the joint practice of the two disciplines is at the moment on the crest of the wave, but how are the two disciplines affected, how do they correlate? Let’s find it out together.

Surf and yoga: the perfect combo

It depends on the need to not entrust our lives to others and to have the tools to discover the strength we have as individuals: in listening to yourself, our authentic life, or Dharma. The practice of yoga influences all the fields of our existence: it starts from the ground exercises to gain a deeper understanding of our nutrition, the way it communicates and interacts with others, moving around the world and with it of life. But as you begin this journey you start from the mat to explore our physical limits, practice after practice, out of our comfort zones. Personal awareness makes a transformation take place; you have to make your own journey, clear the holes of your story and leave behind the past.

 

Yogi’s life

Those who practice yoga learn to breathe consciously increases their flexibility and balance: energy circulates through the breath and asana, the practice of the different positions of yoga. You get what is called mental focus. Breath and mental

focus are aptitudes that could be very useful when you are on a board on the ridge of a wave and on a wall of water meters. Concentration is crucial to sport performance and yoga practice is useful to

those who practice surfing because it prepares the body for sports activity, reduces the risk of accidents due to the heating phase before entering the water and after the surf session to lengthen the muscles contracted by the effort. The day after a long practice in the water you will feel the real benefits. There are sequences for those who have to go in the water and surf: heats the body and reinforces the affected areas: shoulders, ankeles and even strengthen the core, ir the belly, and the legs. After the sessions in the water stretch the affected muscle bands, the cervical area, the lumbar region and the arms. By secular tradition, yoga is an initiatory discipline, you have to follow the steps of a professional instructor to understand and practice the position correctly. For this and so much more our team will be there for you!

Yoga is a union with all elements of nature and living creatures. There is a flow, with yoga, breath, body and mind, a powerful and delicate flow at the same time. When surfing you feel the same flow: it connects with elements of nature, in a dance similar to Surya Namaskara – Sun Salutation. The surfer moves in the waves in a position similar to those of the Downward Facing Dog, to go under the waves and a similar position to the Upward Facing Dog to go over the waves and, to stand and maintain balance on your board you have standing position such as Warrior II and III: all these postures are in connection with the breath and movement in a profound communion with the ocean. The yoga practice, before and after the surf, allows the body of the surfer to be connected and tuned.

Choose a total body and mind experience

Surfing makes us rejuvenate, cleanses and helps our body get rid of stress and toxins. Already being alone in salty water is invigorating; when you are having a good workout, riding the waves and surfing with friends makes this activity fun and exciting. Being in the ocean and riding the waves can help to reflect as the ocean is a place to tune in and focus. This is also true for yoga. It is usually a matter of intimate personal reflection, but in a group, with friends or with a partner, it can be very pleasant and stimulating. Strength and balance are, moreover, two fundamental points, key words, both in surf and yoga. For good mastery of movements, you must have strength in the muscles of the legs and elasticity in the ligaments of the knees, ankles and ankles. To practice surfing you need to be flexible and responsive: with yoga you can improve on all fronts and also avoid overloads and fatigue on back, lumbar, shoulders

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5 Best Yoga Poses for Surfing

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The key to surfing is strength, balance, patience, and calmness. Although without sand or the sea, the practice of Yoga is all about just that — clearing the mind, while also centering the body. Many stretches and Yoga poses are greatly beneficial for the sport of surfing, enhancing the specific muscles needed for paddling, standing up, and even controlling the board while catching waves. Yoga is also the best and most natural solution to most muscle aches or pains after a long day of surfing. If you are a surfer below are the yoga poses for surfing that you need to do before setting your foot in the water.

1. Forward Fold with Interlaced Fingers

Benefits: While not only stretching the legs, thighs, and hips, this pose is also one of the best for stretching the shoulders and upper arms. This pose is great for stretching out the biceps after a long day of paddling and pushing waves.

a. Stand about four feet apart, with your feet parallel.

b. Interlace your fingers behind your back, inhale and open the chest.

c. As you exhale, fold forward. Keep your back straight, and bend from the hip.

d. Reach your interlaced fingers toward the ground in front of you.

e. If you have a partner, you may ask them to help you further this stretch by gently pushing down your hands toward the floor.

2. Locust Pose

A lot of surfing is about back strength, as paddling and pushing is a key to getting better at catching those waves. Our back muscles are rarely used in our day-to-day life, and many Yoga poses target reversing that deterioration. Locust pose is an easy pose perfectly improving those specific muscles. Challenge yourself and improve your back muscles by increasing the amount of time you hold this pose each time you do it.

a. Lie down on the mat, with your arms to the side.

b. On your inhale, lift up your shoulders and feet. Try to also keep your chest off the ground, point your heart to the wall ahead of you, and keep the chin up.

Kick it up a notch with these different variations:

I. The Superman

– With your arms stretched straight in front of you, lift your shoulders and heels for deeper strengthening of the shoulders.

II. Alternating arms and legs

– Target different muscles in the back by lifting opposite arms and legs, first right arm and left leg, then switching.

III. Bow Pose

– Grab your ankles behind your back. Then lift up your shoulders and knees. Try to keep the knees close

3. Plank Pose

A lot of surfing is also about a strong core. One of the best poses for improving the core is holding a plank, both either with straight arms or on the elbows.

The key is keeping the hands or elbows just beneath the shoulders, and to keep the whole body straight from the ankles to the shoulders.

Do you get bored holding poses? Make it dynamic by lifting one leg at a time, or coming up and down from hands to elbows.

4. Standing Bow Pose

This pose doesn’t just look good on Instagram — mastering this pose improves your balance and core, while also stretching your hamstrings and legs.

a. Stand with your feet hip width, arms to the side.

b. Inhale, grabbing your right ankle joint with the right hand at the same time. Keep the knees together.

c. Raise the left arm straight up, look forward at a stationary object to keep balance.

d. As you exhale, reach your left arm forward, while stretching your right arm and leg up.

e. Hold the pose, take a few long, deep, and calm breaths.

f. Repeat on the other side.

If this pose is already too easy for you, take it a step further by attempting to do it with your eyes closed. 😉

5. Twisted Downward Dog

Downward dog is one of the most beneficial Yoga poses. It improves your flexibility, stretching the legs, hamstrings, while simultaneously strengthening the arms and shoulders. It’s also a form of inversion without the strain of a headstand or shoulder stand, bringing blood flow to the face and brain. Kick it up a notch with a twist, which not only stretches the body and spine, but also further strengthens the arms.

a. Start from a plank pose, with arms directly beneath the shoulders and your toes tucked.

b. Lift your hips up until you’re forming a straight line from the palms to your tailbone, keep the legs straight, forming a perfect triangle with the ground. Push the heels down to stretch the back of the legs.

c. On your next exhale, reach your right hand to touch your left ankle, twisting the spine. Take a few deep breaths in this stretch.

d. Bring your right arm back to the Downward Dog position, then repeat the same twist with the left hand.

 

Too lazy to read? Watch a video version of Yoga for Surfing:

 

 

Original Surf Morocco combines the thrill of surfing and the benefits of Yoga for a perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. Find out more about our Surf and Yoga Packages, where you really experience a full retreat for the mind, body and soul, in the beautiful sunny beaches of Taghazout.

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Visitor’s Guide to Tamraght

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Nestled between bustling Banana Village and the tourist town of Taghazout, Tamraght has a much more chilled out vibe than its better-known neighbors. While it may be harder to find a buzzing night scene, Tamraght appeals to travelers keen to experience the pace of local life. With houses built up the hillside overlooking the sea, there’s plenty of good spots to relax, check the surf, and watch the sun go down over the water. Two main streets make up the core of little Tamraght, framed by two mosques which call to each other 5 times per day. Small local shops selling Moroccan flat bread and other essentials are dotted along the road, framed by houses with brightly painted doors and intricate decorated tile walls.

Tamraght may be a small town, but a few hidden jems are tucked away in its quiet streets. One of these is ‘Jus de Fruits’ up the hill from the mosque; a favorite for their legendary Avocado Smoothie (quickly becoming an Original Surf tradition!). The lovely ladies in this hole-in-the-wall cafe will whip you up the most incredible mixture of avocado, dates, and nuts, so thick and creamy that it’s served with a spoon!

Another spot, popular among locals and tourists alike, is Babakoul. The outdoor tables and delicious pancakes at this funky joint make it a great place to hang out after sunset. A recommended order is the Banana and Almond Butter Pancake, and of course a pot of traditional Moroccan Mint Tea.

Walking along the main road you will come across restaurants, a currency exchange, and surf shops where you can buy clothing, sun cream, and other beach essentials. Ding repair services are also available. Staying in Tamraght puts you in a prime spot for surf expeditions – not only can you see the surf from your roof Terrance, but you are just a 20 minute walk away from the main beach and Devils Rock. Likewise, Banana Village and Taghazout can be reach by foot or by the regular local buses running between the two towns, making it easy to pop to the Wednesday souk in Banana Village, or for dinner in one of Taghazout’s restaurants.With the whole surrounding area set to see much development over the next few years, it’s a privilege to experience the peaceful local lifestyle that still prevails in Tamraght. Catch it while you can!

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How to prepare to your surf and yoga holiday in a proper way

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If you are up to a surf and yoga holiday there are some things you should keep in mind to really make the most of this experience. Let’s find out together what we are talking about with our list!

1. The Right Mood

 

To really get ready to your surf and yoga holiday you should start practicing both disciplines on a daily basis and take your time to understand what this experience is about. You have to consider it as a chance to reconnect, to challenge both your body and soul, to grow a little bit at a more precious level. You have to face this trip with an open mind, an open heart and ready to nourishing yourself with all the good things you are going to learn, to experience and live during your days-off by the sea. Settle a little routine waking up early, try to spend most of your time outdoor to start reconnecting to nature, to the world and the whole universe. You don’t have to push too hard on yourself during these days but, instead, be gentle and commit to a gentle and easy yoga practice and choose some easy scenario to surf just as a warm up to your next adventure. The most important thing during these preparation days is your commitment: try to be persistent and present during your time on both the mat and the surfboard. Some time is better to spend some short quality time than hours of random practice. Of course, if you need that you have to go for it. These amazing disciplines are strictly related to your inner vibe, to your body and mind so you have to really feel when it’s the right time to practice and you have to respect your body and mind when it comes to your own limits. Once you accept them and you work on your little obstacles you find all over your journey, you will be ready to go beyond and to grow, learning something more a little bit, every day.

 

2. Body Ready

 

Before heading to this incredible surf and yoga experience your body has to be ready to the huge amount of activity and physical presence you have to put in this type of journey. Don’t underestimate the importance of a full, rich and various nutrition plan eating all the veggies, a tons of proteins and staying hydrated all over the preparation.

3. Workout to Surf

 

Elasticity is the ability of muscles to relax and tend to be a fundamental asset in table sports especially in its freestyle component, all centered on twisting, contractions and stretches, the tension phase should be reduced through appropriate exercises involving hands, wrists, forearms, biceps and triceps in the arms, dorsal and abdominal muscles with weights. Strength, composed of power, resistance and coordination, is paramount in all disciplines. The ability to lead the table and body with the right strength, speed and sensitivity determines the ability to close the various radical maneuvers as well as to perform aerials or other tricks.

Resistive force is achieved thanks to repeated loads, isometry and natural-weight training without weights, while the explosive force is trained with submaximal loads with repetitions that are exhausted, performed quickly or with plyometric exercises. So three weekly weight training sessions by subdividing muscle groups appropriately during the three appointments with the gym are ideal for your workout to which you will need to add a portion of aerobic activity (cyclists, racing, etc.) to maintain weight and make “breath”.

 

4. Learn How to Warm up Before your Surfing Session

 

This will be crucial and fundamental to your surfing experience. You will have our team to support you but it would be better to really know how to boost your movement with a perfect execution. Warming up (10/15 minutes max) before entering the water is essential, as it allows your muscles to be “ready to use” as soon as you put your feet in the water. Especially in the winter if you do not get warmed up, your muscles may start cramping because of the cold water as you start your first arm. Heating consists of exercises, muscle actions and physical activity that aim to increase body temperature and facilitate neuro-muscular conduction. This can be done with some free-body exercise, a lightweight stretch and some stretching exercises dedicated to the limbs and major muscle groups (pectorals, backbones, legs).

The warm up is often overlooked due to lack of time and desire, yet warming is a fundamental part of training (sea or gym) and must therefore be addressed with caution.

The benefits are many: prevention of muscular injuries, especially if the sea exit is particularly demanding (wind and waves). Your warm up is critical to reducing accidents and sports trauma due to its ability to decrease muscle viscosity and lactate formation at the start of performance. Finally, warming raises body temperature, reducing the frictions at the articular level, while biochemical reactions are favored at the muscle level.These preps are perfect to perform in a gym or at home, at your own pace as we know that

it’s not so easy sometime to have the right outdoor scenario or even the sea nearby where you live, especially if you live in a city! These preparation will be what you need to get ready before heading the incredible beach that will host you for your surf and yoga holiday with us.

If you need some more action to your routine try to add some running session, some treadmill and of course, some swimming session as its fundamental to get ready to make it to your board if it slipped away and you have to endurance your strength and resistance.

 

5. Yoga Sessions to Insert Daily to your Routine

 

Create a little and easy routine to warm up your body: do a series of Sun Salutations, which awaken your muscles, toning and improving elasticity. To keep the muscles and backbone flexible, there are good positions for a torso twist. For example, Matsyendrasana, which tones the abdomen and relieves back pain. Useful to increase the elasticity of the back are also other positions stretching the back and neck, correcting the posture: for example, Utthita Parsvakonasana and Utthita Trikonasana. Both asanas tone and strengthen the muscles of the back of the body, and in addition, being standing posture, improves the sense of balance and strengthens the legs, ankles, calves.

Doing yoga before and after the practice of surfing will help you achieve perfect performances: eliminates the pain that might prevent you from surfing the best way it helps to improve lung capacity, thus increasing resistance increases strength in the arms, agility in the movements improves strength and post-workout recovery allows you to have your mind relaxed and concentrated, even in the most demanding situations It is not indispensable to be yoga experts, the important thing is to perform the positions properly, to enhance the surf experience.

 

 

6. A Little Meditation to Boost your Focus

 

If you want to take things to the other level before heading to your surf and yoga holiday you can add some meditation to your regular daily routine. As we all know surf requires a lot of concentration and mental focus and, especially before jumping on your board and ride the waves, you need to stay calm and relaxed with a mindful and synchronized breath together with the moves.

Meditation can be a useful tool even to face the entire journey in a positive and zen attitude, something that can be really helpful to really embrace this experience in a proper way. Try to meditate at least 5 minutes a day, first thing in the morning or before heading to bed setting an intention and focusing on how you really feel at that specific moment in time and be mindful and ready to accept what’s next.