From Your Yoga Instructor, Kwame LaBassiere:
Yoga for Surfing
In our classes, we take you through a Vinyasa Flow designed to create movement sequences that not only facilitate cleansing the body of toxins but also to increase energy, balance, strength and flexibility. We also integrate breathing exercises and relaxation techniques.
In this sense, one of the contributions made by yoga to surfing is given by its philosophy. One of the things you will be taught is, to be present. To not think of the past or future. One cannot be in the clouds while surfing. It teaches the mind to be in the moment in a more deliberate manner.
Another point is breathing. In yoga, you are taught to breathe properly and control your inhalations and exhalations. When you surf you need to know how to control yourself because you are in the hands of the sea.
Overall, practicing yoga positions will help you to stay on the board, improve posture, balance and have more flexibility when paddling for the waves. Also, before entering the water, yoga gives the muscles a good stretch.
Surfing for Yoga
Our classes begin in the sand. There, we explain surfing basics, as well as safety procedures, rules and surf etiquette. Then we take our student into the water where we teaches how to stand on the board, paddle, and catch a wave. But there’s more. While surfing one is in contact with the energy that comes from the waves and therefore it is necessary to learn to read the sea, to understand its currents and be aware of its greatness. That is probably the most important lesson that surfing gives to yoga. In the water you are connected with the fullness of the environment.
Additionally, surfing is a cardiovascular exercise that requires built muscle resistance. It works legs, and upper trunk, back, shoulders and arms. It is nothing like lifting weights, for the reason that it shapes the muscle from within; a sort of inner strength if you will. For that reason alone, surfing complements well with yoga. Furthermore, surfing postures and movements that are applied while surfing are very useful for learning alignment postures in yoga.
Two great activities that complement each other quite well are now in a one day long mini-camp. Be adventurous and transform yourself during a morning long retreat with the New York Surf School’s Yoga and Surfing Program. Our intention is to rejuvenate and to empower the mind, body and spirit through surfing, yoga and the casual Rockaway laidback way. Our retreats draw inspiration from the slower Rockaway Beach lifestyle This spirit is infused into every aspect of our retreats. New York Surf School’s Yoga and Surfing Program is about giving you a new experience and perhaps a new outlook on life.
Rockaway Beach Yoga and Surf is a socially minded adventure company dedicated to bringing the power of yoga and surfing to people and empowering them to live in the moment. Surf explorer/Certified Surfing Instructor Frank Cullen and Surfer/Yogi Kwame LaBassiere joined forces to form Rockaway Beach Surfing and Yoga Day Retreats to bring the healing benefits of yoga and surfing to the New York City community.