Feeling neck tension from sitting at your desk all day? Or from a long surf-session? Woke up on the wrong side of the bed? Need a little yoga fix-me-up?
block. neck. magic.
It’s the most requested yoga sequence during most of our retreats, and if you’ve been on a retreat with SWA before, I’m sure you already know exactly what we’re talking about! Its simple. Its magical. It feels so good. Its also pretty difficult to replicate without the guidance of a teacher, so we’re extra stoked that our yoga teacher Reesie just released an 11-minute tutorial video of the infamous, “block neck move”. This stretch-massage duo for the neck has yet to be named, so try it out and let us know if you can come up with a good name for it!
Reesie’s online Yin Yoga classes are open for optional donation. Her info is as follows- Venmo: Cherise-Richards or PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about Cherise Richards, our head yoga instructor here at SWA, click here.
We just pulled this tutorial out of the archive to re-share a yoga-inspired duck dive sequence that is easy to do at home! Many of the same muscles engaged during a duck dive are also engaged during a simple vinyasa flow.
This simple yoga exercise aims to address three parts of the duck dive:
Add this sequence to your daily practice to help commit these duck dive movements into muscle memory, so that once you hit the water to surf your duck dive will feel natural and strong.
One of our newest surf instructors, Florida grom Jazmine Dean, just spent her first season working retreats and adventuring with the Surf With Amigas crew down in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. She created this super rad little surf film and just released it last week! Enjoy the film and a note from Jaz below-
Surf with amigas x Jazmine
My life changed in the season I spent down here as a first time Surf With Amigas instructor just as much as Amigas often say their lives change during retreats. I’m currently still down in Southern Costa Rica and I’ve spent more consecutive months living here than I have spent living in any other foreign country before. I spend my free days in-between retreats almost the same as I spend my, “work”, days during retreats, and most of my closest friends down here were formed through the connections and roots that SWA has created here in the local community.
This film barely scratches the surface of how this life has reconnected me to my roots as a soul surfer and the good times had. I understand surfing and have for a long time, but these retreats are just as much about personal growth as they are about surfing a wave, and for that, I thank the guests, our Amigas, so much.
I’m most grateful of all for the women I’ve met through the retreats and I took a little from each person I spent time with. It’s possible that some of you reading this were on some of the retreats I worked at and maybe even appear in a scene or two! Anyways, please enjoy the film and thanks for watching.
How To Duck Dive Tutorial by the Coaching Staff at Surf With Amigas!
You’re probably spending a lot of time cooped up in your home right now thinking about surfing. Us too! Here in Costa Rica the beaches are officially closed. Enforcement has been spotty, but we’ve been trying to do the right thing and comply for the sake of the common good. We all know that surfing itself is not the problem, but we are doing our best to be respectful to the community and all stay home. Since we can’t give you hands on advice in person right now, we’re going through the files to find some older tutorials to share with you. Here’s the first in the series: How to Duck Dive! We may even make a few new ones! Stay tuned….
This is an older video, but still one of our most popular. Watch as Holly goes over everything you need to know about duck-diving: How to, how not to, and what it looks like underneath a wave.
We hope to be able to offer advice in person soon. Check our schedule page for upcoming retreats. For more super fun videos in the meantime, check out our Youtube channel where there is a ton of footage to get you stoked!
Here’s some behind the scenes info in case you’re interested…
We filmed the pool session in El Salvador about 7 years ago! Look for cameos by Jackie George and one of our past yoga teachers Cyd Gurvich. The underwater ocean footage was captured in the Philippines during the one season we did a couple of travel retreats to that gorgeous location.
If you have any ideas for future videos that you’d like to see addressed, please let us know in the comments on facebook, instagram, or via email!