When I was a teenager I never learned to surf, I was more concerned about looking good on the beach. Fast forward 40 years and now I want to learn. Now.
So this Saturday I went to "Yoga Devotion by the Ocean", a day full of surfing, yoga, pilates and meditation. It's a partnership between Mick Lowe, his partner Rachel and Wendy Anastasi
Mick Lowe, surfing instructor @ Yoga Devotion by the Ocean. Picture courtesy Coast Magazine and used with permission of Mick Lowe.
We met Mick Lowe, our surf instructor, at YCW beach on Phillip Island at 9 am – so not too early. Mick has our wetsuits and beginner surfboards and we head down to the beach. He talks about safety, rips, and sharks and passionately about surfing and the environment. We do some warm ups and after drawing a surfboard on the sand, have our stage one lesson. Then we are in the water and it is so much fun, lying on the board just catching a wave. It's a hoot and we are all doing really well.
Stage 2 lesson is more challenging and while it was OK on the beach the water made it much more difficult. Getting your knees to your hands and eventually standing was only possible at first by Mick holding my board steadfast and giving instructions as he rode in with me. By the end of the lesson we were all picking our waves and were all standing by ourselves, although in my case only for a short time. It was exhilarating!
We then drove a short distance to Rachel's home where Wendy's delicious and nutritious lunch was immediately served and appreciated with gusto. Giving us time to digest we had a chat round the table about the morning. Mick believes how we are in the surf is indicative of our approach to many aspects of our lives, so very interesting.
Wendy, who has over 20 years in the health and fitness industry, took us for our pilates class, reminding us of all the muscles we used in the morning. Phew. She then gave us a beautiful yoga practice, full of strength and balance.
An abundant afternoon tea of fruit, Wendy's homemade Bliss Balls and Cookies was exactly what was needed to replenish.
Last on the agenda was a guided meditation, this was so relaxing, a perfect excuse for a snooze before the drive home (hope I didn't snore).