December is upon us, and as the year closes, it is natural to start thinking about the bigger picture. Larger questions loom, like:
- “How can I find the drive to get in shape?”
- “Is it too late for me to learn something new, or try something I’ve always wanted to try?”
- “Am I happy with x, y, z factors in my life, and if not, what can I do to change them?”
- “How can I make a positive difference in my community, country, or the world as a whole?”
Travel can be a powerful and satisfying way to step back from your life and gain the perspective needed to answer these kinds of questions. Combine travel with a physically and mentally stimulating experience, and it’s a recipe for victory. Even further, an experience like Bodhi Sessions surf and yoga camp can address some of the very concerns / issues / etc. that many of us share! We’re happy to report that there are a great many benefits you can take home with you from an experience like our Bodhi Sessions surf + yoga camp. Here are a few of the most powerful ones.
1. Renewed physical invigoration
Would it be an exaggeration to say that everyone wants to be in shape? Yet as so many of us know, it’s “easier said than done”. There are many barriers on the path to physical fitness: lack of motivation, cold weather, prohibitive gym membership costs, long work hours. Often times, when you work a 9-to-5 or desk job, you want to spend your few free hours at home with family or loved ones, or relaxing your mind and body. It can be difficult to start, and then get enough momentum to keep it going.
This is where a fully immersive experience, in the style of a “crash course” or “boot camp”, can be very beneficial. A surf + yoga camp like Bodhi Sessions has five surf and five yoga classes and is both physically demanding and fun — something that, for many, the gym is not. Moreover, surfing and yoga are so incredibly beneficial — especially when practiced together! In just one week of participating in these enjoyable, empowering, and educational activities, you can improve conditioning, increase flexibility, and boost stamina. You will go home having given your fitness the jump-start that it needs. Because of that, it should be much easier to keep it going.
2. Substantial skills and knowledge in both surfing + yoga
After years of explaining my job to people from different walks of life, I have been able to glean that there are many who have a desire to at the very least try either surfing or yoga — a portion of whom want to try both. Yet both are amazing activities — some would even say they are ways of life — that are worth learning, and learning well. Yoga instruction is something that is available in most cities and towns in the world nowadays. As for surfing, even if you don’t live near the ocean, it is something that you can do if you vacation in one of the many surf spots around the world!
At Bodhi, we believe in teaching our students thoroughly so that ultimately, they become independent surfers and yogis. We start with the most basic skills and knowledge, and as we work through each of the activity’s respective curricula, students become empowered to do it on their own. By the end of the surf + yoga camp, it is common that students with no prior experience are both doing intermediate yoga poses and catching the “green waves” on their own.
3. New friends and “tribe”
One of the best parts of travel is meeting new people, hearing different perspectives, and making great friends. Through conversations with new people, you learn that the world is not such a scary place, and that we really do share more in common than not. Often times, it’s the case that unless you are staying in hostels, you are not likely to meet a wide array of people.
Yet for many of us (especially those of us over the age of 25), we want to stay in places that are more quiet, relaxed, and comfortable than your average hostel when we travel. Imagine if you will, a place that has some aspects of a hostel:
- Central location in town
- Plenty of different common areas
- Fun, social vibe
- People from different countries, ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds
… yet it’s oh-so-much more chill. Like, going to bed at 9pm chill. And comfortable! Your own room, an orthopedic mattress, and hot water showers, just to name a few perks. So there are moments of “togetherness” — at the included meals, surf lessons, and yoga classes. But there is also plenty of time to do your own thing if that’s what you are into.
This is the brass tacks of what a vacation at Bodhi Surf + Yoga looks like. Yet, it’s hard to even describe in words, but it is often so much more than that. At Bodhi, there have been friendships made that will last a lifetime. And a community that encourages sharing, laughter, and encourages everyone to be their best selves. Guests of Bodhi leave having become a part of the Bodhi Tribe.
4. Broadened perspective
Travel broadens perspective for those who are open to it. Experiencing new cultures can change how you see the world and your place in it. It can also make you see your own home (community or country) with new eyes… make you appreciate what you have, make you want to make a few changes to it to make it better, or a little of each!
Getting out of your routine
We all have moments in our lives where we are on autopilot, not really reflecting or making changes that could be necessary to our health and overall happiness. When that happens, it’s time to get out of the routine, and do something completely new, somewhere completely new! Getting out of your routine and comfort zone is like hitting the refresh button. It’s almost as though the change of scenery wipes the slate clean. This feeling can be exciting and even scary! Travel alights your mind with possibility, and makes you feel alive.
An experience that is enjoyable, educational, and empowering (like doing surfing and yoga!) can also give new perspective to your life. It can make you think about those big questions, like what you want to get out of your life experiences, and what you want to contribute to this world. When you challenge yourself, it can stoke something deep inside, and show you just what you are capable of. What before may have felt like an insurmountable challenge may now seem attainable, even easy!
5. Motivation to become an environmental steward
If you pay any attention to news about the environment, you know that the warnings these days are dire. We need to act — quickly, collectively, and comprehensively — in order to assure that our planet will remain a hospitable setting for its over seven billion inhabitants. This news is scary, anxiety-producing to say the least. It can make you want to climb into bed, cover yourself with blankets, and forget about the world. It can make you feel both hopeless and helpless; troubling, when what we really need is to feel hopeful and empowered. Getting into nature is a solution. Throughout human history, we have sought solace and clarity in nature, and that’s just what we need right now. In order to change our course and assure our future, we collectively need to do some soul-searching and make large-scale changes to the way we live.
A week at Bodhi can do just that. We are located in a very pristine area of the world — wedged between the verdant green mountains and the edge of the vast blue Pacific Ocean. Moreover, the week’s activities are designed to reconnect you with nature and allow you to fall in love with it [all over again]. With that comes a renewed motivation to care for and protect nature. That is the ultimate goal of the Bodhi Surf + Yoga camp experience, to be a catalyst for the creation committed environmental stewards.
6. Awakened purpose
The thread that runs through all of the benefits listed so far can be summarized by Bodhi’s motto, “awaken purpose”. Each and every day that we are alive, we should be striving to reach our higher purpose. Working to become better versions of ourselves. Whether that’s in our physical bodies — being healthier or more fit; our minds — learning new skills, broadening our perspectives, widening our circles; or simply through acts of service to our world, to make it a better place.
Whatever way you want to improve in your life or improve your life, it has been shown time and time again that a week of surfing and yoga at Bodhi Surf + Yoga in Costa Rica is so much more than a vacation. It’s an opportunity to grow and have fun in the process!