During our Float & Balance Retreat you will be able to enjoy the combined knowledge of long time yoga paractitioner Paula Band and La Vida Surfs founder Aleksi Koskelin. Together they will embrace you with a fun week of yoga, surfing, breathing & breath-holding workshops, climbing, hiking, good food and loads of laughter.
Float & Balance retreat is created for everyone regardless of previous experience who want to deepen their knowledge of yoga, body and mind. All we ask from you is an interest towards self-reflection, transformation and good times.
As a guest of our retreat, you will enjoy yoga classes both in our open shala and out in nature embraced by the elements. Vinyasa, and Hatha yoga are taught each morning and evening during 6 days of the retreat. You will also be able to dive into the world of Pranayama, breathing & breath-holding, asana & philosophy-workshops during the week.
We approach each participant of the La Vida Surf Yoga Retreats personally to find the most suitable form of practice for everyone. Join the daily group practice or meet our teachers for a one on one consultation. Daily meals during the retreat are based on Ayurvedic & TCM principles, and designed to support the practice and nurture your body.
Paula found yoga in 2009 when she was once again having a challenged life situation and this time she chose to develop herself instead of becoming a victim. She found Anthony De Mello’s and Eckhart Tolle’s books which led to yoga philosophy books. As a natural robot she wasn’t interested in posture-based yoga at first. Though, she fell in love with yoga asana in Thailand when she met a 77 years-old yogini standing on her head and started practicing with her the next day.
Thailand and South-East Asia became her main (yoga) home for years, spending time in Chiang Mai practicing yoga and movement/dance meditation (DanceMandala, BioDanza), travelling, doing illustrations and finding several home-like communities from local yoga studios. In Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, the only english spoken yoga studio was Sivananda Yoga Center where she immediately fell in love with the traditional Sivananda yoga practice, therefore she continued to her first Yoga Teacher Training in Chiang Rai in 2013.
After RYT200 graduation she moved to Cape Town, South Africa, which she again called home, to teach yoga for local surfers. Mirroring with some influencial yoga teachers she found her calling and the only dream again, to be able to live and teach yoga. She left her current job, moved to Thailand again to study more. She found another yoga home from Koh Tao, took another Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (RYT500) in Chiang Rai and finally in 2016 everything suddenly shifted in place. Teaching yoga had become her main inspiration and profession and continues to do so.
Aleksi Koskelin graduated from the Danish National School of Performing Arts in June 2015 and has since then performed and taught within professional dance and sports environments. He is interested in movement as a holistic body-mind practice not limiting it to a singular discipline, "by expanding our movement vocabulary we expand our understanding of the self and our environment".
After receiving his diploma from the Traditional Chinese Medicine School- Neijing in 2009 he has been treating and training patients on a daily basis as well as researching and developing new rehabilitation modalities.
"I believe we (the human) has only revealed a margin of our potentiality as healthy moving creatures, my attempt is to continue researching, developing self reflective methods and cultivate harmonious existence".
Aleksi spends most of his time besides dancing and teaching, researching movement in extreme conditions, either on a snowboard in the mountains, at sea kitesurfing & kayaking or hiking the wilderness. At the moment he works in the Moroccan wilderness, teaching, surfing and researching nature behavioralism through his company La Vida Surf.
“The outdoors with its elements provides the best learning ground for self development and reflection, I wish to share this experience with as many as possible” - Aleksi Koskelin
La Vida Surf stands for a healthy lifestyle, which we happily share with our friends and guests. Our whole crew spends time on the surf and in practice each day. La Vida Surf is founded to cultivate clarity of body and mind. In our day and age, consistent and diverse practice is the key to longevity and health.
Insights into Yogic Philosophy workshop
Inversions & Transitions workshop
Back-bending & Spinal twists workshop
690€ in a shared triple room
08:00 Sunrise Yoga
09:30 Healthy nutritious brunch
12:00 Breathing & Breath Holding workshop
14:00 Free time for exploration, conscious hikes and meditations, surf classes, and other activities
18:00 Sunset Yoga
19:00 Organic tasty dinner