Yoga and Surf Retreats in Portugal- Apura Yoga
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Is proud to offer Yoga and surf retreats in Portugal as well as Yoga and meditation retreats in the most amazing places of Portugal. Try our California yoga flow© and experience a clearer mind with a balanced body.
We also offer Business Yoga and Meditation courses in Berlin and throughout the world.
The word “Apura” comes from the Portuguese or Spanish “apurar”, which means to purify. We want to help people to purify their body, mind and soul to come into a pure, pristine, unaltered state. It is all about arriving in the present moment, in a pure state of mind, full of joy to perceive just how abundant the universe actually is. Everything that you could need is already right here. This is the joyful experience we want to share with you.
What is Yoga?
The word yoga is Sanskrit and means to unite, to join, to connect. “Yoga may be anything that gives you a sense of unity” (T.K.V. Desikachar).
Yoga has its origins in the Indian Vedas. Patanjali, an Indian sage compiled the ancient oral wisdom into the Yoga Sutras.
They describe yoga as a way of life that consists of eight limbs:
1. YAMA – the right speech, action and thoughts
2. NIYAMA – discipline in action and conduct towards ourselves
3. ASANAS – physical postures of Hatha yoga
4. PRANAYAMA – the control of the breath
5. PRATYAHARA – the withdrawal of the senses
6. DHARANA – concentration of the mind
7. DHYANA – meditation with a one-pointed focus
8. SAMADHI – arriving at the natural state of mind, illuminated state of absorption.
In the West often only the physical postures (asanas) are associated with yoga. But yoga is actually a state of mind. Arriving in the present moment: non-distracted by thoughts and emotions. Being attentive to what is happening around us, experiencing the pure essence of your being – that is the state of yoga. Often, sports like surfing or being in nature can put us into that state automatically. Many people in the west refer to it as flow. Why is it desirable to attain that state? Because it is a “means by which we can make the changes we desire in our lives” (T.K.V. Deskachar)
“Be alive, be free – live the life you love!”