When discussing surfing equipment, especially with beginners, there’s the first thing to make clear – surfing is quite of an investment in the beginning. It might not require constant investing, and once you’re equipped fully, you’re pretty much ready to go for a long time just with that equipment and no additional costs. But the initial cost isn’t small. So, if you’re a new one to the surfing and still making baby steps and getting your first impressions, perhaps it’s better for you to rent or borrow the equipment. Once you’ve learned the basics and became clear and sure you’ll stay with surfing for a long time, then you should look for instructions and get yourself a quality stuff from reliable providers.
Go with as big board as you can get
It might sound weird to you because the first thought is that smaller boards should be easier to maneuver, but in fact, bigger boards are the perfect choice for beginners. The bigger the board, the easier you’ll catch all kinds of waves. So, look up for 8’ or 9’ board until you master the skills. Also, if it fits into your budget, try to acquire soft top surfboard. A big foam board is what you’re looking for. The soft top will protect you from hurting yourself while practicing balance, pop-ups, and paddling. Don’t neglect the second-hand surfboard options; many experienced surfers tend to sell their quality equipment with a few useful pieces of advice for free.
Dressed for success
Think thoroughly before investing into a wetsuit. There’s a large scale of various materials, models and additional features wetsuits include and the prices are not so widely affordable. Read about each model’s characteristics and keep in mind the schedule of your surfing. Look for extremely durable materials if you’re planning to delve into surfing on a daily basis, but if you are just an occasional surfer, less strong materials will do just good. Also, if you won’t surf in cold waters, you might won’t even need a wetsuit. In that case, several pairs of board shorts will suffice.
If your budget is exhausted after purchasing board and wetsuit, it’s not a problem, because all other equipment is purely optional. Surfboard leash and surf wax are the most common additional stuff surfers use, so if you have some extra money and find it useful, you might want to get those too.
There’s a saying: “If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place” that kind of sums up practicing, but also living yoga lifestyle. Yoga focuses on a perfect balance between body, mind, and spirit and this balance is essential in every aspect of your life to achieve your goals, but also to make sure your goals truly reflect you and your wishes. In other words, to live your life for real and to make sure your life is truly your authentic creation, you need to have these three aspects balanced. If you want to integrate yoga philosophy and style into your life really, you should bring yoga outside the practicing studio. Here are some ideas on how to apply yoga to various routine activities.
Start eating in the yoga way
Proper diet truly is the best way to be healthy in the long run. As for everything else in life, yoga promotes physical and mental balance when it comes to food too. Liste to your body carefully and eat only when the body says so. Analyze your daily meals and the quality of your routine food. Always bring more leafy vegetables and sufficient amount of proteins. Don’t forget about the high importance of hydration. Fast food and soft drinks are directly opposite to the basic idea of yoga lifestyle, so skip them. Take your time to eat meals in the piece, with patience, to chew your food, to enjoy the flavor and to focus onto the eating process.
Yoga improves the quality of sleeping
Stick to the disciplined daily schedule and go to bed at the pretty much same time of a day. Spare 10 to 15 minutes before going to bed to practice several yoga poses and postures designed to calm your metabolism and thinking and to prepare you for a restful night. These poses are particularly focused on breathing, so the quality of your sleep will be improved.
Take yoga with you into office
Since modern lifestyle often includes 8 hours of hard and stressful working, sometimes, even more, taking short breaks during work to practice yoga will bring dozens of benefits. It will keep your body energized, especially if you spend your working hours sitting in front of the screen. It will keep you focused, concentrated and fully awake. It will also decrease daily levels of stress, protecting your overall health and enabling you to come home not feeling drained after work.