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Ho a’e ka ‘ike he’e nalu i ka honua o ka ‘ale - Show your knowledge of surfing on the back of a wave.” Talking about your knowledge or skill isn’t enough; you have to prove it by demonstrating it.
— Mary Kawena Pukui

Ocean Wyse Yoga Guides

Lea Perfetti, Tarik van Prehn & Matthew Corigliano

Ocean Wyse Yoga is a project on the making since 2001 when Tarik and Matt, two surfers, one from Portugal and one from Hawaii, coincided in Mysore, South India, wile studying Yoga at the former Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute. It was their first trip to India, a country with 7,517 km of coast line. Tarik had two surfboards with him just in case the opportunity to travel to the coast presented itself. They had a week break from practice due to some Hindu festivities. They rented a 4x4, put the two boards on the roof and off they went. Two days latter, after crossing the jungle, they finally arrived to the beach. The surf was not great at all, but the feeling of freedom and discovery that surfing in India brought them, specially after months of intense Yoga practice was life changing. Villagers were screaming with excitement at the beach, bringing them soft drinks, coconut water and food. If surfing waves that bad felt so good, they knew that yoga had something to do with it, as if "Yoga practice acted like a magnifying lens, expanding and amplifying that experience and many others that layed ahead." . They decided then that they would one day, some how, bring Yoga and Surfing together in a way that more people could experience the amazing Yoga Surfing life-style. 

Lea Perfetti was also a students of Yoga at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute and contrary to Tarik and Matt, she started surfing latter in life, years after she started Yoga. Her experience is probably the most relevant as a "case study" on how surfing can change one’s life: “When I am in the Ocean surfing, all my worries are washed away. The vastness of the Sea puts all of your small problems in perspective.”

 

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Matthew Corigliano - Hawaii

Matt grew up in Hawaii where he started surfing at a very young age amongst the best surfers and the best waves in the world. Born in a Yogi family, and raised a vegetarian, his parents belong to the first generation of students of Ashtanga Yoga Master Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Following his parents steps, Matt has traveled extensively to India to study directly with Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Jois. Matt has been teaching Yoga in Hawaii, Japan, Thailand, Portugal, Brazil, Norway, Germany to name few. After all the intense years of traveling the world to practice and to teach Yoga, since 2008 Matt has spend summers in Indonesia and winters in Hawaii chasing the hollowest waves in the world. Matt is also a professional water photographer you can follow him @mattcrigs

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Lea Perfetti - USA

Lea was born in Upstate NY, far away from the Ocean. Her first memory of the ocean was when she was 12 years old, and something she could not let go. She knew immediately that she wanted to live by the ocean. She was a competitive swimmer, hurdler and sprinter. During her university studies, in Biology and Woman’s Studies, in 2000 she moved to Sydney to study Marine Biology and soon realised that she didn’t have to be a biologist to live by the Ocean. Simultaneously, a friend suggested she try a Yoga class. Lea was 20 years old at the time, three years later she traveled alone to South India to study Yoga with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. In 2008, she met Tarik van Prehn in India. Matt was also studying there. Lea and Tarik fell in love and started traveling the world together to teach Yoga. She started surfing only in 2010. Lea lives with Tarik and their 4 kids in SW Portugal. She studies and gives Astrology consultations. Follow them @loveashtangayoga

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Tarik van Prehn - Portugal

Most of Tarik’s childhood was spent in the jungle or at the beach in São Paulo, Brazil, where one of the last untouched pieces of Rain Forest “Mata Atlantica” still survives. His mother’s family migrated from Indonesia to Brasil after the WWII. His grandparents lived in India for two years where they came to know about Yoga.  His father’s family are Portuguese migrants with a strong connection with the sea.  Tarik started surfing when he was 11. Two years latter his parents migrated to Portugal from the jungle, to a 9th floor apartment. His cultural shock was pacified by the amazing waves Portugal´s coastline offered. He has practiced Yoga and martial arts since he was 19. He has a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and started practicing Ashtanga Yoga consistently in 2000 after a trip to Bali to study and surf. From 2001 to 2008 he traveled to Mysore to Study with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. Tarik is a big wave enthusiast and has been spending the last few winters exploring big wave spots in SW Portugal. @loveashtangayoga