Interview – special issue of VISÃO SURF

We are in the special issue of Visão magazine, Visão Surf!

The article “The best of both worlds” was written by journalist Clara Soares.


Well with life

Shee was 16 years old when she entered the universe of Yoga thanks to an Italian teacher who happened to meet on the island of Faial in the Azores. She attended Sociology when she took classes with the masters Carlos Rui and Tarik and chose the Ashtanga yoga as her propose of life. At age 37, assiduous surfer Vera Simões tells how she met her husband, Jo Bento, 45, a former twice national vice-champion. It has been four years since the businessman decided to do yoga at Ashtanga Cascais, which Vera runs and teaches since 2007 after studying in Mysore, India, with the grandson of legendary master Shri Pattabhi Jois. The couple, who  is experiencing the joys of parenthood, speak enthusiastically of the two activities that fascinate and unite them. “I know several sports that do not satisfy as much as these two, associated with peace, freedom and Nature, ours and the sea,” says Jo. And is there no moment when they antagonize each other? “Surfing shortens and creates tension, and often contributes to muscle contractions,” she says. “It makes problems that can limit some postures,” he continues. “But we have variants that can be made the same, bringing benefits to surfers, as creating space in the body,” says Vera, connected to the sea and surfing for more than a decade. “It’s an exercise in overcoming, because I’ve always been afraid of the sea.” Author of the book Parar.Sentir.Respirar. (Casa das Letras, 2018), Vera describes Ashtanga as a “moving meditation, in which the breath and postures work the body and gradually transform the mind and emotions.” Vera and Jo note that both activities “demand dedication and consistency” and give confidence and energy renewal that lead to overcoming and the ability to “well with life”. However, concludes the couple, it is clear who thinks that this life is for little boys: “The commitment to the practices in the good days and the bad differentiates those who nourish a true passion of those who do them out of curiosity or for being in fashion.”



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