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I had the idea for Swell Yoga when I was working as a financial journalist in London. On the weekends I would organise surf trips for my friends, I loved bringing people to the coast and helping them paddle out on a surfboard for the first time, or watching them run into the sea for an icy dip. I started to allow myself to dream that I could make it my job.

But I was overwhelmed by the prospect of making such a big change in my life, and it took a huge loss to kick me into gear. In 2014, my older sister was diagnosed with cancer and died just a few months later. I found that my yoga practice and getting back into surfing and swimming played a huge part in helping me with deal with my grief.

So, having seen just how short life can be, I left my job and trained to be a yoga teacher in Bali where I was surrounded by incredible surf spots and beautiful ocean views. When I came home, I brought a little of that ocean magic back with me and set up Swell Yoga.

Since I started hosting trips, I have seen how therapeutic the combination of yoga and the ocean can be. I have watched the weight drop from people’s shoulders after an hour in the sea.

I want to spread as much of this goodness as possible, which is why I run regular trips to Devon and even bigger adventures to places like Morocco and Madagascar. When I’m not running trips, I teach weekly yoga classes in Bristol.

I hope you can join the next adventure!

Elly xx

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