Tonya Russell // Siargao Island, Philippines
Create Balance yoga retreat on Siargao Island, in the Philippines is a place to rest, rejuvenate, play and connect. The remarkable shape of the ocean bed just off the coast of Siargao makes it unique to the other seven thousand islands known collectively as the Philippines. Nowhere in South East Asia has another island been discovered with the same number and quality of surf breaks to it as there is in and around Siargao.
This island escape is a well-rounded retreat that infuses all important aspects of travel, yoga/surf and connecting to your true self, outdoor adventures, seva day, cultural immersions, experience local cuisine and friendly vibes.. doesn't get much better than this!
Hi, I am Tonya Russell, your retreat host.
Kia Ora! I’m Tonya, Founder and Owner of Yoga Circle, a boutique yoga studio in Northland, New Zealand.
My yoga journey began over 15 years ago while living in Dubai and struggling with a painful back injury. As my yoga practice healed and strengthened my body, I began to notice other benefits from coming to my mat. At the time, I had a “hectic and important” job alongside raising my young family as an expatriate. Amidst the hustle and bustle of this life, yoga provided the time and space for me to PAUSE and just BE. To connect to my body and my breath through movement. Importantly, it transformed the feelings of “busy-ness of juggling life” into feelings of balance and mindfulness that have led to a more harmonious and holistic way of life.
When I returned to New Zealand in 2004, I wanted to share my learnings with others, so I created the Yoga Circle alongside my career. This has provided me with the opportunity to walk my talk and to model yoga can be used to “create balance and enhance life.” 'Sure, life still gets busy; it instead of juggling “busy and important“ tasks, there is yoga and a feeling of choice. Today I choose to create balance, and so can you!