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About Sabrina, Yoga & RAID Freediving Instructor 

Owner & Manager of La Casa Surya

Hola!! I have lived in Hong Kong for 10 years working in the corporate industry. I was spending most of my free time travelling around Asia, diving, exploring the wonders of the underwater world and became a scuba instructor - teaching during weekends to share my passion. During the years spent in Asia, I have been privileged to study with a wide variety of well-known Freedivers and Yoga instructors.

Yoga

Like most beginners, I have started Yoga to get in better shape and to get a balance with my stressful corporate job. Yoga has changed my life and I really believe that it helps you to be stronger physically, mentally and can help you make changes in your life.

My approach to yoga is straightforward. I have a daily consistent practice and focus on the foundation: proper alignment, breathing, awareness and being present. It is not the pose which counts, it is the journey to get there. I desire to challenge my students in a joyful, peaceful manner. I don’t expect perfection, but want my students to try their best in a caring and nurturing environment!

Freediving

My love for the underwater world, and yoga brought me naturally to freediving. Honestly, I went through different struggles, especially with equalization. Everyone is different and some have more natural abilities than others. For me, it required more time and effort. Everyone can learn with proper guidance. The moment you get it, the feeling is magical – you simply feel well in the water, and feel light. It is a moment to reconnect with yourself, mind, body, soul and to the nature – be one with your breath and just let it go.

I have taken the plunge to quit everything, move to Mexico, and share what I love most - my love for Yoga, the underwater world and teaching.  

Certifications

  • RAID Freediving Instructor 
  • PADI Master scuba instructor
  • 200 hrs Anusara Teacher Training with Patrick Creelman, 
  • 200 hrs Yoga Medecine Teacher Training with Tiffany Cruikshank
  • 100 hrs Teacher training pre-natal/post-natal certified by “Mindful Birth”
  • Reiki Level 1 & 2, Thai Body Therapy - certified from Thai Healing Academy

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About Matt,

RAID & SSI ADVANCED FREEDIVING INSTRUCTOR

Trained by former world record holder Lotta Ericsson, Matthieu worked in Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines before joining La Casa Surya in Tulum, Mexico. As well as being an experienced Freediving Instructor, he is also a Crossfit coach, a Scuba Divemaster and an Underwater Photographer! He can teach you in English and French. 

He loves depth training, and his favourite discipline is Constant Weight Bi-Fins (CWT), diving at the moment - 70m.

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CERTIFICATIONS

  • RAID Advanced Freediving Instructor 
  • SSI Advanced Freediving Instructor 
  • SSI DiveMaster
  • Crossfit Level 1 certified coach
  • -70 meters CWT Bifins freediver
"I have always loved nature, wildlife, animals... The exploration of the underwater world came naturally in my life. First, as a scuba divemaster, where I specialized in underwater photography. I really enjoyed it, but it felt like something was missing.
I have started to do more and more snorkeling and shallow freediving, following amazing athletes like Guillaume Nery, until that day when I decided to switch completely to Apnea.  Then, I trained a lot, passed all my levels quite fast and started to go deeper every week. I have discovered something totally new - a feeling and an excitement that was hard to describe, a feeling that I found only in freediving. 
It felt like an evidence. I became instructor and I worked in Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines, where I had the chance to meet and learn from amazing people.
Now in Tulum, Mexico, I can truly mix all my freediving interests in an incredible way. Diving the cenotes is a wonderful and intense experience, deep or shallow, photography is very interesting and challenging and the caribbean sea is rich and beautiful. I feel lucky to be here, and I hope to offer my students the best freediving experience that I can!"

Matthieu Duvault.


Our journey continues here in Tulum, with you, surrounded by the beautiful Maya ruins, the crystal clear water of the Cenotes, and the turquoise blue of the Caribbean. We invite you to La Casa Surya to share our passion, knowledge and where we will offer a personalised guidance and make a difference for you!

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