get to know Jana

dear Ocean & Yoga lovers,


I founded this project because I fell in love with this magical place in Southern Portugal. My aim is to provide you with tools how to live more authentically and soulfully in your everyday lives.

Dive into meditation & movement that fits you and your life!

I intend to make yoga accessible to everyone, no matter if you have never tried yoga before, or if you are ready to establish a deeper practice, creating a peaceful body and mind experience. Enjoy! This means moving in a way that feels good & healthy in your body.

I interweave many essential tools of yoga from breath work, asana and meditation to transformational work in wild nature and awakening the senses by drawing from many years of experience in guiding classes, retreats, workshops and trainings.


with love, Jana                                                                                                  read Jana's bio

get to know the guest teachers

Bristol Baughan

co-teacher of the retreat: Yoga, Surfing & Leadership, March 31 - April 6, 2018                          


Bristol is an Executive Producer of Emmy-winning and Oscar-Nominated films, Author, and Executive Coach. She founded Inner Astronauts to support people in thriving at work and coming fully alive in service to the world. She serves leaders from Silicon Valley to Hollywood to the Lummi Nation.  Bristol works with leaders to create cultures for people to thrive in. She coaches executives to master and impart skills to their employees in authentic leadership, vision, and time, stress, and relationship management. 


Dr. Farnaz Fahimi

co-teacher of the retreat: Panchakarma Detox - an Ayurveda & Yoga Spring Retreat,

April 7 - 13, 2018


Im Rahmen meines Medizin-Studiums, welches ich 2010 in Regelstudienzeit in Giessen abgeschlossen hatte, durchlief ich diverse Praktikas und Famulaturen in Indien. Dort und im Zuge meiner Promotionsarbeit beschäftigte ich mich mit Ayurveda Medizin. Auch nach dem Studium galt mein Interessenschwerpunkt der ganzheitlichen Naturmedizin. Neben meinem Berufseinstieg im HNO-Fachbereich, vertiefte ich mein Wissen mit Fortbildungen und Hospitationen

(u.a. Kliniken Essen Mitte Naturheilkunde, diverse Heilkräuter Kurse HAL Essen, IK Berlin).

2014 folgte das Ayurveda Studium für Mediziner an der europäischen Akademie für Ayurveda in Birstein und Berlin. Im Verlauf entwickelte ich ein Projekt in Portugal - Ayurveda Yoga Retreat ( Seit dem Jahreswechsel arbeite ich als angestellte Ayurveda- und naturheilkundliche Tagesklinik-Ärztin im Immanuel Krankenhaus Berlin.




co-teacher of the retreats:

To The Roots Women's Retreat - a week of deep self study and joy for soul sisters, July 7-13, 2018

A Classic! an Ocean & Yoga Summer Retreat, August 3-9, 2018

Get in! a 10-day Yoga Training & Immersion into Yoga and Nature


On the highest mountains of Himalayas, she learned about the Art of Yoga, Meditation, stillness, well being & Deeksha. In the Amazon forest she learned with indigenous elders about the mysteries of medicinal plants & flowers of the jungle. Terra is an authentic hatha yoga teacher, facilitator of indegenious, body, spirit, sound & water work, and shares her wisdom at Yoga events around the world (e.g. Yoga Conference Barcelona, Bali Spirit Festival, Boom/Being Gathering,... find out more at Raiz do Ser


co-teacher of the retreat: Family Retreat - a yoga retreat for parents & their offspring, July 14 - 20, 2018


Maren teaches classic hatha yoga in Bielefeld, Germany.


"Im Sommer 2003, als ich in Spanien arbeitete, bin ich morgens barfuß zum Strand zu meiner allerersten Yogastunde gegangen. Bereits die ersten Asanas fühlten sich für mich so vertraut an, als hätte ich schon immer Yoga gemacht. Geprägt von diesem positiven Erlebnis war es kein Wunder, dass Yoga zu meinem morgendlichen Ritual wurde. Die Fokussierung auf den Atem und die daraus gewonnene Energie für Körper, Geist und Seele kannte ich bereits aus früheren Erfahrungen in meiner Kindheit und Jugend. Damals habe ich intensiv Physiotherapie für meine Skoliose (Wirbelsäulenverkrümmung) gemacht und diese mit gezielten Übungen und der Kraft der Atmung gut in den Griff bekommen habe."


Lese hier ein Interview with Maren.

Annie Malecki


Into The Wild! a Yoga & Nature Retreat to return to Source

October 6-12, 2018




Annie Malecki, Wilderness Trainer, systemic Constellation work, Healing work, Coach, existential-spiritual Companionship (Karen Horney Institut), sustained Meditation practice, Traveller and Mother loves to melt with nature and support others to return to Source.


get to know the team

Eva (herbal workshop), Fernando (homemade meals), our wonderful hosts & farm owners

"We feel very privileged to be living in this paradise at the SW of Portugal called Aljezur...the land is beautiful, between mountain, ocean and sky...full of hidden valleys, rivers and stunning hills covered with mediterranean forest and wildlife, breathtaking cliffs and ocean views, desert beaches with amazing waves and a very friendly community... this place is all about nature and healthy living all year round!
That's why we are so proud and happy to team up with Jana and be able to host her retreats and meet the beautiful people she brings to our place...
If you're looking for a rejuvenating experience in a stunning region and taste the healthy organic lifestyle then join an Ocean & Yoga retreat!" (Fernando Neves Morgado)

Max, our ocean guide & health food specialist

Our friends call him the "yoga foodie" because he just know exactly what a yogi craves during a yoga retreat. And as a passionate surfer, he knows what we need before heading out into the waves. During the yoga & surf retreats, Max will not only make sure that you get the most nutritious breakfast/brunch that you can wish for - but he will also be your ocean guide during the surf course and beyond, sharing his never-ending knowledge about and passion for the ocean.

Terra & Pedro, Raiz do Ser, soundhealings

these two join us for a magical evening of sounds that will guide you into a deep meditation. All you have to do is lay down in svasana and enjoy the concert! more information on the work of Terra:

more on the work of Pedro (and his tunes to listen to!!!!)

interviews with Jana & reviews

recommendation BEST YOGA AND SURF RETREATS 2018 by Fuck Lucky Go Happy


an article that lists the 5 most recommended yoga and surf retreats. Ocean & Yoga is grateful to be part of the selection!

(German language, 2018)

recommendation BEST YOGA AND SURF RETREATS 2017 by Fuck Lucky Go Happy


an article that lists the 5 most recommended yoga and surf retreats. Ocean & Yoga is grateful to be part of the selection!

(German language, 2017)

article Womens Health


an article about purpose and taking risks and the chance to fly that features Jana's example of leaving a carreer and staring a dream (German language, May 2017)

Interview Slide Show Mag 


in this article Jana elaborates what it means to step into "the flow" of life and how she learned life lessons from surfing (English language, March 2016)

Interview Nordsurf Syndikat


in this interview Jana is being asked about her favorite spots and surfboards and explains that yoga is also relevant for non-flexible surfer dudes. (German language, March 2016)

Interview Surf Girl Mag


in this interview Jana speaks about the breathholding technique relevant for surfers and a deep meditation practice. (English language, January 2016)

recommendation SO MUCH MORE


travel recommendations for yoga travel in Europe: Ocean & Yoga is one of the selections! (German language, March 2016)


Interview Frau-Frei-Und


In this interview I talk about self-employment and entrepreneurship,  living the dream and compromises on the path. (German language, August 2015)


Interview We Treat


in this interview Jana speaks about her life and roots and how her dream of moving to Portugal came to life. (German language, January 2015)

European Yogi Nomads


Jana Toepfer, founder of Ocean & Yoga, is also founder of the traveling yoga community European Yogi Nomads. Make new friends! Explore new places! Expand your yoga! Find out more about this project on the EYN website.

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