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Find out the hidden-gems of Goa in these yoga retreats.

May 13, 2020

When one hears the name Goa, all that comes to the mind is the sun, the sand, and the sea. Not many are aware that while Goa is one of the most popular party destinations in India, it also has some amazing yoga retreats. Nestled in the warm tropical sun with beaches by its side, yoga retreats in Goa offers a unique experience. These yoga retreats have been around for many years now and they have some of the best and experienced yoga gurus. They also offer short classes and even long-term yoga courses. So, whether you have been practicing yoga all your life or you are just getting acquainted with this discipline, Goa will cater to all your requirements very easily.

The best thing here is that Goa offers you the choice of having a secluded and tranquil yoga experience and at the same time, there are some yoga retreats where you can indulge in yoga and also party after the sunset. Yoga retreats in south Goa, for example in Palolem or Agonda, offers the calm and peace of being away from the crowd. Whereas yoga retreats in north Goa, i.e. in Mandrem, Arambol and Anjuna let you treat yourself to some sightseeing and shopping. Hence, Goa is a perfect choice whether you want an easy, breezy yoga holiday or you want to learn yoga.


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Yoga retreats in India have always indicated towards Rishikesh, ‘the yoga capital of the world’, for a long time. And as one can easily guess, the place is full of yoga retreats- big and small, pocket friendly-high end, and so on. Because of its worldwide popularity, getting through a good yoga retreat in Rishikesh can be difficult at times. However, Goa, in recent times has witnessed some very fine yoga retreats where renowned yogis have been providing yoga teachers training courses. The yoga retreats in Goa also have the best vegetarian and organic food menu. Thus, Goa is slowly but steadily building its place on the map of yoga retreats in India. Because many are still unaware of the hidden yoga retreat gems of Goa, it is easier to get into one without much hassle.

Here are Amayaan recommended 7 best yoga retreats in Goa:
 

  1. The Beach House: Located in the sequestered Senabatim beach, this yoga retreat offers a luxurious experience. The place has a yoga and meditation retreat program, a transformational meditation program, a Vinyasa yoga package, Ashtanga yoga, Kundalini Tantra yoga, and a detox program. They have a team of experienced yoga gurus who offer certification courses. They also have Ayurveda doctors, hypnotherapists, nutritionists, to provide insight into different aspects of wellbeing. The Beach house also offers certification courses in Ayurveda.

  2. Ashiyana: Ashiyana is located on the gorgeous yet quiet Mandrem beach. It has luxury suites as well as cozy bamboo huts for accommodation. The place offers Vinyasa training, Ecstatic shaking and dance Yin yoga retreat, 200-hour yoga teacher training, courses with the different duration on Iyengar yoga, and several other yoga courses. They also have Ayurvedic therapies, spa treatments, detoxes, along with nutritious food that is specially prepared to keep in mind the yoga courses and the idea of wellbeing. Their season starts from October 1st to April 30th every year.

  3. Swan Yoga Retreat: Swan yoga retreat is run in the form of a yoga ashram by sanyasis, who are trained at the Bihar school of yoga. They offer a two-week yoga intensive program for beginners. They also have a very detailed yoga teacher training. Accommodation here is pocket-friendly as the options start from budget cottages to deluxe cottages. Since the retreat follows the Gurukul style, the food here is Satvik, cooked from nutritious and organic locally grown vegetables.

  4. Satsanga Retreat: This place offers a peaceful and calm environment that is perfect to indulge in some yoga. Satsanga retreat offers training in Ashtanga yoga, Iyengar yoga, and the similar. The food here is vegetarian and organic and they also offer cooking classes. They also have ayurvedic wellness packages and treatments.

  5. Little Cove Yoga Retreat: This retreat is on the Cola beach and renders a calming effect of the sea while you learn yoga or pamper yourself to ayurvedic treatments. They offer 10-15 days themed yoga retreats by renowned yoga gurus throughout the year. They provide beach-front cottages and regular cottages for accommodation. However, they are operational from mid-October to mid-May only. The menu is strictly vegetarian and they use locally produced organic vegetables. They are also a completely smoke-free and alcohol-free resort.

  6. Bamboo Yoga Retreat: Bamboo Yoga is located on the serene Patnem beach. They have yoga courses in Vinyasa, Anusara, and Yin, Jivamukti yoga. They also have a 200-hour yoga teacher training. They have beachfront bungalow styled huts build with organic materials for accommodation. Their menu includes fresh and homemade food along with various salads, herbal teas, and detox juice. They also serve seafood. They also have to relax ayurvedic spas and treatments.

  7. Earth Yoga Village: This yoga retreat offers 4 weeks of intensive training in Hatha Vinyasa flow and restorative yoga, 100 hours training of Yin and yoga Nidra, 2 weeks intermediate program, and other similar courses. This village is built with organic materials and has huts for accommodation. They have vegetarian, vegan, and organic foods on their menu.


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Goa’s 160 km coastline and the rich Portuguese legacy gives the place a distinct flavour. With 88.70% literacy rate (2011 census) and a healthy mixture of the population belonging to different religions, Goa has a warm attitude towards tourists. Its cosmopolitan culture with two World Heritage Sites- the Bom Jesus Basilica and churches and covenants of Old Goa along with the white sandy beaches makes it a perfect destination for travelers from different parts of the world. The International Film Festival of India also holds its annual event here in the cool months of November and December. The local Konkani food, the love for music and dance, and the rich colonial architecture make Goa a very lively and energetic spot. This allows one to indulge in little touristy activities on off days on the yoga retreat.

Goa is also well-connected by air, railway, and road. The nearest airport is Dabolim, which is situated at a distance of 29 km from the capital, Panaji. Madgaon and Vasco-da-Gama are its main railway stations which are again connected to Mumbai. Many tourists also visit Goa by road. Bus, as well as private taxis, can easily take you to Goa from Mumbai and nearby cities. The Kadamba bus stand of Panaji is the main bus stand. One can also book a luxury cruise from Mumbai to Goa.

So what are you waiting for? Book yourself a yoga retreat in Goa and find the inner you amidst its magical beaches.

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