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While many throng to Goa for its azure beaches and party spots, there are some who come here in the search of peace and tranquility too. Along with visit to the beaches, churches, and places of spiritual interest, time spent at yoga retreat centers is an enriching experience. The state has some of the best yoga practitioners specializing in the myriad forms of this mind-body-soul discipline. Such is the reach of that most of these retreat centres that they are packed with international tourists.
The following are some of the most popular yoga retreats in Goa.
1. Yoga Magic Eco Retreat
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Located amidst paddy groves, a sense of calm pervades this eco retreat. The swaying palm trees in combination with the Rajasthani silk flags welcome you into a world of spiritual healing.
When here, spend a spiritual session at the yoga temple and indulge in food that is organic and delicious. Relax at the exquisitely crafted rooms made with wooden beams and clay tiling. You can either stay at the Tents that are thatched and bamboo-based eco lodge or Suites crafted with exquisite interiors. The other amenities provided include swimming pool, luxury tents, meditation classes, ayurvedic massage therapies and yoga asana classes making. All this make it amongst the fine resorts in Goa. Operational all year around, the rates at the eco lodges start at INR 4500 and for suites it is INR 7500.
[Follow the cooking session with an appetizer and large-hearted lunch at One Day Cooking Class]
2. Yoga Gypsys
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Yoga Gypsys, located beside the Ajoba temple next to the Ashvem Beach is a place where you find Portuguese styled villas, Indian village homes, tree-top houses, and lush green tropical gardens. Ideal for yoga in Goa, these sights are enough to let you drift into a mood of relaxation. With a beach nearby, you can strike some yoga poses facing the rising sun on the beach.
Daily classes are held here from Monday through Sunday. Experienced and acclaimed yoga gurus enable you to transform into a self-aware individual. The types of accommodation here include Portuguese cottages, Zen Tree Houses and Native American Tipis. To get your fill, you can head to the on-site open air restaurant where the kitchen uses homegrown vegetables. Those interested would be glad to know the retreat is open throughout the year.
[Revel in a one of a kind adventure packed experience as you go Canyoning at Upper Suari, Goa. ]
3. Little Cove Yoga Holiday Retreat
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Amidst coconut groves off the Cola Beach, this is a beautifully crafted yoga retreat centre located beside the beach. Enjoy a surreal experience in this place that is among the best yoga resorts in Goa. It offers stunning accommodations, organic Indian meals and plenty of ayurvedic therapies.
The mornings are reserved for yoga classes and the evening for pranayama and meditation classes. You can get regaled with the traditional dance performances that are conducted at the resort. Complimentary cooking classes are provided as well. When not practicing yoga, you can unwind at the beach-front cottages that allow you to get panoramic views of the Arabian Sea. Made of local wood, the cottages are well-maintained.
While here, dig into organic and vegetarian food. There is provision to include gluten-free food too. The ayurveda sessions provide rejuvenating massage therapies. The resort also has rental facilities for conferences and workshops. Operational all year around, during normal season single occupancy is 66 Euros per day and double occupancy is 44 Euros per day.
4. SWAN Yoga Retreat
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Located in Bairo Alto and set amidst a resplendent natural ambience, witness the culmination of nature’s finest representations at the yoga retreat centre. On first impressions, this place looks like a tree orchard. Bestowed with mango, teak, cashew, and papaya trees, the ambience here is surreal. There is an active bird life that thrives here. Such salubrious settings make the SWAN Yoga Retreat a prime place for a yoga pilgrimage.
Get a holistic spiritual experience with sacred fire rituals, traditional prayer ceremonies, and singing devotional songs. The retreat provides an opportunity to practice yogic techniques such as pranayama, asana, mudras, bandhas, and kiryas. Reach a new spiritual level with learning meditation methods pertaining to ancient yogic disciplines namely Yoga Nidra and Antar Mauna. Listen to discourses on yogic philosophy, and sutras. You can also enjoy ayurvedic massage treatments and panchkarma treatments. Those interested can enroll in an Ayurveda course. The eco-friendly stays range from budget to standard and deluxe cottages. The retreat is open throughout the year.
[Leave the beach side of Calangute and head for Socorro Plateau to see some rare and endemic species of forest birds]
5. The Mandala
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The Mandala is set amidst lush green outfit next to the Mandrem Beach and is in the vicinity of Asvem and Arambol. With plenty of restaurants, shopping areas, and a thriving nightlife nearby, your visit to this destination is not without variety. Along with the soulful yoga therapies, the retreat is known for its accommodation, food and ambience.
Attain tranquility as you practice yoga at the Geodesic Spirit Dome and Riverside Shala. With Mandala yoga holiday package, get two yoga classes daily, fresh fruit juices, organic meals based on your health constitution as determined by Ayurvedic tests. The types of accommodation include breezy and spacious Nomadic Villas, aesthetically handcrafted double rooms namely Lakeview and Ganesh, Maharaja style Yantra Tents and Panomandala Suite offering panoramic views. To get your fill, you can relish in the sea food and vegetarian dishes. There is a separate menu that caters to the specific requirements of the guests. The stay also arranges adventure tours that include overnight beach and jungle camping trip. This place can be visited anytime during the year.
6. Satsanga Retreat
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Tucked away in Verla Canca Village and close to the Anjuna Beach, this retreat offers a home away from home experience. The internal ambience is relaxed and features splendid yoga shalas that are aesthetically crafted. The presence of tropical gardens in abundance makes the Satsanga Retreat a mini paradise.
When here, participate in yoga workshops such as Asatoma Sad Gamaya, Tamasoma Jyotir Gamaya, and Mrityorma Amritam Gamaya. Fitness conscious people would be happy to know that health meals are prepared with organically grown and procured vegetables. Also, learn to cook Indian vegetarian food from the expert chef. You can unwind with ayurvedic massage therapies and Shirodhara treatments. Further pamper yourself with spa treatments such as pedicure, manicure, and waxing. Other facilities include internet and laundry facilities. When it comes to options of stay, 15 guest rooms, well-furnished with private baths are provided.
Also, visit the many beaches in this region such as Anjuna, Ashwem, Arambol, and Calangute beaches. This retreat is open throughout the year. Moreover, even one can find out many best places to visit in Goa with your family and friends.
7. Ashiyana Yoga Resort Goa
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Set amongst tropical gardens and located near to the Mandrem Beach, every aspect of the Ashiyana Yoga Resort evokes the quintessential quality of tranquility. This place nurtures your body with a sense of calm given the impressive flora and fauna here.
Stay options include Beach Huts that are beach or river facing, Palm Grove, or Raj Doubles and Suites. On offer are yoga shalas, spa treatment centres and a restaurant. To soothe your soul, there are several therapies, courses and wellness packages available. With Ashiyana Yoga Retreats, learn different forms of yoga from experts in their respective disciplines. The Ashiyana Yoga Teacher Training teaches how to practice yoga and impart knowledge to others. You can also participate in yoga programs such as Elemental Yoga Therapy, Detox and Rejuvenation Retreats and more. When it comes to eating, the organic restaurant has a buffet service. For those who want non-vegetarian, chicken and fish is provided on a couple of evenings each week. The resort is operational all year around.
[A trip to Goa is incomplete without a visit to the famed Anjuna flea market.]
8. Purple Valley Yoga Retreat
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A peaceful haven in Goa, this is where people come to participate in one of the best Ashtanga yoga courses. It is nestled in verdant greenery beside the Anjuna Beach and in the Assagao Valley. Providing comfortable accommodations and ambience, this is amongst the finest yoga retreats in Goa and relaxes you with a home away from home experience.
A yoga course is of two weeks; six yoga classes in the morning and four in the afternoon. Depending on the type of teacher, the content of the course differs. You can also indulge in traditional ayurvedic massage treatments. There is a restaurant to dine in. The types of accommodation include Ganesh House that offers a calm and homely ambience, Savasana House that are bright, modern with lush gardens and Cottages nestled amongst palm trees.
The prices depend on the teacher you opt for and the type of yoga you are practicing. Prices start at Euro 600 for a single week. This place is open all year around.
[Dash off to the alluring Goa backwaters to for a fishing experience.]
9. Lotus Yoga Retreat
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Learn the art of relaxing at the beach front yoga retreat centre. Located next to the Patnem Beach, this retreat is in the vicinity of the Chaudi Village. The nearest main city is Margao which you reach by an hour’s drive.
Over here, you can unwind and the comfortable accommodations that include Ocean Garden view Hut, Ocean Hill view Hut, Sunset Ocean view Hut. Pamper yourself with a range of wellness therapies such as yoga shalas including hatha and ashtanga yoga. For those who want to teach this form, yoga training is imparted at the Lotus yoga and meditation centre. Holistic treatments include Shiatsu, Reflexology, Massage, Reiki and Ayurvedic treatments. Food availability include main meals, lunch, brunch, fresh tropical fruit, small snacks, fish, and an eclectic mix of cuisines.
Prices are in the range of Euro 46 to Euro 88 – which is nominal amongst yoga retreats in Goa given the range of facilities provided. The retreat is operational all year around.
[Spot dolphins doing flips and tricks in the water in this small-group dolphin-watching cruise from Goa.]
10. Vedic Valley
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Surrounded by a verdant expanse of forest with exotic sightseeing locales, Vedic Valley is where you can experience traditional yoga practices. Only half a kilometre from the Morjim Beach, it amongst the rejuvenating yoga retreats in Goa.
[Traverse through the dense forest ranges, steep surfaces, rugged and narrow terrains and reach to the cascade. ]
The different types of accommodation include Family House, Eco Lodge, Deluxe Bungalow, Eco Bungalow, and Bamboo Cottages. Enjoy ayurvedic cuisine at the Annapurna Kitchen. The kitchen prepares nourishing and tasty Indian and European dishes using the principles of Ayurvedic cooking. On offer are massages, treatments, Panchkarma therapy, Vedic Rituals, seminar facilities and comfortable accommodations. Over here, learn the tenets of yoga and meditation from the yoga masters. Choose from different packages such as Panchkarma Therapies and Yoga Holidays. You can take part in the workshops and seminars that espouse knowledge and wisdom on yoga practices. It is operational all year around.