Goa is one of the most popular places in India and in the world to practice yoga. Some of the best international yoga teachers hold yoga retreats in Goa every year and practically every style of yoga is available. You can combine your trip to yoga retreats in Goa with an exotic beach vacation straight afterwards and get a double whammy of wonderful!
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In Goa yoga isn’t all about bending yourself into a pretzel. Here the focus is just as much on the mind and soul as it is the body. When choosing your Goa yoga retreat first decide if you want total peace and tranquility or if you want the option to leave the retreat and visit the markets and beaches. If you want to totally immerse yourself in the course then pick a yoga retreat in south Goa (Palolem or Agonda). If you want the option to do some sightseeing in between classes and partying after dark then choose a retreat in north Goa (Mandrem, Arambol or Anjuna).
Whether you’re a complete beginner or you’ve been practicing yoga all your life it’s easy to find top quality yoga retreats in Goa. If the thought of visiting yoga retreats in Goa is a bit overwhelming or full-on for you then most of the places listed below do offer drop in classes too. This way you can dip your toe in and then run for the hills if it’s really not your thing 😉
Best Yoga Retreats In Goa
If you want a potentially life changing experience then check out (and then check into) these top Goa Yoga Retreats;
Ashiyana Yoga Retreat Village, Junas Waddo, Mandrem, Goa
Welcome home! Ashiyana means home in Hindi and the retreat was created as a home away from home and sanctuary for people that visit Goa. This upscale yoga resort is on the beautiful and unspoiled Mandrem Beach in the north of Goa. Not only can you do Hatha, Vinyasa and Iyengar yoga but Ashiyana also offers detox programs, massages, Ayurveda and cleansing. A variety of yoga retreats are offered by international yoga teachers ranging from 1 week to 1 month.
Purple Valley Yoga
Purple Valley Yoga Retreat, 142 Bairo Alto, Assagao, Bardez, Goa, India.
Located in a valley near the beach Purple Valley Yoga Retreat is great for anyone that practices Ashtanga or wants to learn more about it. The courses here are for 2 weeks and focus on Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. The Purple Valley yoga teachers studied under Sri K.Pattabhi Jois or his grandson Sharat at the world’s first Ashtanga Yoga school in Mysore. You can also get complimentary Ayurveda treatments here if you do a 2 week course. Some highlights of this top Goa yoga retreat include 3 vegetarian meals a day and 3 types of on-site accommodation to choose from. Guided meditation and pranayama are available and you will be taught by top ashtanga instructors from around the world.
Swan Yoga Retreat
101/4 Bairo Alto, Assagao Bardez, Assagao, Goa 403507
Swan is one of the highest rated yoga retreats in Goa and for good reason. If you want to stay in a retreat that provides an Ashram ambience, is close to a town, a beach (Mapusa) and yet nestled away in a calm and peaceful setting… visit Swan Yoga Retreat. Traditional hatha yoga is the main focus plus Kriya, Restorative, Nidra and Karma (they’re gonna make you clean up haha). Chanting, meditation, breath work and chakra work are also offered. Classes are taught by Indian teachers which may make the experience more authentic for you. Stay in eco friendly bamboo huts and do your sun salutations in the jungle. BTW… there’s WIFI! 🙂
Bamboo Yoga Retreat
Bamboo Yoga Retreat, Patnem Beach, Goa
Bamboo Yoga Retreat will surprise you! Voted one of the top ten yoga retreats in India in 2017 by Conde Naste Magazine, you would expect the place to be super expensive right? Wrong! The 3 to 14 day yoga retreats here are very fairly priced and affordable for most budget travelers. The yoga shala overlooks Patnem beach so you can practise yoga with an ocean view listening to the waves. Everybody (including Conde Naste Mag) says Bamboo Yoga Retreat is so friendly, chilled out and an all-round top yoga retreat in Goa to visit.
Earth Yoga Retreat
North end of the beach, across the bamboo bridge, Palolem Beach, Goa.
The Earth Yoga Village brings people from all around the world together. Come and visit this yoga community for Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga and meditation retreats, Drop-In classes and wellness therapy. It’s very much a big happy eco family vibe where you can come and chill out in a hammock, do yoga and make new friends. Earth Yoga Village lives by the motto ‘Live the Life you Love & Love the Life you Live’.You don't have to be able to bend yourself into a pretzel to visit a #yoga retreat in #Goa #India. Check out (& check into) these top yoga retreats! Click To Tweet
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