For many, learning yoga is all about coming back to its roots and that’s India. However, in India too, there are numerous cities to choose from for your next yoga retreat. Goa is a popular choice. Better known as the land of the beaches, Goa has much more to offer than simply yoga.
Well, here’s a list of 5 reasons to book your next yoga retreat in Goa.
1. Yoga centers –
Goa is home to a great number of yoga retreat centers spread in different parts of the state, spanning from north to south. Mandrem beach, Patnem beach, Cola beach (Canacona), Assagao, Anjuna Beach, Colva beach, Verla Canca and Ashvem Beach are just to name a few.
They offer a range of programs from beginner to advanced levels as well as yoga teacher training certifications and drop-in yoga classes. Most of the centers are open from October to May as this is the peak season; however, you will also find centers you can drop in at throughout the year.
While some of the centers are done up in state-of-the-art facilities there are others that have adopted eco-friendly practices with wooden floorings, thatched roofs and clay tiling. In addition to your yoga classes, the packages also include relaxing soothing Ayurvedic massages, chanting and meditation.
2. Relaxed pace of life –
Goa is not so much about a routine. Here you won’t find people rushing to their 9-5 jobs; economy in Goa is based more on tourism and that includes renting houses, bikes and restaurants. People are known to be “Susegad”. This relaxed attitude that pushes you to enjoy life to its fullest can really help you unwind from the stresses of your mundane life.
3. Flea markets –
If you’ve not seen the markets in Goa, you’ve sure missed out on an important slice of Goan culture. You can smell the strong aroma of the spices and herbs even before you’ve entered. The flea markets at Anjuna and Calangute are also a place to pick up interesting clothes and items of jewelry. You can also shop at the Mapusa and Panjim markets for some of the authentic goan sweet dishes. There is also a vibrant market for handicrafts.
Take note. These markets are open on specific days.
4. Recreational activities –
Along with its natural beauty, Goa is also steeped in history. It has a large number of churches and it is not unusual to see the tall, white structure at almost every crossroad. There are a lot of museums in Old Goa that have important relics of the colonial era on exhibit.
Adventure buffs can take joy in thrilling water sports such as the banana boat ride and parasailing at Baga, Candolim, Colva beach and Vagator beach, paragliding at Arambol, kayaking, jet skiing, snorkeling at Bogmalo beach and scuba diving. The locals also organize fishing trips at Baga, Calangute and Candolim that you can be a part of. You can book yourself for a dolphin spotting tour and maybe get a chance to swim with them.
5. Recuperate in nature –
Yoga is all about healing the body from within and nature can have a therapeutic effect. Goa is an idyllic location with its azure beaches and thick green cover. Most of the yoga retreat centers are situated amidst palm groves with accommodation units overlooking the sea. You can also book yourself for various nature trails – spice plantation tours, wildlife sanctuaries and national park visits (Mollem National Park), bird watching. If you really want to see nature at its best, you can make a trip to the Dudhsagar waterfall. You can really detox and pamper yourself while you learn some yoga amidst nature.
So, make your next yoga retreat at Goa and promise yourself a humbling and inspiring experience.