My Pick of the 5 Best Yoga Retreats in Goa, India
As India is the birthplace of yoga where better in the world to take a yoga retreat and learn yoga! There are many amazing yoga destinations in India, but if you’re a beach lover like me there’s nothing like the tropical, chilled out, colourful beaches of Goa. There are so many amazing and potentially life changing yoga retreats in Goa and since I’ve been living in Goa for 5 years I’ve been lucky enough to experience some of the best so I wanted to share my favourites with you but it was really hard to narrow them down to just 5!
I think a yoga retreat is the perfect holiday where you can really escape from your daily routine, relax, unwind, learn more about your body and mind and feel great about yourself and finish your holiday feeling happier and healthier than ever before! (Read more here about why I think a yoga retreat makes the best holiday)
There are so many yoga retreats in Goa that offer every style of yoga for all levels and budgets. In busy North Goa there are many yoga retreats around Anjuna, Mandrem and Arambol but to escape it all the quiet and beautiful beaches in South Goa like Agonda and Palolem have some of the best yoga retreats. If you want to try out yoga but don’t have time for a longer retreat there are many places, especially in Arambol, that offer drop in yoga classes, just look out for the numerous posters to see whats on. You also might want to check out my post of the best yoga retreats in India that are especially suitable for beginners.
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The best time to come to Goa for yoga is from Dec – April. After which many yoga schools move up to enjoy the cool mountain air in Dharamshala. If you want a career change or just want to really deepen your practice Goa is also a great place to do your yoga teacher training – see my recommendations for YTTC in Goa here.
One of my reasons for coming to India 6 years ago was to become an ultra flexible, zenned out, yoga goddess so learning yoga was on very high on my India bucket list. I’m not quite there yet but I have noticed a big change in my body and mind since practicing yoga regularly.
It can sometimes be hard to choose a good yoga retreat (there are many fake gurus out there!) but www.bookyogaretreats.com is a great site where you can learn more about the retreat, book your place and most importantly check real reviews first.
My 5 Best Yoga Retreats in Goa
Ashiyana is a magical, sanctuary set in stunning tropical gardens on the chilled Mandrem Beach. Ashiyana means home in Hindi, and that is exactly the vibe that has been created here. Ashiyana is not ashram, it’s a beautiful, boutique resort with a gorgeous natural swimming pool and it’s long been one of the very best yoga retreats in Goa. There a various accommodation options and a wide range of retreats, including Hatha Yoga retreats, Vinyasa Yoga retreats and Iyengar retreats. In addition to doing yoga, Ashiyana also has other spiritual activities and workshops as well as a detox program, spa and massage treatments, Ayurveda consultation and cleansing. They also offer 200 and 300 hour teacher training programs. See more details, read the reviews and book here!
Bamboo is one of the most affordable and still best yoga retreats in Goa! Even Conde Naste Traveller magazine voted it as one of the Top 10 Yoga Retreats in India 2017. Bamboo is situated at the end of Patnem Beach in the far South of Goa and offers a wide range of yoga styles, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha and Iyengar. The atmosphere at Bamboo is fantastic, I love the yoga shala that overlooks the beach, the friendly staff and great international yoga teachers. They offer a 3- to a 14-day retreat that are full-board, with their meals complimenting their yoga programs. See more details and read the reviews here.
For an eco, rustic, family vibes yoga retreat then check out Earth Yoga Village. It’s an eco-village that, in addition to yoga, also features a wellness centre. Hatha and Vinyasa are the main styles taught here, choose from a 7 day yoga holiday or a 15- or 30-day yoga retreats, which can start at any time. The place is really peaceful with community being the main focus so you’ll feel like you are part of one big family. There is a community kitchen, a small library, numerous chill-out areas and hammocks hanging everywhere. Read my friend’s full review here. See more details, read the reviews and book your retreat here!
Most yoga retreats in Goa are more resort style than traditional Indian ashram style but if you’re looking for something with an ashram feel, then Swan is the best yoga retreat in Goa for you. The teachers are all Indian and the main focus here is traditional Hatha Yoga, chanting and meditation. They will teach you all of the traditional methods of yoga, including breath work and the chakras. Swan is nestled in the hills in the lovely village of Assago which is peacefully away from the busy beaches of Anjuna and the town of Mapusa but still within easy access. Accommodations are basic, but eco-friendly and very comfortable. They offer 7-, 12- and 15-day retreats. See more details, read reviews and book here!
If you’re an Ashtangi then look no further than Purple Valley. This is one of the best yoga retreats in Goa for anyone that practices Ashtanga or wants to learn more about it. The Guardian even listed Purple Valley as one of the best yoga retreats in all India. All Purple Valley yoga teachers learned from Sri K.Pattabhi Jois himself, or his grandson Sharat, at the world’s first Ashtanga Yoga school in Mysore. Purple Valley is also known for its fabulous Ayurveda treatments, which compliments their 14- and 28-day retreats. The place is very peaceful, located in a quiet Assago but within easy reach of Anjuna’s beaches, parties and markets. Everyone that comes here is dedicated to the Ashtanga practice and stay in one of the ‘houses’ onsite. See more details, read the reviews and book your retreat here!
It was really hard to narrow it down to only 5 so I’ve written more about yoga retreats in Goa here.
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I’ve also spent a lot of time in beautiful, spiritual places like Bali and the island of Koh Phangan in Thailand – both are also some of the best places in the world to practise yoga. Check out my recommendations: