Yoga has become a common part of the life of people across the world. There are many types of yoga teacher training courses or YTTCs, special classes as well as yoga retreats. Yoga retreats are quite a popular way to experience yoga outside of the four walls you usually learn yoga in. One of the most popular among these is a yoga retreat in Goa, India. The reason for that is not hard to see.
India is the place of inception of yoga. From the foothills and peaks of the Himalayas, it has now made it to every inch and corner of the country. Not only that but by the efforts of some great Indian visionaries and Western influencers, yoga has penetrated the Occidental nations of the world too. You will find yoga schools, ashrams, yoga shalas and studios in every neighbourhood and at every corner of the street. But the truth remains, the true appeal of learning yoga lies in learning it at the place where it all started years ago – India. This is one of the few places where you will learn yoga the traditional way, without the modifications and adjustments that were made to adapt it to the lifestyle prevalent in the Western countries.
Why Go For A Yoga Retreat in Goa, India
Now, it is not possible for every yoga learner to stay for weeks in a different country to learn yoga. It would take a long time just to learn the language and adapt to the culture there. That is why they go for yoga retreats in India. And one of the best ways to experience that is through a yoga retreat Goa. The environment of Goa is quite different from Rishikesh, Dharamsala or Mysore, which are the other popular spots for YTTCs and yoga retreats in India. In Goa, you will find a much more laidback ambience. You will come into contact with the hippie culture more than the ascetic culture. Thus, yoga vacations in Goa, India, will seem closer to what you would expect in locations like Indonesia, Thailand, Spain, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Italy or Greece. This is more favourable to foreigners and urban people.
Foreigners will not face the culture shock of coming to India if they go for a yoga retreat Goa, In a similar manner when someone from the metropolitan cities of India itself chooses a yoga holiday in Goa they do not have to give up all the accessories and luxuries of their life at once. This is more conducive to beginners and sceptics. A yoga retreat will give them all the benefits of a yoga retreat in Rishikesh or Dharamsala. But it will not make their experience bitter by plunging them into the yogic lifestyle instantly. Once they learn to enjoy yoga, they can always return and go for a yoga vacation in one of the traditional locations.
What to expect From Yoga Vacations in Goa
If you are wondering what you will face on a yoga retreat in Goa, India, we can guarantee that you will be pleasantly surprised. It is less about discipline and more about relaxation. Even the toughest asanas will be accomplished gradually and without any of the pressure or strictness of the yoga classes in say, Mysore or Kerala. You will really feel like you are on a vacation with the added perk of getting to do yoga.
Famous in Goa
Goa is world-famous for its beaches. You can even say that the entire culture of Goa grew around its beaches. Thus, you will also be learning yoga on the beaches or at least somewhere overlooking the beaches. Nothing can be more soothing than relaxing to the sound of the waves. Add to that the nice, mild, warm climate and scintillating sun rays on the water all year round in this tiny state and you will feel like you are in a tropical paradise.
Even the flora and fauna is amazing here. And do not even start us about the cuisine. You will obviously be on a yogic slash Ayurvedic diet on the yoga holiday in Goa, India. But you can also enjoy the exotic Goan cuisine from the numerous restaurants and cafes that abound the area. There is also ample free time between classes to explore the spellbinding locations in Goa. Lounge on the beach, jump into the ocean or visit one of the heritage churches and buildings around. You will not be disappointed by what Goa has to offer.
Learning Yoga on a Yoga Retreat in Goa, India
But that does not mean it is all about just going around and doing what you want. Goa is one of the top spots for yoga retreats in the world. World-renowned yoga instructors from many countries visit yoga vacations in Goa, India to teach the students. You will learn many valuable lessons in yoga from them. Commonly, the syllabus includes Hatha yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, Vinyasa yoga, maybe even Tantra yoga, restorative yoga and Iyengar yoga. You will learn pranayama, meditation and chanting. Lessons to teach mudras, kriyas, bandhas, yoga nidra and other such aspects will also be included.
Yoga teachers will give you instructions on Yoga philosophy, Yoga anatomy and physiology, history of yoga, chakras and the art of teaching yoga. Props may or may not be used. Like any yoga class or retreat, classes will start early in the morning. Meals will be pure vegetarian and created especially to help cleanse the body along with the mind. Yoga vacations in Goa can range in length from just 2-3 days to 2-3 weeks. The retreat will include accommodations and food. It can also include outings with the group.
If you have been planning to go on a yoga retreat to India but are apprehensive about how well you will be able to adapt to the Indian culture, look no further. Mahamukti Yoga School offers international grade yoga retreat Goa, India with all facilities included. We also provide yoga retreat to Cambodia, Rishikesh, Dharamsala, Germany, Spain etc. Explore our website and contact us for more information.