Vinyasa Yoga Retreat with Heather Elton in Goa, India
Dates: January 25 – February 1, 2015
Venue: Ashiyana Yoga Retreat: Mandrem, Goa, India
Cost: Prices start at €625 Beach Hut (ensuite): 2 sharing €625 / Single €700 Palm Grove eco-lodge: 2 sharing €750 / Single €925 Luxury Raj Double - 2 sharing €1000 / Single €1350
When you practice yoga in India it feels like the universe supports you! Goa is spiritual and fun. Ashiyana Yoga Retreat is a beautiful place, minutes away from the best beach in North Goa. Purify and cleanse with organic food and holistic therapies. Sleep in a comfortable bed and listen to the sound of the ocean. Stroll along white-sand beaches with swaying coconut palms. Shop at the famous Anjuna market. Sip chai at a beach shack and chill to Goan trance while the sun sets over the Arabian sea. Hire a scooter and explore colorful seaside villages, Portuguese mansions, Hindu temples, and lush spice plantations.
The focus, of course, is Yoga – on and off the mat - to enhance your appreciation of all that is around you. Two yoga classes a day designed for each guest to practice at his/her own level making the week suitable for students of different abilities. Have a yoga adventure in the mystical land of its birth and get to the spiritual heart of the practice.
Two yoga classes a day: a morning 2-hour Vinyasa Flow class and a 2-hour afternoon ‘Yoga Clinic’ that focuses on different aspects of Hatha-variations, pranayama, chakras and meditation. This is a transformational yoga retreat that integrates ancient wisdom traditions with contemporary psychology in a mindful practice designed to diminish suffering in our lives.
We'll study BKS Iyengar alignment principles in key poses and the inner and outer techniques of Vinyasa that tie the poses together in a 'moving meditation'. Develop awareness in your body and mind to simply be ‘present.’ Breath, presence and compassion are interwoven with the 'inner limbs' of yoga that develop focus and concentration skills, to connect to emotional intelligence and lucidity of mind. Use the breath to feel safe enough to move through difficult poses and work honestly at your edge and shift energy in problem areas (hips & shoulders). Yin/restorative yoga is used as a healing/transformational tool to move through fear and release hardness in the body, experience deep inner peace and insight, and learn to be at ease in the present moment. Yoga philosophy is infused into the teachings. It's a deep practice that moves beyond the physical experience to make the yogic inquiry authentic and relevant to real life. You’ll develop a daily practice that is so inspiring you'll want to get on your mat as soon as you get home. Be a yogi for life!
This workshop will inspire and challenge all levels of yoga student. Participants have ranged in age from 19 - 68. Beginners are welcome as long as you have some yoga experience, are relatively fit and willing to try.
(There will be plenty of time for sightseeing, swimming in the sea or pool, relaxation and massage, and Wednesday afternoon is free the explore the exciting Anjuna Market.)
Ashiyana Retreat - Goa, India Ashiyana Retreat Centre is an exquisitely designed yoga resort in Mandrem, North Goa. Surrounded by coconut palms, this tranquil spot is bordered by the Mandrem River and the Arabian Sea. Accommodation ranges from simple ensuite beach huts, to stylish wooden eco-lodges and luxury adobe-style dwellings that are built in a beautiful Palm Grove and face towards the sea (which can be viewed from some of the upper-floor balconies). The Raj rooms are spacious double suites with stunning views. The Palm Grove dwellings are built of local wood giving an Asian feel, with finishing touches borrowed from classical Indian design, with plenty of natural fabrics and antique Rajasthani furniture. The beach huts are simple, yet chic. All the rooms are spacious and comfortable with large windows and wonderful views. The en-suite bathrooms have been built to allow a little of the outside in, with large open window spaces and blinds. Each room has ample cupboard space and its own balcony with a charpoy daybed.
The Spa and Treatment Centre sits at the heart of Ashiyana, and is a haven of peace and tranquility within our tropical paradise. Offering serene luxury with our unique mix of informality and intimacy, it has Goa’s only “natural swimming pool” (naturally self-cleaning with no chemicals), a hammam (steam room) and six treatment rooms. The gardens around the large pool offer plenty of beautiful spots for meditation and contemplation, with a gazebo and lilly pond facing towards a majestic Buddha statue, all set amidst an abundance of plants and coconut palms. Expert therapists offer Ayurvedic, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue Swedish and Thai Yoga Massage treatments.
Ashiyana’s organic restaurant offers buffet meals with an excellent fusion of freshly-prepared Indian and Western vegetarian cuisine. Breakfast includes home-made muesli or porridge with curd (yoghurt), soya/milk, fresh fruit salad, plus a daily menu selected from the following - toast, butter, cheese, honey, jam, patisserie, scrambled eggs, dhal, rice, salad, hummous, tahini, and other daily specials. Tea, coffee and juices. Fresh fish dishes are served twice a week. All water is filtered, including that used for cooking.
Testimonial A spiritual polymath, Heather is able to draw on an enormous range of secular and spiritual sources to demonstrate the union of wisdom teachings, from Gandhi to Tagore, from Nagarjuna to something she read in the paper last week." - Jonathan Ekstrom
A deposit of €200 is required to secure your place, unless you want to pay the entire amount at once. Please email me for bank details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoga tuition, shared accommodation and 2 delicious meals a day are included in the price. International airfare is not included. If you are travelling alone and we will pair you up with a same sex partner.
Arrival day is January 25 - try to arrive in time for the evening yoga class at 5 pm.
Departure day is February 1 - an optional morning yoga class will be offered.
International charter flights and national flights arrive at Dabolim airport in Goa. Ashiyana is a 90-minute taxi journey from Goa airport. ?Pre-paid government taxis are available as you exit the airport terminal, or we can organise a local Mandrem taxi to collect you. Approx. (Rs. 1200). Money changers and ATMS can be found at the airport.
By Air International flights
Overseas charter companies offer direct flights to Dabolim International airport in Goa. ?For flights from England we recommend:? www.trailfinders.com | www.southalltravel.com | www.cheapflights.co.uk
Fly from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kochin and Chennai. ?For domestic flights we recommend Deccan Air, Jet Airways and Spice Jet. ?
The closest large town to Mandrem is Mapusa which has coach/bus connections to Mumbai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Pune and other tourist destinations. ?Mapusa is 25 mins by taxi from Ashiyana.
Goa has two main railway stations Margao and Vasco da Gama. There are major connections to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Rajkot, Thiruvananthapuram and other nationwide destinations. The closest stations to Ashiyana are Pernem, Thivim and Margao.
All foreign nationals visiting India require a visa to enter India. Trailfinders can process your Visa application for a fee, or you can do it independently. Visa applications must be filled out on line: http://www.trailfinders.com/visas/india-visa
For details see: http://www.eltonyoga.com/retreats-upcoming-ashiyana.html