Forget museums, tweed and fish and chips! While these are all nice things to experience on the first trip to the UK, maybe, this great country is about so much more than these tourist staples. The unique geography of the lands which comprise it, for example, make most sites exceptionally suitable to mindfulness and meditation.
November brings the last fall foliage in the Northern Hemisphere, but it also brings the first flurries and cold snaps as winter is inching closer and closer. It’s the perfect time to head to warmer climates. And there are plenty of amazing choices.
Thanks to a host of celebrities endorsing the benefits of yoga in recent times, this ancient Indian discipline has been enjoying greater visibility in popular culture than ever before. But when I found even Kaley Cuoco – who plays the irrepressible Penny in the hugely popular sitcom Big Bang Theory – a fan of yoga, I knew I had to check it out.
It might sound like a contradiction, but if you’re after the idea of living an authentic yoga experience, while also having a fun sophisticated time, Goa is India’s best place to visit. India’s mixture of Portuguese and Hindu traditions makes it a unique place where you will find the best of both cultures. It boasts an impressive architecture, a deep spiritual feeling and an easy-going light spirit characteristic of its people.
You can be certain that Goa offers something for all tastes. You can indulge on its many pristine beaches; or head to Calangute or Baga for some superb dining experiences; or you may grab a book and head down to Morjim or Agonda beaches for a truly relaxing break from life; or even if you’d like to explore the night life after your yoga retreat, Goa has some of the best parties in India!
The territory of Goa used to be part of the Portuguese State of India. This area was ruled by Portugal soon after Vasco da Gama anchored off Goa’s coast in 1498, up until 1961 when it was recovered by the Republic of India.
Mid-November to mid-February
Rainy season, mid-June to October
Arambol, Mandrem Beach, Anjuna, Ashwem Beach
Goa is known as a true mecca for yogis. A yoga heaven since the ‘60s, it is most renowned for its abundance of retreats and yoga teacher training programs.
The Groove Yoga Festival (October), Zambhala (December), Yoga Rainbow Festival (April)
diphtheria, polio and tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A, cholera.
Whether it’s for a short four-day stay or a week-long retreat, expect your yoga retreat in Goa to be memorable. Choose one out of the many beach resorts to accommodate you during your yoga retreat in Goa and we bet you won’t regret it! You should know that the monsoon season is at its peak during July and August. So, if you want to escape the rain, we recommend you choose your retreat dates outside time frame. But whenever you decide to go, prepare to feel the replenishing power of yoga sessions in the perfect yoga location!
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