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If you are looking for a relaxing holiday but would also like to be within a more structured group of like-minded people, Ashiyana offers you this detox and rejuvenation retreat. This program gives you the flexibility of time whilst being held in the embrace of a deeply supportive and restorative yoga and relaxation retreat. The program revolves around panchakarma which is a specialized procedure of Ayurvedic treatment necessary for removing toxins and giving a healthy status to the body. It cleanses and detoxifies the body as well as improves digestion and metabolism.
Most of Ashiyanas accommodation are located on the dunes which seperates Mandrem river from the Arabian sea. The others are located on the mainland facing the river. There are huts sheltered behind the banks of the dune and others on the dune top. They all come with en-suite bathroom, fan and mosquito net. Whilst being the economist section of the accomodation, they have recently been upgranded with simple, yet chic interior-designed finishes.
With our modern lifestyles we usually put more toxins into our bodies than can be removed. Over time the toxins build up, creating sluggish digestion, a disturbed mind, restlessness and poor health. Even if you feel you are relatively healthy, detoxification is a wonderful preventative measure against aging and future ill health.
Panchakarma is a specialized procedure of Ayurvedic treatment necessary for removing toxins and giving a healthy status to the body. It cleanses and detoxifies the body as well as improves digestion and metabolism. Purva karma (preparatory procedures), pradhan karma (five important procedures) and pascat karma (post procedure) are the three steps of panchakarma. Pradhan karma comes after purva karma and constitutes the five procedures of Vaman (induced vomiting), Virechan (induced purgation), Basti (herbal enema), Nasya (nasal medicine) and Rakta mokshan (artificial bloodletting).
Ashiyanas objective is to assist you in: feeling rejuvenated and calm through mental and physical purification and deep relaxation; losing weight/body fat; addressing digestive disorders such as constipation; reducing addictions and unwanted habits; keeping your skin well oxidized and fresh; increasing resistance to allergies; helping to cure and prevent disease and sickness; and strengthening will power and concentration.
Virechana is medicated purgation therapy, which removes pitta toxins from the body that are accumulated in the middle part of the body; it completely cleanses the gastro-intestinal tract. Virechana helps you cure chronic fever, diabetes, asthma, paraplegia, hemiplegia joint disorders, digestive disorders, constipation, hyperacidity, vitiligo, psoriasis, headaches, elephantiasis gynecological disorder, etc.
The retreat begins with an Ayurvedic consultation provided by Ashiyanas on-site Ayurvedic doctor. This in-depth exploration of your diet, lifestyle patterns and habits, mental and emotional state, and many other personal details will provide her the information necessary to determine your dosha (body type) and design your detox and rejuvenation program including many vital health advises to take home with. The consultation also includes an introduction to Ayurvedic and its principles. Your treatment plan will combine Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapies along with other modalities of healing available through Ashiyanas highly skilled staff of therapists.
The program also Includes evening activities such as meditation, chanting, music night, etc. and all the other facilities at Ashiyana.
All of Ashiyanas teachers and therapists have been trained in elemental yoga therapy, and work with a deep understanding of the five natural elements. EYT is a pioneering, though profoundly natural and simple teaching, which supports you in taking personal responsibility for your health and wellbeing under the guidance of our highly skilled therapists.
Ashiyanas therapists have been selected to be part of the Ashiyana family on the basis of their sensitivity compassion and genuine desire to support others on their path towards optimum health and wellbeing.
The Ashiyana location offers a balance between the serenity of a coconut palm grove, bodered by the enchanting Mandrem river, and a beautiful quiet beach with the invigorating sound of the waves breaking against the shore just beyond the dunes. Mandrem, a remote and sleepy fishing village in the north of Goa, has a number of restaurants, an internet cafe, a travel agent, a small organic shop, general grocery store and places to rent motorbikes or hire taxis. Thirty minutes away by road is the large market town of Mapusa, which has good coach connections to other Indian towns and cities.
A pleasant 40-minute stroll (10 minutes by taxi) north along the beach is the lively and colorful village of Arambol. One of the main attractions to this distinctly 'hippy' hangout is the fresh-water lake separated from the sea by broad golden sands and it also has a post office, a small market, restaurants and beach-front bars, some featuring live music. A southward stroll takes you along a quiet stretch of beach dolted with beach shacks and restaurants.
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During the detox you will be having simple and light meals daily that will be suggested by Ashiyana's doctor, and you will not be joining their regular buffet.
Other than yoga and other retreats and events, Ashiyana is also offering a mix of creative workshops, including arts, craft, and musical. The detail for these visiting teachers are available on request, though often workshops are created quite organically.
There are kite surfing teachers along the beach and hand gliding from the cliffs. Elsewhere in Goa every imaginable water sport is well-catered for. Goa is also famous for its daytime and nighttime activities such as Baga night market on Saturday evening, Anjuna Flea market on Wednesday, Bondala national park and zoo, spice farms, old Goa, the beautiful old parts of Panjim (Goas capital), Dudsagar waterfall.
Nasya involves administration of medicated oil through the nose to cleanse accumulated toxins from the head and neck region. Based on the medical condition of a person, it can be given up to 30 days. It can be used as daily routine to improve function of sense organ.
Nasya is useful for hair fall, trigeminal neuralgia, bel's palsy, it improves memory and eye sight, insomnia, and eliminates of excess mucus hyper pigmentation in the face, pre-mature graying of hair, clarity to voice, headaches of various origin, hemiplegia, loss of smell and taste, frozen shoulder, migraine, stiffness of the neck, nasal allergies nasal polyp, neurological dysfunctions, paraplegia, and sinusitis.
Nasya treatment can be offered as individual treatment or be combined with one of the above mentioned detox program. The treatment includes an Abhayanga massage and steam. The duration for the entire process is 90 minutes and the price is 45 EUR per treatment.
Raktamokshana is a procedure where impure blood is taken out from the body with the help of leech and other measures. It is very much useful in diseases where the involvement of impure blood is present. It helps in curing skin disorders such as herpes, vitiligo, psoriasis, alopecia, acne, blackish discoloration, redness, and swelling, allergic rashes, and in painful conditions like spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, traumas, etc. The duration for the entire process is 30 minutes and the price is 20 EUR per treatment.
Thai yoga massage, Reiki, esalen, and Ayurvedic yoga massage may also be recommended at an additional cost.
"This is a very nice place for a yoga holiday. It is not an ashram, so people seeking a more "authentic spiritual Indian" atmosphere might be better off somewhere else. The decoration is beautiful. The garden is rich and nicely maintained. It is a wonderful experience to practice yoga outside, surrounded by palm trees, with the sound of tropical birds in the background. We stayed in one of the beach huts near the river: simple, but you've got all you need. The mosquito nets are helpful against being bitten. The huts are close to the restaurant and the yoga shala and yet still very quiet except the dogs barking during the night. There were some problems with the pool so unfortunately we couldnt use the pool, but maybe they have found a solution by now? Brunch was always very nice, delicious food (freshly bakes bread, fruits, yoghurt and homemade granola), dinner was at 7.30 and also simple and delicious dal dish and vegetable dish, salad and a cake.I highly recommend the place to everybody who likes to be in the middle of nature in a stunning little world with simple but delicious food and very friendly staff. "
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"Wow. I've never been somewhere so stunning. The huts were beautifully designed and full of amazing furniture. The premises and yoga shambalas were fantastic. The yoga courses were all different and all good. The food was healthy and delicious (though the chai was boring).Only problem was that the resident yoga trainee teachers were a bit weird. They seemed to float around kissing each other like pristine angels with 'bodies of a temple'. We met some teacher trainers from the other yoga centre down the road and they were normal people. "
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"This is the second time I have stayed for a yoga holiday here, from the moment you walk in you seem to just become quieter and calmer, all the staff are fantastic as was our room and of course the food. I stayed in a raj double this time which was amazing. It was a lot busier than the last time I stayed, as a yoga retreat season arrived but it didn't take anything away from my stay. There are something for everyone be it detox, teacher training, retreat or drop in yoga classes which cater for every level. The teacher training program must be really good as they produce amazing teachers. I also love all the people that I meet here from all over the world, I can't wait to go back! "
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"Yoga Teacher Training in Ashiyana is the best treat you can offer to yourself, teachers, atmosphere, spirit, location and Food OMG!!! I hope you to know and enjoy this place as much as I did, sure going back asap :) "
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"I've now been on several of Melanie's retreats at Ashiyana in Goa. With her excellent astanga yoga teaching, as well as her focus on breath through pranayama, relaxation and improvements in your practice happens almost without you noticing! As for the wonderful setting, healthy food prepared by the Nepalese chefs and cooling plunge pool, well, what can I say...? Come and enjoy the fun and healthy regime....! "
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"I've just come back from Ashiyana and it's a stunning place, fell in love with it. Does what is says on the tin - helps you relax, totally! Beautiful lush greenery, peaceful and quiet, on a beautiful and non-crowded beach. Two yoga classes a day, and different worskhops on top; you can hide in the corner or you can mix up with the other guests - up to you. Great veggie food. I felt completely relaxed."
February 20, edited
"To Chris and his lovely team Thank you for a wonderful week of heavenly yoga, lush food and peaceful surroundings. I have walked away with a sense of calm and ease in which I hope to bring into my every day life now. You will be pleased to know that I have continued with an hour of yoga daily and am even practising with my 9 yr daughter :) Thanks and maybe see you again one day, hopefully in Brazil. Best wishes."
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