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This is the ultimate yoga holiday for sun seekers on one of Goa's finest beaches. Suitable for anyone with an interest in yoga, including beginners. Built on fine white sand in a privileged location at the far end of the stunning bay of Patnem, the bamboo yoga retreat offers relaxing yoga holidays, in a quiet and secluded spot right on the beachfront, a few minutes walk from the funky shops and cafes strung around the bay, suitable for beginners as well as for those with more yoga experience.
Accommodation is in comfortable beach cabins with a ceiling fan and en-suite bathrooms with sea views to the front or side veranda with their own hammock.
On this retreat you will begin the New Year as you intend to continue, nourishing yourself from the inside out with practices to sustain you through the ups and downs of the year ahead. Gathering in silence before breakfast, a wake up session of cleansing and stimulating breathing techniques will prepare you for an introduction to mindfulness practices, setting you up for the rest of the day.
A long dynamic Vinyasa flow yoga practice is scheduled mid-morning, in the shade of the seafront shala overlooking Patnem Beach. Synchronizing breath and movement, gradually building in intensity to incorporate more challenging poses as the week progresses are part of the program. You will work on building strength, stamina, and flexibility, allowing everyone to progress at their own pace.
After a delicious lunch and a free afternoon to lounge on the beach, get a massage, or stroll to the shops, you will regroup for a gentler, more relaxing session of Yin and Restorative yoga. You might join a workshop on inversions, hip, or shoulder openers, or perhaps explore the guided relaxation of yoga Nidra or some of the more esoteric and philosophical aspects of the practice, finishing in time to marvel at yet another stunning sunset.
You will dine together at Bamboo in the evening, although it’s also worth checking out one of the many inexpensive local eateries on your day off. There will be one rest day during the yoga retreat. Non-yoga doing partners are welcome.
During this retreat, you will have the chance to take a dolphin spotting boat trip included in the price.
This retreat will take you to the beautiful Patnem Beach, in Goa, India. Bamboo Yoga Retreat is located at the very furthest and quieter end of Patnem Beach, right on the bay overlooking the sea. Access is via one street (hardly wide enough for a car) lined with wonderful little shops selling local goods and gifts, great clothes, and holiday essentials. The Bamboo boys will meet you here and carry your bags along the beach to the retreat, so try to pack light.
It’s a short walk along the shore to the other cafes and restaurants strung around the bay. In the other direction, over the rocks , past the five star hotel on the next bay, you can catch a little fishing boat that will take you up river or over to the next deserted beach.
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During this retreat, you will be offered three daily meals, tea, water, and an afternoon snack included in the price. Healthy vegetarian meals are plentiful, freshly cooked, and served buffet style, with plenty of choices and variations for those with special dietary needs, including local dishes, as well as Asian, Fusion, and Mediterranean recipes.
Afternoons are free to enjoy the beach, explore the local area, or indulge in a rejuvenating massage treatment. On your day off you might like to try one of the many very good and cheap local eateries.