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10 Days Bamboo Yoga Retreat in Goa, India

Relaxing India Yoga Retreat

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.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Introduction to mindfulness meditation
  • Morning stretch and pranayama sessions
  • Afternoon relaxation at the beach
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Meals and refreshments

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

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.

Dynamic Flow Yoga Retreat India Program

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.

Daily schedule

  • 07:30 Quiet cup of tea with a view of the empty beach and calm morning sea
  • 08:00 A little stretch, some breathing exercises (pranayama), and an introduction to mindfulness meditation
  • 08:30 Breakfast, maybe a stroll to the shops or a little sunbathing in the gentle morning rays
  • 10:00 Dynamic flow yoga in the shade of the beachfront yoga deck with the cool ocean breeze guiding your breath
  • 12:30 Delicious home-cooked lunch in convivial company. Afternoons are free to enjoy the beach, explore the local area, or indulge in a rejuvenating massage treatment.
  • 15:30 Tea and treats
  • 16:30 A gentle restorative practice and maybe some deeper work on hips or shoulders, including Yin, yoga Nidra (guided relaxation), and breathing exercises (pranayama) followed by a breathtaking sunset and a quiet moment of contemplation.
  • 19:00 Meet for drinks followed by a fabulous dinner at Bamboo.

Included excursions

During this retreat, you will have the chance to take a dolphin spotting boat trip included in the price.

Instructors

Dina Cohen
Dina Cohen completed her Dynamic yoga teacher training in Ibiza in 2000. It was an exercise in damage limitation rather than a premeditated career move. As a senior teacher, her offerings have evolved along with years of experience to include Yin and Restorative yoga, Qigong, Mindfulness, and yoga Nidra. She has held regular classes and workshops at the major studios around London including Triyoga and the Life Center. She is a mentor for trainee and new teachers, a member of faculty on several trainings and also works for the charity Ourmala, teaching yoga to refugees and asylum seekers.

Retreat location

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.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

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.

What's included

  • 3 yoga sessions per day
  • 3 daily delicious buffet meals
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Dolphin watching boat trip
  • Teas, water, and an afternoon snack

What's not included

  • Flights and transfers
  • Insurance

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Friday January 4, 2019
Departure: Sunday January 13, 2019

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