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Find your voice and share your truth. Join Chaya Yoga Retreats for an expansive and healing journey of clearing, reconnecting, and opening through this wellbeing, yoga, and voice connection with Durga Devi and inspirational breathing with Lucy Hill. Joyfully empowering your communication, through yogic practices, breath work, chanting, and of course, some very deep relaxation. This special retreat is a truly great gift to your most authentic, future you.
Kaju Varo is one of Goa’s most luxurious eco retreats. Winning Conde Naste Traveler's award for the best luxury boutique stay in Goa, this is a truly awe-inspiring home for Chaya. Each individually designed eco-lux villa demonstrates contemporary elegance and minimalist design, creating a perfectly private, serene, and peaceful environment for the guests to unwind. The team at Kaju Varo truly are amazing and will look after your every need.
Kaju Varo provides a perfect tranquil escape from the hectic social activity of the beach just 400 meters away as the crow flies. Perfect if rented as a whole for yoga retreats, family reunion holidays, corporate workshops, small niche weddings, and just for any group of up to 25 people. When not rented as a whole, 11 original villa-suites may be rented for very reasonable prices by luxury standards. You can even have your own private swimming pool and dining area.
Kaju Varo is arguably Goa’s best fine-dining courtesy resident master chefs. There are also several outdoor pools and lounging places, so larger groups can split up and not be in each other faces 24x7. In addition, Kaju Varo is also child-friendly with baby cots and babysitting by appointment. Kaju Varo is almost inarguably the most exclusive group luxury facility in the region.
Chaya Yoga Retreats is incredibly excited to work with one of the UK's most revered yoga teachers, Durga Devi for the first time. Her many years of teaching experience, combined with her deeply authentic and humble holding of space, creates a powerful and meditative experience. Each class will be suitable for all levels, so whether you're new to yoga or have many years practice, this retreat space will offer you support and exploration.
The Jivamukti style of yoga beautifully incorporates some of the core tenets of traditional yogic practices, meaning asana (physical movement), spiritual philosophy, bhakti (devotion), meditation, pranayama, and music are all key aspects. The physical practice will be tailored to your needs, with the general aim to gently open the body, release any tension, whilst strengthening and toning. Clearing out old energy and bringing fresh vitality to all!
During the retreat, Durga Devi will guide guests through a powerful and healing combination of a dynamic physical practice in the morning and more introspective, restorative practices in the evening. The intention for this retreat is to help you connect to yourself, your true needs, and the way these are communicated. Using asana (physical practice), meditation, and pranayama (breathing exercises), the twice-daily sessions will clear cluttered minds and bodies. By cultivating balance, strength, and flexibility in the body, mind, and heart, this retreat will shift anything that's not serving you.
You all resonate at different frequencies and these change according to what you are doing and thinking. When you are all doing the same thing (chanting, breathing, and moving to the same rhythms) your vibrations begin to synchronize and the resulting experience can be very powerful.
Kirtan is the devotional act of chanting meditational mantra. When kirtan is entered in to with an intention and attitude of devotion to something greater than yourselves, as with all meditation practices, it has the distinct ability to still the mind - and open the heart. It can be experienced in many different ways, but essentially, by chanting ancient sacred sounds in unison, you can clear, shift, and raise your cellular and energetic vibration very quickly. Durga Devi will be leading a kirtan evening with live accompaniment during the retreat. It's a magical experience and Chaya Yoga Retreats really encourages the guests to take part, however, as with all aspects of the retreat, it is completely optional. The beauty of kirtan and chanting is that you need zero experience - it's open to everyone and a complete joy to experience!
You often hold stuck emotions, tension and all sorts of other restrictive energy in your throat area, which in turn can deeply affect the way in which you communicate. The practice of becoming familiar with your own sound, in a held, nurturing and not to mention fun space, is a deeply empowering experience. Andrea will lead two group workshops during the retreat, helping you to reveal and reconnect to your own unique voice. Guests will also have the opportunity to work on a 1-2-1 basis with Andrea.
Note: Chaya Yoga Retreats takes off the middle day from the group practice, as it's important as a day of rest and for assimilation and reflection. No dinner is served on this day - guests can dine out at any of the beautiful local Goan and international restaurants.
Lucy has worked with numerous individuals and with clients such as Selfridges and the Soho House Group among various other wonderful eating establishments. She offers unique recipes and teachings on how to make delicious food feel even better in the body than it tastes. Lucy Hill and her team, also known as Chaya Kitchen, can cater for all events, tastes, and dietary requirements for individual and private dining and from small groups through to massive parties.
Nicola discovered breathwork in the form of re-birthing in the late 1990s. In 2012, she founded Yogagroov which was born out of her passion for yoga and dance. It is a perfect precursor to a breathing session. In 2013, she founded Inspirational Breathing to incorporate her new findings and ways of working and be able to teach them. She has an audacious vision, that of sharing Inspirational Breathing with as many people as possible hence the ‘teaching to fish’, rather than just ‘feeding’. This has resulted in her focus for creating an effective and innovative training program.
Durga has been teaching internationally for over 16 years and practicing for over 20 and is recognized as a leading light in the yoga of Jivamukti. Durga is a senior teacher at famed London studios, Triyoga, where she also leads monthly kirtan. Durga's kirtan and voice work experience are extensive, having trained with Jai Uttal and Bhagavan Das, who continue to influence her. Denise Teperino was given the name Durga Devi by her beloved teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life, the founders of Jivamukti Yoga.
Andrea is a highly trained opera singer and experienced voice coach. She truly believes everyone can sing! Her beautifully encouraging, nurturing, and enthusiastic teaching style can help even the shiest of voices come out for a little air time!
This retreat sets in the luxurious paradise of one of Goa's most beautiful and exclusive properties, alongside the epic pool-side yoga, you can expect mind-blowing menus, healing treatments, lots of R&R, and some real Indian magic.
Food is a really big deal to Chaya Yoga Retreats. It's such a joy to share the passion for incredibly good food - good on all levels - with the guests, and India is no exception. The wonderful chefs at Kaju Varo work alongside Chaya Kitchen and are adept in catering to every desire; using local, seasonal ingredients to create a delicious, varied, and healing menu, which will balance and clear the body whilst stimulating the palate. From typical Goan feasts to the freshest local seafood through to pure raw vegan, the award-winning kitchen can accommodate all tastes and dietary requirements.
For those that want to get out and about - there are so many fun and inspiring things to do in Goa, with lots of lovely beaches and natural local sights; you can easily hire a moped or a driver for the day and explore, or maybe take a trip to the local market town and soak up the crazy sights and sounds of a real Indian hub. Chaya Yoga Retreats loves to visit the magical perfumer Ramakrishna and receive a blessed personalized scent.
There’s also the famed, lively night market for the shoppers, one of many shopping opportunities! So many beautiful restaurants for the foodies. For those who need more action, there are great water sports nearby. Come and chant in the local temples with Chaya Yoga Retreats, buy crystals from the resident crystal expert. On the therapies and treatments front - there are many amazing healers, therapists, and bodyworkers. Let Chaya be your local guide and they will tailor your experience exactly to your needs and desires.