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This is your chance to deepen your Ashtanga yoga practice in beautiful Goa with world-renowned yoga teachers. Spend your days strolling through tropical gardens and learning how to use props effectively, teach, and adjust, how to prevent injuries, and how to sequence beginner and mixed level classes. With its sandy beaches and azure waters, there is no better place for a yoga break in India than Goa!
Purple Valley Yoga is home to some of the most comfortable yoga accommodation in Goa. There are three houses to choose from: Ganesh is the main house, The Cottages are five adjoined attached bungalows further along the grounds and set within the beautiful tropical gardens, and Savasana suits those looking for a slightly higher standard and modern accommodation.
As the main house, Ganesh is more traditional in style, welcoming, calm and homely - simply the perfect place to relax. Step out of your room for chai, the library, or a spot of chilling in the lounge.
The bright and modern Savasana House overlooks the beautiful lush garden. With mainly contemporary style fittings and clean lines, enjoy a more modern yoga retreat experience.
Nestled in the tropical garden amongst flowers and palms trees, and a stone's throw from the pool, the five adjoined bungalows with large double rooms are quiet and peaceful - the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the retreat.
The morning walk to the shala (Sanskrit for yoga school) is through the tropical gardens of the yoga retreat with the scent of frangipani in the air, the sun rising over the field of palm trees, and the birds and cicadas singing. The shala itself is an amazing space with a peaceful energy and the perfect place to deepen and explore your yoga practice.
It is important to learn Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga from a trained teacher who follows the traditional lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Please note that only the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Institute can grant you an official authorization or certification to teach Ashtanga yoga.
You should aim to arrive at Purple Valley Yoga ideally between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, there is a greeting meeting at 6 p.m. where you will be given your schedule for the course, dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and your first class will be the following morning. Check out time is anytime after the Friday morning class up until 10 a.m. on the final Saturday.
This retreat is suitable for students and teachers who already have an established, regular Ashtanga practice. One-of-a-kind in its approach, this month-long course will feature two guided retreat days per week, dedicated to deepening your own practice, as well as four intensive study days per week and a full day of rest.
Retreat days will incorporate chanting, meditation, Dynamic and Restorative asana, pranayama, contemplation or journaling, and silence. Study days will cover the following:
By the end of the month, you will be established in daily meditation and Mysore-style practice, and hopefully, you will be feeling deeply connected to your own practice, ready to confidently share your knowledge and inspiration with your students.
Ashtanga is an ancient method of yoga that was first taught by Vamana Rishi and cited in the Yoga Korunta scripture. This system was passed on to Sri T. Krishnamacharya by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari in the early 1900s and then to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, during his studies with Krishnamacharya from 1927.
Pattabhi Jois, also affectionately known as Guruji, developed the discipline and set up the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore in 1948. Westerners first began to study with him in the 1960s and 1970s, as yoga became more popular in the West. Since Guruji’s death in 2009, his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy took over the role of Director of the AYRI in Mysore.
Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is a moving meditation - a system of flowing postures, linked by breath - and this powerful connection is at the heart of the discipline. Like beads of a yoga mala, the breath is the thread connecting beads (or postures) to one another. The focus is on a daily physical practice to strengthen, purify, and energize the body, eventually leading to a steady, controlled mind and a healthy nervous system.
By developing a practice of correct breathing (ujjayi pranayama), postures (asanas), energy locks (bandha), and gazing points (dristi), one may gain greater control over the senses whilst increasing physical and mental awareness. By maintaining this discipline with regularity and devotion, greater strength, calmness, clarity, and a heightened sense of awareness will arise.
Following a precise sequential order, postures (or asana) are organized in six different series, namely primary (yoga chikitsa) which detoxifies and aligns the body, intermediate (nadi shodhana) which purifies the nervous system, and the advanced A, B, C, and D (sthira bhaga) integrating strength and refinement of the practice. Each series of postures needs to be proficiently learnt and practiced before proceeding to the next.
Ashtanga literally means eight limbs and was devised by the great sage Patanjali; he was the first to coin a systematized approach to yoga through the Yoga Sutras, one of the foundational texts of (all methods of) yoga. These eight "limbs" are an ordered set of steps, which support each other and work together to guide practitioners towards the pathway of yoga - the divine union of mind, body, and soul, leading towards a state of self-realization and liberation.
Patanjali describes the eight limbs as: yama (abstinences), niyama (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (contemplation).
Each of these branches support each other in a sequential order. For instance, a dedicated asana practice must first be established for proper practice of pranayama, but is also key to the development of the yamas and niyamas. It is only once the four more superficial limbs are firmly established, that the last four internal limbs may be developed - and this can only happen with time and practice.
This retreat will take place at the Purple Valley Yoga Centre in Goa, India. Stretches of endless silver sand and white surf beaches wetted by the rush of the azure Arabian Sea, the tarvernas, white churches, and temples resting against plush green padding fields and coconut trees, the nostalgic atmosphere, longer days of sun, in other words - welcome to Goa.
The city's 450 years under Portuguese rule produced a unique blend of East and West that is at once exotic and strangely familiar. Although Hindus outnumber Catholics by 70 to 30, it is a world where you find Christmas celebrated with as much zest as Diwali. Goa is the highest literate state in India and English is widely spoken and understood. Konkani (the official state language) and Hindi are the other languages used for communication.
Purple Valley Yoga Retreat is located in a peaceful valley in Assagao, North Goa, between the Arabian Sea at Anjuna Beach and the small market town of Mapusa. Set in landscaped tropical gardens, there are communal areas for eating and relaxing, and private spaces for contemplation and meditation; it is quiet and safe, and the ideal place for a yoga retreat holiday.
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The price of this training includes three delicious vegetarian meals per day. Meals are served buffet-style on the open-air terrace and enjoyed in the company of the other students. Many friendships are formed over the conversations and laughter that last long after the food is served, and indeed long after the yoga retreat holiday is over.
Breakfast is a feast of exotic tropical fruits, homemade breads with toppings, local nuts, and porridge. Dinners are an imaginative mix of Indian and Western food, and all ingredients are bought fresh daily at the local market, organic wherever possible and everything is prepared with love.
There is more to Goa than beautiful beaches and warm sunshine, there is the famous Anjuna flea market every Wednesday, and the Saturday night market provides an eclectic mix of shopping, entertainment, food stalls, and socializing.
There are amazing churches, fascinating spice plantations, wildlife and fauna, and for the more adventurous even go karting. Whether you want to relax and chill or explore and discover, there is really something for everyone. And when you need reviving, Goa's restaurants offer a range of options you would find from around the world, many are unsurpassed.
Goa is the ideal place for a yoga holiday, and the Purple Valley Yoga Retreat with its Ayurveda treatments and massages, comfortable accommodation, and world-renowned yoga teachers is the perfect place for a yoga break in India.
Purple Valley Yoga tries to cater for those who want a bit of extra-curricular activity by organizing trips to the local spice plantation and having their popular movie nights under the stars. Their goal is to tailor the retreat holidays to suit your needs as much as possible.
Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Airport transfers to Purple Valley Yoga can be arranged for the cost 10 GBP (approximately 19 USD) each way. If you choose to be picked up from the airport, Purple Valley Yoga would like to have your arrival details ideally four weeks before the start of the course.
If you are already in Goa and making your own way to the training center by taxi, you will need to tell the driver that Purple Valley Yoga is on the small road down from Mapusa at the DMC College, towards Badem. The yoga retreat is on the left hand side between the Rainbow Children's Home and the Palotti Institute.