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Delicous Goan local food, fabulous teachers, and beach front huts, what more could you want? Join Nova and Florence in a fun yoga retreat by the beach, where the Vinyasa will be creative, flowing, and challenging. You can choose your own yoga classes throughout ten days and experience beautiful sunrise and starlit meditations every morning and night. Do a little or a lot is your choice, just enjoy yourself!
You will be staying in Lotus Yoga Retreat, a stunning yoga resort with eco-friendly accommodation in the tropical and unspoilt south of Goa. Lotus Yoga Retreat are known for their friendly team and welcoming atmosphere, where an international clientele feel at home. Lotus Yoga Retreat's aim is to make your stay in India relaxing and inspiring, so that you leave feeling happier and healthier. Twin-shared and single beach front huts are available for this retreat. The comfortable huts made out of palm leaves, bamboo, and straw give you the necessary luxury without taxing the environment. All huts have attached bathrooms, storage space for clothes, and comfortable beds. Your balcony comes equipped with hammock. It is the perfect spot for meditating, reading, or just watching the sea.
None of the classes on this retreat are compulsory, although you may gain more benefit if you attend scheduled classes as they build upon each other.
Your time is precious and that you should always do what your body and mind needs at that time. This retreat is not a boot camp and everyone will be treated according to their individual needs. Each yoga class is suitable to everyone regardless of their background, age, or experience. Just bring a sense of play and an open heart. Classes are non-threatening, creative, and fun.
Nova has studied with world-renowned teachers Visvaketu (Akhanda), Shiva Rea (Vinyasa Flow), John Friend (Anusara), and David Swenson, (Ashtanga). She has also been privileged to learn from inspiring teachers Sarah Powers, Paul Grilly, Sharon Gannon, Michael Gannon, and Mathew Sweeny amongst others amassing over 2000 hours of training and over 10,000 hours teaching.
This retreat will take place in Goa, India. Goa is often called the pearl of the orient. It is full of pleasant surprises such as charming little villages with colorful churches, succulent rice fields next to Hindu temples, and a 100 kilometer long coastline lined with coconut palm trees.
A melting pot of different cultures, Goa is shaped by its Indian and Portuguese heritage. From 1510 until 1961 Goa was under Portuguese rule. This European influence is still evident in many houses and churches built in the typical colonial style. Goa is known for its world heritage architecture and temples.
Goa is the smallest but richest state in India with 1,3 million inhabitants living on an area of 3,702 km2. It is on the south west coast of the Indian subcontinent.
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In this retreat, all the food will be freshly prepared onsite daily. Aside from daily herbal tea in the morning and evening, you will be served brunch consisting cold pressed vegetable or fruit juice, Indian specialties, eggs (on order), brown bread, homemade jams, peanut butter or creams, fruit salad, homemade muesli, and soy milk. For dinner there are four different Indian specialties made from local products, such as red rice, millet chipati, chutneys, and salad.
There are a lot of beaches nearby for you to visit, for example the turtle nesting beach of Galibaga, Capo de Rama panorama point and beach, Agonda beach, and Cola beach with sweet water lagoon for swimming.
In Chaudi, the nearest village to Patnem, a very authentic and typical Goan village, you can buy fruit, nuts, and trinkets on its colorful market. The weekly markets in Anjuna and Arpora (North Goa about two hours by car) are also very popular. You can buy clothes, jewelry, shoes, and a wide range of gifts and Indian crafts.
You can try wild dolphin spotting boat tours and trips to the Wildlife Sanctuary, National Park, and spice farms. If you are interested in architecture, try visiting Old Goa, Margao, and Panaji. Trips to neighboring Karnataka state where you can visit magnificent Hindu temples are also highly recommended.
The easily reachable UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi is a highly worthwhile destination if you have a few days to spare. You can also try hiking, kayaking, and elephant riding. All the activities can be arranged for you upon request, for additional cost.
Holistic treatments such as shiatsu, acupressure, reflexology, Reiki, Ayurvedic treatments, and fasting or detox programs are available upon request for additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Transfers from and to the airport are available upon request.
The Indian bus network is very well developed, although the roads are often rather bumpy and this is definitely the least comfortable option for travelling. Make sure you get a sleeper bus if travelling overnight and possibly even reserve two seats if you don’t want to share your couchette with a stranger.
Buses coming from big cities (Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and so on) stop at Margao, from there you will need to get a local bus or taxi to Patnem. Some buses from the south or east (Hampi) stop at Chaudi (only 5 to 10 minutes by rickshaw from Lotus Yoga Retreat).
Some trains stop at Chaudi station, only 5 to 10 minutes by rickshaw from Lotus Yoga Retreat. Alternatively, you can get a train to Margao and then catch a local bus or taxi to Patnem which takes about an hour. It is advisable to book your train ticket at least a week ahead, or even longer in high season.
Taxi can be arranged to pick you up from your point of arrival upon request.