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Originating in Mysore, India, the system of Astanga Vinyasa yoga was pioneered by the late Sri K Patthabi Jois. It is one of the more athletic and physically challenging forms of yoga, which has also been shown to help build strength, improve flexibility, relieve stress, therefore creating a general state of calmness, well-being and ease. Purple Valley specializes in Ashtanga yoga courses, and is the best place for you to learn Ashtanga yoga in Goa, India.
Purple Valley Yoga Retreat is home to some of the most comfortable yoga accommodation in Goa. Many of the students, looking for a yoga break in India, travel on their own and would like to share a room with another student. They also cater for couples wishing to share a double bed and the single room supplement is one of the most reasonable you will find at any yoga retreat. There are 3 types of houses for students to choose from.
Ganesh is the main house. 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.
Savasana house suits those looking for a slightly higher standard and modern accommodation. The bright and modern Savasana House overlooks the beautifully 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 5 adjoined bungalows with large double rooms are quiet and peaceful - the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the retreat.
The usual yoga course is 2 weeks and offers 6 morning yoga classes and 4 afternoon classes weekly of various content according to the teacher and session. It is most beneficial for students to take the full 2 weeks yoga course, if life schedules do not permit this, you can also take one week bookings for the first week only. Beginners only on the first week.
Students should aim to arrive on Saturday between 14:00 and 17:00, the first class of the yoga course is Sunday morning and the last class is on a Friday morning, with departures on the last Saturday by 10:00.
Each retreats date as shown will be taught by different yoga instructors as listed below:
Alexander Medin (October 22 to November 4, 2016)
Joey Miles (November 5 to 18, 2016)
Laruga Glaser (November 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016)
John Scott, David Keil and Gretchen Suarez (December 3 to 16, 2016)
John Scott (Decemer 17, 2016 to December 30, 2016)
Sharmilla Desai (December 31, 2016 and January 13, 2017)
Mark Robberds (January 14 to 27, 2017)
Petri Raisanen (January 28 to Feb 10, 2017 and February 11 to 24, 2017)
Greg Nardi, Juan Carlos (Feb 25 to March 10, 2017)
David Robson (March 11 to 24, 2016)
John Scott (March 25, 2017 to April 7, 2017 and April 8 to 21, 2017)
Astanga Yoga is an ancient method of yoga that was first taught by Vamana Rishi and citied 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 70s, as yoga became more popular in the West. Since Gurujis death in 2009, his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy took over the role of director of the AYRI in Mysore.
Astanga Vinyasa Yoga is a moving meditation - a system of flowing postures, linked by breath - and this powerful connection 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 - 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.
Astanga literally means 8 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 8 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 8 limb as: Yama (abstinences), Niyama (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (contemplation).
Each of these branches supports each other in a sequential order. For instance, a dedicated Asana practice must first be established for proper practice of pranayama, but is also the 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 through time and practice.
Please note that it is important to learn Astanga Vinyasa yoga from a trained teacher who follows the traditional lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Purple Valley Yoga Retreat is located in Goa. 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!
Goa'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.
The Goan people display a sense of liberality and civility, which you'll be hard pressed to find elsewhere in India. Goa is perhaps the only place in India where shorts and tank tops are not frowned upon anywhere except at religious locations. 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.
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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.
Purple Valley Yoga offers the following range of Ayurveda treatments and massages that you can book on your arrival at Purple Valley. You will simply need to float back to your room across the beautiful landscaped gardens once your session is finished and dream about what you would like to try next.
Purple Valley Yoga works with expert local therapists, as well as, European body workers. They source oils and beauty products of the highest quality, and when possible organic.
To get to Purple Valley Yoga Retreat you will need to fly into Goa Dabolim airport, which serves international charter and domestic flights.
There are many charter flights that fly direct to Dabolim from European cities. There are also excellent domestic airlines from the gateway cities which you can book online, try the following, making sure you are paying the fare for a non-resident of India or have your travel agent book the flight for you.
The other option is to fly a scheduled airline to a gateway city such as Mumbai (formerly Bombay), New Delhi, or Bangalore and change to a domestic airline for the journey to Goa Dabolim, which is a 1-hour flight from Mumbai and 2.5 hours from New Delhi and Bangalore. Jet Airways fly from Heathrow and have excellent connections to Goa in India.
If you are already in Goa and making your own way there 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 Childrens Home and the Palotti Institute.
"A lovely spot in a beautiful city, Goa. If you want to forget the world and discover yourself, this is the place. Even a workaholic would forget the about the stress and just be- that's what this place does to you.The teachers are the best of the lot and apart from the morning Asana practice class they take an evening class which gives you an insight into the philosophy as well as the technique. Well each teacher has their own style but be assured you are in good hands.Amazing food, great vibe, lovely spa and pool. Please go!"
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"Really enjoyed my 2 week stay here. Great for anyone who wants to deepen their yoga practice while enjoying great all-inclusive veggie cuisine, comfortable clean accommodation, nice garden and pool. Little extras like movie nights, music and cooking classes were also appreciated."
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"A must for any Ashtangi, fabulous accommodation, food and world class teachers. Spent a blissful two weeks of yoga, relaxing by the pool and hitting the beach. First class service and i can't wait to return."
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"The vibe of Purple Valley altered my preconceptions of Goa, with excellent teaching, a beautiful shala, wonderful treatments and delightful staff."
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"Amazing food, great accomodation, a beautiful shala and the treatments and the pool were spot on. Purple valley is clearly a labour of love!"
December 2011, edited
"Purple valley is superb for the mix of yoga, leisure time, relaxation and meeting people from all over the world that share a love of yoga."
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