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14 Days Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in Goa, India

  • Purple Valley Yoga Retreat, 142 Bairo Alto, Assagao, Bardez, Goa, India

Overview

Yoga Retreat in Goa, India

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.

Highlights

  • Guided meditation and pranayama
  • Practice and understanding of Ashtanga yoga
  • Daily morning and afternoon yoga classes with experienced instructors
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Full use of the retreat facilities
  • 13 nights of accommodation
  • 14 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Accommodation options

Ganesh house

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

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.

The cottages

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)

Lineage

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.

The practice

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.

The 8 limbs of Ashtanga

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.

Alexander Medin (October 22 to November 4, 2016)

Alexander Medin is a native of Oslo, Norway where he grew up pursuing many different talents. He became Norwegian Champion in boxing at 18, but then gave it up for a career as a ballet dancer. He was first introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in 1995 and it's been part of his daily practice since. After many visits to Mysore, he was granted a Certification to teach Ashtanga Yoga by Pattabhi Jois in 2002. In 2004, he completed his post-graduate degree in Sanskrit and Indian Religions and has since taught Yoga in many places around the world.

Joey Miles (November 5 to 18, 2016)

Joey came to yoga after a mis-spent youth pursuing the circus, martial arts and physical theatre. At Goldsmiths University of London he directed the Yoga Society for 3 years, took up Aikido and sat regularly with the FWBO (Friends of the Western Buddhist Order). After completing his degree in Drama he became an assistant to Hamish Hendry at Astanga Yoga London during this time he studied annually with his Guru the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore and in 2004 was authorized to teach the primary series. From 2005 to 2008, he taught the daily Mysore program at Triyoga, Primrose Hill, London. In 2006 Joey began practicing Iyengar Yoga with Alaric Newcomb. The attention to alignment, precision and subtle detail has greatly influenced his practice, teaching and perception and he regularly gets scolded now in Mysore by Sharat Jois for doing standings too wide. In 2009, Joey moved to Leeds where he set up and continues to run Yorkshire's first 5 day a week Mysore program: Ashtanga Yoga Leeds. On a recent visit to Mysore Joey assisted daily for a month and was given authorization level 2; (blessing to teach the intermediate series) by Sharat Jois of KPJAYI. Joey's practice includes the primary, intermediate and advanced asana series and in his teaching it is his intention to bring clarity and emphasis to sound alignment within the ashtanga system, thereby demonstrating the unity among different schools of yoga.

Laruga Glaser (November 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016)

Since a young age, Laruga has been fascinated with mind/body connections and spiritual philosophy which later attracted her to the practice of yoga in early 1996 after a sincere connection and study of yoga philosophy. It wasnʼt until she stumbled upon Ashtanga Yoga when she fully immersed herself into a devoted practice a few years later in 1998.

David Keil (December 3 to 16, 2016)

David Keil is well known for his anatomy workshops and intuitive hands-on adjustments. He uses his experience as a practitioner and anatomical knowledge to gain insight into what each student's next step of practice is. David's first trip to Mysore was in 2002 where he met Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sri R. Sharath. He was authorized in 2004 and continued to return to Mysore for many years.

Gretchen Suarez (December 3 to 16, 2016)

Gretchen Suarez is an experienced teacher, psychotherapist and has been helping students understand, heal and integrate their psychological patterns that appear on the mat. She has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years.

John Scott (December 3 to 16, 2016, December 17 to 30, 2016, March 25 to April 7, 2017 and April 8 to 21, 2017)

In 1987 John was traveling away from his birth place of New Zealand, searching for a change in life, and while working in Greece, John met his first Ashtanga Yoga teacher; Derek Ireland. This meeting marked the beginning of a whole new journey and search for John. Under direction from Derek, John then traveled to India to study with the Guru of Ashtanga Yoga; Shri K Pattabhi Jois (Guruji). John then became a direct student of Guruji and continued studies with him until his passing in May 2009. John has only had these two teachers, Derek and Guruji, and therefore his focus has been uninterrupted for over 20 years. This ekatatva or one pointed focus, has guided John through many years of personal practice, the setting up of morning self-practice classes in London , International workshops and Retreat. John has also published a book and DVD on the Ashtanga Primary Series. John is recognized today alongside the world's advanced practitioners and teachers of Ashtanga Yoga. John imbues his classes with metaphor, spontaneity, vigor, theory, and a splash of humour.

Sharmilla Desai (December 31, 2016 and January 13, 2017)

Sharmila learned Ashtanga yoga directly from Guruji and R. Sharath Jois as a beginner through to the advanced series. Having gone through the learning process firsthand and experiencing the continuum within the series in Mysore, she warmly welcomes all level students.​ When practicing with a balance of surrender and devotion, she believes the practice can be radiantly lived through the various stages of life. Sharmila shares the yoga tradition in the way it was imparted to her over time as well as with patience, nurturing each student's independent relationship with their own practice and to their inherent wisdom. Sharmila's first book Sristi published by Trolley Books London chronicles her matrilineal line of renowned Indian classical dancers and intellectuals as well as performances worldwide including the Venice Bienale. She also co authored Yoga Sadhana for Mothers the first book on the subject of Ashtanga yoga, pregnancy, birth and motherhood in collaboration with the Jois family. The book draws from the oral tradition of her Guruji's family as well as shared experiences from many of his most devoted women students. On graduating from Columbia University in New York City, Sharmila was awarded the Henry Evans Fellowship to set up a dance program for street children in Mumbai, India. Believing deeply in the importance of Seva as part of her spiritual practice, she has also taught yoga therapy workshops internationally and runs a community garden at her children's school. Sharmila continues to make yearly pilgrimages to study with her teacher R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, cherishing her time to go deeper into the ocean that is yoga.

Mark Robberds (January 14 to 27, 2017)

In 2004 Mark realized that in this lifetime he wanted wake up to his true purpose. A part of that journey has been to travel all over the world, and to go deeper into his own love of yoga, surfing, teaching and music - finding the thread that connects them all. He has been teaching workshops, retreats and as a guest teacher internationally since 2005. Mark teaches Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. He teaches traditional Mysore style and Led classes, as well as workshops, intensives and retreats within Australia and internationally. Mark's workshops and retreats are beneficial to all students and teachers, from all traditions, from beginners to advanced. They are for all those wishing to learn the essential techniques of alignment, breath awareness, strength, flexibility and stability, while at the same time exploring the core concepts of yoga philosophy, and how to apply the wisdom of yoga into daily life, on and off the mat.

Petri Raisanen (January 28 to February 10, 2017 and February 11 to 24, 2017)

Petri Raisanen is internationally known and respected as one of Ashtanga yoga's new generation of teachers. He was a devoted student of the late Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, who authorized Petri to teach and Petri carefully passes on his Guru's exact teachings. Petri started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 1988 and teaching in 1990. He is co-owner and director of Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki, one of the world's largest yoga shalas, which he founded with his friend Juha Javanainen in 1997.

Greg Nardi (February 25 to March 10, 2017)

Greg Nardi has studied yoga and eastern healing arts extensively since 1996. Since 1999 he has studied at the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, South India. In 2004, Greg was authorized to teach by his guru, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. In 2009, at the age of 94, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois passed away leaving behind a legacy that has touched countless lives around the world. Shortly after Guruji’s passing, Greg attended an authorization level 2 training course in Mysore with Sharath Jois. Greg is committed to honoring his teachers by spreading the ashtanga method, which has been such a blessing in his life. He is an internationally renowned teacher of workshops in Yoga asana and philosophy. He and his husband Juan Carlos founded Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide a Yoga shala in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. in the United States. He is an autodidact who perpetually studies Sanskrit chanting and indian philosophy. He counts Georg Feuerstein, Dr. M.A. Jayashree, Narasimha, and Vyass Houston amongst his influences in this field. He teaches yoga philosophy and Sanskrit mantra chanting as a faculty member of John Scott Yoga. Greg’s view on yoga respects the indian roots of the Yoga tradition and the parampara method of transmission while making these traditions intelligible to the western practitioner. His style of teaching assists students in finding the approach to the practice that is most beneficial for them.

Juan Carlos (February 25 to March 10, 2017)

Juan Carlos Galán started practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2008. After years of grad school hunched over a computer, the practice was a powerful and healing revelation. Juan Carlos has studied closely with KPJAYI level 2 authorized teachers Greg Nardi of Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide and Fiona Stang of Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver. He is a graduate from The University of Texas at Austin and has a Master’s degree in Industrial Psychology. He travels regularly to Mysore, India to continue his journey as a student of yoga under the guidance of his beloved teacher Sharath Jois. Juan Carlos has been blessed with the authorization to teach from Sharath. Juan Carlos teaches Mysore style daily. He celebrates his devotion to his teachers and fellow students around the world by honoring the tradition of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois. He believes in the energetic and healing aspects of this practice. His intention is to share this yoga with anyone inspired to seek it.

David Robson (March 11 to 24, 2017)

David Robson lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife, Stan, his daughter Mercedes, and son Holden. He is the co-owner and director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto, where he leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs. In 1998, while completing a degree in Comparative Religion, David began a daily yoga practice. He made his first trip to India in 2002, where he initiated studies with his teacher Sharath Jois. Since then, David has returned annually to deepen and enrich his practice and teaching. He is Level-2 Authorized by the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.

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.

Activities
  • Activities
  • Massage
  • Shopping nearby
General
  • General
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Services
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Car rental nearby
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Scooter rental nearby
  • Shop nearby

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.

Massage

  • Body scrubs massage - cleanses and softens the skin.
  • Fresh fruit massage - smoothens the skin and leaves it glowing.
  • Lymphatic massage - promotes lymph flow and eliminates the toxins from the body.

Ayurveda

  • Shirodhara - effective in relieving tension, checks stress and strain and enables deep sleep.
  • Kizhi - effective in chronic back pain and rheumatic complaints.
  • Nasyam - opens up the nasal passage, a good cure for sinusitis.
  • Reflexology - revitalizes energy levels.

Beauty therapies

  • Facials - herbal / vitamin E / Biotique / Ayurveda
  • Nail Care - manicure / pedicure / polish
  • Threading - eyebrows / face / chin
  • Waxing - full leg / half leg / bikini line / underarm
  • 14 days of accommodation
  • 3 times delicious vegetarian meals a day
  • Full use of retreat facilities

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by taxi

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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Purple Valley Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Garima from Mumbai, India
    10 out of 10

    "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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  • Review by a traveler from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "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."

    Tripadvisor website, edited

  • Review by Claire from Glasgow, Scotland
    10 out of 10

    "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."

    Tripadvisor website, edited

  • Review by Rudy from UK
    9 out of 10

    "The vibe of Purple Valley altered my preconceptions of Goa, with excellent teaching, a beautiful shala, wonderful treatments and delightful staff."

    April 2011, edited

  • Review by Naomi from UK
    9 out of 10

    "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

  • Review by Julia from Germany
    8 out of 10

    "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."

    November 2011, edited

Goa, India

Purple Valley Yoga is a yoga retreat center in Goa, India. We specialize in Ashtanga Yoga and spa treatments, aiming at relaxation and enlightenment.

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