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8 Day Transformational and Adventure Yin Yang Yoga Retreat in Goa

Nalanda Wellness, Mandrem, Goa, India

Breathtaking Yoga Retreat Goa

Don't miss out on this breathtaking and transformational journey to Goa to ignite your inner fire, whilst awakening, balancing, and healing your body, mind, and spirit through yoga, meditation, and energy work. This exciting and unique retreat combines ancient energy practices along with cultural immersion and adventure in the spiritual land of yoga.

Meet the instructors

Jo & Dr. Amanda
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily meditation practices
  • A 60-minute ayurvedic massage
  • Optional excursions to Old Goa, Dudhsagar Waterfall, and Spice Plantation
  • Visit the famous Anjuna Wednesday market and Arambol
  • An opening ceremony with fire puja
  • Buffet brunch inside the premises
  • 7 nights boutique accommodation
  • Airport transfers included

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Goa International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi

Specially designed to celebrate the colorful and mystical spirit of India, Nalanda Wellness Resort's bouquet of chakra inspired rooms speak to your senses, lets you soak in the relaxed vibes of the property and resonate with your inner balance. There are standard chakra rooms or chakra suites available.

All rooms come equipped with a private bathroom, most with a private balcony, comfortable beds, spacious cupboards, fresh linen, a ceiling fan, an air conditioner, and a mosquito net on request. All the rooms have been decorated with a chakra energy in mind, including color and design.

From enjoying their two large swimming pools, sunbathing on the sandy Mandrem Beach or watching the sun set into the Arabian Sea, you can experience it all at Nalanda Wellness - the serene environment to stimulate your mind, energize your body and speak to your soul.

Each shala is equipped with full yoga props including mats, chairs, blankets, bolsters, blocks, straps, meditation cushions, mosquito nets, alters, and decorated regularly with mandalas and floral decoration. It is advised that students bring along their own yoga travel mats where ever possible.

Program

As always, Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat provides you with a safe and nurturing environment to enable permanent positive life changes, whilst giving you the time for new experiences, adventures, and friendships. In this stunning location, this retreat promises an unforgettable experience to treasure forever.

The cells in your bodies and your auras hold every life experience you've had - good or bad and it's the bad things that cause energy blockages. It's these blockages that hold you back, causing you to repeat the same patterns of behavior again and again and ultimately preventing you from achieving success in certain areas of your life.

During this week, any ties that no longer serve you for your higher good can be removed, so you are able to step into your feminine or masculine power and achieve success in all areas of your life.

The itinerary has been designed to give you a good balance of deep internal work for mind, body, and spirit along with glimpses into traditional Goan life and lots of light-hearted down-to-earth fun and laughter!

Each yoga session will be different. The program will be adjusted intuitively according to the group's needs as we journey through the week and raise your vibrations.

Jo will guide you through Hatha and Restorative yoga on arrival to aid speedy recovery after your travels and gentle Vinyasa flow for most morning sessions to connect with your breath and tune into the energy fields in our body.

Yin yoga guided by Amanda will be incorporated for emotional release and to stimulate energy flow further as well as qigong techniques. Guided meditations are also an important part of this week, tailored to what comes up for our group.

There will be quiet times too where you'll be encouraged to take time out, meditate, and journal to explore, enhance, and evaluate your inner experience. You can also book Jo and Amanda for one-to-one sessions or Jo for Reiki or sound treatments. Many types of massages are also available on site.

Yin Yang yoga

Yoga and meditation are an essential part of the program, however, you will also use other powerful healing modalities where needed. Yin Yang yoga is a practice that balances the slow-paced Yin yoga with the traditional Yang yoga (Vinyasa and Hatha).

Yin Yang yoga has its roots in China in the Taoist concepts of yin - a feminine, passive, cooling energy - and yang - a masculine, dynamic, warming energy. The Yin Yang yoga practice uses both types of yoga to provide both physical and spiritual balance.

In Yin yoga, the poses are held for a long period of time - typically three to five minutes or longer - to target the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, rather than focus on the muscles, as in yang yoga styles. As a result, the poses are more passive holds with little active engagement of the muscles.

Developed in India, Yang yoga is what the Western world thinks of as yoga - Hatha yoga asanas and Vinyasas that warm the body and stretch and strengthen the muscles.

By combining the two styles of yoga, Yin Yang yoga improves energy and fitness while promoting relaxation and healing.

“Yin” style yoga asanas, holding floor-based poses for longer periods of time to increase flexibility while working on the meridians (energy channels) of the body. This Yin yoga was designed to complement (rather than replace) Yang practices of dynamic movements, flows and standing poses.

Yin yoga stretches and targets both the deep connective tissues between the muscles and the fascia throughout the body. The aim is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility as the poses stretch and exercise the bone and joint areas. It also helps us to regulate the body's flow of energy.

What to expect during this retreat

  • Experience joy, fun, laughter, and adventure with a group of like-minded people
  • Immerse yourself in deep soul work releasing ties from the past to become mentally stronger and the best version of yourself
  • Stimulate your senses whilst learning new practices and discover your power within
  • Embrace the soul of Goa, whilst relaxing in this perfect location to enjoy the beauty of nature and the power of the elements
  • Opportunity to learn from two highly respected teachers and retreat leaders

Daily Schedule - Please note that this isn't set in stone, but just to give you an idea

  • Sunday 10th - Arrival day. Check-in 2 p.m., welcome drink and talk from the Founders of Nalanda Wellness. Fire puja (blessing) Afternoon yoga 5:30 - 7 p.m. Welcome dinner 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday 11th - Morning yoga 8:30 - 10 a.m., breakfast 10.30 a.m., 5:30 - 7 p.m., Dinner 7:30 p.m., evening activities after 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday 12th - As above
  • Wednesday 13th - As above, with an additional trip to Anjuna flea Market
  • Thursday 14th - As Monday
  • Friday 15th - Morning yoga 8:30 - 10 a.m., breakfast 10.30 a.m., day trip to Old Goa, Dudhsagar Waterfall and a Spice Plantation
  • Saturday 16th - As Monday
  • Sunday 17th - Breakfast and check out at 10 a.m. Join us for an optional additional extention at a nearby Eco resort and yoga sessions including acro yoga by Indian Yoga masters

Included excursions

You will have excursions to Anjuna flea market and the colourful neighbouring Arambol.

Instructors

Jo Crowder

Dr. Amanda Bowen

Retreat location

Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat fell in love with Goa many years ago and have returned several times staying in different places. So after searching for the perfect retreat location, Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat are delighted to announce they have chosen for this year, the gorgeous Nalanda Wellness Resort.

Located in the heart of a serene seaside town where you can breathe, experience, and live the yoga life. This green retreat spanning 4,000 square meters overlooks Mandrem Beach and is a peaceful sanctuary for those seeking an escape from the monotony of a busy, urban existence.

A quiet and peaceful setting, Mandrem is a more upmarket resort with clean beaches and the Mandrem creek running just in front of the property and main beach.

The overall magic of this place offers you a secluded calm space, with privacy, as well as several communal areas like the yoga shala, dining areas, gardens, and terraces.

Distances

  • Beach, 200 meters
  • Morjim, 6 kilometers
  • Anjuna, 14 kilometers
  • Mapusa, 14 kilometers
  • Goa Dabolim International Airport (GOI), 53 kilometers - 90 minutes

Unique features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

The buffet breakfasts and dinners take place at 'Chia Lounge' which is a beautiful wooden constructed restaurant on two floors with a small garden, juice and coffee bar. Offering you sun or shade, both with sea views.

Chia Lounge is part of the Nalanda Wellness Resort, located on the beach of Mandrem, where you can enter straight from the resort and leave right onto the beach. Serving wholesome, healthy and organic food and beverages for the conscious diner.

Their aim is to compliment a healthy and mindful lifestyle to support your wellness journey, and what better place to do that, other than overlooking the Arabian Sea on the beaches of glorious Goa.

Chia Lounge prides itself on using organic and locally produced goods wherever possible. The buffet and a la carte menu's are designed for minimal food wastage whilst still ensuring the produce is fresh and organically grown.

Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat cater for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten free diners however should you have another dietary requirement, no problem, just ask.

Your retreat includes seven delicious and filling buffet brunches and six dinners. On arrival day, a special welcome dinner is served where you will meet, greet, and set your intentions for the week. We will have around 3 dinners on the premises and the rest at local restaurants where we have dined many times. You may just wish to grab a smoothie or light lunch in between. This allows you the option to to dine in various bar and restaurants in the area and enables you to explore the area during the daytime.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Kite surf or SUP stand up paddle board yoga
  • See Goa's majestic churches, ancient temples, and heritage
  • Experience the hippest nightclubs and finest restaurants down the coast
  • Optional trip to the Dughasar waterfalls, Spice farm and Old Goa
  • Optional 4 day excursion to experience yoga with local masters at the end of the retreat

Spa treatments

This retreat package includes a 60 minute ayurvedic massage. There are many other types of massage and spa treatments available, plus Reiki and sound healing.

What's included

  • 7 nights boutique accommodation (shared or single occupancy)
  • Daily yoga / meditation (averaging three hours per day)
  • 1 ayurvedic massage
  • 7 buffet brunches
  • 6 evening buffet meals
  • All day filtered water, chai, and lemon ginger teas
  • Excursions to Anjuna flea market and Arambol.
  • Daily room cleaning
  • Free Wi-Fi in public places
  • Airport transfers from to to Dabolim International Airport Goa (GOI)

What's not included

  • Return airfare from home and visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Any lunches, dinners, and snacks not included above
  • Optional excursions to Old Goa, Spice Plantation, and Dudhsagar Waterfall
  • Other non-included items such as souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, extra therapies, any additional taxis, laundry

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Nalanda resort will arrange a driver to pick you up from the airport. Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat recommends you choose a flight to arrive on the morning of Sunday, January 10.

Arrival by buses

There are frequent buses from the capital city of Panaji and the city of Mapusa to Mandrem.

Arrival by train

The nearest railway station is the Pernem Station, which is less than 20 kilometers away.

Airport: Goa International Airport Airport transfer included: Goa International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 33% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday January 10, 2021
Departure: Sunday January 17, 2021

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