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By joining the guest yoga retreat we will host you in our School for a minimum of one week and we will offer you the opportunity to join some of the classes held during our teacher training course. You are free start the retreat any day of the week.
The classes which will be open to you are: mantra, pranayama, asana and meditation. In addition you may also join yin yoga and yoga nidra, if they apply to the week that you have chosen.
Upaya Yoga centre is located directly on Arambol beach, the most popular beach in North Goa. This is an enormous sandy beach provided of facilities where you can relax in complete freedom. Arambol and Mandrem are the closest villages and they are only 20 minutes away by walk. The Centre is nestled in between lush coconut trees and has a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.
The premises are at exclusive use of the teacher training students and retreat guests to avoid any disturbance and to preserve the beautiful energy generated during the course.
The garden, chill area and library are also at the guest’s disposal. They have a variety of rooms different in styles and budget to satisfy anybody taste and capability. All rooms are airy and bright. They are facing either the garden or the ocean.
The rooms, with no exception, are provided of ceiling fun and complete bathroom with hot water. Most of the rooms also have air conditioning and a small fridge for personal use. The rooms are provided of linen, towels, blankets, mosquito net or electrical mosquito repellent.
Free Wi-Fi is accessible in the whole property. The cleaning service takes place regularly any third day. The laundry service is provided, upon request, at an affordable extra cost. Taxis are available 24 hour.
Read below the typology of accommodation they offer and refer to the pictures in this page.
At Upaya, the practice is mainly of Ashtanga and Hatha yoga tradition. The walk to the yoga shala is a short two minutes and is surrounded with beautiful gardens, perfect ambience for something as pure as yoga. The charm of the retreat center will envelope you into a certain calmness and is the perfect place to explore yoga and meditate.
During your stay in this retreat, you will have two daily yoga classes, and its up to you what you choose to do in between. Goa has it all! There is an endless list of things to do on your free time.
Praba was born into a family of yogis who practice in the Ashtanga style that characterizes the south Indian yoga tradition. He is a talented teacher and teacher trainer and has been teaching for over six years. Through expert adjustments and a deep understanding of asana, his students’ abilities, and injuries, he is able to push his trainees to the next level in their personal practice as well as their own teaching.
Today I can say that Yoga represents for me the way back home, or rather the heart. When I go back to the heart, I am a human being more fulfilled and authentic. I completed numerous courses on yoga, meditation and self-development. I teach Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Hatha and Yin Yoga. My classes are an invitation to reconnect and rediscover one Self. Through the observation of the breath and the body we can acknowledge our own and unique energy; and to eventually free and empower our being.
Dr Nitin Patil born in Kolhapur, interested in Ayurvedic herbal medicines since childhood is what brought him to study deeper in the philosophy of Ayurveda. He runs his Ayurvedic hospital in Kolhapur with specialized Keralian detox healing procedures. His interest in the anatomy of the human body got him interested to teach yoga students a deep understanding about yoga postures, alignments, deeper understanding about. His deep understanding knowledge and experience in Ayurveda make him the perfect member of the Upaya Team.
Ayush trained for several months in Mysore both in asana and pranayama refining his technique. His skills set is also enriched by a good understanding of Iyengar yoga. This brings into the class a teaching approach which promote more awareness of body and mind through the correct alignment and detailed explanations of the poses. Ayush has a contagious vitality that support the students in overcoming personal difficulties and enhance self- confidence in everybody practice.
Goa is the best location to learn and practice yoga in India. As one of the smallest and more recent State in India, Goa offers the opportunity to experience the local culture, traditions and tropical Nature in the smoothest and safest way.
The kindness and sympathy of the people make of Goa a welcoming home for all its visitors. The melting- pot of cultures enriches the spirit and the mentality of the place and explains the presence of a stable and animated community of foreigners. Especially the North- Goa, where we are based, testifies the successful encounter between East and West. Naturally, this meeting finds its best form of Goa Yoga.
To explore yoga in Goa is an experience which any yoga lover should try at least once. The energy and the spirituality of this land boost the dedication and the motivation of all yoga practitioners.
The teacher training courses are meant to reflect and amplify this alchemy. Upaya Yoga is the most well-known and established School in Goa due to the quality of its learning; the authenticity of its environment and unequaled location.
All the teacher training courses are well-rounded and balanced. They are open to beginners and advanced practitioners longing to add value and meaning to their journey.
In between the classes, some of the students are conquered by the beauty of the endless and vast sandy beach; whereas others relaxed pampered by the sounds of the tropical fauna in the lush tropical trees.
A yoga teacher training course at Upaya Yoga is a lifetime experience.
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Any intense yogic practice requires a balanced and rich nutrition. It is crucial to adopt the correct diet during the teacher training course and so to nourish body and mind at the best.
They offer a healthy and delicious vegan diet. The food does not contain any meat, eggs or diary with the exception of chai (the traditional Indian milk tea) and curd in the morning. They also serve seasonal finger millet bread (ragi bread), brown rice, cereals and others aliments which are suitable for a gluten free nutrition.
All the meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are prepared daily in the school and are served as a buffet. They arrange a variegated menu to offer always a choice and optimal supply of all necessary nutrients (proteins, carbs, fibres).
They buy products available in the local market to guarantee the genuine flavour and the freshness of our ingredients. The dishes are cooked and combined together according to the Ayurveda principles.
In other words, the use of the ingredients is selected in accordance to the season and the weather condition. So, the organism can adjust easily to the new environment, the digestive system is not overloaded, the mind remains alert and the body is light. The use of the spices is drastically reduced and dosed to maintain a cool mind and not to impede meditation.
Especial care is also given to the water. The drinkable water is pure and reach in useful minerals. The guests may enjoy unlimited filtered water and so also reduce the pollution of plastic bottles in the environment.
Read below what is normally served during the meals.
A communal fridge is at disposal of the students, in the dining area, if they wish to integrate the meal with some little extra.
During your free time, you can go swimming on Arambol beach. Also, you can borrow books from the library if you would like to take them to your room so you can spend some time reading and studying.
Upaya Yoga Teacher Training offers spa treatments at an additional cost.
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