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If you have a love for adventure and deep respect for life and nature combined with an uncompromised sense of integrity for your personal evolution, this retreat is for you! Imagine waking up at sunrise to meditate right by the seaside and hear nothing but the sounds of waves crashing. Prepare yourself with some wake-up beach yoga and start your day with a surf lesson in the Arabian Sea. Goa with its rather soft waves is the perfect location to learn surfing!
In the ‘yoga-Mecca’ town of Goa, Mandrem, you find Nalanda Retreat. A beach property where you can enjoy the seaside and experience the yoga life practising and studying on the rooftop shala with an absolutely stunning sea view.
Nalanda Retreat is the smaller offspring of the Devarya Wellness Resort, just a few kilometres down the beach in the neighbouring village. Nalanda offers you the perfect peaceful ambience to dive deep into your yoga journey and the perfect surrounding to enjoy the tropical seaside beach town Mandrem.
At the Devarya properties, which translates into Divine Belief in Sanskrit, you can experience the goodness and mindfulness of a holistic yoga lifestyle combined with enjoying the love for nature and the ocean.
Specially designed to celebrate the colourful and mystical spirit of India, the bouquet of rooms speak to your senses, let you soak in the relaxed vibes of the property and resonate with your inner balance.
The in-house beachfront restaurant Chia Seed serves tasty and healthy organic meals complete with superfood fuelled ingredients to help you detox your system. From enjoying the swimming pool, to sunbathing on the sandy beach or watching the sunset into the Arabian sea, you can experience it all at Nalanda – the serene environment to stimulate your mind, energise your body and speak to your soul.
You will be able to hear the ocean waves splashing right from your bed. The 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 chaka energy in mind, including colour and design. The resort seamlessly blends the elements of a Goan Portuguese heritage with the aesthetics of Rajasthani royalty.
Each room is vibrant, airy and filled with natural light and good energy. Tastefully furnished with earthy decor that has been handpicked to reflect the elements of nature. The accommodation offers you the beauty of traditional design combined with all the contemporary comforts of a luxury property.
"The moment you get up on that surfboard there is that feeling of complete oneness with the ocean. It's like you’re both breathing together at one time." After an active start in the day, you will enjoy a sublime brunch buffet and find some time and space just for yourself. Time out for just being, enjoying the relaxation of life by the beach.
In the late afternoons, immerse in Yin yoga healing sessions, dedicating some time to a mindful meditative yoga practice to activate your chi flow and body’s innate healing powers. If you have a love for adventure and deep respect for life and nature combined with an uncompromised sense of integrity for your personal evolution this retreat is for you!
Join for this unforgettable “surf and soul” experience filled with yoga, surf, and self-development, just exactly how you like it.
Learn to surf, restore with Yin yoga, pamper yourself with the beachside stay at Nalanda Retreat and spend your days enjoying the beach in the shade of a coconut tree.
In yoga and surfing, you play your sensations, each time awaiting a new invitation. You ride the edges of your poses with a gentle flowing breath like a surfer is riding the waves of the ocean.
Yoga and surfing are just such a fantastic combination in so many ways. Surfing is active and dynamic. There is quite a difference in yoga’s mindful movements and meditation practices. But then, there are a lot of similarities.
Going with the flow, tuning in, and listening to your body closely as you are being connected to the ocean. It’s the feeling of complete oneness, which requires you to be in tune with nature and your body.
Surfing is a “Yang” form of exercise, full of movement, rhythm, and repetition. Through this movement, your muscles expand and contract, growing stronger. But by this you are also limiting your bodies, you tend to lose your natural softness, becoming more inflexible and increasingly tight.
With all the paddling and repetitive takeoffs on a fun surf morning, you need the “Yin” in order to keep the flexibility and longevity in your body. So, if surfing is your “Yang”, let yoga be your “Yin”. The combination of surfing with Yin yoga gives you the balance your body needs to experience optimum health and happiness.
One way to think of balance is this: a total state of health that incorporates togetherness of body and mind. To be balanced is a way of being and a state of mind. Yin yoga can restore this balance and be the soothing balm to heal and rejuvenate the body, mind, and soul.
In the afternoon, you will explore an inner Yin yoga healing journey through the Taoist elements and learn about their energetic value and the chi meridian flow in your body.
When you awaken and align your body’s underlying energy, you activate your innate process of healing and transformation. Yin yoga will help you create profound shifts in your physical and emotional well-being.
The hosts will demystify how energy affects everything you do and feel and show you how to mindful work with your body and mind. These Yin yoga healing sessions will help you build vitality, unravel energetic blockages, and boost your immunity.
With this program, you have the opportunity and space to let your mind learn from the body experience of learning new things and cultivate a free spirit. To love life and live free. To be in touch with nature and yourself.
And then, you might realize, there is nothing more grounding than a body and a mind that has decided to be whole. By the end of this retreat, you will feel stronger, healthier, and better able to thrive and flow in the life you are meant to live!
Alexandra Denkinger is an acupuncture therapist (M.D.Acu), yoga teacher (RYT500), Yin yoga expert, and founder of The Body-Mind-Soul Centre. She likes to see herself Body-Mind-Soul Bio-Hacker, an "urban shaman", dedicated to helping people empower themselves to live the most authentic, healthy life possible. As an all-time seeker on a soul-searching journey, she came across many different yoga styles and healing systems. In her Yin yoga teachings, she integrates the ancient wisdom of acupuncture meridians and chi flow in meditative yoga practice.
Edy Rodrigues is the owner of Octopus Surf School and possibly the most patient surf teacher of all time.
A quiet and peaceful setting, Mandrem is known for its serene atmosphere, the Mandrem beach is a great setting for a yoga holiday. It has something for everyone, whether you are a soul-searcher who is looking for tranquillity or someone looking to enjoy a relaxing beach vacation.
Live the yoga life here, doing your practice, going for a swim, meditating on the beach, and enjoying spectacular sunsets as you soak in the sights and sounds of this beautiful place.
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A yummy vegetarian buffet for brunch and dinner is provided by the Chia Lounge. The beautiful, wooden constructed restaurant has two floors, a small garden and a juice and coffee bar. Offering you sun or shade both with sea views.
Chia Lounge is part of the Nalanda resort in Goa, India, located on the beach of Mandrem, where you can enter straight from the resort and leave right onto the beach. They serve wholesome, healthy, and organic food and beverages for the conscious diner.
Their aim is to complement a healthy and mindful lifestyle to support your wellness journey, and what better place to do that, than overlooking the Arabian Sea on the beaches of glorious Goa.
Chia Lounge prides itself on using organic and locally produced goods wherever possible. Their buffet and A La Carte menu's are designed for minimal food wastage whilst still ensuring their produce is fresh and organically grown.
Yin Yoga Therapy Teacher Training's yoga holiday, retreat, and yoga training guests will be served delicious meals during their stay with them in their restaurant. They cater for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free dinners. However, should you have another dietary requirement, no problem, just ask.
Goa International Airport (Dabolim Airport)
Transfer available for additional US$26 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request with an additional fee of 25 EUR. Yin Yoga Therapy Teacher Training is happy to arrange your pick up for you.
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