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8 Days Iyengar Intensive Yoga Retreat with Usha Devi in India

  • Ashiyana Yoga Centre, Junas Waddo, Mandrem Beach, Pernem, Goa 403527, India


Intensive Yoga Retreat in Goa, India

A great opportunity to deepen your practice through Iyengar yoga from one of the most senior and respected teachers working in the Iyengar method today! Not only during the classes, but also throughout the day you will have the opportunity to spend some relaxing time with Usha. This year YogaMC will be taking the retreat to another level, ideal opportunity for intermediate yoga practitioners and teachers.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Morning and evening activities
  • Meditation and chanting in the evening
  • Filtered water, hot lemon ginger, and India masala chai available all day
  • Daily buffet brunch and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Beach cabana

Most of Ashiyana's beach huts are located on the dune which separates Mandrem river from the Arabian Sea. The others are located on the mainland facing the river. There are hut sheltered behind the banks of the dune and others on the dune top. They all come with an en-suite bathroom, fan, and mosquito net. Whilst being the economy section of the accommodation, they have recently been lovingly upgraded with simple, yet chic interior-designed finishes.

Palm groove

Much of Ashiyana's accommodation is in a beautiful palm grove fronting the Mandrem River and facing towards the sea, which can be viewed from some of the upper-floor balconies. The accommodation is in the form of luxury eco-lodges, tree-houses, and stone-built houses set amidst lush tropical gardens, statues and, water features.

The lodges and tree-houses are built of local wood giving an Indonesian feel, though most finishing touches are borrowed from classical Indian design, with plenty of natural fabrics and antique furniture.

Raj double

The Raj area of Ashiyana is located at the far end of the Palm grove, and is fronted on two sides by the tranquil Mandrem river. Some of the rooms are within the Ashiyana Villa, which was built on the site of the original (fisherman) owner's storehouse, the others are sited along an inlet of the Mandrem river. Three of the Raj rooms are doubles, and five are magnificent suites with stunning views.

All of the Raj rooms are organically shaped and stone-built, with rustic stucco walls, antique Rajasthani furniture, and sumptuous soft furnishings. No two rooms are the same, each having its individual charm and magnificent view from windows and balcony.

This retreat will be held in Ashiyana Yoga Center, a tropical retreat centre located on the beautiful and unspoiled Mandrem beach and the enchanting Mandrem river in the very north of Goa.

Nearby places

  • Arambol village, 40 minutes' walk or 10 minutes by car
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily buffet brunch and dinner
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Morning and evening activities

Typical daily schedule

  • 07:30 Morning activity which includes pranayama, meditation, guided silent walk, active meditation, or body work (the morning activity will be held on every alternate days)
  • 08:00 Yoga, therapeutic movement, or chi gung workshops
  • 10:00 Breakfast / brunch followed by free time to explore the beach, swing in a hammock, take a dip in the pool, read a book, go for a swim in the Arabian Sea, enjoy a massage, or visit the neighboring villages and take in some of the exquisite Indian culture
  • 16:00 Yoga, therapeutic movement, or chi gung workshops
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Evening activity which includes meditation, active meditation, chanting, documentary, group discussions, group outing to the night market, or local events and surprise acts

No activities are compulsory, you will be provided the option to go at your own pace and feel what is right for you at the time. Whether you are looking for an intensive week of study or a relaxing break with activating and inspiring activities to pick or choose from, you are in charge of your time in this retreat!

Arrival by airplane

Ashiyana is a 90-minute taxi journey from Goa International Airport (GOI). Pre-paid government taxis are available as you exit the airport terminal, or YogaMC can organize a local Mandrem taxi to collect you for approximately 1200 INR or 15 GBP.

Check in

From 10 a.m.

Check out

12 p.m.

Mobile / communication information

Wi-Fi is offered in Ashiyana in a secluded area only during certain times and they ask that you be very mindful in Ashiyana with any electronic devices, as they wish to maintain a quiet, calm space. There are nearby restaurants and Internet cafes that offer free Wi-Fi as well.

What to bring

Ashiyana Retreat Centre has yoga mats that are available for all guests and drop-in attendees, but they always recommend bringing your own for hygienic reasons. You can also purchase yoga mats at the shops nearby.

Responsible tourism

Ashiyana does not offer toilet paper as they wish to be as eco-friendly as possible. If you wish to use toilet paper, it can be purchased at the local convenience store.

Passport / visa

All foreign nationals visiting India are required a visa to enter.


Malaria is not really prevalent in Goa, as it is surrounded by tidal water. They suggest using mosquito repellent. Please check with your country's health regulations for any vaccinations that are required.

Important information

Goa is a very relaxed part of India, so it is especially safe to travel alone as a woman.

At least one year of practice is required to join this retreat .

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to YogaMC, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

  • Prashant Tewatia

    Prashant has been a regular fixture at Ashiyana, having taught the morning classes there for over four years. For those of you returning to this tranquil and idyllic paradise, you will no doubt have taken one of his yoga classes, attended an evening meditation or chi gung session with him or received his warm welcome, council or company at some point during your stay. Receiving, teaching and taking care of guests is second nature to Prashant, and is evident in many testimonials.

  • Usha Devi

    Usha Devi has been living in India since 1985, serving at Omkarananda Ashram in the Himalayas. In 1993, she began to study yoga with the world famous yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar "Guruji". She continues to study with her renowned yoga guru and his daughter Gitaji, spending several months each year at the Iyengar Institute in Pune.

  • Airport transfers
  • Extra activities
  • International or domestic flights

Ashiyana’s organic restaurant offers buffet meals with an excellent fusion of freshly-prepared Indian and Western vegetarian cuisine. Breakfast-brunch includes home-made muesli or porridge with curd (yoghurt), coconut / milk, fresh fruit salad, plus a daily menu selected from the following - toast, butter, cheese, honey, jam, patisserie, scrambled eggs, dhal, rice, salad, hummous, tahini, and other daily specials.

Tea, coffee, and juices are available all throughout the retreat. Fresh fish dishes are served twice a week. All water is filtered, including that used for cooking.

  • Book extra treatments at the on-site spa
  • Dine out in the nearby restaurants
  • Explore the nearby villages
  • Relax at the garden
  • See the stunning views
  • Swim in the beach
  • Massage
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
For information about the booking conditions, please send YogaMC an inquiry.

Goa, India

YogaMC provides Iyengar yoga, mindfulness meditation, and therapeutic movement massage in Goa, India, and Cambodia.

from US$765

8 days / 7 nights


Arrival: Sunday January 8, 2017
Departure: Sunday January 15, 2017

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