A ashram goa holiday at an ashram goa is a great way to escape from the everyday and spend time on yourself. Usually an ashram is set up in the tradition of India’s Gurukul system and has a live-in school where you follow a disciplined guided routine and learn from experienced spiritual guides.
It is an opportunity to reclaim your health and wellbeing by learning ancient yogic techniques, healing treatments and the art of meditation. You can also participate in chanting, dancing and other spiritual activities. If you are a beginner to yoga you will benefit from learning from an experienced teacher and there are a variety of retreats that cater for all levels.
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Most of the retreats at Preksha Yoga Ashram include daily hatha and vinyasa yoga classes, morning and evening meditation sessions and accommodation in eco-friendly wooden bungalows. The food at the ashram is vegan and delicious and they have a therapist on site offering traditional ayurvedic massages and detox treatments.
Another top choice is Purple Valley – one of the best ashtanga yoga retreats in Goa. This is located in peaceful Assagao but within easy reach of Anjuna’s beaches, markets and parties. The teachers here are all certified from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois or his grandson Sharat and this ashram offers both 14 and 28 day retreats.
The best time to visit Goa is Dec – April for the cool dry season but you should always check the Indian weather forecast before travelling. You can fly into Mumbai or Delhi and connect a domestic flight to Goa or you can get an E-Visa which is available for 156 nationalities including the USA, Australia and New Zealand.