Rejuvenating Yoga Retreats in Goa

We Indians keep flaunting the origin of Yoga Retreats being India, anywhere and everywhere. But how many of us have actually experienced it? The calmness, the elegant poses, the oneness with yourself, the unity with nature, the continuous flow…

Yoga Retreats
Yoga Retreats

Even if you haven’t, fret not. It’s never too late. Just pack your bags and head to Goa. Not for party scenes but for Yoga Retreat scenes. Surprised? Well, Goa has exquisite scenery and nothing beats the sea at tranquility. It’s a popular tourist destination and not every tourist equates holidays to going wild. Besides, the old culture of fishermen has always held meditation in high regard as you need to be really calm to be able to catch fish- for food or for the soul. So it does form an ideal destination. Goa also offers you great variety when it comes to Yoga centers. Each center has something unique to offer. The following are my favorites:

1. Art of Living
The program needs no introduction as it has proved its impact worldwide. The unique aspect of Art of Living is how natural they make Yoga feel. It’s not about the twists and bends of the body but about grace, poise, and control. Most of their programs are about helping you traverse through life rather than convincing you to opt out of it. They work towards helping people achieve harmony of body, mind and spirit and thus, happiness. They have a breathing technique known as Sudarshan Kriya which is about resonating with the rhythm of the biological system of the body. You may believe the theory, you may not. But it’s definitely a worthwhile Yoga Retreat experience!

2. Cyril Yoga Ayurvedic Centre
We all know about the peculiar way of schooling in the olden times – called gurukuls. Ever wondered what that experience would be like? Living isolated from the world, always close to your guru, doing chores to earn your stay and finally experiencing your own transformation. The Government might have moved on but the system sounds beautiful and the Cyril Centre gives you the perfect opportunity to try it out. Along with motivating and charming teachers, their Yoga program is aimed towards helping you make peace with yourself. Say goodbye to stress and strain physically, mentally and emotionally. They also offer Ayurveda and massage therapies to cleanse your body, mind, and soul.

3. Harmonic Healing Yoga Retreats
If the traditional Indian style is not your thing, Harmonic Healing is all about blending tradition and modern techniques. The most beautiful aspect of this place is the extremely well-chosen location – for everything! They use their Cliffside location splendidly well. You literally feel like you are sinking into nature. Their chanting sessions are mesmerizing. Coming to the modern aspect, they also offer Acrobatic classes, Vortex healing, a Chiropractor and a lot more. Their personality development workshops and the ones on Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction are recommended. The name is very apt as music forms a huge part of the culture there and that just adds another dimension to the experience.

4. Tao-Zen Meditation Centre
If silence is what helps you relax, this is just the place for you. And they have a melodious way of breaking the monotony too – the mesmerizing chant of Om Mani Padme Hum. Tao Zen meditation is all about this chant whose literal translation is the sound of silence, the diamond in the lotus. Understand it and achieve nirvana! Also, this Yoga Retreat DOES NOT provide accommodation. It’s a place you visit. That’s the way they roll. And for the rest of the time if you want to explore the two schools of thought without being a philosopher, check out the books The Tao of Pooh and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance!

5. The Whispering Lakes Yoga Retreats
If you don’t know what school of thought you like but want to explore, go to The Whispering Lakes. Their specialty is their accommodations which are a perfect blend of traditional cottages and most modern amenities to ensure a comfortable, rather even luxurious stay. And they have a restaurant on the lake! It doesn’t get fancier than that. Besides, they have a special Meditational retreat called Samadhi if you wish to be alone. Their unique offering is sessions with gurus from any and every school of thought you can imagine. Go with an open mind and discover yourself!

Not only will you avoid the usual hangover phase after a Goa trip, you will come back knowing yourself a little better and being able to control your mind and body a lot better! Besides, the things that you learn in our Yoga Retreat, the places that you see and the feelings that you experience will remain with you forever.

 

Top 10 Reasons You Need To Attend a Yoga Retreat Soon

Yoga Retreat

Going on a yoga retreat is a unique journey of self-discovery and improvement. Wellness is one of the biggest benefits of a retreat because the holistic experience is extremely powerful and allows you to grow exponentially. It is said, “Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.” Yoga retreats are considered to be one of the most healing adventures because they encourage a lifestyle of health and extreme wellness upon re-entering the real world.

1. Escape the Stress

When you go to a yoga retreat you have absolutely no responsibilities, aside from enjoying yourself. This is the ideal time to focus solely on relaxation because this experience is all about you. Think about a yoga retreat as an investment into your wellness, and remember you’re worth it. In addition to your needs, this is a time to detox from technology. This technology detox allows you to gain independence from your phone, the outside world, and your eager family and friends.

2. Scenic Getaways

Yoga retreats are scattered all across the globe in enchanting and foreign lands. For example, Retreat named as one of the top Retreats in the world by CNN, is located on a beautiful beach on KohSamuiin Thailand (rumored to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world). You can even find retreats within the United States, which are nuzzled in the mountains, open fields, or even at the beach. The benefit about these scenic getaways is that it exposes you to new cultures and ways of life. If you’re lucky your retreat may even infuse local flair into the cuisine!

3. Take Your Yoga to the Next Level

Even if you are new to yoga are have been practicing for years, retreats are a valuable time to take your yoga practice deeper.During a retreat your main focus is yoga, which lets you develop a deeper dedication to the practice. In addition, extremely talented yoga instructors like Paul Dallaghan will surround and guide you.

4. Discover Healthy Eating

Most yoga retreats handle your meals for you, which is a huge stress reliever for many. The food is tasty, healthy, and usually incorporates some local tastes. After just a few days of detox eating your body will automatically begin to crave health food over junk food. At the end of your retreat experience make a commitment to healthy eating and incorporate elements of your new diet into the old.

5. Positive Vibes and Attitudes

At a yoga retreat an environment of healing and spiritual energy continually surrounds you. In addition to the positive atmosphere you are also surrounded by people with similar goals and attitudes, which further creates an environment of complete Zen. These people will serve to inspire and motivate you to achieve your various goals, and can become lifelong friends.

6. Self Discovery

During a yoga retreat you develop a new perspective on life and also learn about yourself. This happens through extreme mediation, whichwelcomes deep thought. It also occurs because you have more free time to just sit and reflect on your life, coming decisions, or even present problems. The retreat breaks the mold of your everyday life and ushers you into a space conducivefor personal growth.

7. A Healthy and Stress Free Vacation

After returning home from a vacation most people feel bloated and more stressed than ever. A yoga retreat is ideal because you are engaging in healthy activities and eating, which does wonders for your body. In addition, the retreat and atmosphere will be void of annoyances and items of stress.

8. TryingNew Things

For many people a yoga retreat is a completely new experience, but even if you are a retreat regular, each yoga retreat offers new and exciting things. As mentioned above the food will be healthy, unique, and locally influenced. Besides the new dining experience, opportunities for new yoga practices and mediation will also be present.

9. Fun!

In addition to yoga you have the opportunity to explore new areas and participate in exciting excursions. Some retreats offer additional side trips such as ziplining, snorkeling, horseback riding and hiking. Free time is also available during your stay so you have opportunities to explore the area or read the book you have been putting off for months on the beach.

10. Return Home a Better You

The yoga retreat will equip you with all the right tools to live a more active and well life. After doing hours of yoga you will feel a deep sense of calm and peace, which you can bring back to your stressed filled life at home. Also continue to honor your body by incorporating the healthy snacks and meals you grew accustomed to at the retreat. During your stay you began the process of detoxing and cleansing through mediation, diet, rituals, discipline, and practices. You have the ability to translate those lessons into your life to live in a healthier and more peaceful way.

For an irreplaceable life adventure, book your yoga retreat today. For optimal healing ensure it is the right retreat for you and your needs by doing some preliminary research. Then to ready yourself right before the trip pack the right things for your retreat and open your mind and spirit for the coming journey. Finally, prepare yourself to let go of the stresses surrounding your home life. Embark on a yoga retreat as soon as you can to experience the healing and rejuvenating benefits.

 

Bali Spirit Festival: A Global Celebration of Yoga, Dance & Music

Bali Spirit Festival

A truly global event, the annual Bali Spirit Festival, Southeast Asia’s premier yoga, dance, and world music celebration, will open its gates to the international community once again from March 31st to April 5th, 2015. Now in its 8th year, this spiritually charged event attracts nearly 6,000 visitors over 5 days to Ubud, Bali, to celebrate the synergy of global cultural collaboration through the sacred arts: from yoga, healing, and meditation to diverse, creative expressions of music and creative movement.

Named one of the “Top Yoga Festivals Around the Globe” (Yahoo News), Bali Spirit Festival features over 150 daytime workshops set in the stunning, tropical surroundings of Bali, led by dozens of top international instructors, inspirational speakers, and holistic healers such as Simon Park (USA), Janet Stone (USA), Michiko Minegishi (Japan), Nadine McNeil (Jamaica), Ronan Tang (China) and many more.

Ranked among “Asia’s Top 6 Music Festivals” (Travel Wire), the Bali Spirit Festival’s nighttime festivities include a “Bhakti Series” of devotional music, as well as “One World One Stage” line-up of world class acts who encourage conscious living and well-being for individuals, communities, and the planet. The Festival also celebrates the lush beauty and creativity of its island home with performances of traditional Balinese performing arts.

The entire family is warmly welcome, and “Hari Cinta Keluarga” (We Love Family Day) honours our youngest festival-goers with special classes and creative activities for children. A vibrant “Dharma Fair” offers a range of deliciously wholesome fare and wares by socially and eco-conscious vendors.

Pass-holders can relish the beautiful surroundings of Bali and the excitement of this global gathering knowing that their participation supports the Bali Spirit Festival’s “Karma” initiatives. The Festival’s founders are committed to giving back to the local community and have raised more than $75,000 for local charities and outreach programs for Balinese performing arts, HIV & AIDS education, and reforestation in Bali.

Passes are on sale now, and deep discounts are available to Early Birds.

Visit Bali Spirit Festival for a complete line-up and to purchase your passes.