If you want to learn yoga professionally or as a hobby, then Goa is the place to be. With cool winds, swaying palms, tropical weather and the sound of water splashing, Goa is a heaven for yoga learners. The peace and tranquility that surrounds the state helps in improving ones state of mind and soul. There are many institutes in Goa that offer various group or individual courses for Yoga and teacher certifications. The ancient art of South Indian tradition of healing and medicine – Ayurveda is also taught and practiced here extensively.
In South Goa, Palolem, Agonda and Patnem Beach and in North Goa, Mandrem, Arambol and Anjuna Beach are the famous beaches to learn yoga. Many even have retreat centers for yoga courses of longer duration. However, all the beaches in Goa offer various courses in Yoga and one can easily find a course that suits their schedule perfectly. Most of the centers open after monsoons, when the weather becomes more pleasant, generally between the months of October and May every year. Here are some yoga retreats and Ayurvedic centers in Goa:
Ayurvedic Natural Health Care
This highly renowned Ayurvedic retreat is located near the Calangute and Baga Beach, about 5 kilometers from Saligao. The Ayurvedic center offers a vast variety of courses in Reflexology, Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Yoga and others. Many doctors and physicians are also available on-site that offer treatments, which can last up to three weeks. Daily yoga classes are also provided that cost around Rs. 300 per session.
: Chogm Road, Saligao, Calangute, Goa, IndiaPhone
: +91 - 832-2409275/ 2409036/ 2409052/ 2409052
Ashiyana Retreat Center
This one-of-a-kind, tropical retreat center is located on the unspoiled Mandrem Beach in North Goa. Situated right in the middle of abundant beauty and natural flora and fauna, Ashiyana Retreat Center is especially designed to help you relax your body, mind and soul. You can either stay in one of the gorgeously styled accommodations at the retreat, or drop in for daily yoga classes. Their Spa and Treatment center is perfect for those who just want to relax and unwind. Address
: Junas Waddo, Mandrem, GoaPhone
: +91 9850401714
Started in 2003, Brahmani Center in Goa is open between November and April and is an excellent place to start practicing yoga. It offers daily yoga classes in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha, Dynamic, Restorative, Kundalini, Pranayama Meditation and the most interesting Superhero Acro-Flow. With professionally trained teachers, learning yoga over here is a completely different experience. Since it is a drop-in center, there is no need to pre-book for a class, just drop in 15 minutes before the class starts, as it is first-come first-basis. Address
: Tito's White House, Aguada - Siolim Road. Anjuna, GoaPhone
: +91 954 562 0578
Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
Situated near the Arambol Beach, Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre runs five-day courses in yoga and Ayurvedic treatments from November to March. This center is a winter school of Iyengar yoga school in Dharamkhot and is headed by the same teacher – Sharat Arora. Courses for both new and experienced yoga learners are available that cost around Rs. 3000. Longer duration courses that last up to three weeks are also available. Special courses that combine yoga with Ayurveda are also taught here. Accommodations in the form of basic huts are also available for the students.
: Madhlo Vaddo, Arambol, North Goa, 403524Email
Harmonic Healing Center
Located at the end of Patnem Beach in South Goa, Harmonic Healing Center is one stop shop for everything related to yoga and healing. Classes, workshops, Chiropractic treatments, Harmonic Healing Center has it all. Address
: Patnem Beach, GoaPhone
: +91 (0) 880 682 1946
Yoga Magic Eco Retreat
Located between swaying palms and rice paddy fields near Anjuna Beach, Yoga Magic Eco Retreat is a one-of-a-kind yoga resort that offers various courses in different forms of yoga. Accommodations over here are in the form of lavishly styled tents decorated in Rajasthani furnishings. Swimming Pool, Organic Vegetarian Restaurant and resident musicians enhance the charm of this place. A minimum three-night stay is required over here that costs around Rs. 8000 per night per tent. Daily workshops and classes are also available.Address
: 1586/1 Grand Chinvar, Anjuna, Bardez, North Goa – 403509Phone
: +91 (0)832 652 3796
Yoga Resorts in Goa
Goa is synonymous with yoga; therefore, whether you want to practice yoga as a hobby or on a professional basis, Goa is the place to be. There are many yoga resorts in the state that offer daily yoga courses and some long term courses as well. Most of these resorts open in October each year till the month of May and belong to all budget types. Here are some popular yoga retreats in Goa:
Located in the Ashwem Beach of North Goa, Yoga Gypsys is a popular yoga resort in the state that provides its guests with simple and comfortable accommodation. Daily yoga classes are held in the resort with regular yoga retreats and workshops taken by experienced professionals throughout the season. The resort has three types of lodging – Zen Huts, Tipi Tents and Portuguese Style Cottages. The resort also consists of a rooftop restaurant that serves wholesome organic food.
Little Cove Yoga Holiday Retreat
One of the most popular and highly reputed yoga resorts in Goa; Little Cove is located on the Cola Beach, near Agonda Beach, in the peaceful South Goa. This yoga resort is owned and run by an Indian Yogi, who is a certified professional in Ashtanga Yoga and Naturopathy. Daily yoga classes are offered twice a day next to the beach. The resort houses a restaurant that offers only vegetarian Indian meals. One can even take free cooking classes over here. For those, who are interested in taking long-term classes, a 15 day intense yoga course is held here throughout the year.
Swan Yoga Retreat
A top yoga resort in the state, Swan Yoga Retreat is run by sannyasins, who are educated from Bihar School of Yoga. Daily sacred pujas (traditional prayers), hymns and yoga classes are held at the retreat. The accommodation is simple, inexpensive and spacious with eco-friendly cottages. Located in North Goa, near Assagao Village, Swan Yoga Retreat is a paradise for those who are looking to have a peaceful time in Goa.
Located at Mandrem Beach in North Goa, this yoga resort is a creation of different artists from all over the world. Daily yoga classes are offered here next to the river. The resort houses a juice bar and a restaurant serving healthy food. Other fun activities offered here are kayaking and bird watching. Four types of accommodation are offered here – The Chalets, Lake View Room, The Yantra Tents and Ganesh View Room. While the Chalets are the most expensive and cost Rs. 9000 per night, other types of accommodation are relatively cheaper and cost between Rs. 2500 and Rs. 4800 per night.
Yoga Magic Eco Retreat
Another poplar yoga resort in Goa, Yoga Magic Eco Retreat is a one-of-a-kind place tucked between the coconut trees and rice fields, near the famous Anjuna Beach. Luxurious accommodations are provided here, all of which are decorated in Rajasthani style. Daily different forms of yoga classes are offered here in a yoga temple. Other activities include a swimming pool, completely vegetarian restaurant and live musicians. Depending upon the season, a tent over here would cost around Rs. 8000 per night.
Purple Valley Yoga Retreat
Located in a verdant valley, near Assagoa Village in North Goa, Purple Valley Yoga Retreat is mainly for serious students who want to learn yoga on a long term basis. A minimum two week stay is required over here, however in certain cases one week is also allowed. Although the retreat offers many forms of yoga classes, Ashtanga Yoga is the specialty over here. Prices for the accommodation include yoga classes, lodging and three vegetarian meals.
The Beach House
One of the latest and the most expensive yoga resorts in the state, the Beach House is located on the Sernabatim Beach in South Goa. The resort consists of nine extravagant rooms with different kinds of wellness programs. The accommodation over here depends upon the yoga plan that you chose. They have 5, 7, 10 and 14 night yoga retreats over here, which costs between Rs. 96,000 to Rs, 2,30,000 for one person. Other activities over here include meditation, pranayama and Ayurvedic consultations.