Top Yoga Retreats in Goa, India

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Abhijit Tembhekar /Flickr
Photo of Sridevi Nambiar
28 October 2016

With its many beaches, its lush green cover and its relaxed pace of life, Goa is a uniquely calm and soothing location to partake in a yoga retreat. And so the state is home to several yoga retreat and holiday centers offering beginner to advanced level programs. We’ve rounded up a list of Goa’s four best yoga offerings.

Ashiyana Yoga Center

Spa, Yoga Studio
This yoga retreat center in Mandrem Beach has one of the finest spas in the state. Featuring Goa’s only ‘natural swimming pool’ (naturally self-cleaning with no chemicals), a Turkish sauna and five treatment rooms, the spa and treatment center offers a range of treatments as well as tailored programs. Ashiyana offers a range of certification programs for yoga instructors in addition to various retreat programs, as well as regular drop-in yoga classes. A regular yoga holiday package here will give you beachside accommodation along with healthy meals and access to morning and evening yoga classes. The center offers various recreative activities such as chanting, meditations, yoga nidra, music concerts, pujas, karma yoga and workshops on subjects including AcroYoga, Inversions, Yoga for Digestion, Creative Writing, Expressive Painting, Nutrition, Feng Shui and more.

Bamboo Yoga Retreat

Spa Hotel, Hotel
Bamboo offers a range of yoga holidays, retreats and teacher training programs. The retreat program offers two long yoga sessions a day, a variety of meditation and philosophy sessions, group beachside dinners and boat trips. With a fabulous spa offering treatments including deep tissue massage, Reiki, Shiatsu, Kerala foot massages and traditional Indian head massages, and a restaurant providing healthy locally sourced mostly-organic food, this retreat center is among Goa’s best.

Little Cove Yoga Holiday Retreat

This beachfront yoga resort on Cola Beach in South Goa offers yoga holidays, yoga teacher training programs and retreats. With the yoga holiday day package, you get two yoga classes per day with a range of interesting options for things to do during your free time. Little Cove also offers various scheduled 10-15 day themed yoga retreats led by qualified instructors throughout the year. With on-site Ayurvedic massages and treatments, organic vegetarian Indian meals and complimentary cooking classes, this resort has a lot more to offer than an outstanding yoga experience. They can even arrange dolphin-watching or fishing should you wish to do either.

Little cola beach, Canacona, South Goa, Goa

Banyan Yoga Tree

With a yoga shala made from mud, clay and cow dung covered by a palm leaf roof, this resort offers 7 day packages combining classes in hatha yoga, meditation and more. It comes with an optional 3 day detox program as well as massage therapy options. Banyan Yoga Tree features ten eco friendly huts made from local, sustainable materials each, a beautiful garden from where the vegetables for their kitchen are sourced, as well as a bonfire area surrounded by cashew trees with live music in the evenings. The resort also features a resident masseuse trained in Thai massage and Reiki.

Next to Bhumika Temple, Near Aswem Football Ground, Mandrem-Aswem Wado, Goa

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