Yoga & Body Arts
- An opportunity to integrate a rigorous and blissful yogic experience with guided meditations, somatic techniques and therapeutic movement practices
- A clear, essential foundation in yoga asana (Iyengar Method), concentrating on physical alignment and the therapeutic benefits of yoga via the use of props and supports
- Cultivation of an holistic approach to the body and mind with awareness and sensitivity to all eight limbs of Yoga
- An individual approach that ensures you flow into your practice at your own pace, whether you are new to Yoga and wanting to settle into the basics or if you are looking to deepen a well-established practice and be challenged!
- Yoga Asana is complimented by and integrated with Pranayama (the art of breathing), Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness Meditation, Chi Gung, Moving Meditation, Ayur-balance Massage and Osho Dynamic Meditation
The YogaMC team are thrilled to be sharing their practice with guests at their spiritual home in Mandrem, Goa.
Typical Daily Schedule:
No activities are compulsory, we provide the option for you 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 and choose from, YOU are in charge of your time with us!
7:30am: Morning Activity
Pranayama, meditation, guided silent walk, active meditation, body work (the morning activity will be held on every alternate days)
Yoga, therapeutic movement, chi gung
Free Time - 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
Yoga, therapeutic movement, chi gung
8:30pm Evening Activity
Meditation, active meditation, chanting, documentary, group discussions, group outing to the night market or local event, surprise acts ;)
7 nights accommodation
Accommodation ranges from simple en-suite beach huts, to stylish wooden eco-lodges and luxury adobe-style dwellings that are built in a beautiful Palm Grove and face towards the sea (viewable from some of the upper-floor balconies). For those of you choosing the non-residential option, we can provide some advice on finding an appropriate guesthouse.
2x two hour yoga / therapeutic movement / Chi Gung workshops per day
There will always be one Iyengar-based yoga workshop a day, either in the morning or late afternoon. The Iyengar method is typified by focusing on correct alignment, holding the poses for long periods of time to experience the therapeutic benefit and by the use of props. There are 3 fully equipped yoga shalas in the grounds. Mats, blocks, bolsters, straps, chairs and blankets are all provided. There will be an opportunity for you to individually discuss your yoga experience and physical history with us so that we can tailor our workshops to your needs, either giving more introductions, corrections or challenges! Clothing should be comfortable and stretchy or loose enough for full body movement.
An 'Ayur Balance' massage (60 mins) with Elsa Silva
Ayur means 'life'. It’s a life balancing, enhancing, and enriching therapeutic work. The massage session is an integration of ancient Indian tradition and Ayurvedic wisdom combined with a scientific approach to body, mind and emotional wellbeing. The technical approach is with hands, fists, fingers, thumbs, knuckles, forearms and elbows, focusing on releasing hidden tensions, stress relief, detoxifying the organs and tissues. Blood circulation is re-channeled, opening up tight & asphyxiated muscle and tissue, releasing joints, clarifying prana and vitality, healing physical and emotional traumas, uplifting one to a state of balanced and serenely natural, free-flowing health.
Two beautiful buffet meals (brunch and dinner)
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, hummus, tahini, and other daily specials. Tea, coffee and juices. Fresh fish dishes are served twice a week. All water is filtered, including that used for cooking.
(Filtered water, hot lemon ginger and India masala chai is available at any time throughout the day and night!)
Meditation, chanting and other cultural activities happen in the retreat centre every evening.
International or domestic Flights
International charter flights and national flights arrive at Dabolim International Airport in Goa.
For flights from the UK we recommend:
For domestic flights flying from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kochin and Chennai we recommend:
Deccan Air | Jet Airways | Spice Jet
searchable on: www.makemytrip.com
All foreign nationals visiting India require a visa to enter India.
Go to www.india-visa.com which has links to each Indian Embassy website for the country of your nationality, where you will be able to check visa requirements and download application forms.
Transfers from/to airport from Goa airport
Ashiyana is a 90-minute taxi journey from Goa airport. Pre-paid government taxis are available as you exit the airport terminal, or we can organise a local Mandrem taxi to collect you (approx. Rs. 1200 - £15). Money changers and ATMS can be found at the airport and also local to Ashiyana if arriving during the day.
Arrival day: Sunday 20th November
Departure day: Sunday 27th November
Again, please do contact us for any more info or questions, we will be happy to discuss them with you: firstname.lastname@example.org
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