Awaken your inner wanderlust, dive into the multicultural hotpot of North Goa and experience the warmth of the Yogic community and meet like minded yogis from all over the world.
Every yogi that loves to travel is definitely thinking about Goa, the panoramic sunsets above the Arabian sea, the jumping dolphins, the sound of the ocean while practising yoga, the open-air yoga shalas facing the sea and not to forget the fresh coconut while oscillating on the hammock with sand kissed feet.
So here is a list of the top 10 yoga retreats in North Goa to experience this winter, from Yin yoga to Ashtanga to Vinyasa to traditional Hatha yoga, we have a vibrant mix. The list has been sorted by cost per day (highest to lowest).
If you are a fan of Yin or just curious have to check out number 3.
Namaste House Yoga organizes the Goa edition of the Yoga Retreat at Jamboree Creek which is located equidistant for Ashvem beach & Mandrem beach in the north of Goa. Lush landscaping, open-air showers, tiled roofs, hammocks and a large swimming pool is what awaits you at Jamboree Creek, all that served with sumptuous meals and a warm heart.
Namaste House Yoga was founded in Ireland by Alison Quinlan who is a certified yoga teacher (500 RYT), a former ballet student having decades of experience in Ashtanga, Yin and Iyengar Yoga. Her classes are filled with knowledge and a sense of humour she teaches both the ancient yogic tradition and the modern adaptations. Alison specialises in Yoga for Trauma and at home, in Ireland she works with Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre.
The retreat cum training organized by Namaste House in Goa promises to explore Yin yoga & human anatomy from the theoretical aspect to the practical application. Yin yoga works like therapy for the body’s own intelligence and intuition which increases the chi, improves flexibility and stamina of the mind and body.
The 5 Day Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Ashvem, Goa (USD 962) organized by Namaste House Yoga Retreat includes
Cost per day: INR 17820 or USD 240.5
Tranquil Times Yoga Retreat headquartered in Sadovo, Bulgaria conducts yoga retreats in Bulgaria, Santorini Greece, Ibiza and Goa. The retreats are run by Jo & Mark who moved to Bulgaria from the UK in order to start a new life and a beautiful retreat.
Yogi Jo Crowder who is the founder of Tranquil Times is a certified yoga instructor, a Reiki Master and a knowledgeable nutritionist. Her yoga journey started when she was just a teenager.
The Tranquil Times Yoga Retreat in Goa combines yoga and ancient energy practices topping that with the cultural immersion and adventure of Goa. Aimed at igniting your inner fire, balancing and healing your mind, body and soul through daily Yoga, Meditation and energy work this retreat should leave you fresh and rejuvenated.
The retreat is organized in Nalanda Wellness Resort, a 4000 sqm beach front property on Mandrem Beach. Nalanda Wellness has 2 large swimming pools, open gardens, terraces, in-house restaurant with sea view and calm and private yoga shalas. They are well staffed and can cook up vegan gluten free dishes on request.
The 8 Day Transformational and Adventure Yin Yang Yoga Retreat in Mandrem Goa (USD 1419) organized by Tranquil Times Yoga includes
Cost per day: INR 15020 or USD 202.7
As a Yoga Alliance certified school they teach yoga as an art form creative and authentic, being mindful that every student has his/her own unique energy and flow.
Yin Yoga Therapy Training was founded by Alexandra Denkinger M.D.(Acu) who is a registered Doctor of Medicine in Acupuncture. Alexandra has travelled the globe, learned various healing systems including Yoga and finally moved from Germany to India.
Yin Yoga Therapy Training was set up with the ethos to apply the teachings & practices of yoga to investigate the relationship of our body, mind, and soul, to gain clarity about our nature, to experience freedom & joy and to establish harmony between us and others.
The retreat organized by Yin Yoga Therapy takes place at Devarya Wellness Resort which is a stone throw away from Morjim beach in North Goa. The surf & soul retreat is perfect for beginners to get comfortable on the board (surfing is your YANG) and restore the mind, body and soul with YIN yoga immersions. All the above can be enjoyed with sublime brunch and afternoons spent in the shade of the coconut tree sipping on fresh coconut water.
The 8 Day Surf & Soul Yoga Holiday in Goa (USD 996) organized by Yin Yoga Therapy Training Goa includes
Cost per day: INR 10550 or USD 142.3
Swan Yoga Retreat Goa is located in the lush tropical valley of Assogao amidst cashew, banana and coconut trees. The ambience is quiet broken only by the sound of birds, the centre is away from the hustle and bustle of the city but only a 15 minutes bike ride from Anjuna & Vagator beach. They do their best to reduce their carbon footprint by using solar energy water heaters and maintaining their own fruit and vegetable gardens.
Swan yoga is an ashram employing the teaching mantra of the gurukula system where a student/seeker lives with the teacher becoming a part of the family and the learning happens on its own at a slow and steady pace. At Swan you experience the authentic Indian way of life and a deep understanding of the philosophy of Yoga.
Gyanmitra Saraswati & Shivendra Ojha are the founders of Swan Yoga Retreat in Goa. Gyanmitra teaches Yoga Nidra and Yoga Philosophy, from oct to may he is in Goa and the rest of the year he can be found in Mallorca, Spain. Shivendra has more than 20 years of yogic experience and holds MSc. and BSc. degree in Yoga teaches Yoga, Sad Darshana, Bhagavad Gita and upanishadic philosophies.
The Yoga Retreat is perfect for beginners as it introduces you to aspects of yoga, asana and pranayama, it helps to amass knowledge on how to inculcate yoga into one's daily life. The retreat provides plenty of free time for self-reflection.
The 7 Days Rejuvenating Hatha Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Goa (USD 632) organized by Swan Yoga Retreat Assagao Goa includes
Cost per day: INR 7810 or USD 105.3
AYM founded in 2005 is a certified non-profit yoga training school with its HQ in Rishikesh. The centre is of the strong belief that yoga is not restricted to the mat but it is a way of life that transcends to synchronization of mind, body & soul creating wholeness and harmony in the yogi's life.
AYM school was founded by Yogi Chetan Mahesh who learnt Yoga Asana with Yogi Balmukund Ji, Pranayama with Swami Vijayanada Ji, Philosophy from Swami Sivananda Maharaj Ji, Swami Dayananda Ji, and Osho Ji, and Samadhi with Swami Chinmayananda Ji and Piolet Baba Ji. He has been a yoga sports champion since 1984 and has a MSc with a focus on Yoga. Yogi Chetan has taught yoga across the globe China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and Malaysia to name a few.
Among the many retreats, AYM school conducts every year a few take place in the beach town Arambol North Goa. The retreats are organized and structured to help students connect with each other, explore their senses, self reflect and continue the journey towards being your most authentic self.
The 3 Day Wellness and Mindfulness Yoga Retreat in Arambol Goa (USD 150) organized by AYM school includes
Cost per day: INR 5557 or USD 75
Oceanic Yoga Goa is a Yoga Alliance USA registered school that was established in 2007 with a mission to help students gather knowledge and transform in order to spread their love and light into the world.
Yogi Abhay is the founder of Oceanic Yoga Goa and he has more than 20 years of yogic experience, Yogi Abhay considers Osho and Maharshi Raman as his inspirations. He also teaches Yoga teacher training courses in Thailand.
At the retreat participants get to practice Hatha and Vinyasa flow; they learn about self-awareness, how to balance strength and flexibility, and how to create a deep connection between the body and the mind.
The 7 Day Multi-style Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Mandrem (USD 436), North Goa by Oceanic Yoga includes
Cost per day: INR 5380 or USD 72.6
Ekant Yoga organizes retreats at the Rosewood Resort set a stone throw away from Mandrem Beach so you get to soak in the beautiful sound of the ocean while you practice yoga one can also enjoy the panoramic view of the Arabian sea and gaze infinitely into the horizon.
Swami Vinod is the founder of Ekant Yoga which was founded to impart yoga knowledge which is a fusion between the ancient traditions and modern form of yoga. The environment at Ekant Yoga is friendly so much so that you will feel like you are a part of the family.
At the retreat, the participants can enjoy all the amenities offered by Rosewood, yoga, meditation, pranayama and Ayurveda treatment. Excursions are also available and you can check the various opportunities available once you are at the retreat.
The 7 Day Multi-style Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Mandrem (USD 375), North Goa by Ekant Yoga includes
Cost per day: INR 4631 or USD 62.5
Hatha Yoga School is a Yoga Alliance USA certified school with its main branch in Rishikesh. They have been imparting yoga knowledge and training for more than a decade now. The Yogacharyas at Hatha Yoga school not only have a vast yogic education, they also have decades of yoga teaching experience.
Hatha Yoga school conducts a few retreats in Arambol North Goa every year. The retreats are organized to be suitable for all levels of practitioners and participants can enjoy a variety of yoga and meditation classes. Utmost care has been taken to design the program so as to support a holistic experience and promote a deeper connection with your body, mind, and spirit.
The 7 Day Yoga, Lifestyle, Ethics & Meditation Retreat in Arambol Goa (USD 350) organized by Hatha Yoga School includes
Cost per day: INR 4320 or USD 58.3
Preksha Yoga Ashram is surrounded by lush greenery amongst tall banana & coconut trees, it is immersed in the rich culture and nature of Mandrem in north Goa. The ashram, though set in a tranquil environment away from the hustle, is only 7 minutes walk from the Mandrem Beach. At night you can hear the sound of the ocean from your beds.
The ashram was founded with a mission to cultivate Joy, Happiness, Contentment and Peace in the hearts and minds of its students, guests and community by means and practice of Yoga. The ashram teaches various styles of yoga but focuses on the traditional and ancient Indian spiritual method of teaching yoga.
A yoga retreat as Preksha will help you return home physically revitalized, emotionally enriched and psychologically rebalanced.
The 5 Day Blissful Multi-style Yoga Retreat in Goa (USD 200) organized by Preksha Yoga Ashram goa includes
Cost per day: INR 3705 or USD 50
Upaya Yoga Retreat and Training centre is located in the beach town of north Arambol it is surrounded by lush green tropical trees. The centre has a swimming pool, 2 large open yoga shalas, large open community areas for lounging and interacting with fellow yogis, a garden with swinging chairs, pillows and cushions and a library for all those that love the touch of paper while they enhance their knowledge.
Upaya Yoga is a yoga alliance certified centre founded by Yogi Prem Krishnanda who has been teaching yoga for more than a decade and he has taught yoga in USA, Japan, China, Norway, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden to name a few. Krishnaji’s vision is to impart yoga training to its fullest depth and dimension so as to make students financially independent and so that they can spread goodness in the world in a wholesome way.
The last time we spoke to Upaya Yoga they were updating their retreat schedule so as soon as we have an update from them we will publish the same here.
Top 10 yoga retreats in north Goa recap (descending order of price)