Why we love it: Incorporating wellbeing and healthy lifestyle might not be possible for those who lead a busy city life, but what if a holiday destination can take you through a journey of holistic mind, body and soul rejuvenation? Goa is known to be the fun capital of India, and offers all the treats that are associated with a beach holiday destination.
Yoga is not always about rigid timings, bland food and seclusion and Goa is not just sun, sand, beer and cocktails. There is a whole new world in store for the wanderlust in us.
There is a different side to Goa, one that remains a safely guarded secret. There are several retreats that offer a more relaxed and soothing holiday experience. Goa can be a sanctuary allowing city dwellers a chance to immerse in yoga and enjoy nature in its true and untouched form.
One of the yoga retreats that stand out is Ashiyana. Ashiyana is a Hindi word that translates into a “beautiful dwelling place or home”. Ashiyana is a dreamlike retreat that offers yoga holidays to those who wish to explore Goa’s tranquil settings and calm beaches.
Ambiance and style: People come to Ashiyana to escape the stress of city life and to enjoy the liberating and laidback ambiance is created by the eco-friendly design, the lush green palm groves along with the sound and sight of the waves cashing against the shore.
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Yoga sessions are designed to help guests dive within and connect with the inner self. Yoga here is not about finding a guru or a mantra but is more about self-discovery.
The three yoga shalas (practice rooms) offer guests a chance to participate in yoga sessions. The outdoor shala is built around existing tress and greenery and offers a blissful atmosphere for meditation. After the yoga sessions explore the beautiful gardens and lay on a hammock soaking in the sounds of nature. The singing birds and the cool breeze will make you breathe a sigh of relief that will fill your heart with joy.
Where: Ashiyana is nestled in the lap of tropical heaven in Manderm Beach, North Goa. The Manderm River enchants retreat guests as it gracefully flows by. The retreat is located in a quaint fishing village that has still caters to tourist with internet cafes, travel agents, organic shops etc. You can explore the village and the surrounding areas by renting taxis or motorbikes.
Cost: The best time to visit Ashiyana is between October to April. Daily room rentals range from 40 Euros to 150 Euros or INR 2600 to INR 10000.
Who to go with: This place is apt for all travelers seeking to experience nature’s calm and therapeutic effects. If you are a solo traveler you are sure to make a lot of friends at the retreat. Travelling with your partner or spouse will also work as this retreat provides plenty of time to spend together in private.
How long to go for: Plan a weeklong getaway to Ashiyana as there is so much to experience here.
What the rooms are like: Guests can stay in the tree houses that blend in with the natural settings, eco-lodges or stone houses. Rooms have large windows and bring the freshness of the outdoors within. The Ashiyana Villa is suitable for luxury travelers who wish to live in style.
Amenities and extras: The spa and the numerous silent areas offer additional relaxation. The beach and the river are at the disposal of the guests and one does not have to worry about security as there are guards to take care of that. The restaurant at the retreat is known to serve the most scrumptious vegetarian cuisine. Chicken and fish are served a couple of times in the week. Food is prepared with love.
Not so hot: Kids are welcome but it wouldn’t be advisable to travel to this retreat with kids as the ambiance at the retreat caters more to adults.
Address and website: Ashiyana Tropical Retreat Centre, Junas Waddo, Mandrem, Goa, Indiawww.ashiyana-yoga-goa.com