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Join Dina Cohen for this yoga retreat on one of the beautiful beaches in South Goa. On this retreat, you will begin the New Year as you intend to continue, nourishing yourself from the inside out with practices to sustain you through the ups and downs of the year ahead. The program is open for everyone. Dina will offer a supportive environment for both beginners and more experienced practitioners alike.
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Bamboo Yoga’s beach bungalows on Patnem Beach are designed to blend beautifully with the breathtaking natural surroundings. Built on the fine white sand every season after the monsoon rains, using local organic materials, the bungalow style beach huts are simply stylish, comfortable, private, and eco-friendly.
Located directly behind the ocean shala and beachfront lounge, and just steps from Patnem Beach, the boutique bungalows are designed to help you reconnect with nature. Whether watching the eagles soar overhead from the hammock on your balcony, or falling asleep to the sound of the waves, the normal stresses of life melt away and you will feel open to a more profound yoga practice.
Each bungalow beach hut at Bamboo Yoga Retreat Goa has one double or two single beds with comfortable European style mattresses, good linens, and mosquito netting, set in a spacious airy room with plenty of room to hang your clothes and store your belongings.
Constructed to make use of the natural ventilation from the cooling sea breeze, the bungalows also have ceiling fans for more tropical times of year. Attached bathrooms with western style toilets are open to the sky for the magical experience of showering under the stars.
All bungalows have beautiful natural panoramas views or sea view overlooking Patnem Beach, and you can choose between a Beachfront Sunset Bungalow, an Ocean Mountain Bungalow, or an Ocean Temple Bungalow, which is quieter at night with its peaceful garden setting.
Regular housekeeping is available, with fresh linens on request, although Bamboo Yoga asks guests to bring their own towels for the beach. The bungalows can be locked when you go out, and free Wi-Fi is available in the lounge area.
Gathering in silence before breakfast, a wake up session of cleansing and stimulating breathing techniques will prepare you for an introduction to mindfulness practices, setting you up for the rest of the day.
A two-hour dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga practice is scheduled mid-morning in the shade of the seafront shala overlooking Patnem Beach. Synchronizing breath and movement, this will be offered in a step-by-step format, starting with a slow and easy warm-up and gradually building in intensity to incorporate more challenging poses as the week progresses. You will work on building strength, stamina and flexibility.
After a delicious lunch and a free afternoon to lounge on the beach, get a massage, or stroll to the shops, you will regroup for a gentler, more relaxing session of Yin and Restorative yoga.
There might be workshop inversions, hip or shoulder openers, or perhaps the exploration of the guided relaxation of Yoga Nidra, or some of the more esoteric and philosophical aspect of the practice. You will finish in time to marvel at yet another stunning sunset.
You will dine together as a group at Bamboo in the evening (included in price) although it’s also worth checking out one of the many inexpensive local eateries on the day off.
There will be one rest day during this yoga retreat.
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Dina is accredited as a senior teacher and teacher trainer by Yoga Alliance both in India and in the USA, and she has been practicing and teaching yoga and mindfulness since the 90s, promoting these as tools for a healthy, toned, and supple body as well as a deeper and more expansive outlook on life. Her teaching is inspired by the fluid, breath-synchronized dance of Vinyasa Flow, the precision and integrity of Iyengar, and the deep lake of meditative stillness that is Yin and Restorative yoga.
Recently voted one of the top ten yoga retreat centers in India by Conde Naste Traveller Magazine, Bamboo Yoga stands proudly at the end of the white sandy beach of Patnem in South Goa, India.
Goa is India’s smallest - and some would say most friendly - state, boasting some of the best beaches in Asia. However, it’s not just sand, sea, and sunsets. Goa’s mix of Indian and Portuguese heritage means you will find white churches poking out from the coconut palms alongside Hindu temples. Patnem Beach is a very safe place for guests to arrive alone and go out at night.
Whilst some of North Goa has suffered from over-development, the far south is still unspoiled, with its lush mountain range, beautiful backwaters, and long golden beaches. It is against this this peaceful tropical backdrop in Goa that Bamboo Yoga runs its yoga holidays and retreats.
Bamboo Yoga’s resort is located at the far southern end of Patnem Beach in the Canacona state of South Goa. Bamboo Yoga is close to acclaimed Agonda Beach and one beach down from famous Palolem, with its wide selection of souvenir stalls, restaurants, and nightlife.
Local town Chaudi, a five-minute drive away, has banks and ATMs, a supermarket, well-stocked chemists, and a colorful Saturday fruit and veg market. Patnem high street has a useful mix of internet cafes, money exchange, and travel agents, and shops selling clothing and souvenirs alongside everyday essential such as toiletries.
Whilst social life in Patnem mostly consists of some sunset cocktails at one of the beach shacks, with occasional live music nights, there are regular headphone parties in Palolem, and a weekly night with international DJs at Leopard Valley - an incredible outdoor club in the jungle on the way to Agonda Beach.
Food at Bamboo Yoga is all about flexibility and balance. It is wholesome and nutritious, cooked with love and without compromising on flavor. At Bamboo Yoga Retreat, the restaurant focuses on healthy locally sourced food, organic wherever possible and international cooking by the team of highly trained passionate chefs.
To start your day, Bamboo Yoga prepares a freshly squeezed juice of the day, which could be watermelon and ginger, or pineapple lemon and mint, to cleanse your body and give you an energy boost for your sun salutations. There is also a big fresh tropical fruit salad every morning.
A big brunch is served after the morning yoga session, homemade yogurt, local Goa breads, eggs and muesli, with some Indian inspired vegetable dishes and salads for those who’ve built up an appetite with their exertions. Then, you can take your time to relax and watch the waves from the beachside lounge with a cup of herbal tea or Indian chai.
A selection of snacks, salads, super juices, and smoothies are available all day at the restaurant, along with daily specials based around seasonal produce from the local market.
Bamboo Yoga serves a selection of teas and locally baked cookies in the afternoon before your yoga class to give you an energy boost.
For dinner, the menu changes daily and includes delicious Indian and Asian vegetarian dishes, salads, fresh sustainable fish, and seafood is also possible to order on the day. All of it is lovingly prepared to help your body’s restoration and growth, but most of all to taste great! If you have special dietary requirements, or just don’t like spicy food, please let Bamboo Yoga Retreat know.
Dinner can be ordered a la carte, or there is a big buffet in the restaurant if you are on retreat. Special meals around a communal table will be held every week for yoga holidays, and Bamboo Yoga also puts table on the Patnem Beach under the stars for special occasions.
Your retreat is full-board so that the menu can work with your program, whether supporting weight loss, detoxing the body, or focusing on raw food. Bamboo Yoga also offers refillable mineral water to eliminate plastic bottle waste, and uses filtered water in the kitchen.
With Bamboo Yoga’s team that is made up of Nepalese chefs and Heidi who is a nutritional advisor, you will not be disappointed of the food served at Bamboo Yoga.
On your free time, you have the opportunity to enjoy spa treatments guided by the Ayurvedic ethos of well-being within and without. The treatments will complement your yoga practice. Bamboo Yoga offers an extensive menu of healing therapies from a beautiful massage hut just meters away from Patnem Beach.
There are also wonderful places to visit and activities to do in and around Goa, from boat trips to spot dolphins and kayaking to secret coves, to exploring the coastline by scooter. Drive through picturesque fishing villages to the turtle-nesting beach of Galjibag, or seek out the freshwater lagoon at Cola Beach and the spectacular sea views from Cabo de Rama Fort.
Nature lovers will enjoy Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots just a few kilometers south of Patnem. Whether or not you catch a glimpse of an elusive leopard or a troop of monkeys, the mountainous jungle scenery is spectacular.
If you’re an architecture buff, take a trip to the colonial Latin quarter in Panjim, Goa’s new capital, and to Old Goa, the historic city of the Portuguese eastern empire. The Lunch Club by KOKOindia offers a unique cultural experience beyond the beach, with a private tour of one of Goa’s grand mansions, and an authentic Indo-Portuguese lunch in a restored Palacio.
Shoppers and souvenir seekers will love the weekly flea and night markets in North Goa, where you can find everything from silk scarves and silver jewelry to sandals, sarongs, and spices. Remember to haggle - it’s all part of the experience!
Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Patnem Beach is around an hour and a half’s drive from the airport, where both international charter and domestic flights land. Many international scheduled flights land in Mumbai, an hour’s flight from Goa.
Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request for an extra cost. Bamboo Yoga Retreat can arrange for one of their drivers to meet you from your flight at the airport no matter what time you arrive.
Buses navigate India’s rather bumpy roads to Goa from all the major cities, such as Mumbai or Bombay and Bangalore, as well as via popular tourist destinations including Hampi and Gokarna. Chaudi has a bus station, although you may need to get a local bus here from Margao. Make sure you get a sleeper bus for overnight journeys.
Canacona has a train station just 10 minutes away from Patnem by rickshaw, although many faster trains only call at Margao (Madgaon) station, an hour’s drive away. India’s trains are an economical and exciting way of covering longer distances, if you plan on extending your holiday with a visit to Kerala or are ending a hectic north India trip with some relaxing and rejuvenating yoga.
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