8 Days Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Goa, India

  • Mandrem Village Resort, Junas Wada, Mandrem Beach, Goa, India

Renewing Yoga Retreat Goa

Immerse yourself in a yoga, meditation, and detox retreat for a better and renewed self. The purification process begins with a proper yogic diet and deep meditation sessions that begin the process of healing the body, mind, and emotions.

Highlights

  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • An Ayurveda therapy session
  • Consultation with an Ayurveda physician
  • Vegetarian meals, excluding Sunday lunch and dinner
  • A meditation or pranayama session
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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During the retreat, you will sleep in a guest house, and have your meals and yoga classes at Mandrem Village Resort, just two to three minutes away by foot. Oceanic Yoga provides rooms attached with a toilet bathroom, in a beautiful set-up surrounded by palm trees and a small garden. The center also features a vegetarian restaurant.

Yogic practice

Hatha yoga is the foundation of all types of yoga. These classical yoga postures, which are held static for a period of time in order to experience their benefits, form the very core of any practice and participants are encouraged to explore the asanas at different levels.

Vinyasa is synchronization of movement and breath. It was first developed by Rishi Vaman somewhere between 500 and 1500 AD for the Grihastha, meaning a common family man. Vinyasa yoga is a series of postures weaved into each other to create a flowing practice. This beautiful practice aims to increase metabolism and develop focus and awareness through movement and breath coordination. Your teachers endeavour to bring out this potential in each individual through their practice.

Pranayama

Oceanic Yoga also recognizes the importance of pranayama in one's daily life. Pranayama is the science of manipulating and regulating your breath to be able to efficiently balance your prana or vital life force which is important for your physical, mental and spiritual well being. Teachers focus on first helping the participants understand and correct their breathing patterns.

Slowly, as awareness develops, they introduce you to the myriad world of pranayama: cleansing breaths to remove physical, mental, and emotional toxins, cooling breaths to bring about calm, balanced and harmonic breaths along with chanting pranayama to bring about a state of inner and outer equilibrium.

With this awareness of breath, you will move towards the subtle aspects of the mind through meditation. Through dynamic, walking, guided, and silent meditations you will explore the realms of meditation.

Eligibility

Oceanic Yoga expects that everybody should be physically fit to practice yoga, walk, and meditate. Also, anybody who is interested in achieving good health by yoga and meditation is also a good candidate.

Daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 08:30 Yoga class
  • 08:45 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Meditation or pranayama
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Yoga class or meditation

The above schedule is a sample only, as it is subject to change.

Please note the dates listed are flexible. In case you wish to come on different dates, please send Oceanic Yoga an inquiry and they will do their best to accommodate your request.

Variously known as the Pearl of the Orient and as a tourist paradise, the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India by the Arabian Sea. Goa was a Portugal colony until 1961, which is important to know in order to understand the mix of religions (Catholic, Hindu, etc.) and languages (Konkani, English, Hindi, Marathi, Portuguese).

The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its Hindu temples, Catholic churches and old, colorful Portuguese homes have made Goa the most popular tourist destination in India and a favorite of travelers from all over the world. The tourist season favored by foreigners runs from mid-October until early March.

Besides being steeped in history, Goa is famous today for its unspoiled tropical beaches, delicious seafood and laid-back lifestyle. Of special pride, the state of Goa is committed to environmental protection. Here you will find clean beaches and waterways, an un-littered landscape, and an unlimited supply of fresh air!

Oceanic Yoga is located very close to the serene Mandrem Beach in North Goa. Mandrem beach is famous due to its beautiful beach and sunset. Early in the morning, people engage in activities like walking, running, excerpting or yoga on the beach. The beach never gets overcrowded and it is far away from all party hectic life. The beach is also ideal for those who love nature

Although a small village, Mandrem has all the necessary facilities, including a bank and an ATM, travel agencies, guest houses and huts on the beach, a supermarket, taxis, and restaurants within a few-minutes-drive from the beach.

Nearby places

  • Mandrem Beach - 30 seconds
  • Mapusa - 30 minutes
  • Panjim - 45 minutes
  • Goa International Airport (GOI) - 90 minutes

Daily vegetarian meals are provided during the retreat, except for Sunday lunch and dinner.

  • 1 Ayurveda therapy session
  • 1 meditation or pranayama session
  • 2 yoga classes daily
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Consultation with an Ayurveda physician
  • Pick up from the airport or any major train station in Goa
  • Vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Airfare
  • Sunday lunch and dinner
  • Travel and personal expenses
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookMeditationRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Marta Camoriano
    10 out of 10

    "When you are asked to write a review about your experience with Oceanic Yoga how can you illustrate your personal experience?! I don’t think it’s easy to use words to describe it in a proper way, at least not for me, but what I know and I can clearly say is what I felt : an intense happy time for my heart my soul and my body. I randomly chose this place a month before my airplane ticket reminded me that I was almost ready to leave to Goa and this ‘randomness’ was the secret for not having any expectation, the best starting point ever. I was there for the seven days yoga package and I enjoyed every single moment of that: moments by myself surrounded by the ocean, the sun, the birds, the dogs (yes different setting from what we are used in our western society!), and moments with other people I was lucky enough to meet in my journey. I do appreciate every person I met: all the Oceanic Yoga teachers, the other guys who were doing their 200 hours program, the waiters and the cleaning staff (the meal was excellent and our huts were daily cleaned) and all the people who still make that place warmer with their smiling eyes. Somehow you become more opened more vulnerable in a way and able to share and be shared. Oceanic staff has been very kind and gentle, available and able to make our staying as comfortable as it was possible. I really need to thank them all from my inside and as we all need to take a break from our society at some point in life, I’d suggest to go there and experience yourself in a new magical way! So thank you very much to all, indeed. Namaste!"

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  • Review by Marion from Netherland
    8 out of 10

    "My yoga teacher training at Oceanic Yoga was quiet intense, me 58 years old and more than 20 years older than most of the other students. But I am happy that I made it! I learned to go on even when it is difficult. Our teachers really teach from the heart, I liked that a lot. It was very inspiring for my own work as Body Psychotherapist as well.Now I am happy with my certificate!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Germany
    5 out of 10

    "Der Retreat wurde als Veganer Yoga-Urlaub angepriesen, aber leider war es nur Vegetarisch. Zudem war eine Baustelle auf dem Gelände, an welcher Tag und Nacht gearbeitet wurde. Zusätzlicher Lärm war nachts durch die Partys in der Umgebung bis in die frühen Morgenstunde um 8 Uhr. Ärgerlicherweise musste ich aber - wegen Hochsaison - den doppelten Preis bezahlen. Zusätzlich haben die anderen Gäste des Resorts - welche nichts mit dem Oceanic Yoga Retreat zu tun hatten - das Umfeld und die Atmosphäre gestört. Es wurden 3 Yoga-Lehrer angekündigt, es war in diesen 8 Tagen aber nur 1 Lehrer da. Ärgerlich war auch, dass man nur 2 von 3 angebotenen Einheiten pro Tag nutzen durfte. Die Beschreibung des Oceanic Yoga Retreats auf Ihrer Website stimmt leider nicht mit der Realität überein."

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Testimonials

  • Review by a traveller from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I just completed the 200-Hour YTT in Mandrem (they have moved from Anjuna to better facilities). I learned loads, it was very informative, and I feel confident teaching. The training was full-on, without being too intense or with 5:00 am wake up bells. Said better: it wasn't a boot camp and there was flexibility in the schedule.The facilities are very good - single accommodation in concrete huts with bathrooms - no shared drama here. Very healthy and filling veg diet."

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  • Review by Melvis from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I had been uncertain which yoga school to try so I visited the school in person before I signed up. As soon as I spoke with Yogi Abhay I knew this was the right place for me. There are many yoga schools to choose from and many things one can do in Goa. What is special about Oceanic Yoga is the people here have created a place where yoga is the focus, and the teachers here are wise, unpretentious and humorous. 99999Over the course of the retreat I made some exciting progress, what I wasn't expecting were the meditation sessions to have such an impact on me. Having previously practiced yoga for years without much consideration for meditation, it was amazing to grow in ways I never considered possible previously. 999999I also loved being in the yoga shala itself; its a beautiful serene space, as well as the food and being close to the beach. The accommodation is simple and nice as well. 999999After completing this retreat and the 200hr YYT training in Koh Samui I can honestly say I would consider going anywhere in the world to practice with Abhay and his team again! I would recommend the retreat to everyone regardless of experience; it was one of the best experiences of my life!"

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  • Review by Joe Tee from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I came to do the 200h YTTC with Oceanic Yoga in November 2014. I did a lot of research on yoga schools before and I am sure I decided right to come here to Abhay and Manisha. They are great teachers with a lot of experience and knowledge and most of all a deep understanding of yoga and meditation. Students get personalized attention (small groups) and the development of each student was amazing over the 4 weeks. Accommodation and food were included and really good. I will come back to continue."

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  • Review by Donna from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Oceanic Yoga has my heart. It's a wonderful course with fabulous teachers. A great program for learning. Food is fabulous made by the always smiling cooks that cater for whatever you want and need. It became my home for 4 weeks but will always stay in my heart forever. Great course for anyone that wants to be a yoga teacher. Or even to learn about the body and mind. I'm sure to visit again."

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  • Review by a traveller from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Oceanic Yoga studio is a beautiful place. I enjoy every minute that I spend sharing my practice with the beautiful people at this wonderful. Heather's meditation class was the most relaxing and rejuvenating experience that I've had in months, and Vinyasa class is a great way to harvest good energy during my stay here. A tranquil and soothing environment to learn and expand your yoga practice. Instructors are very pleasant and smiley."

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  • Review by Deborah from Spain
    10 out of 10

    "I've been visiting Oceanic since I first came to Goa in 2011. This school has been an anchor for me over the three years I've become deeply involved with 'my India'. Abhay and Manisha have been more than teachers to me, I consider them friends, having been invited to their home for gatherings, meals, and conversations. The atmosphere there always has a special quality that brings out the best in me. In the last two years I've also become friends with Vinod, a super teacher. All are sublime! Keeping asana fun and energized and guiding gently with meditation. I spent the winter back in England and felt ready to do my yoga teacher training. I felt strongly this was a huge step to take in my life and was cautious not to move to this path 'till I was absolutely ready. My instincts were right as it turned out to be an intensely transformative experience which called on every cell in my being to be awake and aware.Whilst in England I'd research many schools in India and worldwide, wondering if I would go somewhere new, as I was feeling I'd had so much Goa time over the years and that there might be something else out there for me.The costs were a factor in my decision. It is very hard to compete with the package offered by Oceanic. Though in India it is possible to get similar deals. In the end it was an instinct to go to a place I knew and trusted. The course was fully booked so we were a good sized group of 12. This is where things got interesting. It was March, so the Indian summer was reaching for us. Early morning asana was a paradise as the air was fresh and full of bird song. I'd been concerned I wasn't quite fit enough ( I really do have a lazy streak!) but I had nothing to worry about. My body was willing and able. I had weak knees and was very careful not to hurt them but the leg muscles strengthened the knee. They really are a constellation of incredibly different people and personalities. The atmosphere was supportive and grounded in human truth. The people who were attracted to Oceanic turned out to be so right for my own journey. Manisha is a world class teacher with more wisdom in her little finger than almost anyone I've ever met! The general classes were excellent from all teachers but Manisha gave some special ingredient I will treasure forever. I grew. It hurt at times! My shadows into the light. But the team gathered were sensitive and this turned out to be one of the most powerful experiences of my life. I highly recommend Oceanic Yoga."

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  • Review by Sue from Germany
    9 out of 10

    "I learned a lot and everyone was wonderful!! The place was beautiful and the food was good. Thank you so much!"

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  • Review by Carly from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "Oceanic Yoga is set in a very quiet beach of Goa, Mandrem. The course I followed, 200-Hour YTT, was professional and more than I expected. The teachers were very friendly, kind and knowledgeable. I would recommended the place to everyone!"

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  • Review by Thora from Spain
    10 out of 10

    "In Oceanic Yoga's teacher training course, I found a very deep knowledge of yoga, yoga philosophy, asana pratice, anatomy, teaching practice, and detailed explanation. The training was very interesting. As a Pilate and martial arts teacher, my body is very flexible and I came to know yoga is not limited to asanas only but it is vast with its philosophy and meditation. I could understand the real meaning of yoga and I am practicing. I feel happier and I am on the path. "

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  • Review by Freja from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Upon completion of the Hatha teacher training course, I feel very fulfilled and excited by my new learning and I am looking forward to share and deepen my practice on return to Australia. Thank you Oceanic Yoga for providing such an inspiring and humble environment to learn and further develop my yoga practice! "

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  • Review by Marina from Russia
    9 out of 10

    "TTC course in Oceanic Yoga School is a great possibility to change your life, when you decide its the time. Deep knowledge and attention to students, there are the strong points of all teachers of this place. It was the great pleasure and privilege to have this time together. Must continue. "

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  • Review by Murina from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "I started the Vinyasa Yoga TTC looking for insight into the anatomy and physical benefits of yoga. As a physiotherapist, I was hoping to bring what I learnt back to my patients for a more holistic and rounded approach to their care and treatment. I certainly attained this insight, but I also learned so much more. I learnt that yoga is not just a physical act, but something that encompasses your whole being. It is a great journey into you. I have gained more awareness of my own body, the power of my own breath, and my mind. It has been an incredible journey with incredible people and I will never forget it. "

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  • Review by a traveler from South Africa
    10 out of 10

    "Abhay, Manisha, and Ilse are absolutely amazing people and teachers. Their patience with the students is amazing. I have learnt so much and I recommend everyone to drop in for an amazing yoga class or a meditation session. It's really inspiring and the energy is mind blowing. There are good vibes, friendly people, and a super relaxed environment. Ten out of ten, if you are in Goa, India Oceanic Yoga and Meditation School must be on your list for places to visit or to drop in for one of their classes. "

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Mandrem Beach, Goa, India

Oceanic Yoga is registered by Yoga Alliance, offering 200-hour yoga teacher training in Hatha and Vinyasa flow yoga as well as yoga holidays in Goa.

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