When you practice yoga in India it feels like the universe supports you! Escape winter and join us at Nalanda Retreat, a brand new ’boutique’ yoga venue situated on beautiful Mandrem Beach. Nalanda is a perfect oasis for immersion into a deep yoga practice and meditation. You will return home feeling recharged, vitalised and ready to take on life.
Stroll along white-sand beaches with swaying coconut palms. Sip Chai at a beach shack and watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea. Eat delicious healthy food, relax and pamper yourself with various therapies and spa treatments.
The focus, of course, is yoga – on and off the mat – to enhance your appreciation of all that is around you. Two yoga classes a day with the opportunity for each student to practice at his/her own level making the week suitable for students of different abilities. Have a yoga adventure in the mystical land of its birth and get to the spiritual heart of the practice.
Start your day with pranayama and meditation and learn about the ‘inner limbs of yoga’. Take this awareness into a reflective and mindful, alignment-based Vinyasa Flow class. Experience a moving mediation that leads you to the state of the asana. Learn to work with props to improve your asana technique and challenge yourself to do new poses in the afternoon ‘yoga clinics’. Bliss out in the Restorative yoga sessions designed as a healing/transformational tool to move through fear and release hardness in the body, experience deep inner peace and insight, and learn to be at ease in the present moment. Develop a daily practice that is so inspiring you’ll want to get on your mat as soon as you get home. Be a yogi for life!
Heather is skilled at reading ‘individual’ bodies and knows how to help each student to have good alignment, strength and flexibility. This retreat is designed to help you improve your practice technically, so you can avoid injury and recover from imbalances. Yoga philosophy is infused into the teachings in a way that diminishes suffering in our lives. It’s a deep practice that moves beyond the physical experience to make the yogic inquiry authentic and relevant to real life.
This yoga retreat takes place alongside a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program. You can attend extra classes that the trainees are required to attend, like Yoga Philosophy, or have the afternoon off, relaxing or exploring the surrounding area. The retreat will inspire and challenge all levels of yoga student. Participants have ranged in age from 19 – 68. Beginners are welcome as long as you have some yoga experience, are relatively fit and willing to try.
Nalanda Yoga Centre provides a tranquil environment where all your needs are taken care of so you can focus on your yoga practice and the inner journey. You fall asleep to the rhythmic sound of ocean waves and awaken to the blissful sounds of birds. There is a beautiful pool, lots of chill out space, and all modern amenities, including wifi. The stylish and comfortable guest rooms are airy and filled with natural light – a mix of traditional design and the contemporary comforts of a luxury property. Each room has a private bathroom, most with a private balcony, comfortable beds, spacious cupboards, fresh linen, a ceiling fan, an air conditioner and a mosquito net on request.
The rooftop yoga shala is beautifully designed with hardwood bamboo floors and a view of the ocean. Healthy food is made from fresh produce grown in their own Organic Garden. The Spa offers various healing therapies and spa treatments.
There is plenty to do in Goa or you can simply relax and do as little as possible. You can take a Dolphin sighting boat trip at sunrise, try stand-up paddle boarding, take an Indian cooking class, walk to a nearby beaches for lunch, visit the the famous Anjuna Market, hire a scooter to visit the nearby towns soak up the vibrancy of the local Indian culture. Goa is both an exquisite sanctuary to disconnect from technology and a sophisticated culture with innovative restaurants and quality shopping.
A spiritual polymath, Heather is able to draw on an enormous range of secular and spiritual sources to demonstrate the union of wisdom teachings, from Gandhi to Tagore, from Nagarjuna to something she read in the paper last week.
No matter age, ability or experience Heather will guide you to peace on her yoga retreats.
Heather provided a safe and nurturing environment, which facilitated the group dynamics as well as the individual’s pace of learning and development. It was a profound experience.
Cost: $950 USD (includes yoga tuition + 2 vegetarian meals a day + twin share accommodation for 10 nights); Single supplement an additional $900 USD.
One week residency March 8 – 15, 2020 is also possible for $750 USD.
Nalanda Retreat is located in a coastal village in North Goa and is about 50 km from Dabolim airport. It takes about 90 minutes by taxi, depending on traffic.
If you’re flying to Goa you will arrive at Dabolim international airport. We recommend flying direct into Goa if possible to avoid the sometimes arduous process of transferring from International to Domestic Terminal in Delhi or Mumbai. If you’re in the UK, Trailfinders are very helpful with arranging flights and Visas.
We are happy to offer advice for travel into Goa; just ask.
Booking a taxi
Nalanda is quite remote & not visible from the road so not all taxi drivers are able to find it. To avoid problems, please arrange with Nalanda for a taxi to pick you up at the airport. The fee is approximately 2000 INR (there is an ATM at the airport).
All foreign nationals visiting India require a Tourist Visa to enter India.
The Trailfinders website – http://www.trailfinders.com/visas/india-visa – 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.