Following the recent film Eat Love pray, I thought I would post an item on my favourite yoga retreat in India, not to be confused with an Ashram in India (as depicted in the film).
Purple Valley yoga retreat is a beautiful peaceful retreat set off the beaten track in Assagao, Northern Goa, where you can practice yoga with some of the world’s most highly respected Ashtanga yoga teachers. It is situated close enough to be able to venture into other parts of Goa, but feels like a cocoon if you wish to stay put on the retreat.
The beautiful shala (studio) is very peaceful and is situated at the far end of the retreat. The amazing birdsong you hear while practising yoga is just wonderful.
The accommodation is within two main houses or in small cottages located in the gardens. You can share rooms or pay a nominal fee to have your own room, if there is space available. I personally choose to take my own room, as I share my life with a family on a daily basis and Purple Valley is a bit of “time out” for me.
It is a very safe environment for women travelling on their own in India. You can sip post-yoga-practice fruit juices beside the pool or enjoy an ayervirdic massage or treatment on-site. The food is delicious and vegetarian; with copious amounts of fresh fruit available.
The teachers, as already mentioned, come from all around the globe; as do the students. Teachers in the forthcoming season include: David Swenson, Kino MacGregor, John Scott, Phillipa Asher, Dena Kingsberg, Petri Raisanen; to name but a few. My own favourite yoga teacher Nancy Gilgoff will not be in Goa this year, but will hopefully return next season.
I have visited other retreats around the world but Purple Valley has what I’m looking for: fantastic yoga teachers, great food, comfortable accommodation, sunshine... all set in the beautiful country that is India.
For a full list of teachers and prices: www.yogagoa.com
For reviews: www.yogagoa.com/reviews/