Originating from Sanskrit , yoga derives its name from the term ‘yuj’ , meaning ‘to unite or integrate’. Born in the land of diversity- India ,this 5000 year old art of knowledge harmonises the mind , body and breath with the various asanas or poses, breathing exercises and meditation.
Yoga and meditation on the beach?
This does sound like a different and interesting idea.
Take that much needed break and pack your bags to hit the beaches of Goa in India.
In the southern zone of India lies Goa- the smallest state and one of the top most searched tourist destinations in the world.
Know more about the place here:
A small state that lies on the west coastal region of India, Goa is said to be one of the finest states of India as regards the environment, investment and infrastructure. As compared to the hustle and bustle of cities, beach life is simpler and aid back. For around 500 years, Goa was a part of the Portugal region until 1961 ,which accounts for a liberal culture with European style architecture seen here. This kind of environment has made it an ideal hub for luxurious yoga retreats and yoga teacher training courses that attracts many yoga lovers.
With exotic beaches , casinos ,nightlife and historic attractions and spicy cuisine, this small state welcomes yogi enthusiasts as well. Yes, if you are one of them , you could plan your next vacation to Goa which offers you the combined benefit of a yoga teacher training course along with sightseeing and excursions. You will find yoga teacher training schools in Goa that also offer fun-filled activities along with yoga education and Himalayan Yoga Association in Goa is one of them which conducts short term yoga retreats in addition to their yoga teacher training courses ranging from 100 hour,200 hour, 300 hour and 500 hour durations.
A vacation combined with a yoga teacher training program in Goa promises you that ‘me time’ phase that you have longed for during your hectic work schedules . Take a stroll down the local markets and get to discover the culture and tradition of this breathtaking destination in India.
Besides, your regular yoga practices will benefit you with a flexible and resistant body while letting you lead a stress free life. You could also opt for ayurvedic massages to detoxify your body and rejuvenate your senses.
A land more oriented towards western culture, Goa has a rich cultural heritage including music and dances, folk songs , folk tales and visual arts. .Its famous carnivals – part of the Indo- Latin festival is yet another major attraction that takes place every year. The other remarkable festivals celebrated include the spring festival “ Shingmo” and “ Shivratri “. New year is another grand episode to witness in this happening city.
Some of the must-visits in Goa include:
Beaches: In Goa fun starts with its marvellous beaches. Enjoy the serene sunset and the tranquillity of beaches in Goa – namely Morjim Beach, Arambol Beach , Baga beach , Anjuna Beach and many more .
Casinos: Feeling lucky? Do not forget to visit some of the top casinos of Goa at least once during your trip there. You will find several casinos to select from – each unique in its food and beverages and offering a fun and exciting episode.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
At this church in Goa, the body of St. Francis has been preserved and kept. A significant landmark for catholics worldwide, the Basilica of Bom Jesus also has a Modern Art Gallery that interests visitors.
Local markets in Goa
Satisfy the shopaholic within you while walking through the local markets in Goa some of which include:
Tibetan Market on Baga Road
Open from October to May, discover antiques ranging from jewellery to curios, chimes and bells, prayer flags and furniture in this market in Goa.
Mapusa fish market
A big hit among locals and tourists, see and buy fresh ocean prawns and lobsters from Mapusa Fish Market. Other items sold here include scarves, belts and clothes at reasonable prices . (You can actually enjoy bargaining here!)
This is a shopper’s paradise and a great place to visit if you want to take back home ,Goa’s famous cashew nuts, port wine, spices and curry pastes. It has some good eateries as well and don’t forget to look out for local favourite Mario Miranda’s works.
Visit Goa and take home with you some of Goa’s popular favourite spices, curry pastes, cashew nuts and port wine. This shopper’s paradise is certainly a good choice of place to visit for some nice eateries too.
While planning to enrol for a yoga teacher training program in Goa, you will have a wide option of yoga schools here. Beyond the shadow of a doubt.,a yoga school shares with its students the basic and useful skills of yoga including alignment and posture and ways to avert injuries while practicing yoga. However, Himalayan Yoga Association in Goa has more in store when it comes to teaching yoga. Here, besides the physical aspects , we aim to bring an all-round development in the individual through yoga and meditation. Our curriculum is comprehensive and includes lessons on yoga anatomy and physiology which teach the student ways to avoid injuries and at the same time get an indepth insight into yoga. Our classes help students know the details of the body and its functionality. In addition to the facilities provided for students at the yoga school, we are also equipped with quality course manual and ancient texts and yoga scriptures that talk about the evolution and philosophy of yoga. The best part of your participation in our teacher training programs here is that after you have successfully completed the course , you become a certified yoga teacher eligible to teach anywhere in the world, as we are internationally certified by Yoga Alliance US. So do choose Himalayan Yoga Association as your guide to your career in teaching yoga , during your trip to Goa.