Yoga in Goa, India

The first few things that come to mind when one mentions Goa are beaches, parties, fun, and frolic. But for the inner yogi, longing for an alignment of body, mind, and soul, a place as such would definitely not be on the list. And that’s where the common perception fails! Each year, Goa welcomes a delightful mix of seekers who either want to take their first dip into the vast ocean of yoga or are already on the path and want to delve deeper. There are a number of schools/institutions/centres, ready to welcome each aspirant with a wide range of options, suited to every need. Due to its growing popularity as a yoga destination, there is a huge yoga community here and that adds to the comfort. Also, the allure of being able to practise on the beach一with the gently flowing tides singing their tunes of serenity in the background一is something that is highly cherished too.

Since March — May is summer, followed by rains from June — August, the time when most of the yoga schools in Goa are buzzing with activity is November — March. So, if you plan to visit during that period, it is highly advisable that you book your classes in advance to avoid the last-moment rush.

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The most popular forms taught in Goa are Hatha yoga and Vinyasa yoga. Other forms like multi-styled yoga (a mix of forms), Yin-Yang yoga, Aerial yoga, and Kundalini yoga are also available, though the number of specialised classes are few.

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Spiritual places to visit in Goa

Goa offers nirvana to not just the thrill seekers but also to those who seek solace in the aura of the almighty. You can marvel at the architecture of each holy-destination or simply tune in to the divine vibe there. Most places have a strict dress code; so, please dress appropriately.

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Basilica of Bom Jesus

Home to the incorrupt body of St. Francis Xavier, this church is one of the well-known churches in India.

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Church of St. Cajetan

Designed to replicate St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, this church is counted among the most beautiful churches in Goa.

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Mangeshi Temple

This 400-year old Lord Shiva (avatar) temple is one of the largest and most-visited temples in Goa.

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Shanta Durga Temple

Goddess Durga’s peaceful form, Shanta Durga, is worshipped in this temple and attracts a big crowd during the annual jatra held during November — December.

Brahma Karmali Temple

This little-known Lord Brahma temple is one among the only two Brahma temples in India.

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Mahalasa Narayani Temple

Witness the rare sight of Lord Vishnu being worshipped in both female (Mahalasa or Mohini) and male avatars in this temple.

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Shri Dharamnath Jain Shwetambar Temple

The only Jain temple in Goa, it is considered a must-visit for Jain tourists who visit the state.

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Safa Mosque

This is one of the oldest mosques in Goa and is classified as a national monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Other attractions in Goa

Try the traditional vegetarian food of Goa. You will be surprised at the varieties available. Vegan food is also available in select cafes. Every Wednesday, the Anjuna Flea Market offers a wide range of knick-knacks and souvenirs while Mapusa’s Friday Bazaar is best for goodies ranging from home-made masalas to local produce and more. If you are someone who likes to explore places, north Goa is where you should head to. There are ample lot of adrenaline pumping activities there. If serenity is your choice, then south Goa should be your pick. On the offer are secluded beaches, lesser influx of people, and calmness. Do bear in mind that when you visit Goa, you are visiting a state and not a city. The distance between places could be considerable. So, plan your itinerary accordingly.

Display of Goan food

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Learn to cook

Top chefs in Goa offer personalised classes where you can learn to cook traditional Goan, Portugal, and international dishes.

Farmer working in a spice plantation in Goa

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Explore a spice plantation

Walk through the plantations of cloves, cardamom, black pepper, and other spices to give your senses a therapeutic experience.

Lady getting an ayurvedic massage in Goa

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Get an ayurvedic massage

Nothing beats a rejuvenating ayurvedic massage after a long day at the class.

Crocodile on a river bank in Goa
Do some crocodile spotting

Go for an early morning boat trip to spot mugger crocodiles in the waters around the state.

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Watch a tiatr

Enjoy the quintessential Konkani play, known for its amalgamation of drama, comedy, tragedy, and music.