Enjoy a yoga retreat adventure in the mystical land of its birth Goa and get to the spiritual heart of the practice. Two yoga classes a day: a morning 2-hour Vinyasa Flow class and a 2-hour afternoon ‘Yoga Clinic’ that focuses on different aspects of Hatha-variations, pranayama, chakras and meditation. This is a transformational yoga retreat that integrates ancient wisdom traditions with contemporary psychology in a mindful practice designed to diminish suffering in our lives. We'll study BKS Iyengar alignment principles in key poses and the inner and outer techniques of Vinyasa that tie the poses together in a 'moving meditation'. Develop awareness in your body and mind to simply be ‘present.’ Breath, presence and compassion are interwoven with the 'inner limbs' of yoga that develop focus and concentration skills, to connect to emotional intelligence and lucidity of mind. Use the breath to feel safe enough to move through difficult poses and work honestly at your edge and shift energy in problem areas (hips & shoulders). Yin/restorative yoga is used 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. Yoga philosophy is infused into the teachings. It's a deep practice that moves beyond the physical experience to make the yogic inquiry authentic and relevant to real life. You’ll 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! This workshop 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. (There will be plenty of time for sightseeing, swimming in the sea or pool, relaxation and massage, and Wednesday afternoon is free the explore the exciting Anjuna Market.) You'll stay at the Ashiyana yoga resort located minutes from the Arabian Sea. Accommodation ranges from simple ensuite beach huts, to wooden eco-lodges and luxury adobe-style dwellings styled with Rajasthani antiques. Stroll along white-sand beaches with swaying coconut palms. Purify and cleanse with organic food and holistic therapies. Shop at the famous Anjuna market. Sip chai at a beach shack and chill to Goan trance at sunset. Hire a scooter and explore colorful seaside villages, Portuguese mansions, Hindu temples, and lush spice plantations.