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SWAN Yoga Retreat

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101 / 4, Bairo Alto, Assagao, Bardez 403507 India
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SWAN Yoga Retreat is one of the best yoga retreat centres / schools / Ashrams of India. We offer Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Holidays, Yoga intensive retreats, Meditation & Tantra Training in a green and peaceful environment and eco-friendly cottages (shared and private). The resident yoga teachers are highly trained from Most reputed Yoga Organisations/University of the word and have vast experience in teaching and sharing their yogic life. We also offer Ayurvedic consultation, Ayurvedic Massage, Panchakarma Treatments, Therapies & Basic course in Ayurveda. We grow plenty of herbs, vegetables and fruits at SWAN Garden. We offer Ayurvedic cooking lessons as well. SWAN care for the society and through "SWAN Ayurveda & Yoga Research Foundation", we are creating Yoga awareness, yoga education, healthy & spiritual living in the society besides supporting the under-privilege and distressed souls. Health, Peace & Prosperity to all. Om Shanti Shanti !!
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siddeshwar v wrote a review Mar 2021
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
Like all even I have been working from home this pandemic, and I was looking for a yoga retreat away. Traveling to a different part of the country didnt make sense but I then found SWAN, and they did weekend retreats just perfect for the working lot. I got to learn and practice not just about the yoga asanas and kriyas at the ashram but got an exposure to authentic indic sciences and touched base with the vedas as well. The teachers were very thorough and I personally enjoyed the discussions, there was so much of knowledge to take in. The ashram was just a whole another dimension for me. The location of this place and set up makes you forget the concrete jungles and helps you connect with nature and earth again. The food and hospitality was great, listening to Krishna Das in the lounge would really uplift my spirits. The highlight for me was participating in the evening havans, not sure if it was the chanting, fire wash or just the energy of the place it really helped to take away all the stress. I could only wish to spend here more time.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Jayesh wrote a review Mar 2021
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We recently.spent a week at Swan Yoga Retreat & it has been a fascinating experience to say the least. Right from the time we arrived at the retreat, we felt welcomed, and at home.. The place is rustic, yet serene.. from the reception to the Yoga Shaala, Dining area, Ayurveda center, cottages, everything seemed to gel in harmony.. Starting with meditation, asanas, kriyas, havan and more, each day is learning & blissful. All members of the retreat are amazingly friendly.. Gyan Mitra ji and Shivendra ji are great teachers and extremely insightful .. we would spend hours in meaningful discussions through the day.. Overall, a once in lifetime experience that we would like to repeat multiple times! Thank you Swan!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mike48 wrote a review Mar 2020
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Run by lovely people on an ashram basis this place is the real deal. We had a luxury cottage which was comfortable with an en-suite, ceiling fan and mosquito net - albeit not much more! The yoga started with meditation at 6am with the added benefit of a lovely sunrise. Classes and activities throughout the day kept us busy. Quite tough for us as we are a couple in our 60’s! The food was good and the fake beach and juice bar a nice touch. Located in the jungle but with some nice walks, cafes and restaurants in the the area it’s a great place to stay. Go and experience the yoga and more
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Brian W wrote a review Feb 2020
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I had almost no prior yoga experience but spent two weeks at SWAN in an intensive yoga retreat. My time there was filled by participating in daily morning meditation classes, mantra chanting, yogic kriyas (yoga detox) and sacred fire rituals. It was an amazing place and experience, with everyone treated as part of the family. I hope to return someday to visit and continue to learn! What little yoga I had previously done was limited to a handful of classes many years ago. Yoga is so much more than just the postures and my eyes have been opened to a new world. Especially my third eye... 🕉🧘🏻‍♂️👁🙏🏼
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Date of stay: November 2019
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KB18 wrote a review Feb 2020
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I have just completed the teacher training course at SWAN Yoga retreat. If you are looking for a teacher training course that that goes beyond the asana (physical) practice, goes deep into the yogic traditions in India so you can identify the tools that you have always had within to rebuild yourself and your life into a beautiful one- this training is for you. The teacher training is a one-month course and classes are 6/7 days each week and Fridays are a day off. A typical schedule is: 6:00am- Meditation 6:50am- Tea & fruits 7:30-9am- Asana class 10:00am- Brunch 11:00-1pm- Patanjali Yoga Sutras 1:00-2pm- Karma Yoga 2:00-3:30pm- Bhagavad Gita Class/ Anatomy 4:00-5:30pm- Asana, Pranayama, mudra, Bandha Class 6:00-7pm- Dinner 7:00-8:30pm- Mantra chanting/ Kirtan (Singing)/ Havan (fire ceremony) Some important factors that most may be interested in are the accommodations, food, ambiance, and teachers. SWAN is in the quiet jungle of North Goa and there are three tiers of accommodations which are all eco-friendly huts. Depending on preferences, you can save money and share a budget cottage, or have more privacy in a standard or deluxe cottage. All have private bathrooms, sitting areas outside, and a rustic natural appearance. The landscapes at SWAN are lush green with ample space to relax in the various shaded nooks or in the sun on the ‘fake beach’. The yoga shalas are screened in open spaces that overlook the jungle and provide a magical classroom. The weather is sunny every single day and being just a few kilometers from the beach it is easy to access to the beach for off days. The food is one of the best parts about SWAN. It is all vegetarian and the menu samples foods from all around India so you can experience unique flavors, dishes, and ingredients during each meal. The menu is also vegan and gluten free friendly for those who require those options. Meals are buffet style and the challenge exists in trying not to overeat during each meal. The teachers are all extremely qualified and also are really wonderful people. SWAN stands for Swami Niranjanananda, who is the guru at the Bihar School of yoga (BSY). All of the teachers at SWAN are from India and have lived and studied at the BSY Ashram, have completed many diverse and intense trainings, but mostly- all of the teachers live their yoga everyday. They are honest, humble, and knowledgeable and are great resources in and out of the classroom. I also appreciated their knowledge with Indian culture and traditions, something I also wanted to learn during my time in India. To say that this schedule above makes for an incredibly enriching experience is an understatement. The Asana classes go straight to the yogic texts and dive into the traditions of Hatha Yoga, which includes many pranayamas (breaths), using chakras, energy locks, mudras, and mantras in classes. I feel as if I have solid knowledge that has not been twisted by western influence, but that which comes straight from the traditional lineages in India. And with this knowledge I have been given the tools and practice time to feel confident teaching these classes after leaving SWAN. I have learned that SWAN encourages those to go ‘beyond the asana’ and the Philosophy, Bhagavad Gita, and Patanjali Sutra classes are some of the most amazing classes that I have ever taken. The Sutra class goes through each sutra individually and the teacher directly translates the sanskrit in-class and proceeds to discuss each one in depth. The same concept goes for the Bhagavad Gita class, which breaks down the main ideas including non-attachment, Dharma, Viveka, and the four paths of yoga (Karma, Jnana, Bhakti, and Raja). I have taken another previous TTC and also read multiple books on the sutras and versions of the Gita. For the first time in ten years I feel as if I have a true understanding of these books and can start applying these concepts to my own practices and entire life. The training course also invites an Ayuvedic doctor to teach Anatomy, which highlights all systems of the body including nervous system, skeletal/muscular, glands/endocrine system, respiratory and cardiovascular systems. The course is extremely relatable for a yoga teacher as the class connects the asanas and pranayamas to each of these body systems. This class has prepared me with knowledge to know the purpose behind each of these practices to assist students with the health benefits while also minimizing risk for injury. The meditation classes are all guided and will touch on a variety of techniques that you can use in your home practice. The mantra classes teach students a variety of mantras including shorter ones that I will continue to use daily and in future classes, but also some longer ones that are beautiful and directly from the vedas. Also included in the teacher training is a traditional Indian cooking class, Shatkarmas or ‘detox’ days that work on cleansing the body, and consultation with the Ayurvedic doctor that is on sight at our Ayurvedic clinic (that is open for treatments during your stay). I am walking away with the right knowledge, wonderful memories with new friends and special teachers, a deeper understanding about myself, and a purpose behind my practice. I look forward to returning home to the USA to share what I have learned and spread the seeds on what yoga is truly all about. In the future I will certainly return to SWAN for the other courses they offer, including Meditation and Tantra and basic Ayurveda courses, and to further deepen my yoga practices.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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IndiaGoaNorth Goa DistrictBardezAssagao
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Frequently Asked Questions about SWAN Yoga Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to SWAN Yoga Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Shamrock Jewellers (6.4 km), GM Jewellers (6.4 km), and Royal Jewellers (6.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at SWAN Yoga Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at SWAN Yoga Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at SWAN Yoga Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to SWAN Yoga Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kava, Copperleaf, and Chef Cantando.
Does SWAN Yoga Retreat have an airport shuttle?
Yes, SWAN Yoga Retreat offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to SWAN Yoga Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Reis Magos Fort (12.6 km), Mahalaxmi Temple (12.4 km), and Fort Aguada (12.4 km).