We, my wife and me, had just finished university and were travelling on very low budget through Asia. Out of 6 months of travelling this was definetly the highlight which had the greatest and most lasting impression on us. We have been at Swan in March 2014 and it had gotten really hot, which made us a bit lazy. So we left the retreat only one time in 7 days.
I personaly did not have high expectations about this place, as I did not know much about yoga. All I knew was that it was some kind of indian stretching. But as it is from india it alwalys has some spiritual aspects, which I do not care about much, but might be great for others. To get as much impression and information about yoga we joined every course. From meditaion before sunrise and assanas before noon to the fire ceremonies at dusk. As we got more and more intressted we spent our free time by reading books from their library or having just conversations with the people. We also like how different but complementary our both teachers were. Daya was more responsible for the physical aspects of our training. She is such a professional at work and at the same time very warmhearted. Gianmitra, the guru, is more of a fun guy who will challenge you philosophically but on the other hand he will make you laugh a lot as well.
It feels really authentic what they teach. It is not a place were they try to scam you. They live what they belief and that makes the place so special. We are already saving money to come back here, but this time we will not make the mistake to stay just for one week.
Last time it felt like leaving home, leaving family.
I wanted to keep this post short, which I know see is not possible and I could right much much more, but I will keep it with that and hope you will experience SWAN YOGA yourself, no matter if you are a backpack traveller who just passes by on his journey or you come on your annual holiday. It will be always a good time. Oh one last thing: They serve the best food we could find in India!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Namaste !!! SWAN Yoga Retreat is Founded, Run and Managed by highly experienced Sanyasins trained at World Renowned "Bihar School of Yoga", SVYASA & Sivananda Ashram. The idea behind SWAN is to create awareness about "Yoga beyond Asana" & to share the wisdom of Yoga; as it is and in totality. Residential 1/2/3 week Yoga Holiday is offered at SWAN besides many more Yoga and Ayurveda related retreats during October-May, each season. We offer three different type of eco-friendly cottages with private bathroom & sit-out area. Ayurveda at SWAN offers traditional and authentic Ayurvedic treatments, therapies, massages and Panchkarma treatment. We also offer consultation with an Ayurvedic Doctor. Please visit our website for detailed latest offers, retreat and packages. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- SWAN Yoga Retreat Assagao, Goa