Purple Valley is a yoga holiday retreat, open from 1st of November to 30th of April.
Located in the stunningly peaceful Assagao valley in North Goa, India, Purple Valley Yoga is one of the leading Ashtanga Yoga retreat centres in Asia.
Set in beautifully landscaped tropical gardens, with a swimming pool, Ayurvedic Spa and juice bar, there are communal areas for eating and relaxing as well as private spaces for contemplation or meditation, so it is quiet and inspiring- the ideal place for a lavish yoga holiday.
The yoga here is mainly of the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. The morning stroll to the shala takes one through lush tropical gardens, with the scent of frangipani in the air, the sun rising over the field of palm trees, with birds and cicadas singing. The shala itself is a truly stunning space with a peaceful energy, creating the perfect environment to deepen and explore one's yoga practice.
Purple Valley offers a wide range of 1 and 2 weeks courses, all with 6 morning yoga classes and 4 afternoon classes each week –the content varying according to the teacher.
The morning classes are mainly Mysore style self practice with additional sessions for beginners and improvers – a perfect balance for all levels and abilities. The afternoon sessions include asana technique, yoga philosophy, Pranayama and Meditation as well as discussion groups for students to explore and understand the practice at a deeper level. Each teacher approaches Ashtanga in a different way, so each workshop varies slightly in style and energy.
While world-class teachers are a key feature of Purple Valley, many students also come for the serene location, tucked away from the busy markets and tourist areas, making it both very safe and yet not too remote.
And for those who want a bit of extra-curricular activities outside the yoga shala, trips to the local markets or spice plantation can be organized, as well as popular movie nights under the stars.