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Yoga and Ayurvedic Holiday in India

The Ayurveda method of healing and wellbeing is one of the world's oldest holistic systems, dating back more than 3,000 years ago, here in India. Incorporated in the Atharva Veda, the last of the four Vedas it is based on the idea of balance in your bodily system. Ayurveda works on the basis that every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth.


  • Consultation with doctor
  • 14 yoga classes
  • 14 Ayurvedic meals as per your diet plan designed by the doctor
  • 6 Ayurvedic massage
  • 3 Shirodhara treatment
  • 3 head massage
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Filtered drinking water and hot drinks

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Spread across 3000 square metres, Nalanda Retreat is just a minute’s walk from Mandrem beach and is specially designed to give you the rejuvenating break you deserve. Indulge in the fine blend of elements of Goan Portuguese heritage and the aesthetics of Rajasthani royalty with gorgeously landscaped pools and gardens against an immaculate stretch of white sand bordering the Arabian sea.

Each room is vibrant, airy and filled with natural light and good energy. Tastefully furnished with earthy décor that has been handpicked to reflect the elements of nature. Enthral yourself with the beautiful views of the Arabian sea when you choose your accommodation. Each of the rooms offers you the beauty of conventional design combined with all the contemporary comforts of an extravagance property.

Each luxurious room is vibrant, airy and filled with natural light and good energy. Tastefully furnished with earthy décor that has been handpicked to reflect the elements of nature, the accommodation offers you the beauty of traditional design combined with all the contemporary comforts of a luxury property. All the rooms have been decorated with a chakra energy in mind, including colour and design. All come equipped with a private bathroom, most with a private balcony, comfortable beds, spacious cupboards, fresh linen, a ceiling fan, an air conditioner and a mosquito net on request.


If your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universal energy, you will have good health. When something disrupts this balance, such as injury, emotions, age, seasonal change or even lifestyle, you will become unwell and full of dis-ease. The five elements combine in the human body to make three life forces “doshas”. You all have a unique combination of the doshas but one dosha is usually more prominent and this throws off your balance. Ayurveda uses the knowledge of your doshas to bring harmony and wellness back to you, by restoring your dosha balance during treatments, therapies and lifestyle changes.

  • Vata dosha (space and air)
  • Pitta dosha (fire and water)
  • Kapha dosha (water and earth)

Yoga and Ayurveda are two segments from the same fruit of ancient knowledge, practiced side by side, in perfect alignment for centuries. The skilled teachers with years of experience in Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin, and Iyengar yoga will guide your daily yoga classes.


“Ayus” means life and “Veda” for knowledge in Sanskrit - is the science of life. Ayurveda is one of the oldest medical systems in the world. During your consultancy, your “Dosha” will be determined by the Ayurvedic Doctor from Vata, Pitta and Kapha. You will be advised on the best nutrition, therapies, treatments and lifestyle changes according to your dosha, in order to follow a personalised wellbeing path during your stay here and beyond.


Rejuvenate yourself with Ayurvedic massages at a time of your choosing, these will be holistic full body massages with oils used, based on your dosha and physical need.


Recentre with the Shirodhara treatment - shiro meaning head and dhara meaning flow. An Ayurveda therapy that involves continuously pouring warm, herbal oil over the forehead; also known as the Ajna Chakra. An area of highly concentrated nerves and containing the circulation of your vital life force, or prana. The flow of oil onto the forehead creates a vibration whilst the oil saturates the forehead and scalp, penetrating deep into the nervous system. The gentle pressure and soothing warmth of the oil will allow the body, mind and nervous system to experience a deep state of rest, only comparable with deep meditation. Balancing the mind, stabilizing emotions and healing the body


Relax during your Indian head massage treatment. Massage techniques based solely on therapeutic touch over the scalp, head, face and shoulders to induce deep relaxation. Aiming to restore balance by working with the three higher chakras. Vishuddha, your throat chakra, Ajna, also known as your third eye and Sahasrara, your crown chakra. Focusing on areas of the body that hold the most stress, your tension will melt away leaving a sense of total calm. Leaving you with a sense of light being.


Usually, the day will start with a dynamic yoga class at 8:00 a.m. in one of the spacious and airy rooftop yoga shalas. Followed by fresh fruit juices and a healthy wellness buffet breakfast in the beachfront restaurant.

Nalanda Retreat is located next to the shores of the Arabian Sea, which is a safe place to swim and relax in peace, with private beach access and loungers via the restaurant. You can use your free time to soak up the sun, go on leisurely walks, enjoy incredible sunsets on the beach, and explore the beautiful state of Goa and its local attractions.

Afternoon yoga at 4:00 p.m. is a slower, more gentle class easing you into the evening. Buffet evening meals with fresh salads and authentically prepared Indian delicacies are served from 7.00 p.m. Round off your day with one of the evening activities at 8:00 p.m. including kirtan, meditation, and classical Indian music.

The above-mentioned activities or treatments will be included over the period of the week's stay as per the convenience of the guest, the availability of the teacher, and the therapists.

As for the Panchakarma detox, below is an example of how the week looks like:

Days 1 - 6

  • 03:00 Warm ghee is given to drink
  • Yoga is available at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. however this is only advised if you are feeling energetic enough
  • 08:00 Abhyanga oil massage is given on applicable days (3 times a week)
  • Warm Kichardi is given for lunch and dinner
  • Between 3 - 6 p.m. Shirodhara treatment is given on applicable days (2 times a week)
  • Warm water is to be consumed only, during your detox

Day 6

  • A specially curated evening meal will be advised by your doctor

Day 7

  • Medicine is taken at 6.30 a.m. to induce bowel movements. This is expected to last 6 – 12 hours.


Nalanda Retreat, known for yoga holidays in India and wellness packages in India, is situated on the banks of the Arabian Sea. It houses 3,000 square metres of the beauty that is North Goa. A spiritual haven where people from all over the world, including beginners and expert yogis come and bask in all that Nalanda has to offer.


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Consultation with doctor: 1
  • Yoga classes: 14
  • Ayurvedic meals: 14
  • Ayurvedic massage: 6
  • Shirodhara treatment: 3
  • Head massage: 3
  • 7 nights accommodation, bed linen, bath towels, hand soap, and housekeeping services
  • Two buffet meals breakfast and dinner (Ayurvedic meals as per your diet plan designed by the Ayurvedic doctor)
  • Filtered drinking water and hot drinks including lemon ginger and chai (full day)
  • A variety of evening activities open to all throughout your stay including Indian kirtan, OSHO meditations, Indian music, movie nights, chanting, and meditation
  • Flexibility to create your own schedule around yoga classes
  • Full use of resort amenities including two swimming pools, relaxation areas, gardens, and private beach access with sun loungers
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

What's not included

  • Pool towels - beach towels

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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