With so many Yoga Teacher Training Schools to choose from, not just in Goa but worldwide, here are our top ten reasons why you should come and stay with us at Kranti Yoga.
1. We are situated right on the beach with morning practice in our main shala overlooking the Arabian Sea. You may be lucky enough to spot a dolphin or two at sunrise!!! What more can you ask for.
2. Between classes, you can enjoy beach life. Use your down time to swim in the sea, relax on one of our ‘residents only’ sun loungers or grab an ice cream and walk along the shoreline to the next beach. Enjoy another amazing Goan sunset with a soda in one of the many beachfront bars and restaurants. After a full day of yoga, you will deserve it.
3. The food and refreshments are delicious and plentiful. We have specially prepared menus for vegan, raw vegan and gluten free guests upon on request. While curry and rice is a staple here, we offer salads, soup, home made bread as non-Indian cuisine alternatives. Water coconuts are served throughout the day!! We love them.
4. The courses are extremely structured and organized. All modules compliment each other and a holistic approach to the Ashtanga Yoga practice is provided. We have a really good balance of Western and Eastern influence.
5. Our teachers are more than happy to support you as best they can. They are fully aware of the intensity of the course and are happy to guide you through. They are always there for you and willing to share expertise. You are more than welcome to arrange a tutorial with them to speak on a personal level.
6. Technical Workshops include Chaturanga, Transitions, Backbending and Hip Opening. Our workshops are so much fun and really help to develop techniques needed.
7. Kranti Yoga provides a real family environment. It is a great place to meet like-minded people (all with a huge passion for yoga) and you cannot help but feel welcome and at home. There are hammocks, swinging beds and chairs throughout the shala. Whether you want some quiet time or want to chill with new friends, there is always a place for you.
8. The Yoga Village is a safe environment with security and CCTV throughout the shala 24 hours a day. With many single female guests arriving in India, often for the first time, this is extremely important to us. The Yoga Village is very much a closed community with high walls and limited access. We want you to feel totally secure and safe.
9. The standard of accommodation is very high. Beds are super comfortable with a mosquito net to ensure that you get a good nights sleep. There are lots of storage facilities in each of the rooms with places to hang and put your things. Choose from the garden or ocean view campus. We offer a range of accommodation, single and shared, to suit all budgets. We have washing machines for you to use when needed.
10. We are happy to arrange Ayurvedic massage nearby. Relax, restore and rejuvenate at the end of your day. If you are on a Yoga Holiday, a massage is included in the price when you book with us for one week.
So Old a Place…
Goa has a rich and varied history. It was part of the Mauryan Empire in the 3 rd century BC, followed by the rule of the Satvahanas of Kolhapur and the Bhojas who made Chandor their capital. From 580 - 750 AD the Chalukyas of Badami held sway over Goa until the Silharas took control in 1086 AD.
Gulhalla Deva of the Kadambas, originally from Mysore, consolidated his hold over Chandor in the 11th century AD until the 13th century AD. As their kingdom prospered, the Kadamba rulers built a navy that was unbeatable in its time. Chandor their capital was now too small. They then moved to Goa Velha, where only the massive tank of the temple of Goddess Chamunda remains today. The Fr Agnel monastery on the hill at Pilar houses a museum that has notable collections of this period.
The State Museum at Panaji has an extensive collection of artefacts from different periods of Goa’s history. A smaller museum in Old Goa on Christian Art also displays a distinctive selection. Jayakeshi-I 1052-1080 AD proclaimed himself Lord of the Konkan and Emperor of the Western Seas. On his death Goa fell to the Chalukyas of Kalyani and later to the Yadavas of Devgiri. Muslims held sway from 1312-1370 AD over the Konkan region. However, with the breakup of the Tughlaq Kingdom, it was the Bhamani Sultans who then controlled Goa. Madhav Mantri, who headed the army of Harihara of Vijaynagar, reclaimed and ruled Goa as its Viceroy. In 1469 the Bahamani Vizier Khwaja Mohammed Gawan of Gulbarga laid a two-year siege of Goa's seaside forts and ended Vijayanagar's rule.
Yusuf Adil Shah, the adopted son of Gawan, moved his capital to Ela in Old Goa in 1498. He later built himself a palace in Panaji which until recently housed the State Secretariat. His rule lasted 12 years. On 25 November 1510 he lost Goa for good to Afonso de Albuquerque, a Portuguese who had taken the city earlier in March that year. The Portuguese ruled for 450 years. On 19 December 1961, the Indian Army liberated Goa from Portuguese rule, the culmination of the efforts of scores of freedom fighters, both Hindu and Christian. Thereafter Goa remained a Union Territory administered from New Delhi till it attained Statehood on May 30, 1987. In August 1992, Konkani, the mother tongue of most Goans was granted official language status under the Indian Constitution.
A Secular State
The multi-religious fabric of Goa’s society shines brightly, imbibed with the spirit of “Sarva Dharma, Sarva Bhava” or Equal Respect for all Religions.
Goa abounds with famous churches and temples and a harmonious co-existence prevails between people of various faith. Irrespective of whether they are Catholic, Hindu or Muslim, many Goans prostrate in symbiotic reverence before deities of other faiths than the one they profess. Religion dwells in the hearts of Goans wherever in the world they may be.