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Sun 28 Aug 2022
Sat 03 Sep 2022

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Darshana: Experience the Self – Yoga Retreat in Goa

Darshana: Experience the Self

Retreat by Indica Yoga with Alisha Netalkar, Dr. Vinayachandra Banavathy & Dr. Jayaraman Mahadevan 

Indica Yoga is pleased to announce a week-long yoga retreat that will give participants an introduction to the practical, philosophical and bhakti aspects of yoga that you can practise in your daily life. The retreat will help participants tune into their subtle mind and body through the practice of yoga, mantra, philosophy and meditation. When we apply yogic intellect to our mind and the actions it inspires, we purify the gross and subtle layers of our body, mind and intellect allowing us to eventually achieve union with the infinite, non-divided Self. This week-long immersion into yogic practices will be led by Hatha Yoga teacher, Alisha Netalkar, the Director of Indica Yoga, Dr Vinayachandra Banavathy, the Director of Textual Research (Yoga), Indica Yoga, Dr Jayaraman Mahadevan. Our approach is to offer yoga experiences that are immersive, authentic, and transformative, and this retreat offers all three.

Finding Our Nature in Nature

The retreat will be held at the Satsanga Resort in Goa, and we’re creating an ashram-like experience where participants can study, contemplate and meditate in peace, surrounded by nature, silence and stillness. In addition to asanas and pranayama classes, we will have lectures on the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras, sessions of Yoga Nidra and chanting and talks on the practical application of yoga philosophies in life.

Food for Thought

A subtle diet is essential for a subtle mind and all meals served at Satsanga will be vegetarian and conducive to yogic practices. 

Listed below is the tentative daily schedule. We will send participants a day-to-day schedule closer to the start date.

5:00 – Wake up 

5:30-6:00 – Silent Sitting Meditation

6:00-6:30 – Herbal Tea 

6:30-8:00 – Asana & Pranayama 

8:00-9:00 – Breakfast

10:30-12:00 – Bhagavad Gita/Yogasutra 

12:00-12:30 – Q&A and discussion on the above lecture

12:30-13:30 – Lunch

16:00-17:00 – Introductory Talk on Yoga and its Effects on the Body and Mind

17:00-17:30 – Herbal Tea

17:30-18:30 – Sanskrit and Chanting 

19:00-20:00 – Dinner

20:00-20:30 – Review of the day

21:30 – Lights out


Shared Rooms: Rs 45,000 per person

Single occupancy: Rs 52,000 per person

Rooms will be shared with people from the same gender.

Selected Persons will get the confirmation email along with payment link

Cancellation Policy: If cancellation is made before 15th August, we will refund 50% of the total amount. No refund for cancellation after 15th August. There will be no refund given if for any reason you leave the retreat early.

COVID: All participants have to be double vaccinated. 

A Quick Look at Satsanga



Dr. Vinayachandra Banavathy

Director, Indica Yoga

Dr Vinayachandra Banavathy is the Director of Indica Yoga, an Indic Academy platform that offers authentic, immersive and transformative yoga experiences across the world. He holds a PhD on psychological insights in the Vedas from Pondicherry University, besides Master’s in Sanskrit, English, Yogic Science and Applied Psychology. He is a dedicated teacher who travels across the world conducting courses, lectures and workshops on a unique blend of Yoga, Psychology and Sanskrit. His publications include a report on Standardization of Yoga Terminologies for WHO; a book co-edited with Dr. Anuradha Choudry titled ‘Perspectives on Indian Psychology’, published by Jain University Press, another book co-authored titled ‘Happiness: Indic Perspectives’, published by Development Foundation, besides a few articles, papers, booklets on Yoga, Indian Psychology, Culture and Spirituality.


Dr. Jayaraman Mahadevan

Director of Textual Research (Yoga), Indica Yoga

Dr. Jayaraman Mahadevan earned his PhD in Sanskrit from the University of Madras. His undergraduate degree was in Education, Philosophy, and English literature, and his MA degree was in Sanskrit. He underwent traditional Gurukula education in the Vedas and Shastras at the Veda Vijnana Gurukulam in Bengaluru under the guidance of Pracharya Kotemane Ramachandra Bhat.


Alisha Netalkar

Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Alisha is a yoga and meditation teacher currently based in Goa, India. She started her teaching journey at the SWAN Yoga Retreat in Goa and has also taught at the award-winning spa, Ananda In the Himalayas, near Rishikesh. She got formally certified as a Classical Hatha Yoga teacher from the Sivananda Yoga & Vedanta Ashram in Kerala – after several years of being on a very personal yoga journey – and has also been mentored in the Bihar School of Yoga tradition. As a teacher, Alisha’s approach is grounded and intuitive with an emphasis on the therapeutic and the spiritual nature of the practice. Through her own experience of the ups and downs, and the trials and errors that come with being on the yogic path, she now appreciates the value of a consistent and a correctly-guided practice from a well-informed source. For Alisha, the purpose of practice is to heal and integrate the fragmented aspects of the body-mind phenomenon to emerge whole, complete and free – a process that needs to be approached with awareness, understanding and discernment.