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INDIA Mumbai and Goa - travel diary of our Holistic Yoga Teacher Training Part 1

Nicole Dechow

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Oh India, you always give me that soul flattering welcome feeling and an overdose of  just everything.
I am here in Goa since one week now and we started our 200 Hour Holistic Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training  just 4 days ago. 
There is a super lovely group of wonderful souls from all different parts of Europe and Australia with us here for this life-changing and transformationaljourney.
Our Holistic Teacher Trainings at Soul & Yoga are all about discovering your full potential and diving deep into the teachings of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. More information about the trainings and retreats can be found at www.soulandyoga.com  .

So I was traveling from cold Hamburg with my son and boyfriend from to Mumbai with a quick stop-over in Munich. 
We stayed 1 night in the ITC Hotel close to the airport in Mumbai, which was a total great experience. Though we arrived at 2 am in the morning we were welcomed with a smile and an upgrade to a wonderful suite. 
Sadly we could only sleep a few hours there and use the pool in the afternoon before continuing our journey to Goa.
But I would come back anytime and can't wait for my next stay there. 
 

ITC Hotel, Mumbai Airport

ITC Hotel, Mumbai Airport

After a few days of settling in Goa, drinking tons of fresh coconuts every day and arranging everything for our training  we finally started on the 1st of February with our Opening Circle.
The days in the training are packed with Meditation, Asanas, Anatomy and Allignment classes so far.
It is such a wonderful journey to see so many different people come together to study and share the teachings of yoga. In the end it is all about connection, the connection to ourselves, to others and this precious life.
I can't wait to show you their shining faces at the end of the training and share more.

Our wonderful teacher trainees of our 200 Hour Holistic Yoga Teacher Training in Goa

Our wonderful teacher trainees of our 200 Hour Holistic Yoga Teacher Training in Goa

The Wellness Inn Resort we chose to work with for this training is direct opposite the arabian sea, so we have a swim and cool-off a few times a day. Saltwater is a great cure and healing for your body and your soul. 

So much love from under the coconut palm tree, out of our little yoga teacher training bubble. More updates to come very soon.

Love always,

Nicole

200 Hour Holistic Yoga Teacher Training by Soul &amp; Yoga&nbsp;

200 Hour Holistic Yoga Teacher Training by Soul & Yoga 

IBIZA.YOGA.MAGIC - a magical yoga retreat on Ibiza

Nicole Dechow

Sunset Magic on Ibiza, &nbsp;Es Vedra

Sunset Magic on Ibiza,  Es Vedra

The name of our 5 day yoga retreat in may describes exactly how it was - magical. 

A yoga retreat is always a perfect time to retreat yourself, to take time for yourself and to take a break of your day-to-day life. It is a little sanctuary and a gift to yourself. It is also a time where you can dive deeper in your own yoga practice. It is a time to heal, nurture and experience. 

Ibiza is the perfect place for a yoga retreat. This tiny island has a magical energy that is hard to describe but felt by many. I know Ibiza has the reputation of a party island but also it has a huge spiritual community and a somehow untouched rough and yet soft nature.  You just have to experience it by yourself.  

Savasana bliss and Es Vedra magic

Savasana bliss and Es Vedra magic

It was our second time at the beautiful apartment hotel just opposite the magical rock, Es Vedra, for our retreat here and the location is just pure magic. Totally quiet in a somehow untouched nature and of course the magic of Es Vedra, the rock.  There are many stories around the rock and spiritual seekers from all over the world come to feel the presence of Es Vedra. One story is that Es Vedra is a part of Atlantis and when you climb it -what we did -you can see the clues of Ufos in the stone plateaus. Whatever it is it is a magical rock that has a special energy around.  

Climbing "Atlantis"

Climbing "Atlantis"

We also visited a few of my favorite places and beaches on this retreat. Ses Salines, one of Ibizas most famous beaches has its own charm and the most perfect salty water. There are a lot of beach clubs you can hang around but also more quiet places and a visit at "Sa Trinxa" can be worthy if you are feeling social. 
The "Sunset Ashram" in the northwest of the island is a perfect place for watching the sunset. Its located on a riff overlooking the sea. You can order indian dishes or sushi and enjoy the sunset sitting in the sand or the side of the cliff. 

sunsets at "Sunset Ashram"

sunsets at "Sunset Ashram"

On the other side you find the famous Hippie Market of Ibiza and also the small village "Santa Gertrudis" with a huge variety of vegan and raw cafes, small boutiques and special charm. I highly recommend the food at "Wild Beets", we had fantastic juices and raw food.