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Surf & Yoga Retreat: Catching up with Mihir Joglekar

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As many of you know we’ll be hosting a Surf & Yoga retreat this October 12th - 19th. For those of you who don’t and the combination of Surf & Yoga sounds as awesome to you, as it does to us - check out the brochure here http://bit.ly/VaayuVillageSurfandYoga

So moving on…

We thought it would be nice for everyone to get to know Mihir Joglekar a bit better. So we sat down with the Mumbai based Yogi and picked his brain. 

What does Yoga mean to you?

In the beginning Yoga is a means to build awareness in ones life. My daily practice serves as a buffer time before I go about my day. As you practice, you slowly come to realize that yoga is life in itself. 

What got you into Yoga and how long have you been practicing?

The first attraction was purely to Yoga Asana - practice of the physical posture and movements. Back in 2009 I was working out in the gym and I started yoga as a means to increase my flexibility. After a few weeks of consistent practice I noticed a tremendous change in my mental and energetic being, this peaked my curiosity and drove me to study and inquiry. In 2016 I took my first Teacher Training and since then I have dedicated my time to a constant study, practice and teaching of yoga. 

Mihir in flow

Mihir in flow

You practice several different styles of Yoga why is this and is there one style that you align with more?

The practice of yoga is constantly evolving and moving like everything else. I don’t believe that any one style or instruction is absolute. I also believe that everyone needs to find a practice that works best for them. But as a teacher I believe that the process of figuring that out should not be rushed and hence the style which I teach is more focused on alignment and building awareness. And as a result of this other aspects like strength, flexibility, mobility come to the practice. 

You’ve been lucky enough to travel the world teaching Yoga, I am sure everyone would want to know what your favourite place was and why?

I really can’t pick one favourite place. But, anywhere that I’m connected to nature is always a deal maker.  

How much time do you dedicate to Yoga daily?

Usually 2 hours of self practice and then teaching between 1 and 3 classes a day. I don’t think the quantity or time is as important as the quality of practice and instruction.

Surfing in Goa.

Surfing in Goa.

We’ve all heard about the synergistic nature of Surfing & Yoga. What’s your take on this?

 The list is endless...The Prana or breath, balance, strength, flexibility, core work, a contact to nature and biorhythms. There is so much we will have to inquire into this connection together...  

You’ve done quite a lot of retreats, what made you choose Vaayu Village as a space for your next one?

I always feel at home at Vaayu. The location is perfect, being in Goa for one and being on the beautiful Ashwem beach! Plus there’s a bunch of watersports to keep you active. I wouldn’t choose any other space for this combination. 

A huge thanks to Mihir for sitting down with us. We couldn’t be more excited to have Mihir and his wealth of knowledge take us through his learnings this October. Look forward to welcoming you all to our space.

For more information on the retreat please shoot us an email on info@vaayuoceanadventures.in

Monsoon Magic in Goa

So…what is monsoon? 

A monsoon is a seasonal shift in the prevailing wind direction, that typically brings with it a different kind of weather i.e LOTS of rain. It almost always refers to the Asian monsoon, a vast region extending from India to Southeast Asia where monsoon conditions prevail between the months of June and August which can sometimes extend into September. 

As the monsoon season is presently in full swing in Goa, we thought we’d share our take on the extraordinary beauty that is - Goa during the monsoon. Although Vaayu Village is wrapped up for the monsoon it still is a beautiful time to visit Goa.

The remarkable transformation of the undulating landscape is a sight to see - if you’ve been to Goa during the season and thought it was serene and green. Well, the monsoon takes this to another level! The rolling mountains, dry paddy fields and the abundant tropical foliage come to life in effervescent shades of green. From moss littered walls to eager vines racing up the tall forest trees it truly is a sight for sore eyes. The rivers fill up and the waterfalls cascade over the Western Ghats. Although it is inadvisable to swim in the ocean due to the monsoon swell being rather strong, there are still many adventurous activities on offer. If you are an animal lover, you can opt for some birdwatching or maybe visit one of the nature reserves. If you are an adrenaline junkie how about trekking up to Dudhsagar falls? Or maybe some white water rafting which is great this time of year. 

Goa’s Coastline

Goa’s Coastline

Although the rains do play havoc on the coastline, it’s still one of the most delightful times to unwind with a loved one or leave the hustle of the city behind and get stuck into that bestselling book you’ve been meaning to read. 

Monsoon also means the prices of accommodation and transport get slashed, sometimes up to 50%! So do check out those bucket list accommodation options that you thought you might be unable to afford.

Yes, your going to get drenched at some point but that’s all part of the fun - riding on a scooter or motorbike is our choice of transport (Don’t forget to wear your helmet!). You will most likely have to find shelter from the occasional downpour however, rest assured once you get back on the bike that fresh rain-filled air and considerable drop in temperature is very much worth it!

Depending on the cuisine you’re after there are several restaurants and cafes that are still cooking up a storm during the monsoon. Vaayu’s recommendations are Artjuna in Anjuna, Matcha in Anjuna - if you are a sushi fan, Olive Bar & Kitchen in Vagator - the view is something special and they make great cocktails, Suzie’s in Assagao - 5 course meal anyone?, Uddo Bar & Kitchen on Uddo Beach - home to some pretty spectacular sunsets, Rutas Roadhouse in Assagao, Mojigao in Assagao, and Hideaway in Vagator - if you feel like a fun night out. 

If you are looking for a true Goan experience away from the monotony of beaches and bars then we have some ideas. The Local Beat Goa is a company that specializes in adventures in Goa with treks, local food tastings and off-the-beaten-track experiences. Make it happen is another such company that offers bicycle tours, heritage walks through the Fontainhas and an archeoastronomy walk through old Goa. 

Spider Lily in full bloom during the Goan monsoon

Spider Lily in full bloom during the Goan monsoon

To Round off:
Monsoon in Goa is a time that has already started to be embraced by discerning travellers. All you wanderlust eager travellers seeking tranquil settings, picturesque scenery and all-encompassing experiences of food, culture and heritage should definitely consider that trip to Goa.

The Idea Behind the Vaayu Vision Collective

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