Yab Yum Resort, Ashwem Beach
Goa has become a hotspot yoga, thanks to the many resorts which have a focused strategy to promote wellness as an exclusive offering to its guests. Yab Yum Resort that borders Ashwem Beach in north Goa is one such idyllic destination where one can enjoy a quintessential Goa vacation along with focusing on rejuvinating your mind, body and soul.
The resort is hidden away in two acres of lush palm grove and sheltered by the sand dunes. Here you can unwind in comfort and watch the local fishermen bring home their catch against a backdrop of beautiful sunsets.
Daily yoga classes are held for guests and visitors, and it is of a level that is suitable for all. The morning yoga classes are open to all and are adapted to whoever turns up. Private classes, family classes and children’s yoga classes can also be organised. There are often groups of families staying together, and kids yoga is a great way to engage the little ones while the parents have lunch or simply relax and enjoy some respite. Sunset classes can be dependent on pupil numbers.
The resort’s Yoga Shala’s simplistic and minimalistic form was designed with intention. The Yoga Shala has three walls, with thatched roof allowing for maximum air circulation. Half of the remaining fourth wall allows a beautiful view into the lush gardens, also allowing natural light in. It is fully stocked with yoga mats, blocks, straps and bolsters, allowing each class, person or style to be accommodated. The resort welcomes those yoga teachers who wish to bring a group to stay in north Goa for a few days or even weeks. Some groups just pay for accommodation and use the shala once per day. For other groups group dinners, massage sessions, and more are organised.
Years of careful planting and landscaping have made Yab Yum an idyllic, shady oasis; somewhere to relax, eat, drink and de-stress, also perfect as a base to explore the northern half of the state. Ashwem Beach is one of the most peaceful and least developed beaches in Goa. Travel agents can recommend the area to their clients as the famous Anjuna market is a short drive away, and the city of Mapusa is also nearby. Those who like to explore little villages, can do so in the vicinity.