To get a sense of India one must experience it. Must taste it, smell it, feel it, see it, touch it, and be it. It’s like a meditation — breathing in, breathing out. Taking in the exotic, the unfamiliar — while releasing the expected, the mundane. Goa is different from other parts of India as it’s a nice way to dip your toe into the cultural and social aspects of the country without feeling overwhelmed. It’s a chic and chill locale where you can feel comfortable: flip-flops to heels, sarong to sari, bathing suit to a casual coverup. It’s a location that lends itself to letting go, lying back, and just taking it all in. It surprised me how much I really enjoyed it and felt connected — the friendliness of the people, the beauty of the region, and how I was able to slip right into the rhythm of the area. I’m really looking forward to another warm few weeks there next year.
Erin Lewis, founder of Eat Pray Move Yoga, blends her love for yoga and travel by offering retreats in exotic destinations around the world. The next Goa retreat takes place in March 2018. Sign up here and use the discount code JAIPUR18.
(Baga Beach, India)