Rejuvenating Mornings: Yoga at Palolem Beach, Goa in November

As the cool breeze rustles the palm leaves and the golden sun begins its ascent over the horizon, there’s no better way to start your day than with a yoga session on the serene Palolem Beach in Goa. November in Goa marks the beginning of the peak tourist season, and what better way to find your inner peace amidst the vibrant energy of this coastal paradise? In this blog, we will guide you through the magic of doing yoga at Palolem Beach in the refreshing mornings of November.

Palolem Beach, located towards far South of Goa, is renowned for its pristine beauty. The soft, powdery sands stretch for miles, fringed by swaying palm trees and the gentle lapping of the Arabian Sea. November brings pleasant weather to this tropical haven, making it an ideal time to visit as well as for the practice of Yoga.

Arriving early in the morning ensures you get your pick of the best spots on the beach. The soft sand near the shoreline or a quiet corner under the shade of a palm tree can be your perfect yoga mat. You may want to carry a thin yoga mat to ensure the surface under the feet is levelled.

Crescent Moon Pose

Begin your practice with Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) as the first rays of the sun touch the earth. This sequence not only warms up your body but also connects you with nature’s rhythm. I usually progress with a nice stretch of my hamstrings followed by backward bending and standing postures. Side bending and twists are my favourite towards the end while I cool off the asana practice.

Although solo practice is serene, you can also join one of the many yoga classes offered by local instructors or resorts along the beach. They often provide mats and expert guidance, enhancing your experience.

Revolved Head to Knee Pose

The rhythmic sound of waves crashing on the shore serves as a natural mantra. Let it guide your breath and movements, promoting mindfulness and tranquillity. After your asanas, find a comfortable seated position and indulge in meditation. The beach’s soothing ambiance makes it an excellent place to find inner peace.

Practicing yoga on a beach offers numerous benefits, including improved flexibility, reduced stress, and a deep connection with nature. The cool November weather is conducive to outdoor activities, ensuring a comfortable yoga experience. The beach’s natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere enhance your practice’s effectiveness. Many shacks and cafes open early, allowing you to savor a healthy breakfast or freshly squeezed juice after your practice.

Baby Grasshopper Pose

Beach yoga, while incredibly rewarding, does come with its fair share of challenges. Here are some common struggles practitioners might encounter when practicing yoga on the beach.

  • The sandy and often uneven surface of the beach can make it challenging to maintain balance during yoga poses, especially standing poses like Tree Pose or Warrior III. So the best spot would be the partially dry sand strip which is levelled by the water.
  • Sand has a way of getting everywhere, including your yoga mat and clothing. It can be uncomfortable and may require extra cleaning after your practice. However, the sand would soon get dry and shed off easily after some time. It is better to accept and embrace the natural scrub.
  • Beaches are often windy, and this can make it difficult to stay in certain poses or maintain focus during meditation. It’s a good idea to use heavier items to hold down your mat and belongings.
  • While practicing yoga in the morning can be refreshing, the sun can quickly become intense, leading to overheating and discomfort. Sunscreen and proper hydration are essential. Anytime between 5:30 am to 6:00 am is a good time to start, under a clear sky.
  • Beaches can be popular and noisy places, with people playing music, talking loudly, or children playing nearby. These distractions can make it hard to find inner peace, so starting early is the only solution.
  • Depending on the location, you might encounter insects or wildlife during your practice. It’s important to be mindful of your surroundings. You may find a lot of crab colonies if you are close to the exposed wet sand as the water recedes in the morning.
  • Beaches often lack the amenities found in traditional yoga studios like changing rooms so plan accordingly and bring what you need. In my case, the stay was bang on beach so it was hardly a struggle but I missed my water bottle, hand towel and the sun protection on the first day. I had walked more than 700 m towards north to find a good spot so going back to the room wasn’t an option and the shops were yet to open.
Flying Lizard Pose

Despite these challenges, I believe that the benefits of practicing yoga on the beach, including the sound of the waves and the connection to nature, far outweigh the struggles. It can be a transformative and unforgettable experience if you’re prepared for the unique conditions of beach yoga.

Yoga at Palolem Beach in the mornings of November is a soul-nourishing experience. It’s a blend of physical wellness, mental serenity, and a strong connection with the stunning natural surroundings. So, if you find yourself in Goa during this time, don’t miss the opportunity to greet the day with yoga on this paradise beach – it’s an experience you’ll cherish forever.


Follow us on:

Shalabh Srivastava Avatar


Leave a Reply