We are talking about a yoga, music and life spirit festival (first ever in India!) taking place in Goa (the wonderful Ashvem Beach) in December, and it was the main reason why I decided to book my flights and spend a different kind of Christmas in the tropics. I heard about this event earlier in the autumn from my Indian yogi friend, who had some contacts in the organization. And it took a long, long time until we even knew the dates or the venue for the festival. I actually didn´t know really what to expect…
It was only a couple of days and there were over 150 workshops available in different colorful tents. I didn´t spend too much time behind my camera, I rather enjoyed what the festival had to offer. In addition to yoga classes, from sunrise yoga to moonlight yoga, there were all kind of healing workshops plus music and dance sessions to choose from. The schedule was actually so packed that it was really difficult to pick the most interesting ones. I would have liked to do all of them! I specially enjoyed the talks of Geshe Lhakdor-la, the official translator of Dalai Lama, the ayurvedic lecture of Kishan Shah, the concert of the local band Arambolla and yoga classes of the local hatha guru and natural therapist Jehangir Palkhivalathe, as well as the ones of blissology teachers Insiya Rasiwala-Finn and Eoin Finn.
Average 2000 people visited the festival during those days and it was a quite a mixture of anything from random Goan tourists to serious yoga veterans. I found it positive to see so many local people there, since usually this kind of happenings rather attract western people. You can really notice that modern yoga is having a breakthrough in India right now.
I´m sure the venue impressed many western visitors. It was tidy, modern and design. Schedule times were respected and overall everything was pretty well organized (considering we were in India!). In the evening they were showing documentary movies in a little garden which looked like from a fairytale. There was even a wish tree were you could hang your post that I found very cute.
Nothing can beat the sunset in Goa… Hopefully I’ll get a change to discover the edition 2 of Zambhala next year!