frequently asked questions
Practitioners kindly contributed to the below to help Sharmila in answering common questions about making plans to study at the Shala from a students perspective. All recommendations have come from firsthand experiences. Contacts listed below are not in any way affiliated or partnered with Ashtanga Yoga Morjim. This is a guide only as we appreciate everyone’s personal preferences will differ when it comes to planning their path ahead.
Where is Ashtanga Yoga Morjim and How do I get there?
AYM is located in North Goa, India.
Arrival By Plane
Transport from Goa’s main and only airport, Dabolim, to Morjim is easy. You can arrange a ride before hand by calling one of the numbers listed below or by visiting the Taxi booking office that is located at the airport arrivals area, where they will arrange your ride at a fixed price ranging between 1700-2000 INR. A taxi to Morjim should last approximately 90 mins.
Arrival By Train or BUS
There are 3 train stations serving Goa and several bus stations for those traveling within India.
opposite the shala is a temple in a cow field. Just outside of it are taxis all of whom come from the local community.
some names of independent drivers in alphabetical order
Abhay +91 8975257234
Ashok +91 9850666197
Messi +91 9823787430
Nilesh +91 9822169954
Vicky +91 9921525901
What are my Accommodation options?
Many practitioners recommend booking a place for a few days and look for somewhere to rent locally in an area of liking to find a home that best fulfills their needs to be comfortable.
Websites such as AirBnb, OYO, Booking.com, Hometogo, HomeAway, TripAdvisor offer a variety for accommodation from apartments to homes to guesthouses.
During the height of the season staying in the villages is recommended over being closer to the beach especially if you decide to stay in Ashvem. The roads around Morjai temple are quiet and remain a local community throughout the year. Mandrem also stays quiet. Siolim has more amenities, remains very local and accommodation by the river can be peaceful.
Accommodation can change seasonally so maintaining a reliable updated list is difficult. However, below is a list of recommended accommodation in the area. Also, there are many signs advertising rooms/houses to rent throughout the villages. If an accommodation is full it is worth asking the landlord if they know of alternative options.
Houses and apartments we stayed in along with the contact of the people to inquire to:
The Green house several lovely studio apartments on the shala road email@example.com
ApartHotel Orange Village few steps from the shala tucked away in the coconut fields firstname.lastname@example.org WhatsApp +91 8806886669 Offseason WhatsApp +79168601767
Vailakanni Guest House cozy and quiet rooms with many amenities Blake: 099236 39598 Mary who manages Vailankanni often knows about vacancies in the area
2 bedroom house: +91 9923966228
Casa Flora two bedroom villa set in a garden www.casafloragoa.com
Kavita 3 self contained apartments near the shala 9689722002.
Martha +91 9049814807 2 bedroom house in the village of Morjim
A house close to the shala, Maria +91 9764416048/ 7388415412 / Maria rents a house in Morjim close to the shala email@example.com
2 bedroom villa, 10 min walk to shala; Pooja +91 9623269171
2 bedroom apt near the beach Arnelo - 735-022-2551
yellow house near the beach rents its second floor and has AC Felcy - 988-103-2552
purple/pink house near the beach 3 separate apartments Seby & Timothy - 832-224-4832
House on the beach; +91 98228 29245
Quiet tasteful rooms in Mandrem; Nitin +91 7798477514
1 bedroom + kitchen; Rosy +91 9689157855
Guest House with rooms to rent with clean kitchen in Ashvem Assis Britto +91 9168348736/+91 8975319117
Several one bedroom and two bedroom flats near the shala contact Nisa +91 85528 24559
Guest House with rooms to rent with clean kitchen in Ashvem, Assis Britto +91 9168348736/ +91 8975319117
1 bedroom flat and 2 bedroom both with AC near Morjai Temple, Ravi +91 9881094595
2 x 1 bedroom flat, 5 minute scooter/15 minute walk to Shala, Stephen +91 9767764495
4 x 1 bedroom flat behind Morjai Temple, Vikas +91 9823299946
4 bedroom house close to Morjim beach, Brittos +91 9850473724
2 x 1 bedroom flats on the road to Turtle beach, 1 with AC, Sahil +91 9096022411
2 x 2 bedroom flats, 1 x 1bedroom flat close to the Shala, Rama +91 9764705406
This list is updated seasonally
For best prices we suggest you communicate directly with the places you are interested in to agree on a rate for a long-term stay. Prices depend on the location, season and length of stay.
Approximate prices during November - February should be as follows. In off-season months expect to pay around half the price.
1Bed, no A/C 15,000-20,000 INR
2Bed, no A/C 23,000-27,000 INR
1 Bed A/C 20,000-25,000 INR
2Bed A/C 30,000-35,000 INR
Located in Goa airport, Morjim and most of the surrounding villages.
There are local markets such as Raj Supermarket to buy amenities including brown rice, dhal, brown sugar, cold pressed coconut oil etc. for cooking at home. Also there are fruit stands around the village as well as a Govt run Vegetable co-op selling fresh veggies and herbs at excellent prices for those who would like to cook at home. In Siolim the vegetable stand after the first roundabout has broccoli, salad greens and in general well stocked quality fruits and veggies. AJ's Supermarket in Siolim carries Ambrosia Organic items such as raw honey, organic peanut butter, ghee, rice cakes et al.
Arambol also has a Wholesale food supplier and Om Ganesh Supermarket (Organic items).
Oxford Arcade in Anjuna has the widest range of options of gluten free, vegan and organic foods as well as the most friendly items as well as necessities for families.
There are a few tea stalls in the village. Our favorites are Anant just past the HDFC ATM that overlooks the rice fields and offers chai/coffee/and curry bhaji of the day. There is also a chai stall just past Rice Mill on a rural quiet road which serves a delicious gingery chai. And of course the chai stalls that overlooks Morjim temple is lovely.
Hiring SCOOTERS and bicycles
Easy to hire locally, prices vary but for a Vespa style scooter you can expect to pay around 300INR daily or from 7000INR for the month. There are signs everywhere to rent scooters. W e can recommend Vijay +91 90496 00670 and Gabriel in +91 9923881281.
Many students also purchase bicycles to get around the village.
Bicycle rentals cost approximately 200 INR per day or 2,000 INR per month.
· Joy Of Cycling +91 9873154798
· Gabriel +91 9923881281
Bicycles can also be purchased from the nearby city Mapusa. Students can take a bus/taxi to Mapusa and bring the bicycle home with a taxi. Purchase costs range from approximately 7,000 INR upwards.
For those requiring a local sim card, the best network for coverage in North Goa is Vodafone and Jio.
You will need all of the following documents when purchasing a sim card in India;
1 X passport sized photo
1 X scanned copy of your passport ID page
1 X scanned copy of your Indian Visa
Sims for a variety of networks can be purchased at locations throughout Morjim (these are easily found by the large full wall advertising of a specific network provider on the side of shops), we can recommend the shop near the Rice Mill cafe as this is also opposite a photo studio that can provide passport sized pictures. Sim cards take 1-3 days to be connected.
There are a range of books at the Shala which cover a wide selection of topics and are available for all students to borrow. The handcrafted guide book LOVE GOA is dedicated to conscious traveling and exploring off the beaten paths, local traditions and one of a kind finds. Copies for loan are at the Shala.
Traveling alone as a woman
Our past experience is that the village is a safe environment for women traveling alone. Being Goa the culture is used to welcoming those from abroad over many years. We still advise to dress respecting the local Indian traditions and to make informed choices in terms of where as well when to be out. We highly recommend reading midwife and yoga teacher Clare Nicholls book Mysore to the Mountains: The Colour and the Chaos sharing her experience as a solo woman traveler experiencing culture, spirituality and everyday life in India today.
There are many places you can spend the day volunteering to help the local community. We have a long term relationship with the animal welfare shelter close by in Siolim called WAG (www.wagoa.com). Volunteers from Ashtanga Yoga Morjim can drop in every Mon-Fri at 10-12 and 3-5, where you can expect to assist in anything from caring for orphan calves, to walking the dogs or feeding milk to goats.
Each season a few students organize a Sunday clean up of garbage and plastic waste of the Olive Ridley nesting beach in Temb Vaddo, Morjim Beach - a 10 minute walk from the Shala. Details are posted on the community board and all are welcome.
Should you wish to contribute to the Shala, we gratefully accept spiritual books for our student library.
We have just started a wishlist to help build on the books we have
We often seek wooden toys and board games for children and practitioners alike.