Agonda, Goa, India

My 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training course brought me to Goa in India. The course was run by Sampoorna – Yoga Teacher Training School in India who are based in Agonda. Agonda is a large village in South Goa.
I had completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training course 2 years previously in Rishikesh in the north of India near the Himalayas. That was my first time to India and I had such a positive experience that I was keen to return to India for my next teacher training. I would have happily gone back to Rishikesh but I was interested to see more of India so decided to experience the south instead for this trip.

I have written a series of blog articles that cover my experience of the 300-hour teacher training course with Sampoorna Yoga but this article looks at my experience of Agonda where I was lucky enough to spend four weeks whilst completing the course.

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Demographics1 (per 2011 India census):
• Agonda population approximately 3800.
• Males constituted 47% of the population and females 53%.
• Agonda had an average literacy rate of 86.11%, higher than the national average of 74.04%: male literacy was 91.47% and female literacy 81.26%.
• 10.42% of the population was under 6 years of age.

Yoga:
I was completing my 300-hour with Sampoorna Yoga. Sampoorna run 200-hour teacher training programs and training in other styles of yoga. You can find out full details of what courses they are running on the website, as well as find out more about the school.
There are also some other smaller schools in the area and places to go for a yoga retreats. Sampoorna also run retreats at times during the year.

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200 hour TTC agonda goa

Accommodation:
I stayed in the Sampoorna Yoga village accommodation for the duration of my training. Details on the accommodation options on offer at Sampoorna are covered in my blog on the 300-hour yoga teacher training article that looks at preparations before the course.
There are lots of accommodation options outside the village. Even if you were coming to complete the Sampoorna yoga teacher training, you might stay outside the village. If you want to stay in Agonda before or after the course you will probably need to find accommodation outside of Sampoorna over this period as they usually run yoga courses back to back.

Options for places to stay include hotels in the area but a popular choice are beach huts that run along the edge of Agonda beach.

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The Beach
Agonda is famous for its beach. It is a beautiful long beach which is clean and tranquil. It gets fairly busy in the day but not over-crowded.

During the month of September, the beach serves as a nesting ground for olive ridley sea turtles. 2
In 2016 the beach was ranked fourth in Asia on TripAdvisor’s “Travelers Choice” by TripAdvisor 2016 and first in India.

The beach has areas of large rock formations and there are spots where people come and sit for meditation.

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Beach activities include boat trips, Kayaking, Surfing, horse riding and camel trips. You will also see people doing some good old yoga along on the beach as well.

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AS well as camels and horses there are also numerous cows on the beach and in the village. There are also many stray dogs. Might also be worth warning you about the odd snake, and insects including ants and cockroaches!

Agonda Beach, Goa India
Other beaches nearby include the following and might be worth looking into if you fancy a day trip and a bit of time out of Agonda:
• Cola Beach Canacona (0.8 miles away)
• Galgibaga Beach (1.2 miles away)
• Butterfly Beach Palolem (2.7 miles away)
• Palolem Beach Canacona (4.1 miles away)
• Patnem-Colomb Beach Panjim (5.2 miles away)
• Rajbagh Beach Panjim, India (5.7 miles away)
• Cavelossim Beach Cavelossim (8.5 miles away) 3

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Shops
There are lots of shops/stalls, selling similar items such as scarves, sarongs, notebooks, flip flops and beach clothing. Shop owners will be pushy to invite you in to their store and buy. You soon get used to this. Be prepared to have some fun bartering as this is the culture in India and the way things are done. This will be very different to what many tourists are used to.