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Escapoe Extra: A new trip to south India is perfect for the time-poor

ALWAYS fancied an Indian wellness escape but never had two weeks spare you could take off to fit one in? Then downward dog in delight, because a solution’s at hand.

Awesome Experiences has launched a five-night break called Serene Goa Yoga And Meditation, which, factoring in overnight flights, can entail taking just one week off work. Not bad given you’ll basically return a new person.

Product manager Shivani Mullapudi says her company has witnessed a growing demand for shorter trips.

‘Feeling good, sleeping well and acquiring tools for better physical, mental and emotional balance are becoming priorities for many,’ she adds.

Despite the trip’s name, your base is just south of Goa in the state of Karnataka, at SwaSwara resort, which is surrounded by 30 acres of jungle and sits above the twin-crescent, appropriately named Om Beach.

After consultations with a yoga instructor and either an Ayurvedic or naturopath doctor, guests are given a programme of classes, meditation sessions and treatments such as therapeutic massages and salt scrubs.

SwaSwara hosts daily sessions of hatha yoga – a gentle style stressing static asanas (postures) and relaxation – and pranayama: breathing exercises clearing the body’s physical and emotional obstacles in order to free up the flow of prana, or life energy. The guided meditations teach disciples to turn their awareness inwards.

You’ll be served pescatarian South Indian food and have time to wander the resort’s gardens, hike to coves, take a curry-making course, enjoy spa treatments – they’re all free – or join the weekly birdwatching walk.

Guests stay in a private villa with its own courtyard garden and yoga deck. The best time to travel is between November and March, when it’s warm and sunny with a cool breeze.

■ The Serene Goa Yoga And Meditation itinerary includes a trip to the Hindu pilgrimage town of Gokarna, home to what’s said to be an original image of Lord Shiva’s phallus. Gokarna translates as ‘cow’s ear’ because it’s held that Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow here. This may explain the many cows allowed to wander the coconut palms.

■ From £999pp full board, including transfers from Goa’s airport and most activities, awesomeexperiences.com