“Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.” - B.K.S. Iyengar
‘Yoga’ is getting connected to your inner soul and with increasing awareness of health and lifestyle changes, yoga retreats in India are spiraling up like never before. Some respite from mundane and monotony is to spare a few days and head to quaint places. Yoga Retreats nestled amidst nature offer necessary indulgences to immerse oneself in rejuvenating yoga, meditation, and nature-centric activities.
Yoga retreats in India provide an opportunity to bask in nature’s lap as they are located in serene places that are miles away from the city. These retreats offer a schedule of events that includes ancient ayurvedic therapies and nutritious meals that are curated for its attendees. This helps them detox and soak in activities that connect them to the pulse of nature. Apart from a plethora of activities conducted by the team of professionals, there is ample scope to spend time in solitude, explore nature’s beauty and rest one’s mind. As it is rightly said, ‘Yoga is not a work-out; it is a work-in’ and by the end of the entire duration at the yoga retreat, one feels reconnected with his inner self and is ready to face new challenges with a fresh perspective.
Embark on to the journey inward at these handpicked popular yoga retreats in India that ensure the best of yoga therapies, ayurvedic massages, and above all tranquillity.
Though Goa is home to many yoga retreats, Bhakti Kutir in Palolem in South Goa is located in a 2-acre coconut grove, adorned by huts made of rice straw and bamboo. One can enjoy organic food, fresh vegetarian and vegan options, fish, and juices in the open air with a fresh breeze. Apart from regular external workshops being conducted here amidst chirping birds along with the sound of beach waves and scenic vistas, it also offers ancient Ayurvedic treatments by expert therapists. Goa is a destination to be.
Mysore, the most popular yoga holiday destination in India is known for Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in India and overseas. BNS Iyengar, the master of this form of yoga, specialized in traditional concepts and scriptures has been teaching for the last 30 years at this center. This yoga retreat welcomes students from all over the world and imparts training in all spheres of yoga which includes asana, chanting, mudra, pranayama, philosophy, meditation, and Ayurveda. It is a paradise for yoga enthusiasts.
Shreyas offers one of the finest retreats in the world, sprawling over 25 acres of greenery and water bodies. This retreat is renowned for its world-class ashram-style yoga training, which enables one to rediscover and indulge in fun activities. Meditation, a luxury spa in the lap of nature, community service, and enjoyable exchanges on yoga and philosophy creates a positive aura, which entails its visitors to frequently visit this place in Bengaluru.
Kaivalyam is a retreat in Kerala, God’s own country, located amidst the tea estates of Munnar boasting a natural forest cover. This place is characterized by year-long cool climatic conditions, tea plantations, natural waterfalls, mountain landscape, and an abundance of trees, being located in the mesmerizing hill station. Routine yoga practice, nature walks at the spice plantation, bird watching, and campfire are a treat to the visitors. You have to see it to believe it.
The yogic research center cum ashram set within 180 acres of parkland at Lonavala, Kaivalyadhama Ashram provides you with solace in its myriad programs for months and years. This ashram school offers diplomas for beginners and advanced students. The health center is equipped with curable remedies that include yoga focussing on relaxation, naturopathy, or Ayurveda.
Isha Yoga Centre at the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains attracts visitors from all over the world and is known to impart teachings for soul enrichment. This retreat near Coimbatore has the famous ‘Dhyanalinga,’ an energy-form under a pillar-less dome. Thousands of people come to meditate at the Dhyanalinga for inner solace and peace. This center consists of a Spanda hall, Isha Rejuvenation Centre, garden, Isha Home School, and a vibrant residential area, that is home to all its volunteers and guests. It is renowned for its spiritual programs like the Inner Engineering Retreat that helps with spiritual revelations. It is one of the most- visited destinations in India for soul searchers.
Rishikesh, the Yogic world capital has a plethora of yoga retreats. Ganga Kinare on the banks of River Ganga, overlooking the Rajaji National Park is a major tourist attraction as the visitors get a majestic view of the flora and fauna of the large sanctuary. Encompassed by nature’s beauty, this retreat offers its visitors biking, spa, river water rafting, yoga, Ayurveda, bird watching, jungle safari, trekking, and nature trails. This place emits positive spiritual vibes of Rishikesh amidst the serenity of the mountains.
Tushita Meditation Center located in Dharamshala is in the hills right above the pristine McLeod Ganj town. It is known as the Buddhism hub, being the center of the Tibetan Mahayana tradition of Buddhism. It engulfs people from all cultures and traditions to learn Buddha’s teachings from the beginner to the advanced levels. This retreat pays homage to the calming effect of the adjacent forest, enriched with the enigma of Dalai Lama. ‘Introduction to Buddhism’ is a residential silent retreat course for 10 days and this place also welcomes drop-in meditation groups in the mornings. Not just a wonderful place to rejuvenate but Dharamshala is a famous holiday destination in India.
A yoga retreat in India provides an opportunity to bask in nature’s lap, at a serene place that is located miles away from the city. These retreats offer a schedule of events that includes therapies and nutritious meals planned out for its attendees. This helps them detox and soak in activities that connect them to the pulse of nature. Apart from a plethora of activities conducted by the team of professionals, there is ample scope to spend time in solitude, explore nature’s beauty and rest one’s mind. As it is rightly said, 'Yoga is not a work-out; it is a work in', and by the end of the entire duration at the yoga retreat, one feels reconnected with his inner self and ready to face new challenges with a fresh perspective.
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