Top 14 Yoga Retreats In India July 28, 2016

If you are a resident of India, then there is no reason you wouldn’t know the greatness of yoga. Do you practice yoga daily? If you do, the experience would have been no less than great, right? But then, practicing yoga in a popular yoga retreat is an entirely different experience altogether!

Yoga helps de-stress one’s mind by working on their breathing. The poses or asanas practiced in yoga impact the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies of the practitioner. It is a proven panacea for stress. It calms down one’s mind and nurtures serenity and poise along with keeping several lifestyle diseases away. No wonder people from all over the world are attracted to yoga.

The concept of ‘Yoga’ holidays or breaks is also something that is growing. Stressed out professionals with time at a premium, are combining both rejuvenation and holidaying by flocking to yoga retreats for getting back in shape mentally as well as physically.

If you belong to this growing tribe, which is in a dire need of a rejuvenating yoga break but not sure which yoga retreats to head to, then this post is just what you need! Go ahead and get to know of the top fourteen yoga retreats in India! Get amazed, get rejuvenated!

Top 14 Yoga Retreats India Offers:

1. Bramha Kumaris Rajayoga Centre, Mumbai:

Now this is the perfect place for Mumbaiites to sit back and relax. This yoga centre is located in Borivali area of Mumbai. This centre offers you foundation courses in meditation for all age groups. Try practicing meditation at this centre and you will experience the divine & spiritual feeling.

2. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, Kerala:

If you are looking for the perfect yoga vacation, then this is the place for you! This ashram situated in the foothills of Kerala’s Western Ghats offers a 2 week yoga retreat. It gives one the chance in a lifetime to immerse fully in yoga, pranayama, asanas and dhyana.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta ashram boasts of having Neyyar Dam in proximity, and is home to a lush forest of coconut trees. The ashram offers classic yoga techniques taught in a warm, nurturing environment. The focus of teachers here is to instill an appreciation and respect for the spiritual ideas, apart from just teaching yoga asanas and breathing exercises.

Apart from yoga, the ashram offers Ayurveda as well as fasting and detoxification programmes too, along with a vegetarian diet, silent mediation, and lectures on yoga and philosophy. Guests are encouraged to participate in all activities the of ashram life.

3. Ananda Prakash Ashram & Yoga Centre, Tapovan, Rishikesh:

What could be better than a spiritual yoga ashram in the city of Rishikesh? This centre offers various courses which include asanas, pranayama, kirtan, vedic mantras and meditation. It also offers courses in Classical yoga, Vedanta and Tantra forms.

4. Lotus Yoga Retreat, Canacona, Goa:

This place is fun-filled due to the environment in Goa, yet this centre gives you a place to sit back, relax, and meditate. This yoga centre specializes in body and spirit wellness and gives you a good physical exercise while you practice Hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga. This is one of the best yoga retreats India offers for you.

5. Shreyas Yoga Retreat, Bangalore:

This luxurious retreat in Bangalore ranks as one of the most upscale yoga retreats in the world. Spread over 25 lush acres, Shreyas offers everything that you might need for cleansing and rejuvenation – spa, beautiful green gardens, meditation sessions, an organic vegetarian diet and an infinity pool, and much more!

This luxurious spa also offers a wide range of Ayurvedic therapies including relaxing massages, all organic scrubs, herbal packs and masks prepared using herbs from Shreyas’ organic gardens.

Shreyas also provides the most attentive staff, teachers and healers to start you on your wellness journey. It also places a lot of attention to teaching yoga in a way so that one understands that it is a pathway to self-discovery and spirituality, and not just an exercise regime. A maximum of 20 guests are nurtured attentively by yoga teachers and therapists at a time. So, we suggest that you book well in advance.

Shreyas Yoga Retreat offers authentic Hatha and Ashtanga yoga (different styles of yoga) to the guests. Other hot offerings are Ayurvedic treatments such as abhyanga and shirodhara, chanting classes, silent retreats, meditation, massages, community service exercises, and an introduction to Indian culture. The yoga retreat in India also offers amazing organic meals made from vegetables grown in the retreat’s 20 acres of fields.

This retreat is rated as one of the Finest Yoga Retreats in India and worldwide and it is a member of the Relais & Chateaux group of resorts and hotels.

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6. Osho Meditation Resort, Pune:

You would love this spiritual resort if you are looking for an international ambiance with great yoga and meditation activities. It would also attract you if you love to meet new people and discover novel cultures.

The resort is like a garden and is spread over 28 acres of lush greens, with springs and parks. It offers a judicious mix of a luxury resort and a traditional ashram. Guests can choose from a multitude of courses in the multiversity for healing and transforming their lives.

This is one of the best yoga and meditation retreats in India if you enjoy meditation and exploring your inner reality. All that you need for your inner journey and physical well being is provided here. The lush Basho area is a true gem and meditation activities are available all over the day.

The guesthouse located in the resort is very clean and efficiently managed. Those of you who enjoy tennis, sauna and swimming will find all of these provided here, too.

In our opinion, anybody interested in self-knowing needs to include this Resort on their schedule.

7. Ayurveda Yoga Meditation Resort, Coonoor:

The resort introduces its guests to the traditional Indian healing wisdom of Ayurveda. Situated in the Nigril mountains in Coonoor, Ayurveda Yoga Meditation Resort is located on a green tea plantation, surrounded by eucalyptus forests.

This resort is ISO Certified by TUV Nord, Germany. It is also recognized as an authentic Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy Institution by the Government of India.

The focus here is on personalized individual care targeted to curing chronic health problems like alcoholism, stress-related disorders and hypertension. You would have a lot on your hands here, juggling yoga, meditation, organic farming, volunteer work and partaking of authentic Ayurveda treatments.

Some of the popular wellness programmes yoga retreat India offers are:

De-addiction programmes for smoking, alcohol and drugs through natural Ayurvedic treatments.

Special weight-loss programmes with special Ayurveda and yoga therapy.

Unique Yoga Kaya Kalpa Therapy for anti-ageing, designed to restore mental and physical youth, energy, and radiance.

The location of the retreat is also one of its greatest attractions. Situated in the Blue Mountains, the yoga retreat is surrounded by healing eucalyptus forests, fresh water streams, rolling hills and valleys. It would not be wrong to say that this is the only Ayurvedic health centre in India which is set in a truly healing and unpolluted environment.

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8. Isha Yoga Centre, Tamil Nadu:

This ashram and yoga centre is founded by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s non-profit Isha Foundation. It has been a centre for spiritual teachings, meditation and yoga for close to two decades now.

The location of the ashram is indeed splendid. It sits at the base of the Velliangiri Mountains in Tamil Nadu, just 18 miles from Coimbatore.

We suggest that you try the 3 – 7 day Isha Yoga program for a complete yoga-rehab. You can then go for longer and more intensive rejuvenation and yoga programmes for overall health and emotional wellness.

9. Kalari Kovailakom, Kerala:

This resort has a very interesting story behind it. Old legends say that a Prince came to the foothills of Kerala’s Annamalai Hills around the 10th century with a skin ailment. He was able to cure himself in the healing spring waters of the foothills.

Kalari Kovailakom was built in the 19th century. It offers Ayurveda in its most authentic form. The herbs used for medicines here are pure and freshly picked from herb gardens.

All food is prepared in the Ayurvedic kitchen in the centre and pure spices and ingredients are used to create simple, delicious vegetarian meals that form an integral part of the treatments. And the therapies are in strict accord with the ancient texts of Ayurveda.

Kalari offers Hatha yoga classes. The centre also offers classes in “yoga nidra”, for sleep and stress relief for guests, mostly in the afternoon. Guests can also train in the ancient martial practice of Kalaripayattu.

Kalari treats you through a combination of massages, herbal treatments, medicines, diet, yoga and purifying baths. It promises deliverance from diseases and stresses and a chance to see the world afresh and to be reborn!

10. Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharmashala:

This yoga centre situated in Northern India gives you a number of meditation and spirituality sessions every day. This place has the magic to take you away from worldly distractions, get you closer to the divine feeling and keep you relaxed and rejuvenated.

11. The Art Of Living International Center:

This facility remains to be one of the most popular destinations for wellness and peace seekers from across the world. This 65 acre ashram is located near Bangalore in Karnataka on the Panchagiri Hills. Apart from Art of Living programmes, the ashram also offers intensive yoga programmes for beginners and advanced seekers, as well as Ayurveda treatments and special meditations for individuals.

The retreat is known for its forest trails where one can practice walking meditation, lakes, organic gardens and farms. It also provides the ideal environment to recoup and rejuvenate with a slew of Ayurvedic treatments thrown in.

12. Ashiyana Yoga Retreat:

Head to Ashiyana if you have a craving for an upscale yoga experience. It offers great yoga, good food, people, and a virtual cornucopia of healing for stressed out souls.

Visitors have a chance of their lifetime to stay in beach huts on the Mandrem River. They can also practice yoga with trained yoga teachers who tailor the yoga classes to their needs. The retreat also boasts of 3 main Yogashalas for practicing asanas and meditation.

The retreat also offers a host of other services like massages and holistic treatments in its spas and treatment centre, set amidst Goa’s only natural pool. Not only does the ambience relax you, but it also helps you along to fully recover from negative, toxic lifestyles.

We suggest that you start with the Urban Antidote option, initially, when you check in. There are options also available for 14 and 21 day stays at Ashiana.

The retreat does not limit itself to only 1 particular style of yoga, rather it draws inspiration from a wide range of Schools of yoga for helping the students. It also allows the students to be flexible with their time and attend any yoga class they want at the ‘Drop- in’ centre.

We also suggest that you try out the Elemental Yoga Therapy with the teachers at the resort. This will go a long way in your journey to health and peace.

13. Ananda, The Himalayas:

Once the residence of Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal, Ananda is now an opulent destination spa in the Himalayas. It is an internationally popular centre for restoration, rejuvenation, and peace.

Situated at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, Ananda offers a slew of wellness programmes for guests.

The focus at Ananda is on the twin traditional sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda. It offers personalized therapy and activity programs for guests. Ananda follows the Bihar School of yoga, one of the most restorative forms of yoga.

Also on offer is a complete body-mind pampering service at Ananda’s internationally famous spa.

14. Yoga Vidya Spiritual Retreats, Kerala:

This is one of the best centres for learning Hatha yoga and traditional Ayurveda therapies in the country. It is just the place if you want to learn yoga in its entirety. It offers advanced programmes in Hatha yoga for perspective teachers. There are also specialized programmes for learning kriyas, mudras, bandhas, meditation, and chanting. The retreat also offers programmes in therapeutic benefits of yoga and how it can be practiced safely.

Art retreats are another big attraction here. If you are a beginner, we suggest that you join the 10-day yoga immersion retreat, and if you are an advanced student, you may prefer the yoga immersion retreat.

So delay no more and head to one of these incredible retreats today! Do you know of any other best yoga retreats in India? Share with us in the comments section below!

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