If you want to dig deep into the cultural roots of yoga in India, you’ll be surprised at the variety you’ll find across the length and breadth of the country. A profound spiritual journey is for one who seeks it. And it could be anywhere from beach resorts to mountain retreats.

If you are extremely serious about yoga and want to take your practice to the next level, then you could opt for long-term courses, and if you just want to taste it or do it for fun, there are tonnes of short term courses for beginners available also.

Here are some yoga schools that’ll completely change your life and for the better if you plan to give them a shot:

 Auroville Retreat

This retreat is great for those looking to do courses that are an introduction to Yoga, and give full individual attention. The practice focuses on postures and breathing techniques, while paying detailed attention to precision and accuracy in breathing and meditation. The retreat is conducted by a student trained in the tradition of Swami Sivananda Saraswati. The retreat involves a minimum of 4 sessions of 120 minutes each; with accommodation, travel and food organised at extra costs.

Himalayan Iyenger Yoga Centre

Started by a disciple Iyengar, Sharat Arora, this school offers a variety of courses: week-long yoga classes for beginners and continuing students; intensive yoga courses; teachers training courses; therapy and also yoga for children and women. Iyenger is one of the serious Big Daddies of yoga and his focus on correct posture, precision and alignment is considered unparalleled by many in the yoga world. This school started by one of his students It has two branches – one in the mountains (Dharamkot) and the other by the sea (Goa).

KPJ Ashtanga Yoga, Mysore

This school of yoga was started in Mysore by K Pattabhi Jois, a contemporary of BKS Iyengar. His teachings emphasise on ashtanga through Vinyasa – a breathing and movement system and Tristhana – emphasising on posture.  The courses range from one month to three months and the application has to be sent two months ahead of each course.

Purple Valley Yoga, Goa

This is a beautiful old Goan house converted into a Yoga Centre that focuses mainly on Ashtanga. The landscaped, sprawling gardens provide ample space for meditation classes as well. With gorgeous vegetarian meals being served, a pool in the house, and shared or private rooms according to your preference – you could choose either a 10 days, 2 weeks or 4 weeks retreat.

Hinterland Village, Kerala

An hour from Kochi, retreats at this gorgeous home go from 6 days to 2 weeks long. The package includes massages and cooking classes, day trips on houseboats or to places like Fort Kochi and Munnar. It beautifully brings together all the essence of Kerala to ensure you get a full wellness holiday.