Of the several things that the world finds fascinating about India, yoga is perhaps the most popular today. In the last couple of decades, the western world as well as Indian themselves have rediscovered yoga as an effective means of healthy living. India is home to some of the best yoga centers in the world. Known as the birthplace of yoga, India draws yoga enthusiasts from all various countries. Rishikesh, the yoga capital of then world, is known for its yoga and meditation centers. There are a number of yoga ashrams in India where you can stay and learn yoga too. With so many options for yoga and meditation, one might wonder which are the best places to visit for a yoga retreat. As we get closer to International Yoga Day 2017 (June 21), here’s a look at some of the best yoga retreats in India every yoga enthusiast must visit. Also Read - ‘Focus on Fitness’: PM Modi Urges All to Stay Healthy And Fit During Coronavirus Lockdown
Ananda – In the Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Woman surrounded by mountains performing yoga
What better place to practise yoga than amidst the breathtaking views of Himalayas?!? Ananda Spa in Uttarakhand is considered one of the best yoga retreats in India thanks to its location as well as its wide range of treatments. Guests can participate in one of five different yoga programmes: Hatha, Gatyatmak, Kriya, Pranayama, and Advanced Pranayama with Bandhas. Also Read - ‘This is wonderful’: Ivanka Trump Thanks PM Modi For Sharing Yoga Video During Lockdown
Address: The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar Tehri – Garhwal, Narendra Nagar, Uttarakhand 249175 Also Read - 'Yoga With Modi': PM Shares The 'Secret' That is Keeping Him Fit During Lockdown
Phone: 01378 227 500
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari, Kerala
Down south, the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari ashram provides an equally stunning ambiance of the lush green Western Ghats. It’s an ideal place to practise yoga with a strictly vegetarian diet and lectures as well as extensive practise sessions of karma yoga. You will also be involved in daily tasks around the facility.
Address: Neyyar Dam, Trivandrum, Kerala 695572
Phone: 094460 89992
SwaSwara yoga, Karnataka
Karnataka has its share of wonderful yoga retreats, most popular among which is the SwaSwara wellness center. With a beautiful shore dotted with palm trees and coconut groves, SwaSwara indulges into holistic healing and Ayurveda. You will also be practicing meditation, vegetarian cooking, and a combination of breathing techniques with mantras and postures. Another delightful part of your stay here is nature excursions in the breathtaking vicinity.
Address: Donibhai, Om Beach Rd, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326
Phone: 0484 301 1711
Atmantan yoga, Maharashtra
Atmantan is a holistic retreat located in Maharashtra near Lake Mulshi. With views of the marvelous Sahyadri ranges all around, the retreat is a perfect getaway for urban population from Mumbai and Pune. It has a host of Ayurvedic spa treatments and yoga sessions combined with personal training routines. The aromatic massage therapies are not to be missed.
Address: Palse Vasti,, Mulshi Taluka, Mulshi Road, Pune, Maharashtra 412108
Phone: 020 6676 6666
Shreyas Yoga Retreat, Karnataka
And then there is Shreyas retrest in Karnataka, one of the popular yoga destinations in south India. Its massages and wide range of treatments attract enthusiasts all year round. Its yoga programme is considered one of the best, in-depth programmes in India as it is well designed to suit everyone from beginners to veterans. Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga sessions are conducted in open-air classrooms making it a rejuvenating experience.
Address: Santoshima Farm, Gollahalli Gate, Nelamangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562123
Phone: 099161 17773
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