Top 10 Yoga Retreats in India

I’m sure like me, when you think of a yoga retreat, India pops into your head, which is natural, because that’s where it all began. I’d often wondered what the word ‘yoga’ meant.  Well, as it turns out, the word ‘yoga’ originates from ‘yuj’ in Sanskrit, which means to unite, and here it means to unite with the spirit of the universe. Yoga is the way to achieve that union. It is a practice that involves the mind, body and spirit.

Yoga by the sea

Yoga dates way back to the Indus Valley Civilization where archaeological digs evidence the practice of yoga. But now, India offers you various forms and schools of yoga. However, I’d like to focus on a few basic forms.

Ashtanga Yoga: A practice that involves coordinating postures and breath to produce internal heat and a detoxifying sweat. A workout that improves your circulation, strengthens your body and calms your mind.

Pranayama: Pranayama is all about breath control. The main life force in our bodies. Pranayama teaches you to control pranic (life force) energy with the end goal of achieving a healthy body and mind.

Hatha Yoga: This is a practice that uses a series of yoga poses to align your body and opens  channels for energy to flow freely.

yogaThere has been a lot of focus on wellness in the recent years, with recommendations of detox diets and demanding workouts, among others. But by far the best way to stay well is undoubtedly through practicing yoga. For the frazzled, overworked lot, a yoga vacation is just what the doctor ordered. 

Sprinkled all over the Indian sub-continent, here are some options for yoga in India:

1. Ananda in the Himalayas 

Ananda Spa is considered one of the most exclusive spa destinations in the world. Set in the mesmerizing surroundings of the Himalayan mountains in Northern India, you are transported into a world of pure air, clear water and the refreshing fragrance of the trees and flowers in this beautiful property. I can’t think of a more perfect place for a Yoga retreat. Taught in its purest form, hatha yoga is practiced in the style of the Bihar School of Yoga. Yoga teachers customize programs to suit individual needs that could incorporate other forms of yoga too.

I’ll let the website carry you into this exclusive place.

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An all inclusive Yoga Retreat in the mountains – simply irresistible!

2. Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore

Here is yet another exclusive center for Yoga, once again nestled among the scenic mountains, but this time in southern India. The architecture is distinctive, the programs offered are unique, the goal is simple – an inner transformation that involves yoga and meditation. There is no need to be ultra flexible or have any previous experience of yoga. The combination of simple postures and meditation is powerful enough to bring about a transformation quite unlike anything you have experienced before. You can’t but emerge a happier, stronger and more energetic person from a stay at the Isha Yoga Center.

The website gives you a more comprehensive look at what Isha Yoga is all about.

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Undoubtedly one of the best Yoga and Meditation Retreats in India. Isha Yoga consists of a holistic approach that unites the mind, body and spirit.

3. Shreyas Retreat, Bangalore

Shreyas is a sprawling 25 acre yoga retreat, tranquil and secluded. The retreat is justifiably qualified as one of the finest in the world. No more than 20 guests are housed here at a time. Shady trees and the delicate fragrance of frangipani envelop you in a healing embrace, making it the perfect place to practice ashtanga and hatha yoga and to meditate. Everything about the retreat is programmed to help you reap the benefits of a stay in this yoga paradise.

You will find more information here.

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Surrounded by green in the garden city of Bangalore – the ideal setting for your yoga sessions.

4. Ashiyana Yoga and Spa village, Mandrem Beach, Goa

Goa, the most popular beach destination in the country also has some wonderful yoga retreats tucked away in secluded little corners of this lotus eating land. Ashiyana Retreat Centre is in the northernmost part of Goa, on Mandrem beach. If its a yoga vacation you seek, why not one amid palm trees and sand? Accommodation consists of anything from beach huts to suites. Yoga sessions are personalized, but you could also opt for drop in sessions twice a day.

Check out further information at their website.

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Yoga Vacations in Goa, India

5. Jiva Spa, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

If you’ve wondered what it was like to be treated like royalty, this is the spa for you. Jiva Spa is at the Usha Kiran Palace and run by one of the premier hotel chains in India – The Taj Group. Intrinsically Indian in every way, there are programs that include ayurvedic treatments, meditation and yoga, a holistic rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit. In this award winning spa you can be assured of a yoga vacation par excellence.

To make bookings at Jiva spa, click here.

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How about an all inclusive Yoga Spa Retreat in the heart of India?

6. Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort, Kovalam, Kerala

Kerala is believed to be God’s own country, thickly lush and green with forests, backwaters, wild life and some beautiful beaches. Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort is just a few kilometers from the famous Kovalam beach. Its 15 acres of greenery and a soothing view of the sea make the location ideal for yoga and meditation. Cottages and Suites accommodate you in green tranquility. Somatheeram is the first ever authentic ayurveda center in the world. The treatments go way back to the science of years gone by. Ayurveda literally means ‘life science’.

Check out further information at their website.

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Green lawns, cool breezes through the coconut palms, the sound of the sea – a healing experience at the Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort in Kerala, India

7. Swaswara Retreat, Gokarna, Karnataka

Gokarna is a picturesque little beach on the beautiful Konkan coast of Karnataka. Imagine starting your day with yoga on the beach as the sun rises. The program here is a combination of asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), mantra (sounds) and dharana (concentration). When practiced together you reach a very relaxed state of dhyana (meditation). The retreat is at one with nature with accommodation made of indigenous material. Fresh produce from the organic farm comes to your table in the form of healthy and delicious meals.

Check out the resort here.

Swaswara Yoga Retreat, Gokarna, India

Gokarna (which means ‘cow’s ear’, the cow being a sacred animal in India), is one of seven small beaches on the Konkan coast. A Yoga Vacation in Swaswara unites your mind, body and soul into a state of calmness..

8. Vana Malsi Estate, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Dehradun is a hill station in the foothills of the Himalayas. Beautiful and picturesque, this used to be the summer getaway for the British during their occupation of India. Vana Malsi is located in this district, 21 acres of it sprawled over hilly terrain. What it has to offer is its unique architecture, mango and lychee orchards, surrounding forests and most of all a serene wellness getaway from worldly madness. Is this ideal for a yoga vacation? Absolutely!

You can see for yourself the appeal of this estate here.

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Practicing yoga to the sound of mountain birds and inhaling the fragrance of the pine scented air…at Vana Malsi Estate, DehraDun, India

9. Little Cove Yoga Holiday Retreat, Cola Beach, Goa

If you are seeking yoga retreats in Goa, this is the perfect haven for the yoga enthusiast. Cola Beach is in the quieter and more peaceful part of south Goa. Little Cove provides cottages to house about 22 guests. The food is  healthy and delicious.  Gluten free and vegan diets are provided. You can enhance your yoga stay with ayurvedic massages and meditation sessions on the beach. Perfect, I believe!

You will find more information here.

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Yoga in Goa!

10. Lotus Yoga Retreat, Agonda Beach, Goa

Considered one of the best yoga retreats in India, Lotus Yoga Retreat takes advantage of the relatively unspoiled part of south Goa. Yoga holidays are offered between the months of November and June (the rest of the time it rains). The eco friendly architectural design of the resort was conceptualized by a Portuguese architect to harmonize with nature. Innovative accommodation ranges from basic beach huts to bungalows and tree huts. Practice different styles of yoga in serene yoga shalas and choose the style that suits you best.

Find out more here.

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Picture a peaceful yoga shala tucked away in a quiet corner of Goa – I bet just the thought makes you want to pack your bags and head there!

 

What I have here are the top ten yoga retreats in India that  bring the very essence of these practices to you, but if you have a favorite yoga retreat that is not listed above, I’d love to know. Please do add your suggestion in the box below.

 

Shakila Kundu
Shakila has been into fitness for two decades. Being a sports person, she naturally fell into a fitness routine which later turned into a passion. She took a course in Yoga in the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India, trained with fitness trainers to become an aerobics, kick boxing and weight training instructor herself. She puts her experience into words and practical advice - easy to read and simple to follow.

7 Responses to Top 10 Yoga Retreats in India

  1. Jess says:

    These look great. I’ve been thinking about trying a yoga retreat for a while now. This has inspired me to take the leap!

    • That’s fantastic! The ones listed are among the best, I can assure you. 🙂 I’d love to hear back from you about your experience. There’s nothing quite like yoga to keep you well both inside and out. Cheers!

  2. Great post! Written in a detailed manner. These are actually most famous yoga retreats in India which is famed to offer the world class Ayurveda therapies and treatments to regain the harmony of mind, body and soul.

  3. Good list of Ayurvedic retreats in India. I am looking forward to visiting some of this places. I recently attended a yoga training from Ayurvedic retreat Amruthamgamaya(http://www.amruthamgamaya.com/) which is also a unique and wonderful resort to visit.

    • AMIT says:

      its good to know that Kerala having vary much utilize Ayurveda even in resorts i glad to know how they encourage our culture

  4. Kalyan says:

    A beautiful piece of information on top 10 yoga retreats in India. Great stuff! I had visited Kerala last year and joined Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort for Ayurveda therapies in Kovalam. It was an exhilarating experience with an authentic rejuvenating services. This is also the world’s first Ayurveda resort. I will also consider to plan other places you mentioned in the post. Thanks for sharing such a useful information!

  5. Visit India says:

    India is outstanding country. reach culture with scenic beauty. Kerala, Himachal Pradesh are the most peaceful places. I really loved to travel India.

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