Best yoga institution in India
The best places in India to practice yoga
Yoga has now become a popular practice all over the world. Many of us have firmly integrated yoga into everyday life and attend a yoga class at least once a week. Yoga is good for you, relaxes you and brings us / keeps us physically and mentally in balance.
The cradle of yoga is in India and after a long yoga practice at home, it makes sense to also want to experience yoga in its country of origin.
But India is big and the possibilities of a yoga stay in India are numerous and range from yoga teacher training, ashram stays to yoga-Ayurveda resorts to yoga holidays.
So how do you choose the right one from the abundance of offers? Here interests, yoga styles, time and budget all play a large role in the decision-making process.
In order to help you a little with the choice of the type of your Indian yoga stay, I have listed the best yoga locations in India below.
Yoga originated in the Himalayas and quite a few Indian sadhus (holy yogis) make a pilgrimage to the great mountains to find a quiet place here and use the power of the mountains for their yoga practice and meditation.
Of course, I don't mean to say that you should give up your normal life completely and look for a cave in the Indian Himalayas.
No, but the Indian Himalayas have a very special charisma. In places like Leh, Manali or Mcleod Ganj, it is incredibly good to attend yoga classes on a regular basis or even do an easy yoga trek. Yoga trekking combines daily yoga lessons with easy hikes through the fascinating landscape of the mountains. If you are interested in a yoga trek, you can find out more here.
Rishikesh is located on the holy Ganges, exactly where the mighty river leaves the mountains. The little relaxed place is one of the most spiritual in all of India and the place for yoga. Every year in March, a week-long yoga festival takes place here with yoga teachers from all over the world. But then the place is rather less relaxed and everything is pretty overpriced. In Rishikesh there are countless yoga ashrams where you can live for several months and practice traditional yoga. There are also a number of yoga schools that offer both classes for everyone and one-month yoga teacher courses.
Many of the ashrams offer free accommodation, but you often have to register up to three months in advance. Otherwise, you can simply book accommodation in Rishikesh and attend various yoga classes several times a day for a small fee.
I can especially recommend the Anand Prakash Ashram. For a fee of around 12 euros per day, you can get accommodation and take part in meals and yoga classes. Many yoga schools and ashrams also offer multi-day retreats in addition to the popular yoga teacher courses.
Shri Jasnath Ashram in Rajasthan
My absolute favorite ashram in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Yoga is still practiced in the ashram, which is still unknown to tourists and is very well maintained. The lovable little Indian ashram family mostly does karma and bakhti yoga, but there are also twice daily hatha yoga classes given by either karma yogis or the guru of the ashram. A fire ceremony is held in the temple every evening.
Here you can just really relax, enjoy good organic and vegetarian dishes and deepen your yoga practice. Meanwhile there is also an Ayurveda area and you can book individual treatments in addition to an entire Pancha Karma cure.
Otherwise, walks and interactions with the villagers are worthwhile. The children look forward to English, art and physical education classes and the surrounding families are happy to invite you to their home for tea.
Chalo! Reisen offers two-week yoga-ayurveda retreats at the Shri Jasnath Ashram twice a year. You can also book your individual stay through us.
Yoga by the sea
Whether in a beach resort in Kerala or as a backpacker on one of Goa's beaches: Yoga, beach and sea are simply a perfect combination.
In Goa there are yoga schools with all imaginable styles that offer drop-in lessons and of course the yoga teacher training courses. In Kerala, there are more luxurious Ayurveda beach resorts with daily hatha yoga classes.
Our Kerala yoga trip with round trip and Ayurveda resort stay is very popular.
Ahstanga Yoga in Mysore
Mysore in South India is a small former royal city with many palaces and the place for all fans of Ahstanga-Vinyasa yoga. Here Shri K. Pattabhi Joys made Ashtanga Yoga more popular around 1950 and besides the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ahstanga Yoga Institute there are many other excellent yoga schools. Many of the yoga schools have strict guidelines, often you have to register at least two months in advance and commit to practicing in the respective institutes for at least one month. You can of course also do your yoga teacher training in the Ahstanga Vinyasa style here.
Shivananda Yoga at the Shivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in the Dhanwantari Ashram in Neyar Dam
Those who love the Shivananda style can either take a very affordable yoga holiday in the Shivananda Center in Kerala or sign up for one of the very popular, but rather overcrowded and expensive yoga teacher training courses.
The accommodations are simple but clean. Depending on your budget, you can choose between tents, dormitories, non-air-conditioned and air-conditioned rooms. The ashram atmosphere is very nice and the included meals are good. The daily routine of the Ashram is strictly regulated with an alternation of satsang, asanas, pranayama, meals and karma yoga.
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