If you’re a bit of a die-hard yoga fan, you’d probably well know that yoga itself originated from India. Which is why we thought we would hunt down some of the best and most authentic yoga retreats that India has to offer.
If you’ve always wanted to learn directly from the most highly-skilled, authentic yoga teachers and masters, you’ll find several of the best opportunities right here.
Yoga Magic Eco-Retreat
Here you have all the ingredients for an authentic and magical yoga retreat, including organic, vegan/vegetarian food to nourish your body, a beautiful setting, luxury ‘eco-lodges’ and of course, plenty of yoga too.
Whether you’re a beginner or wanting to deepen your practice, you’ll enjoy daily meditation, cleansing kriyas, gentle pranayama and ‘vitality boosting yoga asana classes’.
Find out more at https://yogamagic.net/.
Hinterland Village 6-Day Retreat
Hinterland Village offers a 6-day yoga retreat where the emphasis is on deepening your knowledge and practice of yoga, while integrating it into your daily lifestyle.
You’ll enjoy three vegetarian meals each day, and a consultation with an onsite Ayurvedic/ Naturopathy doctor who will ‘administer treatments according to your bodies constitution’. You’ll also receive massages and steam baths, explore the area with guided nature walks, enjoy a cookery show or two, along with free bicycle rental and a swimming pool.
Find out more at https://hinterlandvillage.com/6-days-retreat.
Purple Valley Yoga
Here you’ll experience the perfect combination of luxury and modern conveniences, with great yoga practice and instruction.
The type of yoga taught here is Ashtanga, and they have strong commitment to supporting the local community. Instead of trying to grow their own food onsite, they instead support and source ingredients from the local farmers, with as much organic produce as possible.
The tropical grounds provide peace and quiet, and when you’re not participating in yoga classes or enjoying a little free time, you can head on over to the treatment centre for a full range of massage, Ayurveda treatments, and beauty therapies.
Find out more at http://www.yogagoa.com/retreat/.
Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre (Silent Retreat)
For something a little bit different, where you really want to disconnect with the rest of the world, and reconnect with yourself, a Yoga and Meditation Silent Retreat might be the answer.
These retreats are fairly hardcore, and are 12 days in length, with a strict daily schedule and a no-phone, no-talking, no-eye-contact policy. You will have plenty of time for self-reflection, meditation and nature walks though, so if you’re desperate for peace and quiet, this is where you’ll find it.
Isha Foundation – Rejuvenation Retreats
The Isha Foundation obviously has a focus on Isha Yoga, and their Rejuvenation Retreats have a lot to offer. Choose one of their Ayur (life) programs or you can even choose a healing style retreat, including their 7-day Joint and Muscular Disorder Treatment Program which utilises yoga and traditional therapies to alleviate stress and pain within tissues, joints and muscles.
They also run a Diabetes Management Program and an Eye Program to assist you with eye-related concerns. It’s a unique approach to these types of health issues, but who knows, if you’ve exhausted the Western medical world, it just might help.
Located in Rishikesh, you’ll discover Yoganandham – A School of Yoga Learning. Here, you can get back to nature, enjoy healthy, organic food and which promises ‘spiritual enlightenment’.
They offer a range of different yoga retreats, ranging from 3 days to 14 days, with a Traditional Hatha Yoga Retreat that has been designed specifically for beginners. However, if you’re more experienced, they can certainly cater for you too.
Find out more at https://yoganandham.com/yoga-retreat-in-rishikesh-india.php.
Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat
You may also have heard Emily Spurling, an Australian internationally-renowned Yoga teacher from Karma Being. She’s host retreats in various locations and this November, she’s hosting one 10-day one in Kerala, India.
The very best yoga training can certainly be found in India…
No matter which form of yoga you’d like to delve deeper into, you’ll undoubtedly find the very best teachers in India. Many yoga schools and retreat centres in India offer everything from introductory beginners’ classes and retreats, right through to extensive and intensive yoga teacher training.
Stay for a few days of rest and relaxation or stay for a month. Who knows, you might love it so much that you end up returning home as a fully qualified Yogi!