Have you been feeling stressed and burnt out? If yes, then you are badly in need of some R&R. Why not try and take your relaxation game to another level by going on a yoga retreat in India?
India is the motherland of yoga. Naturally, ashrams, yoga centres, and retreats are in abundance in the country. Yoga lovers flock to India to further deepen their practice and to get to know more about the culture that gave birth to it.
To help you get started on your journey, we rounded up eight of the best places to go on a yoga retreat.
Best Yoga Resorts and Retreats in India
First on our list is this amazing place in Gokarna. SwaSwara is built on the west coast of India above Om Beach. It perfectly marries luxury and ancient Ayurveda. The villas are made of baked bricks and thatched roofs. They don’t serve red meat and hard alcohol but you can feast on fresh seafood and wine.
You can practice yoga under the meditation dome, lounge around by the pool, or explore the wildlife and natural beauty of the cove. This place is perfect if you are looking for seclusion and some nature-tripping.
Programme: 3 nights or longer of activities that focus on all-around well-being. Classes are offered daily and you can arrange for private one-on-one lessons at an additional cost. The styles their classes cover are Yogic kriyas, Asanas, Yoga Nidra, Pranayama and meditation techniques.
Other wellness activities: nature trails and bird watching, boat ride, temple town visit, interactive cooking, and art studio
Its name means purity of spirit. Sattva Retreat is located in Uttarakhand and is made with the free-spirited souls in mind. Check-in here if you are not the type to plan ahead and just usually go with where the flow takes you.
They can help you figure out the best way to make the most out of your yoga retreat. It offers guidance and flexibility. They offer programs for rest and relaxation, detox and cleansing, and exploration of the rich culture of Rishikesh.
Programme: They offer healing and rejuvenation packages from October to May that are personalised. A yoga lifestyle analysis will be done upon your arrival and you can choose the duration of your retreat from 3 to 21 days. They also host group retreats.
Other wellness activities: Ayurvedic and western fusion treatments, Yogini Shakti Women Getaway, and detox package.
The location of Ananda in the foothills of the Himalayas is therapeutic in itself. This spa resort is award-winning and is one of the top destinations for an overall wellness experience. There is no surprise in that given its majestic view of the Ganges river valley and sal forests.
Programme: They offer personalized programs that can go for up to 2 weeks and are focused on Hatha, Raja, and Kriya yoga.
Other wellness activities: temple trekking and ayurvedic spa treatments
This retreat located in the countryside in Bengaluru is a remote sanctuary for yoga enthusiasts. Your stay in this sacred place will help you find that inner peace that is so elusive when you are in the city.
Programme: They offer several retreat packages but they encourage guests to customise their retreat according to their taste and needs. The retreats range from 3 to 14 nights and are based on classical Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
Other wellness activities: Wellness spa, beauty treatments, naturopathy, Ayurveda therapy, and medical treatments
This boutique hotel boasts as the only place that is built right on the banks of the Ganges river in Rishikesh. Ganga Kinare is surrounded by a unique mix of flora and fauna as it overlooks one of the largest sanctuaries in India. You can meditate for days in this tranquil paradise. They offer diverse experiences that will cater to visitors who are seeking both serenity and adventure.
Programme: Their programme for beginner yoga is for 3 days and 2 nights. Taught by their yoga instructor who is an expert in Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, and Yoga Nidra.
Other wellness activities: Ayur Ganga spa, jungle safari, white water rafting, and biking
This eco-resort in Goa is for ocean lovers! Anahata is popular for its beach yoga sessions, which take place twice a day. The morning sessions feature Vinyasa while the afternoon sessions are for Hatha. Their yoga sessions are also beginner-friendly so you don’t need to be shy to join if it’s your first time.
Programme: Yoga classes are offered every day with additional scheduled retreats featuring classes from different yoga teachers. You can check their website for upcoming schedules. The retreats usually last up to 14 days.
Other wellness activities: cooking classes, meditation classes, and spa
This serene luxury resort in Sernabatim Beach is accredited by the Yoga Alliance UK and USA.
The Beach House has a wide selection of yoga sessions and spa services for its guests. This is the place to go if you want to improve your well-being and address some health issues.
Programme: The sessions can go on for up to 21 days. You can choose among their retreat packages that pair yoga with meditation, detox, and spa. They also have specialised sessions for diabetes, arthritis, menopause, and fertility enhancement.
Other wellness activities: Goa tours, dental treatments, vision therapy, chiropractic therapy, dance movement therapy, aura photography and reading, physiotherapy, and Tibetan singing bowl meditation
Ayurveda means life science and Somatheeram Ayurveda Village is the world’s first authentic Ayurveda centre. It is located in Kerala amidst lush green forests, backwaters, wildlife, and magnificent beaches. Go beyond soothing tired muscles and experience healing that transcends to your soul.
Programme: Their yoga retreat includes daily yoga sessions, Ayurveda treatments, vegetarian cuisine, cooking classes, and workshops. You can book for a minimum of 7 nights.
Other wellness activities: panchakarma treatments, cultural programmes, and tours
India has yoga retreats for beginners, experts, seeking for solace, or looking for an adventure. Immerse in its rich culture and re-centre amidst the beautiful sceneries it has to offer.
Pack up your bags and discover the wonders of traditional healing and breathtaking sceneries while meeting people along the way! India waits for you.