With seemingly soul-crushing negativity and chaos all around us, it’s hard to find inner peace.
Which is why it’s a good idea to take off from work and the daily grind for a few days, and head to a yoga retreat where you can truly reconnect with yourself and your surroundings and be one with the universe.
While there are many amazing yoga retreats India has to offer, you can’t lose with any of these:
At Isha Yoga Center, yoga is a way of life. Right from the time you step into the stunning premises of the ashram, located on the picturesque Velliangiri hills outside Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, you know you are in for a unique experience.
Rishikesh is Yoga Central. Even The Beatles would agree. And Parmath Niketan Ashram on the banks of the Ganges in this spiritual town is one of the best places to learn yoga, meditation, and the art of being at peace with yourself.
Located on the outskirts of Bengaluru, about 25 km away, atop the Panchagiri Hills, the Art Of Living International Center is an oasis of peace. Founded by Sri Sri Ravishankar, the ashram is a great place to meditate, learn yoga and rediscover yourself through the many residential programmes held there.
You can meditate at the beautiful Vishalakshi Mantap or volunteer at the kitchen, and spend the evenings enjoying the Satsang, which is a celebration of music, meditation and everything positive.
Simple living is at the core of spirituality, and if you are seeking peace, you must learn to let go of worldly attachments and embrace a basic, minimalistic lifestyle. Tushita Meditation Centre near the scenic town of Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, understands this only too well.
This center for the study of Tibetan Buddhism conducts frequent camps and retreats on meditation and overall spiritual well-being. You can drop by at the meditation hall here, catch a documentary screening or sign up for guided meditation lessons.
Located in the hippie beachside hamlet of Arambol in north Goa, HIYC conducts yoga and meditation camps and retreats. Whether you are looking for a quick refreshing break or a long-term intensive course on yoga and meditation, the centre has programmes tailored to suit your needs.
HIYC also has an ashram in Dharamkot, near Dharamsala. Look up the website for retreats and camps that you’d like to attend, and plan your yoga holiday around it.
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