Top destinations for yoga in India

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Purple Valley, Assagao, Goa

Goa’s Purple Valley specialises in Ashtanga form of Yoga along with the world’s top Ashtanga teachers. The classes are scheduled in the mornings and afternoons which includes philosophy, kirtans and pranayama. You shall also be taught to live a life of yogi. Beginners may have the best time of their lives. This beautiful place is spread over two Portuguese-style houses, surrounded by landscaped gardens. The place would surely give you a tropical forest feel. The treats doesn’t end here. Name it and you have all of them from consultants, ayurvedic doctors to massage therapists. Chefs with their ayurvedic style of preparing food items are there to pamper your taste buds. It is a popular hub among both foreigners as well as Indian students.

Mysore Krishnamachar Yoga Shala, Mysore, Karnataka

The institute has earned its name because od its Ashtanga form of Yoga and the renowned Yoga guru BNS Iyengar. He’s been teaching in Mysore for more than thirty eight years. His way of teaching is tough which results in prosperity of his students. The two most important points that you should know before taking admission here:

  • Minimum of one month is required for registration in the institute.
  • You could also get an accommodation either close to the institute with an extra cost or the city has plenty of rooms to rent.

Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh & Arambol, Goa

The Yoga guru Sharat Arora has two institutes with the name Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, one in Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh and another one in Arambol, Goa. He spends his summers teaching in Dharamkot whereas winters in Arambol. All the students who aspire to become yoga trainers are first made to complete the compulsory five-day course which is a compulsory one.  Then, they are exposed to specialised courses such as

  • Yoga therapy
  • Yoga for Vipassana
  • Yoga with Ayurveda

Phool Chatti, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

You are bound to fall in love with the location of the ashram. It is surrounded with an ancient pilgrimage, river Ganges and Rishikesh’s famous Laxman Jhula suspension bridge. The ashram is more than hundred years old. However, rooms are renovated with modern comforts, with the facility of room sharing by couples. The food prepared in the ashram is delicious.

The course of Yoga consists of seven days which has

  • Meditation
  • Mantra chanting
  • Neti-pot cleansing (a nasal cleaning technique)
  • Pranayama
  • Asana practice
  • Kirtans and plenty of discussion around yoga philosophy

The classes are conducted by Swami Dev Swarup Nanda and Sadhvi Lalitambay. The additional treats include meditative walks, hiking and river dips.

International Center for Yoga Education and Research, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu

This is one of the most traditional centres of the country. The coastal institute teaches a classical style with all eight limbs of yoga. If you are serious to become a professional Yoga guru, you are required to attend six to one year of correspondence course before you’re even eligible to apply. Only 10 students are accepted every year. On the other hand, they run a three week course on Yantra which means the science of number, name and form, alongside daily yoga and pranayama practice. Every one has to follow the below rules:

  • All courses are residential
  • A strict vegetarian diet
  • No alcohol
  • No drugs
  • Limited contact with the outside world

 

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