Not all health trends were built to last, but the yoga retreat revival is backed by years of ancient practice and tradition that make it so much more than a passing fad. Of course, there’s no better place to hone your craft than the homeland of yoga itself: India. Take a look at our favourite yoga retreats in India and book your next trip now.
Ananda Spa: Yoga Retreat
The Ananda Spa is a paradise in the Himalayan hills. The yoga retreat package offers you a slice of tranquillity to immerse yourself in yogic practice for five, seven or 14 nights. The retreat package includes an Ayurvedic consultation, three healthy meals each day for the duration of your stay, a lifestyle consultation, and fitness testing, where necessary.
Daily schedules are likely to include yoga, pranayama, meditative practice, cooking lessons, fitness classes and hikes, while guests are free to use the plunge pool and sauna in their leisure time. With a signature tea and fruit bowl to wake up each morning, you’d be hard pressed to start the day on the wrong foot here. Prices start around US$760 per night.
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Shreyas Retreat: Yoga Retreat
Whether you choose to stay in one of the garden cottages, or the luxury poolside villas, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Shreyas Retreat. Yoga retreats run from three to 14 nights and include a wide range of yoga practices to ensure you can experience everything from asana yoga to chakra meditation and more.
The retreat itself is based on a sprawling farm estate in Bangalore, which includes a large open-air yoga and meditation hall, as well as meditation huts throughout the plantation. While we’re sure the yoga practices will keep you more than fulfilled, an on-site jogging trail and the coax of the extensive massage menu definitely add to the experience, allowing you to wile away your free time as you please. Prices start around US$1,070 for a three-night retreat.
Vinyasa Yoga Academy: Yoga Teacher Training
For yogis looking to take their practice more seriously, look no further than the Vinyasa Yoga Academy. With an extensive range of teacher training courses on offer, this fully certified academy in Rishikesh takes a conventional and traditional approach to yoga teacher training.
They ask that you remain mindful of traditions and customs, observing the two-hour silent meditative practice each day, adopting a modest dress code and abiding by the prohibition of alcohol, meat and smoking on the premises. This is a truly immersive experience, with few other institutions offering as strong a focus on self-reflection and 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses start around US$1,450.
Arhanta Yoga Ashram: Yoga Teacher Training
With yoga teacher training programmes on offer in India and the Netherlands, Arhanta Yoga has taken their practice international. Their expansive Indian ashram extends across 17 acres in the centre of Madhya Pradesh, near Khajuraho.
The fully accredited yoga school offers training programmes of different durations, but the 200-hour Hatha training programme is one of their most popular. Beginning each day with morning meditation, chanting and mantras, you’ll be guided through teaching processes and theories before engaging in karma and asana yoga, followed by an evening meditation. All meals are provided on site throughout your three-and-a-half week stay, leaving you little reason to leave the sprawling property. Prices start around US$1,650.
Atmantan yoga retreat | Image courtesy of Atmantan
Atmantan: Journey Through Yoga
South of Mumbai, and only an hour’s drive from Pune, Atmantan luxury resort is nestled in a valley in the stunning Sahyadri Mountains. The Journey Through Yoga programme gives seasoned or aspiring yogis the choice between three, five, seven or 10-night stay to perfect their yoga poses.
Starting with an individual Ayurvedic wellness consultation, each package contains a mix of yoga classes, daily fitness and leisure activities, postural assessment and body composition analysis – not to mention unlimited use of the pool, steam room, and infrared sauna in the water therapy suites. With all your meals catered for and daily massages, you can devote your stay to truly getting in touch with your inner self. Prices start at around US$1,674.