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Yoga in India: Our top choices

» Here is our selection of the best yoga retreats, yoga holidays and yoga teacher trainings in India «

India’s diverse landscape, people and traditions make it one of the world’s most fascinating destinations, which many travelers keep returning to. For the serious yoga student, a trip to India is full of symbolic meaning and a must-do: this is the birthplace of yoga after all. Many yoga enthusiasts from all over the world come here to deepen their practice and study directly from renowned yoga gurus and teachers.

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Yoga is very much a part of life in India. Many Indians start practicing yoga from a young age and many schools have yoga integrated into the curriculum. Yoga schools are located in every city and town across the country, teaching a variety of different styles and often offering intensive yoga teacher training programs. Yoga ashrams are popular with those looking for a long residential retreat. Often located in secluded areas of natural beauty, they offer the ideal setting for spiritual growth. Rishikesh in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand probably has the highest number of yoga ashrams in the country. Mysore in Karnataka, South India, is the destination for serious Ashtanga practitioners – this is where Pattabhi Jois’ son Sharath continues his father’s legacy. Goa has become the preferred destination for yogis who like to hit the beach after asana class. Committed students of Iyengar yoga flock to Pune to study with the Iyengar family who teach under the watchful eye of BKS Iyengar himself.

Most visitors to India come between the months of November and March. This is when the weather is generally dry and pleasant, though it can get quite cold in North India in January and February. April and May are the hottest months. The monsoon runs from June to September and covers most of India during this time. Tamil Nadu usually gets rain only in November and December.

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  • What we love
  • The atmosphere in India is unique and special and stimulates all the senses
  • The warm and friendly people are part of the charm of India
  • The food is wonderfully delicious and varied, and a paradise for vegetarians
  • What to know
  • A tourist visa is required for almost all nationalities. The maximum stay in India is 6 months
  • Women should take care when traveling alone
  • Avoid the hot summer months of April and May, the winter in North India can be quite cold
  • Why go
  • To have the chance to study in the birthplace of yoga and learn directly from renowned teachers
  • To learn about Indian culture and Hindu religion which are intricately linked to yoga
  • From the beginner to advanced practitioner, there are plenty of styles and schools of yoga to choose from
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    • Ananda in the Himalayas

      »Above the clouds«
      Yoga style: Hatha, Kriya
      Yoga offer: Local classes, Private classes
      Location: India > Narendranagar
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    • Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana

      »Best of the East, best of the West«
      Yoga style: Hatha, Karma, Bhakti, Raja, Jnana
      Yoga offer: Yoga teacher training, Yoga courses, Private classes
      Location: India > Bengaluru
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    • Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga

      »Health, happiness and harmony«
      Yoga style: Hatha, Other, Raja, Jnana
      Yoga offer: Local classes, Yoga teacher training, Yoga courses
      Location: India > New Delhi
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    • Omkarananda Ashram

      »Iyengar yoga - straight forward from the guru to the disciple«
      Yoga style: Iyengar
      Yoga offer: Local classes, Yoga courses
      Location: India > Rishikesh
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    • Atmavikasa Centre of Yogic Sciences

      »Expansion of oneself through the science of Yoga«
      Yoga style: Hatha
      Yoga offer: Local classes, Yoga teacher training, Yoga courses, Private classes
      Location: India > Mysore
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    • Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram

      »Walking the bridge from ancient teachings to new beginnings «
      Yoga style: Other
      Yoga offer: Local classes, Yoga teacher training, Yoga courses, Private classes
      Location: India > Chennai
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    • Isha Yoga Center

      »The building blocks of inner harmony «
      Yoga style: Hatha, Other, Bhakti, Karma, Kriya, Jnana
      Yoga offer: Yoga teacher training, Yoga courses
      Location: India > Coimbatore
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    • Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram

      »The doorway to India - the doorway to yoga«
      Yoga style: Sivananda, Bhakti, Karma
      Yoga offer: Yoga teacher training, Yoga courses, Yoga retreats
      Location: India > Trivandrum
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    • Mysore Mandala

      »Slices of India served up in the yoga house «
      Yoga style: Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa
      Yoga offer: Local classes, Yoga teacher training, Yoga courses
      Location: India > Mysore
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    • Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama

      »Into the swirling mists of mystic yoga «
      Yoga style: Other
      Yoga offer: Yoga courses, Yoga teacher training, Private classes
      Location: India > Rishikesh
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    • Phool Chatti Ashram

      »Idyllic yoga hideaway on the mighty Ganges «
      Yoga style: Ashtanga, Hatha, Nidra
      Yoga offer: Yoga courses, Yoga retreats
      Location: India > Rishikesh
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    • Parmarth Niketan

      »An ashram on a sweeping scale «
      Yoga style: Other, Hatha, Vinyasa, Nidra
      Yoga offer: Local classes, Yoga teacher training, Yoga courses
      Location: India > Rishikesh
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    • Bihar School of Yoga

      »Yoga for head, heart and hands«
      Yoga style: Nidra, Hatha, Bhakti, Karma, Raja, Kriya, Jnana, Integral
      Yoga offer: Yoga courses, Private classes
      Location: India > Munger
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    • The Yoga Institute

      »The oldest organised yoga school on earth «
      Yoga style: Hatha, Karma, Kriya
      Yoga offer: Local classes, Yoga teacher training, Yoga courses, Private classes
      Location: India > Mumbai
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    • Kaivalyadhama Ashram

      »Yoga is the art of living and the science of experience - Sri O.P. Tiwari «
      Yoga style: Hatha, Kriya
      Yoga offer: Local classes, Yoga teacher training, Yoga courses
      Location: India > Lonavala
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    • Brahmani Yoga

      »A little slice of the West in Goa «
      Yoga style: Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative
      Yoga offer: Local classes, Yoga teacher training, Yoga retreats, Private classes, Yoga courses
      Location: India > Anjuna
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    • Yoga India

      »Solid teaching and the chance to learn the art of self-practice«
      Yoga style: Hatha, Sivananda, Vinyasa, Iyengar
      Yoga offer: Local classes, Yoga teacher training, Private classes, Yoga courses
      Location: India > Mysore
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    • Satsanga Retreat

      »Home away from Home«
      Yoga style: Other
      Yoga offer: Yoga teacher training, Yoga retreats
      Location: India > Bardez
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    • Santosh Puri Ashram

      »Mystic experience on the misty Ganges«
      Yoga style: Ashtanga, Bhakti, Hatha, Jnana, Karma, Kriya, Kundalini, Raja
      Yoga offer: Yoga retreats
      Location: India > Haridwar
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