Over the years, the entire world has started embracing Yoga and the uplifting changes it brings. Yoga Retreats now have immense popularity worldwide. Maybe even a fandom of sorts. Yet, travelers love to choose India for this experience. Simply because yoga has a home country, and that is India. Spending time at a yoga retreat is not exactly your regular vacation. The experience goes beyond this and requires good amounts of discipline.
While staying at a retreat, there’s participation of your mind and body towards the overall well-being of the soul. It involves complete immersion of yourself into practices and yoga schedules provided by the retreat. All retreats organize your meals and you’ll even have guided sessions throughout your day.
It’s important to realize that staying at a Yoga Retreat in India is not a 1 day affair. The minimum stay at any yoga retreat is 3 nights, while maximum can be months! Although, we’d love to feel rejuvenated overnight, it simply doesn’t work that way. So it’s necessary to ensure you’re saving enough travel days to stay at a yoga retreat.
All in all, the word retreat has the word treat in it. Naturally, that’s exactly what it would be for you! Yoga retreats are the best way to slow down, catch a breath and spend some time with yourself in peace. After all, our mind also needs a break every once in a while.
Count on these 5 best Yoga Retreats in India to revitalize your mind, body and soul.
Veda5 Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat Rishikesh
Of course, mountains just have that inbuilt feature of being relaxing. Hence, a retreat located amongst the beautiful mountain ranges of Rishikesh tops our list! To add to this, Rishikesh also happens to be the Yoga capital of the world. So this inclusion makes all the sense in the world.
Veda5 Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat is at a distance of 10 km from Rishikesh town. It is nestled away in a quiet area that has national parks around. Here, you’d have unobstructed views of the Himalayan ranges from your room window. The Retreat has 2 yoga shalas (open spaces to meditate outside). An incredible feature is the one particular Shala which looks over the scenic mountains and is extremely peaceful.
Everyday, there are 3-4 yoga classes happening which vary in level. The classes involve mantra chanting, light yoga and Pranayama, which is the practice of breath control in yoga. Benefits and knowledge of each of the yoga techniques practiced are shared during the class. There are a variety of classes happening everyday, so you would surely have lots of options. More importantly, you will never run out of things to fill your day at the retreat.
You can also consult professional doctors or a yoga master on site, before you decide which class will work best for you. Other than this, you can simply enjoy your evening painting, cooking or playing games. The meals here are vegetarian, delicious and healthy, with really fresh produce sourced all the time. This retreat is believed to be the most holistic way to refresh your mind and body.
Veda5 Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh comes under a luxurious yoga retreat, thanks to its state-of-the-art modern amenities. The minimum stay here is for 7 nights. A double occupancy room at Veda5 would cost approximately INR 12,500 per night. This is just the approximate cost and could vary depending on the package you choose.
This cost includes 3 Wellness Vegetarian Cuisine Meals, any consultation or treatment, lectures, half day excursions, wellness yoga activities and your transfers. You could easily customize the inclusions depending on the itinerary you choose.
While we understand that this yoga retreat won’t be affordable for everyone, it’s important to note that Veda5 is definitely worth the price. Fortunately though, there are some other good Yoga Retreats too. The other alternatives in Rishikesh that we recommend are – Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikul Yogshala and Yoga Vidya Mandiram.
Purple Valley Yoga Retreat in Goa
There are a bunch of reasons why Goa is the best place for a yoga holiday. Firstly, it is extremely easy to make your way to Goa. Simply because of how easily accessible by flight, road and trains it is. Practicing yoga on a beautiful beach, with the soothing sound of the waves can help you find harmony within like never before.
Most of the yoga retreats in Goa are not too far away from the beach. So, if you’re not too fond of mountains, and you prefer serene coastal landscapes close to the beach, we’d say Goa is a great choice to retreat. Moreover, experiencing yoga in such a setup also helps you feel one with nature, perhaps appreciating it a bit more too.
Purple Valley Yoga Retreat is one of the best yoga retreats in Goa. It is located in the valley near Assagao, which is in North Goa. The first striking thing about this retreat is the location, it’s just the right combination of everything needed for yoga and meditation. They offer private spaces to mediate and practice yoga. A yoga course here is a minimum of 2 weeks and the retreat is famous for learning Ashtanga Yoga.
For accommodation, yoga classes and 3 vegetarian meals, it would cost you approx INR 80,000 for 2 weeks. Try arriving at this retreat on a Saturday, as the first class begins on a Sunday and last class is on a Friday morning. The entire schedule can be taken by contacting them directly. This retreat also has a pool and spa facility, so once again, it’s a modern style yoga retreat. Purple Valley has experienced yoga instructors from all over the world.
Other Alternative options in Goa that we recommend are Ashiyana in Mandrem and Little Cove Yoga Holiday Retreat.
The Isha Yoga Center Coimbatore
This retreat is known to be the most powerful place to rediscover yourself. The yoga center is located in the scenic mountains of Velliangiri near Coimbatore, in the state of Tamil Nadu. This center is a spiritual non-profit organization founded in 1992 by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. The retreat offers yoga program under the name ‘Isha Yoga’. There are interactive and guided meditation sessions conducted daily. So, you could also visit Isha Yoga Center for any particular day too.
The accommodation here is simple and elegant. Isha cottages create a relaxing space for their guests. When you enter the center, you will find friendly volunteers of the Ashram that will introduce you to the place and help you get settled. Once you are given a cottage, you would find an instruction leaflet in your room with a detailed explanation and map of the activities that happen at the center. The entire campus is huge and the place has visitors who wish to understand the teachings of Sadhguru and even meet him.
The beauty of this place is the indoor and outdoor architecture. There’s also the Adiyogi statue here, which is in the Guinness World Record as the ‘Largest Bust Sculpture’ in the world. The Spanda Hall which is a 64,000 sq.ft meditation hall is where all the residential program happen.
Compared to other retreats, this is a very active one with program and events happening throughout the day. Something which keeps you occupied and inspires you in many ways. A room here could cost anywhere between INR 1500-5000. Even just exploring this place for a day is a mesmerizing experience as there’s so much happening here on a daily basis.
Hinterland Village Eco Resort in Cochin
This is the place to be if you’re looking at being one with nature. This retreat is located in Cochin and is just a 45 min drive from the main town of Cochin. The place aims to allow their guests to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with themselves. A space here called BODHI serves as their center for Ayurveda and Yoga practices. The different program here are:
A) 3 days Becoming One – INR 10,000 per person
B) 10 days one light meditation and Yoga retreat – INR 39,500 per person
C) 6 Days One Reality Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat – INR 22,800 per person
D) 14 Days Natural Detox and Blissful Stress Relief Treatment – INR 63500 per person
You can already see the number of options available to club this with your holiday to Kerala. They also readily personalize your class for you. Staying here is an unforgettable experience and a slice of Paradise. The retreat is designed and flexible for all levels of yoga practitioners. On your last day, you get memories and a certificate on completion of a yoga program here. That could be a souvenir to take back home! Biking, cycling, hiking and ayurveda massages are additional facilities available here.
SwaSwara Retreat in Gokarna
This is an eco-friendly resort located on Om Beach in Gokarna, in the state of Karnataka. ‘Swara’ translates to inner voice, the place encourages you to listen to the calling of your inner voice. SwaSwara Retreat Gokarna’s experienced doctors and yoga instructors shape and guide your classes in a personalized manner. If only for you to have a healthy lifestyle.
There are huge courtyard spaces to meditate with herbal plants and shrubs. Bird watching, nature walks and interactive cooking classes are other activities offered on the property. The Per night cost here is INR 33,500 and you can stay for a minimum of 03 nights to a maximum of 21 nights.
SwaSwara is known to be a healing retreat, so staying here will surely help you in ways you wouldn’t have imagined. The place even has a meditation deck on a cliff! It is a wide deck where all participants sit for guided sunrise meditation. You can capture the entire view of Om beach from here. It is absolutely breathtaking.