‘Yoga is the artwork of awareness on the canvas of body, mind and soul’ -Amit Ray.
Yoga Retreats in India, have become hotspots for travellers seeking to rediscover themselves; from India and the world alike. Just as the saying goes, ‘ Yoga is much more than just poses, it is weaving poetry with poses, and being one with who you actually are’. Below are the 5 best meditation centers in india. who also have on site professional training courses ranging from a period of 3 months, upto an year.
1)Dhamma Giri, Igatpuri
Dhamma Giri, translating to the hills of dharma, ie one’s own nature,is three hours away from Mumbai. It is one of the world’s largest meditation center and Vipassana meditation, as taught by S.N.Goenka. Vipassana means to see one’s self truly as it is, and this Dhamma, situated in a nook, surrounded by pristine nature, provides for that. The place runs on a donation basis, and donations are accepted only after a 10 day meditation course, which are held biannually, and are much in demand.
The 500 rooms situated in the center provide for accommodation, and complete isolated meditation. The institute also provides for professional training and course certificate in Vipassana meditation.
2) Yoga institute, Mumbai
The oldest yoga institute in the world, it has been teaching yoga since 1918, when it was founded by Shri Yogendra ji.
Although not as chic as most other retreats, this institution provides authentic courses, workshops and health camps for various illnesses. Their main theme is to practically apply yogic ideals in daily life, because as they aptly say, yoga is a daily essence, not just a sequence of poses. They are also the oldest institution to provide trainings for professional yoga courses, specialising in pranayama, and hatha and raj yoga.
3) Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh.
Situated in the hillocks of Uttarakhand, with the Ganges flowing by, this Ashram in the truest sense, wraps you us and gives you its essence.Having an accommodation of 1000 rooms, this place translates its motto verbatim ‘making every minute, every moment a prayer.’
This place provides professional yoga in india teacher training well as workshops in beginner yoga, vedic and spirituality. The main event of the day is the beautiful Ganges aarti every evening. It also hosts the much acclaimed International Yoga festival every year in March.
4)Dhamma Bodhi, Bodhgaya.
Dhamma Bodhi is one of the many centres running under S.N.Goenka, situated in the land of Buddha. Vipassana meditation courses are held throughout the year, new batches beginning bimonthly.
5) Little Cove Yoga Retreat, Goa.
This place describes itself as a ‘breathtaking beach-front yoga resort set under the coconut palm trees’, and rightly so. Situated on the Cola beach, in south Goa, this place conducts monthly yoga classes, provides a two people cottage for stay, and organic vegetarian Indian meals. They also cater to diets including vegan and gluten-free and offer complimentary cooking classes. Ayurvedic massages and treatments are on-site. Although this tilts slightly towards the commercial side, the satisfaction and tranquility it provides is non negotiable.
It also provides on site yoga training courses, for those who want to train as professionals.