Yoga first began in India in 5000 BC, but only within the past decade has this practice become mainstream in the West. Our Instagram feeds are full of yoga influencers and poses of all sorts, making the once-fringe yogi crowd now the height of what it is to be cool. Yoga teachers offer enticing yoga retreats around the world, with India at the forefront. Yoga retreats in India are exotic, cool and quite trendy these days.
With this recent influx of people joining in on the yoga movement, an overwhelming demand for wellness-minded holidays in India has been noted. And as the “birthplace” of yoga, why wouldn’t you want to check out some of the amazing yoga retreats in India? But with this increase in yoga holidays, it’s also made it difficult to find legitimate retreats. There are plenty of scams and fake ashrams in India who promise to offer traditional “yoga retreats” but don’t really deliver.
On the other hand, there are many places in India that do provide authentic experiences. They’ll certainly teach you all about wellness, yoga, Ayuderdic medicine and the philosophy behind it all. We’ve gathered up the five most magical (and legit) yoga retreats in India, including luxury retreats, spiritual retreats and some that are perfect for anyone on a budget.
1.) For The Spiritual Seekers
Located an hour outside of the bustling streets of Bangalore, India, lies Shreyas Retreat, a quiet oasis for those looking to recharge. Recognized as one of the top yoga retreats in the world, Shreyas offers a plethora of packages ranging from yoga workshops, weight management, full detox and silent retreats, to Ayurvedic focused packages. Although the property here is quite luxurious, the work required here is not all plush.
With 12 exclusive cottages spreading itself over 25 acres of landscaped greenery, guests have a rare chance to commune with nature and benefit from its healing power. But the real spiritual awakenings happen through their courses on the ancient spiritual traditions of the yogic lifestyle. Providing private yoga classes, Pranayama and yoga nidra sessions, meditation, group chanting and sound meditation classes, guests’ days are full.
Yes, the work is tough but with Shreyas opulence and five-star services, as well as their newly opened Anaha Spa, guests can spend time unwinding with restorative and relaxing therapies that include Western massages, Ayurveda and Panchkarma treatments, naturopathy and more.
Location: Santoshima Farm, Gollahalli Gate, Nelamangala, Bangalore