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Why Yoga in India?

India, a mystical land not for the strong willed or the most spiritual devotee but rather for the curious. It’s for individuals who are restlessly curious about the profound history of Mother India and its Yoga and Hinduism origins, those who are unafraid to get a little rugged just to experience the fascination of Indian culture and perhaps even a glimpse of spiritual awakening. Spanning from Himalayan peaks to the Indian Ocean coastline, India is home to 1.2 billion people as well as hundreds of ashrams, yoga retreats and schools. To experience India for what it is perhaps is the most humbling and inspiring experience one can imagine.

Festivals

Oh the festivals! From formidable city parades celebrating auspicious events or simple harvest fairs paying homage to local worshiped deity, India hosts some of the world's most impressive devotional celebrations.

Markets

Ready to be enthralled by India's bustling spice markets. The wonderful colour and smell of nuts and herbs will blaze in your memory long after you leave. Huge sacks of spices and herbs.-Eye-catching display of giant jars of chutney, pickles and tea.

Ashrams

The Sanskrit root of Ashram is srama which means 'making an effort towards realisation.' In India, you'll find many ashrams serve as sanctuaries for yoga, music study, religion, meditation and spiritual development.

Ayuveda

This traditional Hindu medicine has become a contemporary alternative medicine. Translated as 'Life-Knowledge', Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old natural healing system. Its philosophy and practices guide people pursuing spiritual goals.

Food

In India each region offers a smorgasbord of unique creations, both irresistibly tasty and flavourful! You'll learn about a variety of cooking techniques and presentation styles; it's absolutely heavenly for the hungry retreaters.

Evenings

Evening is when the street comes alive with shining lights, street vendors and people preparing arti
(light) ceremony for worship. Smell the spices and light incense to attract Lkshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

Climate

Depending on the season, Indian's climates can range from scorching hot in the South to freezing cold in the North. High season in Southern India is from September to March with the average temperature ranging 20-30°C. The weather turns hot and humid from April onwards followed by monsoon rains that affect the whole country.

Getting there

There are many international airports servicing different destinations in India. You can get to Goa either by plane via the International Dabolim Airport or by a sightseeing train journey down from Mumbai. To get to Dehradum Airport in North Risikesh, you'll find there are multiple connecting flights departing daily from Delhi's International Airport.

Where In India For Yoga?

With so many choices offered in India, it's hard to know where to start. Here's a guide for some of the most inspiring places to embark on your yoga journey.

Goa

Set on the coastline in West India stretching along the Arabian Sea, Goa has beautiful beaches, modest climate and a laid-back atmosphere ideal for your yoga journey. The best time visit Goa is from October to May. Rise to the sound of the ocean waves or meditate in the twilight of the golden red sky, Goa is majestically captivating and soul soothing.

Rishikesh

Known as the 'Yoga Capital of the World', Rishkesh is one of the most inspiring places to deepen your spiritual practice. Set on the banks of the Ganges Rives in the foothills of the Himalays, Rishkesh attracts those seeking peace with its templates, ashrams and yoga centres. The best time to visit is between March to April and September to October. Being a holy town, you won't find any eggs, fish or meat there. What you'll find through is plenty of delicious Ayurvedic health food.

Mysore

Mysore is home to many Ashtanga yoga practitioners paying homage and further studying at Sri K. Pattahbi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. Each year hundreds of yoga practitioners from worldwide visit Mysore. The most eye-pop-ping is to see people lining up outside of the Institute to 2am in the morning in the morning waiting to practice. The best time to visit is from October-March.