Yoga Heaven: The Indian Retreats That Will Relax And Re-Energize

Yoga Heaven: The Indian Retreats That Will Relax And Re-Energize

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With the rising interest and care about the physical and mental wellness, hundreds of thousands of people are looking for new ways to develop healthier eating and fitness habits. Their efforts have extended to trying funky new paleo -diets, vegetarian restaurants, and spending more time meditating and taking yoga classes.

But trendy new diets and mindful fitness plans aren’t the only way people have been incorporating wellness activities into their lives. They’ve also included it in their travels, and the ultimate wellness destination on their stop? India. If that seems too far for you, no worries, because we’ve got a smashing deal on a cruise that’s going to get bring you closer to experiencing your inner awakening for half the cost. Now say ‘namaste’  to that.

India’s reputation for mindful and holistic healings spans back centuries. For years,  people have travelled to India in the hopes of experiencing a spiritual awakening in which they shed their superficial surroundings and have a moment of clarity where they find themselves. In fact, you might know a few people who have made the journey to do so, they include the likes of  Steve Jobs, Mia Farrow and  George Harrison.

Yoga, is one of the more popular mindful practices associated with spiritual awakening because it is meant to balance the mind and body. Believed to have originated in India thousands of years ago, several schools in India are dedicated to teaching the careful balance to eager practitioners. Some of the best schools are spread throughout Southern India and along one of India’s holiest rivers- the Ganges River. If you are a yoga enthusiast then you better pay attention, because here are a few gorgeous riverside yoga retreats you just have to go to.

Phool Chatti Ashram

Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Commonly referred to as “the world capital of yoga” the city of Rishikesh has several well-known yoga schools and among them is Phool Chatti Ashram. This amazing school is located right on the banks of the Ganges River in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Take a few days to join their weekly program to enjoy riverside views as you reach for the sky in your best Warrior I pose.

Not too far away from this paradise lies another one Steve Jobs escaped to many years ago in Uttarakhand before coming back to the States and starting Apple. The temple, Kainchi Dham Ashram in Nainital, Uttarakhand served as a place of inspiration for Jobs, he even recommended to a younger Mark Zuckerberg to visit the same place to find his mission for Facebook. So who knows, maybe in the midst of your child’s pose you may find the inspiration for the next big technology company or social networking site.

Tattvaa Yogashala, Ashtanga Yoga School

Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Feel like becoming a yoga and meditation master? Be sure to check out Tattvaa Yogashala, Ashtanga Yoga School, also located in the city of Rishikesh. This school offers courses for those interested in becoming a yoga instructor themselves and for those just hoping to find some inner and outer balance if they’re stopping by while on their vacation.  But don’t worry, if the only yoga pose you know is the downward-facing dog, this yoga place will be great for a beginner like yourself to pick up new tricks.

Siddarth Yoga Center

Location:  Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

If you are looking for a smaller more one on one experience to practice yoga, then you should definitely make sure to stop for a two-hour yoga session at the Siddarth Yoga Center.  Smaller classes make you feel less distracted by other eager yogis like yourself, so you can get some real quality ‘me’ time. Oh, and did we mention the amazing view of the Ganges river you’ll be able to see in your upward-facing dog pose? Beautiful views, and some good alone time to get in touch with well, you. What more could you ask for?

Osho Ganga Dham

Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Are you having difficulties reaching down and touching your toes due to a bad back? We’ve got the perfect fix with this mix of spa and spiritual retreat for you back near Rishikesh again, (hey we told you this place was yoga central).  Osho Ganga Dham is located 15 minutes outside of Rishikesh, but it still has a prime location right on the banks of the Ganges River if you’re planning on hoping on and off our epic river cruise. Here you can not only meditate and practice yoga in groups but also receive individual time to work on your body or receive a message for your sore back muscles. It’s the perfect place to ‘treat ‘yo self.’

AyurYoga Eco-Ashram

Location: Mysore, Karnataka

‘Omm,’ we’re sure you’re going to like this next beautiful riverside, organic farm, AyurYoga Eco-Ashram. For anyone really looking to get in touch with your inner self and spiritual place, try this meditation and hatha yoga sessions taught by monks and scholars. If you want to learn practical tips on how to finally find the balance in your typical 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday and life, then you’ll want to come here. Each person is individually evaluated, so they’ll be sure to respect your choices to make sure you get the most out of your spiritual stay.

Ready to take the leap of faith and experience your inner spiritual awakening, or just want to take time off from your busy schedule to try one of these relaxing yoga and meditation studios? Then make sure to book your ticket for our ultimate river cruise getaway for half the price! Call 01 602 1906 to speak to our experts about booking your peaceful retreat today.