I once worked at a company that said that it prized “entrepreneurial spirit,” all while asking us politely to follow the mission statement. But true, putting yourself-out-there, entrepreneurial spirit is an incredible thing to witness. It makes people stand up and take notice. Rohit Agarwal contacted me and asked if he could guest post. I loved his “pluck.” (Sorry for sounding like a grandmother, but grandmothers have some good words.)
Rohit’s expeditions to various parts of India have been recorded in detail on www.transindiatravels.com. We are both travel lovers and I love a good travel blog. Check his site out!
Without any further adieu, here is his piece. Take it away, Rohit:
Top 5 Yoga and Meditation Retreats in India
There is no better place for a yoga and meditation retreat than India, the birthplace of yoga. There are plenty of places in India where you can go for a spiritually awakening trip that will surely leave you with enough calming experiences to take with you when you go back home. These days, yoga has taken over the world. People are finding a lot of peace in their busy lives by indulging in yoga and meditation.
For your next yoga retreat, here are the top 5 most peaceful yoga and meditation centres in India.
- Isha Yoga Centre, Coimbatore
Nestled within rich foothills, the Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore is a haven for yoga lovers. With a unique setting and varied programmes for everyone, Isha Yoga Centre comes with a promise to unify your spirit, mind and body with some mesmeric yoga and meditation activities. Once you’ve engaged in the different levels of yoga, and met your spirit through hours of relaxing meditation, you will return home with an energetic and spiritual mind and body, which will surely give you enough reasons to go back to Coimbatore and experience it all over again. Isha Yoga is one of the most famous yoga centres in India.
- Ashiyana Yoga and Spa Village, Goa
When you think of a beach yoga and meditation retreat, Goa is the first one that comes to mind. Aside from being a tourist’s paradise and an adventure lover’s home, Goa has energetic activities as well as relaxing ones that you’d never forget. Goa is famous for its meditation centres, yoga institutes and spa retreats scattered all over. The Ashiyana Yoga and Spa Village in Goa, located on Madrem Beach, is in North Goa, where rustling palm trees and a vast, calming beachside location makes the meditation experience even better. Here you can find a cottage or personal suite to reside in during your trip, and also choose to visit for a day-long session. The options are flexible so you don’t have to compromise on anything during your yoga vacation in Goa.
- Jiva Spa, Gwalior
This luxurious retreat in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, is a location that is absolutely perfect for the treatment of a lifetime. Not only is Jiva Spa owned by the Taj Group of Hotels, it consists of spa treatments, yoga sessions, meditation points and a holistic journey that will enliven your body, mind and soul all the while providing a luxury vacation. Yoga and meditation programmes are run almost throughout the year with various package options for guests to choose from. This means that you can decide which one would be apt for your holistic approach of enlightening your mind and finding a calming end to your trip.
- Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort, Kerala
“God’s own creation,” Kerala, is a popular spot for yoga and meditation. With its serene beaches and cottages over resorts that have attracted people from all over the world, Kerala consists of a number of yoga retreats in its towns and hill stations. The natural beauty of Kerala is absolutely unparalleled, and Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort is an ideal yoga retreat location. It can be found very close to Kovalam Beach, which is a famous tourist destination. With a sprawling area full of greenery and looming palm trees alongside the sea waves giving it charm, the Somatheeram Ayurveda Centre will take your relaxing experience to a whole new level.
- Vana Malsi Estate, Dehradhun
What better place to obtain some peace of mind than within the care of the looming Himalayas and a cool atmosphere. Dehradhun is a hill station of great tourist importance, but it is also known for its serenity, being the summer retreat of the British. Vana Malsi estate is spread over 21 acres on a hill, with exclusive architecture and lush greenery surrounding the area, lychee and mango orchards within dense forests, away from a busy city lifestyle. Vana Malsi estate is the perfect location for a yoga and meditation retreat.
Not only will these yoga retreats provide you with the most relaxing experience ever, you will get to witness the most picturesque and naturally bountiful locations of India, making your meditation and yoga trip an unforgettable one.
(Side note from Courtney: thanks a lot, Rohit. Now I have to start saving up again.)