“Yoga is not just exercise and asanas. It is the emotional integration and spiritual elevation with a touch of mystic element, which gives you a glimpse of something beyond all imagination.” It has been a part of India’s ethos and daily practice for over 5,000 years. But it’s recently created awareness and came into practice at global level. As yoga’s popularity rises in the US and other Western countries, travelers increasingly are making their way to the land of its birth India. Yoga also increased tourism of country like India.
Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, Mysore : This institute in Mysore, a city of palaces and fountains near Bangalore, is much sought-after by foreigners serious about yoga. At Ashtanga Yoga Mysore we believe that yoga is not a mere keep-fit device. The courses range from one month to six months. Students can also take classes in Sanskrit, in which the ancient yogic texts are written. The program costs $675 in the first month (the amount includes registration fees) and then falls to $400 per subsequent month. The package does not include board and lodging. The faculty team at Ashtanga Yoga Mysore comprises of more than 10 well experienced teachers who are extremely passionate about what they do. They bring with them decades of experience in Yoga & spirituality.
Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh : The daily activities at Parmarth Niketan include daily yoga specializing in Vinyasa Yoga, general Hatha Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Daily activities also include morning universal prayers and meditation classes, daily satsang and lecture programs, kirtan, a world-renowned Ganga aartui at sunset attended by hundreds of visitors each day at the shore of Ganges, as well as Nature Cure and Ayurvedic treatment and training. It is open to all visitors, with no discrimination on the basis of race, nationality, religion, caste or creed. There are frequent camps in which pilgrims come from across the world to take part in intensive courses on yoga, meditation, pranayama, stress management, acupressure, reikhi, Ayurveda and other ancient Indian sciences.
Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai : Yoga at KYM is a dedicated course of therapy, not a generalized fitness regime. Intake at the center is done in a combination of interview and physical assessment. A problem is presented by the would-be student, ranging from depression to arthritis, and a course of asanas and other exercises are prescribed. These are done alone, interspersed with regular meetings with a teacher who will reassess and instruct as necessary. Foreigners are well-catered for with the program offerings. The most popular course is the Heart of Yoga, an intensive month-long grounding in the Krishnamacharya style. There is also a two-week residential retreat for more advanced students, and ad-hoc tutorials for private groups and individuals that need to be arranged before arrival. A four-week program is held twice a year-in February and September-and costs $1,200 per person, minus boarding or lodging, which must be independently arranged.
Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune : The institute caters to advanced students of yoga. So before packing your mat and heading for India, learn the basics from a certified Iyengar teacher in your country. Admission for a monthlong $450 course is selective, and you can spend up to 18 months on a wait list. Those who make the cut have to make their own arrangements for boarding and lodging in Pune. Iyengar, called Guruji, or master, counts global celebrities such as Annette Bening among his students.