A Yogi’s Travel Guide to India

 

For those in search of purifying freedom from daily life, Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists, have created the yogi’s travel guide to India to encourage wellness travellers to explore this culturally-rich and vibrant nation. The birthplace of yoga, India evokes spiritual healing of the mind, body and soul. With luxury tailor-made wellness stays, this healing is fortified through personalised yoga sessions, traditional healing spa therapies and group meditation. Whether you choose to stay afoot the Himalayas or on the sandy shores of Om, the ambience of pure undisturbed calmness makes India an idyllic destination for those in search of the ultimate yoga voyage.

 

The Birthplace of Yoga

Yoga can be traced back over 5,000 years to its rich Indian heritage. The word itself originates from the Sanskrit ‘Yuj’ meaning to join or unite. From this, we can trace the progression of ancient Vedic yoga aimed at creating spiritual harmony, to the more classical yoga understanding of purifying and re-energising the mind and body.

 

Weather

The climate of this sacred country reveals the undeniable beauty and the absolute ferocity of their extreme seasons. For a cooling experience, the winter season from December to March ranges from 15-25°C across the country, whilst the pre-monsoon season reaches much greater humidity between April and June. Research carefully before you travel to experience the true wonders and vibrancy of India.

 

Visas

A visa is a necessity for all travellers but having the correct one to travel is essential. British citizens should check their eligibility carefully to apply for an e-Tourist Visa. A regular tourist visa is only applicable for recreational travel and is normally issued for 3 to 6 months, with single or multiple entries. Visas cannot be extended or converted during your travels.

 

Vaccinations and Immunizations

Immunization courses or boosters should be updated before you travel. Vaccines are required for risk of exposure and underlying medical conditions, but those usually advised include Hepatitis A and Typhoid, which can both spread through contaminated water. We advise contacting your doctor for the latest information as other vaccinations may be dependent on your destinations in India.

 

Where to go for a Yoga Retreat in India

 

The Himalayas: Ananda Yoga

 

Set at the foot of the stunning Himalayas, escape to peaceful surroundings at this healthy yoga retreat in India, designed to de-stress and focus on the well-being of your body, mind and soul. Through personalised yoga sessions and group meditation classes, discover the importance of breathing exercises and spiritual exploration through the introduction of Pranayama breathingand yoga nidra.

Further enhance your well-being with luxury spa treatments and therapies on a yoga and spa holidayto retain a feeling of calm throughout your stay. Enjoy everything from a grounding salt scrub which exfoliates and renews skin cells to a relaxing aromatherapy massage.

 

Mulshi Lake: Atmantan Yoga

 

Located in a stunning valley overlooking impressive Sahyadri mountains and the tranquil Mulshi Lake in northern India, this retreat is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Mumbai streets. Discover the art of inner peace during private yoga and meditation sessions to help you learn this ancient yogic practice under expert guidance, away from the distractions of everyday life.

This programme is suitable for both beginners looking for a spiritual awakening as well as current yogi enthusiasts looking to hone their meditative techniques amid the regal Indian origins of this meditative practice. 

 

Bangalore: Shreyas Yoga

 

A haven of well-being, this tranquil yoga retreat is set within 25-acres of lavish grounds on the outskirts of Bangalore. Whether you are an expert yogi or someone who wants to learn yoga on holiday, discover the ancient spiritual traditions of the practice through a selection of private yoga, Pranayama and yoga nidra sessions. With private meditation, as well as group chanting and sound meditation classes, find your zen on a yoga and meditation holiday which offers a calming atmosphere, conducive for mindfulness exercises.

Heal your body, mind and soul with rejuvenating massages and cleansing vegetarian cuisine, before immersing yourself in India’s local culture with visits to nearby schools and orphanages.

 

Gokarna: SwaSwara Yoga

Tucked away in the secluded countryside of India’s West coast, just a short stroll from the sandy shores of Om beach, lays SwaSwara. Restore your inner vitality with the fusion of the holistic practice of yoga with luxury Ayurveda Abhyanga spa massages. Target all aspects of your inner self with private yoga practice, yoga workshops, a full day of yoga Kriyas and a day of antar mauna (inner silence) for a transformative spiritual and holistic holidayexperience.

Cleanse your body with a personalised vegetarian diet and re-connect with the elements as you breathe in the fresh ocean air on an invigorating boat cruise.

 

 

Have you travelled to India for a yoga retreat? Share your hints and tips with us!

 


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