Yoga is for the mind, body and soul. With it birthplace being in India, yoga, today, is a widely practiced art form popular all over the world. While
there is no dearth of yoga schools and training centers in India, there are some really old and so called ‘authentic’ ones that offer yoga as a lifestyle.
THE YOGSHALA ,GHAZIABAD (U.P)
Fitness being the mantra, the Namo Gange Trust is conveying the message of health, peace and happiness among the people through “The Yogshala”.
The first Yogshala with International Standards has come up at one of the most convenient location with proper connectivity in Kavi Nagar, Ghaziabad. “The Yogshala” is bringing wide range of yoga retreats and high profile yoga sessions for the benefit of all health seekers. The specialty of The Yogshala is to provide the most economical yoga framework with therapeutic approach at one place called “The Yogshala”. There are many more Yogshala yet to come all across India to serve the people through yoga, meditation, Yoga therapy and Naturopathy.
Patanjali International Yoga Foundation, Rishikesh
Patanjali International Yoga Foundation (PIYF) is one the most popular yoga ashrams in India. Co-founded by Baba Ramdev, the centre focuses on physical, mental as well as spiritual well-being of its students.
Each day here has a wide range of activities including ancient yoga, Ayurveda, Vedic wisdom and holistic living. It offers a variety of courses: Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Therapy Training, Yoga Meditation Retreat and a lot more.
BKS Iyengar’s Center, Pune
This ashram is a pilgrimage for Iyengar Yogis the world over. It is a massive construction with a hall that is perfectly aligned to fit about a 100 yogis. It also has a wonderful library. Daily activities include various yoga asanas, meditation and theory classes.
Parmarth Niketen, Rishikesh
This is one of the largest yoga ashrams of Rishikesh. Founded by Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji, this ashram is situated right on the banks of the holy Ganges. The ashram is 70- years-old and has over 1000 rooms for its students.
Daily activities of this ashram include: prayers, pranayama, Surya Namaskaar, Asana, Vedic Chanting, Karma Yoga etc.
Founded by Swami Vishnudevananda, Sivananda Ashram is named on one of most known Yoga Guru Swami Sivananda. The first Sivananda Ashram was in Canada in 1959 and since then Swami Vishnudevananda has opened about 60 Sivananda Ashrams across the World. The locations include South America, North America, Europe, Israel, India & East Asia.
The ashram trains its students in activities like proper asanas, breathing, relaxation, proper vegetarian diet, positive thinking and proper meditation.
Ashtanga Yoga Center, Mysore
This ashram in many ways is the birthplace of Modern 20th century Yoga. Although it has been practiced in India since time immemorial; the students of BKS Iyengar help in spreading the light of yoga globally. But not to forget that Mysore is the place where it all started.