Hollywood celebs Jennifer Aniston & Reese Witherspoon are avid fans of Kundalini Yoga. Come discover the magic of 'uncoiling your inner snake'. Start your Kundalini Yoga journey with these yoga retreats in India.
Kundalini Yoga derives its name from Kundalini, which essentially refers to the inert energy lying at the base of the spine. Kundalini in Sanskrit means coiled snake. Kundalini Yoga through a combination of pranayama and kriyas intends to bring the dormant Kundalini Shakti (the serpent power) to life. Once this energy is activated and starts moving from the base of the spine in an upward direction, it starts balancing the chakras.
Kundalini Yoga dates back to 500 BC and is mentioned in Upanishads (holy Indian texts.) It was brought to the West in 1968 by a Sikh Indian named ‘Yogi Bhajan’. Shri Yogi Bhajan is credited for mainstreaming Kundalini Yoga, particularly in the west. Today, Kundalini Yoga is practiced by a host of international A-listers such as Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon and more.
The benefits of Kundalini Yoga too have been validated by scientific research. By helping in ‘uncoiling the snake’, Kundalini Yoga improves cognitive functions, increases creativity, minimizes negative feelings and contributes to spiritual health. But, to reap its promising benefits, one should be diligent in choosing the proper centre for learning. To simplify that decision for you, we have shortlisted 13 most popular Kundalini yoga retreats in India. Be mindful that this is only the start of your journey to mastering the art of Kundalini Yoga, awakening, energizing, cleaning and mastering Kundalini will come to those who have shown dedication over time.
The most popular Kundalini retreats list mentioned below has been sorted in descending order of price (highest to lowest) in order to make it easier for people to find the retreat that suits them best.
Cost per day USD 272.8 | INR 20,218
Yoga Vimoksha in Colva, Goa is a resort cum yoga retreat. Its location shares closeness with the dense Mollem forest and the frothy Dudhasagar waterfalls (this is the highest waterfall in Goa).
The Kundalini Tantra Yoga retreat designed by Yoga Vimoksha is for both beginners and intermediate level students, with an objective to arouse the Kundalini. To do so, it employs a potent blend of special asanas, shatkriyas, mudras, bandhas, pranayamas, and diverse mediation secrets from the lineage of Swami Sivananda and Satyananda Saraswati. The students are taught to awaken their eighth chakra: Bindu (a storage house of sexual energy), albeit without any physical involvement.
The Kundalini classes are planned on a daily basis in a specific fashion to harness the vigor of an awakened Kundalini so that you can enjoy the communion between Shiva and Shakti forces with you. Another point that needs to be mentioned is that the centre doesn’t conduct any sessions that are rooted in Yogi Bhajan’s Kundalini Yoga.
The 8 Days Traditional Kundalini Tantra Yoga Retreat organized by Vimoksha Yoga Colva Goa includes
USD 1910 | INR 1,42,364
Cost per day USD 344 | INR 25,635
Mukta Tantra Yoga Ashrama in Agonda, South Goa is located in the lap of nature. Surrounded by sandy beaches, azure blue waters and green palm trees, the yoga retreat offers its unique version of Kundalini yoga. Mukta Tantra Yoga Ashrama is named after its founder Yogi Mukta Jivan, who inherited the wisdom of traditional Tantra yoga from his father Yogi Kali Ram.
Jivan grew up in a household where traditional Kundalini yoga formed part of his daily routine. The Kundalini yoga retreat at Mukta Tantra Yoga is an intensive retreat suited for those who are keen to gain an understanding of self through Kundalini Tantra Yoga, but are hard-pressed for time. The retreat will make you aware of subliminal energies of chakras frequencies, spiritual bodies, pranas, breath, subtle bodies, sounds, vibrations, visualizations, recognition, elements, and the senses attached to consciousness.
Through heightened awareness, it will make you aware of the inner bliss, and expand the understanding of bandhas, mudras, and prana. Practised in a non-discriminatory environment, another highlight of this unique yoga is its evolution in a non-dualistic environment. Because of its oral transmission from generation to generation, this particular approach to Kundalini yoga is hard to find in any written sources. The same Kundalini yoga retreat is also conducted in Portugal and France.
The 6 Day Yoga Retreat in Goa: Kundalini, Chakras, Sounds, Vibrations and Meditations organized Mukta Tantra Yoga Ashram Agonda, South Goa includes
USD 1705 | INR 1,27,056
Cost per day USD 130 | INR 9,645
Spiritual School of Yoga is located in Rishikesh, often called the world’s yoga capital. The yoga centre is surrounded by a bounty of mountain, green and river that come together to conjure up their magic on one’s tired senses. These naturally affluent settings also elevate its spiritual aura.
Spiritual School of Yoga was founded by Yogini Deepika Sharma. Deepika’s tryst with Yoga began in her childhood when she started learning about Sanskrit and spiritual theories from her parents Shri Rishi Kumar Sharma and Rajeshwari Sharma. After completing her BSc and MBA, Deepika took up a cushy corporate job that she left after experiencing a radical change. Since then, she has completely devoted herself to sharing her knowledge of yoga with the world.
The Spiritual School of Yoga offers a seven-day Kundalini Yoga Retreat to quieten your mind. The sessions are tailored to the individual’s capacity to make it more effective. These Kundalini classes are suitable even for those who have never attempted yoga ever in their lifetime. So, in a way, it is a perfect launchpad for their initiation to yoga.
The encouraging and spiritually nourishing environment at the centre will also help you improve your relationship with yourself, by setting you on the path of self-discovery.
The 7 Days Kundalini Yoga Retreat organized by Spiritual School of Yoga Tehri Garhwal, Rishikesh
USD 780 | INR 58,138
Cost per day USD 75 | INR 5,565
Located in the spiritual town of Rishikesh, Adi Yogpeeth offers the near-perfect atmosphere for learning yoga. The pious Ganga and the favourable climate conditions at Rishikesh, make it an ideal destination for learning, practising and elevating yoga’s experience.
The Ashram offers a Kundalini yoga retreat in a Sattvic ambience. At present, the centre offers 100, 200, 300 and 500 hrs residential Kundalini yoga learning programmes. Each programme has a different course structure and is designed to elevate one into different realms of consciousness.
The Ashram offers a Kundalini yoga retreat in a Sattvic ambience. Their Kundalini program is a meticulous blend of theory and practical learning to put one onto the correct path of sadhana. Here, you will learn about Kundalini in detail. The centre’s vast library containing numerous books and study materials will broaden and quench your thirst for Kundalini yoga. Furthermore, the centre’s guides time and again make sure to answer all your queries regarding Kundalini yoga. The 100-hour course also gives one a license to be the Kundalini Yoga instructor subject to its successful completion.
The 11 Days 100hrs Kundalini Yoga Course organized by Adi Yogpeeth Tapovan, Rishikesh includes
USD 750 | INR 55,902
Cost per day USD 77.7 | INR 5,770
Sanskar Yogashala is located next to the River Ganga, the airy ashram is nestled in a quiet corner though not too far away from the local market. The surrounding temples and the variety of botanicals add to the allure of the ashram. This Yog Shala imparts education in the ancient gurukul system format.
Sanskar Yogashala founder Yogi Naveen Joshi is a diploma holder in Naturopathy. Naveen ji has been practising yoga since his childhood. He also has done Master’s in Yogic Science from the Uttarakhand Sanskrit University, Haridwar. Fondly known as the ‘Little Yogi of Rishikesh’, Naveeen ji has learnt the art and science of Yoga from the acclaimed Yoga Master Guru Yogi Viswaketu ji. He has been time and again invited to address key sessions at the International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh.
The Yogshala’s Kundalini yoga retreat is conducted amidst the serene view of holy Ganges. The course is divided into an introduction to Kundalini, Kundalini Sukshma Kriya, Kundalini rituals, meditation, cleansing exercises, Vedic breathing practices, yoga postures, kriya yoga practices, and Kundalini Vedic Mudras. All the courses at Sanskar Yogashala, Kundalini included, are derived from the age-old Sanatan tradition.
USD 700 | INR 52,175
Cost per day USD 77.6 | INR 5,762
As the name suggests, Rishikesh Yogis Yogshala is located in Rishikesh – the hotbed of yoga. A ten-day Kriya and Kundalini retreat here is rooted in traditional scriptures such as Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Yoga Upanishads, Kundalini Yoga and Tantric Kriya Yoga.
The Yogashala was started by Bihar born Sushant ji Pandey. After studying Masters in Yoga Psychology from Bihar Yoga Bharati, Yogi Sushant ji worked as a professor in the same university department for four years. Sushant ji has also headed the Yoga division at Reforma Health Centre in Russia and conducted numerous workshops in Germany, France, UK, Serbia and Finland to name a few. Besides serving as the current Academic Director at his centre, he is associated with Santani Spa, Srilanka as Visiting Master and a few other centres based out of Germany. In the past, he was appointed the Head of Yoga at Ananda in the Himalayas.
Each student everyday is expected to attend three theory based workshops and three practical sessions on Tantra philosophy, Kundalini Yoga, Chakra system and techniques of Kriya, Kundalini and Chakra meditations. Furthermore, there are specialized workshops on each chakra.
The inherent focus of this Kundalini Yoga Retreat is on facilitating an environment to enable the process of learning to go beyond one’s intellectual understanding of the subject matter, and to immerse oneself into the yogic lifestyle while dwelling in an ashram-style setting.
The 10 Days Kriya and Kundalini Yoga Retreat organized by Rishikesh Yogis Yogshala Tapovan, Rishikesh includes
USD 699 | INR 52,100
Cost per day USD 100 | INR 7,420
Siddhant School of Yoga in Rishikesh is a Registered and certified Yoga School. The Kundalini yoga retreat offered is devised in a manner to help one track down their energies and enhance the quality of their being.
With a mission to present yoga in a motivational way, Siddhant School of Yoga aspires to recalibrate one’s subconscious mind through diverse yogic practices. The course is developed according to the practical needs of an individual and is hence short-term in nature.
Siddhant School of Yoga’s founder Yogi Siddhant after his BSc left his home in pursuit of higher knowledge. Siddhant quest took him to several places across India before he decided to settle in the spiritual town of Rishikesh. During this time, he met different Masters and Yogis, who helped him learn and understand the nuances of various forms of yoga. Emboldened by his wisdom, Siddhant subsequently decided to establish his yoga school to serve the larger humanity through yoga.
During their Kundalini yoga sessions, the students are provided with certain tools against which they can track their daily progress and thereby calculate their standing in a deeply personal journey of self-growth. The students are also expected to show curiosity. Asking questions are encouraged so to cancel any chakra related misconception, a student may harbour on. Once a student gains an understanding of their chakras, they are moved to Kundalini meditation in a step by step approach.
The 7 Days Kundalini Yoga Retreat organized by Siddhant School of Yoga Tapovan, Rishikesh includes
USD 600 | INR 44,722
Cost per day USD 138.6 | INR 10,287
Yogada Ashram in Shivpuri, Rishikesh is nestled in the folds of the Himalayas. The ashram is often abuzz with the calming sounds of the feisty Ganga River, and the chirps of Himalayan birds that flock the area. The thick reserve forests of the Himalayan foothill that surround the ashram are a treasure trove of healing herbs.
As per the ancient Indian scriptures, Shivpuri is Lord Shiva’s abode. As the place is near the confluence of the rivers, it is considered to be pulsating with divine vibrations. Yogada Ashram offers splendid views of the Ganges and mountains of the lower Himalayas while its mango, litchi and orange trees accentuate the natural beauty of the premises.
The kundalini yoga retreat offers a 33 hour Deeksha program which is a blend of Kundalini, yoga and meditation. The program is essentially aimed to nudge an individual from initiation to manifestation, and is conducted in the form of classes throughout various parts of the day. The evening class, for example, lays emphasis on Kundalini Shakti with a combo of pranayama, kriya and dhayana sessions.
The 4 Days Kundalini Yoga, Meditation & Deeksha organized by Yogada Ashram Tapovan, Rishikesh includes
USD 416 | INR 31,007
Cost per day USD 58.3 | INR 4,328
Real Happiness is a Vedic meditation school based out of Rishikesh. Located away from the crowded areas, but not so far from the local market, the ashram is in the midst of natural surroundings. They offer Kundalini retreats both for beginner and advanced level students.
Real Happiness is certified by Uttarakhand Tourism as a Kendra for yoga and meditation. It aims to let its students grasp the wisdom of Kundalini by focusing on meditation techniques, yoga and pranayama.
The school was established in 2014 with a core mission to spread happiness in the world by sharing Himalayan Vedic Meditation techniques. As its name suggests, the school intends to amplify the message of peace across the world through its endeavors. Real Happiness school Kundalini Yoga retreat includes accommodation in a homely room. During the retreat, one is expected to learn about the energy point chakras, philosophy and the various yoga, pranayama and meditation techniques.
The program is supported by a highly specialized diet regimen for Kundalini. One is served pure vegetarian, yogic and Sattvic meals to help them realize the fullest potential of Kundalini energy. Further, the individuals can draw in the spiritual energy of the ashram to intensify the Kundalini energy within their body.
The 7 Days Kundalini Yoga Meditation Retreat organized by Real Happiness Tapovan, Rishikesh includes
USD 350 | INR 26,087
Cost per day USD 150 | INR 11,134
AryaMarga Yoga at Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh organizes Deep Winter Meditation Retreats every year amidst the stately views of snow-capped Himalayas. The centre follows Anuttara Yoga Tantra, also referred to as the Crest Gem of all Yogas.
The picturesque centre was founded by Roshan Palat, a lawyer by education and a finance person by profession. Palat was introduced to ancient texts from an early age. An encounter with Ganapati Baba during his adulthood set him on a path of exploration. After serving his Master for three years, Palat undertook a three-year study in Mahayana Buddhism upon his guru’s instructions. AryaMarga Yoga is the culmination of his learnings.
The kundalini yoga retreat translates the wisdom contained in the ancient tantric texts of Siva Samhita, Kriya and Kundalini Yoga into experiential practices by applying techniques such as Kundalini yoga meditations from the Vajrayogini and Naropa Tantras.
The 3 Days Deep Meditation Winter Retreat organized by AryaMarga Yoga in Bir Kangra includes
USD 300 | INR 22,268
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Bollywood actor turned Kundalini Yoga teacher, Anahata Retreats’ founder Bijay J. Anand is known for his empathy-driven approach to vedic science. Bijay’s tryst with yoga started 25 years ago resulting in his exposure to different yoga forms including Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha.
But it was Kundalini Yoga that captured its attention. Anahata Retreats conducts Kundalini Yoga workshops in their peaceful studios in Khar and Thane, Mumbai. They also conduct kundalini yoga retreats at iconic locations in India and abroad. Anahata, which essentially means dissolving the chasm between the upper and lower chakras, signifies their approach towards the practice of yoga.
The Kundalini retreat at Anahata is designed for all the levels of the practitioner and is built on their mission of build, enrich, ensure and provide. The retreats at Anahata were started with an objective to offer spirituality and wellness in its uncompromised traditional form. Anahata has almost a decade's worth of experience in conducting numerous retreats. Its founder Bijay J Anand himself has conducted a lot of retreats at Anahata along with some well-known names in the yoga fraternity such as Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. Bijay is of the firm belief that the road to happiness is connected by the pathway of spirituality.
Located amidst the balmy beaches of Goa, Sohyaa School of Holistic Yoga & Ayurveda was started to simplify the yoga training to the aficionados of yoga. The school offers a Kundalini yoga retreat as part of its motto to impart the knowledge of divine holistic Vedic sciences.
The Kundalini retreat is based in Bardez, North Goa. The location of the centre allows easy access to some of the coveted beaches of Goa. Besides the beaches, the centre’s tranquil atmosphere makes it an ideal setting for learning and practising yoga.
Sohyaa School of Holistic Yoga & Ayurveda is dedicated to offering cost-effective and easy solutions for overall health (physical, mental and emotional) through the combination of Yoga and Ayurveda. They believe that serving humanity is akin to serving divinity.
The Kundalini Yoga class at Sohyaa begins with a brief chant followed by a simple warm-up exercise to straighten the spine. In each class, the focus is given to Kriya, which in simple terms, means specific set/s of exercises, breathing and mantra chanting, to target the energy centres of the body.
The 10 Days Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Retreat organized by Sohyaa School of Holistic Yoga & Ayurveda Bardez, North Goa.
Cost per day USD 274.9 | INR 20,397
RYK Yoga and meditation centre offers a two-week transformative retreat that takes an individual on a kaleidoscopic sojourn of rich landscapes, India is blessed with. The kundalini yoga retreat is conducted more like a trip so you get to travel across multiple locations from Dharamsala to Amritsar and Rishikesh, this Kundalini yoga retreat provides an immersive experience to its attendees.
Its founder Cosmin Mahadev Singh amalgamates scientific findings into the timeless teachings of Kundalini yoga as taught by its proponent Yogi Bhajan. Singh is also certified by Kundalini Research Institute and registered with the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association and Yoga Alliance.
His classes are structured with an end goal to empower his students and escalate their bar of holistic wellbeing. This, in turn, is taught by the ways through which a person can raise their Kundalini. The program also factors in one’s current needs as per their lifestyle and is suited for everyone whatever their age may be.
13 Days spiritual journey cum Kundalini Yoga And Meditation Retreat organized by RYK Yoga and Meditation Centre at multiple locations throughout India.
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