Top 25 Ashtanga Yoga Retreats in India

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Yoga is one practice that has always been an intricate part of our lives. The way we move, talk, think, act – everything is yoga. It’s just that the modern world with its elite practices has made us forget who we truly are. 

The good thing is that many people are awakening to this truth and taking responsibility to heal themselves and others with the help of various yoga styles. One such style is Ashtanga Yoga. This yoga practice actually originated from classical yoga, only the body movements in Ashtanga are more challenging, powerful and energetic.

People have spent years of practice learning this beautiful form of yoga. However, most of us have such hectic schedules these days that it will be very challenging to learn Ashtanga move-by-move. In spite of it all, many yoga schools across India have now introduced Ashtanga Yoga Retreats that give the practitioners a sneak-peak in the world of this yogic art.

Ashtanga yoga retreats in India are usually designed for a period of 4 to 30 days during which, the members practice asanas (postures) related to Ashtanga Yoga, meditate amid the lush green mountains or by the azure water of pristine beaches, have sattvic meals, and indulge in other spiritual therapies. The great thing about Ashtanga yoga retreats in India is that they are better than a vacation where one not only learns how to have a balanced lifestyle but also take one's Yoga practise to the next level while making friends with like minded Yogi’s and Yogini's. Thus, participating in an Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in India is a great way to take your spiritual practice up a notch while also setting out on a travel adventure.

Now that you know about Ashtanga yoga retreats in India and have decided to give them a try, you must also learn about the top 25 most popular Ashtanga Yoga Retreats in India to quickly book the one that suits you and your style. Read on and pack your bag to experience a vacation that not only rejuvenates your body but also heals your soul. The list below has been sorted by price (highest to lowest) this has been done to give every yoga retreat option a fair representation and help people choose a retreat according to their budget.

1. Ashtanga Nirvrta Yoga Sakleshpur, Near Mysore

Cost per day USD 154.9 | 11,536 INR 

Tucked away in the natural setting of Sakleshpur, a picturesque town in the Western Ghats of South India, Ashtanga Nirvrta Yoga Retreat & Homestay will take your breath away at first sight! Ashtanga Nirvrta is located in one of the leading ‘biological diversity' hotspots, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Western Ghats. Your body will feel refreshed as you take in the pollution-free air of the countryside. The visits to historical sites, such as the fort of Tipu Sultan and Temples of Belur and Halebid, treks to waterfalls and in the jungles, etc, will only add to the rejuvenation of your entire being.

Ashtanga Nirvrta Yoga was designed and established by Mahesh Nandeesh and Philipa Ashter with a mission to connect their guests with their highest self by adopting the Eight Limbs of Yoga. For this very reason, Philipa (certified by Sri K Pattabhi Jois), personally teaches traditional Ashtanga Yoga during the two-week of the yoga retreat that takes place from January through May. During this period of the yoga retreat, practitioners learn alignment techniques of Ashtanga Yoga along with breathwork, meditation and Yogic philosophy. During the stay, participants will be served locally-grown vegetarian Indian food to help nourish the body and mind.

An idyllic getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, Ashtanga Nirvrta ensures to bring complete calm and peace to your mind, body and soul. The Ashtanga yoga retreat is carefully structured to meet the needs of both beginners and intermediate level practitioners.

The 14 Days Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Organized by Ashtanga Nirvrta Yoga Sakleshpur, Near Mysore includes 

  • Ashtanga lead classes led by KPJAYI Certified and Advanced B Series practitioner
  • Asana & alignment classes with sanskrit Vinyasa counts
  • Q&A and the art of adjusting Ashtanga Asana
  • Private Accommodation
  • 3 Meals daily

COST USD 2,014 | 1,50,567 INR

2. Vicky Tomsky Yoga Gokulam, Mysore

Cost per day USD 154.9 | 11,536 INR

Vicky Tomsky Yoga is an initiative of  Vicky Tomsky, who lives in Athens, Greece, with her husband and children, and conducts her yoga classes on a regular basis. She joins other yoga teachers from Mysore in a two-week ashtanga yoga retreat called ‘Coming Back to Our Roots’.

Vicky Tomsky is an advanced practitioner and instructor of Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama. She is also an Ayurvedic therapist and runs her yoga teacher training course in Tel Aviv as well as India. She developed a deep interest in yoga practice at quite an early age. In 2006, she committed whole-heartedly to learn Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and with time, strengthen her practice in pranayama and meditation as well. In this Ashtanga yoga retreat, she will be helping people to surrender to themselves and find their authentic self by practicing yoga every day. The retreat will boast of 2 yoga workshops, pranayama and meditation sessions, daily asana practice, mindfulness classes, and yoga philosophy classes.

The Ashtanga yoga retreat is specifically designed to help people who are seeking peace in a tranquil place. By the end of this retreat, you will receive full purification of your mind, body, and soul. The practices to be taught during this retreat are for yoga practitioners of all levels.

The 15 Days Immersion “Coming Back to Our Roots” Magical Mysore Yoga Retreat Organized by Vicky Tomsky Yoga Gokulam, Mysore includes

  • Daily morning asana practice (Mysore style and one led class per week)
  • 2 yoga workshops
  • 14 nights’ accommodation (single or double occupancy)
  • Puja ceremony in the local village (including transfers)
  • Airport transfers from Bangalore to Mysore and back
  • Daily afternoon mediation sessions
  • Morning philosophy (2 times per week following morning practice)
  • Morning pranayama sessions (2 times per week following morning practice)
  • Mindfulness and self-inquiry afternoon classes
  • Traditional dinner with a famous local cook
  • One day trip including guide and lunch
  • 2 dinners (on the arrival and departure day)

COST USD 1608 | 1,20,210 INR

3. Kranti Yoga  Patnem, Goa

Cost per day USD 183 | 13,644 INR

The Kranti Yoga Multiversity is a yoga teacher training school that primarily teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, along with Yin Yoga and other yoga therapies. Settled on the sands of beautiful Patnem Beach in South Goa, Kranti Yoga ensures your yoga practice amid natural settings. The sunrise, chirping of colorful birds, simple but clean surroundings, and heart-warming teachers are some of the things that you will get to embrace during your stay in the school. Goa is anyway a hub for tourists for its beaches, water sports, ancient architecture, and market places. As a yoga practitioner, you will get a chance to practice asanas near the beach while also allowing the traveller in you to explore the beauty of Goa. 

Kranti Yoga was founded by and now, directed by Tarun Agarwal, in the year 2007. Tarun’s journey towards yoga started when he was just a boy. After deepening his practice in various yoga forms, including, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, Sivananda, Raja Yoga, and Ayurveda, he started teaching at the age of 14. Since then, he has been teaching yoga on both national and international levels. His mission is to teach yoga to his students in the most authentic way. Keeping the same in mind, he and his team have designed a unique yoga retreat course. 

The Ashtanga yoga retreat organized by Kranti Yoga is led by Ashtanga yoga practices along with Vinyasa flow, meditation, Yin Yoga, vegetarian meals, and fun activities. Yoga and Goa are known to refresh the mind, relax the body and make the soul happy. 

The 7 Days Intensive Yoga Retreat Organized by Kranti Yoga  Patnem, Goa includes

  • Daily morning pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation 
  • Daily Ashtanga led class  
  • Daily Slow Flow, Yin Yoga & Vinyasa Flow 
  • 6 Alignment Classes per week with one of our experienced Yoga Teachers (small group)
  • Weekly Pranayama Theory Class on request
  • Technical Workshops on request
  • Additional private classes on request (charges applied)
  • Evening activities including Bedtime Yin Yoga, Candlelight Meditation, Yoga Movies, Ecstatic Dance, Beach Bonfire
  • Accommodation at The Yoga Village
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner from our Indian and continental kitchen
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Residents only sun loungers
  • All shala facilities including laundry and wifi
  • School bag with a manual and school stationary
  • 1 massage from our Ayurvedic Spa per week
  • Participation Certificate after completion of your Course

COST USD 1093 | 81,382 INR

4. AyurYoga Eco Ashram Hullahalli Hobli, Mysore

Cost per day USD 76.9 | 5,728 INR

Founded by Yogi Krishna Chaitanya with a hope to provide an authentic Ayurvedic and yogic experience to practitioners, AyurYoga Eco Ashram is a blend of yoga and nature. Set under an azure sky and amid the emerald countryside of Mysore, Karnataka, Ayur Yoga retreat spreads across an 18 acre organic farm and is outlined by the pristine Kabini river. Practicing yoga in this Eco Ashram promises to be quite rejuvenating for the practitioners.

The founder, Yogi Krishna Chaitanya holds an expertise of more than 20 years in traditional Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Philosophy and Psychology of Yoga and Vedanta. An original thinker and social rebel by nature, Yogi Krishna believes in bringing spirituality and advanced mindsets together to build a practical foundation of yoga in every practicing member. The yoga teachers of this AyurYoga Eco Ashram are known for their discipline towards yoga and dedication towards teaching the same to their guests. The members are trained to practice postures and perform breathworks of Ashtanga & Hatha Yoga, along with meditation, pranayamas, shatkarms and learn yogic philosophy. Vegetarian meals are served to all the members during their stay.

The 14 Days Ashtanga Yoga Retreat for Beginners & Intermediate Organized by AyurYoga Eco Ashram Hullahalli Hobli, Mysore includes New yoga mat includes

  • Books & neti pot.
  • 14 days of all ayurvedic/vegetarian meals and drinks.
  • 14 days of Accommodation, with attached bathroom.
  • 1 GB of complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Evening Walks/meditation/mantra chanting/video shows etc.

COST USD 1,000 | 74,757 INR

5. Ashtanga Yogkul Rishikesh Baljeet Farms, Rishikesh

Cost per day USD 66.5 | 4,963 INR

Ashtanga Yogkul is an aesthetically pleasing and spiritually gratifying school of yoga. Located in the Himalayan town of Rishikesh and surrounded with mother nature in her abundance, Ashtanga Yogkul is a good place for those looking to break the monotony of life by starting or broadening their yoga journey whilst also admiring the beauty of the Himalayan foothills. From yoga and meditation practice to adventure sports, to visiting some popular tourist spots; there’s a lot to do in Rishikesh for everyone.

Ashtanga Yogkul was founded by Dhiren Bhandari, who started his yoga journey at the age of 16. He was guided by many masters and mentors to achieve excellence in Hatha yoga, Ashtanga yoga, pranayama, and meditation. The instructors at this yoga school are highly skilled and qualified to help the practitioner understand the basics as well as the depth of yoga and its techniques.

As the name suggests, Ashtanga Yogkul provides intense yoga training in Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga. However, meditation, yoga philosophy and anatomy, pranayama, and meditation are a part of the Ashtanga yoga retreat as well. Ashtanga Yogkul promises to bring the history, science, and practice of yoga together with spirituality to give extraordinary healing to mind, body, and soul. 

The 13 Days Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course Organized by Ashtanga Yogkul Rishikesh includes

  • Daily practice pranayama, kriyas, mudras and dhyana
  • Classes on skeletal and muscular systems and their effect on your practice and teaching
  • Workshops on teaching peers in a small group
  • Private Accommodation
  • Daily 3 meals

COST USD 799 | 59,731 INR

6. Vyasa Yoga Peeth Shivanand Nagar, Rishikesh

Cost per day USD 60.5 | 4,530 INR

Vyasa Yoga Peeth sits on the banks of the holy Ganga River in the Himalayan town of Rishikesh, which is the Yoga Capital of the World. However, apart from yoga, this spiritual town is quite popular among tourists and travellers for its picturesque valley side and peaceful vibes. It is also a hub for hidden waterfalls and ancient temples as well as adventure sports, such as rafting and bungee jumping. Thus, the Vyasa Yoga Peeth retreat will also introduce you to a new lifestyle.

Vyasa Yoga Peeth was founded with a motive to promote the ancient art of yoga and take it all around the world. The sole mission for the teachers at this yoga school is to make their members/students feel so whole and powerful that they understand that life is good no matter what. The teachers at Vyasa Yoga Peeth are as compassionate as they are disciplined in their craft. They give their knowledge of yoga to their students with utmost sincerity and love.

The 10-day Ashtanga yoga retreat is held at the Dayananda Ashram and practitioners of all yoga levels can attend the program. The 10-day yoga retreat is the intense practice of Ashtanga and Hath Yoga, along with breathwork, meditation, organic meals, learning of yoga philosophy and anatomy, amongst other things.

The 10 Days Yoga Retreat Organized by Vyasa Yoga Peeth Shivanand Nagar, Rishikesh

COST USD 545 | 40,799 INR

7. Rishikul Yogshala Tapovan, Rishikesh

Cost per day USD 88.3 | 6,212 INR

Founded in 2010, Rishikul Yogshala is beautifully built on the banks of the holy Ganga River in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is known as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World,’ and thus, it is undoubtedly, a great place to begin or deepen your yoga practice, while also exploring your spiritual side. The calming atmosphere of this Himalayan town will help you in rejuvenating your mind, body, and soul in a truly peaceful way. Additionally, walks near the Ganga ghats, witnessing the beauty of the Himalayan foothills, and learning about the rich culture of India are some of the many interesting things that will come with this Rishikul yoga retreat.

From the moment its foundation was laid in 2010, Rishikul Yogshala has aimed to bring the miracle of yoga practice to the world and promote wellness all around the world by staying true to the Indian roots of the ancient practice. The team of yoga teachers at Rishikul Yogshala not only hold an experience of decades in teaching yoga but their work has been recognized on a global level as well. The retreats involve learning of Hatha and Ashtanga yoga asanas, meditations, mantra chanting, pranayama and yoga philosophy, and therapy.

The ashtanga yoga retreats organized by Rishikul Yogshala comprise one or two weeks, depending on the choice of the practitioner. However, one can join any of the retreats at the beginner’s level or advanced level. The retreats also arrange for drop and pick-up service to and from the airport respectively. 

The 7 Days Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Organized by Rishikul Yogshala Ram Jhula, Rishikesh includes

  • Ashtanga & Hatha Yoga Classes
  • Pranayama or deep-breathing and Intense Meditation sessions and prayer chants
  • Yoga Philosophy from the Vedic texts and scriptures like Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Yoga Therapy for spine health
  • Ayurvedic massages every day to rejuvenate and feel refreshed
  • Ayurvedic consultation from experts
  • Private Accommodation
  • Daily 3 Meals

COST USD 500 | 37,379 INR