Welcome to the relaxing spiritual retreats that Incredible India has to offer. Elizabeth Gilbert took a travel across the world to mend her broken soul and spent some time in India. India has been sheltering humanity through its scientific-spiritual programs and recently UN declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day. Yoga is a science and as universal as the human breath. Best time to visit India for relaxing spiritual retreats is a compilation of the spiritual tours, India offers.
Vipassana, a Buddhist meditation technique was brought back to India from Myanmar (Thervada Buddhism) by the efforts of the late G.S Goenka. It is a Buddhist meditation technique. The main centre of the course is in Dhammagiri, Igatputi at Maharashtra. The centre has around 200 cells for individual meditation. The course takes you through anapana meditation into Vipassana; a ten day meditation course. It’s very intensive, read the instructions beforehand before applying. The course is a gift from a previous student, so it is free of cost. It is very effective for boosting well-being, any kind of feebleness and depression, relationship worry or pressure.
Talk to a teacher before taking the course! Also, plan your trip according to the course you have booked and make it your best time of the year to visit India.
Osho commune Pune attracts students and visitors from all over the world. The meditation it offers are active meditations like: OSHO Dynamic meditation, Kundalini meditation and Nadabrahma meditation. Other meditation programs like Nataraj Meditation, Devavani meditation, Gourishankar meditation, Mandala meditation, Whirling meditation, No-dimension meditation, Chakra Sounds and Chakra Breathing meditation. A lush, Lane 1 in Koregaon Pune awaits you with a beautiful campus of foliage, birds and water! Books and pastimes await you. Osho Teerth Park is a beautiful place for meditation.
Iyengar Yoga is founded by the legendary B.S.K Iyengar who said “I always tell people, live happily and die majestically.” One of the major centres is located in Pune, close to Mumbai. You have to go here in person to inquire about the courses. Or better still call them. Feel close to yourself!
Chinmay centre Delhi, could provide your mind and spirit a regular dose of Satsang, Sanskrit classes, spirituality for children, discourse on the Gita, and discourse on Brahma sutra, yoga classes and classes on Vedanta. The classes are quite good if you are curious about Vedanta philosophy, which itself I very beautiful.
Brahma Kumaris has both raja yoga classes and simple videos to recharge yourself and give clarity of mind to you present life. It could also help you make brisk decisions. Sister Shivani presently is doing beautiful spiritual discourses across the country. Go, for this if you would like to improve your relationships at work, home; get over an unfortunate incident or stress!
Some Hatha Yoga programs are very effective in strengthening the body. Arhant Yoga Ashram in Khajuraho provides a certified course. You could go for it. The practice improves the durability of the body; do check with the teacher. Your course could decide the best time to travel to India! Some seekers are so earnest, that they even become yoga practioners soon!
A maverick, Jaggi Vasudev offers an inner engineering (quite rationalistic) program to focus more in the present moment and do what is needed, the practical and the spiritual. The founder of the Isha foundation has huge experience in entrepreneurship, travelling, wildlife besides spirituality. Wildnest recommends this course and could be a best time to visit south India!
The Art of Living, has become synonymous with the techniques of “Sudarshan Kriya”; a technique founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. His foundation is known as the “Art of Living” and offers basic and advanced course. His books and saying are quite inspirational. You could visit his ashram in Bengaluru, which is a beautiful experience in itself.
Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi or “Amma” as she is popularly known enjoys a huge following and is an embodiment of compassion and motherly love. Her teachings encourage you to imbibe renunciation and the philosophy of Advaita or non-dualism. She is well known for her “hug”. Her teachings have a universal appeal for seekers, children, house holders and daily practice. Amma has built hospitals for the sick, shelters for the homeless, disaster relief, orphanages, hospices, pensions, suicide prevention programme. The activities of Amritipuri are: education, social welfare, nature care, research, cultural and spiritual, disaster relief and health care. To know more you could see here.
The Sri Aurobindo Ashram, in Puducherry has added to the cultural and spiritual space of Puducherry. Countless architecture workshops, dance, music and arts take place; and could be a happy retreat for any traveler. To reach Puducherry you need to go through Chennai. You could take a room at the guest house of the ashram, but it could be limited. There is also a publication department called “the Sabda”; which has books by Sri Aurobindo and “The Mother.” You certainly need to read a lot on the spirituality of “The Mother” and Sri Aurobindo to grasp their philosophy. You could get a savour of the teachings here. Also, a retreat in Puducherry could be the best time of year to visit India. Visiting a spiritual retreat has to be things to do in India!