Top 7 Traditional India Yoga Centers

    • Yoga has always been an integral part of Indian culture with number of historical institutes practicing and teaching it. Thousands of years before yoga and meditation became popular in the Yoga Centres and Yoga Studios of West, ‘Yoga’ was already a way of life in the ancient nation of India. As yoga's popularity rises in the US and other Western countries, travelers increasingly are making their way to the land of its birth. If you are on the hunt for the best yoga destinations in India, Look no further, as we have found the best places for you.

      This list of traditional yoga schools in India will give you an idea of what's on offer.


      1. Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, Mysore

      Ashtanga Yoga Institute is set in the city of palaces and fountains, Mysore. The institute was established by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 1948. The classes are for serious students only, and places are much sought after. It's necessary to apply at least two months in advance. The courses range from one month to six months.

      Address: 25 8th cross, 3rd stage, Gokulam, Mysore, Karnataka, India

      Phone: +91 821 2516 756


      2. Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh

      Rishikesh is also known as the “City of the Divine”- it is a spiritual center to which sages, rishis, saints, and pilgrims have flocked for millennia. Parmarth Niketan, with its stunning mountain setting in the holy town of Rishikesh, is a wonderfully spiritual place to study yoga. The ashram has 1,000 rooms on its eight-acre campus. The big event at Parmarth is the weeklong International Yoga Festival every March.

      Address: P.O.Swargashram, Rishikesh, Uttrakhand, India

      Phone: +91 135 2440 088


       3. Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai

      Based in Chennai, south India, this institute teaches the viniyoga brand of gentle yoga. Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram was founded by the son of the ‘Father of Modern Yoga’ – T. Krishnamacharya. The course has five elements of yoga including exercise, therapy, breathing, and meditation. The Heart of Yoga is one of the institute's most popular programs.

      Address: No. 31 fourth cross street, RK Nagar Chennai, India

      Phone: +91 442 4937 998


      4. Bihar School of Yoga, Munger

      Life is pared right back at Ganga Darshan Yogashram, Bihar School of Yoga’s leafy headquarters—which means mobile phones are left at the door. Founded in 1964 by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati, this school of Yoga integrates several approaches to personal development, based on tantric and yogic teaching. Apart from teaching, this center also guides yoga projects and medical research in association with various corporations and state governments.

      Address: Ganga Darshan, Fort, Munger, Bihar 811201, India

      Phone: +91 (0)634 4222 430


      5. Yoga Institute, Mumbai

      Being a century old, the Yoga Institute is known to be the oldest organized center of yoga in the world. It was founded in 1918 by Shri Yogendraji, a disciple of Shri Paramhamsa Madhavadasji (a renowned yoga master from Bengal). The institute is a government recognized the non-profit organization, also certified by The Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India as the first authorized Yoga School to conduct government certified courses.

      Address: Shri Yogendra Marg, Prabhat Colony Santa Cruz East, Mumbai, India

      Phone: +91 222 6110 506


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      6. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Trivandrum

      Sivananda Ashram was founded by Swami Sivananda and is run by the Divine Life Society. The school, set up in 1977 by Swami Vishnudevananda, a disciple of Swami Sivananda, offers structured yoga "vacations". The beginner’s yoga and meditation courses are very popular and Yoga Vacations and Teacher Training, staying at the ashram, are also offered.

      Address: Neyyar Dam, Trivandrum district, Kerala.

      Phone: +91 471 2450 942


      7. Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune

      The main headquarters of the notoriously fastidious Iyengar form, the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute is the lauded destination of many Indian yogic pilgrimages. This Yoga Centre conducts classes in ‘Iyengar Yoga’, a form of Hatha Yoga which focuses on postures with breath control. Special classes are also held for women, children, and those with medical problems. 

      ddress: 1071 B/1, Hare Krishna Mandir Road, Model Colony Shivaji Nagar, Pune, India

      Phone: +91 202 5656 134


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