A workout requires fast paced music, blood pumping through the veins and a lot of running and panting resulting in an empty bottle of water that needs to be refilled instantly. Yoga, on the other hand, is a soulful feeling like the smell of freshly cut grass that will relax you to your core, and make you feel refreshed for the rest of the day. Having a quiet and serene atmosphere when you’re stretching your limbs into a ‘suryanamaskar’ needs a calm mind and body. India is where the inception of yoga lies, so what better place to practice the same? Below are five spots you can visit for some rejuvenating yoga for your soul, mind, and body.
This holy city in the cradle of the looming Himalayan Mountains is a place of worship. Rishikesh is a location of tourist importance due to the various experiences it offers. Yoga is one of them. This city is filled with Ashrams and spots that offer a tranquil atmosphere. In the midst of lush green trees and rich mountains, Rishikesh is a great place for practising yoga. Chants of holy hymns, singing birds and the sound of gushing water of the Ganges…Rishikesh has it all. The mountainous area and colourful surrounding form a perfect spot for some yoga and meditation. So, grab your mat and settle upon the grass under a looming banyan tree for some quietness in this busy life.
The spiritual capital of India has deep historic roots. The Benaras Yoga Mandir is famous for the ambience and learning it offers in when it comes to yoga. Guided Ashram teachers will show you the essence of yoga and how it benefits the human mind and body. Even if you are a traveller who is well-versed in yoga and doesn’t require a teacher, Varanasi is another great spot for the calmness of your mind. This city, although a bustling one, can offer quiet and peaceful spots if you wish to get some peace of mind. Being a religious location, Varanasi holds great spiritual importance, and reaching out to your own spirituality during yoga is the purpose of it anyway. And Varanasi will provide you with just what you need.
Also, known as Mamallapuram, this small town is known for the regime of the Pallava dynasty in the south. This city has a beautiful beach area that is perfect for some yoga. The sea waves crashing across the shore amid the swaying of the tall palm trees is a sight of beauty on its own, and it will let you have the tranquillity that you have been looking for. The most famous tourist spot here is the Shore Temple that overlooks the beach. This beautifully carved temple is a place of gentleness in this quiet city. The sunset at the beach will prove to be the apt time for practising yoga, as it will render a calming feeling.
This Buddhist pilgrimage centre is the well-known location where The Buddha attained nirvana. Bodh Gaya is one of the holiest locations for Buddhists, and it has an air of serenity to it. The Mahabodhi temple is amidst pretty trees and paths of cool grass. Buddhist monks are often found meditating at the temple grounds, for it offers them great peace of mind. This place would be apt for your meditation and yoga day at dawn since the quietness of the temple is such that it will leave you entranced at the end.
Mysore is best known for the Ashtanga Yoga practice that is popular in and around the town. Along with having the most beautiful historical architecture, Mysore also provides immense scope for some well-needed yoga and meditation. Mysore is also known as the cleanest city in India, which leaves no range of doubt about the setting being right for meditation and yoga. Scattered with Ashtanga Yoga institutes all around, Mysore lets you have the ideal place and time to practice some revitalising yoga and soothing meditation.
India is the place where Yoga and meditation took birth, and its influence is seen today worldwide. Yoga enthusiasts are drawn to this country for spiritual awakening, and yoga becomes the correct medium for the same. So, leave the polluted and noisy urban surrounding to visit the calm destinations of India for some quietude.
Author Bio: Rohit likes to visit places that are of tourist importance, but at the same time, he also likes to take a look at the locations that are apt for things like yoga and meditation. He shares his experiences on TransIndiaTravels. so that he can be of help to those who wish to get away from the city life for a while.