Yoga tourism in India has been gaining considerable interest and prominence during recent times. This is because of greater awareness of the multiple health benefits derived by the body and the mind through regular performance of some simple yoga exercises.
The missionary zeal of several Yoga gurus has also been instrumental in spreading the awareness of India’s wealth of Yogic discipline to all places around the world, especially to the West.
The discipline of Yoga originated in India during pre-Vedic times, about 4,000 years ago. It involves a high degree of physical, mental and spiritual discipline. Various types of Yoga practices and their benefits find several references in Vedic literature.
Ascetics of ancient India used to retire to remote mountains and practice the discipline of Yoga to its perfection.
Rishikesh, the Hub of Yoga Tourism in India
Rishikesh is located on the banks of the holy river Ganges in the foothills of the Himalayas in the Uttarakhand state of North India. Surrounded by hills, dales, pristine flowing waters, clean air and lush greenery, the city exudes spiritual bliss in the lap of nature. Far from the madding crowd and from the hustle and the bustle of stressful city life it is an ideal place to practice yoga and rejuvenate the body and the mind the same way the ancient ascetics did.
Here are just two of the top Yoga training institutes in Rishikesh:
The Yoga Centers Around India’s Capital City, Delhi
Numerous yoga and meditation centres have mushroomed around Delhi, the capital city of India, in Northern part of India. While in Delhi, you can also pay a visit to other tourist attractions such as Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, Lotus Temple, Raj Ghat, and Akshardham Temple etc.
Yoga Destinations in South India
Various parts of South India in Kerala and Tamil Nadu are prime destinations for Yoga tours in India. These destinations include Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Thanjavur, Swamimalai Madurai and Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu; and Kovalam in Kerala. These centres offer a wide range of holistic yoga therapies to heal the body and the mind.
Yoga Destinations in the Eastern Parts of India
Patna and Bodhgaya in Bihar in Eastern India are some other well-known centres for yoga and meditation. They too offer holistic therapies for the rejuvenation of the body and the mind.
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