You can practise yoga almost everywhere, from beach resorts to mountain retreats. In 2014, at India’s initiative, the UN adopted a resolution declaring 21 June International Yoga Day.
Where to Go
Destinations with a yoga scene include Anjuna, Arambol, Assagao and Mandrem in Goa; Vashisht, McLeod Ganj and Dharamkot in Himachal Pradesh; Udaipur, Pushkar and Jaipur in Rajasthan; and of course Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.
Kovalam, Varkala and Kochi are popular places for yoga.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram Waterside ashram in Neyyar Dam, near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum); renowned for longer courses.
Soul & Surf Rooftop yoga, retreats and meditation in Varkala.
Secret Beach Yoga Homestay Yoga and kalaripayatt (ancient South Indian martial art) in Kattoor.
International Centre for Yoga Education & Research Has 10-day introductory courses and advanced training in Puducherry (Pondicherry).
Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram Chennai-based yoga courses, therapy and training.
Isha Yoga Center Well-known ashram 30km west of Coimbatore. Visitors are welcome for meditations; if you want to stay or take yoga courses, book ahead.
Jalakara Poolside yoga plus massage at an exclusive boutique hotel on Havelock Island – for hotel guests only.
Rishikesh Take your pick from centres and ashrams offering yoga for all levels.
DarkLotus Highly recommended yoga classes are held along the river in Varanasi and at temples around the city.