Top 10 Yoga Retreats In Dharamshala

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Top 10 Yoga Retreats In Dharamshala

Gourav J

Yoga Retreat in Dharamsala: A place for spiritual cleansing!

In today’s bustling world, where we are more rushed than ever and have less free time, taking a break is more imperative than ever before. Often, we wish that we could forget the stresses of everyday life, recharge our batteries, and simply live in the moment. For a few years now, our lives have been marked by wellness and responsible living, paying close attention to what we eat and what we consume. 

From a physical perspective, practicing yoga in the mountains has specific benefits for the three major areas of our bodies i.e body, heart, and mind since the series of asanas and pranayamas are performed at altitudes with pure air, providing more oxygen to the body and brain, stimulating the cardiovascular system and increasing the amount of energy entering our bodies. Benefits abound! 

Dharamshala is an excellent destination for those who love yoga, the outdoors, and mountains. Visitors and spiritual seekers alike are drawn to the picturesque landscape of the region. Yoga practitioners in Dharamshala will be able to practice in the serene backdrop provided by the Himalayan foothills. 

Top Yoga centers in Dharamshala

1. Shivam Neelkanth Yoga

2. Sarvaguna Yoga Ashram

3. Chinmaya Yoga

4. Shree Hari Yoga Center

5. Om Yoga Ashram

6. Salamba Yoga Dharamshala

7. Aranya Yoga Ashram 

8. Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Center

9. Osho Nisarga

10. Kailash tribal school of yoga and holistic healing     

1. Shivam Neelkanth Yoga:

Set amidst the pristine form of nature is Shivam Neelkanth Yoga retreat in Dharamshala. This peaceful yoga and meditation center is located far away from the hustle and bustle of the main city. The Yoga Hall overlooks a beautiful valley and is ideally positioned to learn yoga and other spiritual techniques.

Swami Shivam is the founder of Shivam Neelkanth Yoga Kendra. He has extensive experience of 25 years. Yogi Shivam was born near McLeodGanj and he got this initiation from his mentor Master Dooninath Babaji (75) and has received his training from the world-renowned Sivananda yoga center in Rishikesh. 

Shivam Neelkanth Yoga Kendra in Dharamshala conducts comprehensive 200 hrs yoga teacher training classes and offers short-duration yoga retreats starting from 3 days to 10 days.

Where | Upper Bhagsu, Kangra

2. Sarvaguna Yoga Ashram:

In a quiet and contemplative guesthouse in Upper Bhagsu, Sarvaguna Yoga Dharamshala is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main market area. This is accompanied by the sound of birds chirping and tall trees rustling in the distance. The tranquility of Upper Bhagsu and the ambiance make it excellent for yoga and meditation.

Dr. Keshava is the founder of Sarvaguna Yoga and a top yoga teacher who holds a master’s degree in science, a doctorate in psychology, a master’s degree in yoga, a master’s degree in Sanskrit, a master’s degree in Advaita philosophy, and is a Reiki Master Teacher. His mentor, H.H. Swami Dayananda Ji of the Himalayas, taught him the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Vedas in their original Sanskrit.

Where | Upper Bhagsu, Kangra

Must Read: Yoga Retreats in Mcleodganj

3. Chinmaya Yoga: 

Chinmay Yoga’s in-depth learning experience is just wonderful. As you undergo this experience, you’re carving out a path to lead a more beautiful and healthy life. Yoga is not just an activity at Chinmay Yoga; it is a way of life, one that requires a calm, curious mind open to change and exploration.

Yoga, they believe, has become synonymous with exercise and is treated the same as any regular physical activity, making it seem like a sport. While they do not agree with this type of treatment, their institute strongly disapproves of it and does not agree with Yoga being presented as a common fitness exercise.  

Reviving the original essence of Yoga, perfecting the body alignment, and calming the mind are the key focuses. The goal of their organization is to develop the art form that Patanjali followed and that was mentioned in ancient manuscripts.  All and all, Chinmaya yoga is a perfect yoga retreat!

Where |Tapovan, Kangra

4. Shree Hari Yoga Center 

One of the best 100-hour yoga teacher training retreats in Dharamsala can be found at Shree Hari Yoga Center which is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Shree Hari Yoga offers retreats and courses in Gokarna (October to March), Dharamshala (April to September), and Goa (October to March).  

The center is located in Upper Bhagsu, Kangra, in Dharamshala. Here, the yoga halls overlook Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas whereas several meditation spots offer mesmerizing views of the mountains.

Founder Shree Hariji Pawali started his yoga journey at the age of 16 and founded the Shree Hari Yoga Center. Through his teaching, he hopes to share all of the knowledge he has gained over the years with his students. It offers 100 hours, 200 hours, and 300 hours of Multi Style Yoga Teacher Training for both adults and children, as well as retreats in Gokarna, Dharamshala, and Goa. 

Where | Upper Bhagsu, Kangra

5. Om Yoga Ashram

At Mcleodganj, tucked between the Himalayas, sits the Om Yoga Ashram. Students can practice yoga and meditation on the open rooftop at this center with picturesque views.

Dr. Rashpal founded Om Yoga Ashram in Dharamshala with over a decade of yoga teaching experience. There are Yoga Retreats, 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, 300 hr & 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, Reiki Training, and Hindi Classes at Om Yoga Ashram.

Where | Near Dal Lake

6. Salamba Yoga foundation

Founded by yoga enthusiasts around the world, the Salamba Yoga Foundation provides Yoga and Meditation training courses. Through their comprehensive Yoga teacher training programs, aspirants will receive a solid foundation and be empowered to stand out as Yoga teachers of distinction.

Their world-class Yoga teacher training programs teach you how to become a Yoga Meditation Certified Instructor, regardless of whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or holidaymaker visiting India. Under the supervision of knowledgeable and energetic instructors, their carefully designed Yoga instructor courses provide an in-depth understanding of Yogic practices and philosophies. 

As part of the training program, mantra chanting, pranayama, kriya, and meditation are also emphasized to provide practitioners with well-being on all levels. 

They offer 100 & 200-hour Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training courses in Goa, Dharamsala, and Pokhara in Nepal. People from all walks of life attend their transformative training programs, which enable you to optimize health and wellness on all levels. Take the first step towards your well-being with their Yoga programs. 

Where | Upper Bhagsu, Kangra

7. Aranya Yoga Ashram 

The Aranya Yoga retreat center is located in Dharamshala. You can practice yoga and meditation in a serene environment that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Aranya Yoga offers 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher training, sound healing, trekking, reiki, cooking classes, and agnihotra ceremonies.

The founder of Aranya Yoga Dharamshala is Yogi Krishna Das Baba. Born in the Himalayas in North India, he hails from a spiritual lineage of Yogis. Yogi Das Baba has been a yoga practitioner since he was 15 years old. He has also completed the 200 hours of yoga teacher training course, workshops on meditation, healing, and Ayurvedic cooking, and is renowned among his students for the stories he tells.

Where | BhagsuNag, Kangra

8. Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Center

Dharamkot’s Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre was built in 1985 with the intention of giving visitors a sense of inspiration and devotion. It also offers the opportunity to cultivate awareness and gratitude for nature, which is a testament to our reverence for the highest principle of nature, Prakriti.

Featuring unique aesthetics and practical needs, the Yoga Hall provides students with all the comforts of home. The surrounding land is just as significant as the Yoga Hall itself. With just a bare patch of land when we started, our Center has now grown to include 150 trees, plenty of flowers, roses, and shrubs, as well as four ponds to attract wildlife.

Located in Dharamkot Village, just above McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, the Center operates from March through October during the Spring, Summer, and Autumn Seasons. They are open 9:00 am-6:00 pm for bookings and information.

Where | Dharamkot, Kangra

9. Osho Nisarga

A meditation center in the Himalayas, nestled amidst lush greens & flowing streams, Osho Nisarga is built near Dharamsala, with a scenic backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar mountain range! Ecological in concept and design, and already functioning as a new model of Osho’s holistic vision of life, Osho Nisarga is a true 21st-century oasis.

Where | Sheela Village, Kangra

10. Kailash tribal school of yoga and holistic healing

Located on the hills of Mcleodganj engulfed in greenery is Kailash Tribal School of Yoga Dharamshala. With a picturesque view of the Himalayas and a well naturally lit yoga hall, it is the perfect place to practice yoga, meditate, and self-reflect.

Yogi Sivadas founded the Kailash Tribal School of Yoga Dharamsala in the year 2000. With over 30 years of experience teaching yoga, Yogi Sivadas focuses on yoga philosophy, mysticism, Ayurveda, and holistic healing. His teachers and satsangs are influenced by the teachings of Osho, Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, and B K S Iyengar of Mysore. Kailash Tribal School offers yoga retreats, sound healing & Reiki courses, and 200 hrs, 300 hrs & 500 hrs certified Yoga Teacher Training courses in Dharamshala.

Where | Bhagsunag Rd, Kangra

Are you ready to get started? Take advantage of a yogic week getaway to recharge, rejuvenate, and replenish all of your senses. Soak up the cool mountain breeze of the Himalayas. Consider attending a yoga retreat in Dharamshala.