These yoga schools offer a combination of in-depth courses and flexible drop-in classes. Yoga has always been an integral part of Indian culture with number of historical institutes practicing and teaching it. Here’s a list that talks about the most famous yoga schools in the country and why you should get an admission in one of these.
Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute: This institute is situated in Pune, state of Maharashtra. It was started in 1975, by one of the chief yoga guru, BKS Iyengar and is quite popular around the world for its serious yoga practice. All forms of yoga are practised here every day for people of all age groups. It also conducts special yoga classes for people with health problems. It is a centre to learn and practice Iyenger yoga style which was developed by BKS Iyengar after a lot of experience and research.
Bihar School of Yoga: This institute was found in 1964 by Swami Satyananda Saraswati with an aim to make people learn full yogic style. Bihar school of Yoga imbibes traditional yoga postures and meditation practice in its curriculum. It emphasises on traditional forms of teaching and yoga styles along with contemporary medical science. The institute has many ongoing yoga projects in collaboration with prestigious hospitals and medical organizations and is popular as a hub for yoga seekers.
Yoga Institute Mumbai: Found in 1918 by Shri Yogendraji, this yoga centre is about to complete 100 years. This institute organises a number of workshops and therapeutic health camps. It also offers excellent courses for learners. This yoga Kendra aims to overcome specific health issues such as cardiac and respiratory problems, diabetes, hypertension, orthopaedic conditions, and stress. They even organise special learning programmes for children and hold special classes for pre/post natal mothers.
Ashtanga Institute: Ashtanga Institute is located in Mysore, Karnataka and is managed by the family of revered guru Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, who died in the year 2009. He taught the art of yoga to International celebrities such as Madonna, Sting and Gwyneth Paltrow. Ashtanga Institute has courses on Ashtanga and Hatha yoga practices and provides an intensive study on it throughout the year. The kendra also emphasises on giving equal importance to other parts of the curriculum such as Anatomy, Philosophy, Meditation and the art of teaching.
Parmarth Niketan: If you are looking for a spiritual place to study Yoga Vidya, Parmarth Niketan situated in Rishikesh should be your destination. Located just near banks of sacred Ganges, this school can provide most amiable and sacred atmosphere to learn and practice yoga. The ashram is spread in a huge area equipped with 1,000 rooms. It has a number of programmes for beginners ranging from Vedic heritage and teacher training courses. It mostly gets attention in the month of March during a week long international yoga festival.
Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram: Krishnamcharya has not just disciples but a yoga institute on his name in Chennai. This school was found by T K S Desikachar Krishnamacharya’s son in 1976. Krishnamacharya yoga mandiram based in Chennai mainly emphasis on viniyoga, ashtanga yoga and yog therapies for people. Yoga enthusiasts can learn different forms of yoga from this Krishnamacharya’s (the father of modern yoga) yog kendra.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari: Found in 1959 by Swami Vishnudevananda, a disciple of Swami Sivananda this kendra follows classical yoga techniques such as postures, meditation and breathing. It also focuses on subjects such as Sanskrit, Patanjali, philosophy, anatomy and physiology in its curriculum. It is located near Neyyar dam of Kerala and is spread in 12 acres of area.