Spiritual Retreats in India

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Team Astroyogi By Team Astroyogi
Spiritual Retreats in India

Do you remember the last time you actually relaxed without worrying about bills, relationships, phone calls, or work? If you are struggling to recount that moment, it means it is time to take a long break. Astrology is incomplete without Spirituality and astroYogi.com astrologers recommend self-discovery to be an important part of existence and shaping your future.

There are a multitude of retreats you could visit. You would probably be so spoilt for choice that you would have a tough time picking one over another. Give your life a treat, develop positivity, good health and inner peace. We present a list of some of the top retreats where you could go to unwind and forget about everything else. People at these retreats will do everything to make sure that you have time to concentrate on your own well-being, and that, when it is time to leave, your body, mind, and soul have gained all the strength to go back to the mundane world.

1. Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttaranchal

Ananda was formerly a home to the maharajah of Tehri-Garhwal. It is spread over 100 acres in the foothills of the Himalayas. The centre has remarkable facilities, which include several yoga pavilions, a 21,000 square-foot spa, and meditation rooms, which are set among gardens to provide you with ultimate peace. There is a beautiful tea lounge and an antique billiards room. At Ananda, you also have a choice of individually guided meditation sessions. For the meditation sessions, Buddhist teachings or yogic breathing techniques may be included, depending on your preference.

2. Osho Meditation Resort, Pune

This centre is spread over 40 acres of land close to Mumbai. The retreat includes beautiful Zen gardens, seminar spaces and a meditation auditorium. Visit this centre if you looking for active meditations, and also traditional silent and seated sessions. The centre also offers meditative dancing, vocalizing, whirling and power-breathing. The centre has around 60 double rooms. Participants are required to wear dark red robes to encourage collective meditative energy during meditation sessions.

3. Kalari kovilakom, Kerala

The retreat and spa is the former home of the king of Kollangode, restored to suit modern life. It is also known as the "Palace of Ayurveda". From the time you reach where a sign at the entrance greets you with "Please leave your world here" to the time you leave, you will be expected to eat no meat, avoid caffeine, leather accessories and alcohol. But, you will surely not mind following any of these restrictions-the good food, purifying baths, herbal treatments, and the massages that will be offered will make you forget everything else!

4. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, Kerala

This popular retreat is set in 12 acres of tropical beauty in the foothills of Kerala's Western Ghats. When you reach this place, the forested surroundings and the lush green coconut tree groves present a treat for the eyes, making it the perfect place for spiritual regeneration. The Yoga Vacation programme is planned to help you develop a strong practice, which can be easily incorporated in your daily life. Life at the retreat is all about following a simple, structured daily schedule, allowing you to focus completely on yourself.

5. Blue Mango, Spiti

The location of this retreat is carefully chosen to provide solitude and peace - right in the heart of the Trans Himalayan Range, with Tibet as its neighbour. It is situated at a height of 12,5000 ft above sea level, along the pebble beach of Spiti. The retreat is an opportunity to deepen your consciousness. It is a challenging experience and there are many who believe that it has changed their lives. Blue Mango promises a voyage into your soul. The schedule isdesigned to include a variety of meditative techniques, soul therapies, yoga sessions, and visits to the Komik and Kye Monasteries.