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Affordable Yoga Retreats in India for Small Budgets

by Alberto G. Güitrón

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Are you dying to live a true yoga experience in the place where it all started but you've been putting it off because of your budget? We’ve got good news for you then, as there are tons of options in India, where you don’t have to break the bank!

From the beautiful beaches of Goa to the holy town of Rishikesh, India is the place par excellence to learn and practice yoga. But it’s also the place with the highest amount of affordable yoga retreats worldwide.

Most yoga retreats in India are unlike any other place. Here you’ll get to stay in authentic ashrams or humble accommodations either in the city or in the countryside. But you shouldn’t see this as something negative; sure, you might not have the most luxurious of settings, but in these austere conditions, you’ll find it easier to avoid distractions and plunge into your most spiritual version.

That said, you’ll be surprised by how much you can get with a few dollars per night. So, forget about that piggy bank and book one of these yoga retreats with a cost per night of 22 USD or less!

Relaxing Holiday

yoga retreat south goa

Image credit: The Yoga Cave initiative

  • Cost per day: from US$12
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Location: South Goa

Located on a small hill, overlooking lush green farmlands with abundant plantations of coconut, cashew, jackfruit and papaya trees, this yoga and meditation holiday is perfect to unwind from the hustle and bustle of life.

It doesn’t matter your skill level since this yoga retreat is open to people from all abilities. With great yogic vibes and an authentic yoga atmosphere, you’ll learn various styles of yoga, sequence formulations and adjustment techniques.

Want to hear more good news? It’s so close to the beach that you can hear the ocean waves crashing when you wake up for a morning session. You might even spot majestic eagles, kingfishers, cows, buffaloes and peacocks visiting the facilities throughout the day.

During your time here, you’ll be provided with three delicious vegetarian meals, including fruit, refreshments and green tea. Plus, you’ll learn from Pranayama sessions, traditional yoga sequences, yoga philosophy classes, Vinyasa-Yoga asanas, relaxation and meditation.

Cultural activities, such as Satsang, lectures on yoga-related subjects, audios and video lectures are also included. Lastly, since this is a holistic retreat, you’ll be introduced to mantra chanting, and cleansing techniques.

To know more about Goa, read Kerala vs Goa: which one to choose for a yoga retreat in India?

 

Memorable Yoga Retreat

yoga retreat Patnem Beach

Image credit: aayaayoga

  • Cost per day: from US$19
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Location: Patnem Beach

This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in India. A perfect place to learn the basics of yoga and improve your practice at a low cost. After a few days in this natural paradise, you’ll feel refreshed and reenergized. You’ll also be ready to go back home and start a healthier lifestyle!

This relaxing yoga holiday takes place in Patnem Beach, one of the quietest places amongst the coast of South Goa. With exotic seafood and magnificent sunsets, in this wonderful place, you won’t feel the time pass by.

The yoga styles you’ll practice on this retreat are Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Kriya, Aerial and Ashtanga. If you aren’t familiar with Aerial Yoga, it consists of a type of yoga that was developed in 2014. It combines traditional yoga poses with Pilates and dance using a silk.

During your stay here, you’ll have daily yoga classes and meditation sessions, anatomy and physiology classes, optional theory and philosophy classes, and delicious meals.

If you decided you’re going on a yoga retreat in India here are 6 things you need to know before you go.

Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course

yoga teacher training  Rishikesh

  • Cost per day: from US$20
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Location: Rishikesh

Perhaps you feel like it’s time to take a step forward into your practice and become a yoga instructor. If so, you’re in the perfect place to do it, Rishikesh, the World Capital of Yoga, has everything you need to fully embrace the transformation you’re about to begin.

And as you can see, it doesn’t have to be expensive to become a certified teacher. Starting at $20 per day, you can embark on this journey as soon as you find the time! Neither it has to take a long time, with just 10 days you’ll be good to go and start teaching yoga.

This training course is in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, a form of yoga created by K. Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century and today practiced all across the world. It’s promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga and it’s the source of all Vinyasa, Power and flow styles of yoga.

On this 100-hour certified course you’ll have a daily yoga practice, yoga philosophy classes, Pranayama and mantra chanting, Ashtanga theory and practice, meditation in open nature and two daily vegetarian meals. Overall, the yoga styles practiced during this retreat are Hatha, Iyengar, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Tantra and Ashtanga.

Other optional things to complement your trip are a sunrise trek to Kunjapuri temple, a special Ganga Puja ceremony, an excursion to Patna Waterfall, a tour to Temple Darshan, an Indian classical music concert, Meditation at Vashistha cave, and a visit to the 100-years old Beatles Ashram.

Here’s more information about where to do your yoga teacher training in India.

Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat

yoga retreat rishikesh

Image credit: aayaayoga

  • Cost per day: from US$19
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Location: Rishikesh

Revitalize yourself on this amazing holiday full of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda in Rishikesh; a top destination in Northern India.   

With everyday yoga sessions, meditation, Ayurvedic and Indian cooking classes, daily meals, teas, and coffees, you’ll have it all set to put aside everyday worries and just relax. You also get one Ayurvedic massage to help you relax even deeper.

A perk of this retreat is the daily morning Kriya session. Kriya consists of a cleansing technique based on six cleansing processes which are Neti, Kapal Bhati, Dhauti, Basti, Nauli and Trataka. Each of them cleans a different part of the body, including the eyes, respiratory system, food pipe and tone up abdominal viscera and the intestines.

To give you an idea of how a regular day will look like, it starts with 30 mins of Kriya, followed by a yoga practice, breakfast, free time, lunch, another yoga session, and meditation right before dinner time. Some days you can go out to visit local markets and places of interest.

This yoga retreat also includes optional things to do at an extra cost. Recreational outdoor activities like white water rafting, trekking and other adventure sports are also available. A waterfall trip, the participation in an evening Aarti (a Hindu religious ritual of worship) and a temple visit.

Want to have a deeper understanding of Ayurveda? Read the basics of Ayurveda and yoga in India.

Blissful Yoga Holiday in the Beach

yoga retreat goa

Image credit: Preksha Yoga Ashram

  • Cost per day: from US$22
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Location: Mandrem

Mandrem is a coastal village in North Goa, a quiet and peaceful beach with white sand and clear water. This yoga retreat takes place in an ashram located in the middle of nature, surrounded by plants and trees. Every morning you can hear the chirping of birds waking you up to a day of yoga and relaxation.

Start your day with a morning Satsang and chanting mantras session. Satsang is a word to describe the sitting together with an enlightened person, who gives a speech and then answers questions. Follow the day with two or three yoga classes, asana and philosophy lessons, meditation, Pranayama sessions and nutritious meals.

During the free time, you can either sunbathe at the local beach or indulge yourself with an Ayurveda Massage or treatment (at extra cost). The ashram is set up to mimic India’s traditional Gurukul system, an education system in ancient India where students live with the guru in the same house. Here, you’ll get to learn from experienced teachers to guide you and support you around-the-clock.


Looking for more comfort during your yoga vacation? You can also find plenty of options on luxury yoga retreats in India!

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