India is a country unlike any other! it is a dynamic land filled with magnificent landscapes, vibrant colours, and deep history. From the bustling streets of Mumbai to the peaceful coasts of the Andaman Islands, this fantastic nation offers a rich treat for your senses. Every moment in India will take you on an amazing journey through its culture and history. There is a world of wellness that awaits you in this country. While here, you can improve your yoga technique, enjoy sound baths, and meditate in peaceful moonlike settings. The possibilities are endless. Here are the top 5 wellness activities that you can do in India along with a recommended destination for each.
1. Yoga at Vinyasa Yogashala in Rishikesh
India is the home of yoga so it only makes sense to visit the country if you want the ultimate yoga experience. With over 20 years of experience and more than a dozen yoga styles to choose from, Vinyasa Yogashala is arguably the best yoga studio and school in India. The studio offers a remarkable 7-day retreat that primarily offers pranayama and yoga Nidra.
The retreat also includes a wide range of other wellness activities such as Ayurvedic massages, meditation, and detox. You can also go rafting through waterfalls and trekking to incredible places such as the Mauni Baba Cave, the Himalayas, and the Beatles Ashram. This is a yoga retreat that you need to have on your bucket list.
Vinyasa Yogashala also offers 100-, 200-, 300-, and 500-hour teacher training courses that teach students various yoga styles such as asana, vinyasa flow, Hatha, and pranayama. It’s India’s only yoga destination with a 5-star rating from over 300 reviewers on Google. Talk about excellence.
2. Ayurvedic Treatments at Somatheeram Ayurveda Village in Kerala
India is not only the home of yoga but also Ayurveda. Why not gift yourself with an Ayurvedic treatment next time you are in India? I know just the right place for you to do that. Located on a hillside a couple of kilometres south of Kovalam Beach is Somatheeram Ayurveda Village – the first-ever Ayurvedic resort in the world. If you are looking for an Ayurvedic sanctuary away from the noise of city life then this retreat location is perfect for you.
Somatheeram mainly offers 14-day Ayurvedic retreat packages. However, the village also provides one-time sessions of the treatments from these retreats. Pizhichil is one of the best treatments at Somatheeram during which two to four skilled therapists apply lukewarm herbal oils to the body in a rhythmic pattern constantly for approximately 60 to 90 minutes. If you suffer from rheumatic conditions like arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia or any other nervous weakness and disorder then you greatly benefit from this treatment.
3. Vipassana Meditation at Dhamma Sota in Rahaka
India has made many spectacular contributions to the world of wellness. One of those contributions is the ancient meditation technique of Vipassana. This meditation technique helps you release emotional and physical tensions and results in a more balanced, joyful, and happy life. If you are new to this method, you will have to undergo a 10-day retreat before you can practise it. Where is a better place to go for a Vipassana retreat than Dhamma Sota in Rahaka?
Translating to “Stream of phenomena” in English, Dhamma Sota is located in the village of Rahaka in the state of Haryana. The centre spans 16 acres and is encircled by the lush valley of Aravali Hills. The centre offers 10-day Vipassana courses in Hindi and English to teach you the basic principles of the technique. The courses are completely free of charge, you will only have to pay for your transport.
4. Sound Healing at Vishuddhii in Gurgaon
Have you been dealing with a lot of stress lately? You should consider checking in at Vishuddhii in Gurgaon for sound healing – an age-old wellness practice that involves employing singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks, and chimes to achieve serenity. The process of sound healing is known as having a sound bath. It has many long-lasting benefits such as improved sleep and pain management as well as reduced risk of coronary heart disease.
You can get some exceptional sound healing therapies from Vishuddhii. They conduct group gong baths daily to give you unique stress-relieving experiences. Furthermore, they offer therapies that make use of special tuning forks to deeply relax you. Don’t you think it’s time to let sound wash all your stress away?
5. Spa Treatments at Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur
Not sure about sound healing? How about we get you some luxury spa treatments at one of India’s most beautiful 5-star hotels? Taj Lake Palace is a magical wellness destination and its spa treatments will leave you breathless and wanting more. The Jivanya, for example, is a 2-hour invigorating spa treatment that eases stress in the muscles and increases blood flow. This immersive treatment also includes an exotic herbal scrub made from spices and plants from the hills of India. Using a heat-stimulating wrap, The Jivanya is a rejuvenating massage that will leave your body feeling light.
The Pada Mardana is another notable spa treatment at Taj Lake Palace. This 60-minute magnificent foot massage is truly a soothing experience. The stimulation of the foot reflex zones during this procedure has positive effects on the entire body. What an extravagant royal treat for aching feet. Other recommended spa treatments include Vishram, Orja Dayaka, and Soundarya – a five-and-a-half-hour therapeutic experience like no other!