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What are the best spirituality and healing centres in India 2020?

Aug 26, 2020

Spirituality and wellness are two very closely related terms. The spiritual aspect is a part of holistic wellness. The spiritual aspect comprises of a set of values, moral codes, and ethical principles. For many people, spirituality may also mean having a strong background in religious codes and philosophy. However, almost everyone agrees that spiritual wellness is having a meaningful and purposeful life with healthy fulfilling relationships. It is a state of unison and harmony with yourself and with others. Spiritual wellness is a journey of hope, positivity, self-acceptance, and love. 

Spiritual retreats are exceptional experiences that offer calmness and clarity when life comes at a crisis. Through a range of mindfulness activities and other wellness therapies, these retreats help you gain control over things when everything seems like a mess. They help you feel composed and grounded. Spiritual retreats also help in reminding what are the true goals of life and they help in remaining true to your commitment. 

India is a deeply spiritual land. It is the land of Gandhi, Buddha, Kabir, and Ramanuja. Spirituality and its principle are a part of everyday life. Hence, there is no doubt that this country has some of the best spiritual and healing retreats. These retreats help heal you spiritually and regain confidence and clarity. Let us look at some of the best spiritual healing centres in India.

Top 10 spiritual healing centers in India

  • Root Institute, Bodhgaya

Ideology: Tibetan Buddhism

Why go?

Bodhgaya is the land of Buddhism. Budhha attained enlightenment in this Holy place. Thus, this place is filled with an air of divine aura. The Root Institute here serves by extending the principles of Buddha. The principles of love and compassion for others, to find peace and happiness within oneself and spread it around in the world, are instilled here. The place offers a range of courses, with some of them being a one day course to some that go on for 10 days. This place allows accommodation even to those who have not enrolled in any of the courses. Accommodation facilities include separate living quarters for men and women. Everyone is expected to follow disciple during their stay. Food is served 3 times a day and they offer Asian, western, and Indian cuisine. The Root Institute does not have a telephone or internet connection and one is not allowed to move out of the property before the completion of the entire course. 

Who can get in? 

The place offers introductory courses and the mediums of instruction are English and Hindi. Everyone is eligible to apply for the introductory courses here. 

  • Transcendental Meditation, Delhi

 

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Ideology: TM has nothing to do with religion, belief, lifestyle, or diet.

Why go?

With branches in over a hundred countries across the world, this place sets out to teach techniques to quieten the conscious mind and move beyond ordinary thoughts aiming to achieve a state of pure consciousness. This helps in getting quality sleep (yoga for sleep), deeply relaxes and soothes the mind and body . It also helps in boosting cognitive functions and self-confidence. The physical benefits of this practice include increased energy, controlled blood pressure levels (yoga for blood pressure), and improved cardiac health (yoga for heart).

Each session here lasts for about two hours for five days. The course is uniform across the world.

Who can get in?

Everyone is welcome here. Children from 10 years onwards are also encouraged to join. 

  • Sivananda, Kerala

 

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Ideology: Serve. Love. Give. Purify. Meditate. Realise.

Why go?

This one situated on a spectacular property and enjoys the loyal following of many popular Indian celebrities. October to April stands out as its peak season. Vegetarian meals are served twice a day along with a range of snacks, healthy salads, and detox juices. The dormitories for men and women are separate, while you can also choose a room according to your choice. The place offers yoga vacations, Yoga Ayurveda (Ayurvedic treatment) cultural program, Ayurveda wellness course, kids’ camp, and camps for teenagers as well. 

Who can get in?

Anyone can join here including kids and teenagers.  

  • Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh

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Ideology: To serve God and humanity.

Why go?

This internationally acclaimed ashram is located in the Himalayan foothills of Rishikesh. dipped in the divine atmosphere, this ancient place is known as the “Birthplace of yoga”. Many have visited this town in the search of spirituality and Parmarth Niketan offers just that with all modern facilities. However, accommodation is provided only for those who have enrolled for a course here. Everyone is expected to follow a strict dressing code and refrain from the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, doing drugs, playing cards, eating non-vegetarian foods and eggs, watching television, or listening to the radio. The consumption of garlic and onion is also discouraged here. 

Who can get in?

Anyone who has registered for a course here can get into Pramarth Niketan. 

 

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Ideology: To explore the science of inner well-being to understand the ultimate potential within.

Why go? 

With headquarters in Coimbatore, Isha Yoga Centre offers yoga courses and spiritual lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The centre offers courses for kriya yoga, gnana yoga, karma yoga, and bhakti yoga. This place has comfortable cottages, suites, as well as dorms for those who wish to volunteer after undergoing a yoga program here. 

Who can get in?

Anyone can get in here who has registered for a course. There are special courses for teenagers as well. 

  • Krishnamurti Foundation, Chennai

 

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Ideology: Truth is a pathless land.

Why go?

Located in a majestic Chennai property, this place has a large collection of J Krishnamurti’s works in modern forms of media like DVDs, etc. This place allows visits on weekdays at particular timings and also offers retreat experience for those who want to know more about Krishnamurti’s principles. 

Who can get in?

The online application is open to all.

  • Vipassana International Academy, Igatpuri

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Ideology: Self-purification/transformation by eliminating the three causes of all unhappiness—craving, aversion, and ignorance.

Why go?

This spiritual healing centre teaches Vipassana, the Buddhist way of meditation. They strive to remove all sufferings and aim for mental detoxification (detoxify their body and mind) through Vipassana. This place asks for full the separation between men and women, even if they are from the same family. The students here are expected to maintain complete silence throughout the course. The only exception allowed is that students can speak to the teachers at a given time. This place offers 10-day courses at various levels for everyone. 

Who can get in?

Anyone between the age of 21-59 years can apply here for a course. Only those who are confirmed are allowed to enter the property.

  • The Art of Living International Centre, Bengaluru

 

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Ideology: Stress-free minds move us closer towards world peace.

Why go?

This place offers a range of short as well as long courses. The happiness program here if for 3 days, there are yoga and meditation courses. The place also offers silent retreats , volunteers' training programs, etc. All courses aim towards achieving a deeper understanding of oneself. Everyone here is expected to attend the evening Saysang and engage in voluntary service. Residential quarters are only available to those who have enrolled for a course here. They also offer vegetarian meals, snacks, and juices here.  Men and women are provided with separate accommodation.

Who can get in?

Anyone who has registered here for a course can come and stay. There are special courses for children from the age of years and teenagers as well.

  • Auroville, Pondicherry

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Ideology: based on the Mother’s and Sri Aurobindo’s dual vision of an ideal, multicultural township.

Why go?

This beautiful township truly depicts what global citizenship is. This place is resided by people from all over the world to stay to take part in various wellness workshops, yoga classes, holistic therapies, or just to enjoy solitude. There are few souses on self-discovery and inner peace as well. 

Who can get in?

Everyone can get in here and build their own space for accommodation. Guided tours are also available on registration. 

  • Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune

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Ideology: That the ‘new man’ is someone who is at home in this world and therefore the spiritual one.

Why go?

Situated in the pleasant climate of Pune (Retreats in Pune), this place offers various courses on meditation and personal growth. Osho International, Pune also has all modern facilities like a spa, pool, and tennis courts. This place also has a very happening nightlife. There are several courses that range from 7 days to one month. One can stay here at the guesthouse on the premises and also at the nearby hotels and enter the premises on the basis of a daily entry ticket. The place serves mouth-watering vegetarian meals.

Who can get in?

Everyone who can afford the accommodation charges and has passed the HIV/AIDS test can stay at the premises. The living of children isn't welcome here since this place has an adult environment.

Spiritual and healing retreats are great for the workaholics of the 21st century. They help you to de-stress, relax, and feel grounded. These retreats are also excellent for treating mild symptoms of depression, anxiety, and also fixing lifestyle issues. You must book one right now to truly understand the life-changing experience of a spiritual retreat. 



 

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