India has over 400+ Yoga Alliance registered schools in different parts of the country. While finalizing the place, keep in mind the month you are traveling and the weather during that month at the location you plan to do your training. We’ll discuss the main places where the maximum yoga schools are in India – Rishikesh, Goa, and Dharamshala.
Considered as the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh has 50% of the Yoga Alliance accredited schools in India. The perfect time for visiting the city is February to April, and August–November.
If you are coming for an authentic yoga experience, then you should avoid coming in July, since the famous Kawad Yatra takes place during this time. As a result, all hotels in Rishikesh remain crowded, and most roads are blocked due to regular traffic jams. However, there are some schools at outskirts of Rishikesh far away from crowded areas, you can attend training with them if July is the only month you can come.
Apart from July, May and June are also not recommended for those who don’t like the hot weather, with temperatures touching +45oC. But if you like winters, try visiting this holy city in December and January. The weather stays relatively cold, with maximum temperature being around 15oC and the minimum around 5oC.
Pros of doing yoga training in Rishikesh
You can find excellent yoga gurus here. They hold Masters and Ph.D. degrees in yoga science and can enlighten you about leading a genuinely yogic lifestyle.
At Rishikesh, you will be able to practice in beautiful landscapes in the lap of the Himalayas and the Holy Ganges. Also, food and accommodation are pretty cheap, which makes the cost of schools also reasonable.
Cons of doing yoga training in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is an alcohol–free and meat–free city, which means you won’t be able to enjoy them even after completing your yoga training. Also, there is no nightlife. If you are looking for nightlife, you may want to go to Goa.
After Rishikesh, Goa is the second preferred yoga destination. Peak season is November to February, and everything is expensive during this period. May is scorching, and from June to September, there is heavy rainfall. Due to this, most of the schools run their programs from October to April.
Pros of doing yoga training in Goa
The beautiful beaches and the excellent climate are a big attraction. The Goa beaches are lovely places for practitioners to relax, and take in the serene atmosphere and the luscious views.
If you wish to enjoy yoga retreat on the beach and looking for nightlife, Goa is the place.
Cons of doing yoga training in Goa
The cost of good training programs is 25% to 50% more in comparison to Rishikesh or Dharamshala. Also, there are too many tourists, which can make it a bit awkward for solo travelers.
Dharamsala (also spelled as Dharamshala), is home to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The holy city boasts of beautiful monasteries and temples, and breathtaking views of the mountains. Dharmkot a tiny village in Mcleodganj also known as “The Yoga Village,” has a lot to offer. Not as crowded as Rishikesh, this place only has a few yoga schools to choose from. But the quality of the YTT programs is top–notch.
January and February are freezing, and during July and August, the city receives heavy rainfall. So if you want to enjoy the best yoga experience, the ideal season for visiting Dharamshala is from April to June and September to December.
Pros of doing yoga training in Dharamsala
If you are planning to undertake your TTC in the summers, then Dharamshala is the best choice because compared to the other two places, the weather here will be the most pleasant. Also, food and accommodation are available at reasonable rates. Since this place is the home of Dalai Lama, Dharamshala is perfect for those interested in Buddhist teachings.
Cons of doing yoga training in Dharamsala
Like Rishikesh, Dharamshala has no nightlife. So, if you are looking for nightlife, then you may want to go to Goa. Apart from that, this city might be a bit cold for some people as well.
So, what are you waiting for now. Get started and sign up for your yoga teacher training in India.