If you’re looking for yoga classes in Bangalore, you’ll be spoiled for choice as there are many yoga styles and schools to choose from here. All the well-known, traditional yoga schools which are established in cities all over India (and the world) like Iyengar, Ashtanga, Sivananda and Bihar are represented here. If you’re looking for a yoga retreat, there are several yoga centres and yoga ashrams located on the outskirts of Bangalore in beautiful, scenic surroundings away from the bustle of the city.
There are some highly experienced and respected yoga teachers teaching in Bangalore. One of the most respected gurus of the Iyengar style, and a direct student of BKS Iyengar, has a popular yoga school in Bangalore. Ashtanga enthusiasts can learn from a direct disciple of Pattabhi Jois (his granddaughter!) who has her own yoga school here. The SVYASA Yoga University, located on a leafy campus just outside Bangalore, is specialised in yoga research and yoga therapy and offers a variety of academic degrees related to yoga, as well as yoga teacher training.
More recently, many 'western-style' yoga studios have been popping up in some up-market neighbourhoods of Bangalore. With beautiful studios equipped with hardwood floors, air-conditioning and soft music, these are similar to the kind of places you could find in New York or London.
Traffic congestion can make travelling within the city a challenge so try to find accommodation near the school.
Bangalore has a pleasant climate throughout the year making this a year-round destination.
Compared to other Indian cities, Bangalore offers a soft landing for the first-timer to India.
There are many yoga schools and centres to choose from in Bangalore offering a high quality of instruction.
Bangalore offers a more ‘authentic’ and friendly experience than the more typical tourist centres.
Bangalore is a great base from which to explore the majestic temple towns of South India.
The locals are easy-going and friendly, and most speak English. It’s easy to quickly feel at home and at ease in Bangalore.
This is a laid back and cosmopolitan city made up of residents from all corners of India, and more and more from abroad.
Bangalore is still a very green city full of beautiful trees and vast parks which offer a breather from the hustle and bustle of city life.