Bangalore is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, located in Southern India. The city is somewhat laid back and relaxed compared to other large Indian cities, making it a good place to visit for the first-timer to India.
Bangalore has many yoga schools which offer a variety of yoga styles to choose from. Being a large city, all of the traditional yoga styles and schools (such as Iyengar, Ashtanga, Sivananda and Bihar etc.) are present. There are also many yoga centres on the outskirts of the city, for those who prefer to be a little away from the city.
Being a city filled with young and modern minds, the yoga scene in Bangalore has started to shift and include new ‘western style’ studios with a strong focus on well-being in a broad sense. Some of these studios have hardwood floors, air-conditioning and soft music, similar in style to studios you might find in New York City and London.What we know
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.Why to go
Bangalore is a cosmopolitan city filled with aspiring young people doing amazing things. The city is somewhat relaxed when compared to some of India’s other major cities and is well connected to the rest of Southern India. If you love the city but still need green space to escape to, this might just be the city for you. Being a large city, there are plenty of good yoga schools, centres and ashrams to pick from and the city offers a high quality of instruction.What we love
Bangalore is the modern India, with delicious food, great coffee, microbreweries, and lots of cultures. Locals are friendly and easy-going, and English is widely spoken making is a little easier to feel at ease in the city. On top of all this, the huge parks and gardens are amazing to have picnics in on mild evenings or weekends.
The yoga school of Prashant (Arun) is in the centre of Bangalore, in a small and quiet side street and neighbourhood. He's been a direct and close student of Mr. Iyengar for well over twenty years and has been teaching in his own studio for over twenty-five years. It is a very well equipped Iyengar Studio and accommodates up to 40 people.
His students are often locals. Each class has a good number of students working on personal programs for injuries and illnesses, and while teaching the class he interjects quickly to modify their programs without leaving the class behind. There are also western students attending his classes and they work closely with him for a couple of weeks or months. Since many of his students are local to Bangalore, the school does not offer room and boarding. The school is open all year, from Monday to Sunday and offers classes throughout the day.
Phone: +91 80 2663 4431
SVYASA YOGA UNIVERSITY
Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA) is a Yoga University, declared deemed-to-be University by the Government of India. The university specialises in two main fields: Yoga Research and Yoga Therapy. They offer short term and long term yoga courses as well as Masters and PhDs.
Courses are open to both domestic and foreign students and distance courses are also available.S-VYASA organises an open visitor day for those who want to find out more details about studying in this university.
Phone: +91 80 2661 2669
Sharmila is the granddaughter of world-renowned Astanga yoga founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She uses the inspiration gained from her grandfathers “patience, devotion and love” to inspire others in their daily yoga practice. Sharmila endeavours to pass on what she has learned from Pattabhi Jois; “in the silence of the practice, there is a calmness and this state of being is available to anyone who undertakes a daily practice”
Phone: +91 80 2663 1751
AKSHAR POWER YOGA ACADEMY
Akshar Power Yoga Academy is a recognized and accredited by Yoga Alliance International and Yoga Alliance India. It is one of the premier institutions in India and is a Registered Yoga School of 200 Hours, 300 Hours and 500 Hours for Teacher Training Certification courses.
Phone: +91 99 8612 1226
Please take a look at our yoga directory to find many more yoga schools in Bangalore.
Since Bangalore is a city that is known for its traffic congestion on a daily basis, it’s important to think about which area you will want to stay in. Take into consideration the type of area you will be comfortable in and the distance you will need to travel to get to your yoga classes. The Bangalore metro makes travelling within the city much easier, but being a new system, the areas it connects are still limited.
Malleswaram — Just north of the central area, this part of town is known as one of the oldest residential areas in the city with tree lined avenues, temples, parks and many renowned educational institutions making it a little more expensive than other areas. The area is culturally very rich and has great places to eat.
Hebbal —Located in the northern outskirts of the city, this area is slightly out of the city and therefore also affordable. But despite its location, Hebbal is a good place to rent if you prefer to be away from the hectic centre life as it has great connectivity to the city.
Indira Nagar — This area lies in the heart of the city and has quickly grown into one of the most sought out areas to live. Indira Nagar has good connectivity to the entire city; it is bustling with food joints, bars and cafes, shops and leisure, and entertainment outlets. Being such a trendy area, rent is on the rise.
Ulsoor — This area is packed with old temples and ancient architecture. It is often buzzing with life and tourists and is located near some of Bangalore’s busiest streets. The area is still an affordable one despite being centrally located and so close to Indira Nagar.
Jayanagar — Jayanagar is the largest planned residential area in Bangalore. The area is somewhat calm but has great connectivity and proximity to central Bangalore with many shops, restaurants and other conveniences. The architecture and planning have traits of old Bangalore. Jayanagar is considered to be a prime spot to live in.
Basavanagudi — One of Bangalore's oldest suburbs, located west of Jayanagar. This area is filled with culturally rich architecture and history. The area is central and has many old temples, cafes and restaurants and many cultural institutions.
The weather in Bangalore is pleasant throughout the entire year, the mild temperatures make it a great place for doing yoga all year round. Most yoga schools in Bangalore are open throughout the year. September through to February sees the most tourists as the winter days are even cooler and perfect for sightseeing.
October to February - Winter is perfect in Bangalore. It doesn't get cold but evenings are pleasantly cool and during the day it doesn't get too hot. This is the best time for visiting your favourite sights in and around Bangalore.
March to May - Temperatures maintain a pleasant level, making this time of year just as nice to visit if you enjoy warmer days.
June to September - Bangalore’s monsoon season, but rainfall only become heavy towards August and September. Continuous rainfall is rare. Since even Bangalore’s monsoon is relatively mild, if you enjoy a little rain, the monsoon can be a nice time to visit.
Arriving by air
Kempe Gowda International Airport, located 40km from central Bangalore, is one of India’s largest and busiest airports. It is well connected to other Indian airports across the country as well as to many international airports. Many Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern and European airlines fly in and out of Kempe Gowda International Airport on a daily basis. Arriving in Bangalore by air is the fastest option.
Arriving by train
Bangalore has several train stations with trains arriving from many major Indian cities. Some of Bangalore’s main stations are Bangalore City (SBC), Yeshwantpur Junction (YPR), Bangalore East (BNCE) and Bangalore Cantonment (BNC). Train travel is a cheap way of travelling to Bangalore, it can be tedious and long but is a great way to see and experience the country. Be aware of the different class options as this can really impact your experience. A good way to find and book train tickets is via the website www.makemytrip.in.
Arriving by bus
Travelling by bus is another cheap option. Bangalore has both government and private bus companies connecting it to major Indian cities. There are usually different buses offered: sleeper buses (for night journeys), luxury busses, and A/C buses. The main bus station for most buses in and out of the city is Kempe Gowda Bus Station, also known as Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus stand or Majestic Bus Station.
Remember that road conditions in India are not always good. This means bus rides can be long and very bumpy. If you get road sickness, you may want to consider a different form of transportation.
Travelling by metro
Namma Metro, Bangalore’s new metro system, is a good way of getting around the city quickly and avoiding traffic. However, its destinations and stops are limited for now, as part of it still under construction. We recommend using the metro when possible; it saves time and runs above the city providing nice views of Bangalore.
Travelling by bus
City buses in Bangalore are cheap and frequent but can be difficult to use if you are unfamiliar with the system. You will need to know the route number you need, which can be found on the BMTC website, before starting your journey. You can also always ask a friendly local who will be happy to guide you. Bus route maps are sold at the bus terminals Kempe Gowda Bus Stand and Shivajinagar.
Travelling by taxi
Bangalore does not have many taxis roaming the streets waiting to be hailed. However, there are alternative taxi options.
Airport City Taxis for travel to and from the airport is available. These generally need to be booked in advanced through a company or online, but if you arrive at the airport you can get in the taxi line to get one. The companies that run these taxis are MegaCabs (www.megacabs.com), Meru Cabs (www.merucabs.com), KSTDC (www.karnatakaholidays.net).
Private taxis are private chauffeur driven cars. These are more expensive than other options and need to be pre-booked. Private taxis can be arranged through your hotel, through travel agencies and online. A couple reputable companies include:
Quick Cabs Bangalore (http://www.quickcabsbangalore.com)
Bangalore Taxis (www.bangaloretaxis.com)
Uber, Ola and other ride share apps are available throughout the city. Since these are used often by locals and tourists it is usually an easy way to get a ride, with cars available relatives quickly from most locations.
Travelling by auto-rickshaw
Auto-rickshaws in Bangalore can be found everywhere at all hours of day and night. They are a fast way of getting around the city and are usually cheaper than Uber or taxis. Rickshaw drivers often try to avoid starting the meter, so make sure to negotiate a price before starting the journey or convince the driver to start the meter (Rs 25 is the minimum/starting fee).
Travelling by scooter/motorcycle
You can find many scooter/motorcycle rental shops around Bangalore. But do make sure you are confident about driving in Bangalore traffic before braving the roads.
Bangalore is a large city with a multitude of things to see and enjoy when you are not on your mat practicing yoga. Bangalore is a good place for hanging out with friends in cafes and breweries. Here is a list of some of the top things to see and do:
Vidhana Soudha and Vikasa Soudha - The legislative House of the State of Karnataka, an impressive neo-Dravidian architectural building.
Tipu Sultan's Palace - Tipu Sultan’s wooden summer retreat.
Devanahalli Fort - A fort built in 1501 worth visiting.
Seshadari Iyer Memorial - One of Bangalore’s public libraries and the Bangalore High Court. A deep red sandstone building in Cubbon park creates beautiful contrasts of red and greens.
National Gallery of Modern Art - Great artwork and architecture.
KR Market - The largest fruit and vegetable street market in the city centre.
Bull Temple and Dodda Ganapathi, Art of Living Temple, Banaswadi Hanuman Temple, DakshinaMukhy Nandeeshwara Temple, Ragi Gudda. There are much more, and information can easily be found online.
Parks and Nature
Cubbon Park, Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bannerghatta National Park. If you enjoy lakes, visit Ulsoor Lake and Sankey Tank.
Bangalore is well-connected to most areas and is centrally located in south India, making it a great place to be based with the intention of exploring the Southern part of the country on weekends.