Yoga in Mumbai

Here is the list of 57 yoga centers, schools, ashrams in India

Yoga in Mumbai

Intro

Mumbai lies on the western coast of India and is the capital city of the state of Maharashtra. The city is, by Indian standards, a young city, bustling with life and an abundance of sights to visit. The people of Mumbai are warm, modern, and friendly, always wanting to ensure you have a good experience.

Mumbai has a wide variety of yoga schools offering many styles of yoga all with slightly different intention and aim. Being a large eclectic city, you can find schools offering a more traditional Indian experience to a more modern take on yoga and wellbeing in general. Many of the traditional yoga styles and schools (such as Iyengar, Ashtanga, Sivananda and Bihar etc.) are present.

Why to go

Mumbai is an active, dynamic and energetic city. If you are a city lover, Mumbai is the place for you. There are hundreds of yoga schools, making it easy to find one that will fit your specific needs and wants. Being a central hub, Mumbai attracts many renowned teachers from across the world for workshops and seminars.

Mumbai is also a great place to connect with people who share your interests, with a multitude of events and organisations. When you need a break from your mat, there are amazing places to visit, whether it is a holy site, a quiet park, a bustling market or a trendy restaurant.

What we love

Mumbai is lively and is overflowing with cultural events, traditional and modern alike. There are plenty of opportunities to indulge in activities and projects that are both open-minded and culturally rich. That is the beauty of Mumbai: it is saturated in Indian culture with a twist of modernity and alternative ideas. And when the city becomes a little overwhelming, weekend getaways in close by hill stations are within easy reach.

Yoga schools to explore in Mumbai

THE YOGA INSTITUTE
The Yoga Institute in Mumbai was founded in 1918 by Shri Yogendraji. It is the oldest organized centre of Yoga in the world. Shri Yogendraji is known as the Father of Modern Yoga Renaissance from promoting the benefits of Yoga to the public, and pioneering yoga teacher training courses since 1954. Located in an acre of lush greenery, the Institute is an oasis of peace in the middle of the hustle-bustle of Mumbai city. The simplicity, sincerity and non-commercial angle of the Institute draws many people from across the world, and today more than a thousand people come to the Institute daily.

Phone: +91.22 2611 0506
Website: http://theyogainstitute.org/

IYENGAR YOGASHRAYA
Yogacharya BKS Iyengar has been a yogic practitioner, instructor, and promoter for over 75 years, well known internationally as one of the modern fathers of Yoga. His addition to the world of modern yoga will forever be remembered as one of the pioneers of yoga as a healing modality. Patenting his own brand of Iyengar Yoga, which focuses on the anatomy, physiology and alignment of the yoga asanas in order to restore health to the body. He has healed countless visitors in his centre in Pune, where he continued his work today well into his 90s.

The Iyengar Yogasharya was established in October 2002, and was inaugurated by BKS Iyengar himself, giving his blessings that this centre may become, "the holiest centre in the world." Our work in Mumbai has been focused on providing yoga to the people, our classes are offered as general classes for adults and special classes including; people with medical problems, adults with mental retardation, children’s classes, sessions for executives, and sessions for the local Mumbai police force.

Phone: +91.22 2494 8416
Website: http://bksiyengar.com/modules/Institut/Yogashra/yogashra.htm

ANAHATA YOGSHALA
Anahata Retreats, founded by Bijay J. Anand, is an organisation that brings together revered, respected and acclaimed teachers of yoga, Ayurveda, wellness and spirituality from around the world, with eager to learn students and seekers of knowledge. These meetings are organised in the form of retreats or workshops that are designed with a specific target audience in mind and focus on specific areas of interest.
The venues are carefully chosen as per the nature and structure of individual retreats. A retreat with an internationally acclaimed Kundalini Yoga teacher like Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa is hosted on a small island off Goa, which is an oasis of beauty, peace and serenity, whereas a Kundalini Yoga + adventure retreat takes us to the scenic mountains of Ladakh, where we can combine the peace and quiet of nature with the myriad of adventure activities that Ladakh is renowned for. However an Anahata Retreat may be designed, its purpose remains the same, which is: To enrich the lives of its participants with spiritual, health and wellness-based activities, yoga and meditation. To build a community of like-minded individuals who dream of living a spiritual, joyous and blissful life, and would like to make this world a better place to live in
To ensure the comfort, safety and well-being of all participants, ensuring that their every need and desire is anticipated and catered to providing a soothing, serene and rich ambience during the retreat that is conducive for detoxification of mind and body.

Phone: +91 22 6563 3333
Website: http://www.anahata.in/

THE YOGA HOUSE
This school offers a range of yoga classes and has a small cafe offering “cutting-edge macrobiotic recipes and ancient dietary wisdom and traditions.” The Yoga House melds together yoga principles and a health food concept to bring an awareness and authenticity to everyday life.

Phone: +91 22 6554 5001
Website: http://www.yogahouse.in/

Please take a look at our yoga directory to find many more yoga schools in Mumbai.

Best areas to stay in Mumbai

Mumbai is a large city with many different areas that vary dramatically in terms of architecture, atmosphere and vibe—and affordability. Since Mumbai transport can be very hectic, we recommend staying in an area near your chosen yoga school. Below are some of the main areas you may want to look into to give you a sense of what the different parts of the city have to offer.

Powai — Powai is located in the northern part of Mumbai, along with the southern banks of Powai Lake, and is in many ways its own little township. It is well connected to Andheri and the airport but is a little out of the central Mumbai area. The area is popular among expats as it is less crowded than most other parts of the city. Depending on where your yoga school is, Powai may be too far out.

Goregaon — Goregaon is a residential area in the northern part of the city. This area offers affordable housing and has good connectivity to other parts of the city. Goregaon has become a popular residential area in Mumbai.

Andheri — One of the cities largest suburbs that is home to one of the busiest train stations in the country, the Andheri railway station. The suburb of Andheri is located in the northern part of the city with great connectivity to the entire city and close proximity to the airport. Andheri is packed with people, shops and restaurants and is a bustling part of the city. It is home to many of the country’s large businesses and firms. It’s a good place for those that prefer a fast-paced city life, but because it is so large, this can vary widely depending on where in Andheri you stay.

Bandra — This area is one of the most happening areas in the city, known as the ‘The Queen of Suburbs’ and home to many of Bollywood’s actors. The area is well located in a relatively central area with great connectivity to south Mumbai, the airport, and trains that will take you across the country. Bandra is a lively part of the city with plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, and malls.

Juhu — Located south of Andheri is a prime residential location in the city, making it one of the more expensive areas. The area is well connected to the rest of the city and is located along the Arabian sea with famous beaches.

South Mumbai — The area, known as ‘SoBo', is home to some of the most expensive real estate globally. The area has elegant colonial architecture and is rich in culture; it may not be affordable to live in the area but it’s a must visit area.

Best season to go to Mumbai for yoga

Monsoon season is the predominant season in Mumbai taking up most of June to October, while November to February is the most pleasant and least humid months. March to May have hot days and milder evenings.

Tourists go to Mumbai year round and most yoga schools are open year round, so picking a time of year really depends on personal preferences.

June to October - These months see near-continuous rainfall. But if that doesn’t scare you, it is also a beautiful time of year. Life doesn’t stop, transportation in the city keeps going and people live their lives as normal. It is also a great time of year to visit the nearby hill stations for weekend getaways. But if you don’t like to get wet, and want to spend a lot of time wandering the streets of Mumbai, it may not be the best time year to go.

November to February - This is a great time of year, filled with cool days perfect for sight-seeing and great for yoga if you don’t like too much heat. Humidity is at its lowest for Mumbai during this time of year. Apart from the pleasant weather, there are many cultural happenings in the month of February, including the popular art festival at Kala Ghoda.

March to May - The hottest months in Mumbai with temperatures reaching up to 40°C in May. Evenings are usually pleasant, and accommodation can be found at lower prices. This time of year is also a nice time to plan weekend getaways in the hill stations.
Monsoon season is the predominant season in Mumbai taking up most of June to October, while November to February is the most pleasant and least humid months. March to May have hot days and milder evenings.

Tourists go to Mumbai year round and most yoga schools are open year round, so picking a time of year really depends on personal preferences.

June to October - These months see near-continuous rainfall. But if that doesn’t scare you, it is also a beautiful time of year. Life doesn’t stop, transportation in the city keeps going and people live their lives as normal. It is also a great time of year to visit the nearby hill stations for weekend getaways. But if you don’t like to get wet, and want to spend a lot of time wandering the streets of Mumbai, it may not be the best time year to go.

November to February - This is a great time of year, filled with cool days perfect for sight-seeing and great for yoga if you don’t like too much heat. Humidity is at its lowest for Mumbai during this time of year. Apart from the pleasant weather, there are many cultural happenings in the month of February, including the popular art festival at Kala Ghoda.
March to May - The hottest months in Mumbai with temperatures reaching up to 40°C in May. Evenings are usually pleasant, and accommodation can be found at lower prices. This time of year is also a nice time to plan weekend getaways in the hill stations.

Getting to Mumbai

Arriving by air
Mumbai’s airport, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, is very well connected to most major airports in the world. It is the second busiest airport in the country and one of the main international gateways into the country. International airlines such as British Airways, United, Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Lufthansa, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and more, fly into Mumbai on a daily basis. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is also well connected to other major Indian cities.

The airport is 28km from downtown Mumbai. Pre-paid taxis are available at the airport and are recommended as a hassle-free option. Pre-paid taxis should range around Rs 450 to Rs 600, which should get you all the way to the southern most tip of the city.

Arriving by train
Trains arrive in Mumbai from all over the country. Some of the main Mumbai stations are, Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus or VT), Dadar Terminus, Kurla (Lokmanya Tilak) Terminus, Mumbai Central and Bandra Terminus. Travelling by train 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
Mumbai is well-connected by bus to and from many destinations in India.
Buses to Pune from Asiad Bus Terminal run regularly. Dadar (Mumbai) and Pune are well-connected routes with comfortable air-conditioned buses run by the State Road Transport Corporation. Fares are generally between Rs 100 - Rs 300 with different options available: economy to luxury with air conditioning.
Other available routes are Satara - Mumbai, Nasik - Mumbai.

Getting around Mumbai

Travelling by bus
Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) provides transportation throughout the city from 5 am to midnight daily. Busses are relatively easy to use, cheap and an experience. Tickets are bought once you are on the bus from a uniformed conductor. Busses are often crowded but they are a cheap way of getting around the city.

Travelling by train
Mumbai’s railways is the backbone of the city; most locals travel by train. Train lines operate between 4 am to 1 am. Second class tickets are very cheap but trains are often extremely crowded making it advisable to travel first class. There are separate areas for women, which is recommended for solo female travellers. Avoid peak travel times as trains can get dangerously overcrowded.

Travelling by taxi
Black and Yellow taxis are cheap (not as cheap as buses to trains) and there are lots of them. They run by the meter, although the drivers will often refuse to start their meter. Make sure to negotiate a price before getting into the taxi or make sure the driver starts the meter.
Uber and other rideshare apps are available throughout the city.

Travelling by auto-rickshaw
Auto-rickshaws are not permitted in the southern downtown area of Mumbai. In northern parts of the city, however, you will find plenty of them. Again, drivers often wish 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 18 is the minimum/starting fee).
Travelling by scooter/motorcycle
This is possible but not advisable if you are not used to Mumbai traffic and unpredictable road conditions. There are very few rental shops as tourists generally do not travel by scooter or motorcycle.

Activities to explore in Mumbai

Mumbai has plenty to offer with a wide range of things to see and do when you are not on your mat practising yoga. Here is a list of some of the top things to see and do:

Explore the Colonial Architecture - Take a walk around the southern part of the city; walk from Churchgate to Colaba. The streets in the area are lined with beautiful architecture and have wide pavements making it a lot more relaxing to walk around than other parts of the city.
Some architectural monuments to check out: Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) train station, Municipal Corporation and Police Headquarters and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sanghralaya.
Kala Ghoda - The art district of Mumbai. This area has a large number of heritage buildings and is full of museums, art galleries and educational institutions. It’s worth a morning or afternoon of exploring the area.

Girgaum Chowpatty and Marine Drive - Chowpatty is the famous Mumbai beach and Marine drive is a 3.6 km boulevard lining the ocean. It’s a great place to take an early morning run or an evening stroll. In the evenings the boulevard and beach are bustling with people on walks with friends and family.

Hanging Gardens - A lovely park on Malabar Hill which offers stunning vistas of Marine Drive and the Arabian ocean.

Markets - One of the best things to do in Mumbai is visit the many street markets.
Here are a few favourites: Crawford Market, Zarevi Market, Mangaldas Market and Colaba market.

Haji Ali Dargah (tomb) and Mosque - One of the most visited places in Mumbai, with approximately 80,000 visitors a week. A beautiful religious structure surrounded by ocean and a pilgrimage to many.

Some other Temples to visit: Global Vipassana Pagoda, Siddhivinayak temple, Mumbadevi Temple and Babulnath Temple.

If you need a break from the busy city and need to escape to the countryside, there is plenty to do in the nearby hill stations, beaches and jungles.

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