Situated in the state of Maharashtra, Pune is a vibrant city. It is a city known for its history and is home to many of the nations well-known universities and institutions, with students from around the country and around the world.
The thriving, young spirited city is full of yoga schools. There are many schools offering a range of different styles to suit everyone, from busy students who need a break from their textbooks, office workers trying to create more space in their days and in their bodies to people focusing on health, wellbeing and yoga training while wanting to be surrounded by a more upbeat environment.Why to go
Pune is a city with energy. Being a university town, Pune 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 is plenty to do, from visiting ancient buildings and temples, eating at trendy restaurants and cafes, and exploring surrounding areas.What we love
Pune is lively and vibrant, which can be a great atmosphere and contrasts to surround yourself in when spending time focusing your energy inwardly and on your wellbeing.
THE YOGA LIGHT STUDIOS
Traditional Hatha & Ashtanga (Patanjali) Yoga techniques are used along with the use of props as taught by revered Guruji BKS Iyengar.
Use of Yogic Asanas, Pranayama, Restorative techniques & Dhyana (Meditation) helps to correct & improve the quality, quantity & direction of Prana the "LifeForce".
Phone: +91 98 2289 5792
O YOGA UNIVERSE
A modern yoga studio in a central location with a beautiful view offering daily yoga classes (Hatha, Vinyasa, power yoga, kids yoga, exclusively weight loss "posture pump" etc.) and yoga teacher training courses (accredited by Yoga Alliance USA).
Phone: +91 91 5877 7731
RAMAMANI IYENGAR MEMORIAL YOGA INSTITUTE
The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune is the heart and soul of Iyengar Yoga. This is the place to be for all experienced Iyengar yoga students. Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute was founded in 1975 by Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar himself. Today the institute's directors are B.K.S. Iyengar, his daughter and his son. The institute has a library with 8,000 titles in several languages on a variety of subjects ranging from philosophy, human anatomy and physiology, modern medicine, Ayurveda, and of course yoga.
A range of classes are offered: beginners to advanced and classes specifically for women, children and individuals with medical problems are also offered.
Phone: +91 20 2565 6134
MEDITATIVE YOGA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION
The Meditative Yoga International Foundation has been continuously involved in the action of spreading the joy of Such a Beautiful blossom ever invented for the greatness of humanity i.e. Yoga & Meditation. The school consists of a group of experienced and self-enlightened people from the field of Yoga, Meditation & Spirituality to serve the best eternally. The M.Y.I.F. has a robust background & the Gamut of Social Work & Literature.
Phone: +91 70 4003 8881
Yoga Village facilitates 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training programs for groups of 15-20. The Yoga Teacher Training Residential program gives insight into deeper levels of Yoga. This program is for those interested in teaching Hatha Yoga and Pranayama, with a good introduction to the Chakra System. Also suitable for those interested in developing an in-depth daily Yoga practice based on the science of Yoga, including Meditation, Dance and Philosophy.
Phone: +91 99 2143 7991
Please take a look at our yoga directory to find many more yoga schools in Pune.
Pune is a large city with many different areas to live in. Because of relatively poor public transportation and busy roads, 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.
Viman Nagar — A prime location in Pune, with affordable to luxury housing, good infrastructure and great accessibility to the rest of the city.
Koregaon Park — Koregaon Park is a centrally located residential area with commercial marketplaces and good connectivity. This area is a great place to live, but keep in mind it is very elite with sky-high prices.
Kalyani Nagar — Kalyani Nagar is often a preferred location to rent in Pune. Centrally located and well connected to Koregaon Park as well as the rest of the city, this area is popular with businesses and professionals settling in the area.
Wakad — A good option though slightly out of the city in a more rural setting. The area is good for renting and has great infrastructure. Wakad has become a sought after residential area in Pune.
Kharadi — Located in the eastern part of the city, Kharadi is a nice residential area to live in, with great connectivity to the rest of the city and in close proximity to the airport and major city areas such as Koregaon Park, Cyber City and Kalyani Nagar.
Bavdhan — Bavdhan in one of the most sought after residential areas in Pune. The area is located between three hills and a lake. The area has serene landscapes and environments with close proximity to shopping areas and malls, educational institutions and other city areas and suburbs. A very strategic location.
Kothrud — Located in the south-western part of the city, Kothrud is known as one of the fastest developing suburbs in Asia. The area is in a good location and is well connected to other areas in the city. It is one of the more urban and upmarket residential areas.
Wagholi — Although slightly out of the city, Wagholi is a good place to rent, with good connectivity and many new residential projects popping up in the area.
Pune has three main seasons: Summer, Monsoon and Winter. Summers are hot and humid, the monsoon brings heavy rainfall and winters are mild but pleasant.
March to June - Temperatures and humidity reach high levels during these months. Tourists wanting to sightsee and walk around the city tend to avoid the Pune summer months. Depending on personal preferences, these months can be a little overwhelming to practice yoga intensely. But some love to break out into a sweat in the heat.
July to October - The rains come and cool down the temperatures slightly. Monsoon is a beautiful time, with many surrounding areas that have breathtaking views to visit. If you enjoy the rain, the monsoon is a great time to explore Pune. Because of heavy rainfall, traffic and other infrastructure are often disrupted, which can become frustrating. Doing your daily practice with the sounds of rain can be really lovely.
November to February - Winter is the favourite season for visitors coming to Pune. The weather is mild and humid. Perfect for sightseeing and perfect for practising yoga.
Arriving by air
The closest airport for Pune is located in Lohegaon, approximately 10 km away from Pune city centre. The Airport is connected to major cities within India as well as Dubai and Frankfurt. The number of flights in and out of Pune is, however, limited.
Since getting a direct flight is not always possible, a good option is to fly to Mumbai. From Mumbai, there are many trains, buses and taxis available. The drive from Mumbai to Pune is approximately 3 hours.
Arriving by train
Pune is very well connected to other Indian cities across the country by train. The Pune train station is a good station with good services and information. Check this website out to find your route: www.makemytrip.com/railways
Arriving by bus
Pune station - This bus stop is located next to the railway stations and is considered one of the main stations. Most busses at this station come and go to Mumbai, making a stop at Lonavala.
Shivaji Nagar - This bus stop is located next to the Shivaji Nagar Railway station. Busses from here leave to Vidarbha, Konkan, Marathwada and Northern Maharashtra. Some buses go to the state of Gujarat, these services go to Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Surat, Kandla and Rajkot.
Swargate - This bus stop connects Pune to the Western Maharashtra and the Konkan Region.
Travelling by bus
The busses may be crowded, hot and smokey at times, but travelling by bus within the city is very cheap. The PMPML also has an extensive network connecting all parts of the city together. The bus is a great way of getting around town in an inexpensive way. Bus fare is calculated by distances and is usually between $0.15 to $0.50.
Travelling by train
There is one train line in the city that stops at seventeen stations. A Pune Metro has been proposed and a new train line and is under construction. Train is a cheap way of getting around town.
Travelling by taxi
There are many taxis in Pune. This method of transport is a little more expensive than others but very convenient. Uber, Ola and other rideshare 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 Pune 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.
Pune is vibrant and full of life. When you are not on your mat practising yoga there is plenty to see and do. Here is a list of some of the top things to see and do:
Pataleshwar Caves - An 8th-century rock-cut temple in the city centre.
Shaniwar Wada - The symbol of Pune culture. Located in a central location, this place is an impressive piece of architecture that is rich in history.
Vishrambaug Wada - Located in the heart of the old city, the remains of this palace is known for its intricate wooden facade.
Aga Khan Palace - An Indian historical landmark.
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum - A Rajasthani style building situated close to Bajirao Road, a bustling area. The Museum is home to amazing artwork, rich culture and history.
Tribal Museum - A museum showcasing artefacts from the Sahyadri and Gondhwa regions of Maharashtra.
Temples: Saras Baug, Parvati Hill temples, Chatushrungi Mata Temple, Dagduseth Halwai Ganesh Temple.
Sinhagad and Khadakwasala - A beautiful fort near Pune with amazing surrounding landscapes. Especially beautiful during the monsoon season.
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, including Malshej Ghat (a very popular hill station destination from Pune) and Rajmachi.