Yoga and meditation are traditional therapies that when used together can fetch remarkable results in mind, body and spirit. Though yoga classes are offered at quite a few wellness centers and gyms these days, very few centers actually specialize in the same. MetroMela explores these places where you can practice yoga and meditation in Bangalore.
Run by Yoga Guru BS Sripathi is Shankara Yoga Pranayama and Meditation Center in Basavanagudi, Bangalore that teaches coordinated artistic Yoga and meditation techniques. Students are taught stretching exercises, movements and coordinated exercises with partners if required. There is a three-month course available in morning, afternoon and evening batches. The course is popular with beginners.
Vipassana in Dasanapura Hobli, Bangalore, teaches Vipassana (to see things as they really are), one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. Vipassana which was discovered several thousand years old was re-introduced by SN Goenka in this form. The technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants follow a prescribed code of discipline and practice meditation and other techniques to develop mastery over their minds. The course requires one to remain silent. There are several batches available for families, including some for children.
Vishwachethana Yoga Center on Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore, conducts yoga classes for corporates apart from programs for stress and weight management. Pranayama, meditation and therapeutic yoga classes are also held. The center also stocks yoga mats, yoga cleansing kits, meditation and relaxation music cassettes, Feng Shui items, acupressure kits, crystals, pyramids and so on.
Then there is Pathanjala Yoga Kendra in JP Nagar, Bangalore that provides individualized Yoga curricula for its students. For the last 30 years, this acclaimed institute has been teaching teachers as well as students the various facets of asanas, pranayama, satvik diet and meditation. If you are a learner this is said to be a good place to get introduced to Yoga.
Teaching the techniques of Buddhist meditation is Choe Khor Sum Lingi in Domlur, Bangalore. It was founded in 2003 by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and serves as a center for study and practice of Mahayana Buddhism and offers various Buddhist meditation classes and teachings. The classes are conducted free of cost in English or in Tibetan language. For further information you can drop into the center anytime between 10 AM and 6 PM (closed on Mondays).
The Art of Living Ashram on Kanakapura Road in Bangalore conducts well-being courses according to the directions laid down by its founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. These courses include yoga, meditation, pranayama and breathing techniques like Sudarshan Kriya. Held all over the city, the courses are tailored to suit the needs of people of all age groups. Here’s Art of Living Ashram’s complete review.
By Sanskrity Sinha