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Today is International Yoga Day, so get your yoga mats out and assume your favourite asana while you enjoy our list of some of the best yoga destinations in India. Here are our recommendations of places that offer that perfect union of body, mind and soul.
Rishikesh
This is the birthplace of yoga! Filled with scores of ashrams and every kind of yoga and meditation Centre imaginable, it deserves to be the top stop on every yogi and yogini's list. The Ananda Spa is a blissful destination for yoga and meditation, set amidst the picturesque Himalayas.

The rooms at this reputed Spa have been designed to let in the natural Himalayan light, and infused with a feel of the mountains. The interiors have been created in a minimalist style with essential furniture and walk-in closet. The wooden floors are a perfect fit for a mountain retreat, and the marble bathrooms complete with bathtubs facing tall windows offer magnificent views of the Himalayas. The independent patio balcony with a breathtaking view of the mountains, designed for visitors to relax or practice yoga, is a signature addition to the space. 
 
Discern Tip: Visit during the annual International Yoga Festival, usually held in March, which packs in over 70 hours of yoga and meditation, along with motivational discourses by some of the finest yoga teachers in the world.


 
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Karnataka
Palm trees, coconut groves, balmy breezes and pristine shores: all of these are distinguishing features of SwaSwara, a wellness centre operated by CGH Earth and one of the best yoga retreats in India. Located on the rural coast of Karnataka, the southern Indian state just to the north of Kerala, the retreat encourages holistic healing and full relaxation. 

The villas at SwaSwara have been designed for visitors to enjoy nature's bounty - a perfect atmosphere that lets you relax in the open and green spaces of the interiors. A yoga deck lets you enjoy the charming view of the countryside - just what you need for Yogic practices.


 
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Uttarakhand
A new hub for wellness and relaxation, Dehradun is quite the upcoming destination. One of the recommended wellness centres is Vana, Malsi Estate. This resort is dedicated to holistic wellness, incorporating Tibetan healing, fitness, spa treatments, Ayurveda, and much more, all which come together to create a truly peaceful atmosphere for visitors. Yoga lies at the heart of Vana's approach; the centre offers a programme that teaches body postures, meditation, and breath control, while custom private sessions are also available.

A forest abode, Vana is blessed with natural wealth. What also distinguishes it is its unique design and architecture. Vana's design philosophy embraces "contemporary aesthetics, bespoke and natural materials, exceptional comfort, thoughtful lighting, design and simplicity." The interiors have used sustainable materials including bamboo flooring, FSC certified wood and certified organic linen.
 

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Kerala
One of the most popular places for yoga, meditation and relaxation, the backwaters of Kerala provide a soothing experience for a yogi. If you want to indulge in some luxurious relaxation, head to Taj Bekalin Bekal, Kerala. The interiors are a perfect blend of "modern design with raw country", and the lush backdrop and sea breeze create just the atmosphere you need to unwind. 

 
Kerala
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Shimla
Gorgeous Shimla, found in the heights of the snowy Himalayan foothills, is home to the luxurious Oberoi property, Wildflower Hall. In addition to the staggering views and ornate, opulent rooms, the hotel is also a fitness lover's dream destination. Outdoor Jacuzzis, steam bathing, river rafting, and trekking are only a few of the options available to guests. Those after a retreat that makes the most of the beautifully remote setting are encouraged to seek inspiration in the hotel's yoga menu. From gentle to advanced yoga, all levels of experience are welcome.

The interiors of the resort celebrate Shimla's rich colonial charm. The rooms are furnished with luxurious hand-carved, king size beds, richly cushioned ottomans, and hand woven rugs laid on Burmese teak floorboards. Each of the rooms is blessed with unparalleled views of the Himalayan mountains, forests and valleys!


 
Shimla
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Ready to take your Surya Namaskars to a new level? Just pick up your mat and go! Happy International Yoga Day. Where have you recently found your bliss? Tell us on Twitter and Instagram @DiscernLiving. 
 
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