Visiting isha yoga centre: my experience.

I’ve been to Sadhguru’s Isha yoga centre in coimbatore, in south india, and i wanted to give my honest opinion on it. Its a short one.

Not everything was great. I went there in jan of 2015, and the place is completely different from other spiritual retreat centre. Its a bustling centre full of devotees, but I found some ego among the staffs, as they can get annoyed easily. Indians generally have a lot of egos. So, its not perfect, but it works. In the buddhist centres, the places are quite and remote, and the staffs are more reserved and calm, but here they are boisterous. But Sadhguru is all that matters to me.

The food offered is vegetarian and it is great. I’m also not much of a foodie and didn’t miss the usual food. There is an option for food without spices for westerners. The meals is only twice a day and not thrice, but it was enough for me. I only ate outside when I wanted to try something different.

There is two eatery of ashram for those who wants more in between. One is inside the ashram and another is outside, with more food options like dosa.

There are different options for accommodations, including the option of budget friendly dorm rooms. there is also an option of free accommodations for full time volunteers, with 8hr of volunteering. Laundry service also available.

They have some daily schedules, but the choice is upto the visitors. Most mainly come for the specific yoga programs and then leave.

South india lies in the tropics, so the weather is hot and humid all year around. i took jeans  in the winter, and it sat unused, cos it would have been unbearable. There is a garments shop in the ashram where you can buy cool light khaki fabrics cloth, which is suited for the weather. it can be a bit expensive due to its high quality, or you can buy your own beforehand.

No photography is allowed in the ashram.

All the travel related service also available in the ashram, if you plan to go elsewhere from there. There is a bus option to goto ashram from city, to save on taxi costs and if you don’t have much luggage. Ask for the bus no. The bus stop is across the railway station. There is a gender segregation in the bus with women in the front and men at the back.

I plan to go to Isha yoga centre again in 2018. I eventually do plan to stay long term there next time, to follow up on sadhguru’s advice of staying at the ashram, whose video is posted separately in my blog.

The registration needs to be done in advance. I’ve posted the link below, but you can contact them for more information.

http://www.ishafoundation.org/Isha-Yoga-Center/isha-yoga-center-india-dhyanalinga-yogic-temple-isha-foundation.isa

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