Yoga can be considered as the oldest 'recorded' form of exercise in the young history of Homo sapiens. Its origins can be traced back to c. sixth and fifth centuries BCE.

Some historians even put the date as far back as the Vedic age, where references to yoga could be found in the ancient Indian text viz. the Rig Veda. In other words, yoga preceded the Buddha. No wonder He was so taken in by this discipline that aims to straddle the spiritual, mental and physical realms.

Here is a comprehensive guide to yoga courses in India.

Tracing the Evolutionary Journey of Yoga in India

The history of yoga is conventionally categorized into four eras or periods by scholars across the ages.

  1. Pre-Classical Yoga believed to have been developed during the age of the great Indus Valley civilization five millennia before our time. That's what we call old!
  2. Classical Yoga, also called Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is often recognized as the first codified body of knowledge on the theories and practice of yoga.
  3. Post-Classical Yoga focuses on a way of life that encourages people to live in the moment instead of worrying unduly about liberation etc.
  4. Modern Yoga is the last and the contemporary phase of yoga. This was developed in the late 1800s and has been in vogue ever since.

The yogic tradition has evolved primarily out of a few primitive forms of yoga.

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Know Your Yoga

Before deciding to enrol yourself into a yoga studio or online yoga classes or appoint your very own private yoga trainer in Madurai, it is advisable to learn and understand the different forms of yoga. They serve different purposes.

Practising yoga on the beach
The beaches of Chennai are an ideally peaceful place for an early morning yoga session | Source: Visualhunt

Hatha Yoga

This gentle form of yoga is most ideal for beginners who are looking to improve their body's flexibility and balance.

Vinyasa Yoga

Also known as power yoga, this form of yoga is ideal for those who are looking to lose bodyweight.

‘Surya Namaskar’ is a popular form of vinyasa yoga.

Iyengar Yoga

This form of yoga is recommended for those with chronic pain in their muscles and joints. Iyengar yoga is designed to help strengthen both.

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Bikram Yoga

This is the best-suited yoga for improving body flexibility.

Kundalini

An amalgamation of different breathing exercises, chanting and physical movements, Kundalini yoga is more spiritual in nature, helping you to relax.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga is an advanced form of yoga that includes physically intense poses and exercises.

Prenatal Yoga

It is exactly what it says! Designed for pregnant women and combining exercises and breathing techniques, prenatal yoga aims to reduce health risks during the critical prenatal stage of pregnancy.

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Yoga Classes Near Me in Chennai

Chennai, formerly Madras, was one of the earliest Indian port cities colonized by the Europeans. It has a very rich historical and cultural heritage, interspersed with a contemporaneous cosmopolitanism.

Dotted with numerous temples and other centres of spiritual learning, Chennai makes for an ideal setting imbibe the glorious yogic tradition of India. It is not surprising then that the discipline has gained popularity especially among the electronic generation of the city.

Choose from numerous yoga studios, private yoga tutors as well as online yoga training classes to suit your particular yoga learning needs. 

Chennai Yoga Studio

Situated in the western suburbs of Annanagar, this trendy yoga studio offers specially curated classes on Vinyasa yoga, kids yoga, teacher training courses for aspiring yogis, and yoga retreats for a bit of fun and learning.

Vinyasa Power Yoga Classes

Combining the practice of body movements and breathing techniques, this intense yogic practice is designed to cleanse and purify the body from within. The asanas (poses) practised in Vinyasa yoga help in proper alignment and balance of the body along with improving cardiovascular endurance.

Classes on Restorative Vinyasa Flow

A relatively slow-paced yoga class which requires you to hold asana poses for longer periods of time. However, the longer you hold, the more stress is created on your connective tissues. This aids in better circulation in the joints and improves flexibility.

Yoga FUNdamentals Course

Meant for beginners, the course teaches the basic postures of the Vinyasa yoga sequence, breathing exercises and meditation techniques.

Yoga Schedule
Fit your yoga classes into your life with this flexible schedule | Source: Chennai Yoga Studio

Kids Yoga

The best way to teach something new to children is through games, playtime and storytelling. Yoga is taught in an age-appropriate way which boosts the learners' confidence.

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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre

The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, founded in 1957, is a non-profit organisation that prides itself in propagating the authentic yogic teachings as well as the teachings encoded in the Vedanta.

Their message is simple - change yourself before trying to change the world. This is the basic tenet of all forms of yoga.

Yoga Courses on Offer

The Institute has specially curated courses for individual learners as it recognizes the unique learning needs of each.

The Open Class

Available on a drop-in basis, this course can be availed once the Beginners’ Course (Yoga 1) has been completed. The course includes the practice of Pranayama, Surya namaskar, the twelve classical basic postures and deep relaxation.

Fee Structure

Single Drop-in300
Monthly2000
10 Class Pass
(1-month validity)
2700

Free Trial Yoga Class

Get introduced to the life-changing world of yoga and learn about the Sivananda-style yoga practice. Get yourself introduced to the basic yoga asanas and work on personal development.

Sivananda classes
Yoga classes to help you learn the ancient art of relaxation and self-awareness | Source: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre

Yoga 1: Beginners’ Course

This is a basic course designed in a relaxed setting. The course focuses on the development of strength, flexibility, good breathing, concentration and relaxation.

Duration: 16 classes
Fee: INR 5000

Meditation Course

Learn about the most important of all yogic practices. Attain emotional balance, peace of mind and discover the joy of living!

The course is designed to teach you basic meditation practices and how to incorporate them into your daily life. Also, learn how to concentrate better and develop a better understanding of your mind.

Duration: 8 sessions
Fee: INR 2000

Special Classes

The special classes cater to pregnant women (prenatal yoga), kids' yoga, gentle yoga and weightloss classes

Private Classes

Designed for those who are hard-pressed for time but want to incorporate the practice of yoga into their routine, this course offers private yoga classes.

Duration: 10 classes
Fee: INR 7500

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Asana Andiappan College of Yoga & Research

The prestigious Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre, established in 1950 in a remote village of Tamil Nadu, has been devoted to the practice and dissemination of yogic knowledge across India.

Yoga Teacher Training Courses

These courses have been recognised by the Central Research Council for Yoga & Naturopathy, Govt. of India, as well as the Yoga Alliance (USA) and the International Yoga Academy (Hong Kong).

The teacher training courses in yoga are conducted under the aegis of Dr Asana Andiappan and include:

  • Hatha yoga (Basic to Intermediate)
  • Hatha yoga (Intermediate to Advanced)
  • Intensive Yoga Therapy

Yoga Classes

Classes are conducted at the Yoga Centre located in Anna Nagar from Monday to Saturday. Before signing up for these classes, all students are required to undergo a general health assessment conducted by an in-house yoga therapist.

The classes offered include:

  • Regular group yoga
  • Yoga therapy
  • Yoga for beginners
  • Weekend group yoga (for corporate executives and IT professionals)
  • Weekend group yoga (for students)
  • Residential Yoga Therapy for Chronic Ailments & People with Special Needs
  • Online yoga classes

University Accredited Yoga Courses

The University also runs the following courses in yoga:

  • Certificate in Yoga and Naturotherapy
  • Diploma in Yoga and Naturotherapy
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga and Naturotherapy
  • Bachelors in Yoga and Naturotherapy
  • Masters in Yoga and Naturotherapy

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UrbanPro

UrbanPro is inarguably the largest online platform in India, connecting students and tutors through a trusted web portal.

It has gradually grown to become a reliable one-stop learning partner for a majority of Indians. Boasting of over 6.5 lakh Verified Tutors, Trainers and Institutes, UrbanPro has become a go-to platform for more than 25 lakh students, parents and professionals.

UrbanPro caters to the needs of students and tutors across 1000+ learning categories, yoga being one of them.

Browse and compare multiple tutor profiles and choose the ones best suited to your learning needs.

UrbanPro Platform
The user-friendly interface provides customized learning packages based on your unique requirements | Source: UrbanPro

UrbanPro Yoga Tutors Chennai

There are close to 1100 certifed yoga trainers and yoga classes, along with almost 700 yoga institutes offering their services in Bengaluru via UrbanPro.

All profiles on UrbanPro are put through a stringent verification process, reviewed thoroughly. Only then do they come to be trusted by thousands of students. So, whether you want yoga trainers or and yoga institutes in your locality, this is the /place to start looking!

Check out the section on tutor reviews and ratings of yoga institutes and choose the most highly rated yoga classes available as per your convenience, in Bengaluru.

Bengaluru yoga courses and trainers can be located across the length and breadth of the city, the most popular ones being Anna Nagar, Arumbakkam, T Nagar and Velacheri.

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Shreyanjana

Shreyanjana is an archaeologist who ironically finds the written word to be the most powerful means of storytelling. A travel buff and a photography enthusiast, she has been writing and sharing stories of all sorts ever since she can remember.