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.

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The Buddha and Yoga
The beginnings of yoga can be traced back to ancient times, before the advent of the Buddha | Source: Visualhunt

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

Karma Yoga

This is one of the oldest arm of the yogic tradition. The aim of Karma Yoga is to focus on spiritual liberation. For this reason, it is also called Karma Marga. It is believed to have its roots in the  Bhagavad Gita.

Jnana Yoga

This is the oldest form of yoga and like Karma yoga, it also focuses on the spiritual journey of the yogi.

Bhakta Yoga

Another arm of yoga with roots in the Bhagavad Gita, Bhakti Yoga or Bhakti Marga focuses on loving devotion towards the divinities in the Hindu pantheon such as Krishna, Radha, Ganesha, Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva etc.

Mantra Yoga

As the name suggests, Mantra Yoga uses chanting of mantras so as to enable the yogi to move into a deeper level of consciousness.

Raja Yoga

This form of yoga is practised by those who want to achieve complete control over their mind and emotions. In other words, Raja Yoga teaches self-discipline.

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.

Hatha Yoga

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

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Yoga for beginners
Beginner courses in yoga start with lessons in Hatha yoga | Source: Visualhunt

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.

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 Courses in Madurai

Now that you have gone through Yoga Basics 101, it is time for you to explore yoga classes near me.

The ancient city of Madurai dotted with its colourful gopurams (gateway towers) offers a beautifully serene and relaxed environment for yoga practitioners.

We have just the right pointers to get you started on your journey of self-discovery through the practice of yoga!

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 Madurai

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!

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Yoga Course Fees

There are many factors to be considered by both students and teachers when it comes to deciding a mutually convenient fee structure for yoga classes, whether online or private yoga classes or a yoga training institute.

Some of these factors include the course duration, the experience of the trainer, the level of instruction etc. UrbanPro's tuition fee calculator is a useful tool to help you obtain the estimated yoga fee at your preferred location.

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.

Duration: 1 month
Fee: INR 1500

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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: 4 weeks (20 classes)
Fee: INR 3000

Kids’ Yoga

A course specifically designed for the little ones to enable them to develop better coordination, flexibility, strength and confidence. It also helps to increase levels of concentration, memory as well as self-awareness. The course includes basic yoga asasans, breathing exercises, meditation, chanting and spiritual storytelling. It is a fun-filled course open to children aged between 7 and 12 years.

Duration: 8 sessions
Fee: INR 2000

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 5000

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SARVA

SARVA is a community of fitness enthusiasts who are also explorers of the world of yoga. They have developed 25 unique and comprehensive forms of Yoga, operating out of meticulously designed yoga studios.

SARVA aims to help you integrate personal wellness and personal wellbeing into your daily routine, through the practice of yoga.

SARVA Way of Life
Yoga is a way of life | Source: SARVA

The Five Sense Rule

SARVA courses follow a simple five-step rule, based on the five senses that guide us.

Sound

With the aid of soft background music, SARVA yoga trainers endeavour to uplift their students' mood so that they receive the instruction more openly.

Sight

Soothing shades of blue and green are usually used to light up the learning space. They reflect calmness even if the physical activities during classes get intense.

Smell

SARVA studios use aromatherapy to help students relax their minds and bodies.

Touch

Grass mats line the path leading up to the studio. This is intended to stimulate blood flow to the students' feet for the asanas to follow later.

Kinesthesis

Asanas and postures taught during classes are intended to stimulate blood flow across the body and to help improve the strength and flexibility of muscles and bones.

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The Art of Living

Now a global phenomenon, The Art of Living is a non-profit organization with a presence across 156 countries. The organizational philosophy of "a stress-free mind and a violence-free society" attracts followers from all walks of life.

Art of Living Courses in Madurai

The Art of Living has a variety of courses on offer that is designed to eliminate stress and foster the growth of inner peace.

All these courses commonly include breathing exercises or Pranayamas, meditation, yoga, and instruction in practical wisdom for daily living.

Art of Living
Learn the art of better living and how to give back to society | Source: The Art of Living

Happiness Program

The program is a combination of powerful breathing techniques and practical wisdom.

Sahaj Samadhi Meditation

This program teaches the secret to effortless meditation that further enable the achievement of clarity of thought and improved nutrition.

Sri Sri Yoga

The ideal course to attain physical well-being and mental and spiritual upliftment.

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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.