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A Peaceful Mountain Retreat to Learn Classical Yoga


Relax and Rejuvenate at the Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences

The Isha Institute of Inner-sciences is a breathtaking mountain retreat providing stress relief, rejuvenation and outdoor recreation, located just 45 minutes outside of Chattanooga.  The retreat is a world-class yoga center offering classical yoga and meditation classes from beginner to advanced levels. Guests journey from around the globe to visit this unique destination to relax, reflect, and reconnect with nature in a tranquil oasis nestled in Tennessee’s spectacular Upper Cumberland.

How can you best experience Isha Institute?

There are many ways to be in this serene space and enhance your life.

  • Daytrips and Area Tours
  • Hiking & Mountain Biking
  • Overnight Stays to Relax & Unwind
  • Classical Hatha Yoga Programs
  • Individual Wellness Retreats
  • Weekend Group Getaways
  • Meditation Programs
  • Events & Festivals

Drop-by for a Day Visit

The Isha retreat center offers daily campus tours that include light hikes to one of many beautiful bluff vistas or waterfalls and a visit inside the largest yoga and meditation hall in the western hemisphere! Free guided meditation sessions are available each day, offering guests a simple and powerful meditation practice called ‘Isha Kriya’, which participants can take home and continue on their own. Isha Kriya is a gentle practice for anyone age 12 or older.

Overnight stays include the option of private studio accommodations, delicious vegetarian buffet meals, and an introductory yoga session of the visitor’s choice, such as the ‘yoga of sound’, yoga for strengthening the joints, and yoga for purifying life energies.  

Hiking and Mountain Biking on Pristine Forested Trails

The Isha retreat center also offers myriad opportunities for hiking and mountain biking on forested trails winding throughout nearly 1400 acres. The center’s five miles of mountain biking trails have been professionally classified from beginner to intermediate skill levels, with steep climbs, water features, and tight switchbacks livening up the more challenging routes. The trails are part of an expanding network of over 15 miles of hiking and biking trails featuring beautiful waterfalls, a meandering spring-fed creek, and breathtaking bluff overlooks.

Beginner-level Yoga & Meditation Weekends

The Isha center is open year-round, offering a full range of yoga programs from beginner level to advanced.  Classes for beginners include hatha yoga classes such as Surya Kriya, Yogasanas and Anga Mardhana.  The introductory level meditation program Inner Engineering is offered both online and in live formats in 35 cities across the USA and Canada.  The practice portion of this program offers a kriya, Shambhavi Mahamudra, which is available here at the Isha Institute the first weekend of each month.

Relaxation & Wellness Retreats

Extended retreat packages feature Ayurvedic rejuvenation consultations and therapies; guided hikes and adventure outings to nearby caves, rivers and falls; and even cooking classes to bring home some of your favorite vegetarian delights!  Learn how to mix the pungent, tangy spices of the East, culture farm-fresh milk into yogurt, roll vegetarian sushi, or bake homemade sourdough bread in the Isha center’s popular, international kitchen.

Isha Shoppe

Browse Isha Shoppe, which includes Isha’s own collection of naturally-made wares.  Isha Shoppe features Isha Craft hand-crafted decorative pieces that include paintings, pottery, unique brass and copper metal art, and elegant imported granite carvings.  All proceeds from Isha Craft benefit Isha’s humanitarian initiatives.

Isha Festivals and Events

Each year, in tandem with the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, Isha Institute of Inner-sciences celebrates both World Peace Day and Isha Fest.   World Peace Day is dedicated to empowering peaceful possibilities within ourselves and our world through thought-provoking discussion, creative expression, celebration, and meditation in idyllic natural setting of Isha’s Upper Cumberland retreat center.

World Peace Day is both a celebration of human potential and an inspiration for every human being to transform his life into a blissful experience.  Isha Fest marks the inception of Isha Foundation and the humanitarian efforts of founder, Sadhguru Vasudev, a yogi,visionary, and preeminent global voice for cultivating a more peaceful and joyful humanity.

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For over 30 years, Isha Institute programs have offered the immense benefits of classical yoga and meditation to over 7 million people around the globe. For further details on the Isha retreat center and the programs offered, visit IshaUSA.org.