The Isha Institute of Inner-sciences is a breathtaking Upper Cumberland retreat offering stress-relief, wellness retreats and outdoor recreation just 45 minutes northwest of Chattanooga and 2hrs southeast of Nashville. The center is a world-class yoga center featuring programs in classical hatha yoga, holistic Ayurvedic rejuvenation, and meditation classes from beginner to advanced levels.
Tours are available daily, which include light hikes to one of many beautiful bluff vistas or valley waterfalls and a visit inside the 'Mahima' dome. At 39,000 sq ft, Mahima is the largest meditation hall in the western hemisphere. Longer visits include overnight lodging, delicious vegetarian buffet meals, and even cooking classes so you can bring home some of your favorite recipes! There are also opportunities for self-guided hikes and mountain biking on forested trails winding throughout Isha’s nearly 1400 acres.
For over 30 years, Isha Foundation has offered the immense benefits of classical yoga and meditation to over 7 million people around the globe. For more on Isha programs and events in the US, visit IshaUSA.org. For local events in Nashville and Chattanooga, visit Meetup.com/Free-Meditations-Nash; Meetup.com/Free-Meditations-Chatt
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Directions from Nashville: Take 24 E. towards Chattanooga Take Exit 111 --Highway 55 Turn Right onto 55 E towards McMinnville/Manchester about 18 miles Turn Right onto Exit for TN 55 Business (there are several signs that are similar -- look for the big green one) Stay Straight at Stop Sign Turn Right at Light at S. Chancery Street/TN 55 for approx. 3.1 miles Turn Right onto Colville Street/TN 56 for about 1.7 miles Turn Slight Left on Route 8 (at the MARATHON gas station). Stay on Route 8 about 14.5 miles. Enter through the main gate and down the road, take your first left. If you need assistance while driving, please call the main office at 931-668-1900.
Free (donations appreciated)
Payment Types Accepted:
Visa, Cash, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX
10:30am - 6:00pm
Open to the public year-round, seven days a week (unless closed for private events)