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WANDERLUST - February 2019

East meets West at the Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences in McMinnville, Tennessee


 By Jill Dutton

The Isha Yoga Center, established under the aegis of Isha Foundation, is set at the base of the Velliangiri Mountains in southern India.  Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, often referred to as Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi, mystic, and author. He founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization which offers Yoga programs around the world and is involved in social outreach, education, and environmental initiatives. 




























Visit McMinnville, TN in the Upper Cumberland region, and you’ll find an unexpected oasis in the US. The Isha Institute of Inner-sciences is a breathtaking mountain retreat for stress relief, rejuvenation, and complete well-being. The retreat offers yoga in its purest form, through experiential classical yoga and meditation classes, and powerfully energized meditation spaces such as the Adi Yogi: The Abode of Yoga. Outdoor recreation activities are another draw to the Isha Institute, located just 45 minutes outside of Chattanooga. 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. 























Isha Foundation is dedicated to raising human consciousness and fosters global harmony through individual transformation.  

Supported by seven million volunteers in 300 centers worldwide, Isha Foundation’s activities address all aspects of human wellbeing. From its powerful yoga programs for inner transformation to its inspiring projects for society, environment, and education, Isha activities are designed to create an inclusive culture that is the basis for global harmony and progress. 































At the core of the Foundation's activities is a customized system of yoga called Isha Yoga. Isha Yoga distills powerful, ancient yogic methods for a modern person, creating peak physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. At Isha, yoga is taught in its full depth and dimension and communicated on an experiential level. The programs provide methods for establishing oneself in a way of life that affirms wholeness and vitality. They show that spiritual life does not deny worldly, social, and family responsibilities, but rather uses them as vehicles for personal growth and self-realization. 

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Photos courtesy of TN Dept. of Tourist Development


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Jill Dutton, travel writer and publisher of Evolving Magazine, takes an intimate look at authentic travel experiences. While traveling, she seeks out what foods are indigenous to an area, the local food scene, outdoor activities, and wellness modalities. As a Kansas City expert, Jill’s travel guide, Best of Kansas City, launched number one in its category on Amazon. Follow Jill’s travels on her blog ( Jill’s first of 12 train travel guides, Ride the Southwest Chief, publishes Winter 2018.



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