Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences

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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.

How Can You Best Experience Isha Institute?English

There Are Many Ways To Be In This Serene Space And Enhance Your Life.

The Institute is open 365 days a year and welcomes visitors from all walks of life.

To arrange your visit, contact or call 931-668-1900.

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Isha Institute of Inner-sciences (USA)

951 Isha Lane,

McMinnville, TN - 37110, USA

Telephone: 931-668-1900




Just a 1.5-hour drive from Nashville and only 45 minutes from Chattanooga, this 1,400-acre classical yoga and meditation center might feel a world away, but it’s close enough for a quick day trip.





We encourage you to make your travel arrangements as soon as possible. There are many options of transportation services to get to the Isha Institute from nearby cities, and back again.

NASHVILLE, TN (2 hours away)

1) Isha Group Shuttles: Must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. $40 each way

2) Groome Transportation: $95 Total for 1 passenger

Groome Transportation offers shuttles to/from the Nashville airport and Manchester, TN about every 2 hours for $35 each way. Register with Groome by calling 1-800-896-9928.

3) Uber App: $95 – $110 Total

Uber taxi service tends to be lower cost than a regular taxi. To book, you will need to download the Uber app on your smartphone with local service. Enter the Isha Institute address (951 Isha Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110) into the app to start your booking.

4) Kwik Cab: $180 Total

When booking with Kwik Cab, mention “Isha” to get the $180 flat rate from Nashville Airport. No additional fee for extra passengers (up to 5-6 passengers, as they have minivans). Call (615) 934-0777.

5) Car Rental:

Booking through tends to have low daily rates.

6) UCHRA: $11 Total for 1 passenger

UCHRA is a state-funded resource which charges $11 per person each way between Nashville Airport and iii. The service is available only on weekdays and you must book your shuttle at least 48 hours in advance (excluding weekends). Note: Shuttle makes multiple stops along the route to pick up/drop off passengers, so travel time is longer. Register by calling 931-473-6652 and asking for the Transportation Department. Please properly cancel your UCHRA shuttle if you decide not to use this tax-funded resource.

UCHRA Shuttle Timings:

Departs Nashville Airport 11 AM – Arrives at Isha by 2 PM

Departs Nashville Airport 4 PM – Arrives at Isha by 7:45 PM

Departs iii at 4:45 AM – Arrives at Nashville Airport by 9:30 AM

Departs iii at 9:45 AM – Arrives at Nashville Airport by 2:30 PM

CHATTANOOGA, TN (1 hour away)

1) Nooga Taxi: $70 Total for 1 passenger

When booking with Nooga Taxi, mention “Isha” to get these rates between Chattanooga Airport and Isha: $70 for 1 passenger, $80 for 2, $114 for 3, $140 for 4, $150 for 5, and $156 for 6. Call (423) 458-2701

2) Uber App: approx. $60 Total

Uber taxi service tends to be lower cost than a regular taxi. To book, you will need to download the Uber app on your smartphone with local service. Enter the Isha Institute address (951 Isha Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110) into the app to start your booking.

3) Car Rental:

Booking through tends to have low daily rates.

ATLANTA, GA (3.5 hours away)

1) Groome Transportation to Chattanooga: $45 Total for 1 passenger

Groome Transportation offers regular daily shuttles from Atlanta Airport to the Groome office in Chattanooga. Book by calling (800) 896-9928 , then see above for ways to get from Chattanooga to iii.

2) Nooga Taxi non-stop from Atlanta: $300 Total for 1 passenger

When booking with Nooga Taxi, mention “Isha” to get these rates between Atlanta Airport and Isha: $300 for 1 passenger, $320 for 2, plus $10/passenger up to 6 passengers. Call (423) 458-2701

3) Car Rental:

Booking through tends to have low daily rates. 855-529-2501 to book.


The center offers three types of accommodation: semi-private lodges, private studios, and deluxe suites. Accommodations include two vegetarian meals and a snack per day.

Welcome center is open from 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM, 7 days a week. Please give at least 24 hours’ notice before visiting in case of changes to the daily schedule.

Check-in for accommodation between 3 PM - 9 PM.

Check out no later than 12 PM.

Consecrated Spaces
Consecrated Spaces
Adi Yogi: The Abode of Yoga
Adiyogi: The Abode of Yoga is a medium, a possibility that will move you from a compulsive state of logic to the magic of Life. – Sadhguru
Mahima Hall
Mahima means Grace. This is not a place of worship, religion, philosophy, or belief system. This is a space to explore technologies for inner wellbeing. – Sadhguru
Upcoming Programs
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Activities are available at the times below, depending on availability of volunteers and space. Two meals and one snack are served per day. Meals are hearty vegetarian food prepared from scratch and inspired by cuisines from around the globe. For visitors who are not staying overnight, there is a charge for meals of $10/adult, $5/child age 7 to 13, and free for children under 7.

Daily Schedule

  • 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM — Adi Yogi: The Abode of Yoga open to visitors
  • 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM — Hike (Please enjoy the trails in groups of 2 or more)
  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM — Brunch(Meal vouchers available at minimal price)
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM — Campus Tour
  • 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Dinner

Dawn – Dusk — Nature Trails open. Please enjoy the trails in groups of 2 or more. Signing in/out at the Welcome Center is required to use the trails.

Saturdays and Sundays: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM — Guided hike on Nature Trails.

Upcoming Events
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Free Yoga Day
Sept 21, 2019
As a commitment to bring wellbeing to the surrounding communities, Isha Institute will be offering free yoga classes and lessons on vegetarian cooking every month. Free Yoga Day
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As a commitment to bring well-being to the surrounding communities, Isha Institute will be offering free yoga classes and lessons on vegetarian cooking every month.

Virtual Tour
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एक स्वयंसेवक बनें

“The Question Is Not About The Volume Of What You Do; The Willingness With Which You Breathe, And Walk And Live, That Makes You A Volunteer.”


There are many opportunities to contribute to iii. Anyone can visit the Institute for their own personal, spiritual growth and participate in various volunteer activities including programs and events.

Volunteering at Isha Institute of Inner-sciences includes various activities ranging from meal preparation to gardening, and center maintenance activities. Volunteers also can offer their unique skills on projects to beautify or create special features for the campus.

If you are interested in volunteering for any length of time, please fill the volunteering interest form here.

Explore all opportunities

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Due to limited bandwidth at the Isha Institute, Wi-Fi is only available to guests who absolutely require it for work purposes.  In such situations, the Wi-Fi fee is $5/day.  For those who simply wish to check email or stay in touch with family, there are 3 public computers available on the campus.

Cellular service is often inconsistent on the campus, except for those with Verizon as their provider.  Isha’s landline phone is available to update your family about arrival and travel, but long conversations may not be possible.

Isha shuttles are available directly to and from Nashville (and sometimes Chattanooga) airport on program weekends. If your timings don’t match up with our shuttles, there are several other options.

The Isha Institute offers a variety of programs, activities and energized spaces that provide opportunities and methods to increase and attain physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.  It is a unique space created for the purpose of allowing human beings to deepen their life experience and to reach their ultimate potential.



Energized Spaces

Two powerful meditation spaces are the main features for most visitors to the Isha Institute.

    • Mahima, which means grace, is an awe-inspiring 39,000 sq ft domed meditation hall and home to many of the programs offered at the Institute.

Daily Schedule

Visitors can also enjoy many nearby attractions:

Cumberland Caverns

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Canoeing/Kayaking on the nearby Collins River

Chattanooga Aquarium

Creative Discovery Museum for Kids – Chattanooga

There is no fee for a day visit.  Day visitors are asked to pay for meals, $10 per adult and $5 per child (age 7-13), payable at the Welcome Center desk when you check in.  Learn more about day visits here.

Isha Institute offers a variety of activities for children.  Yoga Sessions include:

Each year Isha Institute offers the Isha Summer Program for Children which offers a unique possibility for every child to experience a joyful blossoming of his or her natural potential.

Children are always welcome to sit quietly in meditation spaces like Adiyogi: The Abode of Yoga. Children may also explore the gardens and hiking trails when accompanied by an adult.

Note: Children under age 14 need to be accompanied by an adult at all times while on campus

Pets are not allowed on the premises.

Isha Institute is located on Isha Lane, which intersects with Tennessee Highway 8.  The Institute is approximately 16 miles from the center of the town of McMinnville, Tennessee.  There is a large “Isha Institute of Inner Sciences” sign at the front of the entrance to the property on route 8.

Here is a map with directions from major cities to Isha Institute.  Please look up your directions online and bring them with you, as many GPS systems give incorrect or outdated directions to our location.

Programs at Isha Institute are categorized by beginner and advanced.

Beginner Programs

Advanced Programs  Please note that advanced programs require certain prerequisites.

Other Offerings/Processes:

Visitors can participate in offerings and special processes at the Adi Yogi, Abode of Yoga.

Isha’s flagship program Inner Engineering is offered online and qualifies you to take advanced programs at Isha Institute.

You can also look specifically for a program with no prerequisites or start meditating today with Isha Kriya.

Isha Foundation USA offers yoga and meditation programs in many major cities throughout the US and Canada.  A list of scheduled programs is here, and a list of city centers where programs are offered is here.  For those who wish to take a program in any of Isha’s other city centers around the globe, please visit our global website,

Smoking or oral tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and other similar devices of any kind are not allowed on the campus.