Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences

  • Hotel B&B
    ( 2 reviews )

951 Isha Lane, Mcminnville, Tennessee, USA, 37110

Upper Cumberland retreat offering wellness retreats and outdoor recreation just 45 minutes northwest of Chattanooga and 2 hours southeast of Nashville. The center featuring programs in classical hatha yoga, holistic Ayurvedic rejuvenation, and meditation classes from beginner to advanced levels. Offers a vegetarian buffet daily.

2 Reviews

First Review by JJohnson

Delicious and pranic veggie food - Edit

I only realized veggies can be that tasty after having a meal at Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences. Delicious and variety food offered daily twice at this place is really addictive. The food is not just tasty but pranic. Pranic food is something that gives positive energy to body.
Beautiful nature with water falls, bluffs, hiking trails etc. close to this place are even attractive to visit this place.

Pros: Pranic food, beautiful nature, Accommodation available, Loving and caring people

Cons: None

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Isha is an oasis! - Edit

This is the American headquarters of Isha, an international organization that teaches meditation/mindfulness/yoga practices.

This site is a big campus that hosts various programs throughout the year, and they serve two meals a day at their dining hall. You don't need to be participating in a program to come eat here and check out the beautiful grounds.

Keep in mind that this isn't exactly a 'restaurant' - you'll be joining other Isha folks for a buffet-style meal in their dining hall.

If you're traveling through the area, this is by far your best option for veg-friendly food for many, many miles. And to top it off, the food is WONDERFUL! 100% vegetarian, mostly vegan. Dishes vary, though most are heavily influenced by Indian cuisine. A good combination of cooked/raw food. (If you've ever been to a Govinda's, it's along those lines - but even better food.)

The meals are served during specific times, which can vary from day-to-day depending on what programs are happening at Isha. So be sure to call ahead to confirm your plans.

Also there is no cell service around Isha (this whole area is pretty rural), so plan accordingly. They're on Central time - keep that in mind if you're coming from Chattanooga.

The food alone is worth a stop. But while you're there, definitely get a tour of the Isha grounds and grab some info about their introductory programs. It's a fabulous organization. They offer some really great courses that are accessible to all levels, are non-denominational, and are designed so that you can continue the practices on your own at home.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday October 28, 2015

Pros: Excellent veg food, Best veg-friendly option in the area, Great organization/grounds

Cons: Specific Hours, Buffet (no menu options)

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