Become A Part of The International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh

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Yoga is believed to date back to the Indus Valley Civilization and was practised even before the beginning of religious belief systems. The International Yoga Festival has been celebrated for over 20 years now in Rishikesh. The event is hosted on a large scale and attracts yoga practitioners and followers from around the world.

Rishikesh: Yoga Capital of the World

Rishikesh is all set to host the International Yoga Festival 2019 starting from March 1st to 7th. This event is organized by Parmarth Niketan Ashram and Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board in association with Incredible India, Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India. This festival is held in Parmarth Niketan, the largest ashram in Rishikesh, where yoga enthusiasts can experience the art of uniting mind, body, and soul. It is also one of the largest interfaith yoga institutions in India.

Held by the bank of Ganges, the festival is witness to various important masters of yoga visiting to teach the diverse styles of this discipline.

International Yoga Festival 2019 Schedule

This week-long Yoga Festival provides the participants with the opportunity to participate in various over Yoga Classes that can go up to 70 hours which are delivered by world-class and renowned Yoga Gurus. Participants can learn from the masters the traditional yoga lineage of India and also the modern yoga styles.

Participants will get all the exposure here at the festival as multiple styles of Yoga including Kundalini Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga and Kriya Yoga will be practised during the course of one week.

Each day will have different Masters taking diverse Yoga sessions with varying styles and teachings, the day-to-day schedule at the International Yoga Festival will include,

  • Daily Yoga Classes starting from 4 am witnesses participants strengthening their practice forms and learning with the Masters of the art.
  • Divine Satsang, where the participants will practice silence in the meditation form. Various spiritual leaders and masters talk and tune to inspiring and uplifting topics aimed at healing.
  • Ganga Aarti in the evening transports one through time and calls to one’s heart. Transcending the borders and boundaries of cultural and language barrier, the aarti creates a mesmerizing and enchanting ambience. The aarti is led by Pujya Swamiji, Sadhvi Abhaji and the Parmarth Rishikumars.
  • Cultural Performances by various groups allows the participants to listen, watch, and sing along the melodious tunes of the bhajans that take place till night.
  • Walk around the beautiful ashram grounds where one can feel a connection with nature. Situated by the holy bank of Ganges and in the lap of Himalayas, the scared atmosphere infuses the participants with serene and auspicious energy.

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The festival has been divided into three themes;

DAY 1-2: Traditional Yoga

Participants will start with the Purification Ceremony to join in the prayers. Followed by traditional Hatha Yogasana, Musical Meditation, Vedic chanting, Sound Healing, Spiritual lectures by H.H. Pujya Shankaracharya, Yin Yoga, Yoga of Awakening, Voicing out the Chakras, Sacred Havan, Therapeutic Yoga Flow within between breaks for breakfast and lunch.

DAY 3-4: Contemporary Yoga

After the Purification ceremony, participants can take part in the various yoga classes and spiritual sessions including Ashtanga Yoga, Anahata Flow, Restorative Meditation, Ganga Yoga, Earth Prayer, Detox Flow, Spiritual Lectures, Satsang and Ganga flow Meditation, Indian Classical Dance Workshop, Natural Remedies session, and others with breaks for breakfast and lunch.

DAY 5-7: Shakti - The Power of Creation

Various Yoga sessions at the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh by prominent female spiritual figures will be held to share the knowledge of a variety of Yoga styles. ‘Traditional vs Contemporary Yoga’, ‘Yogāsana accompanied by Mantra Chanting’, ‘Prana Shakti: Soul Sadhana’ and other sessions by eminent personalities will be covered to teach how to change life perspectives.

Presenters

  • H.H. Pujya Swami Ramdevji
  • H.H. Pujya Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji
  • H.H. Pujya Swami M.M. Asanganandji
  • H.H. Acharya Balkrishnaji
  • H.H. Pujya Mooji
  • H.H. Pujya Radhanath Swamiji
  • Paramaguru Sharath Jois
  • Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
  • Dr. Vandana Shiva
  • Sadhvi Abha Saraswati
  • Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati
  • Seane Corn
  • Srila B.A. Paramadvaitiji
  • H.S. Arun
  • Gabriela Bozic
  • Dana Flynn
  • Laura Plumb
  • Kia Miller
  • Tommy Rosen
  • Mohan Bhandari
  • Saul David Raye
  • Gurushabd Singh Khalsa
  • Deepika Mehta
  • Dr. G.S. Gupta
  • Anand Mehrotra
  • Swami Anand Giriji
  • Hikaru Hashimoto
  • Maa Gyaan Suveera
  • Mert Güler
  • Jai Hari Singh
  • Yujia
  • Sandeep Desai
  • Dr. Indu Sharma
  • Katie B. Happyy
  • Dr. Eden Goldman
  • Paula Tapia
  • Radhika Nagrath

How to Register

Go to the official website www.internationalyogafestival.org and register yourself.

FAQ
Is it necessary to attend every class?

No. While it is suggested to do so, it is no way mandatory to attend each session.

What all is included in the ticket?

Apart from accommodation with the residential tickets, meals, hot drinks, classes, lectures and performances are included.

Are there any guidelines as what to wear in and around the ashram?

Yes, participants are requested to be sensitive and respectful f the traditions of the ashram and dress modestly, especially during the evening prayers and also during the classes.