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