Uttarakhand, the Indian state that enjoys the designation of Devbhoomi (land of Gods), is an exotic place to empower spiritual beliefs and pursue practices that can revitalize the existence of any individual. Rishikesh, the city resting on the holy banks of River Ganga (Ganges), in the first week of March hosts annual International Yoga Festival, an event that pulls body, mind and soul out of mundane lifestyle.
Learn how the festival can be a perfect occasion to discover the world of yoga, a desire you had been postponing for long.
Renowned Yoga Gurus
The festival brings internationally famed yoga masters on the same podium. Not only skilled in yoga, these teachers are also religious saints and spiritual speakers who can introduce one to the amazing world of spiritually uniting with the almighty.
Parmarth Niketan Ashram, the festival’s venue, is located on the outskirts of the city of Rishikesh and near to the banks of divine Ganga. Lush green gardens and spectacular views of Himalayan peaks add to the place’s worth of being an ideal place for practicing yoga.For convenience, you can choose to stay at cottages in Rishikesh near the ashram to seek the blessings of nature.
Different Yoga Styles
At the International Yoga Festival, you can learn different and authentic yoga styles. These include Iyengar Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Kriya Yoga and Power Vinyasa Yoga. If you are unfamiliar to them or had been practicing them erroneously, the festival is a good opportunity to learn their authentic forms.
Fully Vitalizing Days
Get up as early as 4 in the morning and join the yoga classes. Spend the whole day attending the lectures and sessions on the art of living. Satsang (imparting of spiritual knowledge) by spiritual gurus are truly soothing. Cultural music and dance are other highlights of the festival.
Traditional Indian Food
Yoga experts believe that complementing yoga with clean and nutritious food is essential to extract the health benefits. While attending the festival, you can enjoy traditional Indian cuisines (strictly vegetarian) that are healthy and delicious. Attendees can also join the cooking classes at the ashram or any of the homestays in Rishikesh to learn the recipes and continue the practice at home.
You can stay at ashram or at one of the resorts in Rishikesh near River Ganga and enjoy the unforgettable experience of evening aarti (prayer) of the holy river. Rishikesh is also known as adventure paradise, for hosting activities like camping, rock climbing, rappelling, river rafting and kayaking. Many ancient temples in the city and its neighboring destinations like Haridwar and Devprayag can be visited.
Each of these reasons combined with more than 60 hours of yoga should encourage you to participate in the festival. You will be lured to repeat your visits for this yoga extravaganza every year.