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International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh

(Last Updated 05 Aug, 2021)

  • Dates :

    07/03/2021 - 13/03/2021

  • Location :

    Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh

The International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh is a celebration of Yoga, the age old Indian science of health and wellness. The great sage Patanjali, penned down the science, laid down the minute rules and techniques of the activity. Yoga was primarily developed as a medium to attain harmony of body, mind and soul. Yoga is not just different yogic postures or breathing techniques, it is a way of life. Around the world, Yoga has changed lives with its holistic techniques. International Yoga Festival is a wonderful opportunity to introduce Yoga in one’s life. The week-long event detoxifies and purifies the body, mind and soul.

History of International Yoga Festival

International Yoga Festival was started in the year 1999 in Rishikesh, Parmarth Niketan Ashram. The early meditative classes were held under the guidance of Pujya Shri Swami Veda Bharat Ji, while the Yoga asanas were taught by Yogacharya Shri Bharat Bhushan Ji.

Since its inception, there has been no looking back. The popularity of the yoga festival grows every passing year. The 2010 edition became the most successful event as it witnessed a maximum number of participants. The credit for the success of the festival coincides with the auspicious event of Maha Kumbh Mela which took place during the same time of the year. The popularity of the festival keeps growing as more and more discover the benefits of yoga.

Important points & schedule of International Yoga Festival?

Grounded in the authentic origin of Yoga, the International Yoga festival encompasses all traditional yoga lineages of India. Masters of yoga schools and styles impart their knowledge to the participants of the festival.

The one-week Festival covers over 70 hours of Yoga classes under world-class Yoga teachers practicing multiple styles of Yoga including Iyengar Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and Power Vinyasa Yoga. Satsang, divine words of revered saints and spiritual masters add to the holistic wellness derived from yoga. The schedule of the International Yoga Festival week varies from day-to-day. The general daily program of IYF includes:

  • Classes start from 4 AM.
  • One-hour yoga class at 6.30 AM, followed by a simple breakfast.
  • Several two-hour hour yoga sessions start at 8.30 AM.
  • Inspiring lectures from revered saints and yogacharyas at 11:00 AM.
  • Traditional Indian lunch from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.
  • After short rest, three Yogasana classes from 3.30 PM to 5.00 PM.
  • From 6.00 PM to 7.00 PM, attend the Aarti, on the banks of the river Ganga.
  • Dinner at 7.00 PM.
  • Special evening programs of satsang, cultural song and dance performances, campfires, etc.
  • Lights out at 9.30 PM.


Programs of International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh

Do you want to master every area of your life? If yes, then enrol yourself in the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh 2021. It will be a one-week festival where there will be renowned Yoga Gurus across India. Learning the different types of Yoga from spiritual leaders will rejuvenate your mind and soul. The International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh got you covered with divine words (Satsang), Ganga Aarti, and cultural performances. Popular spiritual Gurus will be gracing the stage.

The roots of this soul-stirring festival is associated with one of the most amazing mindful techniques - Yoga. This retreat brings peace in mind, health in body, and joy is in the heart. This is what the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh will be all about. The programs of international yoga festivals will make you focus on the power of gratitude.

Yoga lovers can learn Yoga by attending theme-based classes. There will be separate classes in both - English and Hindi. The 7 days program got you covered with four main themes of Yoga:

1st Theme: Traditional Yoga

In this theme, you will be dedicating your first two days to manifest the benefit of traditional Yoga. The organizers of the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh will be inviting Yogacharya. They are the people endowed with profound mindfulness insight. Guests would be learning traditional yoga practices. The leaders will be performing yoga practices on stage.

2nd Theme: Contemporary Yoga

Reserve your day 3 and 4 for Contemporary Yoga Styles. Learn the techniques of contemporary Yoga. This type of Yoga is a modified style suitable for the people who can't indulge much in traditional yoga asanas.

3rd Theme: Celebrating Shakti - The Power of Creation

During the last 3 days, the Yoga festival gathering will be all about celebrating the Power of Creation - Shakti. Under this theme, a well-known female and male yoga teacher will enlighten the knowledge in guests. The psychology of men and women is different. Therefore, distinct genders yoga teachers will grace the stage to reap the specific benefits of Yoga for male and female both.

4th Theme: Therapeutic Yoga

Under this theme of Yoga, you will be learning the different applications of yoga postures. Therapeutic Yoga highly benefits the overall wellbeing - specifically health conditions. To trigger the emotional, psychological and spiritual enlightenment, Therapeutic Yoga will remove all the mental, spiritual and health blocks.

There will be 4 programs in the International Yoga Festival. Learn about all of them in detail.

Daily Yoga Class

The 70 hours of week-long yoga classes will be divided into every day hours. You would be practising Yoga early 4 AM and with halts after 1-2 hours till 5 PM. Throughout the yoga sessions, you will learn Yoga's anatomy and master the ways to balance thoughts.

Things to do in yoga class:  Accelerate the transformation in your life by practising the different types of Yoga.

Divine Satsang

You will feel blessed because the spiritual leaders' divine knowledge will help you re-engineer your life. You will learn how to uplift and inspire yourself to take positive decisions.

Things to do in Satsang

  • Re-engineer your life and unleash the power of divine Satsang in the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh.
  • The festival will provide the spiritual playground for the Saints and Yogacharya within India.
  • Experience the higher state of consciousness and attend divine Satsang every day before lunch.

Ganga Aarti

Attend the uplifting spiritual ritual of Ganga Aarti in the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh. The Aarti ceremony takes place around the sacred Ganges River after the sunsets. This practice involves Hindu Priests who use lamps in a clockwise manner. The whole scene is enjoyed by mythical chants in praise of the holy river the Ganges.

Things to do in Ganga Aarti:  You must attend the Ganga Aarti ritual to be blessed with Mother Ganga's blessings - the goddess.

Cultural Performances

The yoga fest is a gathering of people who want to attain mindfulness. Meet like-minded people who are on the same mission of attaining peace and good health. The 7-day mass gathering will be marked by many cultural performances in the evening that goes to 10 PM (approx.)

Things to do in Cultural Performances: Unclutter your mind by listening, watching, and indulging in cultural performances in the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh.

Accommodation Options at International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh 2021

Parmarth Niketan Ashram is where the celebration of the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh 2021 will be held. The ashram is set amidst stunning landscape beauty. Tourists searching for holistic enlightenment will be drawn to Parmarth Niketan Ashram - whether you are practising mindfulness activities like yoga and meditation. This Ashram in Rishikesh will provide tourists dining facilities for all the guests who will join the IYF gathering in Rishikesh. For those interested in learning different types of yoga, this ashram in Rishikesh provides 15 different types of yoga programs. Guests who want to become the yoga practitioner to teach or for self-improvement can learn yoga.

Location of Parmarth Yoga Ashram

Parmarth Niketan Ashram stands true to its yoga practices, and that is why the International Yoga Festival 2021 will be celebrated there. Its location is scenic because this ashram is situated on the divine Ganga River. The river is considered sacred for millions of Hindu devotees. Guests will be performing morning and evening Ganga Aarti ceremony followed with Ayurvedic treatments.

How to Reach Parmarth Niketan Ashram?

Reaching Parmarth Niketan Ashram to attend the enthusiastic celebration of yoga is quite easy. The average distance between Delhi to Rishikesh is 240 km (approx.) The travel time by road is 7-8 hours (approx.).

By air: The nearest airport around Rishikesh is in Dehradun, Jolly Grant Airport. It is only 20 km (approx.) away from Rishikesh.

By train: Tourists can reach Rishikesh via train journey. Rishikesh has its own railway station. The travel time between railway stations to Parmarth Niketan Ashram is barely 4 km (approx.). The small distance could be covered with a taxi to reach the ashram.

Tip to be noted: International travelers should reach Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The airport is extensively connected with countries across the world. Frequent flights are available from Dubai, United States, United Kingdom, etc. Afterwards, take the ways mentioned above to reach Parmarth Niketan Ashram.

Staycation Options For Guests in Parmarth Niketan Ashram

With 1,000 rooms sprawling over eight acres of campus, tourists will hardly find difficulty with Parmarth Niketan Ashram's accommodation options. You can book your accommodation in advance to save yourself from the staycation hassles.

Facilities and Amenities List at Parmarth Niketan Ashram

  • The rooms are lined with western style bathrooms.
  • Quickly certified doctor on call at guests doorsteps.
  • Additional mindfulness programs like Reiki, acupuncture.
  • Soul nourishing Sattvic Diet

What Are the Eating Options at Parmarth Niketan Rishikesh?

Throughout your accommodation at Parmarth Niketan Ashram during International Yoga Festival 2021, you will be served with a Sattvic Diet. This type of diet is strictly based on Ayurvedic principles and is considered the best food diet for yoga enthusiasts. Sattvic cuisine is the veg diet which is prepared with the vegetables from the organic gardens. Sattvic food is delicious and nourishing for good endurance. The food has a positively strong influence on human emotions and minds.

Options For Meals

There will be 3 meals per day - breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Eating facilities For Guests at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh

Put your health, personal growth at the forefront. Eating arrangement will be organized in the back yoga garden for all the participants during the International Yoga Festival 2021.

Tips to Be Noted

  • Carry foods that have a long shelf life and could strive without refrigeration for a few days. Such types of food include dried fruits etc. they can be stored at room temperature.
  • Respect the asham transition.
  • Non-veg diet is strictly prohibited inside the ashram premises.
  • Consumption of alcohol and smoking is not allowed.


FAQs of International Yoga Festival Rishikesh

Ques: What are the dates of International Yoga Festival in 2021?

Ans: International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh will be celebrated from 7 March 2021 to 13 March 2021.

Ques: Where the International Yoga Festival celebrated?

Ans: The International Yoga Festival is celebrated in Rishikesh, Parmarth Niketan Ashram on the banks of River Ganga.

Ques: How to Celebrate International Yoga Festival?

Ans: The celebration of Yoga, International Yoga Festival is a harmonious event organized on the shores of River Ganges amid a spiritual ambience, created by the holy River Ganga. The festival seeks to promote harmony of the body, mind and soul. It practices some of the very ancient techniques and sessions of the art of yoga and meditation. It prominent features include sessions on Pranayama, Hatha Yoga and Yog Nidra.

Along with all branches of Yoga, there are numerous meditative sessions of Agnihotra, Ajapa Japa, Antar Mauna, Chakra Sudhi, Chidakasha Dharma. All sessions are carried on by experienced yoga practitioners in the ashram complex.

Besides learning the ancient art of unifying the body, mind and soul, the festival provides the perfect occasion to explore aspects of Indian culture. Sattvic food, amiable people, humble lodging cleanse your system guiding you on a spiritual path.

The true religious spirit of Rishikesh is further celebrated as evenings of the weeklong festival are spent at the riverside gardens amid ‘Bhajans and ‘Kirtans’ Experience bliss permeated in the air of Rishikesh.

Ques: What are the places to visit around Rishikesh?

Ans: Rishikesh is one of the holiest places in Uttarakhand. The gateway to Garhwal Himalayas, the town is blissful. Along with attending the International Yoga Festival, visit Laxman Jhula, Neelhantha Mahadev Temple, the ashrams, temples and so many more places including Haridwar. You can also make Rishikesh your base and go for a visit to the Char Dham and other pilgrimage sites high up in the Himalayas. Also Rishikesh is one of the best destination for adventure activities in India. Some of the activities you could indulge in includes white water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, trekking, flying fox and camping among others.

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