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International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh

Every year International Yoga Festival is organized in Rishikesh since 1999. Generally it is organized from 01st March to 07th March. International Yoga Festival provides opportunity to attend yoga classes with world famous yoga teachers. Each yoga teacher is expert in some particular type of yoga such as Kundlini Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Naad Yoga, Ashtang Vinyasa Yoga, Hath Yoga, Power Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga and Raj Yoga. Apart from yoga there are also some classes on meditation. Since 1999 every year the visitors are increased. Now the International Yoga Festival is famous in all over the world. During International Yoga Festival Rishikesh is full of various people from all over the world. People from various countries and religions make this festival not only related to yoga but it is also feels like cultural festival. Rishikesh is naturally blessed with scenic beauty. People love to learn yoga in Rishikesh than anywhere else in the world. That make Rishikesh best place for the International Yoga Festival.

Most of the people believe that yoga is physical exercise but yoga is far beyond that. Yoga in not only for body but it is also for our mind and soul. Yoga means Union. Union of breath with body, mind with muscles and also union of self with divine. Yoga is not related to any religion. For Yoga you don't need to worship some god or follow some particular religion or even chant some mantras. Yoga is a science which is used for better health, peaceful life and stress less mind since ancient time.

History of International Yoga Festival

The International Yoga Festival was started in 1999 in Rishikesh by Uttar Pradesh Tourism, Rishikesh was still part of UP (Uttar Pradesh) in 1999. The festival was visited by only a few participants. Uttar Pradesh Government contacted Parmarth Niketan Ashram to host the International Yoga Festival at the ashram in 1999. Participants would stay in any hotel in Rishikesh but there Yoga classes and Satsang programs were organized at Parmarth. The discourse and meditations was inspired by Pujya Shri Swami Veda Bharati ji and Yoga Asanas by Yogacharya Shri Bharat Bhushan Ji and his team. The first International Yoga Festival was led by Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department officers Shri Ravindra Singh (Director General Tourism), Shri B.M. Vohra (Commissioner Garhwal) and Shri R.C. Pandey (Assistant Director Tourism).

Uttar Pradesh government was received the best review from last year participants. The contributors liked the ashram environment in 1999. So Uttar Pradesh Tourism offered an Ashram International Yoga Festival Package (Stay, Yoga, Satsang and Meditation) in the Millennial year 2000. Now all participants were staying at the ashram instead of the hotels. All participants understood that Ashram environment is the best environment for yoga festival instead of Hotel. Dr. Karan Singh ji came as the Chief Guest in 2000.

In 2000 Uttar Pradesh state was divided in two State Uttar pradesh and Uttarakhand. Then Rishikesh came under Uttranchal (Uttarakhand) state. Uttaranchal Tourism also organized International Yoga Festival 2001 with Parmarth Niketan. Participant was increased in 2002 International Yoga Festival in the same Masters Leadership of 2001. According to participants 2003 was best year for International Yoga Festival instead of 2002. This year 130 participants participated for International Yoga Festival. Then the classes were also increased by Parmarth Niketan in 2003.

In 2004 there was Ardh Kumbh Mela In Haridwar so the atmosphere was very energetic and divine. More than 150 participants were here from more 20 countries across the world. The other great saints and yoga acharyas was invited with Pujya Shri Shankaracharya, Swami Divyanand Tirth ji in International Yoga Festival 2004. Shri N.N. Prasad (Principal Secretary of Tourism and Culture) was also invited by Uttarakhand Tourism. Shri Sudarshan Agarwal (Honorable Governor of Uttarakhand) was also present in International Yoga Festival 2004.

International Yoga Festival 2005 was inaugurated by Shri Sudarshan Agarwal (Honorable Governor of Uttarakhand), Shri TPS Rawat (Uttaranchal government Minister of tourism) and Vivek Oberoi (Bollywood Actor) and his father Suresh Oberoi. This year more than 250 participants were participated in International Yoga Festival across the world. In 2006 more than 16 world famous Yogacharya and 300 delegates from 28 countries all over the world was invited to International Yoga Festival.

In 2007 more than 350 participants came here for International Yoga Festival from 38 countries across the world. This year festival was also led same masters as last years.

In 2008 International Yoga Festival was participated by more than 500 people from 32 countries across the world. Since every Year International Yoga Festival was growing up, in 2009 more classes was added in International Yoga Festival. Year 2010 was one of the biggest year for International Yoga Festival.

In 2010 Maha Kumbh Mela was in Haridwar. People enjoyed both festival together. The Maha Kumbh Mela comes after every 12 years. In 2011 and 2012 International Yoga Festival introduced some more classes such as Satsang, Lifestyle and Healing. Participants learned techniques for balance in lifestyle, Yoga Asana, Mantras/Kirtan and Music Therapy.

Now During the March 1 - 7 many places organizes yoga weeks. Uttarakhand Tourism is now not organizing the event with any one.

International Yoga Festival 2017

In 2017 International Yoga Festival is celebrated at many places in Rishikesh. Parmarth Niketan and Hotel Ganga Kinare are one of the most popular places for the yoga festival. Both of them have diffrent program shedule and presenters. Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan is known as International Yoga Festival and Yoga Festival at Ganga Kinare is known as International Yoga Week. for details please check below.

International Yoga Festival Parmarth Niketan

International Yoga Festival is organized by Parmarth Niketan Ashram. It is one of the most popular event due to variety of presenters. Please check below details.

International Yoga Festival Program

Classes for primary yoga classes start at 04:00 am.
01 hour Yoga class at 06:30 am.
Simple breakfast at 07:30 am.
Two hour yoga class at 08:30 am.
Lectures by famous saints at 11 am to 12:30 pm.
Lunch in traditional Indian style at 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm.
Instructional class at 02:30.
Different yoga classes from 03:30 pm to 05:00 pm.
Evening Ganga ceremony (Ganga Aarti) at bank of river Ganga.
Dinner at 07:30 pm.
Special cultural programs, dance or songs till 09:30 pm.

Presenters of International Yoga Festival

Please check the list presenters. H.H. Pujya Swami Dayanand Saraswatiji, H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, H.H. Radhanath Swamiji, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Padmashri Bharat Bhushan, Swami Tattvarupananda, Swami Yogananda, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Sadhvi Abha Saraswati, Jeffrey Armstrong, H.S. Arun, Sherri Baptiste, R.S. Bhogal, Maa Gyaan Suveera, Gabriela Bozic, Hikaru Hashimoto, Satya Kalra, Laura Plumb, Kishan Shah, Bharath Shetty, Roberto Milletti, Aghorananda, Siddhi, Tommy Rosen, Mohan Bhandari, Dr. Rukmani, Yogiraj Vishwapal Jayant, Deepika Mehta, Erica Kaufmann, Yuva Dayal, T.A. Krishnan, Chandanni Miglino, Bhavini Kalan, Daphne Tse, Kia Miller

Location of International Yoga Festival

International Yoga Festival 2017 will be organized at Parmath Niketan Ashram. Parmarth Niketan Ashram is located in Swarg Ashram area in Rishikesh. Famous Ram Jhula is just 700 meter far from here. Lakshman Jhula is 02 kms far from here. From Haridwar Parmarth Niketan is 28 kms far.

International Yoga Week Ganga Kinare

International Yoga Week is organized by hotel ganga kinare in association with Rishikesh Yoga Peeth. Please check below details for Internationa Yoga Week.

International Yoga Week Program

02 hour Yoga class at 06:30 am.
Simple breakfast at 09:00 am to 10:00 am.
Yoga Meditation sessions at 10:30 am to 01:00 pm.
Simple Lunch at 01:30 pm to 02:30 pm.
Yoga Meditation sessions at 02:30 pm to 04:30 pm.
Evening tea break 04:30 pm to 05:00 pm.
Yoga Meditation sessions at 05:00 pm to 07:00 pm.
Evening Ganga ceremony (Ganga Aarti) at bank of river Ganga.
Special cultural programs, dance or songs from 07:15 pm to 08:30 pm.
Dinner at 08:30 pm.

Presenters of International Yoga Festival

Please check the list of presenters at Internation Yoga Week. Ms.Deepti, Mr.Akhilesh, Ms Timea, Ms. Mukta, Shri Jivasu Ji, Shri Roshan Ji, Shri Suhas Tambe, Mr. Natwar Singh & Dr. Kathy

Location of International Week

International Yoga Week 2017 will be organized at Hotel Ganga Kinare. Hotel Ganga Kinare is located in Veerbhadra Road in Rishikesh. Hotel is located near the bank of the river ganges.

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