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Yoga literally means “Union”. It is a union of breath, body, mind and muscles and most importantly, union of the self to the Divine. What can be a better place to become “United” other than the Sacred banks of Ganga river. To promote the ancient science of Yoga, a week long event is organised in the first week of March by the State Tourism Department in Rishikesh (Himalayan Foothills) every year. The event was first held in 1990 besides the bank of river Ganga and has been enlightening people ever since.

The International Yoga Week gives you a way out from your regular juggling Life and allows you to spend a few tranquil days to communicate with your Inner Self. Yoga practices have also received accolades in many countries and people from all over World come to participate in this popular event.
Every year, this International Yoga week, begins on 1st of March and is carried out till 7th March in Rishikesh & from 1st of November to 7th of November.. This is an opportunity for all the Yoga enthusiasts to learn Kundalini Yoga, Reiki, Pranayama, Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Power Yoga, Pranic Healing, Yoga Therapy, Music Therapy, Meditation, Nada yoga, Meditation and much more.
Rishikesh is a picturesque town located in the hills of Uttarakhand and is extremely close to nature with the sprawling green trees. The major highlights of this Yoga week are detailed lectures and demonstrations of various Yoga postures by prominent exponents. Every year, the Yoga week showcases practicing and learning Yoga from the experienced Yoga masters, where the art flows in the family from one generation to the other. Many Yoga Gurus and Spiritual masters will be attending this event and special Satsangs / Bhajans will be organised for the visitors.

History : It began in year 1990 as a selfless Initiative of Shri Bharatbhushan ji for the well being of fellow humans. He is the first ever recipient of coveted ‘Padmashri’ by Government of India for Yoga. The Purpose of First ever International Yoga Festival was to spread the literal meaning of the word “Yoga” which is, Union of consciousness with the Body. In Yoga, Lord Shiva is considered the Adi Yogi and the Adi Guru.

He is the foremost among the Yogis and the first teacher of the Science of Yoga. The disciples, later spread the art and were called Yogis.
The beginning was small with cosmopolitan mix of 40 participants from various countries such as Germany, Australia, Britain, Italy, Israel and America. Most of them were travelers taking interest in Yoga festival as a longer trip to India.
Since then, the love for Yoga has grown tremendously on International level. Yoga has also been identified by United Nation for its Universal appeal.
The proposed International Yoga Festival for year 2018 will be conducted from 1st -7th March and will be joined by several National and foreign dignitaries.
The theme for the 2018 celebration, organized by SIYA is ‘Yoga for Health’ and highlights the fact that yoga can contribute in a Holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between Mind, Body and the Soul. We believe, that this approach to Health and well Being can make a direct and useful contribution to humankind’s quest to achieve sustainable development and move towards Lifestyles that are in Harmony with Nature.

What to Expect :

To bless the tourists travelling from across the globe to Rishikesh / Haridwar with an unparalleled experience with the Masters of Traditional Yoga Lineages from India will be there for the entire week. Here they will be taking different sessions of Yoga classes where you can get all authentic lessons and information regarding Yoga, Meditation, Kundalini, Sacred Circle meditation, Ayureveda & lots more..

Total of approx. 60 hours of classes will be taken by the World-class Yoga practitioners, where they will be teaching about the Traditional way of practicing some of the most useful Meditational poses, Asanas and particularly multiple style of Yoga like Kundalini Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, and Kriya Yoga. Those who are interested in listening to the Religious Masters and Saints of India would be Blessed by ther presence.

Yoga Week Schedule :

  • 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.

Please note : The days there is no Ganga aarti, people shall have an opportunity to have private sessions or to have time for waolks around the mar.

Other Attractions:
As you know the most Sacred river of India, the Ganga flows through Rishikesh, an uncountable number of temples and ashrams are found next to her banks. So, when you have some spare time, try exploring the nearby attractions of Rishikesh which are not much far from your Yoga Meditation Camp. Go visiting the temple of Haridwar, Kunajpuri Devi, Neelkanth Mahadev and Bharat Mata. Witnessing the Aarti at Triveni Ghat / Parmarth Niketan, you would feel delighted. You can also explore a few major sightseeing options in Rishikesh such as Swarg Ashram, The Beatles Ashram, Laxman Jhula or Gita Bhavan.

For the Nature lovers there are many hikes, small waterfalls, streams & can avail the opportunity to visit Rajaji National Park for an open jeep safari or Tribal Tour (Hiking tour in Rajaji)