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International Yoga Festival 2017

The International Yoga Festival 2017

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The Yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh is all set to host the International Yoga festival from the 1st – 7th March, 2017. The festival is organised by Parmarth Niketan ashram along with The Ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy), GMVN, and The Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board. Held annually, this year marks the 18th edition of the world renowned event.


Snapshots of The International Yoga Festival (IYF)


International Yoga Festival 2016 – A global gathering for Yoga

By Yarang Michi

The International Yoga Festival (IYF) represents that yoga is for everyone, irrespective of background, culture or religion. The need for yoga is everywhere, and this festival helps in bringing change and progressing towards a more healthy and peaceful life. The Yoga Festival is an annual event and this year it was scheduled between 1- 7th of March, 2016.  (more…)

International Yoga Festival Rishikesh 2016

By Puja Borker

Rishikesh is home to some of the most eminent Yoga schools and ashrams and Parmarth Niketan is one of the most popular Ashrams that attracts thousands of pilgrims from across the globe. Parmarth Niketan Ashram has been organising and hosting the International Yoga Festival since 1999 and has been successful in recreating the essence of the Sanskrit phrase “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” which means “the world is one family.”


The 16th International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh

Article by Hazem Abu-Ghazaleh

_CHP2052On Saturday 7th March, the 16th International Yoga Festival at Parmath Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh came to a close. It was a truly magical and successful 7-day event with nearly 1000 participants from 60 different countries.  (more…)

Phool Chatti Ashram, Rishikesh

Phool Chatti Ashram is located on the banks of the Ganges River near Rishikesh but far enough away to be secluded in nature. In the past, this was a place for weary travelers on their pilgrimage. Today, they still maintain their traditional character while also providing minor comforts for the western traveler. The ashram has a Guru, but you will be guided by the kind and knowledgeable Lalitaji who will also guide you through our new video!

We invite you to read more on Phool Chatti Ashram in our yoga directory and in our book on the best yoga centers in India. 


Omkarananda Ashram, Rishikesh

This is the first of many videos from introducing the best yoga centres in India!
Omkarananda Ashram in Rishikesh is one of the top yoga centres in our book “Yoga in India: a journey to the top 24 yoga places“.

We hope you enjoy it and that the wonderful Usha Devi inspires you to come and study yoga in India!


International Yoga Festival

March 1-7, 2012 – Rishikesh, India


What is the International Yoga Festival?

Parmarth Niketan is a top yoga center in our book “Yoga in India: a Journey to the Top 24 Yoga Places” and co-hosts the annual International Yoga Festival. This one-week festival located in Rishikesh, otherwise known as the birthplace of yoga, offers over 70 hours of yoga classes, satsangs and lectures from some of the most distinguished yoga masters and spiritual leaders of the East and the West. All levels of knowledge and practice are welcome.


Why go to the International Yoga Festival?

If you want to study yoga in India but only have a short amount of time, the International Yoga Festival is a great way to go. You will study with internationally renowned yogis and yoginis in one of the most beautiful and historical places in India. Rishikesh rests on the banks of the Ganges, India’s holiest river, in the foothills of the Himalayas. It’s unsurprising therefore that this spectacular city has remained one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites for hundreds of years.


Where to stay in Rishikesh?

Most people attending the festival stay at Parmarth Niketan. Not only do they host the activities for the yoga festival, but they also perform the nightly riverside Aarti Ceremony, an experience you don’t want to miss.


If there is no availability at Parmarth Niketan or if you prefer to get away from the crowd, there is no shortage of ashrams and yoga centres in Rishikesh and you are guaranteed to find one that suits your needs. The sense of culture and community you experience in an ashram is one of the greatest gifts of India. For those who are not yet comfortable with “beauty in simplicity,” you can also find some high-end hotels with amazing views of the Ganges and within walking distance to Parmarth Niketan.

How to register for the International Yoga Festival?

Registration is open online until February 26th. After February 26th you must register in person at Parmarth Niketan. You can register as an individual or as a group. Groups of 20 or more are eligible for a discount.
You can find more information on the official website of the International Yoga Festival.

Yoga in India: a journey to the top 24 yoga places

Parmarth Niketan is one of our Top 24 yoga places in India. For more information, we invite you to check out our book:
Yoga in India: a journey to the top 24 yoga places

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