While River Ganga is all set to immerse the world with its spirituality in Allahabad, it is extending its far-flung shores widely to rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul in Rishikesh too.

Yes, we’re talking about international yoga festival of India 2019, which is gearing up to take over the world with its groundbreaking celebration. So, be a part of it and seek yourself within you.

Whether you want your soul to meet your spirits or just want to unite your physical health with an eternal mental peace, the only shelter is, of course, ‘yoga’.

Do you know, you can witness the extreme form of yoga and meditation draped with an utter calmness in the international yoga festival of India.

So, let’s feel this serenity together learning more about international yoga festival of India. Throw yourself on yoga pants and lay down your yoga mat for the biggest yoga festival in the world.

What Is International Yoga Festival Of India

Attracting the worldwide tourists, ‘international yoga festival’ is actually a harmonious event celebrated grandly in India. It is a multi-day festival completely focused on yoga and meditation.

Yoga experts and religious teachers from all over the world flock to Rishikesh to participate in this festival. Thus, the festival doesn’t only promote human wellbeing but also keeps the legacy of yoga intact.

During the festival, you’ll get extensive and authentic information about yoga. The interesting part is that you’ll get a chance to interact directly with skilled yoga gurus, who are unlikely to meet you in your modern lifestyle.

Each day of the festival is reserved for a particular type of yoga. So, check out the sessions beforehand and plan your yoga tour accordingly. During the entire festival, you’ll get to see more than 50 evoking yoga sessions.

In addition to yoga sessions, many other cultural events and Satsangs also take place continuously throughout the festival.

And, this all is organized by Uttarakhand tourism development board along with state tourism department.

Don’t misunderstand ‘international yoga festival of India’ as ‘international yoga and music festival’. The latter one is a completely different festival and takes place in November.

A Little Bit History

Don’t fret. This history is not going to revolve around wars or battles. Rather it is deep-rooted in harmony, calmness, and self-awareness. If you’ll delve deep into the history of yoga, it is as old as the Indian Vedas themselves.

Guess what, India is the birth land of yoga. Swami Vivekanand introduced yoga to the world. Then, yoga gurus like Baba Ramdev further gave it soaring heights and worldwide fame.

This is when the international yoga festival of India came into existence. Initially, UP government took an initiative to celebrate our yoga heritage as a festival in 1999.

Since then, the festival has evolved significantly. In fact, its popularity has grown by leaps and bounds in recent few years. From being a cultural event to becoming an international festival, it has taken the world under its cap.

In just no time, it has become the best yoga festival in India and the biggest event of its kind in the world.

When Is International Yoga Festival Of India Held

If you’re burning with the curiosity to know the dates of international yoga festival of India 2019, hold your breath. We’re just there.

And, if you’re keenly waiting for this grand festival, better keep your eyes on the dates of Kumbh Mela.

Do you know why? Well, because as Kumbh Mela 2019 will pull up its stakes in Allahabad, international yoga festival of India 2019 will take over the holy town of Rishikesh.

International yoga festival of India is an annual festival celebrated enthusiastically. Generally, it starts from 1 March and lasts for a week every year. See, even weather is in your favor. Isn’t it?

Believe us, the pleasant weather of March accentuates the calmness of this festival million times more.

Where Does International Yoga Festival Of India Take Place

Any guesses where can this grand festival of yoga take place? Maybe, in Rishikesh! Yes, you guessed it right. The biggest international yoga festival is held in the ruling seat of yoga, Rishikesh.

What you think, it is celebrated like any other festival in every household? Well, if you think so, you definitely need to attend this festival at least once so that you can clear the messy air of your mind. For now, we can help you a bit.

International yoga festival of India actually takes place in an Ashram of Rishikesh. And, it is ‘Parmarth Niketan Ashram’, where you can see the deepest ocean of meditation and the largest sea of Yoga Asanas.

Located on the stretching shores of River Ganga and the majestic foothills of Himalaya, Parmarth Niketan Ashram is truly a heaven on the earth.

During the international yoga festival of India, it is all enlaced with the scenic beauty, sheer tranquility, and mind-blowing activities.

However, other than Parmarth Niketan Ashram, you can see many other Ashrams too immersed in the deluge of festivity.

International Yoga Festival Of India In 2019

So far, you must have known the bare bones of international yoga festival of India. Right? So, now, let’s get into the pool of details of international yoga festival 2019 without wasting much time.

We promise, after getting out of this pool, you’ll surely pack your bags and rush to the festival. So are you ready? Okay, let’s start.

As said above, international yoga festival of India will start from March 1 in 2019 too. Again, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh is the host. To add more, it will be the 30th edition of this festival.

It has gained worldwide recognition in such a short span of time. Isn’t it? Like previous years, the festival is expected to receive multitudes of people, yogis, saints, and peace seekers.

Don’t assume it just a yoga festival. Rather it is a mega event of the country. Don’t believe us? Okay, you yourself catch the highlights of international yoga festival in India.

Highlights Of International Yoga Festival Of India 2019

International yoga festival of India 2019 is certainly going to be a grand event filled with many activities. In fact, these 7 days would be so happening in Parmarth Niketan Ashram that you’re bound to forget the world.

Various activities continue throughout the day creating a soothing aura. If you want to relish every bit of it, make sure to attend each and every event of this festival.

Don’t worry. We’ll tell you about the various activities and events of international yoga festival of India in all detail. But for that, you have to hold your horses a bit.

We’ll come to this later. For now, just have a look at the highlights of Rishikesh international yoga festival 2019.

● Different types of yoga and Asanas
● Meditation and Pranayama
● Yoga for women
● Bhakti Fest
● Ayurveda and therapies
● Havan and Yajna
● Yogic lectures and workshops
● Various activities associated with Yoga

The 7 days of international yoga festival 2019 are scheduled with unnumbered of events, activities, and class sessions. If you’re not an early bird, prepare yourself from today itself to leave your bed at sharp 4 AM.

Know why? Well, because the day will start early in the morning during the international yoga festival of India. Then, activities will continue daylong. Don’t panic! You’ll get a break in between.

Generally, a session of a particular activity lasts for 1-2 hours. Here, mentioning all the sessions of each activity would be difficult. So, just have a look at the names of the activities scheduled for the day.

Day Date Yoga Style Activities
1st day 1st March Traditional yoga Yoga, Pranayama, meditation, advanced yoga, therapy, inaugural function, yoga lectures, Ganga Aarti, and Bhakti fest at the last.
2nd day 2st March Traditional yoga Same as the first day
3rd day 3st March Contemporary yoga Dynamic physical yoga, meditation, advanced yoga, therapy, Ganga Aarti and Bhakti Fest at the end of the day.
4th day 4st March Contemporary yoga Same as the third day
5th day 5st March Yoga for women
( Shakti- the power of creation)
Pranayama, meditation, advanced yoga, yoga lectures, therapy, and other activities.
Note- all activities and yoga are women-centered from the 5th day.
6th day 6st March Yoga for women Same as the fifth day
7th day 7st March Yoga for women Same as the last two days. Also, the closing ceremony



Do you know what does ‘presenters’ mean in international yoga festival of India? No? Okay, let us shed some lights on it before getting started with the presenters of international yoga festival 2019.

Presenters are actually the revered spiritual leaders and expert yoga gurus, who grace the festival with their presence.

To your surprise, a large number of yoga experts from all over the world flock to the international yoga festival of India.

Now tell us, can you afford to miss this golden opportunity of practicing yoga in front of renowned yoga gurus? Of course, you can’t!

These yoga gurus will guide you and even help you doing yoga in a right manner. The interesting thing is that you’ll get to interact with a different yoga guru in every session.

Are you curious to know the names of presenters of yoga and meditation festival 2019? Okay, no more wait. Here you go.

● Swami Ramdev Ji
● Swami Divyanand Teerth Ji
● Acharya Balkrishna Ji
● Pujya Moo JI
● Bhikkhu Sanghasena Ji
● Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
● Swami M.M. Asanganand Ji
● Sadhvi Abha Saraswati
● Gabriela Bozic
● Dana Flynn

So, these are the prominent presenters of international yoga festival this year. The complete list of presenters goes endless. You can know the names of all only when you’ll attend the festival.

Programs And Events

Though it is hard to put the galore events of international yoga festival of India briefly, we can still try to capture the gist of the festival.

Right from the first day to the very last day, various programs and events continue to buzz the city with a soothing aura of festivity.

Believe us, there is a lot to feel, explore, experience, and witness during the international yoga festival of India.

Here, we have brought together the worth-experiencing events of international yoga festival Rishikesh 2019. Shall we go?

Lectures and workshops associated with yoga

Kumbh Mela is all about the grandeur of the religion and with no surprise, Kumbh marks its onset with the much splendid procession of the famous religious houses or Akharas.

These processions hit the streets on a different tangent of jollity to welcome people from all around the world into their universe. Saints t the highest positions aggressively take part in this parade along with their group on chariots, horsebacks and even elephants.

Buts that’s not all because it’s the power of devotion that is worth watching in this parade with many devotees volunteering to provide their services to these groups. From showering flowers to helping them with the instruments, people do make an effort to keep this tradition alive and kicking. Well, to be frank, it’s worth all the efforts and you will agree with us on this once you set foot there.

Dance and music programs (Bhakti Fest)

Remember, we mentioned this term ‘Bhakti Fest’ earlier in the article. We promised you to get back to it. Remember? So finally, we are here.

With the world ‘Bhakti’ itself, you can assume that it has something to do with devotion and spirituality. Well, let us tell you all about it in detail.

Bhakti Fest is actually a grand event of international yoga festival of India. You can also call it Satsang or Keertan in better words.

It will take place at the night for two hours in the starting couple of days of the festival. These 2 hours will be completely soaked into cultural music and dance. So here, please don’t expect jazzy music.

From spiritual songs to cultural performances, Bhakti Fest is all about soothing your soul in an entertaining way.

Believe us, Indian classical dances accompanied by the traditional music instruments will literally stir up magic in you.

Yoga and meditation classes

Needless to say, yoga and meditation classes are the biggest events of international yoga festival of India.

During these 7 days, more than 60 hours of yoga classes will be held in different sessions. The presenters and topics will also be different from session to session

They will help you practice the different style of yoga and Asanas in a precise manner. From Ashtanga yoga to Kundalini yoga, Hatha yoga to Vinyasa, Raaj yoga to Kriya, you’ll learn everything about all styles of yoga.

In addition to that, you’ll also learn the deepest core of meditation in these yoga sessions. The yoga gurus will teach you the right alignment of mind and soul.

The experts will do everything. You just have to imitate them. If you’re having any problem or unable to do any particular yoga, turn to the gurus.

They are here to help the participants only. So, don’t feel shy. Unleash yourself in yoga and let your soul be liberated.

Ayurveda classes

It’s not only the yoga classes that spellbind the visitors during international yoga festival of India. Rather there is a complete treasure trove of Ayurvedic science too.

In fact, it is international yoga festival of India only that has revived Ayurveda in the era of advanced medical science.

Again, this event is held in sessions and guided by Ayurveda specialists. During the event, you’ll learn how to keep yourself fit and healthy.

From a little remedy to the big therapies, you’ll get to learn everything in Ayurveda classes.
So, participate in these Ayurvedic sessions and be your own doctor. Other than healing therapies and remedies, the experts will also tell you the life management tips for a healthy life.

If you want to enjoy Ayurvedic session to the core, try your hands in yoga food cooking. Yes, some classes are focused on this topic too. In fact, you can learn a number of recipes for healthy food.

Ganga Aarti

Ganga Aarti is a customary ritual rather than just an event. If you have ever witnessed Ganga Aarti ceremony in Varanasi, you can draw a picture of this event too.

Ganga Aarti ceremony is a daily event of international yoga festival of India. It takes place at the end of every day.

As the dusk enters, the majestic Ghats of Ganga sparkle at their all splendor creating a fascinating aura. This soothing atmosphere is further glorified by the continuous chants of Mantras and echoes of conchs.

The panoramic view of sunset, awe-inspiring backdrop of majestic Himalayan ranges, and the gushing water of River Ganga truly impart a sense of divine calmness.

A throng of people attends Ganga Aarti ceremony at Parmarth Niketan Ghat. So, make sure you reach there before time. Else, you’ll find yourself jostling among the crowd. And yes, keep your camera all set here.


International yoga festival of India is a weeklong festival. The festival is classified into themes.

Thus, it gives the visitors a better understanding of what activities are going to be held on a particular day. Want to know the themes of international yoga festival of India 2019? Okay, here you go:

1. Traditional Yoga: Day 1 & 2
The first two days of international yoga festival of India 2019 are reserved for a traditional style of yoga. Under this theme, you’ll learn the ancient type of yoga, Asanas, and meditations.

The yogic workshop and lectures will also be around the ancient traditions. Believe us, you can’t find a better place than this to learn about our ancient culture.

If you’re a first-timer, you might find traditional yoga a bit complex. Nevertheless, the yoga experts are always there to help you.

2. Contemporary Yoga: Day 3 & 4
Everything is refined with the course of time, even human beings. Isn’t it? So, how the yoga styles can remain unchanged for the last 5000 years.

Obviously, they changed too. You can explore these modified yoga styles on the 3rd & 4th day of international yoga festival of India.

This theme solely deals with the yoga styles that meet the need of modern people. If you’re planning to attend only a few days of international yoga festival of India 2019, make sure you don’t miss these two days.

The contemporary yoga is actually a blend of ancient yoga techniques and modern human needs.

3. Shakti- the power of creation: From the 5th day
Women are the power of the universe. They are the creator, reformer, and the extreme power. Aren’t they? See, even international yoga festival of India celebrates the power of women dedicating a couple of days solely for women.

The last three days are completely devoted to the yoga styles focusing on the needs of women. The instructors are also female.

Though yoga benefits everyone equally, women need different styles of yoga to train their body and mind.

If you’re a man, you can explore the other side of the festival during these three days.

4. Therapeutic Yoga: All Days
Don’t miss the sessions regarding this theme whether topic interests you or not. You can’t deny the fact that the hectic lifestyle of the modern world is vulnerable to many diseases.
If you’re also struggling with your health, do attend each and every session of therapeutic yoga.

Unlike other themes, this one is celebrated all 7 days of the festival. The theme mainly focuses on the therapies of deadly diseases such as cardiac problem, mental health, diabetes, obesity, and many others.

You go for a health check-up every now and then. Just try once these life-transforming therapies. Believe us, you won’t have to rush for your medical appointments anymore.

International Yoga Festival Of India 2019 Registration


Unlike other festivals and spiritual gathering of India, you need tickets for this festival. You can surely explore Rishikesh without tickets during the festival, but if you wish to attend yoga classes and other events, you have to purchase tickets.

Now you must be thinking that where can you get tickets? Are you? Well, don’t worry. We’ll tell you everything before you head out for your international yoga festival India tour.

You can book the tickets from its official site conveniently. If somehow you can’t, another option is to purchase it from the counter at Parmarth Niketan Ashram itself.

However, tickets are not always available at the counter during the festival. Better, you book it beforehand online.

The booking of tickets starts before months. So, what you’re waiting for? Book it today and now itself.

Key Points About International Yoga Festival Of India

Every single day of international yoga festival of India is reserved for a slew of activities. And, these activities and events are conducted in a systematic manner.

In fact, the festival itself has certain rules and restrictions for the participants. So, before heading out for the festival, make sure you’re aware of them.

Here are the most important ones.

● In international yoga festival of India, the day begins at 4:00 AM with morning Sadhana. Can you wake up so early? C’mon, it’s just for 7 days.

● The day will end at 9:30 PM. Long 18 hours. Quite exhausting! No?

● Here, you’ll get only Sattvik food (vegetarian food). Believe us, amid this calm aura, you won’t feel the desire of greasy chicken either.

● The average class session lasts for 1-2 hours. In between the classes, you’ll get snacks, tea, and other refreshments.

● During the festival, you have to be calm, nonviolent, respectful, disciplined, and friendly. After all, you’re here to attain the peace of mind.

● Cultural performance, Satsang, and Keertan are meant to be attended by all tourists. However, you’re not forced to do so. It’s totally up to you whether you want to or not.

Key Attractions During International Yoga Festival Of India

When you’re in Rishikesh during international yoga festival of India, don’t restrict yourself just to Parmarth Niketan Ashram.

Though this Ashram is the center point of the international yoga festival of India, you can find many other places too hued in the colors of this festival.

So, go out and explore every bit of it. Being one of the top destinations for yoga and surfing, the holy land of Rishikesh has many wonders to treat your soul, body, and, of course, your eyes.

So are you ready to bathe in this mystic air? Well, head to these places.

● Hotel Ganga Kinare International Yoga Week
Hotel Ganga Kinare of Rishikesh celebrates this week long festival as ‘international yoga week’. Make sure to visit hotel Ganga Kinare because it is inseparably connected with international yoga festival of India.

Today the festival is celebrated in Parmarth Niketan Ashram, but Hotel Ganga Kinare is the first host of this festival. Given the fact, it still celebrates the festival in a grand way.

Here, you can attend many cultural programs along with continuous yoga classes, which are again guided by the expert Yogacharya.

● GMVN Ganga Resort
GMVN Ganga resort is another must-visit place during international yoga festival of India. Like Parmarth Niketan Ashram, GMVN Ganga Resort is also buzzed with a slew of yoga activities.

So, if you couldn’t get the tickets for Parmarth Niketan Ashram, GMVN Ganga resort can be other best option for you. It is completely entwined with a divine aura of yoga and meditation during the festival.

Here, you can participate in one of the largest yoga meets and interact with the yoga experts. So, don’t miss a chance to infuse yourself a deep ocean of knowledge. Guess what, here you can meet like-minded people too.

● Rishikesh nearby Ashrams
When you’re in Rishikesh during international yoga festival, you’re bound to visit every Ashram of the city. Even if you don’t want to, you’ll be drawn naturally.

In the lap of Himalayan ranges, washed by River Ganga, and draped by awe-inspiring milieu, these Ashrams are truly an escape for peace seekers.

They all are thoroughly entwined with yoga and come at their all glory during international yoga festival of India. However, if you don’t want to indulge in yoga, you can just explore the mystic charm of Ashrams.

Apart from Parmarth Niketan Ashram, visit these Ashrams too and impart yourself with utter calmness of mind.

Importance And Benefist Of Yoga

We guess this would be the most discussed topic in the world. Still, the discussion can never be completed. Do you know why?

Well, because the benefits of yoga are uncountable. So, how can the discussion get over? If you start pinning them down, your life would end but the list will not end.

Needless to say, yoga benefits us physically, mentally, and spiritually, and also emotionally. Let’s see the foremost benefits of yoga in human life.

● Yoga instills positivity in you and eclipses the negativity. It makes you a mentally stronger person.

● Yoga reduces stress and helps you be calm even in unfavorable conditions. Furthermore, it lifts you when you’re down.

● It intensifies your stamina and removes unwanted toxins from your body. You just need to do it precisely.

● It helps you easily deal with lethal diseases such as blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and joint pain.

● Yoga makes your heart stronger and improves blood circulation. Thus, it makes you a fit person.

● Above all, yoga prevents skin diseases. In fact, it acts as an anti-aging therapy. Don’t believe us? Try for a month. You’ll see impressive results.

● Yoga balances your metabolism and boosts the immune system. Further, it also improves nerve system functionality.

● It helps you control your mind and improves the concentration. Thus, it opens the door for happiness, calmness, and inner satisfaction.

● It reshapes your personality mentally, physically, behaviorally, and verbally. Overall, it makes you a better person in every aspect.

● Also, yoga helps you to come out of your comfort zone and meet new people. So, step out and grow your circle.

Answering To Your Questions

Wait! It’s not done yet. You still need to know something. Any guesses what we haven’t told you yet about international yoga festival of India? Well, it’s the answers to your questions.

How many days international yoga festival of India lasts?
The festival lasts for 7 days starting from March 1 to March 7.

Can only Indians participate in this festival?
No, international yoga festival of India is beyond boundaries, beliefs, and races. Anybody can participate from all over the world.

What are accommodation and dietary options?
Stay relax! You’ll get everything. However, you need to describe your needs while booking the tickets.

Do you need to bring your own yoga mat?
Well, you can if you’re obsessed with your own yoga mat. However, you’ll get the one there.

Can you book the ticket for a particular day during the festival?
Yes, you can. After all, it’s you people only who make it a grand festival. That’s why the festival caters your every need.

What do you need to pack?
Obviously, pack your yoga pants, t-shirts, and a pair of flip-flop. Overall, you have to look decent and respectful.

Do you need to attend every single yoga class?
No, it’s completely up to you. First, check out the schedule and then go for what suits you the best.

When is the international day of yoga celebrated?
International day of yoga or yoga day is celebrated on 21 June every year. It was first celebrated in 2015.

A writer by profession, humanitarian by nature and an Indian by heart. She is a foreign language graduate fuelled by an indomitable passion for writing and researching.


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