International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh, India
The International Yoga Festival (IYF) is a world famous gathering of yogic masters, practitioners and seekers from all over the world, coming together as a family to deepen our practice and understanding of Yoga. This is a fantastic opportunity for yogis and yoginis world-wide to travel to our ashram in India and enjoy classes in yoga from all the major lineages, including Kundalini, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Ashtanga and Kriya, as well as courses in Pranayama, Meditation, Devotional chanting (kirtan) and Reiki by leading yogis in each field. Spiritual discourses on the yoga sutras, yogic scriptures and ancient Indian philosophies, such as Ayurveda and Vedanta, as well as cultural song and dance performances will deeply enhance experience of yoga in the body, mind and spirit. Our renowned festival has been featured in the international media by sources such as TIME magazine, the New York Times, CNN, CNBC, Vanity Fair and others. Additionally, we have started a special program this year through which the first participant to register from each country will become that country’s official ambassador. This great honor will include special privileges, opportunities and a unique gift.
March 1-7, 2017
Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India
$500-650 USD dependent on room type
- All meals
- Over 60 hours of yoga classes
- Ganga Aarti each evening
- Satsang/darshan each evening
Come join us for a rare opportunity to learn and experience firsthand from revered saints, spiritual masters, yogacharyas, artists and musicians from India and around the world. Click here for a list of presenters and their bios.
A Typical Day
While each day’s class offerings vary from day-to-day, the general daily program of IYF includes:
- Daily classes start from 4am
- Every day at 6.30am we hold a one-hour yoga class, followed by a simple breakfast
- At 8.30am you can join one of several two-hour hour yoga sessions
- At 11:00 am, before lunch, we have divine and inspiring lectures from revered saints and yogacharyas on a variety of uplifting and inspiring subjects
- A traditional Indian lunch is served from 12.30pm to 1.30pm
- The afternoon starts shortly after lunch with instructional classes, followed by three Yogasana classes from 3.30pm to 5.00pm
- From 6.00pm to 7.00pm we attend the special light ceremony, Aarti, on the banks of the river Ganga
- Dinner is served at 7.00pm followed by a special evening programs of satsang with our spiritual leaders, cultural song and dance events, campfires and more, finishing by 9.30pm
Parmarth Niketan is an ashram on the holy banks of Mother Ganga in Rishikesh. The ashram provides spiritual seekers with a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere as well as abundant, beautiful gardens. It is the largest ashram in Rishikesh with over 1000 rooms.
- Many guest rooms have attached, Western-style bathrooms
- Many have hot, running water.
- Linens are provided.
- The facilities are a perfect blend of modern amenities and traditional, spiritual simplicity.
Dining facilities are set up in the back yoga gardens for all IYF participants. All food is vegetarian. We do have gluten & lactose-free options available during meals, but please remember that we sometimes host 1,000 guests or more, and it not possible to have everyone like everything that’s offered at all meal times. It is always safe and advisable to carry non-perishable options, just in case the choices present at that time are not palatable to you. There is an adjacent market-place where a variety of choices are available for purchase also. Please note: in respect to the traditions of the ashram, no non-vegetarian food (including eggs) are allowed within the ashram premises.