International Yoga Festival Rishikesh 2019


The word yoga, in Hindi pronounced as Yog, is derived from Sanskrit word yuj which means to join or unite. Yoga is an ancient Indian science and art. The practice of yoga integrates the body, mind and soul. Yoga can be practiced by all irrespective of colour, caste, creed, sex and race.

The ancient seers laid down four ways by which the practitioner can attain samadhi or spiritual salvation, the goal of yoga.

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These are:

JNANA MARG The path of Knowledge. | KARMA MARG The path of Action.
BHAKTI MARGThe path of selfless Devotion.  | DHYAN MARG The path of Introspection. 


The International Yoga Festival is a weeklong event held at Rishikesh, where Yoga followers reveal in comprehensive lectures and demonstrations of a wide range of yoga styles and asanas.

Distinguished proponents of Yoga conduct sessions along the banks of the sacred river “Ganga” and speak about not just this ancient technique, but also the celestial unity of the mind, body and soul.

The purpose of the International Yoga Festival is to bring together the burgeoning world of yog to the world’s yog capital. It is the annual opportunity for people across the world to interact with the great gurus of yoga, spiritual masters at one place or rather under a same sky.


International Yoga Festival has been taking place in Rishikesh since 1989, organized first by the Government of Uttar Pradesh, and then by the Government of Uttarakhand since 2001. Since 1999, Parmarth Niketan has been hosting this world renowned event which has grown to international acclaim and which grows in size year after year. This year the festival is jointly organized by the Uttarakhand Tourism, Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam and Parmarth Niketan Ashram.

Yogacharyas, teachers, students and seekers come from every corner of the globe to participate in this program. This year there are more than 70 presenters, from 20 countries, giving nearly 150 classes, from 4:00 am until 9:30 pm.

Ashtanga Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Bharat Yoga, Deep Yoga, Shintoh Yoga and Somatics Yoga are just a few of the more than 60 different offerings throughout the week. There are also classes in meditation, mudras, Sanskrit chanting, reiki, Indian philosophy and much more. Further, spiritual discourses will be held by revered spiritual leaders from India and abroad.

There will also be cultural dance/music performances highlighting the culture of this Himalayan Garhwal region as well as music from musicians from Israel, Australia and the U.S.


International Yoga Festival is grounded in the authentic origin of Yoga. Practice and learn from masters from traditional yoga lineages of India, as well as masters of international yoga schools & styles.

During the one-week Festival, you will have the opportunity to participate in over 70 hours of Yoga classes from world-class Yoga teachers practicing multiple styles of Yoga including Kundalini Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Kriya Yoga. The participants will also be blessed with the presence, satsang and divine words of revered saints and spiritual masters from within India.

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 special evening programs of satsang with our spiritual leaders, cultural song and dance events, campfires and more, finishing by 9.30pm.