Utterly gorgeous Uttarakhand, one of India’s most beautiful states, is a land that has been endowed with stunning scenic beauty and is also called the Land of the God’s owing to its numerous temples and pilgrimage centers. It is but natural that such a serene place would be the home of the ancient art of Yoga and yoga related events amidst its pure and pristine environs.
One such festival is the International Yog Festival (IYF) that is organized annually by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) in association with Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). Every year the IYF sees a great attendance by Indian and International participants.
The upcoming IYF 2019 is scheduled to be held from 1st – 7th March 2019 in Rishikesh, the beautiful city that calls itself the Yoga capital of the world. These 7 diverse days promise to make you discover a new perspective to the art of Yog and to discover a new you.
It is to be noted that while there are many yoga festivals being organized in Rishikesh (even on similar dates), The International Yog Festival 2019, is the official government festival for yoga and spiritual learning. IYF does not support or authenticate ANY other festival for yoga in Uttarakhand.
The mission of IYF –
The mission is to create a platform where all traditional and modern styles of yoga can come together and learn from each other.
The aim of the festival is to give yoga enthusiasts from around the world a chance to experience the divine art of uniting mind, body and soul.
The vision is to maintain the image of Uttarakhand as the land of and also enhance it further by giving birth to many more yogis who can manifest the power of yoga and inspire others to do the same.
The goal is to see that yoga becomes a part of every person’s life and enriches it with health, happiness and harmony.
The festival venue is Hotel Ganga Resort, Rishikesh.
The 7 day life transforming event will be jointly inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat and the Minister of Tourism, Shri Satpal Maharaj.
This week long festival has been divided into 3 themes –
- Traditional Yoga (Day 1 and 2),
- Contemporary Yoga (Day 3 and 4)
- Shakti – the power of creation (Day 5-7).
The last 3 days will be a celebration of divine feminine spirit, wherein prominent female spiritual figures and yoga practitioners will share their knowledge and conduct Shakti (energy) invoking sessions in a variety of yoga styles.
Besides the yoga classes, there are various symposiums going to be held on topics, such as
Yoga for women,
The Yogic way of Life,
Traditional vs. contemporary Yoga,
Yoga before and beyond the asanas,
The goal and the foundations of Yoga,
An integrated (body-mind-soul) approach to Yoga,
Significance of the Shatkarma in Yogic advancements,
Frontiers of Yoga as per the ancient texts & their attainability
Yoga for me vs. I’m for Yoga
Sessions by experts –
The festival will host a number of sessions with some of the leading Yoga affiliated experts and eminent personalities like Yogi Arun Perumal, Yogi Jaydevan, Trivendaram, Yogi Jeet Anand Ji, Yogi Nitin Virkhare ji, Brahmachari Patrey Ji, Sadhvi Yoganjali Puri, Yogachary Amrit Desai, Yogacharya Kamini Desai, Yogacharya Nirali, Yogacharya Geeta Shankar, Chennai, Yogachary Gandhar Mandlik, Yogachary O.P. Tiwari, Yogachary H.R. Nagendra ji, Yogachary Radhyshyam Ji will grace the occasion.
Yoga Packages and Booking –
There are pocket friendly packages created for this 7 day open festival and they can be booked online directly from the official website of IYF
All facilities and amenities like food and stay will be made available 24/7 for tourists and participants.
Also connect with them at –
More details of the festival are available at their website of the IYF. The latest updates of IYF2019 can also be obtained from the FB page of Uttarakhand tourism, Instagram of Uttarkhand tourism and Twitter of Uttarakhand tourism
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