A March 2006 trip
to Uttarakhand by HimalayanGuide
Quote: Rishikesh is known the world over as International Capital of Yoga & Meditation. Every year it hosts International Yoga Week in March.
Hotel | "International Yoga Week"
Get your asanas truly sorted during Rishikesh's annual yoga week at the much-loved Parmath Niketan ashram. The so-called "yoga capital of the world" is an appropriate setting for a whirlwind tour of the major types of yoga, and happens to be an awesome place to visit as well. This annual festival is now being organized by Parmath Niketan with Uttranchal Tourism. It always attracts great yogic masters from all over the world who arrive by the banks of the Ganges to demonstrate and explore the major traditions of yoga (hatha, raja, karma, bhakti, mantra, laya, and jnana). The town boasts numerous yoga schools to view (of varying standards, ethics, and expense), as well as plenty of places to visit when your chakras are fully aligned.
Apart from the yoga schools, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the many ashrams in Rishikesh that offer courses on meditation, yoga, and Hindu philosophy. The hatha yoga and pranayama meditation classes at Sri Ved Niketan Ashram are well-known. The Shivananda Ashram, opposite the Shivananda Jhula, is also a favourite but needs booking well in advance. Other well-known ashrams include the Yoga Niketan Ashram, the Omkarananda Ashram, the Vanmali Gita Yogashram, and the Dayananda Vedanta Ashram.
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Paramarth Niketan Ashram
Rishikesh, Himalayas, India 249302