Born in India, Yoga is one of the philosophical schemes of India. Manifested and written by the great sage Patanjali, yoga unlocks the secrets of health and well-being. The yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh surely lives up to its name. Rishikesh lies on the banks of River Ganges in the lap of Himalayas. It has been the basecamp for ascetics and sages who have studies and practiced yoga for years. The secrets of the knowledge has been shared and now the town has become the hub for the ancient discipline.
Rishikesh is home to numerous yoga ashrams. Almost all of the ashrams have been built by some religious guru who had knowledge about the philosophy. Most ashrams offer classes on classic yoga and meditation. There are also lodging and satvic food for visitors. However, these ashrams are only recommended for yoga practitioners who want to study yoga in depth. Every individual in the ashram abides by all the principles of yogic lifestyle. Parmarth ashram, Sivananda ashram, Sanskriti Yog Peeth and Phool Chatti ashram are the most popular ones.
Yoga retreats are described as the contemporary version of yoga ashrams. They offer short time courses in yoga. Training is available for students to learn, experience bits of yogic lifestyle, understand philosophy and experience the local culture. Siddhi Yoga and Rishikesh Yoga Peeth are two popular yoga retreats.
Rishikesh is the hub of Yoga. More and more people from all over the world visit the town in Uttarakhand to indulge in the holistic philosophy of health and well-being. Settled away from the chaotic city life, Rishikesh has numerous premium yoga resorts. These resort offer a lavish wellness holiday. Here yoga is combined with 5 star luxuries, Ayurvedic massages, and beauty spas. Ananda spa, is one of the most popular name among the 5 star yoga spas in the world.
Rishikesh also hosts an annual International Yoga Festival in the month of March. Yoga aficionados from all over the globe gather here. Top yoga icons and leaders offer sessions on the most followed branches of yoga such as Kundalini Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Kriya Yoga.