Rishikesh — A haven for yogis and tourists
Home to over 250 yoga schools and ashrams, Rishikesh is popularly known as the “Yoga Capital of the World”. Located in the Northern Indian state of Uttrakhand, it is the gateway to Himalayas and has served as a spiritual haven for many saints and yogis from time immemorial. The sound of the holy river- Ganges, the purifying vibrations of mantras coming from the numerous temples and ashrams, make Rishikesh a magnet for spiritual seekers, pilgrims, people interested in yoga and meditation and even adventure-lovers. Apart from being a starting point for the famous Char Dham pilgrimage, Rishikesh is also suggested to be an ideal starting point for trekking expeditions to Himalayan peaks and for White Water Rafting.
About the Festival
Since the year 1999, this spiritual town in India has also been hosting and witnessing the growth of world’s most popular Yoga festival — The International Yoga Festival, which is a perfect amalgamation of traditional yoga values and yoga forms and practices from around the world. The International Yoga Festival (IYF) is jointly organised by AYUSH, the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, GMVN and Parmarth Niketan Ashram. This year, the 17th edition of IYF will bring together more than 70 presenters, from over 20 countries conducting nearly 150 classes in span of few days, from 1st March to 7th March 2017. The festival will witness a gathering of over 1000 yoga-lovers, including saints, spiritual masters and yoga acharyas from both Eastern and Western lineages of Yoga, teaching traditional and modern Yoga forms.
The festival brings great opportunity for beginners and advanced yogis to learn and practice different yoga styles from reputed yogic gurus like Kia Miller, Laura Plumb, Bharath Shetty, Roberto Milletti, and many more popular yoga teachers from world over and also learn about various yoga philosophies and be blessed with the presence of revered gurus and spiritual masters like H.H.Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, H.H.Pujya Moojo, H.H. Pujya Swami Ramdevji, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and other revered saints. The International Yoga festival is one of the biggest platforms for yoga lovers around the world to learn, interact and share their insights about yoga. Some of the prominently practiced yoga styles during the festival is the Kundalini Yoga, Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Kriya Yoga and Iyengar Yoga. The festival lasts for a week and the yoga classes is almost for around 60 hours led by prominent yoga gurus and saints.
For Eco-conscious Yogis
During the festival one may find tourists flooding the place from all over the world. The city is abuzz with satsangs, positive vibes, and the banks of Ganges are dotted with yogis and saints. Rishikesh is well known for its no-meat rule and is a vegetarian city by law. There is no dearth of Indian as well as international vegetarian and vegan cuisines. Furthermore, in an attempt to protect and preserve the serenity of this spiritual and natural haven, Rishikesh has also banned the use of plastic bags. This comes as a great relief to all eco-conscious yogis who are always on the lookout for eco-friendly options. Since yoga is all about purification of mind, body and soul, yogis taking part in this International Yoga Festival or other teacher training courses, and who are keen to opt for yoga props and accessories that are eco-friendly and cause no pollution to the environment, will find quite a few places in Rishikesh to shop for natural and organic products.
Maaya Organic store in Rishikesh offers a wide range of made-in-India JURU products, from natural travel mats to mat slings. JURU products like Shakti yoga mats are aesthetically designed and are made from natural resources. They have a sand like surface for high-performance and quality . These mats are unique and are easy to maintain. They also have Mandala mats that come with sturdy look and surface that can handle dirt and sweat with aplomb. The mats don’t flake, are anti-slip and provide great grip.
They also have travel mats that are designed for the travel yogis. These mats are foldable and easy to carry and provide unmatched versatility on surfaces like carpets, old mats, beaches and gardens.
One may find all their yoga needs from Maaya Organic, Rishikesh store located near Dharmaraj temple. Apart from mats the store also has many other yoga props and organic products. You can also order these made-in-India and natural yoga props and accessories from juruyoga.com.