Yoga in Rishikesh
Breathe in serenity. Breathe out stress. That’s yoga in Rishikesh. The self-styled yoga capital of the world surely lives up to its name. And unlike what many believe, Rishikesh didn’t step up on the yoga pedestal when the Beatles arrived here. In fact, Rishikesh, often referred to as the Gateway to Himalayas, has been the basecamp for ascetics and sages travelling to and from the Himalayas, after having spent time learning yoga and meditation from their gurus in the white wilderness. However, the coming of Beatles sure put Rishikesh on the international map.
Today, Rishikesh is home to - numerous ashrams that offer yoga classes and lodging at a nominal fee, yoga teacher training retreats which are thronged by international yoga practitioners who want to advance their practice and become certified teachers, and luxury yoga and Ayurveda resorts that offer extended wellness holidays interspersed with yoga , organic diets and high-end spa treatments.
Yoga ashrams are places of yoga sanctity. Almost all ashrams in and around Rishikesh have been built by some religious guru or his foundation. Most ashrams offer classes on classic yoga and meditation. They even offer lodging and satvic food to travellers. However, these ashrams are only recommended for yoga practitioners who want to study deep yoga and abide by all the principles of yogic lifestyle- some of which may not be so comfortable to follow in today’s hyper lifestyle. However, given the rush, most ashrams request people to book in advance to avoid any last minute disappointments. The routine involves rising early to do yoga, being involved in doing sewa and kirtans, and indulging in hours of silence and meditation. Parmarth ashram is one of the biggest and most popular ashrams in Rishikesh. Other popular names include Sivananda ashram, Sanskriti Yog Peeth and Phool Chatti ashram.Yoga Retreats
Yoga retreats can be best described as the contemporary version of yoga ashrams. While they focus on in depth yoga practice, yoga retreats are less conservative as compared to traditional ashrams. Most yoga retreats offer yoga teacher training in one or more styles of yoga. And in the course of one month or more allow their students to learn yoga and meditation, experience bits of yogic lifestyle, understand yogic philosophy and experience the local culture. Yoga retreats offer comfortable lodging, and many offer satvic food as well.
Yoga retreats are more popular amongst yoga practitioners who want to spend extended time learning yoga in a comfortable environment, especially among international yoga students. Siddhi Yoga and Rishikesh Yoga Peeth are two popular yoga retreats.
Yoga Resorts: the goodness of yoga has touched every corner of the world, at every level. Thanks to all the celebrity endorsements, yoga has become a status symbol as well, which the elite like to flaunt in their own way. Nestled away from the chaotic mundane life, premium yoga resorts offer not just change of scenery but a luxurious wellness holiday - where yoga meets 5 star ambience, Ayurvedic massages, and therapeutic and beauty spas. Guests get an opportunity to unwind, detoxify and explore the surroundings. These resorts are a perfect getaway for those looking for a healthy and rejuvenating holiday; and for those wanting to experience yoga. Ananda spa, one of the most popular 5 star yoga spas in the world, is located a few kilometers uphill from Rishikesh.
If you are looking to add more zen to your yoga practice, or seeking knowledge and confidence to spread the word about yoga, or simply looking to deepen your practice, then Siddhi Yoga 200hr Yoga Alliance Certification course in Rishikesh is for you.