Yoga, derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’, Yoga means a union of the self-awareness or your soul with the universal awareness of Spirit. Yoga is a 5000-year-old Indian system of body knowledge. A myth yoga is only as a physical exercise where people stretch, twist, turn, and breathe in the most complex ways, these myths are actually only and only the most superficial aspect of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human soul and mind. The science of Yoga changes the complete essence of the Way of Life.
Yoga is a combination of Aasan, exercises, emotional integration and spiritual elevation to your soul with a touch of a magical constituent, which in turns gives you a feel of something beyond your expectations.
Yoga is to know about your inner self and to provide a calm space to your soul. And in other words, we can define this calmness as freedom from all the sufferings, freedom from all the doubts and freedom from all the confusions. With practicing more and more you will feel a natural holiness evolved in your inner self as you feel this calmness and you increasingly realize this as the core abstract of your life. This is the realization what is called yoga: a clear knowledge of your own entity of yourself with the source of all life. When you contain this knowledge, your life starts to flow with a vigorous freshness and coherence, with clarity, mental alertness and a fullness of loving understanding.
Yoga is the exploration into this state of awareness and existence. Yogis have invented, through their deep personal analysis that at the root of their own life exists freedom and an ever-present space.
In this state of awareness, the body and mind continue to function perfectly. One benefit is that negative and painful thoughts in your mind like anxiety, anger, fear, greediness, neediness or confusion no longer seem so real. In the state ideas are not repeated or re-enforced, after time, they just flew away! It’s great to have a healthy body, but this awareness is the real power of Yoga!
The science of Yoga had been discovered and developed in ancient India thousands of years back. But the history and old literature of Yoga comes in existence from around 200 BC when Maharshi Patanjali wrote his eminent text Yoga Sutra. However, there are various references that position way back to the Vedic times in 2000-3000 BC when the science of Yoga was innovated.
Role of Yoga and Spirituality in Indian Culture and Tourism
Yoga is quite popular in modern society of all round globe. People from across the world now come to India for Ayurveda, Yoga, and Meditation that is practiced since centuries. In fact, India is emerged as a health tourism destination because of these reasons. India has always been known for its spirituality, religious and Yoga practices. India is called the “Yoga-Bhoomi” and the gateway to the heavens. India is internationally renowned for its ancient healing practices and alternative therapies. Thousands of years from now, Indians have followed our own indigenous healing systems and medicinal practices such as Ayurveda, Naturopathy, and Yoga Healing. This is the reason people from all over the world are turning to the India for the spiritual and soul-satisfying way of life, and for comprehensive learning of Yoga and Indian cultural values of life.
Tourists and travelers flock to contemplate and practice Yoga and meditation in the lap of Himalayas. Every year in the month of February, the city hosts the International Yoga Week attracting more and more experts and participants of the stream. The trip to Rishikesh is absolutely incomplete without the visit to the Glasshouse on the Ganges, which was a private garden retreat of Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal.
So are you ready to rejuvenate and re-strengthen yourself? To uplift yourself physically, psychically and spiritually pick up any of the various Yoga and Meditation packages. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Yoga and Meditation and make it an unforgettable holiday.
Rishikesh, the holy city
In northern India, Rishikesh is known as ‘The capital city of Yoga’. A number of ashrams and centers are situated to learn Yoga. Here a huge range of Institutions and Centers that teach authentic forms of Yoga and meditation techniques, including Reiki, Tantrism and so on. Here you could get the lessons and practice of fundamentals of Yoga and Yogic style of living initially. And then gradually you can move to the higher levels as per your capabilities and proficiencies. Even you can have the option to get the courses of Yoga Guru/ Yoga Counsellor with certain certificates, short to long term, as per your requirements and stay.
Rishikesh is located on the bank of the sacred Ganga River; this town attracts lacs of pilgrimage every year from India and all over the world. The city is blessed with many ancient temples and Ashrams. Rishikesh is also a historical and mythological pilgrim. Rishikesh is an ideal place for adventures like rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, mountaineering, and trekking, as well as heaven for Yoga and meditations. A dip in the holy water of the Ganges flowing from the river beaches of Rishikesh is capable of washing all the sins. The town is located just 25 km from Haridwar.
There are many private tour operators who also organize yoga/meditation tour packages. In case you undertake a yoga tour the yoga classes will be specially organized for groups as well as individuals.
Rishikesh is the birthplace of Yoga and also famous about Sadhus/Monks with long matted hair. Pilgrims from all around the globe visit Rishikesh for mental and spiritual peace in the midst of the monotonous and noisy modern life. The various ghats/river banks and temples assist the human spirit in its endeavor to be one with the ultimate resource of all creations. There are many prestigious ashrams in Rishikesh offering courses on Yoga, meditation, Hindu religion, and philosophy. The most popular hatha yoga and pranayama meditation classes are quite popular in various Yoga Ashrams and centers in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh having some of the most popular and renowned Yoga Ashram and centers, mainly are Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Other important ashrams in Rishikesh include the Shivananda Ashram, Yoga Study Center (for Hatha Yoga), Yoga Niketan, Sri Ved Niketan, Dayananda Vedanta Ashram, Brahma Niwas, Sacha Vedic Sansthan, and the famous Transcendental Meditation Center of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi which hosted The Beatles Music Band (although, these days, it’s inactive).
There is also Patanjali Yogpeeth. Patanjali Yogpeeth (Trust) – holds Yoga Science camps under the Over 15 million followers have benefited by Yoga Science camps conducted in India & abroad. Swami Ramdev teaches seven Pranayama in a special sequence.
What all you will learn?
In yoga and meditation teacher training course they will be focusing on both theory and practical so that you are perfect in the practice of yoga and would become a professional yoga teacher both theoretically and practically.
In theoretical aspects of yoga you will be taught:
- Yoga Philosophy: Patanjali’s Yoga philosophy is a unique and comprehensive description of life and consciousness. Patanjali begins by describing the central problem of human life, the Kleshas or negative infirmities giving rise to fear and sorrow. These emotions are arisen because of a discrepancy in consciousness (Chitta Vritti), in which Atma (the soul) is separated from pure consciousness. Through the practice with the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, a person can achieve peace and equanimity (Chitta Vritti nirodh) leading to the union of Atma with the pure consciousness of Paramatma (God). With the help of self-study and dialogues, students will understand why they suffer from sorrow, fear, and pain. Then, students explore the practices of Yama, Niyama, Asanas, Pranayama, Pratyahara (inward flow of consciousness) Dharana (contemplation), and a variety of Dhyan (meditations). Here it’s important to discuss students also learn the meaning and significance of the Chakras and Kundalini will be explored.
- Meditation: Meditation is the seventh limb in Ashtanga Yoga. By studying and practicing meditation, a person begins to develop a continued witnessing awareness of all that enters the field of perception. This awareness leads you to the Samadhi, and this is the ultimate goal of a Yogi.
- Shatkarma: Shatkarma is a practice or an art of cleaning or detoxifying our body and mind naturally. In the theory section, you will get the knowledge of – what are the different types of shat karmas, their benefits, precautions, etc.
- Naturality: Naturality is living according to nature. In Naturality, you will be instructed on how to live a happy and prosperous life according to nature.
Yoga Anatomy & Physiology: Yoga Anatomy is the study of your body on how it works. In these lectures/classes, you will get to know with the information of our body’s systems like skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and detailed study on your spine, joints, etc. With the help of these aspects, you will be able to understand which muscle to stretch or rotate while working on yoga pose (alignments).
- Ayurveda: Ayurveda is an ancient Vedic science that is closely related to the practice of yoga. Understanding of Ayurveda concepts will help you deepen the practice of yoga and compose diet and lifestyle that will suit your individual requirements. The lectures on Ayurveda includes the study of – Basics of Ayurveda (Elements, Dhatus, Doshas, and Tastes), Kapha, Vata and Pitta with lots of habits like knowing your body types on the basis of food like seasonal routine, daily routine, diet regime, and much more.
In this section of yoga study, you will be taught on how everything is done practically such as yoga asana, shatkarma, etc. So, let’s look what you will be taught:
- Yoga Asana: Asana helps a yoga practitioner to become more aware of his body, mind, and environment. Your will be taught from very basic to advance yoga poses and will be taught the alignment of every asana you will be practicing and will also be taught their benefits and precautions to take while practicing or teaching others.
- Shatkarma: In the practical session, you will be taught on how shat karmas are done. Such as Jalaneti (a kind of practice you clean or detoxify your head part by the mixture of warm water and salt), shankhprakshalana (a practice in which you completely cleanse your digestive zone), etc.
- Meditation: You will be given lessons on 10 different types of meditation, some of which include – mindfulness meditation, dream-sleep meditation, etc.
- Pranayama: Pranayama is a technique to control your breath while doing asana while sleeping or doing any work. The different types of pranayama are – Anuloma-Viloma Ujjayi, Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, etc.
- Music/Nada Yoga: Students interested in learning music will be given lessons of Indian classical music by our team of best yoga teachers.
That’s not all. You will also be given workshops on teaching theory, lessons on how to teach students with some different stages and problems like pregnancy, back pain, knee pain, etc. and the students of different ages, with reference to Yoga.
Some of the popular yoga centers in Rishikesh
- Himalayan Yoga Gurukul: (Bhuwan Chandra Yoga & Music School), Next to Swargashram Police Post, Ram Jhula
- Rishikesh Yog Peeth: (A Registered Yoga School & Ayurveda Center), Krishna Cottage, Swargashram, Ram Jhula (near Chotiwala Restaurant).
- Tattvaa Yoga Shala Rishikesh: Rishikesh Swargashram Ramjhula (on the way to Parmarthniketan near boat stand)
- Ved Niketan Ashram: located near Swatgashram, Ram Jhula. It conducts Yoga Iyengar general class and 15 days intensive Master One courses by Iyengar yoga certified teacher Yogi Prakash Dabhekar.
- Institution for Higher Meditative Consciousness: A Certified Yoga and Meditation classes and Vedic teaching by IHMC.
- Braham Yoga Rishikesh: Managed by Aham Brahamasmi Yog Mandir Trust (Central Govt. Of India) Aham Brahamasmi Yog Mandir Trust
- (ABYMT) is a trust in Rishikesh dedicated to promote Yoga & health awareness for General Public.
Must Visit places for Sightseeing in Rishikesh.
- Triveni Ghat
- Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
- Bharat Temple
- Muni ki Reti
- Trayambakeshwar Temple
- Parmarth Niketan
- Gita Bhawan
- Swarg Ashram
- Ram Jhula
- Laxman Jhula
- Guru Vashishtha Cave
- Beatles Ashram
Activities in Rishikesh.
- White Water Rafting
- Rock climbing,
- Cliff Jumping,
- Bungee Jumping,
- Mountain Biking,
- Flying Fox,
- Giant Swing
- Waterfall Trekking
Must Visit places for Sightseeing nearby Rishikesh.
- Dev Prayag