If you hear reverberating chants of mantras and the gush of the holy river Ganga, and find yogis deep in meditation on one of the Ganga ghats (broad flight of steps leading down to the bank of the river Ganga) – you know you have arrived in Rishikesh – the yoga capital of the world. Located in the foothills of Himalayas, Rishikesh is one of the holiest cities in India. Breathtaking view of the Himalayas, the spiritual atmosphere and presence of some great yogis and their ashrams, stepping afoot Rishikesh sets a heavenly bliss in any yoga enthusiast’s heart.
The Ganga has always had a sacred place in the heart of Hindus and place therefore has a lot of religious significance. It was but natural, that ancient sages and priests would flock the place to pray, meditate and practice yoga on the scared Ganga Ghats. Many of these yogis and sages even opened their ashrams in the place, teaching their disciples the ancient practices of yoga, ayurveda etc. However, Rishikesh came on the international yoga map when the famous rock band, the Beatles spent a year serving as disciples to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Since then many international tourists have visited the place seeking enlightenment; and in recent years to learn yoga from established yoga gurus.
Today, Rishikesh is a hub for yoga enthusiasts across the world. People from all over the world come here to simply experience yoga or to undertake yoga teacher training at one of the many famous yoga retreats. Picturesque surroundings, spiritual environment, fair weather, warm locals and unadulterated yoga truly make this place a heaven for yoga enthusiasts.
Yoga Retreats in RishikeshWhatever yoga experience you are looking for, Rishikesh will not disappoint you. From the weekend, rendezvous with yoga, to getting close and personal with yoga over a week, to the complete yogic spectrum of yoga teacher training and yogic lifestyle over a month or more – every person looking for yoga will be enthralled by their experience here.
There are well appointed spas and yoga resorts, which give a basic understanding of yoga apart from offering therapeutic massages, detoxification sessions and naturopathy. Then there are yoga retreats committed to offering yoga teacher training and deep knowledge of yoga practice. Most popular yoga teachers visit Rishikesh from time to time, to teach, meditate and learn from fellow teachers and students – as yoga is unending journey of learning. Many retreats today have accreditation with Yoga Alliance International and provide certified courses for RYT 200 & RYT 500 teacher training courses. Accreditation allows students to be able to teach yoga anywhere in the world. Some of these retreats not only offer courses as lined out by Yoga Alliance international but also teach other related practices like ayurveda and naturopathy, and expose the students to real yogic way of life- simple yet fulfilling. Know more about Yoga Teacher Training Program and Complete Schedule.
Yoga Courses in RishikeshYoga enthusiasts looking to make a career in yoga can enroll for yoga teacher training course at a yoga retreat of their choice. Various styles of yoga are taught in Rishikesh and with the place having such a strong connection with yoga from ancient times, one can even find classical styles of yoga being taught here. From hatha yoga, to ashtanga, vinyasa, and kundalini – there are retreats offering RYT 200 & RYT 500 courses across all styles of yoga. There are many courses carefully designed for beginners too, offering insights into yoga basics and yogic way of life.
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Why Us?At Siddhi Yoga, students come for two reasons. To learn yoga from yogis of great stature and to experience the full spectrum of yoga – the physical postures, mediation, prayers, and lifestyle based on yoga principles. The teachers at Siddhi Yoga believe that students who come here should experience the divinity of yoga. Rich teaching experience, deep knowledge of the practice, and E RYT certification ensure that the teachers here understand what emotional support and motivation every student requires to go to another level in their practice. Apart from standard course details, each session has rich doses of pure yoga knowledge as it was handed down to teachers of Siddhi Yoga by their gurus.
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About RishikeshRishikesh is located in the lower region of the Himalayas and offers nature’s beauty and fine weather through the year. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides and has the sacred river, the Ganga flowing through it – making the place holy.
The area has a lot of temples and ashrams, some even centuries old, which are a reflection of pious history of this place. The Ganga Aarti, or the evening prayers on the banks of river Ganga is a breathtaking sight. In spite of the religion one follows, they are bound to be mesmerized by thousands of earthen lamps lighting the river and spiritual chants reverberating in the atmosphere.
Rishikesh is also known for its adventure sports. People can enjoy white water rafting, camping, bungee jumping, and trekking. Nature lovers can enjoy cycling tours in Himalayas, go sightseeing in Rishikesh, or enjoy wildlife safari at Rajaji National park near Rishikesh.
ConclusionRishikesh is a place like none other. It offers spirituality, yoga, nature, wildlife, and even adventure sports to people who come visiting. With pleasant weather through the year; warm locals who speak in English too; and beautiful scenery Rishikesh is perfect yoga getaway. Add to that the presence of great yoga teachers and it becomes an experience no yoga lover wants to miss. You can take up a course at by checking our complete schedule and selecting the dates most suitable for you. You can also contact us if you have any question regarding courses, teachers, retreat and practice.
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