Yoga festivals offer the possibility to enrich your practice in a very unique way. This March, you have the opportunity to join the International Yoga Festival (IYF) in Rishikesh, India. People from dozens of countries will gather together with the intention to take their yoga practices to another level, explore the eight limbs of yoga and better understand how yoga applies to their lives.
Once you’ve made the decision to take part in this event, we guarantee that you won’t find yourself saying any of the following 5 things afterward:
“I didn’t meet any interesting people”
A yoga festival is a perfect event to expand your network with plenty of interesting people coming from so many different places and backgrounds. With all that diversity, it is just a matter of being present and open to connecting with someone who might end up being your colleague, your collaborator, or even your partner or a lifelong friend.
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“There was too much downtime”
A program of a yoga festival is usually so packed with wonderful offerings, that thinking of what to do won’t be a concern. The week-long International Yoga Festival offers over 70 hours of classes and various activities starting from 4 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. In addition, you can also attend the aarti, a special light ceremony every evening on the banks of the Ganga River, several lectures and enjoy the cultural events and campfires.
“The place wasn’t beautiful”
Yoga festivals provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with others as well as the natural world. The organizers make a good effort to choose the perfect place to assist the yogis enjoy their time. The IYF is held in Parmarth Niketan, which is a true, spiritual haven, filled with green gardens, lying on the holy banks of Mother Ganga, in the lap of the lush Himalayas. You can’t ask for a better location!
“I didn’t learn anything new”
First of all, there will be so many people to learn from their culture, background, traditions, etc. You just have to talk! But if you are more of a shy person not quite willing to have long conversations, you still have at your disposal plenty of classes with new styles to add to your practice. At the IYF, the world-class teachers will guide the participants through Kundalini Yoga, Power Vinyasa, Iyengar Yoga, Kriya Yoga and much more styles. You will also be blessed with the presence and divine words of spiritual masters from throughout India and across the world.
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“It was so boring”
Honestly, if you are thinking about going to a yoga festival, you’re reading about it and have reached the last paragraph of this text; the chances are very low of you not having a blast during a week in which you would be doing something you love, meeting like-minded people, developing new habits and acquiring useful knowledge. A festival is an ideal event for you. The odds are definitely in your favor that you will have fun!
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