List of 20 Yoga Festivals and Events in India

There is no mystery now why yoga has gained so much popularity over the past few years, not only in India but across the world because of its infinite benefits. India as being the birthplace of yoga hosts a variety of events, festivals, and conferences. Yoga enthusiasts from all over the world come to attend these events. 

Yoga is a way of life. It not only strengthens the body but your mind and soul too. Here are some of the festivals and events held in India:

1- International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day is held on June 21 every year. This day is celebrated with great enthusiasm through practicing yoga, meditation, debates, discussions, and seminars in schools, colleges, offices, and social gatherings. People from all walks of life come together to celebrate yoga!

It is celebrated on June 21 as it is the longest day of the year with the sun rising early and setting late for the northern hemisphere. Yoga teacher training in India is a good way to know the history of  Yoga.

2. International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh

International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh

The International Yoga Festival is celebrated in Rishikesh in Parmarth Niketan Ashram on the banks of River Ganges. The upcoming dates of this festival are from 1st to 7th March 2020.

The International Yoga Festival is a peaceful event organized on the shores of River Ganges with a positive and spiritual ambiance having people from across the world. The main objective of this festival is to promote the harmony of the body, mind, and soul. Some of its main features include sessions on Pranayama, Hatha Yoga and Yog Nidra.

This festival includes the traditional yoga ancestry of India. Teachers of yoga schools and styles share their knowledge and experience to the people participating in this festival.

It is held for one week and covers over 70 hours of Yoga classes under renowned Yoga teachers. Furthermore, it includes practicing various styles of Yoga including Kriya Yoga,  Iyengar Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga.  200 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh provides you with more information about Yoga

The annual International Yoga Festival is organized by Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India.

3. International Yoga Festival, Puducherry

International Yoga Festival, Puducherry

The Government of Puducherry has been organizing the International Yoga Festival since 1992. This festival is met with wonderful response and enthusiasm from participants from all across the globe, so this festival is held annually. 

This festival encompasses Yogis from all over the world, trying to develop a conscious process at all the levels of the human body and brain which includes – physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well being. 

The upcoming dates for this festival are 4-7 January 2020. 

4. Sun Sun Love Solstice Fest

Sun Sun Love Solstice Fest

Sun Sun Love Yoga Solstice Fest is held in Barcelona in Summer Solstice and Arunachala, Tamil Nadu in Winter Solstice. Yoga is the main practice of this festival.

Meditation is another important part of this festival to connect body, mind, and soul. Meditation with the Sun rising and setting is a beautiful and enriching experience and takes place every day in these festivals. It connects you with yourself and others and the festival also includes dancing, singing, sharing experiences and living close to nature.

5. The Yogshala Expo

The Yogshala Expo

The Yogshala Expo is an event for the ‘Health and Wellness’ industry. It brings national and International Yoga Experts together to discuss and explore many opportunities in Health & Wellness. It provides a platform for industries and individuals related to Yoga, Ayurveda, Herbal, Homeopathy, Siddha & Unani.

It refers to optimum health benefits of yoga in the treatment of various diseases through holistic and drugless approach and promotes the need of being healthy physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. 

6. International Yoga and Music Festival

International Yoga and Music Festival

International Yoga & Music Festival is a little different from the International Yoga Festival. The event is held for a week and is set in Rishikesh. It aims to combine yoga with Indian classical and contemporary music.

It is free of cost and many yogis and yoga teachers from across the globe attend this festival. It is held in November annually, where people enjoy live Indian classical music and dance. 

7. Yoga World Festival

Yoga World Festival

Yoga World Festival is held in Tamil Nadu with the aim to rejoice the rich South Indian methods of the yoga of developing a guided, powerful and peaceful mind. 

It is an annual event which attracts yoga practitioners and yoga lovers from across the globe. The yoga classes start from 4:30 AM till 9:30 PM. Furthermore, multi-cultural programs with ancient Indian traditional music and dance are conducted every evening during the festival period which adds more flavors to the event. 

8. Inner Engineering 

Inner Engineering

“As there is a science and technology to create external well-being, there is a whole dimension of science and technology for inner well-being.” —Sadhguru

Inner Engineering is a technology derived from the science of Yoga for overall well-being. It is a course that helps an individual to grow and to view and perceive life in a different way.  It helps you to transform with classical yoga, meditations and attain wisdom.

An upcoming event of inner engineering will be held in Delhi from October 5-6, 2019. 

9. Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti Yoga

The popular India Yoga Festival organizes a Bhakti Camp, in the backwaters of Kerala. It is fully residential and has a special focus on the bhakti or devotional school of yoga, with lessons on the yoga practice and insights through chants and kirtans. It also brings together different cultures and forms of asanas with the Thai Yoga Massage, Acro Yoga and Bhakti Pranayama. It takes place on houseboats with swamis, ashram directors and yoga teachers from India and other countries. .

10. International Conference on Psycho-spiritual approach to yoga

International Conference on Psycho-spiritual approach to yoga

The two-day sessions of the conference provide an international platform to all enthusiasts and lovers of Yoga as they come together to share their views with the audience and promote the welfare of the society. 

Also, the researchers and scholars from across the globe get a chance and platform to present their research findings. 

The upcoming event will be held on 22-23 February 2020.

11. Himalayan Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh

Himalayan Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh

The retreat is held for 3 days in Rishikesh through spiritual discourses and trekking in the Himalayas. It aims at the understanding of yoga and experience what lies within oneself. The students are guided through a basic understanding of yogic concepts with trips, hiking, and trekking. Apart from this students will have sessions on Pranayama and meditation.

12. International Exhibition and Conference on Ayush and Wellness

International Exhibition and Conference on Ayush and Wellness

AYUSH is an acronym of the medical systems practiced in India and its full form is Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy. India has a vast history and culture of thousands of years of the usage of traditional medicines and their development with modern scientific outlook. 

International Exhibition and Conference on Ayush and Wellness will promote and spread awareness about AYUSH, facilitate promotion on an international level, development, and recognition of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy and to promote the products of AYUSH in the Market.

It will be a 4-day event being held from 5-8 December 2019 in New Delhi.

13. World Yoga Assembly on Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy

World Yoga Assembly on Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy

World assembly on Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy (WAAYN) is being organized and in Greater Noida which will be the largest platform for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy. It’ll lay a foundation and set goals to increase market share globally, customer accessibility and profitability in these sectors. 

Waayn will bring together the best natural health experts and institutions across the globe. It will be an opportunity for scholars, researchers, users and trading bodies to have a better and more intensive understanding of the traditional system of medicine.

It will take place in Delhi-NCR on the dates 7-10 November 2019.

14. Ayush India Expo

Ayush India Expo

Ayush India Expo is an exhibition for all ayurvedic, herbal and natural products suppliers for brand display and networking. It aims at increasing awareness among buyers on alternative therapies like Ayurveda, essential oils, herbal, spa, natural ingredients, and organic products. It will include a live workshop for Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani and Homeopathy. 

Ayush India Expo will be held on 20-22 December 2019 and includes awards, conferences, and exhibition. 

15. Indian Philosophy Workshop

Indian Philosophy Workshop

Dr. N Ganesh Rao, veteran yoga expert will conduct an exclusive workshop on Indian Philosophy and Psychology in Mumbai. The one week workshop aims at two important philosophies of yoga which are Samkhya and Yogadarshan. 

It will also provide an opportunity for the participants to practice Asanas, Meditation, and Pranayama in the traditional manner. Furthermore, discussions and question-answer sessions will be held for the clarification of doubts and better understanding. These will be followed with proper rest and relaxation by experiencing Yoga Nidra.

16. Sattva Summit 2019

Sattva Summit 2019

The Sattva Summit is an opportunity for Yogis from across the globe to gather for a week of deep healing, expansion, and happiness at the Sattva Retreat, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. 

It will hold group meditation and rituals and yoga practice with the most renowned teachers, followed by ancient yogic wisdom and the teachings of consciousness, give nourishment to our bodies with foods from the top Ayurvedic chefs of India, while enjoying live music, chanting, and dancing. It will also give an opportunity to discover Rishikesh through hikes to Himalayan villages, tours to temples, dips in the holy Ganges, meditations, river rafting, spa treatments, cooking classes, and the list goes on. 

Sattva Summit will be held in Rishikesh from 7-13 November 2019. 

17. Autumn Ayurveda Yoga Retreat, Goa

Autumn Ayurveda Yoga Retreat, Goa

Ayurveda is one of the oldest medical systems having India as its birthplace. An Ayurvedic doctor will determine your ‘dosha’ and give treatments according to it.

Based upon your personal assessment, a personalized body/mind/spirit health-enhancing prescription is formulated, including stress management, exercise, Ayurvedic diet, and emotional healing.

Autumn Ayurveda Yoga Retreat will be held in Goa from 15-22 September 2019 and will be organized by Devarya Wellness, Morjim.

18. 12 Days Annapurna Base Camp Yoga Trek

12 Days Annapurna Base Camp Yoga Trek (Source)

The 12 days Annapurna Base Camp yoga trek is going to be held on 2nd November by Nepal Yoga Trek. Unlike the usual Nepal trekking packages, this ABC yoga trek is refreshing and rejuvenating at the same time because it combines yoga along with trek. The trek takes one through stunning mountain vistas, alluring valleys, picturesque villages and more and gives them the perfect dose of Himalayan serenity. Expert trek leaders and porters make the journey comfortable and highly enlightening at the same time. Similar programs are also available with trekking packages in India with some well-known trek organizers.

19. Yoganandham, Rishikesh

Yoganandham, Rishikesh (Source)

Yoganandham has considered one of the best yoga retreats in Rishikesh to relax your body and mind. It includes yoga classes in the morning and evenings, the daytime is reserved for meditation, learning, and purification practices. It offers a 7-day yoga retreat for yogis and yoginis of all levels.

All these are followed by purification rituals, massages, camping, yoga at sunrise and trekking, and rafting which makes it an adventurous and enriching experience for the participants. Furthermore, it teaches about Ayurveda and diet, sat karma, philosophy of yoga, pranayama, and meditation.

20. 14 Days Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat

14 Days Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat

The 14 days yoga and Ayurveda retreat by Yoga Vidya Mandiram in Rishikesh is the ideal opportunity for all yoga lovers to immerse in the teachings of this ancient wisdom. From daily pranayama, yoga, shat kriya practices to meditation to Ayurvedic philosophy, participants indulge themselves in various yogic practices throughout the duration of the course. Shared and private room facilities will be available.  

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Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveler in India.. He conducts Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, Himalayas and Trekking in India.
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