International Yoga Festival was started in the year 1999 in Rishikesh, Parmarth Niketan Ashram. The early meditative classes were held under the guidance of Pujya Shri Swami Veda Bharat Ji, while Yogacharya Shri Bharat Bhushan Ji taught the Yoga asanas.
The 2010 edition became the most successful event as it witnessed a maximum number of participants. The credit for the festival's success coincides with the auspicious occasion of Maha Kumbh Mela, which takes place during the same time of the year. Moreover, the festival's popularity keeps growing as more and more discover the benefits of Yoga.
Grounded in the authentic origin of Yoga, the International Yoga festival encompasses all traditional yoga lineages of India. Masters of yoga schools and styles impart their knowledge to the participants of the festival.
The one-week Festival covers over 70 hours of Yoga classes under world-class Yoga teachers practicing multiple styles of Yoga including Iyengar Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and Power Vinyasa Yoga. Satsang, divine words of revered saints and spiritual masters add to the holistic wellness derived from yoga. The schedule of the International Yoga Festival week varies from day-to-day.