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International Yoga Festival 2018

Derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, Yoga means ‘union’ of mind, body and soul. Yoga is not limited to stretches, twists and physical exercise but union of oneself with the Divine.More than 5000 years old science of life, it ultimately lets you discover universal conscious and practicing this art in the yoga capital of the world- Rishikesh is a divine experience in itself!
On the occasion of International Yoga Festival on 1st -8th March 2018 at Hotel Ganga Resort (GMVN), Rishikesh is bringing together the revered teachers of yoga and meditation, enlightened Spiritual Leaders, Evolutionary Thought Leaders, and Wellness Specialists from all around the world.
Learn from the true masters and attain peace as the world gathers in this life transforming 8-day open- festival. Participate in over 70 hours of Yoga classes, practice multiple styles of Yogic poses and learn how to balance life with the wisdom hidden within us! Secrets of Ayurveda, Reiki, Power Pranayama, Yogic Jogging and Healing Miracles like Addiction Recovery are all waiting for you at Hotel Ganga Resort which is nestled between the lush, pristine Himalayan forests near holy river Ganga.
What’s more, witness the celestial ceremony of ‘Ganga Aarti’ every evening during the festival. See how the sacred fire of devotion lights up the banks of Holy River Ganga. Give yourself a chance to connect with your inner self. Discover your true potential. Come to International Yoga Festival 2018 - a life- transforming event!

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About Rishikesh

Rishikesh is one of the most tranquil places in Uttarakhand, surrounded by hills and criss-crossed by the wide and sacred river Ganges. It is often claimed as the 'Yoga Capital of the World'.
Back in the 1960s Rishikesh gained instant fame as the site where The Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is an excellent place to meditate and study yoga.
Rishikesh also offers plenty of opportunities for trekking. Enjoy a good trek starting from Laxman Jhula point to Himalayan pilgrimage centres such as Badrinath, Kedarnath , Gangotri, Yamnotri. It is said that great sage Raibhaya did severe penance here and as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh, hence the name.
Rishikesh has numerous ashrams, some of which are internationally recognized as centers of philosophical studies, yoga and meditation. An international yoga week is organized here every year by Uttarakhand Tourism between 1st and 8th of March. For the adventurous, there are opportunities for white water rafting on the Ganga. The climate is pleasant, One can visit Rishikesh any time of the year.

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The Beatles

Uttarakhand has always shared a special relationship with United Kingdom, be it being a second home to famous British wild-life conservationist Jim Corbett, or being a favourite destination among iconic musical band- The Beatles.
The Beatles were a legendary rock group that formed in Liverpool, England, in 1960 by Fab Four - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They went on to transform popular music as a creative, highly commercial art form over the next decade. The Beatles were one of the most popular bands of all time, producing songs like "Yesterday, "Hey Jude," "Penny Lane, "With A Little Help From My Friends," "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," "Day Tripper" and "Come Together” and many more.
Rishikesh in Uttarakhand has a great connect with The Beatles. It’s 1968. The Beatles needed a holiday. Since their first hit ‘Love Me Do’ just over five years ago, touring and recording schedules have been non-stop. Beatlemania was at such a height, no one can hear the live shows over screaming fans.
By this point the group’s interest in Indian spirituality and music had been growing for some time – George Harrison’s especially, having learned sitar with legendary musician Pt. Ravi Shankar for tracks such as Norwegian Wood. They decided to take a break to learn transcendental meditation in a holy town Rishikesh in the foothills of the Himalayas. They arrived with their wives and entourage at Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, in February 1968.
The band slept in simple, egg-shaped stone bungalows 50 metres above the Ganges at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram, known locally as Chaurasi Kutia, meditating five hours a day and eating a vegetarian diet. They shared the compound with around 70 other students, some of them celebrities including Mia Farrow, Donovan and Mike Love from The Beach Boys.
That stint turned out to be one of the most creative periods in the group’s career. They wrote many songs and 17 of them were used in The Beatles (White Album) and two more in Abbey Road. Their long periods of meditation and being in a quiet, placid environment helped them relax.
As a part of International Yoga Festival 2018, to commemorate the 50 years of The Beatles Visit to Rishikesh, Department of Tourism and Department of Forest, Govt. of Uttarakhand is hosting an event in Rishikesh on 4th, 5th, and 6th of March 2018. A Beatles Tribute band from London has been invited to Rishikesh to pay tribute to The Beatles and relive the memories.
As a curtain raiser and to pay tribute to the iconic band, Department of Tourism, Uttarakhand has organized a Networking Evening in London, England (the place where they belong to) on 6th November 2017. A beatles tribute band named 'Fab Four' was invited to pay tribute to the legendary – The Beatles. The event was attended by more than 225 people with international travel agents, hoteliers, investors, local media, Uttarakhand Association, dignitaries from High Commission of India, London among several others.

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How to Reach

By Road
Rishikesh is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand and northern states of India. Luxury and normal Buses to Rishikesh are easily available from Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate and Meerut.
Buses and Taxis to Rishikesh are available from major destinations of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Haridwar, Srinagar, Tehri, Uttarkashi etc. Rishikesh is situated on National Highway 58 which connects Badrinath.
By Train
Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh Railway station are frequent. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh to Muni-ki-reti and Swargashram.
By Flight
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Rishikesh situated at a distance of 21kms. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Rishikesh. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Rishikesh is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport.

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Event Schedule

Day 1
(Date - Thursday, March 1st, 2018)

Time Venue/ hall Activity Yogacharya/ Speakers
5.30 AM to 6.30 AM Chhat Ghat Hawan Padmshree Dr. Bharat Bhushan Ji & Nigam staff
6.30 A.M. to 8.00 AM Nagar Palika Hall Yoga & its effect on society Acharya Pratishtha
Bharat Yoga
(Traditional Form of Yoga)
Panchakarma Hall Sidh Yoga & Healing automatic meditation and Q&A's session. Ramdayal Chaudhari (Jodhpur, Rajasthan)
Light & Sound Hall Neuro Regenerative Yoga Dr. Ashish Gilhotra
(Naadi Yoga)
8.00 A.M. to 9.00 AM Chhat Ghat Surya Kriya Padmshree Dr. Bharat Bhushan Ji
Reception Back Hall Pranic Healing techniques Mondrita Sengupta (Healer)
8.00 A.M. to 10.00 AM Nagar Palika Hall Iyengar Yoga Smt. Usha Devi (Switzerland)
9.00 A.M. to 10.00 AM Break fast
10.00 A.M. to 2.00 PM Inauguration ceremony Followed by lunch
2.00 P.M. to 4.00 PM  Beatles Ashram 84 kuti "Chalte Chalte Yog" (Roaming Yoga) / Experience with silence / Experience with Nature / breath for body and bliss on different days) by Swami Bharat Bhushan
3.00 P.M. to 4.00 PM Panchkarma Hall Yogasana & Pranayam Yogi Jeetanand
4.00 P.M. to 5.30 PM Nagar Palika Hall Yogasana & Pranayam Shri Zubin
(Iyengar Yoga School Mumbai)
5.30 P.M. to 6.30 PM Chhat Ghat Ganga Arti & Bhajan Sandhya Swami Narayan Ashram
6.30 P.M. to 9.00 PM Cultural Programs 
9.00 P.M. onwards  Dinner
* Note : Organisers will arrange the transport and visit to Beatles' Ashram (84 Kuti) for only those, who have booked residential packages.

 

Day 2
(Date - Friday, March 2nd, 2018)

Time Venue/ hall Activity Yogacharya/ Speakers
5.30 AM to 6.30 AM Nagar Palika Hall Shat Karma the cleansing system of yoga Padmshree Dr. Bharat Bhushan Ji 
6.30 A.M. to 8.00 AM Panchakarma Hall Buddhi
(intellectual Yoga) 
Swami Bodhi Vartman (OSHO meditation facilitator)
Nagarpalika Hall How yoga can bring happiness in life Acharya Pratishtha (Youngest Yoga Guru)
Light & Sound Hall Kaya Chikitsa  Dr. Arun Kumar Tripathi (Professor of Kaya Chikitsa)
8.00 A.M. to 10.30 AM Holi celebration
10.30 A.M. to 12.00 PM Nagar Palika Hall Iyengar Yoga Smt. Usha Devi (Switzerland)
12.00 P.M. to 1.00 PM Reception Back Hall Yogasana & Pranayam Yogi Rajneesh
1.00 P.M. to 2.00 PM Lunch
2.00 P.M. to 4.00 PM  Beatles Ashram 84 kuti "Chalte Chalte Yog" (Roaming Yoga) / Experience with silence / Experience with Nature / breath for body and bliss on different days) by Swami Bharat Bhushan
3.00 P.M. to 4.00 PM Reception Back Hall Yogasana & Pranayam Mrs. Seema Johar (Patanjali)
4.00 P.M. to 5.30 PM Nagarpalika Hall Yogasana & Pranayam Shri Zubin (Iyengar Yoga School Mumbai)
5.30 P.M. to 6.30 PM Chhat Ghat Ganga Arti & Bhajan Sandhya Swami Narayan Ashram
6.30 P.M. to 9.00 PM Cultural Programs 
9.00 P.M. onwards  Dinner
* Note : Organisers will arrange the transport and visit to Beatles' Ashram (84 Kuti) for only those, who have booked residential packages.

 

Day 3
(Date -Saturday, March 3rd, 2018)

Time Venue/ hall Activity Yogacharya/ Speakers
5.30 AM to 6.30 AM Nagar Palika Hall Shat Karma the cleansing system of yoga Padmshree Dr. Bharat Bhushan Ji 
6.30 A.M. to 8.00 AM Nagar Palika Hall Yogic science Dr. Suresh Lal Barnwal (Shanti Kunj)
Panchakarma Hall Bharat Yoga
(Traditional Form of Yoga)
Acharya Pratishtha (Youngest Yoga Guru)
Reception Back Hall Kaya Chikitsa  Dr. Arun Kumar Tripathi (Professor of Kaya Chikitsa)
8.00 A.M. to 9.00 AM Chhat Ghat Surya Kriya Padmshree Dr. Bharat Bhushan Ji
Reception Back Hall Lecture on vedic studies and Hatha Yoga traditions Sh. G D Sharma . Philosophical and scientific yoga (Simla)
8.00 A.M. to 10.00 AM Nagar Palika Hall Iyengar Yoga Smt. Usha Devi (Switzerland)
9.00 A.M. to 10.30 AM Break fast
10.30 A.M. to 12.00 PM Nagar Palika Hall Rishiculture Astanga (Gitananda) Yoga tradition Anand Bbalyogi Bhavnani (Director CYTER of Shri Balaji Vidyapeeth)
12.00 P.M. to 1.00 PM Reception Back Hall Yogasana & Pranayam Dr. Surakshit Goswami (Founder of Yog Mandiram Trust)
1.00 P.M. to 2.00 PM Lunch
2.00 P.M. to 4.00 PM  Beatles Ashram 84 kuti "Chalte Chalte Yog" (Roaming Yoga) / Experience with silence / Experience with Nature / breath for body and bliss on different days) by Swami Bharat Bhushan
4.00 P.M. to 5.30 PM Light & Sound Hall After Dinner; Sleeping & Awakening discipline in Yoga Way by Swami Bharat Bhushan  Swami Dr. Bharat Bhushan
5.30 P.M. to 7.00 PM Nagar Palika Hall Yoga & Naturotherapy Bheem ji, Brahamchari Shivpal Jayant
5.30 P.M. to 6.30 PM Chhat Ghat Ganga Arti & Bhajan Sandhya Swami Narayan Ashram
6.30 P.M. to 9.00 PM Cultural Programs 
9.00 P.M. onwards  Dinner

* Note : Organisers will arrange the transport and visit to Beatles' Ashram (84 Kuti) for only those, who have booked residential packages.

 

Day 4
(Date - Sunday, March 4th, 2018)

Time Venue/ hall Activity Yogacharya/ Speakers
5.30 AM to 6.30 AM Nagar Palika Hall Shat Karma the cleansing system of yoga Padmshree Dr. Bharat Bhushan Ji 
6.30 A.M. to 8.00 AM Reception Back Hall Marm Chikitsa/ Therapy Dr. Sunil Kumar Joshi
Panchakarma Hall Yogasana & Pranayam Shri. C M Bhandari
(Scholar of Vedic Science
Nagar Palika Hall Mass meditation Yogi Arwind
(Yogacharya & Soeaker)
8.00 A.M. to 9.00 AM Panchakarma Hall Buddhi
(intellectual Yoga) 
Swami Bodhi Vartman
(OSHO meditation facilitator)
Reception Back Hall Yoga & Pranayam Dr. Surakshit Goswami (Founder of Yog Mandiram Trust)
8.00 A.M. to 10.00 AM Nagar Palika Hall Iyengar Yoga Smt. Usha Devi (Switzerland)
9.00 A.M. to 10.30 AM Break fast
10.30 A.M. to 12.00 PM Reception Back Hall Yoga & Naturotherapy Bheem ji, Brahamchari Shivpal Jayant
12.00 P.M. to 1.00 PM Nagar Palika Ghall Preventiv & Clinical Cardiology Dr. Subhash Manchanda 
1.00 P.M. to 2.00 PM Lunch
2.00 P.M. to 4.00 PM  Beatles Ashram 84 kuti "Chalte Chalte Yog" (Roaming Yoga) / Experience with silence / Experience with Nature / breath for body and bliss on different days) by Swami Bharat Bhushan
4.00 P.M. to 5.30 PM Light & Sound Hall Importance of Yoga in Daily Life Dr. Ishwar Bhardwaj (HOD Deptt of Human Councioness and Yogic Science) GuruKul Kangri Univeristy
5.30 P.M. to 7.00 PM Nagar Palika Hall Understanding Yoga as a therapy Anand Bbalyogi Bhavnani (Director CYTER of Shri Balaji Vidyapeeth)
5.30 P.M. to 6.30 PM Chhat Ghat Ganga Arti & Bhajan Sandhya Swami Narayan Ashram
6.30 P.M. to 9.00 PM Cultural Programs 
9.00 P.M. onwards  Dinner
* Note : Organisers will arrange the transport and visit to Beatles' Ashram (84 Kuti) for only those, who have booked residential packages.

 

Day 5
(Date -Monday, March 5th, 2018)

Time Venue/ hall Activity Yogacharya/ Speakers
5.30 AM to 6.30 AM Nagar Palika Hall Shat Karma the cleansing system of yoga Padmshree Dr. Bharat Bhushan Ji & Navneesh Sharma
6.30 A.M. to 8.00 AM Reception Back Hall Yogasana & Pranayam Shri. C M Bhandari
(Scholar of Vedic Science
Panchakarma Hall Yogic meditation Sh. Rajeev Tiwari
Nagar Palika Hall Adaptations and Modifications of Asana Janki Raman & Arul Perumal (KYM Chennai)
8.00 A.M. to 9.00 AM Chhat Ghat Surya Kriya Padmshree Dr. Bharat Bhushan Ji
Reception Back Hall Yog Asana and Pranayam Shri. B. R. Gopal
8.00 A.M. to 10.00 AM Nagar Palika Hall Iyengar Yoga Smt. Usha Devi (Switzerland)
9.00 A.M. to 10.30 AM Break fast
10.30 A.M. to 12.00 PM Nagar Palika hall Akhanda Yoga session (Chanting, Meditation, Ppranayama and Asana) Yogi Vishva Ketu
 (Pranayama)
12.00 P.M. to 1.00 PM Nagar Palika hall Importance of Yoga in Daily Life Dr. Ishwar Bhardwaj (HOD Deptt of Human Councioness and Yogic Science) GuruKul Kangri Univeristy
1.00 P.M. to 2.00 PM Lunch
2.00 P.M. to 4.00 PM  Beatles Ashram 84 kuti "Chalte Chalte Yog" (Roaming Yoga) / Experience with silence / Experience with Nature / breath for body and bliss on different days) by Swami Bharat Bhushan
4.00 P.M. to 5.30 PM Light & Sound Hall Yoga for women
& Srishti karma (lecture and demo)
 
Mrs. Geetha Shankar  & Arul Perumal (KYM Chennai)
5.30 P.M. to 7.00 PM Nagar Palika Hall Devine Lecture Swami Prem Baba (Portugal) (Spiritual Speaker)
5.30 P.M. to 6.30 PM Chhat Ghat Ganga Arti & Bhajan Sandhya Swami Narayan Ashram
6.30 P.M. to 9.00 PM Cultural Programs 
9.00 P.M. onwards  Dinner
* Note : Organisers will arrange the transport and visit to Beatles' Ashram (84 Kuti) for only those, who have booked residential packages.

 

Day 6
(Date - Tuesday, March 6th, 2018)

Time Venue/ hall Activity Yogacharya/ Speakers
5.30 AM to 6.30 AM Nagar Palika Hall Shat Karma the cleansing system of yoga Padmshree Dr. Bharat Bhushan Ji  & Navneesh Sharma 
6.30 A.M. to 8.00 AM Nagar Palika Hall Srishti karma (lecture and demo) Mrs. Geetha Shankar & Arul Perumal (KYM Chennai)
Panchakarma Hall Vinyasa Yoga, Arm Balances Jenny Kontos
(international Vinyasa Yoga & Hath Yoga) USA
Reception Back Hall Yogasana & Pranayam Shri. C M Bhandari
(Scholar of Vedic Science
8.00 A.M. to 9.00 AM Chhat Ghat Surya Kriya Swami Dr. Bharat Bhushan
Reception Back Hall Yogasana & Pranayam Dr. Laxmi Narayan Joshi
8.00 A.M. to 10.00 AM Nagar Palika Hall Iyengar Yoga Smt. Usha Devi (Switzerland)
9.00 A.M. to 10.30 AM Break fast
10.30 A.M. to 12.00 PM Nagar Palika hall Yoga for neck and back pain, Yoga for senior citizen Sh. Janki Raman (KYM Chennai)
12.00 P.M. to 1.00 PM Reception Back Hall Yogasana & Pranayam & Lecture - Importance of Yoga in Daily Life Shri. B.R.Gopal 
1.00 P.M. to 2.00 PM Lunch
2.00 P.M. to 4.00 PM  Beatles Ashram 84 kuti "Chalte Chalte Yog" (Roaming Yoga) / Experience with silence / Experience with Nature / breath for body and bliss on different days) by Swami Bharat Bhushan
4.00 P.M. to 5.30 PM Light & Sound Hall Interactive Session/ Councelling/ Lecture  Swami Dr. Bharat Bhushan
5.30 P.M. to 7.00 PM Reception Back Hall Modern and traditional yoga Deepa Negi Meera
5.30 P.M. to 6.30 PM Chhat Ghat Ganga Arti & Bhajan Sandhya Swami Narayan Ashram
6.30 P.M. to 9.00 PM Cultural Programs 
8.30 P.M. onwards  Dinner
* Note : Organisers will arrange the transport and visit to Beatles' Ashram (84 Kuti) for only those, who have booked residential packages.

 

Day 7
(Date -Wednesday, March 7th, 2018)

Time Venue/ hall Activity Yogacharya/ Speakers
5.30 AM to 6.30 AM Nagar Palika Hall Shat Karma the cleansing system of yoga Padmshree Dr. Bharat Bhushan Ji 
6.30 A.M. to 8.00 AM Nagar Palika Hall Lecture Dr. Chinmay Pandya (Vedic Speaker)
Light & sound hall Lecture ShantiMayi Ji (USA) Spiritual Speaker
Reception Back Hall Dynamic Yoga Sh. Abhishek Pokhriyal (Yogacharya)
8.00 A.M. to 9.00 AM Chhat Ghat Surya Kriya Padmshree Dr. Bharat Bhushan Ji
Reception Back Hall Vinyasa Yoga, Arm Balances Jenny Kontos (international Vinyasa Yoga & Hath Yoga) USA
8.00 A.M. to 10.00 AM Nagar Palika Hall Iyengar Yoga Smt. Usha Devi (Switzerland)
9.00 A.M. to 10.30 AM Break fast
10.30 A.M. to 12.00 PM Light & sound hall Similarities between Yoga & Classical Dance Acharya Pratishtha
Bharat Yoga
(Traditional Form of Yoga)
12.00 P.M. to 1.00 PM Nagar Palika Hall Lecture Sh. Sidhartha  -
Iyenger School of Yoga (USA)
1.00 P.M. to 2.00 PM Lunch
2.00 P.M. to 4.00 PM  Beatles Ashram 84 kuti "Chalte Chalte Yog" (Roaming Yoga) / Experience with silence / Experience with Nature / breath for body and bliss on different days) by Swami Bharat Bhushan
4.00 P.M. to 5.30 PM Light & Sound Hall Interractive Session/ Councelling/ Lecture  Dr. Urmila Pandey
5.30 P.M. to 7.00 PM Light & Sound Hall Blessings & Prayers  Padmshree Dr. Bharat Bhushan Ji
5.30 P.M. to 6.30 PM Chhat Ghat Ganga Arti & Bhajan Sandhya Swami Narayan Ashram
6.30 P.M. to 9.00 PM Cultural Programs 
8.30 P.M. onwards  Dinner
* Note : Organisers will arrange the transport and visit to Beatles' Ashram (84 Kuti) for only those, who have booked residential packages.

 

Day 8
(Date -Thursday, March 8th, 2018)

Time Venue/ hall Activity Yogacharya/ Speakers
6.00 A.M. to 9.00 AM Nagar Palika Hall Yogasana & Pranayam Swami Baba Ram Dev Ji & Acharya Bal Kishan
9.00 A.M. to 10.30 AM Break fast
10.30 A.M. to 12.00 PM Closing ceremony

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