Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh

By Sandeep Pandey

This program, the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh, India, happens one time in each year 1st to 7th March. This program has lots of lessons on yoga and meditation, like music meditation, pranic healing, aqua pressure, color therapy, nadi vijhan, pranayama practice, surya vijhan cikitsa, etc.

In this program, there are good communications with all ashrams, like our Ashram, Swami Narayana Ashram, Gurudhvra, and other ashrams, and with the hotel, Hotel Ganga Resort, Muni ki Reti. This International Yoga Festival, March 1-7, 2014, was organized by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board and Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam in Rishikesh. More information can be found at http://www.internationalyogfestival.co.in/

In this event, 400 participated. They came from many different countries.

There were yoga teachers, more than 50, teaching different topics.

On the first day, the person who came to do the opening ceremony was Harish Rawat, the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.

The 5th of March had a good lecture and guided meditation by Stoma ji. The name of the lecture was “Divine Talk.” It was scheduled from 3:00 to 5:00 PM

I had time to teach class 10:00 to 11:15 AM. It was very entrusting because in that festival I had three classes after which people there felt very nice. Each day they come, more than 50 people. Then they make request to Swami Vishuddhanand ji; he calls me at 9 PM in the night, “Sandeep, people are more interested in your class. Can you teach more please?”

I said, “Yes, Swami, no problem I can teach.”

Meena Sharma received recognition for her role in planning the festival through SRSG's sponsorship.

Swami Ritavan ji did a nice job.  He was a representative of Swami Veda Bharati ji Maharaj.

Then on the last day they honor to all Yoga Guru.


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