If yoga and meditation is on your mind, Uttarakhand is just the destination to be. The state is home to a number of world renowned yoga and meditation centres. Rishikesh, the 'Yoga Capital of the World' invites hordes of locals and tourists as well as celebrities from all across the world. There are numerous reputed ashrams in the towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh offering regular courses inyoga and meditation. There are experts to deliver you lectures on how to achieve the peace of mind, body and soul. Going on a yoga and meditation tour in Uttarakhand can be a completely rejuvenating experience. The just perfect nature-rich environs will galvanise your soul and you will return from your tour with a renewed vigour.
In Sanskrit, the word 'Yoga' means union. Thus Yoga implies the union of mind, body and spirit. The science of practicing Yoga originated during ancient times in India. Yoga since, has been in practice all over India. The spread of this ancient Indian science can greatly be attributed to numerous Sadhus (Hindu Saints) who regularly practiced and propagated it. The word Yoga today, is generally used to refer to various 'Asanas' or positions. Asana, connected more with physical activity, is just one of the eight limbs of Yoga, most of which are connected with mental and spiritual wellbeing. The northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has deep association with Yoga, meditation and ayurveda. Known as the abode of Gods and Goddesses, Uttarakhand is home to some of the best schools of Yoga.
The spiritual air that envelops the entire Himalayan state of Uttarakhand makes the process of learning and practicing Yoga, truly enchanting. The banks of holy rivers like Ganga and Yamuna, make ideal locations for the practice of Yoga.
Rishikesh, a town in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand, is famous as the world capital of Yoga. Rishikesh is a temple town that is situated on the banks of holy river Ganga. It is here that one finds numerous schools, ashrams and other institutions offering courses of all levels, in Yoga. Practice of Yoga involves multidimensional benefits. Yoga has got immense curative and preventive powers which can only be realized, once it is practiced. Claims of curing dreaded diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and even cancer are not without bases. There have been cases where people have actually walked free of such serious diseases by merely controlling their breathing (Pranayam Yoga), as prescribed under Yoga.
Some of the Schools and institutions that are involved the practice and propagation of Yoga in Uttarakhand are as follows:-