Frequently Asked Questions
About the IYF
How can I register for IYF 2017?
Registration for IYF 2017 will open in November 2016, here. Please note: this is the ONLY place you can register for the International Yoga Festival 2017 at Parmarth Niketan online, and our official correspondence is only through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where is IYF held?
The International Yoga Festival is held every year at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India. To learn more about Parmarth and how to get there, click here. Please note: IYF’s venue is ONLY at Parmarth Niketan, not at any other locations throughout Rishikesh.
What styles of yoga will be taught at IYF?
Every year we have more than 70+ hours of yoga classes, taught by renowned teachers from around the world practicing multiple styles of Yoga including Kundalini Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Kriya Yoga. To see the full list of IYF 2017’s presenters, click here.
About Registering for IYF
What is included with my accomodation booking?
Accommodation is provided from 2pm on February 28 until 12pm on March 8. The Ashram will provide you with sheets, blankets, and towels. We also have a laundry service available at a minimum fee. You can contact the block supervisor for this service. We ask that you bring your personal toiletries and in efforts to keep the environment clean, please be mindful that your products are as environmentally sound as possible. In efforts to keep our waste to a minimum, please bring a reusable water bottle. We have filtered water machines throughout the Ashram at no charge.
What is included with my ticket?
All registration options include meals, classes, lectures and performances.
Is there an International Yoga Festival app?
Yes! There is an International Yoga Festival app available for Apple and Android phones. Please download before arrival to get a copy of the schedule as soon as it is published as well as live updates directly from the Festival.
How do I become a country ambassador?
The first person to register from each country will become a country ambassador and receive a surprise gift!
Will there be any opportunities for participants to perform?
Yes! We are excited to announce that this year at the International Yoga Festival there will be a special time in which delegates of each country can offer a cultural demonstration of yoga, dance or song to highlight the cultural richness of their country. This is, of course, completely and fully optional and up to the representatives of each country. The Country Ambassador (first to register from each country) and the largest group from each country will receive first preference for opportunity to present. For those interested in taking part in this, please complete the form on our website here with your details and an outline of what you would like to present as well as how many in your group. Our team will contact you regarding this, closer to the Festival. (Guidelines apply.)
What are my transport options getting to the event?
Parmarth Niketan is closely connected by air, train, and car. For details, please click here.
Are there discounts for group bookings?
Yes! Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. The group leader should register and pay for all members (together under one registration) in order to receive a discount of $50 off per person plus one free ticket.
Once the booking has been made, please email email@example.com with your confirmation no. and a list of names and genders of the people in your booking, in order to receive your free voucher code.
Day passes do not qualify for this discount.
How can I stay at the ashram before and/or after the festival?
For reservations before or after the International Yoga Festival, please contact our Reservations Team through www.parmarth.org/reservations
Once You've Arrived
How can I meet with Pujya Swamiji for darshan/blessings?
At registration, you will be assigned to a group and time to meet Pujya Swamiji for Darshan. If you want a one-on-one, please arrange with Pujya Swamiji’s reception. Also, there is daily open darshan/satsang immediately following Ganga Aarti in Pujya Swamiji’s garden (near reception). There is a question basket in the reception, so if you feel shy to ask your question publically, please put your questions in this basket and these will be addressed in the Satsang sessions.
Do I need to bring my own yoga mat?
You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat, however there will be mats available to purchase at the festival and also complimentary mats available for use at each class.
I am having a room issue. How can I address this?
Each residential block has its own reception where they can help you address room issues. You can pick up towels, soaps, toilet paper there as well. As part of Karma Yoga, you are encouraged to keep own sacred space clean; please ask building reception for cleaning supplies.
Are there laundry facilities?
Drop off your laundry at the building receptions. Put your name and room number on bag which will be provided. Laundry will be returned within a day, however if it is rainy within 2 days. Please note: in Indian custom, undergarments are to be washed individually.
Do the rooms have hot water?
Yes – in all rooms. If your room has a geyser please turn it on 30 minutes before showering and switch off immediately after use. Please help conserve! Other rooms have solar heated water.
Is the water safe to drink?
Drinking water is provided in the Yoga Hall area in coolers, as well as in the building receptions and the dining area. Fill up your bottles with these. Please be sure to only drink bottled or filtered water.
Where can I get medical attention?
We have our own clinic with dispensary onsite called Parmarth Niketan/Swami Shukdevanand Charitable Hospital. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8am to 11am and 3pm to 5pm. If you require attention outside these hours, please go to the Help Desk and someone will contact the resident doctor. It is always advisable to carry any regular/prescription medicines that you take in the amounts you will need, instead of trying to find them here.
Where can I eat?
Dining facilities are set up in the back yoga gardens for all IYF participants. All food is vegetarian. We do have gluten & lactose-free options available during meals, but please remember that we sometimes host 1,000 guests or more, and it not possible to have everyone like everything that’s offered at all meal times. It is always safe and advisable to carry non-perishable options, just in case the choices present at that time are not palatable you. There is an adjacent market-place where a variety of choices are available for purchase also. Please note: In respect of the traditions of the ashram, within the ashram the following food/drink are strictly prohibited: drinking intoxicants, eating egg or other non-vegetarian foods. We also recommend that you refrain from eating onions and garlic. Vegan options will include dal, rice, salads, vegetables and fruits.
Are there email/phone/money exchange facilities?
An internet cafe is available at Parmarth, in the Yoga Garden. Phone calls can be made at three locations in the ashram; please see the map of the ashram for all locations which are open at different and varying times. There are ATMs in the marketplace. Note: the Ashram does not take traveler’s cheques.
Are there safety precautions I should take?
While Rishikesh is a safe place in general, it is unadvisable for females to travel alone into deserted areas day or night. It is not safe to venture into the forest at before dawn or after dusk as wild elephants and leopards habitat this area. If any local tells you they want to do Astro- readings, Healings, etc. & says they will come to your room, this is a definite NO, we do not offer these services so we do not allow this at the Ashram. No unauthorized guests allowed in guest rooms at any time.
How should I dress?
Be sensitive and respectful, dress as modestly as possible, especially during the Aarti. In respect of the traditions of our ashram, shoulders and knees should always be covered at all times, including in classes. See-through clothing is not allowed, and tight/revealing clothing is discouraged.
Is there anything about Indian etiquette that I should know?
When in doubt, observe what others are doing, or simply just ask. To preserve the purity of sacred places, remove your shoes. To avoid potential misunderstandings and for hygienic reasons, when greeting someone, fold your hands in Namaste. Indians reserve their left hand for unclean activities so it is customary to give and receive with the right hand.
How can I donate to the ashram?
Please make donations only at the main reception desk. Make sure to receive your receipt (even if you don’t require it). Please see the brochure in the Welcome Package which details the charitable and humanitarian activities of the ashram. Please do not tip anyone, as this is against the Ashram Policy.
Where can I get the CD of Parmarth’s Ganga Aarti?
If you would like a copy of Parmarth’s Ganga Aarti CD, please do not purchase outside of the ashram. Please ask for either Ramesh or Siddharth of the IYF team, and they can get you a copy.
Where can I give feedback for future International Yoga Festivals?
We will be given Feedback Forms during the festival. Please keep your mind open to improvement, and fill them in. We will be requiring that you fill this out before receiving your key deposit if you are staying at the ashram.