Messages & Blessings

pujya-swamijiDear Divine Souls,

A Warm Welcome to All!

The International Yoga Festival is not only a festival where people learn yoga; rather, the festival itself is yoga – a divine union of the east and west, the north and south. On the banks of Mother Ganga, people of every country, every culture, every color and every creed come together as one family, connecting to the Divine within themselves and to the Divine within others. It is a time of uniting not only one’s hands to one’s legs, but a time of uniting oneself to the Divine, to the Divine that exists in every single one of you.

More than 1200 people from around the world–from 101 countries — came to sit by the banks of Mother Ganga, absorb the divine energy of saints, sages and rishis who have meditated and performed yoga here for centuries, and were touched and transformed by the divine, sacred energy of this holy place. I extend great thanks to all our dedicated teachers who traveled from every corner of the globe to come and offer their experience, enthusiasm and expertise to the Festival.

I also offer great appreciation and gratitude to our partner organizations, the Government of India, Ministry of AYUSH, Uttarakand Tourism Development Board, and Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nagam Ltd for their continued commitment and dedication to the propagation and dissemination of the science and art of yoga.

With love and blessings always,
In the Service of Humanity,

Swami Chidanand Saraswati


sadhvi-bhagawatijiDear Divine Souls,

It was such a great joy and blessing to welcome all of our more than 1700 participants to the holy banks of Mother Ganga, in the lap of the Himalayas, to the birthplace of yoga, a place where for thousands of years saints, sages and rishis have performed their meditation, their yoga and attained enlightenment.

It was such a great honour and joy to organize this festival in cooperation with AYUSH, Uttarakand Tourism Development Board, and Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nagam Ltd. The International Yoga Festival (IYF) is a beautiful time of seeing the world come together in the name of yoga or union. This year we had 101 countries represented! They came together in union of cultures, colors and creeds, a union of different lineages of yoga, a union of saints, yogacharyas and seekers.

We united with our inner selves, with the Divine and with the Divine embodied in and reflected by ourselves and each other. During this transformative and sacred week, we learned asanas, pranayama, meditation, philosophy and so much more from world renowned yogacharayas. We delved into hatha yoga, ashtanga yoga, raja yoga, kundalini yoga, and so many other forms of yoga plus, of course, the triveni sangam of bhakti yoga (devotion), gyan yoga (wisdom) and karma yoga (taking yoga off the mat and into service of the world).

During the week the participants were invited to imbibe in not only the teachings but also the divine touch and transformation of this sacred place. They were invited to let the waters of Mother Ganga wash over them, and to let the blessed atmosphere transform their whole being, filling them with joy, love, peace and the true union or “yoga” of body, mind and spirit.

With love and peace from the holy banks of Mother Ganga,
In His seva,

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati