International Yoga Festival was started in the year 1999 in Rishikesh, Parmarth Niketan Ashram. The early meditative classes were held under the guidance of Pujya Shri Swami Veda Bharat Ji, while the Yoga asanas were taught by Yogacharya Shri Bharat Bhushan Ji.
Since its inception, there has been no looking back. The popularity of the yoga festival grows every passing year. The 2010 edition became the most successful event as it witnessed a maximum number of participants. The credit for the success of the festival coincides with the auspicious event of Maha Kumbh Mela which took place during the same time of the year. The popularity of the festival keeps growing as more and more discover the benefits of yoga.
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