From the Participants
"I HAVE COME HERE SIX TIMES AND IT'S DIFFERENT EVERY YEAR. What I really appreciate is the that I can drop into the Indian crowd or the German crowd or any crowd I like."
Alice Beik, Hamburg, Germany"I knew the yoga would be great, but the great satsangs are such a nice bonus."
Shulamit Salem, Tel Aviv, Israel"The interesting blend of Indian and Western approaches to yoga is so refreshing. The International Yoga Festival is both serious and fun simultaneously."
Elisabeth Andripoulou, Amaliada, Greece"The teachings are so deep, the atmosphere is beautifully light and the people are so open. The International Yoga Festival is more than I can ask for from any yoga event."
Tiia Tammenin, Helsinki, Finland"I came to the International Yoga Festival to meet the yogis of the world and to validate my life choice to be a yogi by being around others who have made the same decision. My favorite part so far is the encounters with nameless yogis! Serendipity and anonymity combine at IYF for incredibly authentic experiences."
Amilee Myson, Sydney, Australia"I decided I wanted to be a yoga instructor so I quit my job and came to the International Yoga Festival to dive in to the deep end and learn the best yoga."
Chisako Kurihara, Tokyo, Japan"I come to Parmarth Niketan to International Yoga Festival every year to recharge my batteries and to find my center again."
Sasch Franchinia, Bergamo, Italy"I am opening my mind in the foothills of the Himalayas with so many great people, in such a beautiful place. It's wonderful."
Jenny Flynn, Brighton, United Kingdom"I absolutely love the structure, the setting and the energy. I feel safe and comfortable. It is exactly what I wanted for my first solo trip to India."
Monica Monatanaro, Palermo, Italy"As a new yoga teacher it's amazing to listen and learn from so many great teachers, and especially in such a divine location."
Peter Marinic, Ljubania, Slovenia"The Yoga Festival has been a perfect reason to finally come home to India."
Deborah Johnson, San Diego, USA"I've been studying yoga for 6 years and am so glad to find such a diverse set of teachers and styles, some much more than I could find at home."
Jennifer Gu, Shanghai, China"As a total beginner to mindfulness the International Yoga Festival is proving to be a perfect way to sample lots of yoga and meditation styles."
Lukas Barbello, Copenhagen, Denmark"MY DESIRE FOR SELF-LOVE BROUGHT ME HERE. I am deeply impressed by the festival, and was truly in awe of Shivamani's performance."
Naima Kirkefeldt, Fakse, Denmark"Initially I came for the yoga, but now I return for the people."
Mina Khagram, Nakuru, Kenya"Practicing Kundalini with such amazing instructors on the Ganges with this diverse community has been an incredible experience."
Vik Shah, Bangalore, India"I AM SO GLAD I HAVE COME. I am the Croatian ambassador for a yoga initiation program for children. I have to come to here to see all these gifted global teachers and to learn from them."
Ivana Crmcic, Zagreb, Croatia