• Sarah Hawkins

Rishikesh: The Birthplace of Yoga

In late 1960s The Beatles visited a beautiful isolated place on the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh, India.

Their soul enchanting work and their most famous soundtrack “White Album” was written here. During their time here they undertook a course in Transcendental Meditation at ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Transcendental Meditation became synonymous with hippy culture in the 1960s after The Beatles spent their time here. A few years after The Beatles trip to India the number of westerners undertaking meditation and yoga accelerated. This meditation and relaxation helped boost their creativity and significantly reduce their reliance on LSD.

Rishikesh is situated on the bank of The Ganges River and has a very sacred significance to the locals culture and festivals. Every year, thousands and thousands of people visit to learn yoga, meditation, spiritual connections and physical fitness. People travel from all over the world to undertake self-realisation and self-actualisation. The spiritual hum of the place helps positivity and many opportunities to create a connection between their mind and soul.

Rishikesh is a hub of concentration, the exposed nature and mystic vibes gives us the feeling of self-reflection and self-realisation. According to the sacred incident of Lord Rama and his brother helping him with Sita by crossing the river through Laxman Rope, arises the religious sacredness of this place. There are many ancient temples and an ambient number of yoga retreats and teacher training sites.

It is a spiritual hub of the world. Whenever you step into this city you clearly feel that something good and positive is going to happen to you. Quite often when we are stuck working in the 9-5 daily grind we ignore our health and well being in daily routine, but here in Rishikesh a different energy runs through you, you will stop ignoring the things that you did for a long time. You become more in touch with yourself and start exploring the inner guidance and the energies that you have within your soul. You begin to learn to stop depending on others for the happiness and peace in your life but focus on fulfilling your own happiness and deep sense of inner peace by our minds connecting with your soul has you practise yoga in beautiful Rishikesh.

People come from all over the world to learn; meditation, yoga, Ayurveda and spiritual connection, but there are so many other things that you can do and see. Some of the major attractions are Laxman Jhula, Kaisanand Mission Ashram, Bharat Mandir, Triveni Ghaat and a lot more.

Rishikesh is one of the holiest places for Hindus. Due to the religious significance of the place, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly prohibited in Rishikesh. There are endless opportunities for vegetarians.

There are a lot of institutions of yoga, meditation and spiritual abundance around the world but Rishikesh is known as the birth place of yoga. and many famous yoga gurus and spiritual leaders have undertaken their spiritual practice here such as Swami Dayanad Saraswati and Sri Sri Ravi Shanka.

It has a unique location on the foothills of Himalayas by the bank of River Ganges. Yogis and trainers believe that a special energy surrounds you when you are here. The two main institutions Abhayarana Campus and Ganges Campus are located 2KM far from the main city.

Rishikesh is a must visit place, if you want to discover yourself and to find the core purpose of your life, you are on the right path towards Rishikesh. There is a lot more to discover about this place and I’m pretty sure, that, when you are there, you will discover a new vibe which fulfills your soul.

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