'''International Yoga Week''' every year takes place in Rishikesh in Uttaranchal. This event is organized by Parmath Niketan Ashram in association with Uttaranchal tourism department.
* Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means traditional physical and mental disciplines. The origin of yoga is very much in our own country. It is very much associated with meditative practices in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. In Hinduism it refers to one of the six schools of philosophy, and its practices.
* In Jainism it refers to the mental, verbal and physical activities.
* Almost all the branches of yoga in Hindu philosophy include Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. All the Hindu texts and religious books have discussed the aspects of yoga, including Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Shiva Samhita and various Tantras.
* The Sanskrit word yoga has many meanings. It is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’, meaning ‘to control’, ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’. Translations include ‘joining’, ‘uniting’, ‘union’, ‘conjunction’, and ‘means’.
* In the foreign countries the term yoga is typically associated with Hatha Yoga and its postures as a form of exercise. The follower of Yoga and its philosophy is called Yogi or Yogini.
* Rishikesh is the place with a large number of Yoga schools where meditation and philosophy are taught to the students. The schools are mostly situated on the banks of River Ganga. These places are perfect for meditation and yoga practice.
* The international yoga week takes place every year in the first week of the month of February.
* On this occasion renowned yoga masters gather at Rishikesh.
* It is a golden opportunity for any person to learn the asanas.
* The major yogic postures of hatha, raja, karma, bhakti, mantra, laya and jnana are demonstrated by the esteemed masters during the international yoga week. Detailed lectures accompany these illustrations and these obviously facilitate a better understanding.