In the thirteenth section of Bhagvata Gita Arjun says addressing Krishna, “Hey, Rishikesh! I had never known you before.”
“Rishikesh” here means, the best of all the yogis.
Rishikesh is the yoga capital of not only India, but of the whole world. It has been, since time immemorial, the land of the practice of Yoga. In past few years, many Ashrams have come up to popularize yoga in Rishikesh, and the practice of the development of Ashrams is still ongoing.
Due to the demise of the main yogaguru however, the old tradition of Yoga is fading away slowly. While the old ashramas are losing their influence, the new ones (which don’t promote the real value of yoga) are gaining more and more importance.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Yoga Meditation Center is one such example. It used to be the supreme yoga center of Rishikesh, but the demise of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has left the center in a ruckus.
Rishikesh is the capital of teaching and learning of Yoga today as well, but it’s an unfortunate turn of the events which has transformed this ancient knowledge into a business. So if you want to find a good and real yoga guru for teacher training in Rishikesh, it will take a lot of effort by your side, as the place is full of charlatans now.
Whenever the knowledge of a particular subject increases, the illusions about that knowledge also increase, and same is the case with Yoga in Rishikesh. These days, you’ll find many yoga gurus there who are practicing indecency with their women followers on the pretext of teaching yoga. So you’ll have to be aware of such false yoga gurus if you are visiting Rishikesh for yoga teacher training courses.