Uttarakhand cushions the fall of unhealthy living. Along with its surreal landscape and tranquil environment, it is the seat of the age-old practise of healthy living called Yoga. The state has been an ideal destination for Yoga and Meditation in India, helping people to choose a healthier lifestyle and to get rid of their stress. Both Yoga and Ayurveda along with Meditation assist in achieving mental and physical wellbeing through the setting of the schedule that involves special diets, exercises, breathing practices, herbal remedies, meditation and physical therapies. Yoga and meditation also help in the attainment of an ideal balance between a healthy body and a sound mind, which is a must for survival in the stressful atmosphere. This ancient art of Ayurveda and Yoga in Uttarakhand has been well preserved. The serene environment in the state has offered an ideal setting for the practice of this life-giving practice, where the people without getting trapped into the worldly affairs can come to learn and seek treatments for a range of issues. Where on one hand, the lush forests of Uttarakhand houses multiple medicinal herbs that are later used for the therapies and treatments, the scenic landscape and clean air helps in an automatic renewal of mind, body and soul
Rishikesh is reckoned to be the prominent centre for Ayurveda and Yoga in Uttarakhand along with its neighbour Haridwar.
These two centres of Yoga and Ayurveda sitting on the bank of holy River Ganges make an essential part of the Uttarakhand tourism. Haridwar, which is also the venue of India's largest spiritual fair, Kumbh Mela is an ideal place to seek this ancient wisdom of healthy living. There are a number of Ashrams and Yoga centres that provide people with numerous short and long term courses in Yoga as well as Ayurveda and meditation. Similarly, Rishikesh, which has eventually turned up as the Yoga Capital of India, gives people a high number of options when it comes to the learning and practicing of this ancient Indian science. Since, the Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation have attained popularity; a couple of centres can be seen mushrooming in other cities of Uttarakhand as well. Dehradun, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Haridwar, Nainital and Tehri Garhwal have also come forward in making Uttarakhand an important centre for a Yoga holiday in India. Various courses in different styles of Yoga, i.e., Ashtanga, Detox, Ananda, Vinyasa, Dynamic, Agni, Anahata, Bhakti, Raja, Sivananda, Iyengar, Kundalini, Karma and Jnana can be attained in Uttarakhand along with new age healing systems like Reiki. Stress management, as well as preventive and curative therapy for numerous health disorders, are all taken care of in the state for the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of individuals.