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In the Yoga Shop in our Retreat House we gladly advise you in the selection of the appropriate yoga accessories: the most suitable cushion, yoga mats, meditation shawls, outfits and books according to your interests.
6:00 am Morning meditation, mantra chanting and spiritual reading. 8:00 am Yoga class with energising yoga poses and breathing exercises. 10:00 am Vegetarian brunch. Afterwards, there is time for a sauna, a massage, a walk along one of the hiking trails or sit back and read a book on the sunny terrace. 2:00 pm Workshop or lecture. 4:00 pm Yoga class. Feel your body becoming more flexible, your breath calmer and your mind clearer. 6:00 pm Vegetarian dinner. 7:30 pm Silent evening meditation and mantra chanting followed by an interesting lecture. You may like to to drink some herbal tea and retire early to bed.
During the week and at weekends we offer two sets of topics. You can participate in both at no extra charge. >> Rates
Fri 29.3 / 4pm – Mon 1.4 / 4pm *
Consciousness beyond the Mind
The famous verses of the sage Patanjali are an integral guide to the physical, mental and spiritual levels of the meditation practice.
Lectures with Swami Durgananda, Yoga-Acharya
The basics of concentration and meditation
Various methods for controlling the mind
Overcoming obstacles in meditation
Swami Durgananda, Yoga Acharya, is a senior student of Swami Vishnudevananda and
director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in Europe. Her practical and intuitive style
of teaching is the result of intensive practice and over 35 years of teaching experience.
Recommended reading: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with a commentary by Swami Durgananda.
Fri 29.3 / 4pm – Mon 1.4 / 4pm *
Asana Special – Asanas for a Healthy Back
Workshops and lectures
with Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga-Acharya
The 12 basic postures and variations are preventive
care for the entire back.
Just three days of intensive asana practice can
bring about noticeable improvements in one’s
posture. We will use a plumb line to measure these changes.
Each participant has their photo taken at the plumb line
with individual explanations
Posture analysis with plumb-line test (PowerPoint presentation)
Variations for strength and flexibility in the shoulder
and pelvic regions
Pose, counterpose and in-depth relaxation
Balancing muscle length and muscle strength
Flexion, extension and rotation of the spine
Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya and senior student of Swami
Vishnudevananda, has taught at workshops and Teachers’
Training Courses around the world for many years. He is a
dynamic, precise and knowledgeable instructor.
Recommended reading: The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda.
Participation in the asana workshops is also possible
on a day-by-day basis.
Fri 29.3 / 4pm – Mon 1.4 / 4pm
Sivananda Beginners Guide to Yoga The proven basic guide from the Sivananda Yoga Centres
Basic principles of yoga for integral health
Abdominal breathing, deep breathing and pranayama
Better flexibility through the Sun Salutation
with preliminary exercises and deep relaxation
to concentration and meditation
Recommended reading: Sivananda Beginner’s Guide to Yoga
Thu 28.3 / 4pm – Mon 1.4 / 4pm *
Further Training for Yoga Teachers:
Yoga & Anatomy
Anatomy and physiology of the asanas with detailed examples for teaching and own practice.
A yoga and hiking vacation in the majestic Kitzbühel Mountains
offers both active recreation and a pleasant escape from our
Several approx. 2-hour hikes with like-minded people
are complemented by daily yoga classes in which we delve into
the true nature of body and mind.
We will go on excursions
to the most beautiful corners of the region: Bichlach: Rolling hills of meadow and forest around the
Vogelsberger and Gieringer ponds. Venedigerblick, a fabulous hiking route: Zefirau, Schleier
waterfall, Ebner chapel, goat farm. Astbergweg: High-elevation hike with breath-taking views
of the Wilder Kaiser and the Kitzbühel mountains. Other possible excursions: Hike in the Hohe Tauern and visit
to the Mittersill National Park.
Trips to Gaudeamus Hut on Wilder Kaiser and to the Krimmler
You can join this active yoga vacation at any time. Please bring
hiking shoes and raingear.
Fri 5.4 / 4pm – Sun 7.4 / 4pm
Yoga for 50 Plus
Yoga is a universal and all-round exercise system which can be practised even at more advanced ages. Individually adapted postures and breathing techniques activate the body’s regenerative powers. Slow, gentle movements enhance the suppleness of the body for better sitting, standing and walking. In lectures and workshops you will receive an individual plan for practising at home as well as an introduction to positive thinking and meditation for mental relaxation and concentration.
Fri 5.4 / 4pm – Sun 7.4 / 4pm *
Ayurveda, Yoga and Health
Learn the basics of Ayurveda and the Ayurvedic science of nutrition, including many recipes and tips for your body type. The physical and mental characteristics of the three body types - Vata, Pitta, Kapha - are explained. In addition to the yogic guidelines for optimal nutrition, you will learn how to find the ideal balance of the six food tastes. A workshop on typical spices, their effects and constitution-related uses prepares you for the Ayurveda cooking course: Together, we prepare an Ayurvedic menu with grains, vegetables, pulses, salad and dessert.
Classical asana variations with individual guidance
Easy variations leading up to the twelve basic postures. Advanced variations aimed at making the body more supple and allowing progress in the basic postures. In the workshops you will learn anatomical details of the asana practice, helping you to get more out of the yoga classes.
Special yoga asanas for the back enhance flexibility and strengthen problem areas. Step by step, you’ll learn the art of deep relaxation by making the most of the short relaxation between the asanas and through the precise use of the autosuggestion technique.
The daily practice of meditation and mantra chanting will turn the seminar into a holistic yoga experience.
Mon 8.4 / 4pm – Fri 12.4 / 4pm
EVOLUTION of life
Yoga bringsphysical and mental health.
Mentalexercises for developingwillpower, memory, and a positivecharacter releasea dynamic potential. You learnto tap the innersource of creativityand better understandyourself and othersin all situations. Recommended reading: Swami Sivananda, Concentration and Meditation
Fri 12.4 / 4pm – Sun 14.4 / 4pm
Discover for yourself the harmonising effects of yoga, enabling the body to recover from symptoms of exhaustion and over - stimulation.
A balanced asana and relaxation programme focuses on gentle postures for the back in addition to optimal body posture and breathing at the workplace. Lectures and workshops introduce several short asana sequences and discuss positive thinking and concentration exercises for everyday life.
Fri 12.4 / 4pm – Sun 14.4 / 4pm
YOGA RELAXATION DAYS
Take the time to experience moments of deep relaxation for body, mind and spirit: Gentle yoga classes for all levels create the basis for health and strengthen the nervous system. The causes and effects of stress are discussed in a workshop. Using various meditation exercises, relaxation is slowly transformed into inner balance. Enjoy a peaceful yoga vacation in the mountains.
Fri 12.4 / 4pm - Fri 19.4 / 4pm *
THE YOGIC WAY OF COOKING
New menus for yogis each day which are easy to digest and low in calories.
Mon 15.4 / 4pm – Fri 19.4 / 4pm
THE YOGA WORKSHOP SERIES
Daily workshops look at the main aspects of the yoga class
in depth: muscle relaxation in the relaxation pose (Savasana)
through autosuggestion; enhanced flexibility of the spine and
limbs through specific stretching in the asanas; strengthening
of back and abdominal muscles for improved posture; specific
asana cycles for making the pelvis and the hips more flexible
and for strengthening the pectoral girdle. Increased vital capacity
through deep breathing: on the basis of abdominal breathing
and full yogic breathing you will be introduced step-by-step
to the classical pranayama techniques, which lead to improved
energy resources for both body and mind.
Yoga is a key not only to physical health, but also to radiant
mental health: Learn mental exercises for developing willpower
and improving memory. Lectures and workshops examine
positive character traits and how they enhance one’s personality.
Concentration and meditation exercises create the basis for the
successful practice of yoga in daily life. Recommended reading: Success in Life and God-Realisation
by Swami Sivananda
Get away from the daily routine and dive into a deeper asana experience with a guided step-by-step practice of advanced variations.
Detailed practice, adjustments and longer holding of some meditative asanas.
Scorpion, full bow, pigeon, lateral forward bend, turtle, balancing poses, triangle variations and other advanced variations from Swami Vishnudevananda’s Complete illustrated Book of Yoga.
Mon 22.4 / 4pm – Fri 26.4 / 4pm *
YOGA BODY CHECK
Often just little adjustments can lead to greater quality of life:
Workshops focussing on the shoulders, back and hips show us how we can systematically improve our flexibility in the yoga class. A test of the muscles and a posture analysis give the motivation you need to make a change. Yoga offers a broad range of methods for strengthening the nervous and cardiovascular systems: from deep relaxation to resistance training by holding the asana postures. The yogic breathing exercises help you to increase your vital energy.
Yogic techniques for organ cleansing (Kriyas) make it easier to detox the body. Guidance in dietary questions.
Mon 22.4 / 4pm – Fri 26.4 / 4pm *
FINDING THE SILENCE WITHIN
Study of yoga psychology based on the Raja Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Explanation of how
the mind works and practical techniques for
controlling the thoughts.
The functioning of thought waves, the effects
of natural energies on the mind, the principles of ethical living,
thought patterns and their transformation.
Human suffering and how to overcome it; practical methods
for cultivating positive thoughts; gaining mastery over the mind
through meditation. Recommended reading: Meditation and
Mantras by Swami Vishnudevananda and
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with commentary by Swami Durgananda
Fri 26.4 / 4pm – Fri 3.5 /15 h
Yoga – Your Home Practice Companion
The complete basic programme:
Understanding and experiencing yoga –
integral theory and practice based on the latest Sivananda Yoga book.
The Benefits of Yoga:
Boosting self-healing, muscles and movement, breathing and relaxation. Asanas
Pose and counterpose. The classic 12 asanas with variations for beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Breathing
Preliminary exercises, alternate nostril breathing and lung cleansing Relaxation
In between relaxation and complete deep relaxation Diet
Yoga and vegetarianism, 6-week plan for a healthy diet Positive thinking and meditation
The art of concentration, meditation practice, Karma (cause and effect)
To obtain the greatest benefits, we recommend taking part in the entire programme. Recommended reading: Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion by the
Sivananda Yoga Centres