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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.
"Health is wealth, peace of mind is happiness,
Yoga shows the way."
THE YOGA ASANA CLASSES
The morning and afternoon yoga asana classes consist of breathing exercises, the Sun Salutation, basic postures and deep relaxation, under the guidance of an experienced instructor. Individual corrections and detailed instructions help all participants to perform the exercises carefully and in a relaxed manner. Flexibility and mobility are enhanced.
Newcomers and "rusty" students are encouraged to try easier variations of the basic poses. People with health issues such as back problems or general exhaustion receive the appropriate guidance.
Advanced participants are encouraged to try classical variations and hold the poses longer.
Weather permitting, the yoga classes are held outside under the big sun shade on the cedar platform, which offers a marvellous view of the Wilder Kaiser mountain range.
The morning and evening meditation sessions are the most peaceful hours at the Retreat House. The practical guidance for positive thinking and mental relaxation combined with concentration exercises gradually lead to inner peace.
The chanting of Sanskrit mantras (healing and energizing sound combinations) deepens the feeling of peace.
A reading from yoga texts gives inspiring insights into yoga philosophy and psychology.
The guided silent walks at the Retreat House offer moments to treasure – the gentle rising and setting of the sun, the various phases of the moon, the hidden beauties of the valley, the panoramic view of the Wilder Kaiser and Hohe Tauern Mountains, the songs of many bird species, the variety of trees, bushes and medicinal plants along the footpath.
The breath deepens, body and mind relax, the flexibility of the joints increases, the senses regenerate and expand and the mind rediscovers natural contentment and peace.
The Vedas are humanity's most ancient writings and are the philosophical foundation of the yoga teachings. Vedanta explains how man can reunite with the immutable reality of the Soul. In this experience of deep inner peace, there is no longer any distinction between body and mind and the restless searching for love, success and happiness has found its end.
the VEGETARIAN Diet
Light, nutritious, freshly prepared meals are an integral part of the yoga vacation.
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres draw on more than 50 years' experience of teaching in the East and West. Step by step menu plans help lead you to a more balanced nutrient intake, increased vitality and better digestion.
Meals are served buffet-style and are made from fresh, purely organic ingredients using only pure oils. During your stay you will enjoy a variety of whole grains, carefully cooked vegetables, a nice variety of side salads, expertly prepared pulses, dairy products from the best organic dairy farms in Tyrol, home-made bread, jams and stewed fruits as well as imaginative desserts.
In the Ayurveda courses you'll learn to choose the right food combinations and quantities based on your body type.
OUR TEAM OF INSTRUCTORS
Our team of yoga teachers have all graduated from the Sivananda Yoga Teachers‘ Training Courses, guaranteeing an authentic experience. All our instructors lead a yogic lifestyle and are competent teachers and advisers.
SPECIAL GUESTS & CULTURAL PROGRAMMES
Workshops and talks with renowned special guests from around the world on topics of health, science, philosophy and culture. International artists are regular visitors to the Retreat House: Eastern spiritual discourse accompanied by classical Indian music, South Indian dance, colourful temple ceremonies with mantra recitation, and Western classical music.
English-speaking guests are welcome throughout the year. Yoga classes are taught in both English and German and all lectures in German are translated simultaneously into English via wireless headphones.
LEARN HOW TO COOK
In this weekly cooking workshop you will learn vegetarian alternatives for promoting physical and mental well-being. The Sivananda Yoga teachers share many tips for good health and offer a variety of recipes for busy people, energy-giving breakfast ideas and light dinners.
Massage & Sauna
Experienced, certified masseuses offer classical massage, foot reflexology, shiatsu, TCM massage and lymphatic drainage. You can make an appointment when you arrive. For further relaxation, a Finnish and a low-temperature sauna can be found in Hotel Pointner.
The community feeling in the Retreat House is based on „voluntary service“. All staff teach and work on a volunteer basis. We encourage our guests to help out with light chores for about 45 minutes a day. Volunteering creates a cheerful atmosphere in which to meet other people and develop positive motivations behind our actions.
For serious Yoga students, who would like to experience the Yoga lifestyle for a minimum of two weeks. Please contact us by phone or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be happy to advise you when choosing yoga accessories; how to choose the appropriate cushion, yoga mat, meditation shawl, yoga clothing or book according to your needs.
We stock standard works on Hatha Yoga, health, yoga philosophy, meditation, Ayurveda and vegetarian cooking. You will also find a fine selection of classical Indian and meditative music CDs.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring your yoga mat, cushion and blanket. You can buy these in the yoga shop, or borrow them free of charge from the Retreat House (deposit required). Eyeglass wearers should bring a hard case when storing glasses during yoga sessions.
Retreat house Rules
To maintain the spiritual atmosphere, participation in the mediation and yoga classes twice a day is obligatory. Non-vegetarian meals, eggs, onion, garlic, black tea, coffee, alcohol and cigarettes are not permitted.
The Sivananda Yoga Retreat House has worked closely for many years with Alexandra and Florian Pointner, the proprietors of the ecological hotel across from the Retreat House. This has allowed us to offer our guests a wholesome and nutritious vegetarian dietary programme.
The entire hotel operation has been certified by Austria-Bio-Garantie, Austria's leading inspection body for organic businesses. It was awarded the European eco-label as well as Austria's gastronomic accolade "Grüne Haube" for whole-grain and natural cuisine. The Pointners have been running their farm according to organic and ecological guidelines since 1995.
They grow various fruits (such as apples and berries) and, since 2009, they have been cultivating an array of vegetables and herbs which are prepared fresh daily in the hotel‘s kitchen.
The Sivananda Yoga Retreat House is nestled on a sunny slope overlooking the village of Reith, amidst a picturesque Alpine landscape. Kitzbühel, the legendary Alpine sports resort, is just four kilometres away. The historic town has undergone a transformation in the last hundred years, becoming one of the most famous winter sports resorts in the world.
Choose from a wide variety of programmes: · Asanas
Health and Ayurveda
· Yoga and relaxation
· Body and Mind
In workshops and special asana classes, you will learn various exercise sequences that you can easily practise at home. Lectures, PowerPoint presentations, recommended readings and one-to-one talks help you to broaden your knowledge
of the yoga vacation topic.
During the winter season, yoga vacationers
also have the opportunity to ski. There is a 25km cross-country
ski trail in the direct vicinity of the Retreat House.
Kitzbühel and other nearby ski areas provide downhill
ski trails of varying degrees of difficulty.