The 5 points of yoga

A synthesis of the classical yoga teachings

Swami Vishnudevananda summarised the wisdom of yoga in five basic principles which promote physical, mental and spiritual health.

 

Asanas

A fountain of youth for the entire body

Yoga poses work systematically on all parts of the body: Similar to the function of oil in an engine, the asanas enhance the flexibility of the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and stimulate circulation.
The back becomes stronger and more flexible. The effects of asanas on body alignment improve physical well-being and the communication of the nervous system with all organ systems.
Asanas massage the internal organs and optimize their functions. They activate the acupressure zones of the body and increase the flow of vital energy.
Performed slowly and with awareness, the yoga poses are also a mental exercise in concentration and meditation.
At the Yoga Retreat House, you will learn the asanas in the practical classes, in workshops, during individual coaching, or in correction workshops for yoga teachers.

The 12 basic poses

The foundation of the yoga class

Headstand

Headstand

Shoulderstand

Shoulderstand

Plough

Plough

Fish

Fish

Forward Bend

Forward Bend

Cobra

Cobra

Locust

Locust

Bow

Bow

Half Spinal Twist

Half Spinal Twist

Crow

Crow

Standing Forward Bend

Standing Forward Bend

Triangle

Triangle

Pranayama

The vital breath

Breathing exercises stimulate the energy reserves of the solar plexus and thus invigorate body and mind.
Through deep and conscious breathing, we can tap a great reservior of energy in our daily life. The body becomes strong again and can better handle the challenges of modern life.
Expanded and conscious breathing helps fight depression and stress.
Breathing and the mind are interconnected. When we are fearful or angry, our breathing is shallow, fast and irregular; when we are relaxed or focussed, our breathing slows down.

Relaxation

In peace lies strength

Regular relaxation has an effect similar to that of an automobile’s cooling system, which protects the engine from overheating.
Unnecessary tension not only causes discomfort, but it also robs us of our energy reserves. This may result in migraines, a tense neck or painful joints. Without regular relaxation, body and mind experience overload and can no longer function properly.
Deep relaxation takes place on three levels – physical, mental and spiritual – and is the most natural way to recharge. During deep relaxation at the end of a yoga class, the body needs only enough energy to maintain vital metabolic processes. The rest of the prana which was built up during the yoga exercises is stored.

Eating better

From the source

The yoga tradition recommends a lacto-vegetarian diet with no meat, fsh or eggs, and with only small amounts of dairy products.
A vegetarian diet gets its energy directly from the Sun, the source of all life.
Discover fresh, light and nutritious food that gradually leads to a more balanced nutrient intake, increased vitality and better digestion.
At the Yoga Retreat House, 60 years of yoga lifestyle experience in both East and West have gone into the development of menus.
The eco-hotel serves two complete buffet-style meals daily, making use of fresh, organic ingredients and pure oils.
You will enjoy a range 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.
Vegan or gluten-free dishes or fresh juices can be prepared on request.
  • "Feel the silence, hear the silence, touch and taste the silence. Silence is the music of your Soul."
    ~ Swami Vishnudevananda

Meditation

The key to peace of mind

It is scientifcally proven that people who meditate on a regular basis

  • have improved self-awareness and self-regulation;
  • are able to reduce the subjective stress load and develop objective stress management;
  • have fewer daydreams and are more naturally alert;
  • can regulate their emotions, leading to better coping mechanisms for pain, fear and depression;
  • develop positive emotions like compassion and active benevolence.
There are many meditation techniques in yoga.
Mantras harness the power of sound, both in chanting and through mental repetition.
Other techniques focus on visual symbols or the breath. More abstract practices emphasize observation of the thoughts, positive affrmations or the cultivation of sublime emotions.
The group practice of silence and mantra chanting awakens interest in meditation. A new, natural power of attention develops which can gradually lead to deeper concentration. The state of meditation is reached when all effort and intention vanish.