Introduction to Meditation

Mon., 22 April 2019 – Wed., 24 April 2019

In Reith, Tyrol, Austria

During meditation, the positive thoughts which prevail have a beneficial effect on the mind, nerves, sense organs and the entire body.



  • Meditative asana practice with a focus on deep breathing, relaxation and precise body awareness.
  • The next step in the meditation pose.
  • Mantras: achieving mental and emotional balance with the universal mantra OM and other Sanskrit sound energies.
  • Concentration exercises using candlelight and uplifting images and objects.
  • Relaxed concentration through writing of mantras.



  • 12 classical steps in the meditation experience.
  • Establishing a meditation practice at home.
  • Karma and mind: cause and effect in one’s own thought processes.



ACCOMMODATION & MEALS In a smoke-free eco-hotel
Single room:€70
Double room:€58
Shared room:€43

Minimum stay: 2 nights

Triple rooms on request for 3 people staying for the same dates.

All rates include VAT and are subject to a €1.80 visitor's tax per person per night.

Daily schedule

6:00 – 7:30 amMorning meditation, mantra chanting, talk
Twice a week and weather-permitting, the meditation takes place as a silent walk.
8:00 – 9:30 amAsanas and pranayama, sometimes followed by a short lecture.
9:30 – 9:50 amShort lecture
10:00 amVegetarian brunch
12 noonWalk or 2-3 hours hike.
2:00 - 3:00 pmLecture or workshop. (Not on Corpus Christi Weekend) 
4:00 – 5:30 pmAsanas and pranayama
6:00 pmVegetarian dinner
8:00 – 9:30 pmEvening meditation, mantra chanting, talk

Programmes are subject to change or cancellation.

Participation in the afternoon lecture/workshop is optional.

Donate your time: Many yoga vacation guests contribute to the community feeling in the Retreat House by volunteering during their stay. Ask at the reception desk for more information.

Accommodation and meals

Accommodation and meals are in the non-smoking eco-hotel serving wholesfood organic vegetarian meals.

All guest rooms have wooden floors and furniture, health mattresses, shower, toilet, hairdryer, telephone and radio. Most rooms have a balcony.

What you will need for your stay

A meditation pillow for the morning and evening meditation sessions is recommended. A meditation shawl is also advantageous.

To practice the yoga poses you will need a non-slip yoga mat or wool mat. You will need a blanket to cover yourself at the end of the yoga class during the so-called final relaxation.

Pillows, shawls, blankets, mats and much more can be purchased in our online shop or in our boutique after arrival.

For your stay you should bring comfortable clothing, slippers, walking shoes, rain gear, torch (flashlight), bathing suit and towels. Eyeglass wearers should bring a hard case for safe storage during the yoga classes.

Corona rules

  • Before the day of arrival

    Our GUESTS FROM AUSTRIA please note:

    • For the day of arrival we ask you to do an antigen test. These are valid for 48 hours.
    • If you stay longer than 2 nights, we ask you to get free self-tests with QR code in your pharmacy in your home town. The self-tests must be repeated every 24 hours.
    • Those who do not bring self-tests can register with the Austrian social security number for a test in the Screeningstrasse Kitzbühel / parking lot Schwarzsee (due to high demand there may be a shortage of appointments, please register in advance at .
    • For all guests without self-tests, the state of Tyrol is planning to provide self-tests for hotels. The details are still being worked out.
      •  If necessary self-tests will be available at cost price in the yoga shop.



    • Entry is possible without quarantine!
    • Please make a timely guest registration for entry. You can find the link here.
    • Regarding the free self-tests to take with you, we ask you to inquire at your trusted pharmacy. This depends on the pharmacies and federal states / cantons.
    • For all guests without self-tests, the state of Tyrol is planning to provide self-tests for hotels. The details are still being worked out.
      • If necessary self-tests will be available at cost price in the yoga shop.

    For our guests from ALL OTHER COUNTRIES:

    Please verify if you are eligible to travel to Austria: Re-open EU



The following applies to all of our guests:

The test obligation does not apply to the following persons, taking into account the following conditions:


Vaccinated persons:

  • First vaccination is valid as evidence from the 22nd day and is then valid for three months from vaccination as evidence of admissions or for nine months if you already had COVID-19 21 days before the first vaccination.
  • Second vaccination is valid for nine months from the first vaccination as evidence.
  • In the case of vaccinations when only one vaccination is planned, this is valid as evidence from the 22nd day, and is then valid for nine months from the vaccination as evidence for admission.


Recovered persons:

  • Separation notice or proof of recovery, if this was issued for a person who was proven to have been ill with SARS-CoV-2 in the last six months before the planned test.
  • Medical confirmation of an infection that has occurred in the last six months and has currently expired, molecular-biologically confirmed.
  • Proof of neutralizing antibodies (antibody test), which must not be older than three months.



During the stay

On the day of arrival we try to organize everything as smoothly as possible – you will receive an information sheet where you have to fill out your Covid status.

Testing rules:

  • Self-test (valid for 24 hours)
  • Antigen test (valid for 48 hours)
  • PCR test (valid for 72 hours)


  • If the test expires during the stay, a new test must be done.
  • We recommend bringing free tests with you from home if you can.
  • It is expected that there will be 24-hour rapid tests at the reception for a small fee.


And when your stay at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House is over, you can travel home without a QUARANTINE: Those who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested do not have to go into quarantine if the test result is negative.



On site:

Yoga classes:

  • The use of rental mats, blankets and pillows is unfortunately not possible. Please bring your own equipment. You can also purchase it on site in the yoga shop. Please leave personal items in the room as far as possible.
  • Please wear a mask until you have laid out your own yoga mat in the yoga hall.
  • The places are marked.
  • The yoga teachers wear face masks when teaching.
  • The yoga teachers can only give verbal, but not physical corrections.
  • The Kapalabhati breathing exercise is not practiced in the halls.
  • Headstand only at your own risk, as no physical support is possible.
  • The floors are cleaned and disinfected daily. There are hand disinfectant dispensers in front of the yoga halls and platforms.


Inside, please pay particular attention to the following:

  • FFP2 Mask are compulsory when entering and leaving indoor rooms, the mask may be removed during the yoga class.
  • The spaces are marked, 2 meters distance (mandatory distance for fixed groups). The distance rule can be fallen short of “for a short time”.
  • If you stay in the halls after the class, please consider the distance and wear a mask.


Outside, please pay particular attention to the following:

  • During the outdoor yoga classes, only a minimum distance of 2 meters must be observed.



Lectures and meditations:

  • As often as the weather permits, the activities will take place outdoors.
  • Several times a week there will be meditative walks instead of sitting meditations.
  • Please bring your own yoga mat, blanket and pillow with you to the meditations and lectures.
  • Please let us know if you need a chair.


Pay particular attention inside:

  • The places are marked, 2 meters apart, FFP2 mask must be worn


Pay particular attention outside:

  • 2 meters distance to each other




Please consider the minimum distance of 2 meters when walking.




  • The halls are systematically ventilated. Please bring warm clothing.
  • A special air purification device ensures clean air in the yoga rooms. Viruses are destroyed and even the smallest particles are filtered out through a combination of special filters, UV-C light irradiation and ionization.




  • Please do not come to stay with symptoms of illness (fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing / shortness of breath, cough and / or taste disorders).
  • Participation in the activities is no longer possible if you have a cold on site. Please contact the Retreat House management immediately so that the officially prescribed steps can be taken.
  • Please wash your hands thoroughly with soap after and before all activities and also use the hand disinfectant dispensers, which are available at the entrance to all activities.
  • If you have the urge to cough or sneeze, please leave the classroom immediately and observe the generally known cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Toilets: Please use the toilet in your own room during asana lessons, lectures or meditations.


Outdoor resting platforms

The relaxation chairs are set up at the prescribed distance. When adjusting, please also pay attention to the distance.



  • Water and tea are available on the relaxation platform.
  • Please bring your own drinking bottle for refills.



Unfortunately, the hotel sauna remains closed due to the lack of space for social distancing.


Reception and yoga shop

  • Reception and yoga shop are each open for one person.
  • Please make outstanding payments before your arrival. Outstanding remaining payments should be paid by credit card at the seminar house reception upon arrival, if possible.



Bookings are closed for this event.