CHRISTMAS YOGA RETREAT
Friday, 22 December 2017 – Friday, 29 December 2017
Celebrate an inspiring Christmas with the Sivananda family in the Tyrolean mountains!
With Swami Sivadasananda, Swami Rajeshwarananda and senior yoga teachers from across Europe.
Christmas celebration with meditation and international Christmas carols.
Asana and Pranayama:
Thematic workshops for intermediate and advanced
Daily from 8 to 10 am
Mobility through Stretching
Sat. 23.12.2017 – Mon. 25.12.2017 at 8 am
- Sun Salutation in detail
- Legs, pelvis and lower back
- Shoulder girdle and upper back
With Swami Satyananda, co-director of the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Berlin
Expansion in the Asana
Tues. 26.12.2017 – Thurs. 28.12.2017 at 8 am
- Breathing and development of vital capacity
- Expanded sensory perception from foot to head
- Prana: Moving energy through visualization
With Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya, Europe
Experiencing the Asana Effects
Fri. 29.12.2017 – Sun. 31.12.2017 at 8 am
- Cardiovascular and circulatory systems
- Deep relaxation
- Body-mind connection
With Swami Gokulananda, director of the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Berlin
Asana and Pranayama:
The main variation cycles for intermediate and advanced
Daily from 4 to 6 pm
Backward Bends and Headstand
Sun. 24.12.2017 – Tues. 26.12.2017 at 4 pm
With Swami Ramapriyananda, director of the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House
Balance Poses and Triangle
Wed. 27.12.2017 – Fri. 29.12.2017 at 4 pm
With Swami Vidyananda, coordinator of the TTCs in North India
Gentle Asana Programme
Daily, 8 – 9:30 am and 4 – 5:30 pm
Sat. 23.12.2017 – Sat. 30.12.2017
With senior teachers of the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House
The workshops allow plenty of time for Q&A.
- Basic yoga poses with preliminary exercises and deep relaxation
- Abdominal breathing, complete yogic breath and pranayama
- The Sun Salutation as a way to a more flexible body
20 minutes of theory, at the end of the class:
Basic yogic principles for integral health:
- How asanas work
- Relaxing step by step
- Tthe yogic diet
- Breath training
- Introduction to concentration and meditation
Lectures and Workshops:
Lively talks on the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga
Daily at noon
Brain and Mind – The Yogic Model in the Light of Science
Sat. 23.12.2017 – Tues. 26.12.2017 at noon
With Cordula Interthal (Chandrika), gynaecologist and Sivananda Yoga teacher
The Higher Mind
Wed. 27.12.2017 – Fri. 29.12.2017 at noon
Inspiration from Swami Sivananda's book, How to Cultivate Virtues and Eradicate Vices.
With Swami Rajeshwarananda, director of the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Rome
Classical Temple Ceremonies with a South Indian priest
Sat. 23.12.2017 – Wed. 27.12.2017, at 11 am
Traditional temple ceremonies (Pujas) help clear the mental atmosphere through the use of colours, sounds, fragrances and Mudras (hand gestures). A strong meditative vibration is invoked.
Additionally, two evening Pujas.
Special Sadhana (Practice) Week at Year's End
Fri. 22.12.2017 – Sat. 30.12.2017
- 5:10 am: Additional early morning pranayama practice
- 11:00 am: Classical temple ceremonies (pujas) with a priest from South India. Aesthetic colours, sounds, aromas and gestures help clear the mental atmosphere and create a strong meditative vibration.
- 7:30 pm: Preparing for meditation through mantra recitation and readings
Noon: Yoga teachers' meeting:
Chance to share experiences and ask questions. One asana correction will be discussed daily.
Mornings at 6 am and evenings at 8 pm
Practical instructions for concentration exercises, chanting of Sanskrit mantras, explanation of yoga texts with inspiring insights into the philosophy and psychology of yoga.
Weather permitting, from 11:30 am we will take group walks through the winter landscape or go cross-country skiing. Experience the special charm of the icy season.
Please bring shoes with good traction.
Daily at 7 pm
If you are visiting the Yoga Retreat House for the first time, you will receive an introduction to the basic principles of the yoga practice and information on the yoga vacation schedule.
Christmas and New Year rates
DAILY RATES for yoga and room & board
Valid from 22.12.2017 until 7.1.2018
|YOGA DAILY RATE||€49|
from 4 pm on arrival day until 4 pm on departure day
DAILY RATE FOR ROOM & BOARD (eco-hotel)
|Room/Days||1 night||2–3 nights||4+ nights||7+ nights|
|Double room for one person||€91|
Check in on arrival day from 2 pm.
Check out on departure day by 11 am.
All rates include VAT and are subject to a €1.80 visitor's tax per person per night.
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.
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. more