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    Christmas and New Year Retreat

    A different way to spend the holidays!
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    from 20 December 2019 until 6 January 2020

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Spiritual Highlights

Over Christmas and New Year

Meditation, Elixir for the Soul

Meditation, Elixir for the Soul

Tue. 31.12.2019, noon to 1 pm
with Swami Durgananda, Yoga Acharya
Director of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in Europe

Yoga: The Body-Mind Practice

Yoga: The Body-Mind Practice

Mon. 23.12.2019 – Thu. 2.1.2020
Yoga classes, workshops and lectures with Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya

Inspiration from the Yoga Scriptures

Inspiration from the Yoga Scriptures

Fri. 3.1.2020 & Sat. 4.1.2020
Lectures and meditations with Swami Kailasananda, Yoga Acharya

Practical Yoga Anatomy

Daily from 8 to 10 am

Asana and pranayama workshops

Muscles and Movement

Muscles and Movement

Sat. 21.12.2019 – Mon. 23.12.2019
with Swami Satyananda

  • Important muscle pairs in the asanas
  • Tension and relaxation
  • Isotonic und isometric contraction

Expansion in the Sun Salute

Expansion in the Sun Salute

Tue. 24.12.2019 – Thu. 26.12.2019
with Swami Narayanananda

  • Flow of movement and breath
  • Muscle length – muscle strength
  • Refinement of motor and sensory impulses

Yoga: The Body-Mind Practice

Yoga: The Body-Mind Practice

Fri. 27.12.2019 – Tue. 31.12.2019
with Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya

  • Parasympathetic nervous system: relaxation and regeneration
  • Headstand and Scorpion: concentration and balance
  • Shoulderstand cycle: the axis from the pituitary to the thyroid gland
  • Energy expansion with Sun Salute and pranayama
  • Psychosomatic effect of asanas

Mobility of the Joints

Mobility of the Joints

Wed. 1.1.2020 – Fri. 3.1.2020
with Swami Rajeshwarananda

  • Loose legs, mobile hips, relaxed back
  • Asanas for the shoulder girdle: the advantages of an open rib cage
  • Exercises for the feet and hands

Asanas and Brain

Asanas and Brain

Sat. 4.1.2020 – Sun. 5.1.2020
with Swami Vidyananda

  • Autosuggestion: muscle control starts in the head
  • Asanas and thalamus: mastering the pairs of opposites

The Main Asana Cycles

Daily from 4 to 6 pm

For intermediate and advanced levels

The Forward Bends

The Forward Bends

Sat. 21.12.2019 & Sun. 22.12.2019
with Narayani

  • Stretch your legs and mobilize your hips
  • Progressive alignment of the spine

The Shoulderstand Cycle

The Shoulderstand Cycle

Mon. 23.12.2019 & Tue. 24.12.2019
with Swami Vidyananda

  • Loosen the shoulders, strengthen the biceps, release the neck
  • The complete cycle with Bridge and Wheel

Lateral Stretching

Lateral Stretching

Wed. 25.12.2019 & Thu. 26.12.2019
with Swami Satyananda

  • In Forward Bend
  • Triangle variations

Twisting – Balance for the Back

Twisting – Balance for the Back

Fri. 27.12.2019 & Sat. 28.12.2019
with Swami Ramapriyananda

  • Rotation in the hips and spine
  • The classical Spinal Twist

Asymmetrical Asanas

Asymmetrical Asanas

Sun. 29.12.2019 – Tue. 31.12.2019
with Swami Gokulananda

  • Relaxation for the entire back
  • Mobility for hips and shoulders
  • Meditative holding

Headstand – King of the Asanas

Headstand – King of the Asanas

Wed. 1.1.2020 & Thu. 2.1.2020
with Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya

  • The next step
  • Variations for arms and legs

Backward Bends

Backward Bends

Fri. 3.1.2020 & Sat. 4.1.2020
with Swami Santoshananda

  • Cobra and Locust
  • Halfmoon and Pigeon

Expand Your Yoga Practice

Sat. 21.12.2019 – Tue. 31.12.2019

5:10 amPranayama practice
3 – 3:45 pmYOGA TEACHERS’ MEETING: Discussions, question and answer on how to correct asanas – one asana each day
7:30 pmPrepare for meditation with mantra recitations and text readings

Yoga Asanas – Easy!

Daily 8 – 9:50 am & 4 – 5:30 pm


Sat. 21.12.2019 – Fri. 27.12.2019
and Sun. 29.12.2019 – Sat. 4.1.2020

with senior teachers of the Sivananda Yoga Centres

With plenty of time for answering your questions.


  • Basic yoga postures with preparatory exercises and deep relaxation
  • Abdominal breathing, full yogic breath and pranayama
  • Gaining flexibility with the Sun Salutation

20 MINUTES OF THEORY, at the end of the morning yoga class:

  • The basic yoga principles for holistic health
  • How asanas work
  • Respiratory training
  • Relaxation step by step
  • Yogic diet
  • Positive thinking
  • Introduction to concentration and meditation
  • Yoga@Home
  • Experience Winter

    Weather permitting, from 11.30 am we will take group walks through the winter landscape. Experience the special charm of the winter season.

Lectures and Workshops

Daily from 12 to 1 pm

Yoga inspiration from a master

The works of Swami Sivananda

Thought Power

Thought Power

Sat. 21.12.2019 & Sun. 22.12.2019
with Swami Annapurnananda

  • Thoughts – their laws and dynamics
  • Thought power and practical idealism

Bliss Divine

Bliss Divine

Mon. 23.12 and Wed. 25.12 – Fri. 27.12.2019
with Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya

  • The subtle mechanism of conscience
  • Real freedom
  • Truth is fearless and strong
  • The spiritual man



Sat. 28.12.2019 & Sun. 29.12.2019
with Swami Rajeshwarananda

  • The unity of life
  • Mantra yoga – an exact science

Spiritual Highlight

Tue. 31.12.2019, 12 – 1 pm

Meditation: Elixir for the Soul

With Swami Durgananda, Yoga Acharya

Director of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in Europe

Lectures and Workshops

Daily from 12 to 1 pm

Sadhana techniques for spiritual perfection

Mon. 30.12.2019 & Wed. 1.1.2020
with Swami Gokulananda

  • Spiritualizing human nature
  • Yoga as applied psychology

Thu. 2.1.2020
with Swami Vasudevananda

  • Karma can be turned into yoga

Fri. 3.1.2020 & Sat. 4.1.2020
with Swami Kailasananda, Yoga Acharya

  • Meditation on qualities
  • Abstract meditation


Tue, 24.12.2019 / 8 pm
With meditation and international Christmas carols


Tue, 31.12.2019 / 8 pm
  • Group meditation and mantra chanting
  • Yantra Puja – an uplifting temple ceremony
  • New Year's message
  • Meditation into the New Year
  • Birthday of Swami Vishnudevananda

Group Meditation

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


Inspiration from the yoga scriptures

Thu. 26.12.2019 – Fri. 27.12.2019
During the morning meditation
GHERANDA SAMHITA – Insights into classical Hatha Yoga training

Fri. 3.1.2020 – Sat. 4.1.2020
During the evening meditation
HASTAMALAKA STOTRA – A child reveals the knowledge of reality
With Swami Kailasananda

The Great Vision

The life of Swami Vishnudevananda
Wed. 1.1.2020 – Thu. 2.1.2020
During the evening meditation
Readings from the new biographical account of Swami Vishnudevananda

Creative Highlights

Over Christmas and New Year


Kirtan Workshop

Thu. 26.12.2019 & Fri. 27.12.2019, 3 pm
Mantra chanting. Everyone is welcome.

Kirtan Concert

Fri. 27.12.2019, 8:45 pm
With Shankara Schneider, musician and yoga teacher from Munich

The Water of Life

Spiritual play
All our welcome.
Rehearsals 11 am – noon, beginning Thu. 26.12.2019
Performance on Monday evening, 30.12.2019

Bharatanatyam, South Indian Temple Dance

Mon. 23.12.2019 – Wed. 25.12.2019
With Rajyashree Ramesh from Bangalore

Mon. 23.12.2019
During the evening meditation:
History and composition of Bharatanatyam

Tue. 24.12.2019, 12 – 1 pm
Workshop: Basic movements of Bharatanatyam

Wed. 25.12.2019
During the evening meditation:
Bharatanatyam dance performance

Health is Wealth

Daily lectures from 3 to 3:45 pm

Holistic Ayurvedic consultations

From 24.12.2019 until 4.1.2020

With Chandrika

  • Medical history
  • Your Ayurvedic constitution
  • Dietary recommendations and written diet plan
  • Recommendations for a healthier lifestyle (written plan)

Rates will be available at the reception.

Practical Ayurveda – Introduction

Mon. 23.12.2019 – Wed. 25.12.2019

  • Understand your constitution
  • The immunity of the body
  • Herbs and spices

With Cordula Interthal (Chandrika), gynaecologist, Ayurvedic therapist and yoga teacher in the Sivananda Yoga Centres

Eating the Yogic Way

Sat. 28.12.2019 & Sun. 29.12.2019

  • Transition to a yogic diet
  • Cooking techniques for grains and pulses

With Swami Shankarananda

Health Benefits of Yoga

Mon. 30.12.2019 & Tue. 31.12.2019

  • Scientific studies on yoga
  • Improving your brain power with yoga

With Cordula Interthal (Chandrika)

Practical Ayurveda – Staying Healthy

Thu. 2.1.2020 – Sat. 4.1.2020

  • Recognizing problems
  • Balancing the constitution
  • Strengthening Agni (digestive fire)

With Cordula Interthal (Chandrika)

Massage & Sauna

A local masseuse offers classical massage, foot reflexology, shiatsu and lymphatic drainage. You can book your treatments on arrival. A Finnish and a low-temperature sauna are available in the eco-hotel.

South Indian Temple Meditations

Daily pujas with a priest from India


Thu. 26.12.2019 – Wed. 1.1.2020

With their colours, sounds, fragrances and gestures, traditional temple ceremonies (Pujas) help clear the mental atmosphere, creating a strong meditative vibration.
With classical scripture recitations (Mantras) and symbolic hand gestures (Mudras).
Puja in the Ganesha Hall
Daily, Thu. 26.12.2019 – Wed. 1.1.2020, 11 – 11:45 am
Workshops on Indian Mythology
27.12.2019 – 30.12.2019, 7 – 7:45 pm
Murthi Puja Thu. 26.12.2019, 8 pm
Yantra Puja (large meditative image)
Tue. 31.12.2019, 8 pm

Come and stay as long as you like.

ORIENTATION daily at 7 pm. An introduction to the basic principles of the yoga practice and information on the yoga vacation schedule.

Christmas and New Year rates

From 4 pm on arrival day until 4 pm on departure day

Valid 20 December 2019 – 6 January 2020


1 night€59
From 7 nights€50
For members of the Sivananda Yoga Centres:
1 night€55
From 7 nights€47
Dormitory (from 4 nights)€39
Dormitory (2–3 nights)€42
Dormitory (1 night)€46
Shared room (from 4 nights)€45
Shared room (2–3 nights)€49
Shared room (1 night)€52
Double room (from 7 nights)€68
Single room (from 7 nights)€80

All rates are subject to a €1.80 visitor‘s tax per person per night.
Check in on arrival day from 2 pm.
Check out on departure day by 11 am