The typical day alternates between units of theory and practice, a rhythm that is both challenging and relaxing at the same time. This regularity of the teaching units means that all aspects of the demanding curriculum can be covered in just four weeks.
|6:00 am||Meditation, mantra chanting, lecture or silent walk|
|8:00 am||Asanas and pranayama – systematic deepening of one’s own yoga practice|
|10:00 am||Yogic-vegetarian brunch|
|11:00 am||Karma Yoga (simple volunteer task within the course)|
|12 noon||Study of the Bhagavad Gita with commentary, or explanation of the Mantras and Kirtans|
|2:00 pm||Main lecture on yoga philosophy or anatomy in relation to the yoga practice|
|4:00 pm||Asanas and Pranayama – interactive workshops on how to teach yoga classes and yoga courses|
|6:00 pm||Yogic-vegetarian dinner|
|7:30 or 8 pm||Meditation, Mantra chanting, lecture or guest speaker programme|
|10:00 pm||Lights out|
The schedule is subject to change.
One day a week is lecture-free.
- The day starts at 6 am with silent, guided meditation, mantra chanting, and a short reading.
- After a short tea break, the practical yoga class begins at 8 am. In the first two weeks, you will practice the 12 basic postures and relatively easy asana variations, breathing exercises, and deep relaxation. In the second half of the course, advanced asana variations are introduced. You will learn how to adjust and perform these variations according to your physical abilities. In the last week advanced pranayama exercises are introduced.
The goal of this daily practice is fitness, improved flexibility of muscles and joints, emotion regulation, ability to concentrate, and mental relaxation. The breathing exercises help you achieve good lung capacity, relaxation and strengthening of the nervous system.
- At 10 am a fully organic and freshly prepared brunch awaits you. It consists of: A grain dish, legumes, vegetables, a variety of salads and dressings, herb tea, homemade bread, and butter, cheese, fruits, and homemade jam. The hotel offers vegan and gluten-free alternatives, however gluten-free bread is not offered. The hotel cannot cater to individual dietary wishes.
- In the theory unit at noon you will learn the technique and practice of meditation and mantra chanting. The main focus lies in a solid introduction to the Bhagavad Gita, the classical yoga text about the synthesis of the most important yoga paths.
- The main lecture begins at 2 pm, in which the different paths of yoga, the goal of yoga, and the natural unity of physiology, psychology, and philosophy of yoga are explained. These lectures open up many new perspectives for one’s own practice and yoga teaching and broadens one’s understanding of yoga as an integral lifestyle.
- In the afternoon you will learn teaching techniques, for beginners and intermediate levels. In the second half of the training, the participants teach each other under guidance.
- Dinner is at 6 pm and usually consists of soup, grains or pasta, vegetables, a variety of salads, dessert and tea.
- The evening meditation rounds off the day. Silent meditation, group mantra chanting, and a short reading relax the mind and fill it with positivity, helping to ensure a good night’s sleep. Occasionally cultural programmes are offered during evening satsangs.
- Each week there is a day free of lectures. On this day students are required to attend morning and evening satsang. The asana classes are optional. During their free time, students can explore the vicinity or enjoy trips to places of interest.