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1 SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA RETREAT HOUSE REITH NEAR KITZBÜHEL, TYROL, AUSTRIA FOUNDER: SWAMI VISHNUDEVANANDA JANUARY DECEMBER 2017 ENGLISH INTRODUCTION YOGA VACATION IN APRIL, MAY, JUNE, OCT., NOV., DEC IN MITTERSILL, HOHE TAUERN, NEAR SALZBURG, AUSTRIA 1

2 Welcome Yoga is a timeless method for the integral development of body, mind and soul. You, too, can find your way to physical health and vitality, mental relaxation, concentration and positivity. Tap the source of yoga and find a new equilibrium and fresh inspiration to overcome humanity's current crisis of consciousness. After ten years of intensive training with the great Indian yoga master Swami Sivananda, Swami Vishnudevananda came to the West in 1957 and used the knowledge he learned to create a unique bridge between east and west. He taught yoga and meditation to young and old, men and women from all walks of life, of every nationality and religion. In the same spirit, the International Sivananda Yoga centres have been teaching yoga as a lifestyle for the last 60 years in 50 different centres and Ashrams worldwide. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Retreat House was founded in 1998 in a wide valley of the Kitzbühel mountains. It is a place for holistic yoga practice, a place to harmonise body, mind and soul. We look forward to seeing you! Your Sivananda Yoga Retreat House Team INTRODUCTION 2 5 The yoga masters 4 Sivananda Yoga Centres worldwide 4 The yoga of synthesis 5 THE RETREAT HOUSE IN REITH 6 10 The Yoga Retreat House 6 The daily schedule 7 Diversity of programmes, yoga classes, meditation 8 Diet, accommodation, massage, sauna, coaching 9 WiFi, yoga shop, helpful info, arrival & departure 10 LEISURE ACTIVITIES 11 OPTIONS DURING YOUR STAY 12 YOGA VACATION PROGRAMMES Asanas 13 Health & Diet 14 Yoga & Relaxation 14 Spiritual Topics and Meditation 14 Yoga and Mountain Magic 15 YOGA TEACHERS TRAINING Reith near Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria 17 Yoga Teachers Certification Schemes 19 Rudraprayag, Himalayas, India ADVANCED YOGA TEACHERS TRAINING 22 Orléans, France; Uttarkashi, Himalayas 22 SADHANA INTENSIVE 23 Orléans, France; Rudraprayag, Himalayas 23 Table of contents English-speaking guests are welcome throughout the year. Yoga classes are taught in both English and German. Any lectures in German are translated simultaneously into English. WEEKEND GETAWAY 2 days of real rest - 20% on all weekends from 14 Jan. to 9 April and 29 Sept. to 5 Nov FURTHER TRAINING FOR YOGA TEACHERS 24 FURTHER EDUCATION FOR PRACTITIONERS Winter Retreat 30 & 32 Easter 39 May Retreat 48 Whitsun 50 Yoga Summer Days 64 All Saints' 82 Christmas & New Year 90 YOGA VACATION IN MITTERSILL, HOHE TAUERN, NEAR SALZBURG, AUSTRIA April May June 46 October December FURTHER INFORMATION The staff 91 Yoga accessories 93 REGISTRATION AND COSTS 94 Reith near Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria 94 Mittersill, Hohe Tauern, Near Salzburg, Austria 95 INTRODUCTION 3

3 THE YOGA MASTERS Swami Sivananda ( ) A great sage and yogi of modern India and the inspiration behind the international Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. Swami Sivananda served many years as a physician before renouncing worldly life. He lived for more than 30 years as a renunciant in Rishikesh, located on the banks of the Ganges in the foothills of the Himalayas. There he established the Divine Life Society and trained an entire generation of recognised yoga masters. He wrote more than 200 books and his teachings continue to inspire people around the world. Swami Vishnudevananda ( ) A world-renowned authority on yoga. He was sent by his teacher Swami Sivananda to the West, where he founded the international Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in As an untiring activist for world peace, he made symbolic peace flights to the world's troubled spots (Northern Ireland, Middle East, the divided Berlin, etc.). He was a highly regarded master of Hatha and Raja Yoga, and author of the classic textbooks The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga and Meditation and Mantras. The yoga of synthesis Yoga recommends the following four practices to equally develop body, mind and spirit: KARMA YOGA Acting selflessly, without thought of personal gain or reward, purifies the heart and sublimates the ego. BHAKTI YOGA The yoga of devotion appeals to the emotional nature. Through prayer, worship and ritual, the awareness is focussed on the Divine as an embodiment of love. Swami Vishnudevananda taught a synthesis of the classical four paths of yoga in five simple principles: Physical exercises (Asanas) enhance the flexibility of the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments and stimulate circulation. Flexibility and strength of the spine keep the body youthful. Breathing exercises (Pranayama) connect the body to its battery the solar plexus which is an enormous storehouse of energy. Stress and depression can be overcome by breathing more deeply and with increased awareness. International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres ( ) and Ashrams ( ) worldwide RAJA YOGA/HATHA YOGA Asanas (yoga postures) and Pranayama (breathing exercises) of Hatha Yoga play a major role in the physical and mental control of yoga. In Raja Yoga the main practice is silent meditation. This brings about physical and mental balance. Relaxation (Savasana) If the body and mind are subjected to constant overload, their performance suffers. Yoga relaxation techniques help not only to relieve existing stress symptoms (like muscle tension and breathlessness) but also to develop resistance against external stress factors. Grass Valley San Francisco Los Angeles Toronto London Berlin Vilnius Moscow Val Morin Chicago Munich Paris Vienna Montréal Orléans Reith, Tyrol, Austria Uttarkashi Tokyo Woodbourne New York Madrid New Delhi Geneva Chengdu Nassau Rome Tel Aviv Chennai Dalat Neyyar Dam Ho-Chi-Minh City Thiruvananthapuram Madurai Ashram Madurai Centre Porto Alegre Byron Bay Montevideo Neuquen Buenos Aires JNANA YOGA Vedanta philosophy explains how to realise the union with the unchanging Reality of the Soul. The delusion of diversity and all apparent contradictions disappear in the Light of Reality. A yogic diet (vegetarian) is simple, natural and promotes health. The body can easily digest and absorb it. It consists in proper food choices which have the most positive effect on body and mind, at the same time causing the least harm to other living beings and the environment. Positive thinking and meditation (Vedanta and Dhyana) are the keys to peace of mind. By controlling the mind, we can eliminate negative thought patterns and experience inner peace. INTRODUCTION

4 An ounce of practice is better than tons of theory. Swami Sivananda 6 The Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Reith, Tyrol, Austria As early as the 1970s, Swami Vishnudevananda suggested to create a spiritual oasis in the Alps. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Retreat House was founded in 1998 in a wide valley of the Kitzbühel Mountains surrounded by fresh air, pure water, green meadows, quiet woods, medicinal plants along scenic foot-paths, sparkling brooks and pristine lakes. THE UNIVERSAL SCIENCE OF YOGA has been practised for thousands of years in India, where people have retreated to the peace of the Himalayas for yoga and meditation. Today many people all over the world appreciate yoga as a very open and integral system, which provides a positive philosophy for everyday life. At the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House, people have been finding their way back to a holistic lifestyle in harmony with nature, benefitting from increased resistance to stress, greater lung capacity, weight loss, regeneration and improved functioning of all body systems. Today in the West there is no doubt about the healing and preventive benefits of yoga. Yoga supports anybody's search for health and a deeper meaning in life. Everyone can practise yoga, no matter their age, culture or religion. Experience for yourself the benefits of a physical, mental and spiritual regeneration, and discover how it feels to be a healthier and more relaxed person. You can visit on your own, with a friend or bring the entire family. Everybody in our staff team is dedicated to the practice of yoga, and we are looking forward to being of service to you during your stay. THE DAILY SCHEDULE AT THE RETREAT HOUSE The daily schedule provides a common rhythm in the Retreat House for yoga vacation guests, participants of the yoga teacher training courses, and staff members. 6:00 7:30 am Morning meditation, mantra chanting, talk 8:00 9:30 am Asanas and pranayama 10:00 am Vegetarian brunch 11:00 11:45 am Karma Yoga (selfless service) 2:00 3:00 pm Lecture or workshop 4:00 5:30 pm Asanas and pranayama 6:00 pm Vegetarian dinner 7:30 9:00 pm Evening meditation, mantra chanting, talk Programmes are subject to change or cancellation. Enjoy the delicious vegetarian meals with friendly guests from around the world. Later, there is time for the sauna, a massage, a walk along one of the hiking trails, or just sitting back and reading a book on the sunny terrace. Maybe you would like to help out a little in the Retreat House, or perhaps talk with one of the senior yoga instructors. Complete your day with some herbal tea before bedtime, or take a short walk on the Retreat House hilltop before retiring to bed. The Retreat House is a vegetarian, non-smoking and alcohol-free environment. To gain the most benefit from the yoga vacation programme, participation in the activities is a requirement. Participation in the one-hour afternoon lecture/ workshop is optional. THE RETREAT HOUSE IN REITH 7

5 8 DIVERSITY OF PROGRAMMES Choose from a wide variety of programmes. In workshops and special asana classes, you will learn various exercise sequences that you can easily practise at home. Lectures, PowerPoint shows, recommended readings and one-on-one talks will help to broaden your knowledge of yoga. Yoga classes The morning and afternoon yoga asana classes consist of breathing exercises, Sun Salutation, basic postures, variations and deep relaxation under the guidance of an experienced instructor. Individual corrections and detailed instructions allow participants to perform the exercises safely and in a relaxed manner, enhancing flexibility and mobility. Newcomers and rusty students are encouraged to practise simple variations of the basic poses. The yoga classes can be adjusted to special needs such as back problems or general fatigue. Advanced participants are encouraged to try classical variations and hold the postures longer. Weather permitting, the yoga classes are held outside under large sun shades on our beautiful cedar platform, which affords a spectacular view of the Wild Kaiser mountain range. New to yoga? First-time visitors to the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House are given an introduction to the basic principles of the yoga practice, meditation, mantra chanting, the philosophical aspects of yoga and the yoga vacation schedule. Meditation The morning and evening meditation sessions provide the common platform for all activities at the Retreat House. The practical guidance for positive thinking and mental relaxation combined with concentration exercises gradually lead to inner peace and quiet. The chanting of Sanskrit mantras (healing and energising sound sequences) deepens the experience of peace. A reading from yoga texts gives inspiring insights into yoga philosophy and psychology. Special guests & cultural programmes Workshops and lectures with renowned special guests from around the world on topics of health, science, philosophy and culture. International artists are regular visitors to the Retreat House, for example, Eastern spiritual discourse accompanied by classical Indian music, South Indian dance and colourful temple ceremonies with mantra recitation. Teaching language English-speaking guests are welcome throughout the year. Yoga classes are taught in both English and German and all lectures in German are translated simultaneously into English. Our team of instructors Our team of yoga teachers have all graduated from the International Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Courses, guaranteeing an authentic experience. All our instructors lead a yogic lifestyle and are competent teachers and advisers. Walks The guided silent walks at the Retreat House offer moments to treasure the gentle rising and setting of the sun, the various phases of the moon, the hidden beauties of the valley, the panoramic view of the Wild Kaiser and Hohe Tauern mountains, the songs of many bird species, the variety of trees, bushes and medicinal plants along the footpath. The breath deepens and relaxes, flexibility and mobility increase, the senses regenerate and expand and the mind rediscovers natural contentment and peace. The vegetarian diet Light, nutritious and freshly prepared meals are an integral part of all programmes. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres 50+ years of experience in both east and west have gone into the development of menus which provide a more balanced nutrient intake, increased vitality and better digestion. This is why meals are prepared without eggs, garlic, onions, mushrooms, vinegar, radishes and leeks. Please turn to the Retreat House team with any questions concerning the menus. Meals are served twice daily buffet-style and are made from fresh, organic ingredients using only pure oils. During your stay you will enjoy a variety 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, homemade bread, jams and stewed fruits as well as imaginative desserts. Vegan or gluten-free dishes can be prepared on request. Potential allergens are appropriately labelled. You can get individual advice on how to choose the right food combinations for your constitution. Please refrain from drinking black tea and coffee during your stay, as these are not conducive to your yoga practice. Accommodation and meals at Hotel Pointner For many years the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House has worked closely with Alexandra and Florian Pointner, the owners of the hotel across from the Retreat House. The vegetarian menu plans offer a wholesome and balanced diet. The entire hotel has been certified by Austria-Bio-Garantie, Austria s leading inspection body for organic businesses. It was awarded the European eco-label as well as Austria s gastronomic accolade Grüne Haube for wholefood and natural cuisine. The Pointners have been running their farm according to organic and ecological guidelines since Various fruits, vegetables and herbs are freshly prepared in the hotel s kitchen. All guest rooms have wooden floors, health mattresses (except for dormitories and shared rooms), shower, toilet, hair dryer and telephone. Most rooms have a balcony. The hotel uses green electricity, pellet heating and a solar-powered hot water system. Massage and sauna An experienced certified masseuse offers classical massage, foot reflexology, shiatsu and lymphatic drainage. The Retreat House also offers relaxing full-body Ayurvedic oil massages for women with an Ayurvedic massage therapist from South India. You can book your treatments on arrival. A Finnish and a low-temperature sauna are available in Hotel Pointner. Donate your time The community feeling in the Retreat House is based on voluntary service. All staff teach and work on a volunteer basis. You can also lend a hand if you like. Volunteering creates a cheerful atmosphere in which to meet other people and develop a positive motivation for our actions. Individual coaching We offer 30-minute one-on-one sessions with an experienced senior instructor. Some personal advice and tips are often enough to bring about substantial progress in the group practice at the Retreat House and in your own practice at home. Sun salutation Inverted poses Asanas in depth Breathing Nutrition advice Meditation coaching 30- minute coaching: 25 THE RETREAT HOUSE IN REITH 9

6 Practical information Arrival & departure Leisure activities What to bring Please bring your yoga mat, cushion and blanket. You can buy these in the yoga shop, or borrow them free of charge from the Retreat House (deposit required). Also bring comfortable cotton clothing, notebook, torch (flashlight), slippers and walking shoes. In summer: sunglasses and hat to protect against the sun. In winter: warm clothing, hat, scarf and gloves. Please bring a hard case for your eyeglasses for safe storage during the yoga classes. Free WiFi Sivananda Yoga Retreat House: 11 am 1 pm, 6:30 7 pm In Hotel Pointner's dining hall: 1 4 pm Enquire at the reception desk for Internet access in single and double rooms. Yoga shop We will be happy to advise you in choosing the right yoga accessories to meet your needs: cushion, yoga mat, meditation shawl or yoga clothing. You will find a wide assortment of yoga books including standard works on Hatha Yoga, health, yoga philosophy, meditation, Ayurveda and vegetarian cooking. Also many spiritual and classical Indian music CDs. Reith near Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria By car: You can reach Reith near Kitzbühel conveniently by car (Munich 125 km, Vienna 375 km, Zurich 376 km, Innsbruck 90 km, Salzburg 80 km). For detailed directions, please visit /en/getting-here Driving in Austria on the A 93 requires a vignette (toll sticker) from the border town Kiefersfelden onwards. By train: The closest train station is Bahnhof Kitzbühel from there it is just a 10-minute taxi ride to the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House. Andi s Taxi offers a special price for yoga guests: 14 Airport shuttles will take you directly to the Retreat House: 'Four Seasons' from Munich: 53 (one way) or 89 (roundtrip) per person or taxi.at 'Andis Taxi' from Salzburg: from 35 (2 persons or more) or taxi.com Schwarzsee about 3 km away The beautiful Kitzbühel Schwarzsee lake is a protected landmark and popular destination for swimmers: The idyllic lake (15 hectares large and 7 metres deep) is one of the warmest lakes in the Austrian Alps. Rich in moorland vegetation, its water is said to have strong healing powers. Innsbruck the alpine capital about 100 km away The treasure chest of the Alps. The 800-year-old city has a rich cultural history and many art treasures. It is famous for its 'Golden Roof', 'Black Knights', Hofburg castle and Ambras Castle. Innsbruck is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, making the city a very special place. Salzburg sights about 80 km away A fortress, a cathedral and church towers dominate the skyline of this charming baroque city at the northern limits of the Alps. It is so beautiful that it has long been recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Grossglockner about 70 km away The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is an incomparable experience. It ends at the crown jewels of the Hohe Tauern National Park Austria s highest mountain and largest glacier: the Grossglockner (3,798 m) and the Pasterze Helpful information The Retreat House is a vegetarian, non-smoking and alcohol-free environment. Silence should be observed between 10 pm and 6 am to allow for sound sleep. Each person is responsible for their own possessions and valuables; a safe deposit is not available. All guest speakers confirmed the dates of their programmes before this brochure went to print. Cancellations with or without notice may nevertheless occur which are out of the Retreat House's control. The Retreat House is not liable for cancellations or programme changes. Please check for updated information on sivananda.org/tyrol or call before registration: Hiking in the Kitzbühel Alps The Kitzbühel region is a veritable paradise for hikers in the summertime. With 500 kilometres of marked trails, you ll surely find your favourite hike. It s a great way to get an impression of the country and its people. Krimml Waterfalls about 50 km away The 380 m Krimml Waterfalls are the highest in Europe. The 4 km trail to the waterfalls offers many scenic views of the falls. krimml.at Cross country & downhill skiing The Kitzbühel ski region, with its 170 km of slopes and 33 km of ski trails, is undoubtedly one of the most popular ski resorts in the world. In addition to the 'Streif' the most daunting ski-run in the world the gentle grass-covered Kitzbühel mountains offer ample room for carving. Over 500 km of ideally prepared trails are ready for traditional cross-country skiers and skating fans. Ski buses bring you to the ski areas free of charge. The Kitzbühel Tourism Board offers guided winter and snowshoe excursions. The beginner s ski lift in Reith and all cross-country ski trails are free of charge. LEISURE ACTIVITIES 11

7 Yoga vacation programmes at a glance You will also find a chronological listing of the yoga vacation programmes in the Calendar section starting on p. 26. See p. 7 for the daily schedule. A yoga day consists of two yoga classes, two meditation sessions and one lecture or workshop. The vacation programmes begin at 4 pm on arrival day and end no later than 2 pm on departure day. Arrive on any day of the week, and stay as long as you like! Arrive between 2 pm and 3:30 pm, and depart by approx. 2 pm on your final day. The cost of your stay is easy to calculate: Yoga daily rate: 49-20% = 39 on weekends from 14 Jan. to 9 April and 29 Sept. to 5 Nov Accommodation and meals, see p. 94. Asanas Recommended reading: Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion, Sivananda Yoga Centres Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga, Swami Vishnudevananda Recommended CDs: 2 x 32 Minutes 12 Options during your stay All of our programmes, training courses and workshops are characterised by an in-depth practice in a yogic way of life. This is the basic idea of an ashram as a place of communal living and a centre of learning. Yoga vacation programmes Take a break from the daily routine and take time for a complete regeneration. Choose when you want to come and how long you want to stay. Special programmes are scheduled during the school holidays in winter, at Easter, Ascension Day, Whitsun, in August and on All Saints' Day weekend. Numerous guest speakers contribute to the yoga programme from May until the end of September. In April/May, June and October until December yoga vacation programmes take place in Mittersill, Hohe Tauern, near Salzburg, Austria. See the Calendar starting on p. 26. Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Courses Living and teaching yoga. Immerse yourself in a 28-day intensive course a life-transforming experience. Further training for yoga teachers Special training courses for yoga teachers with certificates of participation. Further education courses Learn, grow and develop new skills. With certificates of participation. The topics cover many interesting aspects of yoga. Sivananda Beginner s Guide to Yoga Fri Sun Fri Mon Fri. 2.6 Mon. 5.6 Fri. 7.7 Sun. 9.7 Fri Sun Fri Sun Fri Sun Fri Sun Fri Sun Yoga Body Check Sun Fri Sun. 9.4 Fri Sun Thu Sun. 3.9 Fri. 8.9 The Complete Yoga Workshop Sun Fri Mon Thu Sun Fri Asanas Strength & Flexibility Sun Fri. 3.2 Sun. 6.8 Fri Sun Fri Expand Your Asanas Sun. 5.3 Fri Sun Fri Sun Fri Sun Fri Vital Breath Vital Energy Mon. 5.6 Fri. 9.6 Sun. 9.7 Fri Sun Fri Fri Wed Asanas for a Healthy Back Fri. 3.2 Sun. 5.2 Fri Sun. 2.4 Fri Sun Flowing with Asana Variations Sun Fri Sun Fri Introduction to the Yoga Teachers' Training Course Fri Sun Fri. 3.3 Sun. 5.3 Fri. 9.6 Sun Fri Sun Fri. 1.9 Sun. 3.9 YOGA VACATION PROGRAMMES 13

8 Health & Diet Recommended reading: Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion, Sivananda Yoga Centres The Yoga Cookbook, Sivananda Yoga Centres 14 Yoga Vitality Week Sun Fri Sun Fri Sun Fri Sun. 2.7 Fri. 7.7 Sun Fri Sun Fri Yoga Lifestyle Sun Fri Sun. 2.4 Fri. 7.4 Sun Fri Ayurveda, Yoga and Health Sun Fri. 2.6 Yoga & Relaxation Recommended reading: Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion, Sivananda Yoga Centres Yoga Relaxation Days Sun Fri Sun Fri. 4.8 Sun Fri In Peace Lies Strength Fri Sun Fri Sun. 2.7 Fri Sun Fri. 1.9 Sun. 3.9 Spiritual Topics and Meditation Recommended reading: Thought Power, Swami Sivananda Meditation and Mantras, Swami Vishnudevananda Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Swami Durgananda The Sivananda Book of Meditation, Sivananda Yoga Centres Introduction to Meditation Sun Fri Sun Fri. 1.9 Wed Sun Thought Power and Positive Thinking Fri Sun Fri Sun Fri. 7.4 Sun 9.4. Fri. 9.6 Sun Fri. 4.8 Sun. 6.8 Fri. 8.9 Sun Yoga Vacation Light Fri 13.1 Sun Fri Sun Fri Sun Mantra Retreat Healing Sounds Fri Sun Fri Sun Wisdom in Modern Life Fri Sun Fri Sun Yoga Detox Sun Fri Take a Yoga Break Sun. 9.4 Fri Fri Sun Fri Sun Tranquillity of Thought Music of the Soul Thu Sun Fri Sun Fri Sun Yoga, Mind and Brain Fri Sun Photo: Kitzbühel Tourismus / Michael Werlberger Yoga and Mountain Magic A yoga and hiking vacation in the magnificent Kitzbühel mountains offers both active recreation and a pleasant escape from our hectic lives. Several approx. 2-hour hikes with like-minded people are complemented by daily yoga classes and meditation sessions. See an introductory videoclip: We will go on excursions to the most beautiful corners of the region: Bichlach: Rolling hills of meadow and forest around the Vogelsberg and Giering ponds Venedigerblick, a marvellous hiking route: Zefirau, Schleier waterfall, Ebner chapel, goat farm Astbergweg: High-elevation hike with breath-taking views of the Wild Kaiser and the Kitzbühel mountains Other possible excursions: Hike in the Hohe Tauern and visit to the Mittersill National Park, trips to Gaudeamus Hut on Wild Kaiser and the Krimml Waterfalls. You can join this active yoga vacation at any time. Please bring hiking shoes and raingear. For hikes only reachable by vehicle, we will take the cars of the participants or taxis. Sun Fri Sun Fri. 2.6 Sun Fri Sun. 2.7 Fri. 7.7 Sun Fri Sun Fri. 4.8 Sun Fri Sun Fri. 1.9 Sun. 3.9 Fri. 8.9 Sun Fri Sun Fri Sun Fri Weather permitting, Excursions: Wed or Thu to Krimml Waterfalls Wed or Thu to Grossglockner Fri to Labalm Wed or Thu to Griessbach gorge YOGA VACATION PROGRAMMES 15

9 16 International Yoga Teachers Training Courses (TTC) Diploma from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres 401 training units (45 minutes per unit) 200 hours standard (Yoga Alliance, USA) Living and teaching yoga Swami Vishnudevananda developed the first yoga teachers training course (TTC) in the West in 1969 as part of his vision of universal peace: The more people experience peace within, the more this peace will manifest in outward action. In this way, a glow of peace envelops the world. Today the yoga teachers' training courses are under the supervision of senior instructors who were personally trained by Swami Vishnudevananda. The goal of this training programme is to produce qualified and inspiring yoga teachers who are able to draw on their own practice and personal discipline in imparting the yoga experience to others. To date, over 40,000 certified yoga teachers have completed the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course, with another 1,000 graduates worldwide each year. Practical information To apply for a course or get more information on the curriculum, daily schedule, teaching material, tuition fees, arrival and departure, Yoga Alliance, etc.: Or call: , 11 am 4 pm (Central European Time) International Yoga Teachers Training Courses CURRICULUM (EXCERPT) ASANAS (yoga postures) The daily practice with individual correction comprises: Sun salutation The 12 basic postures approx. 100 asana variations from intermediate to advanced Posture alignment Deep relaxation with autosuggestion PRANAYAMA Kapalabhati (lung cleansing exercise) Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing) Samanu (mental cleansing of the Nadis) and the 8 main pranayamas KRIYAS (organ cleansing) Cleansing of the eyes, the nose and the digestive tract TEACHING PRACTICE How to teach the twelve basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners and intermediate students Detailed correction Workshops and teaching one another in small groups HATHA YOGA Ethical and moral principles Body, Prana (vital energy) and mind ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY Health benefits of the yoga exercises YOGIC DIET AND NUTRITION Vegetarianism Yogic dietary rules and fasting MEDITATION Meditation guidelines and mantras (meditation sounds) BHAGAVAD GITA Study of this classical yoga scripture with commentaries BHAKTI YOGA Chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras Traditional Indian rituals KARMA YOGA The law of cause and effect Selfless action RAJA YOGA The 8 steps of Raja Yoga Functions of the mind KUNDALINI YOGA The awakening of cosmic energy in man JNANA YOGA Basic philosophical definitions The 3 bodies DATES AND COSTS IN REITH, TYROL, AUSTRIA January 19 February 2017, German 20 May 18 June 2017, German 29 July 27 August 2017, English, German 2 September 1 October 2017, English, German 16 December 14 Jan. 2018, English, German January 18 February 2018, German 5 May 3 June 2018, German 28 July 26 August 2018, English, German 1 Sept. 30 Sept. 2018, English, German 15 December 13 Jan. 2019, English, German Dormitory 2,775 Shared room 3,255 Double room 4,020 Single room 4,385 Special rate for students & the unemployed: Dormitory 1,933 Including room & board and VAT. All rates subject to a visitor's tax. Rates valid until 31 December Arrival on Saturday, 1 pm 8 pm Departure on Sunday, from 10:30 am Outdoor Plattform YOGA TEACHERS' TRAINING COURSES 17

10 International Yoga Teachers Training Courses INTRODUCTION TO THE YOGA TEACHERS' TRAINING COURSE A full day of yoga practice and all information on the course and the locations. For details, see our Calendar section. Course rate: * 78 or ** 98 Accommodation and meals, see p. 94. Also suitable for newcomers. FURTHER COURSES IN India, France, London, Spain, Poland and Lithuania: USA, Canada, India, Bahamas, Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, Vietnam, China: Dates: Fri Sun * Fri. 3.3 Sun. 5.3 * Fri. 9.6 Sun ** Fri Sun ** Fri. 1.9 Sun. 3.9 ** Yoga Teachers Certification Schemes The Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course is connected with the following certification schemes: 18 Yoga Alliance You can become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). With the Sivananda TTC you qualify as a RYT 200, with the Sivananda ATTC as a RYT 500, which refer to 200 and 500 sixty-minute training units, respectively. German Health Insurance Certification German health insurers cover the cost of introductory yoga courses. Teachers need to be certified in a two-year yoga teachers training programme. The Sivananda Retreat House and the Sivananda Centres in Munich and Berlin offer this special certification. The symbol in the calendar indicates that the programme is part of the German Health Insurance Certification. The International Institute of Integral Human Studies (IIIHS) in Montreal, Canada Offers Bachelor, Master s and PhD programmes in affiliation with the Open International University of Sri Lanka. The Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Courses are part of these study programmes. India: Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals This certification is given by the Indian Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy). The Sivananda Yoga Centres have participated actively in the development of this certification. YOGA TEACHERS' TRAINING COURSES 19

11 Fascinating India International Yoga Teachers Training Courses in the Indian Himalayas DATES IN RUDRAPRAYAG, HIMALAYAS, INDIA February 26 March October 19 November February 25 March October 22 November RUDRAPRAYAG (basic training) UTTARKASHI (advanced training) Training costs in Rudraprayag Triple room 2,530 Double room 3,090 Single room 3,910 Reduced triple room price 2,300 Including room and board. Rates valid until 31 March Rudraprayag is an ancient piligrimage town (20,000 inhabitants) at the point of confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini, which are both tributaries to the River Ganges. Altitude of 890 m, 370 km away from Delhi. The area carries the spiritual thought currents of generations of spiritual seekers and pilgrims who walked and prayed in these pristine natural surroundings. Monal Resort is located 3 km from Rudraprayag, on 3 acres (1.2 hectares) of pristine land, and surrounded on three sides by the lesser Himalayan Range. Comfortable rooms (1 3 beds) with a private bathroom. Excursions are possible on the lecture-free day: Rudraprayag (3 km) Rudranath Temple (2 km) Koteshwar Temple (3 km) Agastyamuni (23 km) Kartik Swami (38 km) Course language: English with simultaneous translation into German, French, Spanish available via a modern wireless translation system (rental fee). Please enquire for details on Italian and Russian translation. THE SIVANANDA ASHRAM IN UTTAR- KASHI, HIMALAYAS, INDIA lies at 1165 m on one of the four tributaries of the Ganges. The region is known for its traditional ashrams. The Sivananda Advanced Yoga Teachers' Training Course is taught here by swamis and senior instructors from Europe together with local swamis. For dates and details, see p. 22 and SPECIAL PROGRAMMES DURING THE TTC Sri Venugopal Goswami, Bhakti Yoga Acharya, Vrindavan, North India: Bhagavata Saptaha seven days of spiritual discourse accompanied by live music (bansuri, harmonium, shanai, vocals, percussion). Shanti K. Kamlesh, Ayurveda Acharya, Lucknow, India: Lectures and PowerPoint shows on a healthy diet according to Ayurveda; personal health consultations available (extra cost). Classical temple ceremonies: Pujas are conducted regularly with a South Indian temple priest. Further information and enrolment Regarding curriculum, daily schedule, teaching material, arrival and departure, visas, Yoga Alliance, cancellation terms, etc., visit Contact person: Swami Vidyananda Phone Mon. Sun., 11 am 4 pm (Central European Time) rudraprayag- YOGA TEACHERS' TRAINING COURSES 21

12 Advanced Yoga Teachers Training Courses (ATTC) Diploma from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres 437 training units (45 minutes per unit) 500 hours standard (Yoga Alliance, USA) The four-week course in advanced yoga techniques was established in 1978 by Swami Vishnudevananda. It expands horizons and brings a wealth of new experiences which will enrich your teaching skills. Prerequisite: TTC diploma of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course DATES IN UTTARKASHI, HIMALAYAS, INDIA 4 March 2 April March 1 April 2018 English, French, German, Spanish Including room & board: Dormitory: 2,350 Double room: 2,690 Rates valid until 31 March DATES AT THE ASHRAM DE YOGA SIVANANDA, ORLÉANS, FRANCE 30 June 28 July June 27 July 2018 English, French, German, Spanish Including room & board: from 2,685 Rates valid until 30 June DATES IN RUDRAPRAYAG, HIMALAYAS, INDIA 30 October 14 November October 15 November 2018 English, French, German, Spanish Including room & board: Triple room: 1,190 Double room: 1,470 Single room: 1,845 Sadhana Intensive An intensive practical course with individual asana and pranayama practice. Study of classical scriptures on Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga. Explanation and practice of Mudras, Bandhas and Mantras. Meditation practice, spiritual diary and mouna (silence) at certain times of the day. DATES AT THE ASHRAM DE YOGA SIVANANDA, ORLÉANS, FRANCE 12 August 26 August 2017 English, French, German, Spanish Including room & board: Tent: 985 Shared room: 1,195 Double room: 1,505 Single room: 1,705 YOGA TEACHERS' TRAINING COURSES 22 Further information and enrolment: Regarding curriculum, daily schedule, teaching material, arrival and departure, Yoga Alliance, etc., visit Rates valid until 31 March Prerequisite: TTC diploma of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course Rates valid until 31 August Prerequisite: TTC diploma of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course 23

13 Further Education for Practitioners In Reith near Kitzbuehel, Tyrol, Austria 24 Further Training for Yoga Teachers In Reith near Kitzbuehel, Tyrol, Austria With certificate of participation for training units (TU) of 45 minutes each. Recognised for study programmes at the Open International University ( The symbol in the calendar indicates that the programme is part of the German Health Insurance Certification. Fri Mon YOGA FOR CHILDREN With Swami Vidyananda Fri. 2.6 Mon. 5.6 BREATH WORK With Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya Fri. 7.7 Mon YOGA OVER 50 With Swami Ramapriyananda Sun Wed YOGA BODY-WORK With Narayani Wed Sat YOGA DURING PREGNANCY With Ursula Mäder (Padmavati), Berlin Thu. 3.8 Sun. 6.8 THE MAJOR ASANA CYCLES Practice and correction workshops with Prema Thu. 7.9 Sun UPGRADE FOR YOUR TEACHING PRACTICE With Swami Narayanananda Learning with personal practice: Participation in the morning and evening meditation and one practical asana class daily are a source of inspiration and authenticity which carries the yoga class. Lectures, discussions and detailed correction workshops with senior instructors of the Retreat House open new perspectives on one's own teaching practice. The courses are based on teaching material from Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda, insights from modern health sciences, and more than 50 years teaching experience of the Sivananda Yoga Centres in the West. Practical information Prerequisite: TTC diploma of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course Graduates of other teacher trainings: please contact The courses begin at 4 pm on arrival day and end at approx. 2 pm on the departure day. For details, see the Calendar starting on page 26. Prices valid until 31 December Including accommodation and meals. Registration: With certificate of participation. The symbol in the calendar indicates that the programme is part of the German Health Insurance Certification. With certificate of participation. These further education courses are specially designed for yoga practitioners who want to take their practice to the next level. They are based on classical yoga models as well as modern insights gained from the sciences, medicine and natural healing. Yoga teachers can take these courses as further training courses. The courses begin at 4 pm on the arrival day and end no later than 2 pm on departure day. tyrol Further details: Including room & board. Prices valid until See the Calendar starting on p. 26. Fri Mon RELAXING WITH YOGA With Swami Vidyananda Tue. 4.7 Fri. 7.7 MEDITATION 12 STEPS TO MORE TRANQUILLITY AND INNER STRENGTH With Swami Ramapriyananda Tue Sun ACCESSIBLE YOGA With Jivana Heyman, USA Wed Sun YOGA AND HEALING HERBS With Brigitte Addington, Erlangen Fri. 4.8 Mon. 7.8 AYURVEDA AND LIFESTYLE AILMENTS With Dr. Anjani and Sanjay Kulkarni, Pune, India Mon Thu YOGA OF SLEEP With Dr. Rubin Naiman, USA Fri Mon HOW YOGA WORKS THE SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVE With Cordula Interthal (Chandrika), gynaecologist Sun Sun. 3.9 EXPLORING WHOLENESS WITH THE CHAKRAS With Nischala Joy Devi, USA Fri Mon YOGA PSYCHOLOGY With Swami Ramapriyananda 2018 PREVIEW: YOGA OF THE HEART With Nischala Joy Devi, USA Fri. 3 Sun. 12 August 2018 Yoga for cardiac and cancer patients. YOGA TEACHERS' TRAINING COURSES 25

14 Photo: Kitzbühel Tourismus/Thilo Brunner JANUARY Calendar Choose from two alpine oases for your yoga vacation: Reith, Tyrol, Austria: open nearly all year round. In Reith you can dive deeper into the yoga practice with lectures and courses that take you one step further. Mittersill, Hohe Tauern, Near Salzburg, Austria: 21 April 30 July and 8 October 10 December. In Mittersill the daily schedule allows more time for wellness and walks. A typical yoga day consists of two yoga classes, two meditation sessions and one lecture or workshop. The vacation programmes begin at 4 pm on arrival day and end no later than 2 pm on departure day. Arrive on any day of the week, and stay as long as you like! Arrive between 2 pm and 3:30 pm, and depart by approx. 2 pm on your final day. Unless stated otherwise, the calendar listings are yoga vacation programmes. The cost of your stay is easy to calculate: Yoga daily rate: 49 Accommodation and meals, see p. 94 WEEKEND GETAWAY 2 days of real rest - 20% on all weekends from 14 Jan. to 9 April and 29 Sept. to 5. Nov Fri Sun Sun Fri Fri Sun YOGA VACATION LIGHT Two gentle yoga classes daily for all levels, as well as group meditation in the mornings and evenings, are the basis for this relaxing weekend at the Retreat House. Between 11 am and 4 pm you have more time for relaxation and other leisure pursuits. YOGA VITALITY WEEK Vitality is a sign of good health. Practice: The systematic training of tension and relaxation in the asanas brings the brain, nerves and hormones into balance Conscious breathing and deep relaxation to strengthen the immune system Concentration exercises for more mindfulness in daily life Lectures: Beneficial effects of yoga for coping with stress and for everyday complaints like headaches and sleeplessness Physiological and psychological insights for mental relaxation Importance of the acid-base balance and tips for a healthy diet in all life situations The daily yoga practice for mental and physical fitness. Practice: Various asana sequences with a duration of 15 minutes and longer Short exercises for boosting attention and concentration Practical application of positive thinking in daily life Lectures: Establishing a daily home yoga routine: time, place and order of the poses, a regular daily schedule, a healthy alternation between activity and relaxation The yogic diet: fast, easy recipes for daily life 27

15 Fri Sun INTRODUCTION TO THE YOGA TEACHERS' TRAINING COURSE The Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course was established in 1969 and was the first yoga teacher training programme in the West. This introductory programme includes: Practice: Two days' direct experience of the training schedule Structure, dynamics and individual adjustment of the asana & pranayama class Introduction to meditation and mantra chanting Q&A, individual recommendations Lectures: Introduction to yoga philosophy Info on the daily schedule, curriculum, certificate of completion, number of training hours Getting there, schedule, costs, travel and visa information Sat Sun YOGA TEACHERS TRAINING COURSE The Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course was established in 1969 and was the first yoga teacher training programme in the West. The Yoga Teachers' Training Course is part of a universal vision of peace: The more people experience peace within, the more this peace will manifest in outward action. For details, see pp Sun Fri YOGA LIFESTYLE Bringing relaxation, awareness and concentration from the yoga mat into daily life that is the goal of this programme: Practice: Asanas and Pranayama: Where is the tension and what can we do to relieve it? Where do we lack awareness and how can we expand our consciousness? Detailed practice with much food for thought. Eating with awareness: exercises to improve chewing and absorption Meditation techniques for inner peace and cultivating willpower Lectures: Yoga as the best start to the day, yoga after work, yoga for busy people Developing willpower inspiration from yoga psychology How the diet influences body and mind; the right combination of essential nutrients; therapeutic effects and techniques of fasting Cooking theory: preparing quick and easy meals and snacks at home Fri Sun Sun Fri. 3.2 THOUGHT POWER AND POSITIVE THINKING Positive thoughts are three times blessed: They uplift the person who thinks them, they awaken positivity in the person to whom they are directed, and they improve the overall thought atmosphere worldwide. Practice: Asanas and pranayama are the optimal foundation for goaloriented, flexible thinking Exercises for developing thought power; guided contemplation and visualisation Lectures: The world of thoughts and creative life management The laws of higher thinking and cultivating higher emotions like courage, love and contentment ASANAS STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY This programme focuses on strengthening body and mind for all-round health: Practice: Asana cycles with many variations for more advanced yogis A strong body core and flexible spine for good posture Pranayama: breathing with concentration for a balanced mind Concentration exercises for more mindfulness in daily life Lectures: Anatomical details in the asana practice (PowerPoint show) Thought power: positive thinking for self-determination and mind control Energising vegetarian food combinations 29

16 FEBRUARY Sun Fri YOGA RELAXATION DAYS Take the time to experience moments of deep relaxation. Enjoy a peaceful yoga vacation in the mountains. Practice: The art of letting go: from intermediate relaxation to final relaxation Stress reduction through variations of the Forward Bend Physical, mental and spiritual levels of the final relaxation Relaxed eating: tips for eating with more awareness and better digestion Lectures: Stress: from positive challenge to serious health hazard Positive thinking and meditation for overcoming mental stress factors Tips on giving up artificial stimulants in daily life Controlling the emotions through mantra chanting 30 Fri. 3.2 Sun. 5.2 Sun. 5.2 Sun See p. 19 ASANAS FOR A HEALTHY BACK The 12 basic postures and variations are preventive care for the entire back. Practice: Gentle variations to alleviate back pain Asanas to improve flexibility along the spine Balancing poses for better coordination of the musculoskeletal system Lectures: Each participant has their photo taken at the plumb line for a posture analysis, and advice is given on which asana variations are recommended for their body type Informative PowerPoint shows on muscle length and muscle strength, as well as on the planes of movement of the spine WINTER RETREAT THE PSYCHOSOMATIC EFFECTS OF THE ASANAS Enjoy the snow outdoors and the relaxation indoors. The relaxing asana practice, a sauna visit, healthy and energising food and the peace of the morning and evening meditation lead to all-round well-being. Experience the positive interactions of the yoga practice: A healthy mind in a healthy body Practice: Positive thoughts as the catalyst for physical well-being. Body-toning asanas and meditation poses Balancing of pose, breathing and relaxation The body-mind model of yoga in practice Lectures: Physical energy (ATP) and subtle energy (Prana) Final relaxation as the key to the union of body and mind How Prana works: from body functions to intuition Depending on the weather, daily winter walks and the option to go cross-country skiing independently nearby. The trails begin just 5 minutes' walking distance away from the Retreat House. Rental gear available in Reith village (at extra cost). Fri Sun Sun Fri SIVANANDA BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO YOGA Introductory workshops and talks on the "science of life," which has been embraced around the world. Practice: Better flexibility with the Sun Salutation Basic yoga poses with deep relaxation, abdominal breathing, full yogic breathing and simple pranayama Introduction to concentration and meditation Lectures: The five pillars of yoga for all-round health Union of head, heart and hand philosophical inspiration for every temperament YOGA BODY CHECK Reading one's own body as a yoga book. Regular practice opens one chapter after another. Practice: Flexibility in the shoulders, back and hips Muscle test with posture analysis and individual advice Holding the asanas: gentle endurance training for the cardiovascular system Breathing exercises for more vitality and relaxation Lectures: Inner tranquillity through positive thinking and meditation Mindfulness exercises for one-pointedness of mind A healthy diet for body and mind 31

17 Fri Sun MANTRA RETREAT HEALING SOUNDS Mantra chanting harmonises the emotions and leads to mental and physical balance. Practice: The deep relaxation in the asanas and pranayama harmonises the physical nervous system Mantra repetition (whether chanted, spoken or silent) opens the Nadis, the subtle energy channels Lectures: Mantra Yoga: how the science of sound sets energy in motion Melodies and sound structure in mantra chanting Mythology as an expression of philosophical values MARCH On Sat / 8 pm we celebration SIVARATRI, the night of Lord Siva, a spiritual celebration and special meditation night featuring continuous recitation of the mantra "OM Namah Sivaya" and several Pujas. Sun Sun. 5.3 WINTER RETREAT 32 See p. 19 ASANA SPECIAL ASANAS FOR A HEALTHY BACK The 12 basic postures and variations are preventive care for the entire back. Just three days of intensive asana practice can bring about noticeable improvements in one s posture. We will use a plumb line to measure these changes: Each participant has their photo taken at the plumb line with individual explanations Posture analysis with plumb-line test (PowerPoint show) Asana workshops: Variations for strength and flexibility in the shoulder and pelvic regions Pose, counterpose and in-depth relaxation Flexion, extension and rotation of the spine PLUS: THE ESSENCE OF YOGA Lectures and workshops on the four paths of yoga The path of Karma Yoga the key to inner peace Opening of the heart Bhakti Yoga Secrets and control of the mind yoga psychology Teachings from Vedanta and the Upanishads Depending on the weather, daily winter walks and the option to go crosscountry skiing independently nearby. The trails begin just 5 minutes' walking distance away from the Retreat House. Rental gear available in Reith village (at extra cost). Fri. 3.3 Sun. 5.3 Sun. 5.3 Fri INTRODUCTION TO THE YOGA TEACHERS' TRAINING COURSE The Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course was established in 1969 and was the first yoga teacher training programme in the West. Practice: Two days' direct experience of the training schedule Structure, dynamics and individual adjustment of the asana and pranayama class Introduction to meditation and mantra chanting Q&A, individual recommendations Lectures: Introduction to yoga philosophy Info on the daily schedule, curriculum, certificate of completion, no. of training hours Getting there, costs, travel and visa info EXPAND YOUR ASANAS The regular practice of yoga asanas leads to an entirely new body feeling. Practice: Asana variations: Scorpion, Full Bow, Pigeon, Lateral Bend, Tortoise, balancing poses, Triangle variations and more Building up vital capacity through pranayama step by step Meditation and concentration exercises for an open, aware mind Lectures: Health for the entire body the effects of the asanas on the different body systems are explained (PowerPoint show) Yoga psychology: overcoming negative thoughts through positive thinking Yogic recipes: a 6-week plan for a healthy and satisfying diet 33

18 Fri Mon FURTHER EDUCATION: RELAXING WITH YOGA With Swami Vidyananda Holistic regeneration and developing stress coping skills in daily life Stress reduction how yoga works: Musculature, cardiovascular system, respiratory tract, digestion Proven asana sequences Final relaxation: Psychosomatic effects Active focus in autosuggestion Relaxation in daily life: Pitfalls: sugar, alcohol, nicotine Eating better and sleeping better Swami Vidyananda is a long-time staff of the Sivananda Yoga Centres in Europe. She provides detailed individual guidance in the yoga class. Director of the India programme. Certificate of participation for 42 teaching units of 45 minutes each Further education: 220 / 200 Students & the unemployed Accommodation and meals, see p. 94. Fri Sun Sun Fri THOUGHT POWER AND POSITIVE THINKING Positive thoughts are three times blessed: They uplift the person who thinks them, they awaken positivity in the person to whom they are directed, and they improve the overall thought atmosphere worldwide. Practice: Asanas and pranayama are the optimal foundation for goaloriented, flexible thinking Exercises for developing thought power; guided contemplation and visualisation Lectures: The world of thoughts and creative life management The laws of higher thinking and cultivating higher emotions like courage, love and contentment THE COMPLETE YOGA WORKSHOP The most important elements of the yoga class are explained and practised: Practice: Asanas the perfect combination of pose, breath and body awareness Exercises for increasing the flexibility of the hips and pelvis, as well as for strengthening the shoulder girdle and back Developing physical and mental relaxation More vital energy through yogic breathing exercises Lectures: The stabilising effect of the yoga exercises on the nervous system Yoga psychology: recognising and transforming typical thought patterns Meditation exercises for inner focus and harmony with oneself Dietary tips and recipes for yoga practitioners 34 Fri Sun Sun Fri See p. 19 IN PEACE LIES STRENGTH More time for relaxation. Practice: Asanas and Pranayama: active relaxation and natural concentration through the slow performance of the exercises Meditation: mental relaxation, when the mind slows down Lectures: How a vegetarian diet de-acidifies the body The solar plexus the gateway to complete physical and mental relaxation Meditation: simple steps to inner peace YOGA VITALITY WEEK Vitality is a sign of good health. Practice: The systematic training of tension and relaxation in the asanas brings the brain, nerves and hormones into balance Conscious breathing and deep relaxation to strengthen the immune system Concentration exercises for more mindfulness in daily life Lectures: Beneficial effects of yoga for coping with stress and for everyday complaints like headaches and sleeplessness Physiological and psychological insights for mental relaxation Importance of the acid-base balance and tips for a healthy diet in all life situations Fri Sun The daily yoga practice for mental and physical fitness. Practice: Various asana sequences with a duration of 15 minutes and longer Short exercises for boosting attention and concentration Practical application of positive thinking in daily life Lectures: Establishing a daily home yoga routine: time, place and order of the poses, a regular daily schedule, a healthy alternation between activity and relaxation The yogic diet: fast, easy recipes for daily life 35

19 Sun Fri INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION During meditation, the positive thoughts which prevail have a beneficial effect on the mind, nerves, sense organs and the entire body. Practice: 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 Lectures: 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 APRIL 36 Sun Fri Fri Sun. 2.4 YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC A yoga and hiking vacation in the magnificent Kitzbühel mountains offers both active recreation and a pleasant escape from our hectic lives. Several approx. 2-hour hikes with like-minded people are complemented by daily yoga classes and meditation sessions. For details, see p. 15. ASANAS FOR A HEALTHY BACK The 12 basic postures and variations are preventive care for the entire back. Practice: Gentle variations to alleviate back pain Asanas to improve flexibility along the spine Balancing poses for better coordination of the musculoskeletal system Lectures: Each participant has their photo taken at the plumb line for a posture analysis, and advice is given on which asana variations are recommended for their body type Informative PowerPoint shows on muscle length and muscle strength, as well as on the planes of movement of the spine Sun. 2.4 Fri. 7.4 Wed. 5.4 / 8 pm Fri 7.4 Sun 9.4 YOGA LIFESTYLE Bringing relaxation, awareness and concentration from the yoga mat into daily life that is the goal of this programme: Practice: Asanas and Pranayama: Where is the tension and what can we do to relieve it? Where do we lack awareness and how can we expand our consciousness? Detailed practice with much food for thought. Eating with awareness: exercises to improve chewing and absorption Meditation techniques for inner peace and cultivating willpower Lectures: Yoga as the best start to the day, yoga after work, yoga for busy people Developing willpower inspiration from yoga psychology How the diet influences body and mind; the right combination of essential nutrients; therapeutic effects and techniques of fasting Cooking theory: preparing quick and easy meals and snacks at home RAM NAVAMI Spiritual celebration for Lord Ram, the embodiment of harmony and righteousness. With Puja, stories, meditation and mantra chanting. THOUGHT POWER AND POSITIVE THINKING Positive thoughts are three times blessed: They uplift the person who thinks them, they awaken positivity in the person to whom they are directed, and they improve the overall thought atmosphere worldwide. Practice: Asanas and pranayama are the optimal foundation for goaloriented, flexible thinking Exercises for developing thought power; guided contemplation and visualisation Lectures: The world of thoughts and creative life management The laws of higher thinking and cultivating higher emotions like courage, love and contentment 37

20 Sun Fri YOGA BODY CHECK Reading one's own body as a yoga book. Regular practice opens one chapter after another: Practice: Flexibility in the shoulders, back and hips Muscle test with posture analysis and individual advice Holding the asanas: gentle endurance training for the cardiovascular system Breathing exercises for more vitality and relaxation Lectures: Inner tranquillity through positive thinking and meditation Mindfulness exercises for one-pointedness of mind A healthy diet for body and mind Sun Fri TAKE A YOGA BREAK Experience a typical yoga week: Sunday: A gentle first class in the soothing mountain scenery, and the peace of evening meditation. Monday through Thursday: The body gradually expands in the asanas, while positive and healthy topics enliven the mind. The Retreat House team is available for individual tips. A walk is a highlight of the day, weather permitting. Friday morning: You might want to know how to continue the practice at home. You'll find answers and inspiration among the fine selection of books in the boutique, or by speaking directly with one of the yoga instructors. Fri Mon EASTER YOGA RETREAT In-depth yoga practice, building up energy for body and mind. Relax and enjoy the fresh mountain air, silent walks, light organic meals and a variety of yoga topics. Yoga daily rate: 49, Accommodation and meals, see p. 94 Sat & Sun / noon TWO LECTURES WITH SWAMI DURGANANDA, YOGA ACHARYA High goals where yoga can lead us Refining the power of discrimination Swami Durgananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in Europe. Her practical and intuitive style of teaching is the result of intensive practice and over 40 years of teaching experience. Sat Mon / 6 am YOGA INSPIRATION Morning Satsangs with Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya Sound and energy Hatha Yoga meditation Success in the yoga practice Swami Sivadasananda, senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, has taught at workshops and Yoga Teachers Training Courses around the world for many years. He is a dynamic, precise and knowledgeable instructor. See p Sun / 1:30 3 pm MEADOWS, FORESTS AND LAKES: EASTER WALK FOR EVERYONE 39

21 EASTER PROGRAMME CONTINUED: Fri Sun / 4 pm MEDITATIVE ASANA AND PRANAYAMA PRACTICE Three asana workshops with Swami Gokulananda Bringing energy to each and every cell with asanas How breathing with awareness harmonises the mind Firm and comfortable the meditative asana experience Swami Gokulananda is a long-time yoga practitioner and yoga teacher and directs the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Berlin. She has a flexible and spontaneous teaching style. Sat Mon / 8 am POWER OF ASANAS Three asana workshops with Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya Each workshop comprises 30 minutes of theory and 90 minutes of practice. Also suitable for the further training participants. Surya Namaskar: Go with the flow Proprioception or sensory perception of the body in the asana The logic behind the sequence of the 12 basic poses Recommended reading: Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga, Swami Vishnudevananda Fri Thu SOUTH INDIAN TEMPLE MEDITATIONS Daily Pujas with a priest from India With their colours, sounds, aromas and gestures, traditional temple ceremonies (pujas) help clear the mental atmosphere, creating a strong meditative vibration. Yantras (meditative forms) Classical scripture recitations (Mantras) Symbolic hand gestures (Mudras) Yantra Puja on Easter Sunday, 16.4 / 8 pm Daily: Puja at 11 am and 30-minute workshops on pujas, yantras, mantras and mythology at 7 pm Fri Mon FURTHER TRAINING FOR YOGA TEACHERS: YOGA FOR CHILDREN With Swami Vidyananda and Christian Bachmaier (Tejas) Yoga in childhood gives young people the best foundation for life. The exercise programme is playfully adapted to the age and circumstances of the participants. Yoga, the best foundation for healthy development Learning by imitation Playful concentration exercises for better learning Yoga class models for various age groups Vegetarian diet for children Swami Vidyananda is a long-time staff of the Sivananda Yoga Centres in Europe. She provides detailed individual guidance in the yoga class. Christian (Tejas) Bachmaier is a play therapists from Munich. Tejas has taught the kids' yoga class at the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Munich for many years. With certificate of participation for 32 training units Further training: 180 / 165 Students & the unemployed Accommodation and meals for 3 nights, see p. 94. Fri Mon Mon Thu SIVANANDA BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO YOGA Introductory workshops and talks on the "science of life," which has been embraced around the world. Practice: Better flexibility with the Sun Salutation Basic yoga poses with deep relaxation, abdominal breathing, full yogic breathing and simple pranayama Introduction to concentration and meditation Lectures: The five pillars of yoga for all-round health Union of head, heart and hand philosophical inspiration for every temperament THE COMPLETE YOGA WORKSHOP The most important elements of the yoga class are explained and practised: Practice: Asanas the perfect combination of pose, breath and body awareness Exercises for increasing the flexibility of the hips and pelvis, as well as for strengthening the shoulder girdle and back Developing physical and mental relaxation More vital energy through yogic breathing exercises Lectures: The stabilising effect of the yoga exercises on the nervous system Yoga psychology: recognising and transforming typical thought patterns Meditation exercises for inner focus and harmony with oneself Dietary tips and recipes for yoga practitioners 40 See p. 19 The Sivananda Yoga Retreat House is closed from Thu. 20 April / 2 pm until 19 May 2017 / 2 pm. 41

22 Yoga vacation Fri. 21 April Fri. 19 May 2017 Sun. 28 May Fri. 30 June 2017 in Mittersill, Hohe Tauern, Near Salzburg, Austria Sivananda Yoga Real relaxation in a beautiful Alpine oasis in April/May Two experienced instructors of the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House will accompany you during your yoga stay and provide individual guidance. We look forward to seeing you! DAILY SCHEDULE FOR AN ACTIVE RELAXATION 6:30 am Morning meditation, mantra chanting, talk 8:30 10:00 am Asanas and pranayama 10:30 am Vegetarian brunch From 11:00 am Free time, walks, lecture, sauna & treatments 4:00 5:30 pm Asanas and pranayama 6:00 pm Vegetarian dinner 7:30 pm Evening meditation, mantra chanting, talk Calendar from Fri. 21 April until Fri. 19 May 2017 See for a detailed description. 42 From 21 April until 19 May 2017, yoga vacation programmes will take place at the Landhotel Gut Sonnberghof (****) in Mittersill. Landhotel Gut Sonnberghof is situated on a peaceful, sunny plateau, with a wide-open view of the 3,000 m peaks of the Hohe Tauern National Park, the last Alpine nature reserve in Europe. Sonnberghof has been an organic farm since Rooms with a splendid view and Swiss Pine wood furniture for sleeping comfort. Wellness: 550 m² indoor spa Sweat lodge Herbal sauna Steam pool Infrared sauna Thermal therapy beds Panoramic relaxation lounge with access to the outdoors Meals: Two vegetarian, wholefood and balanced meals in accordance with yogic principles are served buffet-style in the solid wood dining hall or on the spacious guest terrace. How to get here: By car, it takes a bit over 2 hours from Munich, 2 hours from Salzburg, 4.5 hours from Vienna, 5 hours from Zurich. More details: Yoga daily rate: 46 Accommodation and meals, see p. 95. Fri Sun Sun Fri Sun Fri The daily yoga practice for mental and physical fitness. Practice: Various asana sequences with a duration of 15 minutes and longer Short exercises for boosting attention and concentration Practical application of positive thinking in daily life Lectures: Establishing a daily home yoga routine: time, place and order of the poses The yogic diet: fast, easy recipes for daily life ACTIVE RELAXATION AND STRESS REDUCTION Certificate of participation for 42 teaching units of 45 minutes each. The classical yoga techniques are presented in the light of modern scientific findings and applied step by step. Mindfulness in the posture, breathing and relaxation. Developing inner tranquillity under daily pressures. Detailed description: YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION Gentle stretching, quiet moments and mentally letting go during the yoga classes Experiencing the silence during morning and evening meditation Light, purifying organic food Group meditative walks, weather permitting Time for yourself and for massage treatments and regeneration in the large wellness area 43

23 Fri Mon. 1.5 THOUGHT POWER AND POSITIVE THINKING Practice: Asanas and pranayama are the optimal foundation for goaloriented, flexible thinking Exercises for developing thought power; guided contemplation and visualisation Lectures: The world of thoughts and creative life management The laws of higher thinking and cultivating higher emotions like courage, love and contentment Mon. 1.5 Fri. 5.5 MEDITATION EXPERIENCING INNER BALANCE Certificate of participation for 42 teaching units of 45 minutes each. Scientific studies have shown that meditation improves self-perception, memory and empathy. The physical, mental and philosophical aspects of meditation are explained in short lectures. Detailed description: Sun Fri. 5.5 YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION see p. 43 Sun. 7.5 Fri YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC A yoga and hiking vacation in the Hohe Tauern mountains offers both active recreation and a pleasant escape from our hectic lives. Several approx. 2-hour hikes to the most beautiful corners of the region are complemented by daily yoga classes and meditation sessions. 44 Fri. 5.5 Sun. 7.5 YOGA BODY CHECK Reading one's own body as a yoga book. Regular practice opens one chapter after another: Practice: Flexibility in the shoulders, back and hips Muscle test with posture analysis and individual advice Holding the asanas: gentle endurance training for the cardiovascular system Breathing exercises for more vitality and relaxation Lectures: Inner tranquillity through positive thinking and meditation Mindfulness exercises for one-pointedness of mind A healthy diet for body and mind Sun. 7.5 Fri YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION see p. 43 Fri Sun Sun Fri YOGA-LIFESTYLE Practice: Asanas and Pranayama: Where is the tension and what can we do to relieve it? Meditation techniques for inner peace and cultivating willpower Lectures: Yoga as the best start to the day, yoga after work Developing willpower inspiration from yoga psychology How the diet influences body and mind; the right combination of essential nutrients Cooking theory: simple meals and snacks YOGA FOR A FLEXIBLE SPINE The 12 basic postures and variations are preventive care for the entire back. Practice: Gentle variations to alleviate back pain Asanas to improve flexibility along the spine Lectures: Each participant has their photo taken at the plumb line for a posture analysis, and advice is given on which asana variations are recommended for their body type Informative PowerPoint presentations on the back Sun Fri YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION see p. 43 Costs for yoga vacation Yoga: 46 per day Online registration and payment: Costs for accommodation & meals Single room: 75, Double room: 65 Shared room (3 6 beds): 50 Apartment, studio or suite on request Costs include VAT and visitor s tax. 45

24 Calendar from Sun. 28 May until Fri. 30 June 2017 in Mittersill, Hohe Tauern, near Salzburg, Austria MAY IN REITH, TYROL, AUSTRIA 46 A detailed description of the vacation themes and the venue can be found on pages Sun Fri. 2.6 YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION Sun Fri. 2.6 ACTIVE RELAXATION & STRESS REDUCTION Fri 2.6 Sun 4.6. THOUGHT POWER & POSITIVE THINKING Sun Fri. 9.6 MEDITATION EXPERIENCING INNER BALANCE Sun Fri. 9.6 YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION Fri 9.6 Sun YOGA BODY CHECK Sun Fri YOGA & MOUNTAIN MAGIC Sun Fri YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION Fri 16.6 Sun YOGA LIFESTYLE Sun Fri YOGA FOR A FLEXIBLE SPINE Sun Fri YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION Fri 23.6 Sun Sun Fri ACTIVE RELAXATION AND STRESS REDUCTION Sun Fri YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION Fri Sun Sat Sun Sun Thu YOGA VACATION LIGHT Two gentle yoga classes daily for all levels, as well as group meditation in the mornings and evenings, are the basis for this relaxing weekend at the Retreat House. Between 11 am and 4 pm you have more time for relaxation and other leisurely pursuits. YOGA TEACHERS TRAINING COURSE The Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course was established in 1969 and was the first yoga teacher training programme in the West. The Yoga Teachers' Training Course is part of a universal vision of peace: The more people experience peace within, the more this peace will manifest in outward action. For details, see pp YOGA BODY CHECK Reading one's own body as a yoga book. Regular practice opens one chapter after another: Practice: Flexibility in the shoulders, back and hips Muscle test with posture analysis and individual advice Holding the asanas: gentle endurance training for the cardiovascular system Breathing exercises for more vitality and relaxation Lectures: Inner tranquillity through positive thinking and meditation Mindfulness exercises for one-pointedness of mind A healthy diet for body and mind 47

25 Thu Sun Tue Mon / 8 pm MAY RETREAT INTEGRAL REGENERATION WITH YOGA Dive into a sea of alpine wild flowers time for mental and physical cleansing on the outdoor platform. Yoga daily rate: 49, Accommodation and meals, see p. 94 BHAGAVATA SAPTAHA EASTERN WISDOM MELODIES Readings and discourse from the classical yoga scripture Bhagavatam on the journey to the meaning of life. With guest of honour Sri Venugopal Goswami, Bhakti Yoga Acharya, Vrindavan, North India The Srimad Bhagavatam is one of the most important scriptures of Bhakti Yoga. The storytelling, poetry, music and philosophy of the Bhagavatam uplift the heart and the mind. Sri Venugopal Goswami is a spiritual teacher in a tradition that has nurtured the flame of Bhakti Yoga since the 16th century. He received his musical training from the great Indian vocalist master Pandit Jasraj. The spoken word, mantra recitations, the subtle tones of the Ragas and the uplifting Bhajans are a deep source of ancient yogic wisdom. With live music: Harmonium, vocals, bamboo flute, shanai oboe and tabla. Participation on a day-by-day basis possible. Fri Sun / 6 am Fri Sun / noon Sun Fri. 2.6 Sun Fri. 2.6 MAN BODY, MIND AND SOUL Morning Satsangs with Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya With readings on the goal and philosophy of yoga. Swami Sivadasananda, senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda (see above). TREASURES OF MENTAL POSITIVITY Lectures with senior teachers of the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House A selection from over 100 positive aspects of the mind are introduced. From adaptability and amiability through magnanimity and modesty to sincerity and sweetness. The lectures are based on the brilliant book by Swami Sivananda, How to Cultivate Virtues and Eradicate Vices. YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC A yoga and hiking vacation in the magnificent Kitzbühel mountains offers both active recreation and a pleasant escape from our hectic lives. For details, see p. 15. AYURVEDA, YOGA AND HEALTH You will learn the basics of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic nutrition, including many tips for your body type. The physical and mental tendencies of the three body types Vata, Pitta and Kapha are clarified. In addition to the yogic guidelines for optimal nutrition, you will learn how to find the optimum balance of the six food tastes. Typical spices, their effects and usage for each body type are introduced in a workshop. Taught by senior teachers for the Retreat House, plus: Two lectures with S.K. Kamlesh, Ayurveda Acharya, Lucknow, North India 48 Thu / 4 pm Fri Sun / 8 am See p. 19 HATHA YOGA MASTER CLASSES Detox Cleansing for body and mind Four two-hour workshops with Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya Each workshop begins with a detailed practice of self-massaging the digestive tract (Dhauti & Nauli) and nasal cleansing (Neti). Asana variations that stimulate digestion create lightness in the body. Extensive meditative pranayama brings clarity and concentration. Daily study of extracts from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Swami Sivadasananda, senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, has taught at workshops and Yoga Teachers Training Courses around the world for many years. He is a dynamic, precise and knowledgeable instructor. Wed and Thu. 1.6 / noon AYURVEDA NUTRITION SPECIAL Two lectures with Shanti Kumar Kamlesh, Ayurveda Acharya, Lucknow, North India Introduction to Ayurveda, the science of life; theory of the 5 elements: air, water, fire, earth, aether; the 3 body types (Vata, Pitta, Kapha); the 6 tastes and their effects on body and mind The healing powers of herbs and spices; simple home remedies; cooking for health Shanti Kumar Kamlesh, Ayurveda master, studied at the Nagarjun Ayurvedic College in Lucknow and has taught Ayurvedic cooking in the Sivananda Yoga Centres worldwide for over 18 years. 49

26 50 JUNE Fri. 2.6 Mon. 5.6 Sat. 3.6 Mon. 5.6 / 6 am Fri. 2.6 / 4 pm and Sat. 3.6 Mon. 5.6 / / 8 am IN REITH, TYROL, AUSTRIA WHITSUN YOGA EVENT Days of Yoga Specials: Group silent walks in the magnificent alpine landscape. Asanas: Personal guidance for experienced students and a gentle introduction for newcomers and rusty students Meditation: Calming the brain waves to achieve clarity of thinking and new creative power Yoga lectures: Mental food for the challenges of everyday life. Vegetarian meals: Light, low-fat, nutritious, organic and cleansing Yoga daily rate: 49, Accommodation and meals, see p. 94 MORNING SATSANGS With Swami Ramapriyananda and Swami Vidyananda Insight into the Yoga Sutras Health and happiness Spiritualisation of human nature The swamis have taught for many years at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House. ASANAS WITH EASE Four asana workshops with Swami Gitananda Focus on forward-bending exercises Focus on rotations while standing, sitting and lying down Step-by-step into the Wheel and Pigeon Preparing and mastering the Headstand and Scorpion Swami Gitananda is the director of the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Vienna. Fri. 2.6 Mon 5.6 See p. 19 Sat. 3.6 / noon, Sun 4.6 / 8 pm, Mon. 5.6 / 11 am Sun. 4.6 / 12 2 pm Fri. 2.6 Fri. 9.6 FURTHER TRAINING FOR YOGA TEACHERS: BREATH WORK With Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya Expanded breathing for expansion in asanas, relaxation, sensory perception and concentration. We will develop this central theme of yoga teaching through the study of basic anatomy, in-depth self-practice, partner exercises, teaching simulations and group discussions. Lectures and discussion: Diaphragm and Solar Plexus in vivid detail Full yogic breathing and postural improvement The breath dilemma in the office routine Concious breathing bridge between body and mind Correction workshops: Breath expansion in the Sun Salutation Training methods for full yogic breathing Developing vital capacity in the 12 asanas Pranayama teaching the next step Swami Sivadasananda, senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda (see above). Further training: 220 / 205 Students & the unemployed Certificate of participation for 34 teaching units of 45 minutes each Accommodation and meals for 3 nights, see p. 94 DIET AND HEALTH Three lectures with Sigrid Siebert, nutritionist, Frankfurt A modern and healthy diet for vegetarians Optimal nutrition with vegan and vegetarian diets Myths and facts about sugar Language: In German with simultaneous translation into English. Sigrid Siebert is a nutritionist and dietician from Frankfurt. She has taught at the Akademie Gesundes Leben in Oberursel, Germany, since MEADOWS, FORESTS AND LAKES: WHITSUN WALK FOR EVERYONE SOUTH INDIAN TEMPLE MEDITATIONS Daily pujas with a priest from India With their colours, sounds, aromas and gestures, traditional temple ceremonies (Pujas) help clear the mental atmosphere, creating a strong meditative vibration. Yantras (meditative images) Classical scripture recitations (Mantras) Symbolic hand gestures (Mudras) Yantra Puja on Saturday, 3.6 / 8 pm Daily: Puja at 11 am and 30-minute workshops on pujas, yantras, mantras and mythology at 7 pm 51

27 Fri. 2.6 Mon. 5.6 SIVANANDA BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO YOGA Introductory workshops and talks on the "science of life," which has been embraced around the world. Practice: Better flexibility with the Sun Salutation Basic yoga poses with deep relaxation, abdominal breathing, full yogic breathing and simple pranayama Introduction to concentration and meditation Lectures: The five pillars of yoga for all-round health Union of head, heart and hand philosophical inspiration for every temperament 52 Mon. 5.6 Fri. 9.6 Fri 9.6 Sun From Fri. 2.6 to Sun. 11.6, the yoga vacation programme will be directed by Silvia Swoboda (Padmavati). Padmavati is a disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda as well as a compassionate and pragmatic yoga teacher with more than 25 years of teaching experience. She has translated the most important works of Swami Sivananda into German and served as interpreter for Swami Vishnudevananda during many yoga teachers' training courses. VITAL BREATH VITAL ENERGY Learning to breathe with more awareness taps new energy reserves. Practice: Improved breathing through proper body posture and conscious relaxation Systematic training of Alternate Nostril Breathing and Kapalabhati: Balancing the nervous system and the brain hemispheres, stimulating the energy channels (Nadis) Daily group meditation: Attaining mental balance through simple concentration exercises Lectures: From controlling breath to controlling vital energy (Prana) The interplay of Prana and thoughts The yogic model of the physical and astral bodies INTRODUCTION TO THE YOGA TEACHERS' TRAINING COURSE The Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course was established in 1969 and was the first yoga teacher training programme in the West. This introductory programme includes: Practice: Two days' direct experience of the training schedule Structure, dynamics and individual adjustment of the asana and pranayama class Introduction to meditation and mantra chanting Q&A, individual recommendations Lectures: Introduction to yoga philosophy Info on the daily schedule, curriculum, certificate of completion, number of training hours Getting there, costs, travel and visa info Fri. 9.6 Sun Sun Fri Sun Fri THOUGHT POWER AND POSITIVE THINKING Positive thoughts are three times blessed: They uplift the person who thinks them, they awaken positivity in the person to whom they are directed, and they improve the overall thought atmosphere worldwide. Practice: Asanas and pranayama are the optimal foundation for goaloriented, flexible thinking Exercises for developing thought power; guided contemplation and visualisation Lectures: The world of thoughts and creative life management The laws of higher thinking and cultivating higher emotions like courage, love and contentment YOGA VITALITY WEEK Vitality is a sign of good health. Practice: The systematic training of tension and relaxation in the asanas brings the brain, nerves and hormones into balance Conscious breathing and deep relaxation to strengthen the immune system Concentration exercises for more mindfulness in daily life Lectures: Beneficial effects of yoga for coping with stress and for everyday complaints like headaches and sleeplessness Physiological and psychological insights for mental relaxation Importance of the acid-base balance and tips for a healthy diet in all life situations YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC A yoga and hiking vacation in the magnificent Kitzbühel mountains offers both active recreation and a pleasant escape from our hectic lives. Several approx. 2-hour hikes with like-minded people are complemented by daily yoga classes and meditation sessions. For details, see p

28 54 Thu Sun TRANQUILLITY OF THOUGHT MUSIC OF THE SOUL (Corpus Christi) Just as the bottom of a lake is still, there is also a profound stillness beyond the agitated surface of one's own thoughts. Practice: Self-observation: body and gravity, mind and breathing How holding the postures resolutely helps counteract mental sluggishness and hyperactivity Practical methods for cultivating positive thoughts Retreating from the outer sensory world into the inner silence Lectures: Yoga as a science of the mind: systematic analysis and control of the mind The Self, which is inherent in all beings and knows Reality Obstacles in the meditation practice and how to overcome them Sun Fri Fri Sun FLOWING WITH ASANA VARIATIONS Dynamic asana classes and workshops set vital energy in motion, intensifying in the silent practice of the meditation pose. Mantra chanting and silent walks keep the mind flowing in a positive direction. Practice: Inversion: leg variations in Headstand, Full Shoulderstand Forward bends: Tortoise, Bow and Arrow, knee to ear Backward bends: Pigeon, Diamond, Half-Moon Asymmetry: Triangles, spinal twists, balance poses Prolonged holding of the basic postures Workshops: The six planes of movement of the spine Variations before and after the basic pose Pose/counterpose, muscle length/muscle strength WISDOM IN MODERN LIFE Yoga has many techniques that further one's own development and enrich life: Practice: Mental balance through asanas, pranayama, relaxation and meditation. Practical tips on combining one technique successfully with another. Visualising positive goals: the power of logic, the subconscious mind and intuition. Lectures on the four goals of human existence: Dharma moral values in daily life Artha material values and life quality Kama aesthetic values and refining the senses Moksha spiritual fulfilment of our desire for happiness Sat Sun Fri Fri Sun. 2.7 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA The United Nations proclaimed an International Day of Yoga. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution by India and called on all states to observe the day in order to raise awareness of "the benefits of practising yoga." The first International Day of Yoga in 2015 was observed by millions of people around the globe. We will be celebrating the International Day of Yoga in the Retreat House with a varied and inspiring programme. For details, see our website. Everyone is welcome to drop by to learn about yoga or to deepen their own practice. All activities are free of charge. EXPAND YOUR ASANAS The regular practice of yoga asanas leads to an entirely new body feeling. Practice: Asana variations: Scorpion, Full Bow, Pigeon, Lateral Bend, Tortoise, balancing poses, Triangle variations and more Building up vital capacity through pranayama step by step Meditation and concentration exercises for an open, aware mind Lectures: Health for the entire body the effects of the asanas on the different body systems are explained (PowerPoint show) Yoga psychology: overcoming negative thoughts through positive thinking Yogic recipes: a 6-week plan for a healthy and satisfying diet IN PEACE LIES STRENGTH More time for relaxation. Practice: Asanas and Pranayama: active relaxation and natural concentration through the slow performance of the exercises Meditation: mental relaxation, when the mind slows down Lectures: How a vegetarian diet de-acidifies the body The solar plexus the gateway to complete physical and mental relaxation Meditation: simple steps to inner peace 55

29 Tue. 4.7 Fri. 7.7 FURTHER EDUCATION: MEDITATION 12 STEPS TO MORE TRANQUILLITY AND INNER STRENGTH With Swami Ramapriyananda The power of concentration: Meditation in practice The yogic way of life Concentration The art of positive thinking Mantras, words of power The transformative power of meditation Religious and Vedantic meditation The art of right living Spiritual guidance Obstacles in meditation When meditation becomes deeper The expanded consciousness Recommended reading: The Sivananda Book of Meditation Swami Ramapriyananda is a disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and director of the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House. She is a very experienced teacher who pays great attention to detail and conveys a natural spirituality. Further education: 180 / 165 Students & the unemployed Accommodation and meals for 3 nights, see p. 94 Certificate of participation for 34 teaching units of 45 minutes each 56 JULY Sun. 2.7 Fri. 7.7 Sun. 2.7 Fri. 7.7 IN REITH, TYROL, AUSTRIA YOGA VITALITY WEEK Vitality is a sign of good health. Practice: The systematic training of tension and relaxation in the asanas brings the brain, nerves and hormones into balance Conscious breathing and deep relaxation to strengthen the immune system Concentration exercises for more mindfulness in daily life Lectures: Beneficial effects of yoga for coping with stress and for everyday complaints like headaches and sleeplessness Physiological and psychological insights for mental relaxation Importance of the acid-base balance and tips for a healthy diet in all life situations YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC Several approx. 2-hour hikes with like-minded people are complemented by daily yoga classes and meditation sessions. For details, see p. 15. Fri. 7.7 Sun. 9.7 Fri 7.7 Mon See p. 19 SIVANANDA BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO YOGA Introductory workshops and talks on the "science of life," which has been embraced around the world. Practice: Better flexibility with the Sun Salutation Basic yoga poses with deep relaxation, abdominal breathing, full yogic breathing and simple pranayama Introduction to concentration and meditation Lectures: The five pillars of yoga for all-round health Union of head, heart and hand philosophical inspiration for every temperament FURTHER TRAINING FOR YOGA TEACHERS: YOGA OVER 50 With Swami Ramapriyananda This course shows how to effectively and safely integrate older people into a basic asana class. In addition, asana class models specifically for seniors are practised and explained. Warm-up exercises Asana variations for people with limited flexibility Special care for the back How to improve digestion and relieve joint pain through diet The triangle of life and the eternal youth of the soul Further training: 180 / 165 Students & the unemployed Accommodation and meals for 3 nights, see p. 94 Certificate of participation for 32 teaching units of 45 minutes each 57

30 58 Sun. 9.7 / 8 pm Sun. 9.7 Fri Fri / 8 pm Wed or Thu 13.7 GURU PURNIMA Celebrating the remembrance of the spiritual teacher. With puja, meditation and mantra chanting. VITAL BREATH VITAL ENERGY Learning to breathe with more awareness taps new energy reserves. Practice: Improved breathing through proper body posture and conscious relaxation Systematic training of Alternate Nostril Breathing and Kapalabhati: Balancing the nervous system and the brain hemispheres, stimulating the energy channels (Nadis) Daily group meditation: Attaining mental balance through simple concentration exercises Lectures: From controlling breath to controlling vital energy (Prana) The interplay of Prana and thoughts The yogic model of the physical and astral bodies SWAMI SIVANANDA'S MAHASAMADHI Celebration of the great yoga master Swami Sivananda. With puja, meditation and mantra chanting. EXCURSION Weather permitting, an excursion to the Krimml Waterfalls (about 50 km away). The 380 m waterfalls are the highest in Europe. The 4 km trail to the waterfalls offers many scenic views of the falls. Details on site. Krimml Waterfalls Tue Sun See p. 19 Fri Sun FURTHER EDUCATION: ACCESSIBLE YOGA with Jivana Heyman, USA In this practical 6-day programme you will learn how to adapt a classical asana class to the needs of students with physical disabilities or chronic illness, the elderly, and people with injuries. This can range from teaching slightly modified classes, to entire classes taught in a chair or in a bed. Curriculum (excerpt): How to empower people with disabilities by giving them a deeper understanding of the yoga teachings Using additional tools such as a chair, a blanket, a strap and a cushion How to create a positive group dynamic Deepen your personal practice of asanas, pranayama and meditation Certificate: Upon successful completion of the training, students receive a certificate recognised by the Yoga Alliance that will enable yoga teachers and health professionals to teach yoga to students with disabilities. How to get here: 11 July, 2 3:30 pm Departure: 16 Juli, no earlier than 2 pm Daily schedule: 6 am Morning meditation, 8 10 am Course lecture, 10 am Brunch, 12 3 pm Course workshop, 4 pm Practical yoga class, 6 pm Dinner, 8 pm Study time or course Jivana Heyman is Director of Teachers Training programmes at the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco, California. After many years of personal training in the gurukula yoga tradition, Jivana focuses on teaching yoga for people with disabilities. Certificate of participation for 59 teaching units of 45 minutes each Further education: 430 / 390 Students & the unemployed Accommodation and meals for 5 nights, see p. 94 ASANAS FOR A HEALTHY BACK The 12 basic postures and variations are preventive care for the entire back. Practice: Gentle variations to alleviate back pain Asanas to improve flexibility along the spine Balancing poses for better coordination of the musculoskeletal system Lectures: Each participant has their photo taken at the plumb line for a posture analysis, and advice is given on which asana variations are recommended for their body type Informative PowerPoint shows on muscle length and muscle strength, as well as on the planes of movement of the spine 59

31 Fri Sun Sun Fri INTRODUCTION TO THE YOGA TEACHERS' TRAINING COURSE The Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course was established in 1969 and was the first yoga teacher training programme in the West. Practice: Two days' direct experience of the training schedule Structure, dynamics and individual adjustment of the asana and pranayama class Introduction to meditation and mantra chanting Q&A, individual recommendations Lectures: Introduction to yoga philosophy Info on the daily schedule, curriculum, certificate of completion, number of training hours Getting there, schedule, costs, travel and visa information YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC A yoga and hiking vacation in the magnificent Kitzbühel mountains offers both active recreation and a pleasant escape from our hectic lives. Several approx. 2-hour hikes with like-minded people are complemented by daily yoga classes and meditation sessions. For details, see p. 15. Wed Sat FURTHER TRAINING FOR YOGA TEACHERS: YOGA DURING PREGNANCY With Ursula Mäder (Padmavati), Berlin Step-by-step adaptation of the asanas and pranayama as the pregnancy progresses Gentle asana corrections corresponding to the physical and mental situation of the expecting mother Exercise plan for pregnant women, month by month Diet for mother and child Postnatal yoga Language: In German with simultaneous translation into English. Ursula Mäder is a midwife, mother and yoga teacher at the Sivananda Yoga Centre Berlin. Certificate of participation for 32 teaching units of 45 minutes each Further training: 180 / 165 Students & the unemployed Accommodation and meals for 3 nights, see p Sun Wed See p. 19 FURTHER TRAINING FOR YOGA TEACHERS: YOGA BODY-WORK With Narayani Working towards proper muscle length and strength Identifying common posture faults in the asanas Improving kyphosis and avoiding lordosis Dealing with contraindications The key to deep relaxation In-depth training in the corrections workshop Anatomical details in the class vocabulary Narayani is a staff at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House. She has an excellent asana practice and demonstrates and teaches with ease and detail. With certificate of participation for 32 training units Further training: 180 / 165 Students & the unemployed Accommodation and meals for 3 nights, see p. 94 Wed Sun Wed Sun FURTHER EDUCATION: YOGA AND HEALING HERBS With Brigitte Addington, medicinal plant expert, Germany Workshops and excursions: Discovering healing herbs, shrubs, trees and roots in the direct vicinity of the Retreat House. Preparation of vitamin-rich dishes and delicious drinks Tuning into the spirits of plants Lectures: History of medicinal and wild plant lore Basics of phytotherapy 'Weeds' as healing plants Active ingredients and applications Language: In German with simultaneous translation into English. Brigitte Addington is a specialist nurse and certified medicinal plant expert. She is founder and director of the Worldwide Communication Centre for Herbalists in Erlangen, Germany. Certificate of participation for 48 teaching units of 45 minutes each Further education: 320 / 300 Students & the unemployed Accommodation and meals for 4 nights, see p. 94 RENEW YOUR ENERGY WITH YOGA AND HERBS With Brigitte Addington, Nuremberg Mother Nature has many treasures in store for us in the wonderful Tyrolean mountains. You will learn to recognise native 'wild greens' which not only are delicious and rich in vitamins, but also have healing properties. With herb gathering excursions. The rest of the day follows the yoga vacation daily schedule. Language: In German with simultaneous translation into English. Brigitte Addington is a specialist nurse and certified medicinal plant expert. 61

32 62 Fri Sun Sun Fri Wed or Thu 27.7 TAKE A YOGA BREAK Experience a typical yoga weekend: Friday afternoon: A gentle first class in the soothing mountain scenery, and the peace of evening meditation. Saturday: The body gradually expands in the asanas, while positive and healthy topics enliven the mind. The Retreat House team is available for individual tips. A walk is a highlight of the day, weather permitting. Sunday morning: You might want to know how to continue the practice at home. You'll find answers and inspiration among the fine selection of books in the boutique, or by speaking directly with one of the yoga instructors. THE COMPLETE YOGA WORKSHOP The most important elements of the yoga class are explained and practised: Practice: Asanas the perfect combination of pose, breath and body awareness Exercises for increasing the flexibility of the hips and pelvis, as well as for strengthening the shoulder girdle and back Developing physical and mental relaxation More vital energy through yogic breathing exercises Lectures: The stabilising effect of the yoga exercises on the nervous system Yoga psychology: recognising and transforming typical thought patterns Meditation exercises for inner focus and harmony with oneself Dietary tips and recipes for yoga practitioners EXCURSION Weather permitting, an excursion to Grossglockner. The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is an incomparable experience. It ends at the crown jewels of the Hohe Tauern National Park Austria s highest mountain and largest glacier: the Grossglockner (3,798 m) and the Pasterze. Details on site. Grossglockner Fri Sun Sat Sun Sun Fri. 4.8 Sun Fri. 4.8 IN PEACE LIES STRENGTH More time for relaxation. Practice: Asanas and Pranayama: active relaxation and natural concentration through the slow performance of the exercises Meditation: mental relaxation, when the mind slows down Lectures: How a vegetarian diet de-acidifies the body The solar plexus the gateway to complete physical and mental relaxation Meditation: simple steps to inner peace INTERNATIONAL YOGA TEACHERS TRAINING COURSE The Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course was established in 1969 and was the first yoga teacher training programme in the West. The Yoga Teachers' Training Course is part of a universal vision of peace: The more people experience peace within, the more this peace will manifest in outward action. For details and costs, see pp YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC A yoga and hiking vacation in the magnificent Kitzbühel mountains offers both active recreation and a pleasant escape from our hectic lives. Several approx. 2-hour hikes with like-minded people are complemented by daily yoga classes and meditation sessions. For details, see p. 15. YOGA RELAXATION DAYS Take the time to experience moments of deep relaxation. Enjoy a peaceful yoga vacation in the mountains. Practice: The art of letting go: from intermediate relaxation to final relaxation Stress reduction through variations of the Forward Bend Physical, mental and spiritual levels of the final relaxation Relaxed eating: tips for eating with more awareness and better digestion Lectures: Stress: from positive challenge to serious health hazard Positive thinking and meditation for overcoming mental stress factors Tips on giving up artificial stimulants in daily life Controlling the emotions through mantra chanting 63

33 AUGUST Sun to Sun. 6.8 Sun Sun. 6.8 / 8 pm IN REITH, TYROL, AUSTRIA YOGA SUMMER DAYS BHAGAVATA SAPTAHA EASTERN WISDOM MELODIES Readings and discourse from the classical yoga scripture Bhagavatam on the journey to the meaning of life. With guest of honour Sri Venugopal Goswami, Bhakti Yoga Acharya, Vrindavan, North India The Srimad Bhagavatam is one of the most important scriptures of Bhakti Yoga. The storytelling, poetry, music and philosophy of the Bhagavatam uplift the heart and the mind. Sri Venugopal Goswami is a spiritual teacher in a tradition that has nurtured the flame of Bhakti Yoga since the 16th century. He received his musical training from the great Indian vocalist master Pandit Jasraj. The spoken word, mantra recitations, the subtle tones of the Ragas and the uplifting Bhajans are a deep source of ancient yogic wisdom. With live music: Harmonium, vocals, bamboo flute, shanai oboe and tabla. Participation on a day-by-day basis possible. Fri. 4.8 Mon. 7.8 FURTHER EDUCATION: AYURVEDA AND LIFESTYLE AILMENTS With Dr. Anjani and Sanjay Kulkarni, Ayurveda Acharyas, Pune, India Discover the wisdom of Ayurveda for metabolic health, applied in combination with yoga exercises. Topics (lectures and discussion): Development of obesity, diabetes and heart disease according to Ayurveda The connection between the body tissues and the digestive fire and its imbalance The mind as key to physical health Practical applications: Assessment of your personal constitution Easy-to-use self-massage (without oil) Self-pulse-reading after meals, yoga practice and meditation Diet: Discover the sour taste for cardiac health Special purifying recipes with video demonstration Specific herbs and spices that support metabolism Additional personal dietary advice will be available (extra cost) For more details on this new and fascinating course, visit Sanjay and Anjani Kulkarni have spent the last 20 years teaching Ayurveda around the world. They use their profound expertise to give practical advice on how to prevent disease and develop radiant health. Certificate of participation for 47 teaching units of 45 minutes each Further education: 270 / 245 Students & the unemployed Accommodation and meals for 4 nights, see p Mon Sun 6.8. MYOFASCIAL CONNECTIONS IN THE ASANAS Asana workshops with Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya Also suitable for yoga teachers. Topics: Our focus is on proprioception or the sensory perception of the body in the asana. 80% of body perception comes from the nerve receptors in the fasciae (connective tissue). Myofascial tracks: back line, front line, lateral line and spiral line Flexion and extension from foot to head Expansion in rotation and lateral bending Recommended reading: Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda Swami Sivadasananda, senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, has taught at workshops and Yoga Teachers Training Courses around the world for many years. He is a dynamic, precise and knowledgeable instructor. Thu. 3.8 Sun. 6.8 See p. 19 FURTHER TRAINING FOR YOGA TEACHERS: THE MAJOR ASANA CYCLES Asasna sequences with many variations Important muscle groups in the pose and counterpose Holding the pose: deep concentration in the asana Asanas and proprioception: listening to the body s inner language Details: Prema Arenas Bonansea is an inspiring practitioner and teacher of yoga. She teaches with great precision and awareness of details. Certificate of participation for 32 teaching units of 45 minutes each Further training: 180 / 165 Students & the unemployed Accommodation and meals for 3 nights. See p

34 66 Thu. 3.8 and Mon. 7.8 Fri. 4.8 Sun. 6.8 Sun. 6.8 Fri AYURVEDA AN INTRODUCTION Two lectures with Sanjay and Anjani Kulkarni (MD), Ayurveda Acharyas, Pune, India. Simple and helpful tips to improve your health which can quickly become part of your daily routine. A healthy diet in accordance with Ayurvedic principles An Ayurvedic lifestyle daily rules for health Female participants have the opportunity to enjoy relaxing, Ayurvedic full-body oil massages with Mira, an Ayurveda massage therapist from Kerala, South India (extra charge). Sanjay and Anjani Kulkarni have spent the last 20 years teaching Ayurveda around the world. They use their profound expertise to give practical advice on how to prevent disease and develop radiant health. Yoga daily rate: 49, accommodation and meals see p. 94. THOUGHT POWER AND POSITIVE THINKING Positive thoughts are three times blessed: They uplift the person who thinks them, they awaken positivity in the person to whom they are directed, and they improve the overall thought atmosphere worldwide. Practice: Asanas and pranayama are the optimal foundation for goaloriented, flexible thinking Exercises for developing thought power; guided contemplation and visualisation Lectures: The world of thoughts and creative life management The laws of higher thinking and cultivating higher emotions like courage, love and contentment ASANAS STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY This programme focuses on strengthening body and mind for all-round health: Practice: Asana cycles with many variations for more advanced yogis A strong body core and flexible spine for good posture Pranayama: breathing with concentration for a balanced mind Concentration exercises for more mindfulness in daily life Lectures: Anatomical details in the asana practice (PowerPoint show) Thought power: positive thinking for self-determination and mind control Energising vegetarian food combinations Wed. 9.8 Sun GET TOGETHER SPECIAL SADHANA DAYS FOR YOGA TEACHERS With swamis of the Sivananda Yoga Centres Imagine spending 5 days in the company of fellow teachers from all over the world deepening your knowledge and skills of the classical teachings of Yoga and Vedanta, and the timeless, positive messages of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda. Being a strong and confident yoga teacher in these times means you never stop learning and exploring in order to give your students the best that traditional classical yoga has to offer. 5:10 am Additional early morning pranayama practice 6 am Satsang 8 am Workshop with Swami Narayanananda (see below) 11 11:30 am Puja (traditional temple ceremony) 12 1 pm Asana coaching for yoga teachers, except for Friday (excursion) 4 pm Yoga class 7 pm Theatre rehearsal, Thu./Fri.: Upanishad drama Performance on Saturday, 8 pm in Satsang Wed. 9.8 / 4 pm, Thu Sun am YOGA FOR BODY, MIND AND SOUL Five asana workshops with Swami Narayanananda Physiology, psychology and philosophy as an integral experience in the yoga practice. Expansion of vital capacity Asana sequence for stress management Asanas and the brain Asana, pranayama, mantra Body awareness concentration meditation Swami Narayanananda is co-director of the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Munich. He is a dynamic and inspiring teacher. Thu Sun / 6 am Fri See p. 19 MORNING SATSANGS WITH SWAMIS OF THE SIVANANDA YOGA RETREAT HOUSE Sound, the seed of all matter The meditation experience The path to peace Life and teachings of Swami Vishnudevananda EXCURSION Weather permitting, excursion to Labalm. Labalm lies in the Spertental conservation area at an altitude of 1,264 m, at the foot of the Gross Rettenstein peak. It is surrounded by romantic and diverse mountain scenery. 67

35 68 Fri Sun Sun Fri Sun Fri Sun Thu The daily yoga practice for mental and physical fitness. Practice: Various asana sequences with a duration of 15 minutes and longer Short exercises for boosting attention and concentration Practical application of positive thinking in daily life Lectures: Establishing a daily home yoga routine: time, place and order of the poses, a regular daily schedule, a healthy alternation between activity and relaxation The yogic diet: fast, easy recipes for daily life YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC Several approx. 2-hour hikes with like-minded people are complemented by daily yoga classes and meditation sessions. For details, see p. 15. EXPAND YOUR ASANAS The regular practice of yoga asanas leads to an entirely new body feeling. Practice: Asana variations: Scorpion, Full Bow, Pigeon, Lateral Bend, Tortoise, balancing poses, Triangle variations and more Building up vital capacity through pranayama step by step Meditation and concentration exercises for an open, aware mind Lectures: Health for the entire body the effects of the asanas on the different body systems are explained (PowerPoint show) Yoga psychology: overcoming negative thoughts through positive thinking Yogic recipes: a 6-week plan for a healthy and satisfying diet YOGA AND MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL With Shankara Schneider and teachers of the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House Kirtan or mantra chanting is an integral part of yoga. The experience of sound expands the physical sensation of the asanas, the breath deepens without effort, and the purity of the melodies fascinate and focus the mind. Group mantra chanting Daily practice of dynamic songs and meditative hymns. Group introduction to playing the harmonium This instrument, which originated in Europe, has been a staple of Indian music culture for many decades. An easy-to-learn technique will enable you to accompany simple kirtans in a short time. Kirtan Event with the Summer School group on Tue from 8 pm to 12 am on Krishna Jayanti. Lord Krishna symbolises cosmic love. His birthday will be celebrated with Akhanda (continuous) Kirtan, ending at midnight with meditation. Language: In German with simultaneous translation into English. Shankara Schneider is a student of Swami Vishnudevananda. He practised Indian instrumental music & teaches Kirtan chanting with natural devotion & humour. Yoga daily rate: 49, Accommodation and meals, see p. 94 The Summer School is integrated in the yoga vacation daily schedule. Mon Thu Mon and Thu / 8 pm See p. 19 FURTHER EDUCATION: THE YOGA OF SLEEP With Dr. Rubin Naiman, USA. Deep, refreshing sleep and dreams are the cornerstone of well-being and health and an essential foundation for spiritual practice. Lectures and discussion: Medical and psychological factors contributing to insomnia and dream loss Sleep-promoting and sleep-disturbing environmental factors Psychosocial and spiritual aspects of sleep and dreaming Workshop: Personal application of dream-work in the waking state Rubin Naiman, PhD, is an internationally recognised leader in sleep and dream health. He is the sleep specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the world-renowned University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine directed by Dr. Andrew Weil. His manner of teaching is captivating, informative and humorous. Video inspiration: 'The Yoga of Sleep'. See. Certificate of participation for 37 teaching units of 45 minutes each Further education: 310 / 295 Students & the unemployed Accommodation and meals for 3 nights, see p. 94 THE YOGA OF SLEEP Two lectures with Dr. Rubin Naiman, USA Based on an integrative body, mind and spirit approach to sleep and dreams, these informative lectures address the problem of insomnia. Deep, refreshing sleep and dreams are the cornerstone of well-being and an essential foundation for spiritual practice. What is good sleep? The dream as a gateway to the subconscious mind Rubin Naiman, PhD, is an internationally recognised leader in sleep and dream health. 69

36 Fri Mon FURTHER EDUCATION: HOW YOGA WORKS THE SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVE With Cordula Interthal (Chandrika), gynaecologist and Sivananda Yoga teacher, Munich Scientific evidence shows that yoga is a complete system for physical and mental health. Lectures: Physiological effects of yoga (asanas, pranayama, meditation, relaxation and yogic diet) The effects of yoga on health and disease (heart disease, diabetes, stress, chronic pain, back pain, mental health, cancer, effects on the brain, longevity, and much more) Combining yogic understanding with western scientific methods Practice: Using this knowledge for your personal yoga practice and as a yoga teacher Language: In German with simultaneous translation into English. Chandrika teaches anatomy and physiology in the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Courses in Europe and has a keen interest in scientific research on yoga. Certificate of participation for 35 teaching units of 45 minutes each Further education: 180 / 165 Students & the unemployed Accommodation and meals for 3 nights, see p. 94 Mon Mon SOUTH INDIAN TEMPLE MEDITATIONS Daily pujas with a priest from India. With their colours, sounds, aromas and gestures, traditional temple ceremonies (Pujas) help clear the mental atmosphere, creating a strong meditative vibration. Yantras (meditative forms) Classical scripture recitations (Mantras) Symbolic hand gestures (Mudras) Daily Puja at 11 am and 30-minute workshops on pujas, yantras, mantras and mythology at 7 pm, as well as several pujas during the evening meditation Sat / 8 pm THE FOUR YOGA PATHS IN THE LIGHT OF SCIENCE Lecture with Cordula Interthal (Chandrika), gynaecologist, Munich Wed and Thu Fri Sun Sun Fri See p. 19 SIVANANDA BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO YOGA Introductory workshops and talks on the "science of life," which has been embraced around the world. Practice: Better flexibility with the Sun Salutation Basic yoga poses with deep relaxation, abdominal breathing, full yogic breathing and simple pranayama Introduction to concentration and meditation Lectures: The five pillars of yoga for all-round health Union of head, heart and hand philosophical inspiration for every temperament VITAL BREATH VITAL ENERGY Learning to breathe with more awareness taps new energy reserves. Practice: Improved breathing through proper body posture and conscious relaxation Systematic training of Alternate Nostril Breathing and Kapalabhati: Balancing the nervous system & the brain hemispheres, stimulating the energy channels (Nadis) Daily group meditation: Attaining mental balance through simple concentration exercises Lectures: From controlling breath to controlling vital energy (Prana) The interplay of Prana and thoughts The yogic model of the physical and astral bodies Griessbach gorge Fri / 8 pm EXCURSION Weather permitting, excursion to Griessbach gorge. The natural beauty of Griessbach gorge in Erpfendorf makes it one of the must-see hiking destinations in the Kitzbühel Alps. The walkways up to the gorge have been built with love and sensitivity to the surrounding nature. The gorge can be accessed by foot. Unspoilt nature, clear water and romantic scenery make it one of the most beautiful destinations. GANESHA'S BIRTHDAY Spiritual celebration of Lord Ganesha's birthday. Ganesha embodies wisdom, happiness and intelligence. With a puja, mantra chanting and spiritual stories. 71

37 Fri Sun Sun Fri. 1.9 TAKE A YOGA BREAK Experience a typical yoga weekend: Friday afternoon: A gentle first class in the soothing mountain scenery, and the peace of evening meditation. Saturday: The body gradually expands in the asanas, while positive and healthy topics enliven the mind. The Retreat House team is available for individual tips. A walk is a highlight of the day, weather permitting. Sunday morning: You might want to know how to continue the practice at home. You'll find answers and inspiration among the fine selection of books in the boutique, or by speaking directly with one of the yoga instructors. INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION During meditation, the positive thoughts which prevail have a beneficial effect on the mind, nerves, sense organs and the entire body. Recommended reading: The Sivananda Book of Meditation Practice: 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 Lectures: 12 classical steps in the meditation experience Establishing a meditation practice at home Karma and the mind: cause and effect on one's own thought processes Sun Fri. 1.9 Sun Sun. 3.9 See p. 19 YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC For details, see p. 15. A yoga and hiking vacation in the magnificent Kitzbühel mountains offers both active recreation and a pleasant escape from our hectic lives. Several approx. 2-hour hikes with like-minded people are complemented by daily yoga classes and meditation sessions. FURTHER EDUCATION: EXPLORING WHOLENESS WITH THE CHAKRAS With Nischala Joy Devi, USA, well-known for her further education course "Yoga of the Heart", which will take place again in August 2018 at the Retreat House. Nischala Devi weaves compassionate knowledge of the physical to intuitive wisdom of the mystical for a complete understanding of who we really are. Delight yourself by becoming aware of: The esoteric nervous system (nadis) The seven mystical chakras at the emotional and physical levels How the chakras function interdependently How freeing the energy affects our emotional and physical health and well-being, from simple ailments to life-threatening diseases Practices include pranayama, meditation, chanting, mudras, elements, colour, sensory awareness, service to humanity, movement The effects of Yamas and Niyamas on the chakras Nischala Joy Devi is a masterful and compassionate teacher renowned internationally. Her experience is based on western medical training and many years of practice in the classical gurukula system (ashram training). She became well known with her pioneering work in the yoga portion of Dr Dean Ornish's Programme for Reversing Heart Disease. Nischala Joy Devi is the author of the books The Healing Path of Yoga and The Secret Power of Yoga. Certificate of participation for 83 teaching units of 45 minutes each Further education: 770 / 700 Students & the unemployed Accommodation and meals for 7 nights, see p

38 SEPTEMBER Sun. 3.9 & Mon. 4.9 / noon THE HEALING POWER OF YOGA Two lectures with Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen Many diseases in our society are caused by stress and psychological strain. For example, pain disorders, back pain and cardiovascular diseases. Yoga can play a decisive role in promoting healing in psychosomatic or chronic illnesses. Therapeutic options and scientifically proven efficacy of yoga exercises Yoga for chronic back and neck pain, migraines and for cardiac and cancer patients Language: In German with simultaneous translation into English. Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen has been the Director of the Naturopathy Department at Immanuel Hospital in Berlin and Professor for Clinical Naturopathy in the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin since Fri. 1.9 Sun. 3.9 Fri. 1.9 Sun. 3.9 From Fri. 1.9 to Sun. 17.9, the yoga vacation programme will be directed by Padmavati Swoboda. Padmavati is a disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and a compassionate and pragmatic yoga teacher with more than 25 years of teaching experience. She has translated the most important works of Swami Sivananda into German and served as interpreter for Swami Vishnudevananda during many yoga teachers' training courses. IN PEACE LIES STRENGTH More time for relaxation. Practice: Asanas and Pranayama: active relaxation and natural concentration through the slow performance of the exercises Meditation: mental relaxation, when the mind slows down Lectures: How a vegetarian diet de-acidifies the body The solar plexus the gateway to complete physical and mental relaxation Meditation: simple steps to inner peace INTRODUCTION TO THE YOGA TEACHERS' TRAINING COURSE The Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course was established in 1969 and was the first yoga teacher training programme in the West. This introductory programme includes: Practice: Two days' direct experience of the training schedule Structure, dynamics and individual adjustment of the asana and pranayama class Introduction to meditation and mantra chanting Q&A, individual recommendations Lectures: Introduction to yoga philosophy Info on the daily schedule, curriculum, certificate of completion, number of training hours Getting there, costs, travel and visa info Yoga daily rate: 49, Accommodation and meals, see p. 94. Sat. 2.9 Sun Sun. 3.9 Fri. 8.9 Sun. 3.9 Fri. 8.9 See p. 19 INTERNATIONAL YOGA TEACHERS TRAINING COURSE The Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course was established in 1969 and was the first yoga teacher training programme in the West. The Yoga Teachers' Training Course is part of a universal vision of peace: The more people experience peace within, the more this peace will manifest in outward action. For details, see pp YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC A yoga and hiking vacation in the magnificent Kitzbühel mountains offers both active recreation and a pleasant escape from our hectic lives. Several approx. 2-hour hikes with like-minded people are complemented by daily yoga classes and meditation sessions. For details, see p. 15. YOGA BODY CHECK Reading one's own body as a yoga book. Regular practice opens one chapter after another: Practice: Flexibility in the shoulders, back and hips Muscle test with posture analysis and individual advice Holding the asanas: gentle endurance training for the cardiovascular system Breathing exercises for more vitality and relaxation Lectures: Inner tranquillity through positive thinking and meditation Mindfulness exercises for one-pointedness of mind A healthy diet for body and mind 75

39 Sun. 3.9 Sat. 9.9 / 8 pm BHAGAVATA SAPTAHA EASTERN WISDOM MELODIES Readings and discourse from the classical yoga scripture Bhagavatam on the journey to the meaning of life. With guest of honour Sri Venugopal Goswami, Bhakti Yoga Acharya, Vrindavan, North India The Srimad Bhagavatam is one of the most important scriptures of Bhakti Yoga. The storytelling, poetry, music and philosophy of the Bhagavatam uplift the heart and the mind. Sri Venugopal Goswami is a spiritual teacher from a tradition that has been tending the flame of Bhakti Yoga since the 16th century. He received his musical training from the great Indian vocalist master Pandit Jasraj. The spoken word, mantra recitations, the subtle tones of the Ragas and the uplifting Bhajans are a deep source of ancient yogic wisdom. With live music: Harmonium, vocals, bamboo flute, shanai oboe and tabla. Participation on a day-by-day basis possible. Fri. 8.9 / 6 am Fri. 8.9 Fri Fri. 8.9 Sun SWAMI SIVANANDA'S BIRTHDAY Swami Sivananda was born on 8 September 1887 in South India. On this evening we honour this great yogi and saint. SOUTH INDIAN TEMPLE MEDITATIONS Daily pujas with a priest from India. With their colours, sounds, aromas and gestures, traditional temple ceremonies (Pujas) help clear the mental atmosphere, creating a strong meditative vibration. Yantras (meditative images) Classical scripture recitations (Mantras) Symbolic hand gestures (Mudras) Daily Puja at 11 am and 30-minute workshops on pujas, yantras, mantras and mythology at 7 pm, as well as several pujas during the evening meditation THOUGHT POWER AND POSITIVE THINKING Practice: Asanas and pranayama for goal-oriented, flexible thinking Exercises for developing thought power; guided contemplation & visualisation Lectures: The world of thoughts and creative life management The laws of higher thinking and cultivating higher emotions like courage, love and contentmen 76 Tue. 5.9 Fri. 8.9 Thu. 7.9 Sun See p. 19 THE ESSENCE OF YOGA Morning Satsangs with Swami Kailasananda, Yoga Acharya Swami Kailasananda is a Yoga Acharya and director of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in England and France and the Pacific Rim. She is a scholar of Sanskrit and a long-time disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. FURTHER TRAINING FOR YOGA TEACHERS: UPGRADE FOR YOUR TEACHING PRACTICE With Swami Narayanananda In this further training course, we will work in groups as we study, practice, teach each other and give feedback. We will focus on the voice, body language, clarity of instructions, efficiency of corrections, sequence of asanas, our own demonstrations and balancing of theory and practice. Further topics: Recognising individual needs and incorporating them in the class experience Various basic models: gentle, instructive, dynamic, meditative Workshop situations: anatomy, stress management, integration of body & mind Swami Narayanananda is co-director of the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Munich. He is a dynamic and inspiring teacher. With certificate of participation for 32 training units Further training: 180 / 165 Students & the unemployed Accommodation and meals for 3 nights, see p. 94 Sun Fri Fri Sun Sun Fri YOGA RELAXATION DAYS Take the time to experience moments of deep relaxation. Practice: The art of letting go: from intermediate relaxation to final relaxation Stress reduction through variations of the Forward Bend Physical, mental and spiritual levels of the final relaxation Relaxed eating: tips for eating with more awareness and better digestion Lectures: Stress: from positive challenge to serious health hazard Positive thinking and meditation for overcoming mental stress factors Tips on giving up artificial stimulants in daily life Controlling the emotions through mantra chanting SIVANANDA BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO YOGA Introductory workshops and talks on the "science of life," which has been embraced around the world. Practice: Better flexibility with the Sun Salutation Basic yoga poses with deep relaxation, abdominal breathing, full yogic breathing and simple pranayama Introduction to concentration and meditation Lectures: The five pillars of yoga for all-round health Union of head, heart and hand philosophical inspiration for every temperament YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC Several approx. 2-hour hikes with like-minded people are complemented by daily yoga classes and meditation sessions. For details, see p

40 Sun Fri ASANAS STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY A programme to strengthen body and mind: Practice: Asana cycles with many variations for more advanced yogis Pranayama: breathing with concentration for a balanced mind Concentration exercises for more mindfulness in daily life Lectures: Anatomical details in the asana practice (PowerPoint show) Thought power: positive thinking for self-determination and mind control OCTOBER IN REITH, TYROL, AUSTRIA Tue Sat Thu Fri SOUTH INDIAN TEMPLE DANCE With Rajyashree Ramesh, Bangalore, South India Dynamic melodies and rhythms Workshops in dance steps and hand gestures Tue. 19.9, 8 pm Lecture: "Space and emotion in Indian dance" Wed. 20.9, 8 pm Bharata Natyam dance performance Thu. 21.9, 2 pm Workshop: "Experiencing the chakras in dance movements" Fri. 22.9, 2 pm Workshop: "Mantra chanting in the language of dance (I)" Sat. 23.9, noon Workshop: "Mantra chanting in the language of dance (II)" Rajyashree, B.Sc., M.A., is a Bharata Natyam solo dancer, choreographer and Certified Movement Analyst with a 30-year yoga practice. NAVARATRI Nine-day spiritual celebration of the Divine Mother (cosmic energy). Daily puja. Mantra chanting, spiritual stories and explanations. Sun Fri YOGA VITALITY WEEK Vitality is a sign of good health. Practice: The systematic training of tension and relaxation in the asanas brings the brain, nerves and hormones into balance Conscious breathing and deep relaxation to strengthen the immune system Concentration exercises for more mindfulness in daily life Lectures: Beneficial effects of yoga for coping with stress and for everyday complaints like headaches and sleeplessness Physiological and psychological insights for mental relaxation Importance of the acid-base balance and tips for a healthy diet in all life situations 78 Fri / 8 pm and Sat / 8 pm Fri Sun Fri Sun PAIN-FREE JOINTS Two naturopathic lectures With Dr. Thomas Rampp, Assistant Medical Director of the Clinic for Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Essen Language: In German with simultaneous translation into English. Dr. Rampp has vast experience in the prevention and treatment of joint diseases such as rheumatism, arthritis, arthrosis and fibromyalgia. Through his studies in the USA, China and India, Dr. Rampp draws fascinating connections between traditional naturopathy and body-mind medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. MANTRA RETREAT HEALING SOUNDS Mantra repetition (whether chanted, spoken or silent) opens the Nadis, the subtle energy channels and sets mental energy in motion Melodies and sound structure in mantra chanting Mythology as an expression of philosophical values YOGA VACATION LIGHT Two gentle yoga classes daily for all levels, as well as group meditation in the mornings and evenings, are the basis for this relaxing weekend at the Retreat House. Between 11 am and 4 pm you have more time for relaxation and other leisure pursuits. Sun Fri YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC For details, see p. 15. A yoga and hiking vacation in the magnificent Kitzbühel mountains offers both active recreation and a pleasant escape from our hectic lives. Several approx. 2-hour hikes with like-minded people are complemented by daily yoga classes and meditation sessions. Fri Mon FURTHER EDUCATION: YOGA PSYCHOLOGY TIMELESS TEACHINGS ON THE HUMAN MIND With Swami Ramapriyananda The Raja Yoga Sutras by sage Patanjali are a psychological study, a practical guide and an authentic source of wisdom. Lectures with practical exercises, two hours daily. Calming down the thought waves Observing various thought waves Concentration and meditation as steps towards realisation Obstacles and how to overcome them Dealing with subtle thoughts The law of cause and effect The eight steps of yoga Swami Ramapriyananda is a disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and director of the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House. She is a very experienced teacher. Certificate of participation for 34 teaching units of 45 minutes each Further education: 180 / 165 Students & the unemployed See p. 19 Accommodation and meals for 3 nights, see p

41 Sun Fri FLOWING WITH ASANA VARIATIONS Dynamic asana classes and workshops set vital energy in motion, intensifying in the silent practice of the meditation pose. Mantra chanting and silent walks keep the mind flowing in a positive direction. Practice: Inversion: leg variations in Headstand, Full Shoulderstand Forward bends: Tortoise, Bow and Arrow, knee to ear Backward bends: Pigeon, Diamond, Half-Moon Asymmetry: Triangles, spinal twists, balance poses Prolonged holding of the basic postures Workshops: The six planes of movement of the spine Variations before and after the basic pose Pose/counterpose, muscle length/muscle strength 80 Fri Sun Sun Fri TRANQUILLITY OF THOUGHT MUSIC OF THE SOUL Just as the bottom of a lake is still, there is also a profound stillness beyond the agitated surface of one's own thoughts. Practice: Self-observation: body and gravity, mind and breathing How holding the postures resolutely helps counteract mental sluggishness and hyperactivity Practical methods for cultivating positive thoughts Retreating from the outer sensory world into the inner silence Lectures: Yoga as a science of the mind: systematic analysis and control of the mind The Self, which is inherent in all beings and knows Reality Obstacles in the meditation practice and how to overcome them EXPAND YOUR ASANAS The regular practice of yoga asanas leads to an entirely new body feeling. Practice: Asana variations: Scorpion, Full Bow, Pigeon, Lateral Bend, Tortoise, balancing poses, Triangle variations and more Building up vital capacity through pranayama step by step Meditation and concentration exercises for an open, aware mind Lectures: Health for the entire body the effects of the asanas on the different body systems are explained (PowerPoint show) Yoga psychology: overcoming negative thoughts through positive thinking Yogic recipes: a 6-week plan for a healthy and satisfying diet Sun Fri Thu / 8 pm Fri Sun YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC A yoga and hiking vacation in the magnificent Kitzbühel mountains offers both active recreation and a pleasant escape from our hectic lives. For details, see p. 15. DIWALI The Indian festival of lights with puja, mantra chanting and spiritual stories. WISDOM IN MODERN LIFE Yoga has many techniques that further one's own development and enrich life: Practice: Mental balance through asanas, pranayama, relaxation and meditation. Practical tips on combining one technique successfully with another. Visualising positive goals: the power of logic, the subconscious mind and intuition. Lectures on the four goals of human existence: Dharma moral values in daily life Artha material values and life quality Kama aesthetic values and refining the senses Moksha spiritual fulfilment of our desire for happiness 81

42 Sun Fri YOGA DETOX Regenerate both body and mind during a detoxifying yoga vacation programme: Practice: Better digestion through the asanas Pranayama detoxification via the lungs Kriyas the natural self-cleansing methods of yoga Eating with mindfulness: observing silence, chewing properly Mental stillness during meditation and on silent walks Controlling the emotions through mantra chanting Massage and sauna on location Option: one day of alkaline fasting with carrot juice Option: technology-free week no Internet, no phone Lectures: Yogic diet, changing one's diet, recipe booklet From physical to mental relaxation ALL SAINTS' RETREAT in Reith, Tyrol, Austria, NOVEMBER IN REITH, TYROL, AUSTRIA 82 Fri Wed See p. 19 VITAL BREATH VITAL ENERGY Immerse yourself for three days in the healing and preventive benefits of the holistic yoga practice. With Swami Satyananda, Sivananda Yoga Centre in Berlin Learning to breathe with more awareness taps new energy reserves. Practice: Improved breathing through proper body posture and conscious relaxation Systematic training of Alternate Nostril Breathing and Kapalabhati: Balancing the nervous system and the brain hemispheres, stimulating the energy channels (Nadis) Daily group meditation: Attaining mental balance through simple concentration exercises Lectures: From controlling breath to controlling vital energy (Prana) The interplay of Prana and thoughts The yogic model of the physical and astral bodies Swami Satyananda, Sivananda Yoga Centre in Berlin, teaches with great joy. Yoga daily rate: weekend: 39, weekdays: 48 Accommodation and meals, see p. 94. Wed Sun INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION During meditation, the positive thoughts which prevail have a beneficial effect on the mind, nerves, sense organs and the entire body. Practice: 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 Lectures: 12 classical steps in the meditation experience Establishing a meditation practice at home Karma and the mind: cause and effect on one's own thought processes The Sivananda Yoga Retreat House is closed from 5 November 2017 / 2 pm until 15 December 2017 / 2 pm. 83

43 Yoga vacation Sun. 8 October Sun. 10 December 2017 in Mittersill, Hohe Tauern, Near Salzburg, Austria Sivananda Yoga Real relaxation in a beautiful Alpine oasis Two experienced instructors of the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House will accompany you during your yoga stay and provide individual guidance. We look forward to seeing you! DAILY SCHEDULE FOR AN ACTIVE RELAXATION 6:30 am Morning meditation, mantra chanting, talk 8:30 10:00 am Asanas and pranayama 10:30 am Vegetarian brunch From 11:00 am Free time, walks, lecture, sauna & treatments 4:00 5:30 pm Asanas and pranayama 6:00 pm Vegetarian dinner 7:30 pm Evening meditation, mantra chanting, talk Calendar from 8 October until 10 December 2017 See for a detailed description. 84 From 8 October (through 5 November in parallel to yoga vacation in Reith) until 10 December 2017, yoga vacation programmes will take place at the Landhotel Gut Sonnberghof (****) in Mittersill. Landhotel Gut Sonnberghof is situated on a peaceful, sunny plateau, with a wide-open view of the 3,000 m peaks of the Hohe Tauern National Park, the last Alpine nature reserve in Europe. Sonnberghof has been an organic farm since Rooms with a splendid view and Swiss Pine wood furniture for sleeping comfort. Wellness: 550 m² indoor spa Sweat lodge Herbal sauna Steam pool Infrared sauna Thermal therapy beds Panoramic relaxation lounge with access to the outdoors Meals: Two vegetarian, wholefood and balanced meals in accordance with yogic principles are served buffet-style in the solid wood dining hall or on the spacious guest terrace. How to get here: By car, it takes a bit over 2 hours from Munich, 2 hours from Salzburg, 4.5 hours from Vienna, 5 hours from Zurich. More details: Yoga daily rate: 46 Accommodation and meals, see p. 95. Sun Fri Sun Fri Fri Sun ACTIVE RELAXATION AND STRESS REDUCTION Certificate of participation for 42 teaching units of 45 minutes each. The classical yoga techniques are presented in the light of modern scientific findings and applied step by step. YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION Gentle stretching, quiet moments and mentally letting go during the yoga classes Experiencing the silence during morning and evening meditation Light, purifying organic food Group meditative walks, weather permitting Time for yourself and for massage treatments and regeneration in the large wellness area THOUGHT POWER AND POSITIVE THINKING Practice: Asanas and pranayama are the optimal foundation for goaloriented, flexible thinking Exercises for developing thought power; guided contemplation and visualisation Lectures: The world of thoughts and creative life management The laws of higher thinking and cultivating higher emotions like courage, love and contentment 85

44 Sun Fri YOGA FOR A FLEXIBLE SPINE The 12 basic postures and variations are preventive care for the entire back. Practice: Gentle variations to alleviate back pain Asanas to improve flexibility along the spine Lectures: Each participant has their photo taken at the plumb line for a posture analysis, and advice is given on which asana variations are recommended for their body type Informative PowerPoint presentations on the back Sun Fri YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION see p. 85 Sun Fri Fri Sun MEDITATION EXPERIENCING INNER BALANCE Certificate of participation for 42 teaching units of 45 minutes each. Scientific studies have shown that meditation improves self-perception, memory and empathy. The physical, mental and philosophical aspects of meditation are explained in short lectures. YOGA BODY CHECK Reading one's own body as a yoga book. Regular practice opens one chapter after another: Practice: Flexibility in the shoulders, back and hips Muscle test with posture analysis and individual advice Holding the asanas: gentle endurance training for the cardiovascular system Breathing exercises for more vitality and relaxation Lectures: Inner tranquillity through positive thinking and meditation Mindfulness exercises for one-pointedness of mind A healthy diet for body and mind Sun Fri YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION see p. 85 Fri Sun The daily yoga practice for mental and physical fitness. Practice: Various asana sequences with a duration of 15 minutes and longer Short exercises for boosting attention and concentration Practical application of positive thinking in daily life Lectures: Establishing a daily home yoga routine: time, place and order of the poses The yogic diet: fast, easy recipes for daily life Sun Fri ACTIVE RELAXATION AND STRESS REDUCTION see p. 85 Sun Fri YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION see p. 85 Fri Sun THOUGHT POWER AND POSITIVE THINKING see p. 85 Sun Fri MEDITATION EXPERIENCING INNER BALANCE see p Sun Fri YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC A yoga and hiking vacation in the Hohe Tauern mountains offers both active recreation and a pleasant escape from our hectic lives. Several approx. 2-hour hikes to the most beautiful corners of the region are complemented by daily yoga classes and meditation sessions. Sun Fri YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION see p. 85 Fri Sun YOGA LIFESTYLE Practice: Asanas and Pranayama: where is the tension and what can we do to relieve it? Meditation techniques for inner peace and cultivating willpower Lectures: Yoga as the best start to the day, yoga after work Developing willpower inspiration from yoga psychology How the diet influences body and mind; the right combination of essential nutrients Cooking theory: simple meals and snacks 87

45 Sun Fri YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION see p. 85 Fri Sun YOGA BODY CHECK see p. 86 DECEMBER IN REITH, TYROL, AUSTRIA 88 Sun Fri YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC see p. 86 Sun Fri YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION see p. 85 Fri Sun YOGA LIFESTYLE see p. 86 Sun Fri YOGA FOR A FLEXIBLE SPINE see p. 87 Sun Fri YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION see p. 85 Fri Sun see p. 87 Sun Fri ACTIVE RELAXATION AND STRESS REDUCTION see p. 85 Sun Fri YOGA WELLNESS AND RELAXATION see p. 85 Fri Sun THOUGHT POWER AND POSITIVE THINKING see p. 85 Costs for yoga vacation Yoga: 46 per day Online registration and payment: Costs for accommodation & meals Single room: 75, Double room: 65 Shared room (3 6 beds): 50 Apartment, studio or suite on request Costs include VAT and visitor s tax. Fri Sun Fri Sun TRANQUILLITY OF THOUGHT MUSIC OF THE SOUL Just as the bottom of a lake is still, there is also a profound stillness beyond the agitated surface of one's own thoughts. Practice: Self-observation: body and gravity, mind and breathing How holding the postures resolutely helps counteract mental sluggishness and hyperactivity Practical methods for cultivating positive thoughts Retreating from the outer sensory world into the inner silence Lectures: Yoga as a science of the mind: systematic analysis and control of the mind The Self, which is inherent in all beings and knows Reality Obstacles in the meditation practice and how to overcome them YOGA, MIND AND BRAIN With Swami Ramapriyananda How asanas and pranayama influence the mind via the nervous system. Practice: Tension and relaxation: gradual development of the ability to react in the asanas Exercises in self-observation and self-knowledge Lectures: How asanas and pranayama change the functioning of the brain What happens in the brain when you experience joy or pain How to cultivate the brain through mental training Swami Ramapriyananda is a disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and director of the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House. She is a very experienced teacher. KALENDER 89

46 The staff 90 Sun Fri Fri Sun See p. 19 YOGA LIFESTYLE Bringing relaxation, awareness and concentration from the yoga mat into daily life that is the goal of this programme: Practice: Asanas and Pranayama: where is the tension and what can we do to relieve it? Eating with awareness: exercises to improve chewing and absorption Meditation techniques for inner peace and cultivating willpower Lectures: Yoga as the best start to the day, yoga after work, yoga for busy people Developing willpower inspiration from yoga psychology How the diet influences body and mind; the right combination of essential nutrients; therapeutic effects and techniques of fasting Cooking theory: simple meals and snacks YOGA AT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR Join the Sivananda family in celebrating an inspiring Christmas in the Tyrolean Alps! With Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda and senior yoga teachers from across Europe. Special guest: Sri Venugopal Goswami, Bhakti Yoga Acharya, Vrindavan, North India. Christmas party with meditation and international Christmas carols. New Year's Eve celebration with meditation concert, play and New Year's message. Details and costs will be available online from October Swami Durgananda, Yoga Acharya, is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and director of the European Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. She founded the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Intensive practice and over 40 years of teaching experience. She is the author of a commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and The Inner Path. Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya and senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, has taught at workshops and Yoga Teachers Training Courses around the world for many years. He is a dynamic, precise and knowledgeable instructor. He is the author of Sivananda Beginner s Guide to Yoga and Yoga Your Home Practice Companion. Swami Ramapriyananda is a disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and director of the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House. She is a very experienced teacher. Swami Vidyananda is a longtime staff of the Sivananda Yoga Centres in Europe. Director of the India programme. Narayani has an excellent asana practice and demonstrates and teaches with ease and detail. Her area of expertise is healthy vegetarian cooking. Saraswati is an inspiring yoga practitioner, translator and enthusiastic yoga teacher. She is responsible for the yoga shop and the Retreat House reception. Vishnupriya supports the Retreat House with organisation and administration. Her yoga teaching is characterised by patience and love for detail. Pushpa is a young staff who is warm-hearted and enthusiastic. She helps out in the Retreat House. THE THERAPISTS Merry Thomas (Mira), Ayurveda massage therapist from South India, offers Ayurvedic full-body oil massages for women. Aloisia Wakolbinger is a certified masseuse and massage therapist. She offers classical massage, foot reflexology, shiatsu and craniosacral therapy. THE STAFF 91

47 BOOKS Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga Swami Vishnudevananda The modern classic on the theory and practice of yoga. With complete training tables for beginners and advanced students Bliss Divine Swami Sivananda Spiritual essays and practical instructions on all aspects of life Yoga accessories We will be happy to advise you on the choice of the appropriate yoga accessories: Yoga mats, meditation shawls, outfits, a suitable cushion and books according to your interests. We stock standard works on Hatha Yoga, health, yoga philosophy, meditation, Ayurveda and vegetarian cooking. You will find a fine selection of classical Indian and meditative music CDs. Visit our online shop. CD with two 32-minute yoga sessions to do at home. The three CDs "YOGA CHANTS OF INDIA", "KIRTAN" and "THANK YOU SWAMIJI" feature Kirtans and mantras for daily meditation, performed by swamis of the Sivananda Ashrams in Europe. The Sivananda CDs can also be downloaded from the itunes Store. We carry YOGA CUSHIONS in many colours and sizes for yoga classes and meditation, as well as slip-free, eco-friendly YOGA MATS in various designs. Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion Sivananda Yoga Centres Many photos; asana practice programmes for beginner, intermediate and advanced students; pranayama, relaxation and meditation; over 40 vegetarian recipes The Sivananda Book of Meditation Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres Twelve steps to more peace of mind, harmony and inner strength. A guide for beginners and advanced students Meditation and Mantras Swami Vishnudevananda A description of the four yoga paths, in theory and practice Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Commentary by Swami Durgananda A complete guide on how to analyse and control one's thoughts The Inner Path Swami Durgananda A mosaic of practical yogic inspirations for a healthy, ethical and peaceful life. 9 Sivananda Book of Chants Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres It includes chants that are sung regularly at all Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams. With translation and explanation of the Sanskrit texts Sivananda Upanishad Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres Inspiring compilation of letters by Swami Sivananda to his disciples around the world. 22 Thought Power Swami Sivananda Mastery over one's thoughts leads to inner peace. A guide with practical explanations Bhagavad Gita The classical work of spiritual world literature; with an authentic commentary by Swami Sivananda Sadhana Swami Sivananda A comprehensive discourse of techniques for achieving spiritual perfection Vishnudevananda Upanishad Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres Extracts from talks by Swami Vishnudevananda on all aspects of yoga Swamiji Said A collection of teachings by Swami Vishnudevananda NEW: Teachings on Yoga Life The YogaLife book is a compilation of articles by Swami Vishnudevananda which were published over the years in the YogaLife magazine The Yoga Cookbook Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres Vegetarian recipes tasty, easy to prepare, healthy for body and mind BOOKS & ACCESSORIES 93

48 94 Registration for yoga vacation in Reith, Tyrol, Austria Plan your yoga vacation around your own schedule. Check in: 4 pm starting with the yoga lesson. Room available at 2 pm. Check out on departure day: 11 am. End of the vacation programme is 2 pm at the latest. For dates, see the Calendar starting on page 26. DAILY RATE Yoga: 49 NEW: 20% off on yoga daily rate = 39 on weekends: & ACCOMMODATION & MEALS in non-smoking eco-hotel ( until 19.5 from 19.5 Single room Double Shared Dorm Weekend Weekend Single room Double Shared Dorm Triple rooms on request for 3 people staying for the same dates. Minimum stay: 2 nights All rates include VAT and are subject to a 1.80 visitor's tax per person per night. Hotel closing times: 20 April / 2 pm 19 May 2017 / 2 pm 5 November / 2 pm 15 December 2017 / 2 pm CANCELLATION AND WITHDRAWAL POLICY: Cancellation before the start of the programme: The following fees will apply to the yoga part (excluding accommodation): More than 21 days before the start of the programme: 10% cancellation fee; within 21 days of the start of the programme: 30% cancellation fee For the hotel: Up to 12 weeks before arrival date: no cancellation fee Up to 4 weeks before arrival date: 40% cancellation fee Up to 1 week before arrival date: 70% cancellation fee Within 7 days of the arrival date: 90% cancellation fee The hotel cancellation fee may be reduced to the extent that the room/bed can be allocated to a new participant. If you would like to change your booking to another programme organised by the Retreat House in Reith, a rebooking fee of 50 will be charged for the yoga part. In case of early departure from the programme: For yoga: no refund. For the hotel: 70% cancellation fee The hotel cancellation fees may be reduced to the extent that the room/bed can be allocated to a new participant. You must vacate your room by 11 am. Otherwise 100% of the cancellation fee will be charged for this day. FOR FURTHER EDUCATION COURSES AND FURTHER TRAINING FOR YOGA TEACHERS IN REITH, TYROL, AUSTRIA Cancellation before the start of the programme: The following fees will apply to the yoga part (excluding accommodation): More than 21 days before the start of the programme: 10% cancellation fee Within 21 days of the start of the programme: 30% cancellation fee For the hotel: Up to 12 weeks before arrival date: no cancellation fee Up to 4 weeks before arrival date: 40% cancellation fee Up to 1 week before arrival date: 70% cancellation fee Within 7 days of the arrival date: 90% cancellation fee The hotel cancellation fee may be reduced to the extent that the room/bed can be allocated to a new participant. If you would like to change your booking to another programme organised by the Retreat House in Reith, a rebooking fee of 50 will be charged for the yoga part. In case of early departure from the programme: For yoga: no refund. For the hotel: 70% cancellation fee The hotel cancellation fees may be reduced to the extent that the room/bed can be allocated to a new participant. You must vacate your room by 11 am. Otherwise 100% of the cancellation fee will be charged for this day. Your registration becomes valid upon receipt of a down payment of 30% of the full amount. The remaining balance is due on arrival. Registration for yoga vacation in Mittersill, Hohe Tauern, near Salzburg, Austria Plan your yoga vacation around your own schedule. Check in: 4 pm starting with the yoga lesson. Room available at 2 pm. Check out on departure day: 11 am. End of the vacation programme is 2 pm at the latest. For dates, see the Calendar starting on page 42. DAILY RATE: Yoga: 46 ACCOMMODATION & MEALS: Single room: 75 Double room: 65 Shared room (3 6 beds): 50 Apartment, studio or suite on request. Costs include VAT and visitor s tax. Registration and payment directly at Hotel Sonnberghof Phone: , You will find a large selection of wellness packages at CANCELLATION AND WITHDRAWAL POLICY: For yoga vacation: Your registration becomes valid upon full payment after receipt of the reservation confirmation. Cancellation before the start of the programme: The following fees will apply to the yoga part (excluding accommodation): More than 21 days before the start of the programme: 10% cancellation fee; within 21 days of the start of the programme: 30% cancellation fee If you would like to change your booking to another programme organised by the Retreat House in Reith, a rebooking fee of 50 will be charged for the yoga part. In case of early departure from the programme: For yoga: no refund. Hotel Sonnberghof: Cancellation before the start of the programme: The following cancellation fees will be applied to the hotel price: More than 21 days before arrival date: 30 processing fee. Within 21 days of the arrival date: 80% of the hotel price. In case of early departure from the programme: 80% of the hotel price. FOR QUESTIONS & REGISTRATION, PLEASE CONTACT: tyrol or phone , Mon. Sun., 9 am 6 pm We will confirm your reservation by . Prices valid until 31 December 2017 Image rights: Sivananda Yoga Retreat House, Bichlach 40, 6370 Reith/Kitzbühel. Text copyright: see above. The texts and photos contained herein are protected by copyright. Their use is prohibited without the express written permission of the copyright holders. Copyright violations will be prosecuted in accordance with the applicable laws. REGISTRATION & COSTS 95

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