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Loving Greetings  from Haus Yoga Vidya!

We invite you to stay in a peaceful environment where you can gain new insights, access to your intuition, and rediscover your inner resources of happiness. At Haus Yoga Vidya, the daily programme of yoga postures, breathing exercises, deep relaxation, chanting, meditation and vegetarian meals is designed to have an optimal effect on your body, mind and spirit.

Enjoy the rejuvenating tranquillity and closeness to Mother Nature as you replenish your energy and relax completely. In addition to lectures and workshops, there are two meditation sessions and two yoga exercise classes offered daily.

Haus Yoga Vidya also offers many leisure activities such as cycling (bicycles can be borrowed without charge), hiking in the adjoining forests and valleys, swimming, sauna, excursions that you can take to a variety of local points of interest. You are very welcome at Yoga Vidya throughout the year.

We are always happy to receive your suggestions, comments and registrations. Please send them to: info(at)yoga-vidya.de

List of Seminars:

Swami Sivananda

March 2018

Asana classes and guided meditations are usually in German. If you need translation for asana classes, please let us know when you register.

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Date:March 11 - 16
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180311-6
Title:Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with Narayani
Instructor:Narayani

Work intensively on your asanas and be inspired by lectures and meditation. Narayani is the co-author of the "Book of Yoga". Her way of teaching is magical; she will guide you in a playful manner. You will find yourself doing the most difficult variations and be amazed at how much is possible. As a result of her long and intensive asana practice and more than 30 years of teaching experience, Narayani can give you excellent advice. Her calm and joyful personality is always an inspiration! This programme includes little theory and longer asana classes.

Shared room €479; double room €560; single room €642; dormitory/tent/caravan €415

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Date:March 16 - 18
Location:Allgaeu
Register:A180316-3
Title:Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with Narayani
Instructor:Narayani

Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with Narayani

A young woman in the kurmasana asana or tortoise pose

Work intensively on your asanas and be inspired by lectures and meditation. Narayani is the co-author of the "Book of Yoga". Her way of teaching is magical; she will guide you in a playful manner. You will find yourself doing the most difficult variations and be amazed at how much is possible. As a result of her long and intensive asana practice and more than 30 years of teaching experience, Narayani can give you excellent advice. Her calm and joyful personality is always an inspiration! This programme includes little theory and longer asana classes.

Shared room €205; double room €238; single room €270

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Date:March 23 - 25
Location:Allgaeu
Register:A180323-2
Title:Pawanamuktasana
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Pawanmuktasana is a set of practices which are very effective for making our mind and body supple and relaxed. They can be practiced by all ages and benefit us mentally, emotionally and physically.

They work on all our supports in the body and restore our balance and wellbeing. You would enjoy the seminar as you will benefit in a three fold way, your body will become flexible, your prana (energy) will flow and you will be focussed.

Shared room €183; double room €216; single room €248

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Date:March 25 – April 1
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180325-27
Title:Prana Healing: Basic Training Course
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda and Swami Satyananda, Dr. Nalini Sahay has developed a system of prana healing that helps release blocked energy; it opens the chakras and enables prana to flow smoothly. Like Reiki, these techniques have a profound impact on physical and mental health, both in self-healing and in the healing of others.

Dr. Sahay has been able to show the efficiency of these techniques in healing illnesses; she has used them in her work with AIDS victims and homeless people in the slums of Delhi. The techniques can also support drug addicts, alcoholics and others in overcoming their addictions.

You will learn to harmonize your energies to heal different levels of your being, as well as transmit prana healing energy to others. Dr. Sahay puts great emphasis on not accepting money for transmission of prana healing energy. The course includes valuable and easily applicable techniques for yoga teachers, health practitioners, social workers, psychotherapists, nurses and everybody who wants to help people who have problems. Dr. Sahay teaches in English with German translation.

Shared room €627; double room €740; single room €855; dormitory/tent/caravan €538

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Date:March 25 - April 3
Location:Westerwald
Register:W180325-1
Title:Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Intensive A1 – Jnana Yoga
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

Your Instructor: Swami Saradananda

Swami Saradananda

Vedanta is the philosophy which is called the “end of knowledge“. It attempts to lead you to freedom and immortality by posing such questions as “Who am I?" "What is real?" "What and where is happiness?

The systematic analysis of these questions guides you in attaining true wisdom. Vedanta philosophy is based on the premise that your essential nature is pure consciousness, pure being, knowledge and happiness: Satchidananda. This insight can enable you to rid yourself of negative mental entanglements.

This training includes talks in English (with German translation) on Jnana Yoga and Vedanta, Indian scriptures and philosophical systems. The classes on hatha yoga teaching techniques, sports medicine, relaxation and stress management will be in German (remember to let us know if you need translation).

Shared room €686; double room €831; single room €980; tent/caravan €571

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Date:March 30 – April 2
Location:North Sea
Register:N180330-6
Title:Free from anger, fear and rage
Instructor:Swami Tattvarupananda

Freedom from anger, fear and rage: With systematic knowledge and stories about the art of living you will find answers about yourself, God and the world. How do I make my relationships, encounter conflicts and save myself from the dependence on all what I think I "need"?

This seminar is about freedom from self-judgment, from the limitations of your own sadness and feelings of isolation, of desires and internal constraints. This also means freedom from the frustrations and reactive patterns which stop you from being simply happy and satisfied.

Shared room €246 double room €295; single room €345; dormitory/tent €208

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Date:March 30 – April 2
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180330-5
Title:Hygiene for the Back: Education and Injury Prevention
Instructor:Gauri Agulla Castro Eckhardt

In her 30 years of practicing and teaching yoga, Gauri has developed an innovative method of combining traditional yoga asanas with exact anatomical corrections. She has a huge experience of asana styles and has consulted world renowned back specialists; this enables her to give you fresh insight into the functioning and effects of asanas on your back. You will learn to strengthen your back, avoid back injuries, and how to rehabilitate your back from previous damage.

Shared room €257; double room €306; single room €356; dormitory/tent/caravan €219

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Date:March 30 – April 2
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180330-4
Title:Improving your self-confidence and inner strength
Instructor:Shanmug Westley Eckhardt

Homa - a religious practice in Hinduism

Homa - a religious practice in Hinduism

Think of how much time, energy and potential you waste because of self-imposed limitations. Shanmug, an experienced yoga teacher and psychotherapist, will help you to develop your full potential. This will enable you to free yourself from many of the restrictions caused by your internal and external conditioning.

He offers three steps that will assist you in achieving desired results:

  • accept yourself
  • know your potential
  • re-create your life

You will experience a new awareness and self-assurance that will enable you to begin to guide your life in a more positive direction. You will find yourself faced with fresh talents and possibilities.

Shanmug`s presence is in itself is a healing experience as a result of his deep understanding of human nature. He has a compassionate spirit and the ability to accept each individual for who he/she is. He will present you with useful exercises that will help to ensure your progress.

Shared room €257; double room €306; single room €356; dormitory/tent/caravan €219

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April 2018

Asana classes and guided meditations are usually in German. If you need translation for asana classes, please let us know when you register.

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Date:April 1 - 8
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180401-16
Title:Yoga Nidra Training for Yoga Teachers
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

This intensive seminar focuses on Yoga Nidra in the tradition of Swami Satyananda. Dr. Nalini's detailed explanations will enable you to have a clear comprehension of the subject. Through practice and discussion, you learn to be completely aware and effortlessly relaxed on the mental, spiritual, emotional and physical levels.

Shared room €544; double room €655; single room €771; dormitory/tent/caravan €455

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Date:April 3 - 8
Location:Westerwald
Register:W180403-2
Title:Asana intensive - lots of practice, with a bit of theory
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

This is a rare opportunity to make a breakthrough with your yoga practice! Work intensively on asanas in a relaxed atmosphere. Swami Saradananda's approach is concentrated and systematic. She makes even the most difficult and asanas seem possible to do. Learn special techniques to improve your flexibility, coordination, endurance and strength. The seminar includes 5 hours of asanas daily, as well as sessions of meditation and Sanskrit chanting.

Shared room €337; double room €418; single room €500; tent/caravan €273

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Date:April 8 - 11
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180408-16
Title:Meditations to Overcome Insomnia
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Your Instructor: Dr. Nalini Sahay

Dr. Nalini Sahay

This is a practical workshop that will enable you to immediately feel a positive impact on your health and sleep. You will get to know behavioural patterns that trigger anxiety and fear. Particular meditation techniques will help you to get rid of stress and uncertainties. These techniques will support your sleep so that you will awaken feeling refreshed and revitalized.

Shared room €244; double room €292; single room €342; dormitory/tent/caravan €205

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Date:April 13 - 15
Location:Westerwald
Register:W180413-3
Title:Chakra Meditation Seminar
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Each chakra is represented by a lotus and signifies your spiritual growth from the lower to higher states of consciousness. Simple practical step-by-step techniques can enable you to understand and develop deeper awareness of the chakras. They involve pranayamas, bandhas, mudras and meditation. As you connect more fully with the chakras, they will help you maintain your spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being.

Dr. Nalini Sahay is a student of Swami Satyananda Saraswati. She directs TORCH, an organisation that works with street children and AIDS-infected people in New Delhi. She also teaches therapeutic yoga in schools and hospitals.

Shared room €183; double room €216; single room €248; tent/caravan €158

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Date:April 13 - 22
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180413-5
Title:Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Intensive A2 – Wisdom of the Upanishads
Instructor:Swami Tattvarupananda

This training focuses on the Upanishads, the most important scriptures of classical jnana yoga. The Upanishads comprise the philosophical-metaphysical portion of the Vedas and form the basis of Vedanta, the philosophy of non-dualism. Swamiji will lead you in a fascinating analysis of the Upanishads, addressing basic questions of human existence, such as: Who am I? What is real? What is happiness? These are designed to lead you to the perception of your real nature, which is pure consciousness. This knowledge will help you to get rid of mental entanglements and show you the way to freedom.

The course includes a survey of Indian scriptures and systems of philosophy, main yoga scriptures, the six Schools of Classical Indian Philosophy, and the Upanishads.

A2: In addition there will be Hatha Yoga teaching and stress management techniques.

Shared room €686; double room €831; single room €980; dormitory/tent/caravan €571

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Date:April 15 - 20
Location:Westerwald
Register:W180415-1
Title:Pranic Wellbeing
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Pranic Wellbeing

A young woman is doing pranayama

The Pranic Wellbeing yoga programme uses two simple practices: ujjayi pranayama and khechari mudra. You will learn to restore balance in your life by clearing the ida, pingala and sushumna nadis, awakening your chakras, practicing ujjayi pranayama using the mantra “soham”, and by having a psychic symbol.

Dr. Sahay has been teaching this programme for eight years and has found it to be very effective in assisting people in connecting with their inner selves and with others. It empowers people who are seriously ill. It helps to centre practitioners and restores balance and calmness to their daily lives.

Shared room €393; double room €473; single room €555; tent/caravan €329

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May 2018

Asana classes and guided meditations are usually in German. If you need translation for asana classes, please let us know when you register.

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Date:May 4 - 6
Location:Westerwald
Register:W180504-4
Title:You are unique
Instructor:Swami Tattvarupananda

Every human being is a jewel with special talents and duties. The focus of this seminar will be on discovering and optimizing your unique gifts and talents. Explore the practical wisdom of yoga to gain new inspiration in life. Obstacles on your spiritual path will gradually dissolve, leaving you feeling better harmonized with your true self and more insightful in your daily life.

Shared room €172; double room €205; single room €238; tent/caravan €147

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Date:May 11 - 13
Location:Allgaeu
Register:A180511-3
Title:You are unique
Instructor:Swami Tattvarupananda

Every human being is a jewel with special talents and duties. The focus of this seminar will be on discovering and optimizing your unique gifts and talents. Explore the practical wisdom of yoga to gain new inspiration in life. Obstacles on your spiritual path will gradually dissolve, leaving you feeling better harmonized with your true self and more insightful in your daily life.

Shared room €172; double room €205; single room €238; tent/caravan €147

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Date:May 13 - 18
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180513-13
Title:Marma Therapy
Instructor:Dr. Aruna Rajendran

Marmas are sensitive regions that develop from the nadis to distribute prana (life force energy) throughout the body; they govern the interchange of energy between the physical and subtle bodies. Marma therapy makes use of different herbal pastes, oil massage, pranic healing, and gentle pressure with fingers or wooden sticks to generate a continuous flow of prana from the chakras to the various bodily systems.

This seminar includes:

  • Introduction of Marma Therapy
  • Marma, chakras, constitutions and dosha
  • Different meridian systems of Marma Therapy
  • Use of herbs & oils for treatment

Shared room €371; double room €451; single room €533; dormitory/tent/caravan €307

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Date:May 13 - 18
Location:Westerwald
Register:W180513-4
Title:Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with Narayani
Instructor:Narayani

Work intensively on your asanas and be inspired by lectures and meditation. Narayani is the co-author of the "Book of Yoga". Her way of teaching is magical; she will guide you in a playful manner. You will find yourself doing the most difficult variations and be amazed at how much is possible. As a result of her long and intensive asana practice and more than 30 years of teaching experience, Narayani can give you excellent advice. Her calm and joyful personality is always an inspiration! This programme includes little theory and longer asana classes.

Shared room €479; double room €560; single room €642; dormitory/tent/caravan €415

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Date:May 18 - 21
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180518-26
Title:Yoga and Meditation Retreat with Swamiji
Instructor:Swamiji

Rishikesh ⁄ India

Rishikesh / India

The spiritual path is tread using a mixture of personal effort and Divine grace. This grace may be obtained through satsanga, which literally means “being in the presence of people seeking wisdom and truth.

Swamiji is a yoga master from Rishikesh, India. His mere presence is highly uplifting. He radiates profound peace and quiescence, causing you to connect with your true nature on a deeper level. Tensions seem to drop away by themselves; your mind turns inward of its own volition.

Shared room €257; double room €306; single room €356; dormitory/tent/caravan €219

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Date:May 27 – June 1
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180527-9
Title:Theme Week: Bhakti Yoga – devotional Yoga
Instructor:Chandrashekhar Pandey

Heart opening, spiritual approach and valuable help on your spiritual journey as described in the 12th chapter of Bhagavad Gita. In addition, you can participate in the open-class activities: daily yoga classes, meditation, guided walks, recitations, drawing of mandalas and much more. You can register for the entire week or only for a few days as an individual guest, booking your room only but having the option of attending talks and classes.

Monday-Friday (rate per day):

Shared room 50; double room €66; single room €82; dormitory/tent/caravan €37

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights):

Please register as an individual guest, quoting the number of days you wish to stay and which room category. Email for registration: rezeption@yoga-vidya.de

Shared room €113; double room €145; single room €179; dormitory/tent/caravan €88

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Date:May 27 – June 3
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180527-3
Title:Panchakarma Group Cure
Instructor:Dr. Devendra Prasad Mishra

Panchakarma, the well known ayurvedic treatment, is one of the most effective methods of cleansing the entire body. It regenerates and revitalises you, starting from the cellular level. Deep-seated blockades are released; the total organism is detoxified and regenerated. This process is especially effective when assisted by yoga, meditation and the singing of bhajans.

“Pancha” means “five” and “karma” means “techniques of cleansing”. The five techniques of cleansing are: Vamana (therapeutic vomiting), Vireka (purgation), Basti (oil enema), Nasya (cleaning of the nose), and Rakta Mochana (cleaning the blood using herbs). The process of deep cleansing activates your power of self-healing. This process will be assisted by daily abhyanga massages (either by another participant in the workshop or by guided self-massage), exhalation therapy and a special diet. Dr. Devendra will also discuss the ayurvedic concept of constitution.

Shared room €614; double room €720; single room €827; dormitory/tent/caravan €531

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June 2018

Asana classes and guided meditations are usually in German. If you need translation for asana classes, please let us know when you register.

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Date:June 3 - 10
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180603-3
Title:Ayurveda Medicine Training: Basic Course
Instructor:Dr. Devendra Prasad Mishra

Om is a sacred sound and a spiritual icon.

Om is a sacred sound and a spiritual icon.

This systematic two-part training offers you the unique opportunity to study the time-honoured medical system of India - Ayurveda. You will be introduced to the theory and practice under the expert guidance of a traditional Ayurveda doctor.

Curriculum includes:

  • History of Ayurvedic medicine and its basic principles
  • Anatomy, physiology, pathology, preventive medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Practical training in treatment

This course is suitable for homeopaths, doctors, therapeutic practitioners, nutritional counselors, physiotherapists, masseurs and yoga teachers who would like to extend their range of knowledge. It is also for interested lay-people.

Those who want to continue their study may participate in the advanced course, which will also take place in 2018.

Pre-requisite: basic knowledge of Ayurveda and yoga (for example: an Ayurveda weekend or yoga and meditation introductory weekend)

Dr. Devendra Prasad Mishra, M.S. (Ayurveda) Shalya, Banaras Hindu University, B.A.M.S., P.D.C.R., Dip.Yoga. Teaches and consults at various national and international institutions. He is trained in both traditional Ayurveda and Western Medicine. He is a master of Ayurveda Marma therapy and Pulse diagnosis. Dr. Mishra is the founder-director of the Kewalya Nature Care Society, which is working for the propagation and development of Ayurveda, Yoga and other Natural sciences.

Shared room €692; double room €805; single room €921; dormitory/tent/caravan €603

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Date:June 17 - 22
Location:Westerwald
Register:W180617-2
Title:Kriya Hatha Yoga Intensive with Advance Asana, Pranayama, Mudra & Bandha
Instructor:Anantharavi Thillainathan

This seminar can provide a breakthrough experience for your yoga practice! It is for advanced yoga students and those who want to deepen their practise. There will be extended holding of the postures, combined with mindfulness and concentration. The asana classes will have different focuses: Chakra Concentration, affirmations and mantra recitation. There will be more practice and less theory. Chanting and meditation complete the seminar.

Kriya Hatha Yoga includes 18 postures selected by Babaji (guru of Paramahansa Yogananda) to form an efficient system for rejuvenating the physical body and preparing it for the more subtle phases of Kriya Yoga. The immortal Himalayan master is living proof of their effectiveness. Each posture has several stages, making them suitable for both beginner and experienced students.

Shared room €371; double room €451; single room €533; tent/caravan €307

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Date:June 22 - 29
Location:Westerwald
Register:W180622-4
Title:Ayurveda Marma Massage Training
Instructor:Anantharavi Thillainathan

Ayurveda Marma Massage Training

Marmas are centres of the three bio-energies: vata, pitta and kapha, as well as the three basic qualities of Nature: sattva, rajas and tamas. By using soft circular movements on marma points, you can release toxins, compacted energies, and suppressed or blocked emotions. Learn how to use marmas to re-establish the harmonic flow of prana.

In this training, you will learn to locate the marma points and to work on them so that health in the various body organs may be re-established or maintained. Included are recognized elements of Ayurveda therapy training, holistic therapy training and holistic massage therapy training.

Shared room €627; double room €740; single room €855; tent/caravan €538

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Date:June 24 - 29
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180624-11
Title:Yoga therapy as an aid for strengthening the immune system and metabolism
Instructor:Acharya Harilalji

Especially with MS, but also with many other symptoms, holistic yoga therapy is strengthening the immune system. Harialji has been working with MS and other patients for the last 6 years , and noticed significant improvements during his yoga therapy treatments. What are the reasons for that?

  • By restoring balance among body, prana, mind and soul, they start to work in harmony again and support the healing process.
  • Body postures (asanas) or body movements, breathing practices (pranayama), meditation, cleansing techniq1ues (kriya), diet, positive talk,, singing, dancing, story telling and other activities
  • The patient receives professional and scientific guidance without any denial of other healing systems
  • Her or she progresses on his/her own and therefore realizes his/her own needs.
  • The own progress and participation in healing will give him/her the feeling: Yes, I can do it!
  • He/she takes over responsibility which promotes self-love, self-respect and self-healing
  • Symptoms like spastic and nerve pain, bladder problems and chronic fatigue diminish significantly or vanish completely
  • Positive changes occur, such as more energy and inner peace, joy of living, stronger immune system, stronger metabolism in brain, nervous system and spinal cord

For patients as well as therapists and yoga teachers.

Shared room €371; double room €451; single room €533; dormitory/tent/caravan €307

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Date:June 29 – July 1
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180629-13
Title:Basics of modern integral therapy
Instructor:Acharya Harilalji

The basic principles which constitute an holistic therapy system are applicable for yoga therapy, ayurveda therapy and any kind of integral therapy. Harilalji, an expert in traditional yoga therapy, will give you a theoretical and practical introduction into the methods and basics of any therapy system, and how to adapt these classical principles of yoga and ayurveda therapy in our modern times and to modern forms of therapy.

Shared room €172; double room €205; single room €238; dormitory/tent/caravan €147

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July 2018

Asana classes and guided meditations are usually in German. If you need translation for asana classes, please let us know when you register.

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Date:July 1 - 6
Location:North Sea
Register:N180701-4
Title:Northsea Special: Swami Yathidharmananda - close disciple of Swami Chidananda
Instructor:Swami Yatidharmananda

Swami Yathidharmananda, a direct disciple of Swami Chidananda talks about the life of his master. As a monk he travels around the world to share his knowledge and wisdom with yoga practitioners. His teachings bring together Jnana, Karma, Bhakti, Raja, Kundalini and Hatha Yoga as taught by his master. His Yoga classes are very inspiring. Come and join Swami Yathidharmananda and his teachings.

Shared room €344 double room €431; single room €523; dormitory/tent €273

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Date:July 1 - 29
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180701-6
Title:Yoga Teachers Training TTC in English (intensive, 4 weeks)
Instructor:Acharya Harilalji; Kaivalya Meike Schönknecht; Mohini Wiume

Yoga Teachers Training TTC in English (intensive, 4 weeks)

Yoga Teachers Training TTC in English

This intensive 4-week training introduces all aspects of Yoga theory and practice. You will learn systematic methodology of teaching and will receive an accepted diploma. This training will be held in English without German translation. The seminar can only be booked as a package. read more / details

Shared room €2.327; double room €2.776; single room €3.242; dormitory/tent/caravan €1.972

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Date:July 8 - 13
Location:North Sea
Register:N180708-5
Title:The Secret of Mind Control
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

“To control the restless mind and perfectly still all thoughts and cravings is the greatest problem of a human being. If he has subjugated the mind, he is the Emperor of emperors. For gaining mastery over the mind, you have to know what it is, how it works, how it deceives you at every turn and by what methods it can be subdued.” - Swami Sivananda

In this seminar, Swami Bodhichitananda, will lead you in an exploration of Swami Sivananda’s writings, teachings of other yogis, and developments in psychology and neuroscience to explore the nature of the mind. We will also look at how the ego manipulates thought and time to hijack us from our highest ideals. You will learn how to use yoga, pranayama and meditation to gain greater self control, inner freedom, and direction in your life.

Shared room €393; double room €473; single room €555; dormitory/tent €329

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Date:July 8 - 13
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180708-19
Title:Yoga practices for the management of Depression
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Dr. Nalini Sahay is a psychologist and a teacher of Yoga and meditation from the Bihar School of Yoga.

In this seminar on Yogic practices for the management of Depression you will learn how to externalize your mind and energise the systems of your body.

Yogic Practices specifically related to issues of depression will be taught. Cleansing exercise such as kunjal kriya, dynamic asanas, stimulating pranayamas, bandhas and mudras will be explained in this context. Meditative practices, which enable proactive behaviour, will be explained and practiced. All these techniques will encourage the participants to include them in their daily practice, in order to handle symptoms like loneliness, anxiety, agitation, insomnia, loss of appetite, memory loss, inertia and excessive worrying.

Depression is one of the most common illnesses, although it remains undiagnosed for years. It is equally common in men and women. It presents itself in diverse ways. It can remain hidden to both patient and doctor. Many people are in denial that they are depressed as they do not feel sad. Depression has numerous symptoms. It can present itself as a physical illness, which is vague and difficult to explain on a purely physical basis. Modern treatment is usually based on anti-depressant drugs and psychotherapy.

A combination of drug management and yoga therapy can help the mind to remain consistent and uplifted. By doing the Yogic practices continuous inner healing will take place restoring balance and harmony.

Shared room €393; double room €473; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €329

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Date:July 8 - 13
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180708-9
Title:Holiday week with Swami Yathidharmananda
Instructor:Swami Yatidharmananda

A yoga holiday week for recharging, regenerating and pampering - with Swami Yatidharmananda. With yoga, meditation, walks, excursions/hikes, lectures etc. No previous knowledge necessary. Daily yoga, meditation and mantra singing.

Shared room €312 double room €393; single room €476; dormitory/tent/caravan €249

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Date:July 13 - 15
Location:North Sea
Register:N180713-2
Title:Kundalini, Tantra & Yantra
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

Awakening the power of kundalini is the secret to the higher experiences of yoga; it brings increased energy, greater fulfillment in life and spiritual enlightenment. This seminar focuses on both the theoretical and practical aspects of kundalini: the pranic channels (nadis), how to awaken and stabilize higher centers of thought and feeling, the chakras and yantras, and how to visualize and meditate upon them to remove karma and emotional blocks.

We will try to understand and then meditate on Sri Yantra, the highest of all yantras; it contains the secret to awakening Shakti. By raising Kundalini from the base of the spine through the chakras to join Shiva at the crown chakra, you will balance the masculine and feminine aspects of being; you also bring greater energy and balance to your yoga practice and to your life.

Shared room €183; double room €216; single room €248; dormitory/tent €158

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Date:July 13 - 22
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180713-3 / B180713-4
Title:Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Intensive A6/F6 – Aparoksha Anubhuti – Direct Self-Realization
Instructor:Chandra Cohen

Direct-Self-Realization

Aparoksha Anubhuti – Direct Self-Realization

Jnana Yoga, Vedanta and the direct path to achieve Oneness. This seminar will be based on the "Aparoksha Anubhuti", or the "direct intuitive experience of God," a concise brilliant work with 144 sutras which unfolds the teachings of Shankaracharya, the great philosopher and master of Vedanta. "Here, the agent is described, which can be Aparoksha Anubhuti, the direct realization attained, so as to achieve the final liberation ..." (v. 2)

A bold promise - even if you do not immediately reach full self-realization in this seminar, the great message of Vedanta is that it revolutionizes your thinking, your understanding of yourself and of the world. You will be inspired to question established ways of thinking and patterns of behavior and to overcome them. The process of debate, questioning, and meditating on the highest metaphysical truths guides you step by step to an ever clearer understanding of the essential unity of all, your true nature as pure being, knowledge and bliss.

The seminar will also include Yoga Teaching Techniques, lectures on anatomy, physiology, stress management.

A 6: with lectures on anatomy, physiology, stress management

F6: with additional Vedanta lectures on Aparoksha Anubhuti instead of anatomy, physiology, stress management

Pre-condition: Completion of Yoga Teacher’s training

Shared room €686; double room €831; single room €980; dormitory/tent/caravan €571

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Date:July 15 - 20
Location:Westerwald
Register:W180715-1
Title:Tattwa Shuddhi Sadhana
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Tattwa Shuddhi Sadhana is a tantric system designed to purify all levels of your being; it prepares your mind and body for the development of a richer inner experience.

Tattwa Shuddhi includes nyasa (consecration of the body), prana prathishta (installing life into a mandala), panchopara (five ingredients offered in worship), and mantra repetition. It is a subtle sadhana that provides the necessary links to higher practice and leads to the regeneration of tissues and cells. The chakras and nadis are cleared of blockages. Tensions and preconceived notions drop away because of the balanced prana and resulting harmony

The course is taught by Dr. Nalini Sahay, a direct disciple of Swami Satyananda Saraswati. The source of the sadhana is the Srimad Devi Bhagvatam, translated and restructured by Swami Satyananda Saraswati.

Shared room €393; double room €473; single room €555; tent/caravan €329

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Date:July 15 - 22
Location:North Sea
Register: N180715-4
Title:Bhakti Yoga with Swami Gurusharanananda
Instructor:Swami Gurusharanananda

During this special week you will be taken on a mystical musical journey to India with dynamic Kirtan: spirited chanting accompanied by harmonium and tablas. Swamiji, with his warm and humorous style, will share episodes from the life of the great saint Ananda Mayi Ma. He will unlock the connection to the female aspect of the divine within each of us. In his Svakriya yoga classes you will experience an energy-intensive dynamic practice, accompanied by mantras.

Swamiji manages the Omkareshvar Ma Ashram in central India; he also runs a school for underprivileged children.

You can be there for the entire programme or only a few days.

Price per day: Shared room €55; double room €74; single room €94; dormitory/tent €39

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Date:July 15 - 22
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180715-8
Title:Theme Week: Swami Yatidharmananda talks about Swami Chidananda
Instructor:Swami Yatidharmananda

Experience a young indian master. Swami Yathidharmananda, a direct disciple of Swami Chidananda talks about the life of his master. As a monk he travels around the world to share his knowledge and wisdom with yoga practitioners. Presentations on Yoga and spiritual life, devotional kirtans and inspiring Yoga Classes await you. In addition, you can participate in the open-class activities: daily yoga classes, meditation, guided walks, recitations, drawing of mandalas and much more. You can register for the entire week or only for a few days as an individual guest, booking your room only but having the option of attending talks and classes.

Monday-Friday (rate per day): Shared room 50; double room €66; single room €82; dormitory/tent/caravan €37

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €113; double room €145; single room €179; dormitory/tent/caravan €88.

Please register as an individual guest, indicating the number of days you wish to stay and which type of room you prefer.

Email for registration: rezeption@yoga-vidya.de

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Date:July 20 - 22
Location:Westerwald
Register:W180720-1
Title:Meditations from the Tantra
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Based on the teachings of Swami Satyananda Saraswati, this seminar includes ajapa japa, antar mouna, and chidakasha charan sadhanas. These practices enable you to re-programme your mind to lead a healthier and more spiritual life. You are bound to feel rejuvenated as your prana is balanced.

Shared room €183; double room €216; single room €248; tent/caravan €158

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Date:July 22 - 25
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180722-17
Title:Indian Vegetarian Cooking and Yoga
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Indian Vegetarian Cooking and Yoga

Indian Vegetarian Cooking and Yoga

Food maintains your body; it also influences your thinking and actions in subtle ways. Yogic cuisine is simple, pure, harmonious, healthy and delicious. When you practice yoga, such nutrition is essential to balance the flow of energy in your mind and body; it provides you with prana, vital life energy.

Dr. Sahay will share her insights into the yogic teachings on nutrition plus her knowledge of Indian cuisine, which is among the most delicious and varied in the world.

You will learn:

  • to plan a balanced meal
  • the effect of various spices and how to combine them
  • to prepare dishes with vegetables and legumes: salads, chutneys and desserts.You will get valuable advice for everyday cooking, as well as for special occasions and for professional cooking in restaurants and retreat centers.

Shared room €266; double room €313; single room €363; dormitory/tent/caravan €228

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Date:July 22 - 27
Location:Westerwald
Register:W180722-4
Title:Holiday week with Swami Yathidharmananda
Instructor:Swami Yatidharmananda

A yoga holiday week for recharging, regenerating and pampering - with Swami Yatidharmananda. With yoga, meditation, walks, excursions/hikes, lectures etc. No previous knowledge necessary. Daily yoga, meditation and mantra singing.

Shared room €312 double room €393; single room €476; tent/caravan €249

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Date:July 23 - 28
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180723-2
Title:Theme Week: Chandra Cohen talks about Vedanta
Instructor:Chandra Cohen

Chandra Cohen, a true master of vedanta, teaches to eliminate congenital ignorance by distinctiveness. Study with him the pearls of Vedanta, texts by Shankaracharya: listen, think, meditate and realize. In addition, you can participate in the open-class activities: daily yoga classes, meditation, guided walks, recitations, drawing of mandalas and much more. You can register for the entire week or only for a few days as an individual guest, booking your room only but having the option of attending talks and classes.

Monday-Friday (rate per day): Shared room 50; double room €66; single room €82; dormitory/tent/caravan €37.

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €113; double room €145; single room €179; dormitory/tent/caravan €88.

Please register as an individual guest, indicating the number of days you wish to stay and which type of room you prefer.

Email for registration: rezeption@yoga-vidya.de

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Date:July 27 - 29
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180727-5
Title:Law of Attraction
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

Law of Attraction

Law of Attraction

"The universe is constantly listening to your thoughts and answers… every moment of every day you are in a dialogue with life... Look at your life and you will know your thoughts… life is your thoughts solidified..." - Chitra Sukhu

You are conditioned to see with your physical senses, but the subtle senses are needed for the inner journey. Using the outer world as our laboratory, we will experiment with awareness.

In this seminar we'll explore the Law of Attraction and the link between the inner reality and the outer manifestation. There will be practical exercises to effect change. Learn how to manipulate energy through meditation and mantras, and how to speak the language of the universe.

In Set your intention for this workshop and come join us as we make your dream the reality.

Shared room €172; double room €205; single room €238; dormitory/tent/caravan €147

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Date:July 27 – August 1
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180727-28
Title:Pawanamuktasana: Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Dr. Nalini Sahay of the Bihar School of Yoga teaches th Pawanmuktasana series as she learned it from Paramahamsa Satyananda. These asanas coordinate the various bodily functions so that they work together more harmoniously. Pawanmuktasana indicates that there is a release of prana within the pose. Each group supplements the other, stimulating and encouraging a free flow of prana.

Shared room €395; double room €475; single room €558; dormitory/tent/caravan €330

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Date:July 29 – August 3
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180729-7
Title:Renovate Your Life
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

Your Instructor: Chitra Sukhu

Chitra Sukhu

"Nature’s rhythm pulses through every cell of our being. When you are in harmony with this rhythm the universe becomes a symphony..."- Chitra Sukhu

When you are in alignment with your higher purpose you'll find that your life is effortless, playful and contains moments of extreme joy. In this course you will uncover your unique gift. We will explore the universal laws of attraction, destiny and karma.

This will help you to shift perspective and renovate your life. We are all creators; the question is how many of us are creating consciously? Stop being a victim of circumstance and take charge of your life. It's time to reclaim your authentic self... By uncovering your gift and energizing your natural motivation you'll be in the flow of life, in this space you'll be clear and purposeful. In this workshop you'll learn to uncover your unique gift and better manage your energy.

Shared room €371; double room €451; single room €533; dormitory/tent/caravan €307

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Date:July 29 – August 26
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180729-6
Title:Yoga Therapy Training: 4-Week Intensive
Instructor:Acharya Harilalji

This advanced course is designed for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of yoga and yoga therapy. Students will learn the basic concepts of Panchakosha Tattwa (the five sheaths of life), aadhi (stress), vyadhi (disease), and aadhija vyadhi (psychosomatic ailment). They will be introduced to the techniques used in Yoga Therapy and Yogic Physiotherapy: breathing movements, asanas, pranayamas, shat kriyas (cleansing exercises), cyclic relaxation, prana channeling, and various meditation techniques.

Yoga therapy works on many levels to erase psychosomatic ailments and alleviate such diseases as asthma and allergy, back pain, knee pain, headache and migraine, arthritis, anxiety and depression, and muscular dystrophy. After consultation with the patient, the therapist recommends and teaches various techniques. The patient then practices on his/her own until the illness is controlled or cured.

Yoga Vasishta, Taitariya Upanishad, Prasna Upanishad, Yoga Sutra, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, and Bhagavad Gita are among the traditional texts that provide the theory, as well as the practices, used in Yoga Therapy.

This course places emphasis on experiencing the wisdom of yoga, rather than merely acquiring information.

Shared room €2.327; double room €2.776; single room €3.242; dormitory/tent/caravan €1.972

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August 2018

Asana classes and guided meditations are usually in German. If you need translation for asana classes, please let us know when you register.

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Date:August 3 - 5
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180803-4
Title:Prana Yoga and Psychic Healing
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

Prana, often referred to as life energy or vital force, is the key to gaining control of the mind, bringing health and vitality to the body. Pranayama is the practice of life force control, prana, in the Yoga System. There are two types of Pranayama, Hatha Yoga Pranayama and Raja Yoga Pranayama; Hatha Yoga being the physical manipulation of breath to bring the prana into the central channel of the spine, while Raja Yoga uses our own awareness, directing our Consciousness along the Psychic channels in the body. In other words, we use awareness to direct our prana at will. This brings greater prana into the system, energizing us with greater life force, greatly calms the mind for concentration and meditation, and can also be used for directing self-healing to various parts of the body. By energizing our pranic body with greater amounts of life energy, we can also direct it to others for their healing of body and mind. This is the key to psychic healing of oneself and others. Swamiji will guide participants in both theory and practice of the most subtle and direct forms of Raja Yoga pranayama, as well as the basics of Hatha Yoga pranayama.

By control of prana, the mind can be easily controlled, because the mind is fastened to the prana, like the bird to the string. Just as the bird that is tied to a post by a string, after flying here and there, finds its resting place in the post, so also this mind-bird after running hither and thither, in various sensual objects, finds its resting place during deep sleep in the prana. - Swami Sivananda -

Shared room €183; double room €216; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €158

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Date:August 3 - 5
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180803-28
Title:Sri Yantra Seminar by Dr. Nalini Sahay of the Bihar School of Yoga
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Sri Yantra

Sri Yantra

The Sri Yantra is the mother of all yantras; it contains the essence of all yantras. Meditation on it is said to vanquish any problems that may arise from anger, jealousy and other negative emotions. Its study is considered to be a kind of spiritual pilgrimage.

Sri Yantra represents the cosmos at the macro-cosmic level and the human body at the micro-cosmic level; each of the circuits corresponds to a chakra of the body. The spiritual journey from material existence to ultimate enlightenment is mapped in the Sri Yantra.

Effective and tested practices based on meditations on the Sri Yantra will enable you to:

  • Recharge your energy levels.
  • Detach yourself from negative feelings and emotions.
  • Cultivate inner silence.
  • Better trust yourself
  • Take control of your life.
  • Access answers from your inner self.
  • Clear your karmas.

Shared room €183; double room €216; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €158

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Date:August 3 - 12
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180803-3
Title:Advanced Teachers’ Training Intensive I - Shiva Samhita
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

The Shiva Samhita – together with the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Gheranda Samhita – is one of the three major traditional classical hatha yoga texts. With her knowledge and decades of personal experience Swami Saradananda, in her clear and precise teaching style, will guide you through this often neglected yet important text. This is an especially attractive course for yoga teachers who want to give their teaching and their own practice a new spiritual dimension and depth.

As in all hatha yoga scriptures, the regular practice of asanas, pranayama, mudras, bandhas, kriyas and meditation is advocated to lead you to higher knowledge and greater inner experience. Swami Saradananda will give you special introductions to chakra meditations, as well as special energy- and breathing techniques. She is the author of several books on these topics and she has been teaching yoga for almost forty years.

Hatha yoga and teaching techniques:

  • Structuring of hours
  • Better communication with participants
  • Yoga for Advanced students
  • Energetic effects of asanas, pranayama and other subtile aspects
  • Dealing with Kundalini experience, energy experience and expansion of consciousness
  • Guided chakra meditations
  • Deepening your chakra work and its application in asana classes
  • Required Book: Shiva Samhita

    Shared room €686; double room €831; single room €980; dormitory/tent/caravan €571

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    Date:August 5 - 10
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180805-7
    Title:Kriya Yoga Intensive
    Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

    Meditation

    A young woman in meditation by the silver stream near the ashram of Bad Meinberg

    This is an introduction to Kriya Yoga, the “meditation practice of a higher era”, revived by the deathless Himalayan Yogi Babaji. Experience for yourself the theory, tradition and practice of Kriya Yoga.

    Swami Bodhichtitananda will teach the basic techniques:

  • Meditation based on breathing and the practice of Hamsa
  • Anahata Shabdha: the power of OM and sound in meditation
  • Spinal Breathing meditation for purifying and releasing psychic blockages, gaining control over your life force, and developing deeper concentration.
  • Complementary asana classes
  • Kriya Yoga Initiation: this will be offered on the last day for those who have participated fully in the seminar, felt a real connection with the practice and are ready to continue with a daily practice of the techniques.
  • Swami Bodhichitananda will introduce you to the ancient and original Kriya Yoga tradition of Mahavatar Babaji, the deathless Yogi legend who has wandered the Himalayas for ages, and in modern times reintroduced the lost science Kriya Yoga for a new age of emerging higher consciousness. Kriya Yoga is considered one of the easiest and fastest ways to gain control of the mind and prana, to develop strong concentration, peace of mind, and a great sense of “coming home” to one’s own self. Swamiji will give all the Yogic and Meditation practices necessary to begin a steady meditation practice, and preparation for initiation into Kriya Yoga as well as the Energization Exercises, a set of 39 Exercises developed by Paramahansa Yogananda for gaining control of the Prana(Life Energy), being able to direct it at will to various body parts for healing and revitalization, and gaining control of the restless mind. At the end of the seminar, Swami will offer full Initiation into the higher practices of Kriya Yoga to those Yogis/Yoginis sincerely wishing & ready to develop a regular practice. Swami Bodhichitananda Saraswati is authorized as a Kriya Yoga Acharya in the lineage of Paramahamsa Yogananda by H.H. Swami Jnanananda Giri, a great Kriya Yoga Master of the Himalayas, and with blessings of H.H. Swami Chidananda, successor to Swami Sivananda.

    Shared room €393; double room €473; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €329

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    Date:August 5 - 12
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180805-6
    Title:Yoga Nidra Training for Yoga Teachers
    Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

    This intensive seminar focuses on Yoga Nidra in the tradition of Swami Satyananda. Dr. Nalini's detailed explanations will enable you to have a clear comprehension of the subject. Through practice and discussion, you learn to be completely aware and effortlessly relaxed on the mental, spiritual, emotional and physical levels.

    Shared room €544; double room €655; single room €771; dormitory/tent/caravan €455

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    Date:August 10 - 12
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180810-3
    Title:Kundalini, Tantra & Yantra
    Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

    Awakening the power of kundalini is the secret to the higher experiences of yoga; it brings increased energy, greater fulfillment in life and spiritual enlightenment. This seminar focuses on both the theoretical and practical aspects of kundalini: the pranic channels (nadis), how to awaken and stabilize higher centers of thought and feeling, the chakras and yantras, and how to visualize and meditate upon them to remove karma and emotional blocks.

    We will try to understand and then meditate on Sri Yantra, the highest of all yantras; it contains the secret to awakening Shakti. By raising Kundalini from the base of the spine through the chakras to join Shiva at the crown chakra, you will balance the masculine and feminine aspects of being; you also bring greater energy and balance to your yoga practice and to your life.

    Shared room €183; double room €216; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €158

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    Date:August 12 - 17
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180812-4
    Title:Asana intensive - lots of practice, with a bit of theory
    Instructor:Swami Saradananda

    This is a rare opportunity to make a breakthrough with your yoga practice! Work intensively on asanas in a relaxed atmosphere. Swami Saradananda's approach is concentrated and systematic. She makes even the most difficult and asanas seem possible to do. Learn special techniques to improve your flexibility, coordination, endurance and strength. The seminar includes 5 hours of asanas daily, as well as sessions of meditation and Sanskrit chanting.

    Shared room €323; double room €403; single room €487; dormitory/tent/caravan €260

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    Date:August 12 - 17
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180812-8
    Title:Clairvoyance Training Course
    Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

    Learn techniques to develop Clairvoyance. Everyone has the ability to be psychic. In this course you will learn techniques to develop your psychic senses. You can use this ability for your own personal development and also to help your students and clients.

    Topics:

    • Using the platform of the Yamas and Niyamas of Raja Yoga as the foundation for psychic development.
    • Learning and practicing exercises to strengthen the aura, essential for all psychic work
    • Clairvoyance: internal visualization exercises to develop the psychic sight.
    • Chakras: what are they, how to see, feel and balance them.
    • Muscle testing: to sensitize yourself to your own energy field, and how to apply that technique with others
    • Auras: developing clairvoyance to see, interpret and balance them.
    • Psychic drawing: using pictures, symbols and colors to get information about a person.
    • Pendulum: learn to use the pendulum for easy answers to practical questions about life, health, partnership, jobs and decisions.
    • What to bring:
    • journal
    • colored pencils for drawing
    • picture of someone you would like to send love and healing to
    • pendulum
    • open-mindedness towards yoga and spirituality along with a desire to explore new areas of yourself

    Shared room €465; double room €546; single room €628; dormitory/tent/caravan €401

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    Date:August 12 - 17
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180812-6
    Title:Meditation Retreat Made Easy
    Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

    Your Instructor: Swami Bodhichitananda

    Swami Bodhichitananda

    A well balanced daily practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation is essential to emotional healing, mental clarity, success, focus in career and overall good interpersonal relations, as well as a sense of inner self-contentment and meaning in life. Having practiced yoga and meditation for more than 35 years and studied with some of the greatest Himalayan yogis and spiritual minds, Swami Bodhichitananda is well qualified to help any level of beginner, intermediate or advanced practitioner. In this Meditation Retreat, Swamiji will bring us thorough instruction the basics of meditation and pranayama, how to sit comfortably, with short sitting sessions of 20 minutes, and gradually through the week increase the length of meditation until you can sit comfortably for one hour at a time. You may sit on the floor or in a chair for this Retreat. Personal attention will be given and all your questions answered. Swami Sivananda’s book “Concentration and Meditation” will be the text.

    Shared room €393; double room €473; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €329

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    Date:August 12 - 17
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180812-14
    Title:Yoga for you!
    Instructor:Kaivalya Meike Schönknecht

    Enjoy a week of inspiring yoga classes, meditations, lectures and workshops at Germany’s largest yoga centre. You will take part in daily asana classes and have the opportunity to dive deeper into your practice by using mantras, mudras and pranayama techniques. Recharge your batteries by purifying body and mind with an integral yoga practice. Set at the edge of beautiful woodlands, the Yoga Vidya ashram combines Indian flair with simple modern amenities. Prices include all yoga classes and two delicious organic vegetarian meals per day

    Shared room €312; double room €393; single room €476; dormitory/tent/caravan €249

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    Date:August 12 - 19
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180812-5
    Title:Theme Week: Indian Rituals and Recitations with Swami Nivedanananda
    Instructor:Swami Nivedanananda

    Swami Nivedanananda will be our guest this week. Every day he will perform Indian rituals and recite powerful Vedic mantras. You will have the opportunity to experience these events with an authentic Swami and master.

    You can also participate in daily yoga classes, meditation, guided walks, chanting, drawing of yantras and much more. You may choose to register for the entire week or only for a few days as an individual guest, booking your room only but having the option of attending talks and classes.

    Monday-Friday (rate per day): Shared room €50; double room €66; single room €82; dormitory/tent/caravan €3

    Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €113; double room €145; single room €179; dormitory/tent/caravan €88.

    Please register as an individual guest, indicating the number of days you wish to stay and which type of room you prefer.

    Email for registration: rezeption@yoga-vidya.de

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    Date:August 12 - 19
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180812-3
    Title:Yoga Nidra Advanced - Yoga Teachers’ Training
    Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

    Yoga Nidra Advanced - Yoga Teachers’ Training

    In this seminar, you will learn to bring yourself to a deep state of relaxation and meditation – and how to bring your mind out of this state gradually and effectively. You will practice Nyasa, Pratyahara and Chidakasha Dharana, which facilitate an internalization of the mind. The end result is a highly developed state of awareness and relaxation.

    Yoga Nidra is one of Swami Satyananda Saraswati’s major contributions to modern-day spiritual life. He derived the practice from the Tantras, where it is defined as psychic and dynamic sleep. It is a method of relaxing by creating one-pointedness of mind. The seminar leader, Dr. Nalini Sahay, trained with Swamiji at the Bihar School of yoga

    Yoga teachers will learn to give detailed explanations of Yoga Nidra, ensuring that they are clear in their comprehension of the subject. With practice, participants will learn to be completely aware and effortlessly relaxed.

    Course content

    • How Yoga Nidra works at the yogic and scientific levels
    • How to remain aware
    • What is Nyasa? How is it applied in Yoga Nidra?
    • How pratyahara is practiced in Yoga Nidra. Antar Mouna will be taught
    • How to become focused and concentrated
    • How to remain energized
    • How to experience complete relaxation
    • Detailed practices of visualization include
      • Psychic centre visualization
      • Psychic symbol visualization
      • Eyebrow centre/Om visualization
      • Asana Visualization
      • Movement in time
      • Rapid image visualization
      • Aura visualization
      • Golden egg visualization
      • Story visualization
      • Practices of chidakasha dharana

    Prerequisite: Yoga Teachers’ Training + 7-day Yoga Nidra 1 course

    Shared room €544; double room €655; single room €771; dormitory/tent/caravan €455

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    Date:August 17 - 19
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180817-5
    Title:Mudras
    Instructor:Swami Saradananda

    Learn to use your hands to better direct your energy to enhance your meditation and self-healing. Mudras are hand positions that enable you to seal psychic energies into specific channels within your subtle body. They are potent spiritual tools that can enhance the purification and good health of your physical, mental and psychic being. With regular practice, mudras can sharpen and expand your spiritual wisdom. They help to restore balance within the microcosm and bring it into harmony with the macrocosm.

    In this seminar, Swami Saradananda introduces you to the basic energetic concepts of working with mudras. The weekend promises to be unique in its practical as well as theoretical approach. You will learn about the subtle energies in the hands and each finger. They will also be encouraged to experience putting this information into practice, using your own hands.

    The morning asana classes will focus on hand health and flexibility. This programme promises to be especially helpful for everyone who works at a computer.

    Shared room €183; double room €216; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €158

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    Date:August 17 - 19
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180817-7
    Title:Nature Yoga – for inner and outer Peace
    Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

    Your instructor: Swami Bodhichitananda

    Swami Bodhichitananda

    How can we bring our lives back into harmony with nature and our own true Self? In this seminar, we will explore our relationship with outer nature and our own inner nature. We will spend as much time as possible outdoors, practicing yoga and meditation. Our practice will include various meditations on nature as discovered by forest yogis.

    We will also explore the newly emerging field of religious and spiritual naturalism and evolutionary cosmology of such modern spiritual pioneers as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, Michael Dowd and the Integral Movement. Updating our views to fit into the new comprehensive worldview of reality, we will attempt to gain a greater understanding of our place within the Universe. Only by doing this can we truly find Peace, not only for ourselves, but also for humanity and all of Earth’s inhabitants.

    Shared room €183; double room €216; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €158

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    Date:August 17 - 19
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180817-12
    Title:Tantra – Techniques for transformation and liberation
    Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

    "Most of us are sleeping but we don't know that until we wake up"- Chitra Sukhu

    In the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra Shiva expounds on 112 techniques to go beyond ordinary consciousness. In this course we will explore a few of these techniques that will leave you with a feeling of expansion and presence. If these methods are done regularly you can transform your life; that's how powerful these techniques are. You will find yourself more aware and awake.

    If you can experience life as it is, without elaboration, then you are there... in the gap, in the moment, in eternity. These techniques will take you there, refining your personality and transforming your life. This experience... this gift... I would like to share with everyone; this is my gift to you....

    Shared room €172; double room €205; single room €238; dormitory/tent/caravan €147

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    Date:August 19 - 24
    Location:Allgaeu
    Register:A180819-4
    Title:Mindfulness (Detachment / Mindfulness, Cognitive Mindfulness, Mindfulness and Cognitive Psychology)
    Instructor:Shanmug Eckhardt

    Mindfulness is a quality of human consciousness characterized by an accepting awareness of and enhanced attention to the constant stream of lived experience. Being mindful increases engagement with the present moment and allows for a clearer understanding of how thoughts and emotions can impact our health and quality of life. Mindfulness can be cultivated through meditation practice. Mindfulness meditation practices have been formalized in programs such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) as well as other programs. Although mindfulness is an inherent human capacity that has been examined introspectively for millennia, scientific interest in mindfulness is burgeoning in the fields of medicine, psychology, social work, and business, as well as other areas.

    You don't meditate to "make a killing." You do it so work doesn't kill you.

    "When I [Arianna Huffington] collapsed in April 2007, I was—by our society’s definition—very successful, but by any sane definition of success, I was not," Huffington said, "As long as our culture defines success as money and power, we’re stuck on a treadmill of stress, sleep deprivation, and burnout."

    The statistics suggest we don't know how to turn off. Forty-two percent of people check their phones on vacation. We're taking fewer vacation days than we're allotted. And at the same time, a Gallup Poll shows that 70% of us also admit to having "checked out" or "actively disengaged" at our jobs. It's the work hamster wheel du jour: never checking out from our jobs, but barely checking in.

    Mindfulness can turn into a tool to teach people to cope while they continue on the same old course that caused the problems they sought meditation to address in the first place. In order for mindfulness to be genuine article, it has to be connected to others, to the community, to the larger environment.

    You don't meditate for success. Meditation helps you keep your edge.

    Each time we stand up against a habit—whether it’s checking our smartphone during a conversation or reacting defensively to a co-worker’s passing remark—we weaken the grip of our conditioning. We lay down new tracks in the brain and fashion new synaptic connections. We become less likely in the future to default to patterns that can trap us into being satisfied with ineffective and outmoded strategies. We take steps to improve not only how we are at work but the work environment itself.

    20 reasons to practice Mindfulness

    It Boosts Your HEALTH

    1. Increases immune function
    2. Decreases Pain
    3. Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level

    It Boosts Your HAPPINESS

    1. Increases Positive Emotion
    2. Decreases Depression
    3. Decreases Anxiety
    4. Decreases Stress

    It Boosts Your SOCIAL LIFE

    1. Increases social connection & emotional intelligence
    2. Makes you more compassionate
    3. Makes you feel less lonely

    It Boosts Your Self-Control

    1. Improves your ability to regulate your emotions
    2. Improves your ability to introspect It Changes Your BRAIN (for the better)
    3. Increases grey matter
    4. Increases volume in areas related to emotion regulation, positive emotions & self-control
    5. Increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention It Improves Your Productivity
    6. Increases your focus & attention
    7. Improves your ability to multitask
    8. Improves your memory
    9. Improves your ability to be creative & think outside the box (see research by J. Schooler)
    10. It Makes You WISE(R)

    Shared room €393; double room €473; single room €555

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    Date:August 19 - 24
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180819-13
    Title:Ayurveda for Women
    Instructor:Leela Mata

    The Divine Mother: Shakti

    The Divine Mother: Shakti

    Each woman is a reflection of the Divine Mother, the universal Shakti (energy) who creates the universe. As the microcosm, she reflects the cosmic rhythms of nature (the macrocosm).

    In this seminar we will explore the rhythms and cycles of creation in order to understand the complexities of a woman's bio-physical, psychological and spiritual makeup. Understand your constitution and what it takes to keep your unique mind/body system in balance.

    Begin to work with your body's healing intelligence to correct underlying imbalances and help you feel better. You will gain a new understanding of puberty and menopause, and how to pass through these events comfortably and joyfully

    Leela Mata will suggest some simple habits to support your self-healing; she will also give you some profound anti-aging secrets.

    Shared room €425; double room €505; single room €588; dormitory/tent/caravan €361

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    Date:August 19 - 24
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180819-9
    Title:Integral Yoga Practice
    Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

    Swami Bodhichitananda, a monk from Rishikesh/India, will give you useful guidance for a comprehensive spiritual practice, including hatha yoga, pranayama and meditation. How can you organize a daily practice routine and discipline? How can you integrate yoga into the ever-changing worldview? The seminar combines daily practice with traditional and modern theory. With its light, joyous approach Swami Bodhichidananda will give you new ideas, motiviation and inspiration for your daily practice, and will answer to individual questions.

    Shared room €393; double room €473; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €329

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    Date:August 19 - 24
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:A180819-3
    Title:Hygiene for the Back: Education and Injury Prevention
    Instructor:Gauri Agulla Castro Eckhardt

    In her 30 years of practicing and teaching yoga, Gauri has developed an innovative method of combining traditional yoga asanas with exact anatomical corrections. She has a huge experience of asana styles and has consulted world renowned back specialists; this enables her to give you fresh insight into the functioning and effects of asanas on your back. You will learn to strengthen your back, avoid back injuries, and how to rehabilitate your back from previous damage.

    Shared room €393; double room €473; single room €555

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    Date:August 19 - 26
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180819-3
    Title:Ethics for Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists
    Instructor:Swami Saradananda

    Patanjali

    Patanjali

    As yoga teachers and therapists, we have ethical and moral responsibilities to our students and clients. They expect and deserve that we maintain impeccable standards of professional competence and personal integrity. Some of these ethical standards are encoded into the first two limbs of Patanjali’s eightfold path, i.e. the yamas and niyamas.

    The issues we address in this seminar can help you to make better and more conscious decisions. Do you struggle with setting healthy personal boundaries? What is the best way to relate to students who frequently ask for extra help before or after class? How much extra help should you offer? How can you maintain a friendly, but professional student-teacher/therapist relationship? What is the best way to respond to emotions experienced in class or during a therapy session? How can you relate more mindfully and with more skill to the needs of your students/clients? These are some of the questions and ethical dilemmas we will discuss, as well as questions of intimacy and sexuality.

    We will look at the ethical questions posed in the Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita and the Mahabharata – and how they apply to modern life and contemporary yoga teaching. We will draw on and integrate the yoga tradition of teacher-student relationships as well as the western cultural expectations of teachers and therapists.

    Shared room €544; double room €655; single room €771; dormitory/tent/caravan €455

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    Date:August 26 - 31
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180826-5
    Title:Awakening the Guru Within
    Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

    This course will give you tools and techniques to move through life with ease and grace. I know many of you would've loved a guidebook to this journey called life... Well this is the next best thing!

    When you live from the state of higher intelligence “Buddhi” you are able to see and feel things as they are, you have access to the whole picture (macro perspective) and in this way you come to know everything is perfect as it is. This will not just be a concept but an actual knowing.

    This is the level I live from and I would be happy to share with you how you can get there.

    In this course you will:

    Learn how to purify the Koshas so that “Buddhi” is expressed in our thoughts, words, and actions. “Buddhi” is our true guide. “Buddhi” is our inner Guru.

    • Practice techniques to bring us into the present moment so that you can see and feel how “Buddhi” expresses itself in the world.
    • Go over practices that you can use in your everyday life that will strengthen your connection to “Buddhi”
    • Learn how to communicate with “Buddhi” consciously. Ask questions and receive answers from your inner Guru.
    • Understand and see that we are never alone.

    Shared room €371; double room €451; single room €533; dormitory/tent/caravan €307

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    Date:August 26 - 31
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180826-7
    Title:Learning Harmonium and Kirtan in classical Indian Style
    Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

    Learning Harmonium and Kirtan in classical Indian Style

    Learning Harmonium and Kirtan in classical Indian Style

    This is a great seminar for those who want to learn kirtan and mantra chanting in classical Indian style using the harmonium. Knowledge of the fundamentals of music would be an asset but not essential for participants. You will learn how to play the harmonium, sing and chant in classical Indian style using ragas – also, you will be introduced to improvisation in the raga tradition. You are welcome to bring any musical instrument(s) you are familiar with.

    Course Structure:

    Sun 21:00–22:00 Introduction

    Mon 8:05–9:00 Introduction to classical Indian music, Ragas and Harmonium

          14:30–18:00 Practice of some basic scales of Indian music on Harmonium

          21:00–22:00 Introduction to Indian Ragas and Rhythms

    Tue 8:05–9:00 Introduction to Mantra, Mantra repetition and chanting

          14:30–18:00 Practice of some Ragas and Mantra chanting using Ragas

          21:00–22:00 Free Evening

    Wed 8:05 – 9:00 Introduction to Healing aspects of Indian music

          14:30–18:00 Practice of some Ragas and Mantra chanting using Ragas

        21:00–22:00 How to create your own melodies for Mantra chanting in classical Indian style

    Thu 8:05–9:00 Presentation aspects of Kirtan, stage presence etc.

          14:30–18:00 Practice of some Ragas and Mantra chanting using Ragas

          21:00–22:00 Participants present Kirtan sessions

    Fri 8:05 – 9:00 Q&A and feedback

    Shared room €371; double room €451; single room €533; dormitory/tent/caravan €307

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    Date:August 26 - 31
    Location:Westerwald
    Register:W180826-2
    Title:Kriya Yoga Intensive
    Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

    This is an introduction to Kriya Yoga, the “meditation practice of a higher era”, revived by the deathless Himalayan Yogi Babaji. Experience for yourself the theory, tradition and practice of Kriya Yoga.

    Swami Bodhichtitananda will teach the basic techniques:

    • Meditation based on breathing and the practice of Hamsa
    • Anahata Shabdha: the power of OM and sound in meditation
    • Spinal Breathing meditation for purifying and releasing psychic blockages, gaining control over your life force, and developing deeper concentration.
    • Complementary asana classes.
    • Kriya Yoga Initiation: On the last day for those who have participated fully in the seminar, felt a real connection with the practice and are ready to continue with a daily practice of the techniques, we can offer initiation into the full practice of Kriya Yoga.

    Swami Bodhichitananda will introduce you to the ancient and original Kriya Yoga tradition of Mahavatar Babaji, the deathless Yogi legend who has wandered the Himalayas for ages, and in modern times reintroduced the lost science Kriya Yoga for a new age of emerging higher consciousness. Kriya Yoga is considered one of the easiest and fastest ways to gain control of the mind and prana, to develop strong concentration, peace of mind, and a great sense of “coming home” to one’s own self. Swamiji will give all the Yogic and Meditation practices necessary to begin a steady meditation practice, and preparation for initiation into Kriya Yoga as well as the Energization Exercises, a set of 39 Exercises developed by Paramahansa Yogananda for gaining control of the Prana(Life Energy), being able to direct it at will to various body parts for healing and revitalization, and gaining control of the restless mind. At the end of the seminar, Swami will offer full Initiation into the higher practices of Kriya Yoga to those Yogis/Yoginis sincerely wishing & ready to develop a regular practice. Swami Bodhichitananda Saraswati is authorized as a Kriya Yoga Acharya in the lineage of Paramahamsa Yogananda by H.H. Swami Jnanananda Giri, a great Kriya Yoga Master of the Himalayas, and with blessings of H.H. Swami Chidananda, successor to Swami Sivananda.

    Shared room €393; double room €473; single room €555; tent/caravan €329

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    Date:August 26 - 31
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180826-11
    Title:Ayurveda Marma Massage Training
    Instructor:Leela Mata

    Marmas are centres of the three bio-energies: vata, pitta and kapha, as well as the three basic qualities of Nature: sattva, rajas and tamas. By using soft circular movements on marma points, you can release toxins, compacted energies, and suppressed or blocked emotions. Learn how to use marmas to re-establish the harmonic flow of prana. In this training, you will learn to locate the marma points and to work on them so that health in the various body organs may be re-established or maintained. Included are recognized elements of Ayurveda therapy training, holistic therapy training and holistic massage therapy training.

    Shared room €465; double room €546; single room €628; dormitory/tent/caravan €401

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    Date:August 26 - 31
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180826-2
    Title:Meditation Retreat with Swami Saradananda
    Instructor:Swami Saradananda

    Swami Saradananda in Meditaion

    Swami Saradananda in Meditaion

    This is a unique opportunity to explore new spiritual depths and enjoy the satsang of an internationally renowned teacher of yoga and meditation. Remove yourself from your everyday life; immerse yourself in the spiritual energy of meditation. Dive deep into your practice; gain new inspiration and insights.

    Swami Saradananda is an inspiring teacher who will help you to deepen and refine your practice. Her extended meditations, combined with daily periods of silence, will lead you to an integral experience and a heightened state of awareness.

    Shared room €382; double room €462; single room €544; dormitory/tent/caravan €318

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    Date:August 26 - 31
    Location:Allgaeu
    Register:A180826-3
    Title:Theme Week: Indian Rituals and Recitations with Swami Nivedanananda
    Instructor:Swami Nivedanananda

    Swami Nivedanananda will be our guest this week. Every day he will perform Indian rituals and recite powerful Vedic mantras. You will have the opportunity to experience these events with an authentic Swami and master.

    You can also participate in daily yoga classes, meditation, guided walks, chanting, drawing of yantras and much more. You may choose to register for the entire week or only for a few days as an individual guest, booking your room only but having the option of attending talks and classes.

    Monday-Friday (rate per day): Shared room €50; double room €66; single room €82; dormitory/tent/caravan €3

    Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €113; double room €145; single room €179; dormitory/tent/caravan €88.

    Please register as an individual guest, indicating the number of days you wish to stay and which type of room you prefer.

    Email for registration: rezeption@yoga-vidya.de

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    Date:August 31 - September 2
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180831-9
    Title:How To Awaken Your Inner Energies and Realize Your Full Potential
    Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

    We are all bundles of wonderful energies. However, these energies remain dormant in most people. Awakening these inner energies is necessary for the realization of our full potential and achievement of our goals and dreams in life. It is also important to harmonize our inner energies with the Universal Energies to attain peace and happiness. In this weekend seminar, you will learn about these sacred inner Energies as well as some ancient Yogic practices to awaken them including Pranayama techniques, Mantras and Mudras.

    Shared room €172; double room €205; single room €238; dormitory/tent/caravan €147

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    Date:August 31 - September 2
    Location:North Sea
    Register:N180831-3
    Title:Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with Narayani
    Instructor:Narayani

    Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with Narayani

    Vrischikasana (Scorpion)

    Work intensively on your asanas and be inspired by lectures and meditation. Narayani is the co-author of the "Book of Yoga". Her way of teaching is magical; she will guide you in a playful manner. You will find yourself doing the most difficult variations and be amazed at how much is possible. As a result of her long and intensive asana practice and more than 30 years of teaching experience, Narayani can give you excellent advice. Her calm and joyful personality is always an inspiration! This programme includes little theory and longer asana classes.

    Shared room €205; double room €238; single room €270; dormitory/tent €180

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    Date:August 31 – September 2
    Location:Westerwald
    Register:W180831-2
    Title:Yoga, Spirit and Nature
    Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

    How can we bring our lives back into harmony with nature and our own true Self? In this seminar, we will explore our relationship with outer nature and our own inner nature. We will spend as much time as possible outdoors, practicing yoga and meditation. Our practice will include various meditations on nature, these were discovered by forest yogis.

    We will also explore the newly emerging field of religious and spiritual naturalism and evolutionary cosmology of such modern spiritual pioneers as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, Michael Dowd and the Integral Movement. Updating our views to fit into the new comprehensive worldview of Reality, we will attempt to gain a greater understanding of our place within the Universe. Only by doing this can we truly find Peace, not only for ourselves, but also for humanity and all of Earth’s inhabitants.

    Shared room €183; double room €216; single room €248; tent/caravan €158

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    Date:August 31 – September 9
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180831-3
    Title:Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Intensive F4 - Viveka Chudamani and Asana Intensive
    Instructor:Narayani and Sukadev Bretz

    Sankaracharya with devotees

    Sankaracharya with devotees

    Viveka Chudamani (The Crest-Jewel of Discrimination), Sankaracharya's masterpiece of Advaita Vedanta philosophy, provides the central theme of this course. Shankara composed many sub-texts from the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita, which are called Prakarana Granthas, with the objective of bringing the message of the Vedas and Upanishads to lay people. Viveka Chudamani, as the name implies, is the crowning achievement of these texts.

    Narayani, one of our favourite and most experienced yoga instructors, enhances the course with intense and precise asana practice.

    Shared room €686; double room €831; single room €980; dormitory/tent/caravan €571

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    September 2018

    Asana classes and guided meditations are usually in German. If you need translation for asana classes, please let us know when you register.

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    Date:September 1 - 7
    Location:North Sea
    Register:N180901-1
    Title:Theme Week: Indian Rituals and Recitations with Swami Nivedanananda
    Instructor:Swami Nivedanananda

    Puja - a religious ritual performed by Hindus

    Puja - a religious ritual performed by Hindus

    Swami Nivedanananda will be our guest this week. Every day he will perform Indian rituals and recite powerful Vedic mantras. You will have the opportunity to experience these events with an authentic Swami and master.

    You can also participate in daily yoga classes, meditation, guided walks, chanting, drawing of yantras and much more. You may choose to register for the entire week or only for a few days as an individual guest, booking your room only but having the option of attending talks and classes.

    Monday-Friday (rate per day): Shared room €50; double room €66; single room €82; dormitory/tent/caravan €37

    Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €113; double room €145; single room €179; dormitory/tent/caravan €88.

    Please register as an individual guest, indicating the number of days you wish to stay and which type of room you prefer.

    Email for registration: rezeption@yoga-vidya.de

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    Date:September 2 - 7
    Location:Allgaeu
    Register:A180902-4
    Title:Meditation Retreat with Swami Saradananda
    Instructor:Swami Saradananda

    This is a unique opportunity to explore new spiritual depths and enjoy the satsang of an internationally renowned teacher of yoga and meditation. Remove yourself from your everyday life; immerse yourself in the spiritual energy of meditation. Dive deep into your practice; gain new inspiration and insights.

    Swami Saradananda is an inspiring teacher who will help you to deepen and refine your practice. Her extended meditations, combined with daily periods of silence, will lead you to an integral experience and a heightened state of awareness.

    Shared room €382; double room €462; single room €544

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    Date:September 2 - 7
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180902-8
    Title:Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with Narayani
    Instructor:Narayani

    Your Instructor: Narayani

    Narayani in half spinal twist pose

    Work intensely on your asanas and be inspired by lectures and meditation. Narayani is the co-author of the book "Yoga". Her way of teaching is magical; she will guide you in a playful manner. You will find yourself doing the most difficult variations and be amazed at how much is possible. As a result of her long and intense asana practice and more than 30 years of teaching experience, Narayani can give you excellent advice. Her calm and joyful personality is always an inspiration! This program includes little theory and longer asana classes.

    Shared room €479; double room €560; single room €642; dormitory/tent/caravan €415

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    Date:September 2 - 7
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180902-9
    Title:Theme Week: Nada Yoga with Ram Vakkalanka – the power of sound
    Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

    This week is Ram Vakkalanka, Indian Sanskrit expert, talented sitar player and experienced meditation leader will be a guest at Yoga Vidya. Ram passes every morning with a Nada Yoga meditation on his sitar. Every day, even without booking a seminar, you can participate to open workshops on Sanskrit, mantras, chakras and mudras. Ram will also give a kirtan concert. You can experience the heart-opening and healing power of sound!

    Additionally you can take part in the open class offerings: daily yoga classes, meditation, guided walks, recitations, Mandala drawing, and lots more. You may spend the entire week or only a few days as an ‘individual guest’, booking your room only but having the option of attending talks and classes.

    Weekend (Fri-Sun): Shared room €113; double room €145; single room €179; dormitory €88

    Monday – Friday: Shared room €50; double room €66; single room €82; dormitory €37.

    Please register as an ‘individual guest’, indicating the number of days you wish to stay and which type of room you prefer. Email for registration: rezeption@yoga-vidya.de

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    Date:September 7 - 9
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180907-15
    Title:Get your sleep and live your happiness
    Instructor:Leela Mata

    Your instructor: Leela Mata

    Leela Mata in meditation

    Sleep recharges, restores, harmonize, and refreshes you, enabling you to live a vibrant and happy, relaxed and fulfilled life. In this workshop, Leela Mataji will give you a profound understanding of this process and how it is related to your Self-unfoldment.

    Mataji will share with you her own unique method of "Sleep Sadhana". It is not the length of sleep but rather the quality of sleep that matters. To sleep less, but to attain greater benefits, you will be taught the technique of withdrawing the mind and senses (not yoga nidra) into the sleep centre and surrendering it to the Divine Self.

    Shared room €194; double room €227; single room €259; dormitory/tent/caravan €169

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    Date:September 16 - 21
    Location:Westerwald
    Register:W180916-5
    Title:Spiritual Retreat with Leela Mata
    Instructor:Leela Mata

    This retreat offers you a unique opportunity to connect with an internationally-renowned yoga master on a deep spiritual level. Remove yourself from your everyday environment; enjoy the energy-enriched atmosphere of the Ashram as you dive deep into your spiritual practice. You will find yourself transcending obstacles that previously blocked your progress.

    Besides guided practice, there is time from 11am-4pm daily, when you can reflect and let your experiences and insights settle. During this spiritual retreat, Leela Mata will give two yoga classes and guide you in mind-expanding meditations.

    Shared room €425; double room €505; single room €588; tent/caravan €361

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    Date:September 16 - 23
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180916-10
    Title:Panchakarma Group Cure
    Instructor:Dr. Aruna Rajendran

    Panchakarma, the well known ayurvedic treatment, is one of the most effective methods of cleansing the entire body. It regenerates and revitalises you, starting from the cellular level. Deep-seated blockades are released; the total organism is detoxified and regenerated. This process is especially effective when assisted by yoga, meditation and the singing of bhajans.

    “Pancha” means “five” and “karma” means “techniques of cleansing”. The five techniques of cleansing are: Vamana (therapeutic vomiting), Vireka (purgation), Basti (oil enema), Nasya (cleaning of the nose), and Rakta Mochana (cleaning the blood using herbs). The process of deep cleansing activates your power of self-healing. This process will be assisted by daily abhyanga massages (either by another participant in the workshop or by guided self-massage), exhalation therapy and a special diet. Dr. Devendra will also discuss the ayurvedic concept of constitution.

    Shared room €614; double room €720; single room €827; dormitory/tent/caravan €531

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    October 2018

    Asana classes and guided meditations are usually in German. If you need translation for asana classes, please let us know when you register.

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    Date:October 5 - 12
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B181005-16
    Title:Ayurveda Marma Therapy Training
    Instructor:Dr. Devendra Prasad Mishra

    Ayurveda Marma Therapy Training

    Marmas are the meridian point system of Ayurveda, corresponding to organs, nerves, and bodily systems. Through manipulation of Marmas by means of Abhyanga (massage), Mardana (acupressure), Aromatherapy, Pranic healing, Herbs (lepa), Raktamokshan (blood letting), Marma puncture, and Agni karma, the Prana (life energy) can be directed to remove blockages and stimulate energy flow, thus resulting in a healthy state of body, mind and spirit.

    The programme includes

    • Introduction of Marma Therapy
    • History of Marma Therapy
    • Marma and Chakra
    • Marma and constitutions
    • Marma and Pulse Diagnosis
    • Marma and Tongue Diagnosis
    • Types of Marma treatment
    • Psychological aspect of Marma therapy
    • Marma location and identification
    • Marma and disorders
    • Marma and Ayurvedic oils
    • Marma meditation

    Shared room €627; double room €740; single room €855; dormitory/tent/caravan €538

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    Date:October 12 - 21
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B181012-18
    Title:Ayurveda Medicine: Advance Training
    Instructor:Dr. Devendra Prasad Mishra

    Ayurveda Medicine Advance Training

    In this second part of Ayurveda Medicine Training you will learn:

    • Ayurvedic Diagnosis (Vikrti)
    • Etiology and symptoms (Nidana)
    • 10-indication-diagnosis, including pulse diagnosis
    • Mutual analysis of constitution considering pulse, tongue, skin, eyes, etc.
    • Process of treatment in Ayurveda
    • Regenerative Treatment (Samana chikitsa)
    • Purification Treatment (Panchakarma: Vamana, Virechana, Vasti, Sirovireca, Raktamoksha)
    • Specific diseases and their treatment
    • Overall understanding of the basic principles of Yoga and Ayurveda
    • Spiritual and philosophical aspects in Yoga
    • Yoga as daily routine

    Prerequisites: successful and complete participation in Part 1 or Ayurveda Health Consultant (BYV) or another Ayurveda Training Course recognized by BYVG. Parts 1 and 2 (Basic and advanced) may be taken together and are also valid as a replacement to the Ayurveda Health Consultant Training.

    Certificate: If you participate in all units of parts 1 and 2 and pass the exam, you’ll obtain a certificate of "Ayurveda Medicine" from the Professional Association of Ayurveda Health Consultants. This training does not authorize you to practice medicine within the European Community if you are not a physician or recognized health-care provider.

    Dr. Devendra Prasad Mishra, M.S. (Ayurveda) Shalya, Banaras Hindu University, B.A.M.S., P.D.C.R., Dip.Yoga. Teacher and consultant at various national and international institutions. He is trained in both traditional Ayurveda and Western Medicine. He is a master of Ayurveda Marma therapy and Pulse diagnosis. Dr. Mishra is the founder-director of the Kewalya Nature Care Society, which is working for the propagation and development of Ayurveda, Yoga and other Natural sciences.

    Shared room €855; double room €999; single room €1.147; dormitory/tent/caravan €740

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    Date:October 14 - 19
    Location:Westerwald
    Register:W181014-2
    Title:Theme Week: Indian Rituals and Recitations with Swami Nivedanananda
    Instructor:Swami Nivedanananda

    Swami Nivedanananda will be our guest this week. Every day he will perform Indian rituals and recite powerful Vedic mantras. You will have the opportunity to experience these events with an authentic Swami and master.

    You can personally experience how inspiring the presence of an Indian master can be! In addition, you can participate in the open-class activities: daily yoga classes, meditation, guided walks, recitations, drawing of mandalas and much more. You can register for the entire week or only for a few days as an individual guest, booking your room only but having the option of attending talks and classes.

    Monday-Friday (rate per day): Shared room €50; double room €66; single room €82; dormitory/tent/caravan €3

    Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €113; double room €145; single room €179; dormitory/tent/caravan €88.

    Please register as an individual guest, indicating the number of days you wish to stay and which type of room you prefer.

    Email for registration: rezeption@yoga-vidya.de

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    November 2018

    Asana classes and guided meditations are usually in German. If you need translation for asana classes, please let us know when you register.

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    Date:November 2 - 4
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B181102-20
    Title:Ayurveda for Women Experiencing Menopause
    Instructor:Dr. Aruna Rajendran

    In this seminar you will learn about the symptoms of menopause and how you can approach the resulting challenges from an ayurvedic perspective. Through practicing yoga, ayurveda and meditation, your doshas will be harmonized. Dr. Aruna, can give you many helpful tips resulting from her many years of experience.

    Shared room €172; double room €205; single room €238; dormitory/tent/caravan €147

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    Date:November 11 - 16
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B181111-11
    Title:Palliative care for cancer and other terminal illnesses
    Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

    The seminar is based on Dr. Nalini Sahay’s work with patients with cancer and terminal illnesses. This experience has also been based on her own handling of fibromyalgia and teaching prana healing at Yoga Vidya. The course is for all who want an additional skill to work with such people. A basic knowledge of prana healing and self work will be helpful but is not a precondition. The objective of the seminar is to enable the participant to empower such people to handle their pain and fears without bitterness. Gentle practices will be taught which have been used and found effective. The goal will be that the patients can rest for a while and feel refreshed and in control. Simple and effortless methods (for the patient) will be taught. Innovative breathing practices which impart a sense of subjective wellbeing along with developing a deep understanding of the issues will be given to the participants. This seminar can also be attended by care givers, and will be helpful for yoga teachers and prana healers as well.

    Shared room €393; double room €473; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €329

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    Date:November 11 - 16
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B181111-2
    Title:Mind Your Mind - Insight Into Yoga Psychology
    Instructor:Acharya Harilalji

    This 5 days course offers a good understanding about the human mind and its connection with the material world, our body and soul. It deals with the knowledge spread over many Vedic scriptures of ancient India. As the Mind itself is an instrument of endless information and knowledge, even the Encyclopaedia Britannica would have not been sufficient in describing it and its functions. But what we can cover in 5 days is an insight into the mysteries of the mind that Rishis (the wisemen) were able to see and describe. The knowledge of mind is present in all aspects of life - yoga, ayurveda, music, dance, rituals, economics, social life or politics - and all such disciplines deal with the concept of mind only. This course is an attempt to collect this dissipated knowledge about mind and put it into a structure which is understandable for the modern mind. While the modern psychology starts its inquiry about the Mind from the aspect of the physical body, the yoga psychology mentions the Soul first. The objective of this course is not to compare yoga and western psychology and point out the differences but rather to present yoga psychology as a complete functional psychological approach. Suitable for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, psychologists, holistic therapists, and healers.

    Shared room €371; double room €451; single room €533; dormitory/tent/caravan €307

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    Date:November 18 - 23
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B181118-12
    Title:Kriya Yoga Intensive
    Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

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    If you have been practicing asanas, pranayamas, mudras and bandhas regularly for two years or more, you may be ready to learn Kriya Yoga. These twenty powerful practices constitute a conflict-free, non-confrontational set of exercises for awakening your inner power. Kriya Yoga techniques enable you to open the chakras, purify the nadis, and awaken Kundalini Shakti.

    After completing this course, it is suggested that you continue with the practice for thirty minutes daily, in the manner specified. The various practices harmonize the pranic forces within your body. They help you to attain bliss, peace, and tranquillity. Vipareeta karani, mudra amrit pan, mudras and bandhas regulate your system. The degenerative process is reversed as the sahasrara chakra is stimulated. This improves the functioning of all bodily organs, systems, mind and emotions.

    Traditionally, these techniques were never taught publicly, but were communicated verbally from guru to disciple. Paramahamsa Swami Satyanandaji first taught these kriyas in the early 1960s because he felt that Kriya Yoga fulfils the needs of spiritual enlightenment in this millennium. Dr. Sahay is a direct disciple of Swami Satyanandaji, carrying on his teachings.

    Shared room €393; double room €473; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €329

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    Asana classes and guided meditations are usually in German. If you need translation for asana classes, please let us know when you register.

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