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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

Yoga Vidya Ashram Westerwald

Yoga Vidya Ashram Westerwald

Yoga Vidya Ashram Bad Meinberg

Yoga Vidya Ashram Bad Meinberg

Yoga Vidya Ashram Nordsee

Yoga Vidya Ashram Nordsee

Yoga Vidya Ashram Allgäu

Yoga Vidya Ashram Allgäu

List of Seminars:

Swami Sivananda

July 2016

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

Date:July 29 - 31
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160729-4
Title:Aradhana Sadhana:
Yoga of the Heart
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Aradhana Sadhana, based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda and Swami Satyananda Saraswati, aims to bridge the gap that exists between your spiritual practice and daily life. Its objective is to awaken intuition and develop your ability to see your own reflection in others.

The practice of Aradhana Sadhana includes:

  • Becoming steady and equipoised
  • Enhancing the benefit of asanas with the chanting of mantras
  • Pranayamas to balance your nadis
  • Pratyahara practices
  • Meditation practices
  • Having a sense of dedication while doing daily tasks
  • Developing awareness and experience of the divine in your daily life
  • Being aware of the presence of the divine in all beings

Aradhana Sadhana brings peace and strength. It improves your quality of life, behaviour and thinking patterns, and it enhances your sattvic and creative abilities. This seminar is for all seekers who wish to become intuitive and connected.

Dr Nalini Sahay is a direct disciple of Swami Satyananda Saraswati; she is guided by the motto “serve, love, give, meditate and realize”.

Shared room €174; double room €205; single room €236; dormitory/tent/caravan €151

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Date:July 31 – August 5
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:W160731-5
Title:Yoga holiday week -
Bhakti, Homa and Puja
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 get a deep insight into lived Indian Bhakti Yoga and in the diversity of Indian rituals. 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! All this in conjunction with a variety of yoga classes, lectures and relaxation exercises.

Shared room €297; double room €374; single room €453; tent/caravan €237

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Date:July 31
– August 5
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160731-4
Title:Tattwa Shuddhi
Sadhana
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Tattwa Shuddhi Sadhana is a tantric system designed to purify your entire being on all levels; 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 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 €374; double room €450; single room €529; dormitory/tent/caravan €313

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August 2016

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 5 - 7
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160805-3
Title:Sadhana -
the path of Self
Transformation
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Sadhana is a collective name for all the techniques which are deliberately adopted to remove the imperfections of the personality. These techniques are hatha yoga meditation, karma yoga, bhakti yoga, self introspection, kriya yoga and many others.We learn empathy the word used by Swami Sivananda to his young disciple Swami Satyananda. And Sadhana may be missing from many of our lives.

This seminar answers questions such as:

  • What is the meaning of existence
  • How to awaken the potential within us
  • How to know the self
  • How to have internal communication
  • How to reach the inner temple

We practice Sadhana in order to attain a greater power and capacity in our lives. We want to learn how to perceive the highest truth, to perceive our highest potential and to try to remain in a state of ananda.

Spiritual sadhana frees us from overcoming our self-limitations. It sets free the feeling of being imprisoned within, feeling defeated, feeling oppressed and feeling bewildered.

You will learn develop will power for practicing tapsya and titiksha to exhaust karmas.

  • How to keep your mind free and restore your mental equilibrium.
  • How to take care of your body and mind as they sustain your soul.
  • How to practice awareness the witnessing principle

It is Guru’s personal effort to help us to evolvey oneself.

Shared room €174; double room €205; single room €236; dormitory/tent/caravan €151

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Date:August 5 - 14
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160805-5
Title:Advanced Yoga
Teachers Training
Course Intensive B -
Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Instructor:Swami
Saradananda

Hatha Yoga presents a stairway to aid in the attainment of inner peace. Practicing asanas without connecting them to their spiritual roots frequently results in loss of inspiration. Inner peace is the aim of yoga. The main tools are asanas, pranayama, kriyas, mudras, and bandhas to control the mind and prana. Good health, a flexible body and higher stress resistance are positive side effects. This 9-day seminar will include detailed discussion of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, one of the important classical foundations of Hatha Yoga practice. It contains precise, yet coded, instructions as to how the latent energy potential may be utilized dynamically by Sadhana (spiritual practice). We will cover yogic cleansing techniques for body, mind and prana. The course is recommended for yoga practitioners, wishing to attain a deeper understanding and perspective. A particularly attractive course for Yoga teachers wishing to convey a new spiritual dimension and depth to their classes and their own practice. It is part of a 3-year cycle focusing on root texts of Hatha Yoga.

Shared room €653, double room €791, single room €933, dormitory/tent/caravan €544

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Date:August 7 - 10
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160807-3
Title:Indian Vegetarian
Cooking and Yoga
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Food not only maintains your body, it also influences your thinking and actions in subtle ways. Yogic cuisine is simple, full of purity and harmony, healthy and delicious. When you are practicing yoga, such nutrition is essential because it balances the flow of energy in mind and body; it provides you with prana, the energy of life.

Dr. Sahay will share her insights into the yogic teachings on nutrition plus 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 various 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 €253; double room €298; single room €346; dormitory/tent/caravan €217

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Date:August 7 - 14
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160807-4
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 47; double room €63; single room €78; dormitory/tent/caravan €35

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €108; double room €138; single room €170; dormitory/tent/caravan €84.

Register by mail: rezeption@yoga-vidya.de

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Date:August 12 - 14
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160812-3
Title:Meditations to
Overcome
Insomnia
Instructor: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 €174; double room €205; single room €236; dormitory/tent/caravan €151

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Date:August 14 - 19
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160814-7
Title:Asana intensive -
lots of practice,
with a bit of theory
Instructor:Swami
Saradananda

A rare opportunity to make a breakthrough with your yoga practice! Intensive work on asanas. Learn advanced asanas in a playful and relaxed atmosphere. Swami Saradananda's approach is concentrated and systematic. She makes even the most difficult 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 €308; double room €384; single room €463; dormitory/tent/caravan €248

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Date:August 14 - 19
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160814-20
Title:Yogic 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 €374; double room €450; single room €529; dormitory/tent/caravan €313

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Date:August 19 - 21
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160819-3
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 €174; double room €205; single room €236; dormitory/tent/caravan €151

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Date:August 19 - 21
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160819-4
Title:Mudras
Instructor:Swami
Saradananda

Learn to use your hands to direct psychic energy for 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.

This weekend seminar will introduce you to the basic energetic concepts of working with mudras. It 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 weekend promises to be especially helpful for everyone who works at a computer.

Shared room €174; double room €205; single room €236; dormitory/tent/caravan €151

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Date:August 21 - 26
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160821-16
Title:Yoga Holiday in Europe's biggest Yoga Resort
Instructor:Kaivalya Meike Schönknecht

Enjoy your yoga holiday week with daily yoga classes, meditation, mantra chanting, lectures on yoga and meditation, guided walks and excursions. A genuine and solid introduction or deepening of an holistic Yoga approach. Exotic Indian Ashram atmosphere in the midst of Europe. At the end of the week you will feel relaxed, energized and fit.

Shared room €297; double room €374; single room €453; dormitory/tent/caravan €237 – including vegetarian and vegan buffet, Yoga classes, meditation, lectures, Mantra chanting, Satsang.

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Date:August 21 - 28
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160821-3
Title:Chakra
Teachers’
Training
Instructor:Swami
Saradananda

Introduce your students to the concept of chakras and how they relate to yoga practice, as you deepen your own understanding. This seminar will look at the functions and reciprocal influences of the chakras on each other and on the unconscious and conscious minds. As an advanced training for yoga teachers, it is unique in its practical as well as its theoretical approach to this much talked about topic.

Adapt your yoga practice to move energy upward to higher consciousness. Access the equally important “step-down” work of these swirling vortexes of subtle energy. This seminar looks at ways that you and your students can use the chakras to manifest your ideas and dreams into a more creative embodiment.

Swami Saradananda is recognized as an international authority on Chakras. Her books include “Chakra Meditation”, “The Essential Guide to Chakras” and “The Power of Breath”.

Shared room €597; double room €704; single room €814; dormitory/tent/caravan €512

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Date:August 21 - 28
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160821-2
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 be clear in your comprehension of the subject. Through practice and discussion, you will learn to be completely aware and effortlessly relaxed on the mental, spiritual, emotional and physical levels.

Shared room €517; double room €623; single room €734; dormitory/tent/caravan €433

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Date:August 21 - 28
Location:North Sea
Register:N160821-9
Title:Theme Week:
Indian Rituals
and Recitations
with Swami
Nivedanananda
Instructor:Swami
Nivedanananda

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.

Monday-Friday (rate per day): Shared room 52; double room €71; single room €90; dormitory/tent €37.

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €118; double room €155; single room €196; dormitory/tent €88.

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Date:August 26 - 28
Location:Westerwald
Register:W160826-5
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 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 €174; double room €205; single room €236; tent/caravan €151

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Date:August 28 - 31
Location:Allgäu
Register:A160828-5
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 €232; double room €278; single room €325

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Date:August 28 - 31
Location:Allgäu
Register:A160828-4
Title:Stretch and Relax -
Asanas for relaxation
and well-being
Instructor:Gauri Agulla
Castro Eckhardt

Exhausted from everyday life? This seminar will enable you to regenerate in no time: Enjoy your body in motion and in relaxation. After each asana class you will feel like a new person - full of power and energy, joy and ease that will linger for a long time. You will get new ideas for your own exercise practice and, if you are a yoga teacher, for your teaching as well. With true Spanish vibrancy and warmth, Gauri leads you to new experiences and complete relaxation in the asanas.

Shared room €232; double room €278; single room €325

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Date:August 28
– September 2
Location:Westerwald
Register:W160828-2
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.

Shared room €374; double room €450; single room €529; tent/caravan €313

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Date:August 31
– September 4
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160831-5
Title:Dharana Darshana
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Dharana practices are designed specifically to purify the nadis and chakras of the psychic body through the process of concentration and visualisation. There are Yogic, Tantric and Upanishadic traditions.

In order to practice any one of them the ground rules have to be set.

  1. Kaya Sthairyam is the first part of the Dharana practices. It is a basic of concentration on the steadiness of the body.
  2. Three tools are essential for the success of dharana practice:
    1. Psychic sound
    2. psychic symbol
    3. psychic breath.

They provide a basis or a support which the mind can hold on to when the sensory input is cut off.
You will be told stories to understand the details.
You will be able to choose your own symbol.
You will learn the full steps of Kaya Stairyam.
You will practice Chakra Shuddhi Dharana, explained in minute detail.
Ajapa Dharana will be taught next. You will learn how to equalise the apana and prana. These are part of Yogic and Tantric Dharana.
You will be taught Upanishadic dharana,

The two practices here Bahyakasha Dharana and Antarakasha Dharana.

Bahyakasha is the exploration of the outer space or ether. The practice is conducted in a meditative way. We will experience ourselves as a part of the great cosmos.

Antarakasha: Antar means inner and this is the inner ether which forms our core. All that exists within the Bahyaakasha within the dimension of time, space and objects is the world we live in. And we have an identical world within us. We work with inner space.

All the practices are truly spiritually rewarding and are meant for the seeker.The practices are taken from Swami Niranjanananda’s vast knowledge of the Tantras and Upanishads.

Shared room €316; double room €377; single room €440; dormitory/tent/caravan €267

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Date:August 31
– September 4
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B151206-3
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 €316; double room €377; single room €440; dormitory/tent/caravan €267

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Date:August 31
– September 4
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160831-2
Title:Improving your
self-confidence
and inner strength
Instructor:Shanmug
Westley Eckardt

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 €316; double room €377; single room €440; dormitory/tent/caravan €267

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September 2016

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 4 - 9
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160904-7
Title:Meditation
Retreat
Made Easy
Instructor: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 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 start us with thorough instruction in the basics of meditation and pranayama, how to sit comfortably, with short sitting sessions, 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 €374; double room €450; single room €529; dormitory/tent/caravan €313

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Date:September 9 - 11
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160909-13
Title:Kundalini,
Tantra & Yantra
Instructor:Swami
Bodhichitananda

Awakening the power of kundalini is the secret key to higher Yoga, increased energy, greater life fulfilment and spiritual enlightenment. We will learn 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 & emotional blocks. Understanding and meditating upon Sri Yantra, the highest of all yantras is the secret to awakening Sakti. By raising Kundalini Shakti (Devi) at the base of the spine through the chakras to join Shiva at the crown of the head, Sahasrara Chakra, you will balance the masculine and feminine aspects of being, bring greater energy and balance to your Yoga practice and to your life.

Shared room €174; double room €205; single room €236; dormitory/tent/caravan €151

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Date:September 9 - 18
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160909-4
Title:Advanced Yoga
Teachers’ Training
Intensive F4 -
Viveka Chudamani
and Asana Intensive
Instructor:Narayani and
Sukadev Bretz

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 €653; double room €791; single room €933; dormitory/tent/caravan €544

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Date:September 11 - 16
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160911-5
Title:Asana Intensive
with Narayani
Instructor:Narayani

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 €456; double room €533; single room €611; dormitory/tent/caravan €395

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Date:September 11 - 16
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160911-9
Title:I am That
Instructor:Swami
Bodhichitananda

The direct experience of enlightenment through practical Vedanta of the Great Truths of Jnana Yoga. Swamiji will take the participants through the progression from the theoretical to the meditative to direct experience of the highest and final teachings of Yoga, the Jnana Yoga of Vedanta and the Mahavakyas (Great Truths). You will learn the overall teachings of Jnana Yoga, learn different meditations of Vedanta and have the direct experience of one’s own essential nature, one’s own Self (Atman), and the Self (Brahman) as the substratum of all Reality. The focus will be experiential, practical Vedanta, in line with Swami Sivananda’s vision.

Shared room €374; double room €450; single room €529; dormitory/tent/caravan €313

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Date:September 16 - 20
Location:North Sea
Register:N160916-2
Title: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 "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 program includes little theory and longer asana classes.

Shared room €388; double room €449; single room €512; dormitory/tent €340

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Date:September 30
– October 4
Location:Westerwald
Register:W160930-3
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 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 47; double room €63; single room €78; tent/caravan €35.

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €108; double room €138; single room €170; tent/caravan €84.

Register by mail: rezeption@yoga-vidya.de

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Date:September 30 –
October 9
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B160930-10
Title:Ayurveda Medicine:
Advance Training
Instructor:Dr. Devendra
Prasad Mishra

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 €813; double room €951; single room €1092; dormitory/tent/caravan €704

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October 2016

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 9 - 16
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B161009-11
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.

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Date:October 23 - 28
Location:Westerwald
Register:B151206-3
Title:Ayur-Yoga
Training
Instructor:Leela Mata

Ayur-Yoga integrates ayurveda and yoga with the aim of restoring and maintaining the individual’s internal and external balance. Harmony comes through a proper understanding of the doshas (bio-energies) and their relationship with asanas, pranayama and meditation.

Shared room €443; double room €519; single room €598; tent/caravan €382

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Date:October 28
- November 6
Location:Westerwald
Register:W161028-1
Title:Advanced
Yoga
Teachers`
Training
Intensive D1
– Raja Yoga
Instructor:Leela Mata

Raja Yoga, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, meditation, teaching techniques, Sanskrit, asana variations, shankprakshalama, Kundalini Yoga

This seminar investigates how, in his landmark scripture on classical yoga, Patanjali approaches eternal psychological, philosophical and spiritual questions. You will find that there is much more there than the usual focus on the eight limbs of Raja Yoga.

Shared room €653; double room €791; single room €933; tent/caravan €544

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Date:October 30
– November 4
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B161030-11
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 €443; double room €519; single room €598; dormitory/tent/caravan €382

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November 2016

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 4 - 6
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B161104-16
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. The Indian Ayurveda doctor, Dr. Aruna, can give you tips resulting from many years of experience.

Shared room €164; double room €195; single room €226; dormitory/tent/caravan €140

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Date:November 6 - 9
Location:Westerwald
Register:W161106-3
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 €248; double room €293; single room €341; tent/caravan €210

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Date:November 6 - 11
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B161106-5
Title:Renovate
Your Life
Instructor: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 €353; double room €429; single room €508; dormitory/tent/caravan €292

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Date:November 11 - 13
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B161111-9
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 €164; double room €195; single room €226; dormitory/tent/caravan €140

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Date:November 11 - 16
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B161111-5
Title:Healthy Happy
life with Ayurveda
Instructor:Leela Mata

Here is a course packed with practical Ayurvedic wisdom that you can apply to achieve a life of health and happiness.

Understand your unique constitution and how to apply this understanding to each and every area of your life: food/ spices/ herbs, relationships, daily routines, yoga, meditation, marmas, chakras, massages, and much more. Have your individual questions answered and doubts cleared. Leave feeling empowered to experience a fulfilling and joyful life.

Shared room €427; double room €504; single room €582; dormitory/tent/caravan €366

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Date:November 18 - 20
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B161118-5
Title:Law of Attraction
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

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

Shared room €164; double room €195; single room €226; dormitory/tent/caravan €140

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Date:November 18 - 20
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B161118-3
Title:Food for the
Soul: Yoga
Nutrition
and its Impact
on Spiritual
Progress
Instructor:Leela Mata

Food can accelerate your spiritual growth if you eat to bring healing, peace, satisfaction and joy into your life. Understand how to fully nourish your body/mind/spirit complex. Recognize that all of the senses must be fed; learn how to feed them. This seminar includes simple rituals to energize and spiritualize your food. Leela Mata’s knowledge is spiced with humorous and enlightening stories.

Shared room €185; double room €216; single room €247; dormitory/tent/caravan €161

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Date:November 20 - 23
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B161120-4
Title:Ayurveda for
Women
Instructor:Leela Mata

Each woman is a reflection of the Divine Mother, the universal Shakti (energy) who creates the universe. As the microcosm of the macrocosm, she reflects the cosmic rhythms of nature.In this workshop 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 €248; double room €293; single room €341; dormitory/tent/caravan €210

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Date:November 20 - 24
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B161120-10
Title:Meditations for
Manifesting peace,
love, happiness,
health and success
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

Learn and experience ways to manifest peace, love, happiness, health and success in your life. We will explore our creative selves and learn to manipulate energy in order to enrich our lives with all these positive qualities so much longed for, and so much needed in our today’s environment. In order to develop them we'll focus on three styles of meditation: heart opening touching guided meditations, Mantra meditations to harmonize the whole system and to connect to the Divine, and Chakra meditations to unfold your full potential. We start with the outer world as your laboratory, experiment with awareness and you will find that you naturally move inward.

If you can become the master of your outer world, the inner world is mastered in the process. For most people this is an easier undertaking because you can see the outer with your physical eyes. You are conditioned to see with your physical senses not the subtle senses that are needed for the inner journey. So use the outer world as your laboratory, experiment with awareness and you will find that you naturally move inward. You can now move back and forth, master of both the inner and outer worlds. This mastery brings you closer to your true self; the creator now becomes known as your creation unfolds consciously.

Shared room €282; double room €344; single room €407; dormitory/tent/caravan €233

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Date:November 25 - 27
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B161125-11
Title:Breaking to Open
– The Power of
Surrender
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

Life brings many changes and transitions. If you can be fully conscious in these moments of perceived disaster, many secrets about life, and about the divine will be revealed. In moments of great anguish, when nothing can be done, you come to a moment of surrender, a pause, a gap, and in that gap the divinity within you is known.

During these times, amid everyday stress, when you face seemingly insurmountable adversity, life offers you a choice. You can turn away from change or embrace it; you can choose to shut down or to be broken open and transformed.

In this course we will:

  • Explore life in its awesome, sometimes traumatic way of leading us home to ourselves
  • Discuss and implement ways to deal with change and loss
  • Understand the power of surrender and realize that it is your greatest strength
  • Learn to flow and embrace change
  • Experience the power of surrender

Shared room €164; double room €195; single room €226; dormitory/tent/caravan €140

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Date:November 25 - 27
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B161125-10
Title:Get your sleep
and live your
happiness
Instructor:Leela Mata

Sleep is a vitally important link in the chain of life, equally important as the waking hours.

Sleep is a vitally important link in the chain of life, equally important as the waking hours.

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 have the greater benefits of this practice, you will be taught the technique of withdrawing mind and senses (not yoga nidra) into the sleep centre and surrender it to the Divine Self, so you can truly rest in God!

Shared room €185; double room €216; single room €247; dormitory/tent/caravan €161

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Date:November 27
– December 2
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B161127-6
Titel:Clairvoyance
Training Course
Instructor:Darshanie 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.

If you are interested to deepen your clairvoyant skills to be safe in your forecasts, you can deepen and expand the above topics and learn about advanced techniques in the advanced training course.

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 €443; double room €519; single room €598; dormitory/tent/caravan €382

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Date:November 30
– December 4
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B151206-3
Title:Mysticism of
Divine
Incarnations
Instructor:Leela Mata

God incarnates as is necessary in the different ages:

  • For the protection of the virtuous
  • For the destruction of the wicked.
  • For the establishment of Dharma (righteousness).

This seminar will take a penetrating look into the stories of the Divine personalities in order to reveal the subtle philosophical implications that are hidden from the casual student.

The Incarnations reveal the intricate relationship of Atma and Paramatma and the evolution from microcosm to macrocosm.

We will specifically deal with the different incarnations of Maha Vishnu, touching on the incarnations of Buddha, Jesus Christ and others.

You will definitely feel transported into a Divine realm where the stories become alive with sublime and uplifting energies.

You will gain a profound understanding of your relationship with God and have supreme confidence that God is always with you, leading you through the experiences of life to Oneness with Him.

You will be inspired to reach for blissful union with the Divine and your sadhana will become imbued with love and devotion.

Through the unique insights and inspirations gained by these explorations, the afflictions of ignorance, egoism, attachment and fear of death will fade.

Shared room €331; double room €392; single room €455; dormitory/tent/caravan €283

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December 2016

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:December 4 - 7
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B161204-6
Title:Jesus,
Yoga and You
Instructor:Leela Mata

What is the connection between yoga and Jesus Christ? What is the connection between Christ and yourself? How is Jesus connected to your spiritual practice and your everyday life? Leela Mata will help you become aware of these connections and show you how they relate. She will also help you to develop a deeper practical approach to yoga, spirituality, Jesus Christ and his teachings. From her own experience, Leela Mata will guide you and help you with your own spiritual practice and your understanding of mystic connections in order to bring you to a higher level.

Shared room €248; double room €293; single room €341; dormitory/tent/caravan €210

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Date:December 9 - 14
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B161209-4
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 €443; double room €519; single room €598; dormitory/tent/caravan €382

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