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Loving Greetings from Haus Yoga Vidya!

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 Month to the Seminars:

January 2019

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:January 20 - 25
Location:Allgaeu
Register:A190120-3
Title:Hatha Yoga - Symbolism and self-exploration
Instructor:Swami Sukhananda

Hatha Yoga - Symbolism and self-exploration

This profound self-exploration seminar includes three important components developed by Swami Sivananda Radha, which are taught and guided in a clear and structured way by her direct disciple Swami Sukhananda: Hidden Language Hatha Yoga: You practice Hatha Yoga, which is very far from being just simply body work. This gentle and completely meditative practice fully integrates the body as a spiritual tool. By practicing with metaphors, symbols and visualization, the secret messages, that are in the asanas, are revealed to you.

You start on a very personal level - your observations, your mind, your body, your relationships with the world. And then you go on to the universal, the mythology of cultures, the all-sustaining power of life. The asana practice is only incidentally aimed at physical effects. This is about understanding the psychology and symbolism behind it, and how each asana can help increase spiritual awareness.

This practice will help you to get deeper into your body and to experience the mystique that is in every asana. You practice in a quiet and inward-looking atmosphere with guidance. Between the asanas you have time to write down your observations. Between the asanas you have time to write down your observations. At the end of each yoga class, after the deep relaxation, there is still time and space for the participants to share their experiences just made. Kundalini Yoga leads to liberation. An often misunderstood yoga path which is indeed a practical and powerful tool for self-development. Swami Radha has developed an access to this old system that makes our approach easy today. Dream Yoga is another way to connect with your Supreme Self - analyzing your dreams is the direct way to learn to understand yourself. You enter into dialogue with your subconscious mind. You get answers that help you to get more self-confidence.

Shared room €378; double room €460; single room €544

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February 2019

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:February 1 - 3
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190201-6
Title:Kundalini Yoga - Steps to Freedom
Instructor:Swami Sukhananda

Kundalini Yoga - Steps to Freedom

Kundalini Yoga provides you with a symbolic map of your mind. It shows how the practices of Yoga can help you to draw on your inner wisdom draw and move forward, whatever the situation. Explore the power of Yoga to transform your life through a process of self-inquiry and meditation practices. Each choice you make, each step you take, can help you overcome limitations and bring you closer to your potential. Suitable for all levels.

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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Date:February 3 - 8
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190203-8
Title:Theme Week: Key steps in Kundalini Yoga
Instructor:Swami Sukhananda

Kundalini Yoga - Steps to Freedom

How do we apply our understanding of the Kundalini System effectively in daily life? How do we move on when we find ourselves in a stuck place? What do we need to do to open the heart and access intuition? Many of the practices available to help us are familiar, such as breath, renunciation, devotion, discrimination, and mantra. Kundalini Yoga gives us the tools to develop our potential, improve our awareness and refine our skills so that we can take key steps at the right time. These talks will include practices, reflection and group discussion. You are asked to bring your journals and pens to each talk.

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 51; double room €67; single room €84; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €115; double room €148; single room €183; dormitory/tent/caravan €90

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Date:February 8 - 10
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190208-5
Title:Writing your life
Instructor:Swami Sukhananda

Writing your life

Open to your inner voice in this unique class that combines the practices of Yoga with writing. In a Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga process, you will be guided to reflect on how Hatha poses relate to your mind, body and spirit - and your life. Using Mantra and meditation you will explore the power of Saraswati to unlock your creative potential. Your reflections will then be the seeds of inspiration that blossom in writing exercises that reveal how the story of your life can evolve. Suitable for anyone, whether beginner or experienced with yoga and/or writing

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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March 2019

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 10 - 17
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190310-2
Title:Panchakarma Group Cure
Instructor:Dr. Aruna Rajendran

Panchakarma Group Cure

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. The process of deep cleansing activates your power of self-healing. Under the competent management of Dr. Aruna Rajendran you can marvelously combine the cleaning and regeneration process with learning. A deep cleansing process that strongly activates the healing powers

Shared room €626; double room €734; single room €843; dormitory/tent/caravan €541

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Date:March 15 - 17
Location:Allgaeu
Register:A190315-2
Title:Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with Narayani
Instructor:Narayani

Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with 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 €209; double room €242; single room €275

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Date:March 31 – April 3
Location:North Sea
Register:N190331-2
Title:Free from anger, fear and rage
Instructor:Swami Tattvarupananda

Free from anger, fear and rage

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 €226 double room €275; single room €326; dormitory/tent €188

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April 2019

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 5 - 7
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190405-5
Title:Meditations from Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Meditations from Vijnana Bhairava Tantra

Sri Vijnana Bhairava Tantra is an ancient tantric text on meditation. It is a conversation between Shiva and Parvati on meditation practices. There are 112 techniques discussed by Shiva. The methods explained are for expanding the awareness and thereby releasing the prana (energy) locked in the physical body. Vijnana Bhairava Tantra is a book of practices and not of philosophy.

You will learn practices suitable for you no matter what your inclination and temperament may be. You will learn through the realm of your experience. The methods are in their seed form and the entire book can be written on one long piece of paper. However you will be taught these powerful practices in a simple and uncomplicated way. It will be possible for you to understand the meditative techniques and attain your level of spiritual development and inner temperament.

The Vijnana Bhairava Tantra is a text on Kashmir Shaivism and forms a part of Rudrayamala Tantra. It means the tantra of union between Rudra and Shakti which represents the union of consciousness and energy. The 112 techniques of meditation are all inclusive and there is no meditation technique which has not been covered in Sri Vijnana Bhairava Tantra.

The practices are for people of all ages and everyone can find a practice suitable for his or her own level.

Shared room €187; double room €220; single room €253; dormitory/tent/caravan €162

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Date:April 7 - 12
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190407-3
Title:Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with Narayani
Instructor:Narayani

Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with 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 €489; double room €571; single room €655; dormitory/tent/caravan €424

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Date:April 7 - 12
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190407-17
Title:Traditional Indian yoga for inner peace
Instructor:Dr. Tanu Varma

Traditional Indian yoga for inner peace

Be a Master of your mind and achieve inner peace. As a human our mind is difficult to control, we have lots of questions in the mind regarding: Who am I? What is a purpose of life? How to be happy? Where to find peace? How to get inner peace? All the questions show our creativity of mind and through this mind we can be a Master or slave too.

This workshop will help to learn how to control our mind and find what is our real aim of life. Everything is inside us happiness, peace, only we need to find a way how to find it. That path can be shown in Traditional Indian yoga.

Shared room €378; double room €460; single room €544; dormitory/tent/caravan €313

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Date:April 7 - 14
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190407-2
Title:Yoga Nidra Training for Yoga Teachers
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Yoga Nidra Training for Yoga Teachers

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 €555; double room €668; single room €786; dormitory/tent/caravan €464

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Date:April 12 - 14
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190412-26
Title:Traditional Henna art
Instructor:Dr. Tanu Varma

Traditional Henna art

Traditional Henna art includes spiritual symbols such as the sign for Om, the sun and moon, the peacock and flowers. These symbols are said to help one "awaken the light within". From a scientific standpoint Henna is used to release excess body heat. In this workshop you will learn about the history and philosophy of Henna painting and learn how to express your emotions through your own Hanna design. This is a technique used to find your inner balance, to heal, meditate and increase your ability to focus.

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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Date:April 14 - 19
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190414-21
Title:Theme Week: Inner peace and harmony
Instructor:Dr. Tanu Varma

Theme Week: Inner peace and harmony

Yoga is an art of leaving. Yoga for peace and harmony can bring the positive energy for how to be in presence and deal with our emotions like happiness, sadness, anger, fear. This week will provide you necessary tools to practice independently or enhance your current yoga practice. It will examine the traditional aspects of yoga providing you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of this ancient yoga system.

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 €51; double room €67; single room €84; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €115; double room €148; single room €183; dormitory/tent/caravan €90

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Date:April 14 - 19
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190414-4
Title:Yogic practices for the management of Depression
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Yogic practices for the management of Depression

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 €400; double room €482; single room €566; dormitory/tent/caravan €335

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Date:April 14 - 23
Location:Westerwald
Register:W190414-1
Title:Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Intensive A1 – Jnana Yoga
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Intensive A1 – Jnana Yoga

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 €700; double room €848; single room €1.000; tent/caravan

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Date:April 19 - 21
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190419-6
Title:Forgiveness, Healing, Transformation
Instructor:Swami Tattvarupananda

Forgiveness, Healing, Transformation

To heal, you must learn to forgive. Past situations may seem like a big load that affects your present life, but these experiences get a transformative power when you learn to forgive. During this weekend, Swami Tattvarupananda will lead you on a path of transformation using Yoga and Vedanta. You will learn new steps on the path to healing and wholeness.

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent €150

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Date:April 19 - 22
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190419-36
Title:Traditional Indian ritual for the energetic connection between mother and foetus
Instructor:Dr. Tanu Varma

Traditional Indian ritual for the energetic connection between mother and foetus

The child in the womb is already receiving information about its surroundings. The physical, psychological and spiritual state of the mother, the surroundings and the mother’s activities and everything that is happening to her will have an influence on the unborn child. In this seminar you will learn Punsvan Sanskar, a Hindu ritual, in which important positive characteristics (samskaras) are being consciously influenced in order to prepare the child for its life.

Apart from a healthy diet and yoga, you will be carrying out daily rituals, such as reading particular texts, hearing special music and mantras and discussing special topics. The seminar is useful for yoga teachers who are teaching pregnancy yoga and who wish to add a new dimension to their teaching.

Shared room €251; double room €301; single room €352; dormitory/tent/caravan €212

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Date:April 19 - 22
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190419-7
Title:Improving your self-confidence and inner strength
Instructor:Shanmug Westley Eckhardt

Improving your self-confidence and inner strength

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 €262; double room €312; single room €363; dormitory/tent/caravan €223

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Date:April 19 - 22
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190419-8
Title:Yoga of poetry - creative, fluent sequences of postures
Instructor:Gauri Agulla Castro Eckhardt

Yoga of poetry - creative, fluent sequences of postures

Each movement, each asana is a verse of a poetry, which you will write by yourself, nourishing and balancing your inner being. You will develop creative sequences of postures, build puzzles by flowing from one to the next position with the dynamic of the sequences, light, flexible, feeling, breathing and living yoga. The postures will be built from the base, growing and increasing the difficulty until it reaches its peak and when reaching the inner fire is unleashed, leaving the body and mind free and full.

Shared room €262; double room €312; single room €363; dormitory/tent/caravan €223

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Date:April 19 - 26
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190419-37
Title:Prana Healing: Basic Training Course
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Prana Healing: Basic Training Course

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 €640; double room €755; single room €872; dormitory/tent/caravan €549

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Date:April 21 - 26
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190421-3
Title:Theme Week: Vedanta in daily life
Instructor:Swami Tattvarupananda

Theme Week: Vedanta in daily life

You will have the opportunity to hear an inspiring talk from Swami Tattwarupananda on topics like:

  • “Vedanta in everyday life”
  • “Wisdom of the Upanishads”
  • “Bhagavad Gita”
  • “Vedic Recitations”

A native of Kerala, South India, Swami Tattvarupanandaji is a disciple of Swami Dayananda. He runs a Gurukulam (boys home) in Trivandrum where children from the poorest families can go to school, be trained in yoga, sports and cultural studies and be cared for as unique individuals. Swamiji also teaches Gita and Vedanta courses in Amma's Ashram, Sivananda Ashram and many other places. He is a respected and popular teacher with a practical approach and a humorous style of teaching.

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 €51; double room €67; single room €84; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights):

Shared room €115; double room €148; single room €183; dormitory/tent/caravan €90

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Date:April 23 - 28
Location:Westerwald
Register:W190423-1
Title:Asana intensive - lots of practice, with a bit of theory
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

Asana intensive - lots of practice, with a bit of theory

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 €344; double room €426; single room €510; tent/caravan €279

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Date:April 26 - 28
Location:Westerwald
Register:W190426-6
Title:Asana intensive - lots of practice, with a bit of theory
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

Asana intensive - lots of practice, with a bit of theory

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 €187; double room €220; single room €253; tent/caravan €162

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Date:April 26 - 28
Location:Allgaeu
Register:A190426-3
Title:Love what you are doing
Instructor:Swami Tattvarupananda

Love what you are doing

Vedanta is not only the philosophy of universal unity, it is also often called the philosophy of perfect freedom. This seminar give you techniques to bring this freedom into your daily life. Rightly understood, this freedom will lead you more to finding more happiness, true independence and peace of mind. Do what you love, and begin to love whatever you do - for absolute freedom in everyday thinking and doing.

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243

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Date:April 26 – May 3
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190426-8
Title:Vedanta Course Training
Instructor:Swami Tattvarupananda
 Vedamurti Dr. Olaf Schönert
 Alexandra Rohlje
 Katrin Nostadt

Vedanta Course Training

You will deepen your knowledge of Vedanta and will receive the tools to systematically introduce people to Vedanta. You will learn through listening to Vedanta Talks, asking questions and reasoning and giving talks on Vedanta in small groups. You will learn how to systematically structure and run an eight-week Vedanta course.

Scriptures tell us that everything is awareness. For many people this will be only an abstract statement that cannot be translated into everyday life. Traditional Vedanta has been for thousands of years a means of knowledge to realize your nature and to actualize this knowledge in your daily life. In this training course the basic teachings of Vedanta will be systematically unfolded. Step by step you learn to understand the basic principles of Vedanta: awareness, isvara and jiva.

Vedanta is suitable for you if you want to understand spiritual experiences using proven and traditional knowledge that is based on scriptures. You have already basic knowledge of traditional Vedanta. If you are willing to inquire into the nature of yourself, open to give up wrong notions and to learn proven knowledge by listening, reasoning and giving talks in small groups this training is right for you. There will be two satsangs (meditation and chanting) per day and an asana class.

Contents and topics

  • Theory and practice of conducting a Vedanta Course
  • Review of the basics of Vedanta: for example basic concepts, motivations, qualifications, the Self, isvara, karma yoga, dharma
  • Exemplary talks on Vedanta with questions and answers
  • Learn to teach Vedanta: You will give several talks on Vedanta in small groups including feedback. By explaining the topics in the lectures and answering questions, you deepen your own understanding of the teachings
  • Principles of teaching Vedanta
  • How to teach a 10 week Vedanta course. Building up a study group. Workshops on Vedanta. Vedanta and yoga.

The training is right for you if you

  • already have a basic knowledge of traditional Vedanta. Typical representatives of traditional Vedanta include Swami Chinmayananda and Swami Dayananda as well as students in this tradition such as Chandra Cohen, Swami Tattvarupananda or James Swartz.
  • You see Vedanta as a means of knowledge to understand who you are
  • You want to grow and apply this knowledge in your life
  • You want to deepen and review your knowledge in a group of experienced students of Vedanta
  • You are interested in a systematic and traditional approach to learn Vedanta
  • You want to practice hatha yoga, meditation and chanting of mantras

Literature: The Vedanta Course and this training will be based on the book: Swartz, James: The Essence of Enlightenment

Shared room €640; double room €755; single room €872; dormitory/tent/caravan €549

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Date:April 28 – May 1
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190428-16
Title:Indian Vegetarian Cooking and Yoga
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

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 €271; double room €320; single room €371; dormitory/tent/caravan €232

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May 2019

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 12 - 17
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190512-3
Title:Marma Therapy
Instructor:Dr. Aruna Rajendran

Marma Therapy

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 €378; double room €460; single room €544; dormitory/tent/caravan €313

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Date:May 12 - 17
Location:Westerwald
Register:W190512-3
Title:Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with Narayani
Instructor:Narayani

Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with 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 €489; double room €571; single room €655; tent/caravan €424

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Date:May 24 - 26
Location:Westerwald
Register:W190524-4
Title:You are unique
Instructor:Swami Tattvarupananda

You are unique

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 €175; double room €209; single room €243; tent/caravan €150

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Date:May 24 - 26
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190524-21
Title:Kabir - Songs and stories from the seeker who lost himself
Instructor:Dr. Chandrashekar Pandey
 Prof. Dr. Catharina Kiehnle

Kabir - Songs and stories from the seeker who lost himself

Kabir, who lived during the 15th century in Benares (Vārāṇasī), was one of the great poet-saints of India whose songs and verses continue to be sung and quoted by millions of people. They touch the heart of those who aspire for unity with the divine and help them on their path. Kabir speaks in a simple, true and direct style to seekers of all walks of life. During the weekend his life, poetry and experiences will be presented in words, melodies and movies.

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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Date:May 24 - 26
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B180527-9
Title:Theme Week: Bhaja Govindam by Adi Shankaracharya
Instructor:Dr. Chandrashekar Pandey

Theme Week: Bhaja Govindam by Adi Shankaracharya

Bhaja Govindam is one of the seemingly smaller but extremely important works of Adi Shankara, a great thinker and the noblest of Advaitic philosophers. Here the fundamentals of Vedanta are taught in simple, musical verses. Bhaja Govindam gives an eloquent picture of the art of realization and a deeper diagnosis of the human unhappiness. The simple looking stotrams (verses) are addressed to seekers as a book-of-instruction to help walk the path of life, free from delusion, straight to their goal, and become awakened.

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 €51; double room €67; single room €84; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €115; double room €148; single room €183; dormitory/tent/caravan €90.

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June 2019

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 2 - 7
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190602-3
Title:Yantras - how you can awaken your self-healing power with holy energies
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

Yantras - how you can awaken your self-healing power with holy energies

A magnificent course to learn more about Yantras, the holy geometries of healing energies and to come to know better the different manifestations of the cosmic energies and how to connect with the geometric structures and colors. Visual techniques will be added with Mudras and chanting of Mantras, to make this course to a powerful, healing experience. Knowledge about visual meditation is advantageous, but not necessary.

Shared room €378; double room €460; single room €544; dormitory/tent/caravan €313

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Date:June 7 - 10
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190607-44
Title:Mahavidyas - connecting with your Inner Goddesses
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

Mahavidyas - connecting with your Inner Goddesses

Mahavidya - the Great Wisdom - is the art and science of connecting with the Inner Goddesses. There are ten powerful Inner Goddesses that symbolize the various aspects of the Cosmic Feminine Energy. In these times of global rise in the awareness of feminine power, it will be fascinating to explore various aspects of the Cosmic Feminine Energy through the lens of Mahavidyas and learn various meditational techniques to connect with the Inner Goddesses

Shared room €251; double room €301; single room €352; dormitory/tent/caravan €212

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Date:June 7 - 10
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190607-30
Title:Yoga and Meditation Retreat with Swamiji
Instructor:Swamiji

Yoga and Meditation Retreat with Swamiji

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 €262; double room €312; single room €363; dormitory/tent/caravan €223

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Date:June 10 - 14
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190610-4
Title:Mahabharata - An Ancient Tale for Modern Times
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

Mahabharata - An Ancient Tale for Modern Times

We are living in very difficult times when negative energies seem to overwhelm the humanity. Staying positive and spiritual in these turbulent times is not easy. Mahabharata, written by Vyasa, tells the fascinating tale of good vs. evil through the Kuru dynasty of Kings in ancient India. It presents life in all its facets and challenges and shows us how to master the negative energies within us. Mahabharata is the source of Bhagavad-Gita, a popular text on Yoga. Join us to learn the secrets of staying positive in a negative world!

Shared room €302; double room €368; single room €436; dormitory/tent/caravan €250

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Date:June 14 - 16
Location:Westerwald
Register:W190614-4
Title:Movement of Chakras
Instructor:Nathiba Anantharavi

Movement of Chakras

In this seminar you will learn the anatomy and energy movement of the major and minor chakras in your body and how they are connected to each other. In addition, you will learn how Nadis relate to the chakras and their sound vibrations. The technique of Vasi Yoga from the Siddha tradition awakens subtle energy. The framework of the seminar consists of meditation, satsang and yoga lessons.

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; tent/caravan €150

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Date:June 16 - 23
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190616-3
Title:Ayurveda Medicine Training: Basic Course
Instructor:Dr. Devendra Prasad Mishra

Ayurveda Medicine Training: Basic Course

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 €706; double room €821; single room €939; dormitory/tent/caravan €615

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Date:June 16 - 21
Location:Westerwald
Register:W190616-4
Title:Kriya Kundalini Yoga
Instructor:Anantharavi Thillainathan

Kriya Kundalini Yoga

This seminar can provide a breakthrough experience for your yoga practice! It is for advanced yoga students and those who want to become more advanced. There will be extended holding of the positions, combined with mindfulness and concentration. The yoga classes will have different priorities: Chakra Concentration, affirmations and mantra recitation.

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. There will be more practice and less theory. Chanting and meditation complete the seminar.

Shared room €378; double room €460; single room €544; tent/caravan €313

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Date:June 21 - 28
Location:Westerwald
Register:W190621-4
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 €378; double room €460; single room €544; tent/caravan €313

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Date:June 23 - 30
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190623-3
Title:Panchakarma Group Cure
Instructor:Dr. Devendra Prasad Mishra

Panchakarma Group Cure

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 €626; double room €734; single room €843; dormitory/tent/caravan €541

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Date:June 23 - 28
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190623-13
Title:Theme Week: Gheranda Samhita
Instructor:Veda Chaitanya

Theme Week: Gheranda Samhita

"Gheranda Samhita," or "Gheranda's Collection," is one of three important texts on classical Hatha yoga, along with the "Hatha Yoga Pradipika" and the "Shiva Samhita." It was written in Sanskrit in the late 17th century and is sometimes considered to be the most comprehensive of the three texts as it forms a manual for yoga.

The text is divided into seven chapters with each chapter corresponding to a different part of the journey of yoga. It is focused on practices rather than just concepts and describes more details for a serious student to follow than that is described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. It can be considered a manual for yoga students who are interested in following the path of yoga being a family person instead of a monk.

The seven chapters of "Gheranda Samhita" follow the sevenfold path of yoga, which was taught by the sage Gheranda to his student, Chanda Kapali.

These seven are:

  • Purification through Shatkarma - includes six cleansing techniques
  • Strengthening through Asana - includes 32 postures
  • Steadying through Mudra - includes 25 mudras (gestures)
  • Calming through Pratyahara - includes five concentration techniques
  • Lightness through Pranayama - includes 10 breathing techniques
  • Perception through Dhyana - dedicated to meditation
  • Isolation through Samadhi - uses different methods than those Patanjali teaches

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 €51; double room €67; single room €84; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €115; double room €148; single room €183; dormitory/tent/caravan €90.

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:June 28 - 30
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190628-17
Title: Gheranda Samhita
Instructor:Veda Chaitanya

Gheranda Samhita

"Gheranda Samhita," or "Gheranda's Collection," is one of three important texts on classical Hatha yoga, along with the "Hatha Yoga Pradipika" and the "Shiva Samhita." It was written in Sanskrit in the late 17th century and is sometimes considered to be the most comprehensive of the three texts as it forms a manual for yoga.

The text is divided into seven chapters with each chapter corresponding to a different part of the journey of yoga. It is focused on practices rather than just concepts and describes more details for a serious student to follow than that is described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. It can be considered a manual for yoga students who are interested in following the path of yoga being a family person instead of a monk.

The seven chapters of "Gheranda Samhita" follow the sevenfold path of yoga, which was taught by the sage Gheranda to his student, Chanda Kapali.

These seven are:

  • Purification through Shatkarma - includes six cleansing techniques
  • Strengthening through Asana - includes 32 postures
  • Steadying through Mudra - includes 25 mudras (gestures)
  • Calming through Pratyahara - includes five concentration techniques
  • Lightness through Pranayama - includes 10 breathing techniques
  • Perception through Dhyana - dedicated to meditation
  • Isolation through Samadhi - uses different methods than those Patanjali teaches

Although there are only 32 postures in "Gheranda Samhita," Gheranda explains that there are as many asanas as there are species on the planet, but there are only 84 root asanas. In general, however, the Hatha yoga described in "Gheranda Samhita" is more seated and meditative than what is most commonly practiced as Hatha yoga today.

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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Date:June 30 – July 5
Location:Westerwald
Register:W190630-3
Title:Yoga holiday week with Swami Yatidharmananda
Instructor:Swami Yatidharmananda

Yoga holiday week with Swami Yatidharmananda

Swami Yatidharmananda will be our guest this week. You will have the opportunity to experience 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 €318; double room €401; single room €486; tent/caravan €254

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Date:June 30 – July 5
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190630-14
Title:Theme Week: Vedic Astrology - Jyotish
Instructor:Veda Chaitanya

Theme Week: Vedic Astrology - Jyotish

Ancient Indian astrology (Jyotish) is popularly referred to as Vedic astrology. This is not because it is there in the Vedas. However, it is one of the Vedangas, i.e., limb or branch of Vedas, and dates back to the Vedic period. Several of the Poojas and remedial measures prescribed in the Indian astrology are as per the Vedic system. Hence, it is called Vedic astrology.

In Sanskrit, the word Jyotish, translated as “science of light,” refers to the profound and mathematically sophisticated form of astrology originating in the ancient Vedic traditions of India. Sometimes known as Vedic astrology, Jyotish describes the planetary patterns at the time of our birth and can give us valuable clues to understanding our mind and it’s capacity to make life decisions.

Through careful analysis of these cosmic influences, Jyotish can help us to realistically evaluate our strengths and challenges in order to understand different changes happening in the life as well as ways to deal with them with minimum conflicts. By forecasting the changing trends and periods of our lives, Jyotish can also enable us to make more evolutionary choices.

This seminar will deal with the basics of Vedic Astrology, giving an insight in to the analytical and predictive uses of astrology into our day to day life.

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 €51; double room €67; single room €84; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €115; double room €148; single room €183; dormitory/tent/caravan €90.

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July 2019

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 5 - 7
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190705-24
Title:The Kathopanishad - About the meaning of life and the mystery of death
Instructor:Veda Chaitanya

The Kathopanishad - About the meaning of life and the mystery of death

The Kathopanishad is one of the most famous classical Upanishads. It contains the dialogue of Naciketas with Yama, the god of death, when it comes to the highest meaning of life and the overcoming of mortality. The Upanishad also explains visually and beautifully some basic principles of the spiritual path, et al the 'Sreya and Preya Marga' the way of the good and the way of the pleasant. We read passages from the Upanishad, discuss them and meditate on them. You gain access to the archaic-mystical language that can resonate deeply beyond the intellect and touch a deep intuitive knowledge in 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.

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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Date:July 7 - 12
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190707-19
Title:Mantra - Theories and Practices in Indian Tradition
Instructor:Veda Chaitanya

Mantra - Theories and Practices in Indian Tradition

Do you also think that the mantra is all that has only a few Indian words that one has to repeat over and over again? Do you think it is important for the Mantra to "open your heart"?

We will discuss the traditional Indian definitions and meanings of the mantras, their types and different uses. What are the differences between the mantras, the stotras, the shlokas, the bhajans and the kirtans. History of the Mantras, the linguistic and the sound aspects, the notation, and the Vedic theory of sound. The lecture will complete representative audio and video shows from India, and then you will try out how to chant mantras as you would in India.

Sri Veda Cajtanja (Ajay Bobade, born in Pune, Maharashtra, India), who has been living a tradition of hindu priests and have been studying Sanskrit, philosophy and traditional recitations of Vedic Mantras (including at Swami Dájananda Ashram in Coimbatore, South India), will explain these different traditions.

Program:

  • Introduction to the Mantra
  • Vedic Chanting - Gayatri mantra
  • Introduction to phonatics and chanting
  • Chanting - Shanti mantras
  • Differences between mantras, stotras, shlokas, bhajans, and kirtans
  • Meaning of the manter, its types and various uses
  • Notation for mantras
  • Notation for mantras
  • Mala for Japa
  • Representative audio and video recordings from India
  • Traditional kirtan from Maharashtra (Varakari Sampradaya)
  • Vedic Chanting - Medha Suktam
  • Conclusion

Shared room €378; double room €460 single room €544; dormitory/tent/caravan €313

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Date:July 7 - 12
Location:North Sea
Register:N190707-3
Title:Northsea Special: Swami Yathidharmananda - close disciple of Swami Chidananda
Instructor:Swami Yatidharmananda

Northsea Special: Swami Yathidharmananda - close disciple of Swami Chidananda

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 €351 double room €440; single room €533; dormitory/tent €278

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Date:July 7 – August 4
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190707-3
Title:Yoga Teachers Training TTC in English (intensive, 4 weeks)
Instructor:Acharya Harilalji
 Meera Karanath

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

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 €2.374; double room €2.832; single room €3.307; dormitory/tent/caravan €2.011

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Date:July 7 - 12
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190707-15
Title:Yoga for you!
Instructor:Kaivalya Meike Schönknecht

Yoga for you!

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 €296; double room €377; single room €461; dormitory/tent/caravan €230

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Date:July 7 - 12
Location:North Sea
Register:N190707-2
Title:Yoga, Spirit and Nature
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

Yoga, Spirit and Nature

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 €400; double room €482; single room €566; tent/caravan €335

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Date:July 12 - 14
Location:Westerwald
Register:W190712-4
Title:Chakra Meditation Seminar
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Chakra Meditation Seminar

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 €187; double room €220; single room €253; tent/caravan €162

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Date:July 12 - 14
Location:North Sea
Register:B190712-5
Title:Practice meditation with Swami Yatidharmananda
Instructor:Swami Yatidharmananda

Practice meditation with Swami Yatidharmananda

Experience that meditation is your own nature, totally independent of your actions. You will learn practices from the treasure of experiences of Swami Yatidharmananda to stabilize your own praxis and bring it to a deeper level, to extend your intuitive skills, to be here and now, to handle stress, anger and fear in daily life and to find clarity what you expect from your life, a personal transformation.

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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Date:July 12 - 21
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190712-2 / B190712-3
Title:Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Intensive A5/F5 – Atma Bodha: Realising your true Self
Instructor:Chandra Cohen
 Kay Hadamietz

Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Intensive A5/F5 – Atma Bodha: Realising your true Self

Shankaracharya’s famed text, Atma Bodha contains the essence of the teachings of Jnana Yoga and Vedanta. It contains a fascinating and compelling analysis of the Upanishads and deals with the basic questions of human existence: Who am I? What is real? What is happiness? This will guide you to realise that your true nature is pure consciousness and free you from all entanglements of your spirit.

A5 includes techniques of stress management and sports medicine. Or you may take this course as F5, with additional Vedanta lectures.

Shared room €700; double room €848; single room €1.000; dormitory/tent/caravan €582

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Date:July 14 - 19
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190714-9
Title:Holiday week with Swami Yathidharmananda
Instructor:Swami Yatidharmananda

Holiday week with Swami Yathidharmananda

Swami Yatidharmananda will be our guest this week. You will have the opportunity to experience 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 €318; double room €401; single room €486; dormitory/tent/caravan €254

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Date:July 14 - 19
Location:Westerwald
Register:B190714-8
Title:Kriya Yoga Intensive
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

Kriya Yoga Intensive

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 €400; double room €482; single room €566; dormitory/tent/caravan €335

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Date:July 14 - 19
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190714-30
Title:The magic of touch in Ayurveda
Instructor:Veda Chaitanya

The magic of touch in Ayurveda

Do you realize the strength of your touches you are constantly enjoying? Would you like to know her better? We will discuss various concepts of touch, their functions, but also answer questions such as: How does our body and mind react to the touch? How do I massage? Do I do it right? And what oil should I use? We will look at the touch and from the medical point of view and get to know the ‘Marma’ points. And of course, we will study massage. To cover the vast information related to the touch we’ve divided the seminar into 4 modules. Without interfering with each other these modules cover different unique aspects of touch related to Ayurveda.

These 4 complimentary modules are:

  • Touch in everyday life
  • Using touch as for diagnosis – Nadi Pariksha (pulse diagnostics)
  • Touch as a therapeutic tool – Marma therapy, Massage, Abhyanga, Snehana
  • Materials used in various procedures and treatments

Shared room €378; double room €460; single room €544; dormitory/tent/caravan €313

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Date:July 14 - 19
Location:Westerwald
Register:W190714-3
Title:Pranic Wellbeing
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Pranic Wellbeing

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 €400; double room €482; single room €566; tent/caravan €335

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Date:July 19 - 21
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190719-3
Title:The Royal Path of Ashtanga Yoga – The philosophy, psychology & practice
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

The Royal Path of Ashtanga Yoga – The philosophy, psychology & practice

The eight limbed path of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga Sutras aims at controlling all thought-waves or mental modifications. A rāja yogi starts his sādhanā with the mind, a certain minimum of āsanas and prānāyāmas are usually included as a preparation for meditation and concentration.

In this seminar, Swami Bodhichitananda takes you through the eight steps of Raja Yoga for gradually withdrawing the mind from worldly entanglements to pure Self-awareness and absorption. You will learn the yoga philosophy and psychology of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, as well as many concentration and meditation techniques, and obtain a more clear understanding of Raja Yoga and a daily practice of meditation. Main texts will be Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Kashmiri text Vijnana Bhairava, and Swami Sivananda’s Mind: It’s Mysteries and Control.

“Every thought, feeling, perception, or memory you may have causes a modification, or ripple, in the mind. It distorts and colours the mental mirror. If you can restrain the mind from forming into modifications, there will be no distortion, and you will experience your true Self.” — Swami Satchidananda

Shared room €187; double room €220; single room €253; dormitory/tent/caravan €162

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Date:July 19 - 21
Location:Westerwald
Register:W190719-2
Title:Meditations from the Tantra
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

editations from the Tantra

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 €187; double room €220; single room €253; tent/caravan €162

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Date:July 21 - 26
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190721-4
Title:Kundalini, Tantra & Yantra
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

Kundalini, Tantra & Yantra

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.

Understanding and meditating upon Sri Yantra, the highest of all yantras is the secret to awakening Shakti. 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 €400; double room €482; single room €566; dormitory/tent/caravan €335

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Date:July 21 - 26
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190721-5
Title:Theme Week: Chandra Cohen talks about Vedanta
Instructor:Chandra Cohen

Theme Week: Chandra Cohen talks about Vedanta

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 €51; double room €67; single room €84; dormitory/tent/caravan €38.

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €115; double room €148; single room €183; dormitory/tent/caravan €90.

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 21 - 26
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190721-21
Title:Yoga bodywork with elements of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Jivanmukti Yoga
Instructor:Maheshwari Cohen

Yoga bodywork with elements of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Jivanmukti Yoga

Maheshwari enables you to deepen your asana practice while staying centred. She offers an array of variations of the classical Rishikesh poses. Techniques will be taught to ease into intermediate/advanced Asanas. Each session will have a different focus: forward bends, backbends, twists, balances etc. This seminar is recommended for intermediate and advanced practitioners with an experienced practice. Yoga classes are from 8.30-10.30 in the morning and from 4.00-6.00 in the afternoon. In between classes you will have enough time for excursions or to rest.

Shared room €378; double room €460; single room €544; dormitory/tent/caravan €313

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Date:July 21 - 28
Location:North Sea
Register:N190721-3
Title:Bhakti Yoga with Swami Gurusharanananda
Instructor:Swami Gurusharanananda

Bhakti Yoga with 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 €56; double room €75; single room €96; dormitory/tent €40

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Date:July 23 - 26
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190723-1
Title:Vegan Indian Cooking with Nalini
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Vegan Indian Cooking with Nalini

You will learn to cook delicious Indian food with simple spices and different flavours. The aim is to get the taste of the ingredients with minimum cooking. Stir, steam and lightly fried. The choice is yours. Crisp and crunchy vegetables, colourful lentils cooked with a variety of oils. Flavors of sesame, coconut, peanut and olive in the foods prepared. Different kinds of chutneys and raitas with soya yoghurt. Fragrant rice pulaos, tea time snacks and desserts. Also you will learn how quick it is to make Vegan Indian food.

Shared room €271; double room €320; single room €371; dormitory/tent/caravan €232

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Date:July 26 - 28
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190726-6
Title:Stories from the Upanishads, narrated and interpreted by Chandra Cohen
Instructor:Chandra Cohen

Stories from the Upanishads, narrated and interpreted by Chandra Cohen

Stories and myths introduce the most profound teachings contained in the Upanishads, the most sacred texts of Yoga and Vedanta. From conversations between an adolescent suicide with Yama, the Lord of death, about enlightenment; to the Sage Yajnavalkya’s blatant usurpation of King Janaka’s prize challenging the kingdom’s great sages; to the ruler of the gods and demons prostrating as students to the great Creator to learn the deepest truths of self.

All these serve to inform us about our own path to enlightenment. This class will be a lovely, fun exposition of these stories and their truths and learn the wisdom of the great Upanishad rishis.

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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Date:July 26 - 28
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190726-5
Title:Aradhana Sadhana: Yoga of the Heart
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Aradhana Sadhana: Yoga of the Heart

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 €187; double room €220; single room €253; dormitory/tent/caravan €162

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Date:July 26 - 28
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190726-22
Title:Relieve tinnitus with Ayurveda
Instructor:Dr. Aruna Rajendran

Relieve tinnitus with Ayurveda

Understanding Tinnitus: Tinnitus is the noise or sound heard in one or both ears. It can be felt inside the head too. The affected person will hear hissing, ringing, whistling or clicking type of sounds inside ears or head without any external stimuli. This ringing can be intermittent or constant and with varying frequencies.

Understanding the cause: To get a cure for Tinnitus it is essential to know the rootcause which resulted in Tinnitus. The causes can be enlisted as infection of ears, Trauma causing damage to the inner ear, problems arising in the auditory, vestibular or facial nerves, misalignment of the temperomandibular joint, Tumours in ears, or even due to prolonged use of certain medications.

Ayurvedic perspective: From the Ayurvedic point of view Tinnitus is due to the imbalance of Prana vayu. Though prana vayu plays the major role there are certain other facts in Ayurveda which triggers the condition ,and all such triggering facts will be discussed in detail.

Benefits of this seminar for the participants: This seminar will give a clear insight for the participants to understand, what is Tinnitus ,what are the major causes for having Tinnitus, how it can be treated and cured from the Ayurvedic perspective. Not only cure and management, Prevention of Tinnitus is also a topic with valid tips in this seminar .

Home Remedies and Ayurvedic formulas: The participants will get to know simple home remedies for the management of tinnitus. Effective Ayurvedic medicines and Ayurvedic treatment guidance will be an added advantage of attending this seminar.

Food style and Life style: In Ayurveda Food plays the main role, not only to cure a disease but also to prevent it. A prolonged existence of Tinnitus may lead to deafness. To prevent this, along with the treatment for Tinnitus, a daily routine of certain changes in food style and life style will ensure quick relief from Tinnitus. This will be given importance in this seminar along with other health tips for the management of Tinnitus.

With Yoga, meditation and mantra singing.

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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Date:July 28 – August 2
Location:Allgaeu
Register:A190728-3
Title:Theme Week: Indian Rituals and Recitations with Swami Nivedanananda
Instructor:Swami Nivedanananda

Theme Week: Indian Rituals and Recitations with 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 €51; double room €67; single room €84

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €115; double room €148; single room €183.

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 28 – August 2
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190728-6
Title:Advaita Meditation Practicum with Chandra Cohen
Instructor:Chandra Cohen

Advaita Meditation Practicum with Chandra Cohen

The Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita contain dozens of meditations and worships called upasanas intended to concentrate and purify our mind. From the meditation resolving all forms of the world into one absolute unity to locating the great secret in the lotus of our hearts to understanding the space of everything as no different from the space within myself. These meditations are intended as gateways to peace of mind and an enlightened recognition of self. Each class will unfold a new classical meditation that we will practice together and discuss to discover it subtleties and implications. This will be a unique study not previously offered.

Shared room €378; double room €460; single room €544; dormitory/tent/caravan €313

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Date:July 28 - 31
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190728-5
Title:Prana Yoga and Psychic Healing
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

Prana Yoga and Psychic Healing

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 €249; double room €298; single room €348; dormitory/tent/caravan €209

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Date:July 28 – August 2
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190728-4
Title:Tattwa Shuddhi Sadhana
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Tattwa Shuddhi Sadhana

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 €400; double room €482; single room €566; dormitory/tent/caravan €335

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Date:July 28 – August 2
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190728-7
Title:Theme Week: Praxis and Theory of Hatha Yoga
Instructor:Maheshwari Cohen

Theme Week: Praxis and Theory of Hatha Yoga

In this workshops and talks you get to know praxis and theory of Hatha Yoga. Common exchange about problems in the own Hatha Yoga praxis and possibilities how to handle. You will receive tips and tricks to learn advanced Asanas, how to announce them in your own yoga classes and to assist. Maheshwari, a very experienced yoga teacher, trains you for new experiences in your own Hatha Yoga praxis.

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 51; double room €67; single room €84; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €115; double room €148; single room €183; dormitory/tent/caravan €90.

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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August 2019

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 2 - 4
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190802-6
Title:Ayurveda in daily life
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

Ayurveda in daily life

Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India.

In this workshop for beginners, we will look at: Your “dosha” or specific mind-body type that will allow you to access more energy, sleep better, improve digestion and allow for better overall health. You will get tips for the specific food for your Dosha and daily exercises for more energy.

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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Date:August 2 - 4
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190802-5
Title:The Secret of Mind Control
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

The Secret of Mind Control

“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 €187; double room €220; single room €253; dormitory/tent/caravan €162

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Date:August 2 - 4
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190802-20
Title:Ramayana - the essence of Yoga and the Yoga of Essence
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

Ramayana - the essence of Yoga and the Yoga of Essence

Ramayana, written by Valmiki, invites us to expand our understanding of Yoga beyond the mat. Ramayana shows us how life is Yoga and Yoga is life! Ramayana teaches us how to be perfectly human in the face of the challenges of life. It teaches us the essence of Yoga in the form of a story…the story of our lives, with its characters representing various aspects of our life and being. Ramayana throws light on the purpose of life as well as the life of purpose. We can find strands of Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga as well as Karma Yoga in Ramayana. Join us to explore this wonderful ancient Yogic text.

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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Date:August 2 - 11
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190802-3
Title:Advanced Yoga Teachers Training Course Intensive B - Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Instructor:Swami Saradananda
 Christian Bliedtner

Advanced Yoga Teachers Training Course Intensive B - Hatha Yoga Pradipika

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 €700, double room €848, single room €1.000, dormitory/tent/caravan €582

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Date:August 2 - 9
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190802-4
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
      • You will learn detailed practices of visualization which cover:
      • Story visualization
      • Practices of chidakasha dharana

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

Shared room €555; double room €668; single room €786; dormitory/tent/caravan €464

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Date:August 4 - 9
Location:Westerwald
Register:W190804-1
Title:Yoga holiday week - Bhakti, Homa and Puja with Swami Nivedanananda
Instructor:Swami Nivedanananda

Yoga holiday week with Swami Yatidharmananda

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 €318; double room €401; single room €486; tent/caravan €254

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Date:August 4 - 9
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190804-5
Title:Clairvoyance Training Course
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

Clairvoyance Training Course

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.
  • Automatic Writing: to tap into our higher self, ask questions and receive answers.
  • Auras: developing clairvoyance to see, interpret and balance them.
  • Intuitive Practice: using tools, we’ll practice with others to develop and strengthen our intuitive abilities.
  • 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 €474; double room €557; single room €641; dormitory/tent/caravan €409

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Date:August 4 - 9
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190804-2
Title:Meditation Retreat Made Easy
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

Meditation Retreat Made Easy

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 €400; double room €482; single room €566; dormitory/tent/caravan €335

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Date:August 4 - 9
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190804-4
Title:Theme Week: Spiritual Self Inquiry with Chandra Cohen
Instructor:Chandra Cohen

Theme Week: Spiritual Self Inquiry with Chandra Cohen

Where is my spiritual location and how is it to use as a platform to develop?

Via talks and workshops Chandra points up at first your spiritual stand and from there he works possibilities for a continues development.

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 €51; double room €67; single room €84; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €115; double room €148; single room €183; dormitory/tent/caravan €90.

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 4 – September 1
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190804-3
Title:Yoga Therapy Training: 4-Week Intensive
Instructor:Acharya Harilalji
 Meera Karanath

Yoga Therapy Training: 4-Week Intensive

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 €2.374; double room €2.832; single room €3.307; dormitory/tent/caravan €2.011

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Date:August 9 - 11
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190809-22
Title:How to sustain High Energy Levels throughout the day
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

Yantras - how you can awaken your self-healing power with holy energies

Ancient Yogis prescribed some simple yet very effective practices to sustain high levels of positive energy throughout the day. These practices begin from the moment you wake up from sleep and extend to when you sleep. They enhance your awareness of how the day is flowing, promote mindful living and make every moment a joyful experience. Join us to learn these practices and enrich your experience of life!

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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Date:August 11-18
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190811-6
Title:Chakra Teachers’ Training
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

Chakra Teachers’ Training

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”
  • “The Power of Breath”

Shared room €640; double room €755; single room €872; dormitory/tent/caravan €549

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Date:August 11 - 16
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190811-7
Title:Awakening the Guru Within
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

Awakening the Guru Within

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 €378; double room €460; single room €544; dormitory/tent/caravan €313

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Date:August 11 - 16
Location:Westerwald
Register:W190811-2
Title:Kundalini, Tantra & Yantra
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

Kundalini, Tantra & Yantra

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 €400; double room €482; single room €566; dormitory/tent €335

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Date:August 11 - 16
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190811-5
Title:Palliative care for cancer and other terminal illnesses
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Palliative care for cancer and other terminal illnesses

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 €400; double room €482; single room €566; dormitory/tent/caravan €335

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Date:August 11 - 16
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190811-22
Title:Self Healing through Meditation on Colours
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

Self Healing through Meditation on Colours

Colour is an expression of Energy. Contrary to popular belief, colour is internal to us and there is no colour in the external world. Meditation on certain colours, especially in certain formations, can help us energize ourselves, reduce negative energies and emotions and create positive space around ourselves. In this workshop, we explore Colour beyond its socio-cultural context and learn certain meditations involving specific colours to heal ourselves mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Shared room €378; double room €460; single room €544; dormitory/tent/caravan €313

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Date:August 16 - 18
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190816-8
Title:Sound - Meditation- the healing sounds of the Sitar
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

Sound - Meditation- the healing sounds of the Sitar

The healing sounds of the sitar, played from Ram Vakkalanka, will bring your meditation praxis to a deeper level. You learn different meditation techniques together with Mantras and Mudras. Music will meet you as a source of healing, especially for the nerve system and the energetic levels and also as a way to progress spiritual life. Introduction into the differences of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas in the music and the force of Indian Ragas to body, mind and soul.

Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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Date:August 16 - 18
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190816-7
Title:Sri Yantra Seminar by Dr. Nalini Sahay of the Bihar School of Yoga
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Sri Yantra Seminar by Dr. Nalini Sahay of the Bihar School of Yoga

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 €187; double room €220; single room €253; dormitory/tent/caravan €162

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Date:August 16 - 18
Location:Westerwald
Register:W190816-3
Title:Yoga, Spirit and Nature
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

Yoga, Spirit and Nature

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 €187; double room €220; single room €253; tent/caravan €162

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Date:August 18 - 23
Location:Allgaeu
Register:A190818-2
Title:Mindfulness (Detachment / Mindfulness, Cognitive Mindfulness, Mindfulness and Cognitive Psychology)
Instructor:Shanmug Eckhardt

Mindfulness (Detachment / Mindfulness, Cognitive Mindfulness, Mindfulness and Cognitive Psychology)

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 €400; double room €482; single room €566

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Date:August 18 - 23
Location:Westerwald
Register:B190818-3
Title:Asana intensive - lots of practice, with a bit of theory
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

Asana intensive - lots of practice, with a bit of theory

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 €330; double room €411; single room €497; dormitory/tent/caravan €265

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Date:August 18 - 21
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190818-13
Title:Ayurveda for beginners
Instructor:Veda Chaitanya

Ayurveda for beginners

Ayurveda = Life Science (Aajur = Aajuhu = Life, Veda = Knowledge)

Ayurveda, or "life science", is a comprehensive concept dealing with human life and health. Since 1992 has been considered by the World Health Organization as an effective medical system.

Why allow the body to be sick when it can be healthy? How to avoid being sick? How is it possible for someone to sleep 6 hours and someone is tired even if they sleep 10 hours a day? And why can anyone eat a few desserts and does not gain even 100 grams and someone keeps gaining even after eating just vegetable? And how should one eat and live? Answers to all these questions Ayurveda knows.

At this seminar, we will discuss you how this system arose and why science was needed to live, create. We point out the differences and similarities between the Ayurvedic therapeutic system and the classical Western medicine system. Both have the same goal as human health. However, approach of doctors towards the patients is different. We will also discuss how Ayurveda looks at health and recommends preventive methods and lifestyle. We also need to know how cooking affects the food. Even the quality of individual items, for example, pre-cooked milk acts on the body other than uncooked milk. Ayurveda is a very interesting science involving countless pieces of information.

This seminar will be a brief introduction.

  1. Introduction and emergence of Ayurveda
  2. Pradnaparadha - Diseases and their solutions by observing simple principles
  3. The principle of micro and macrocosm
  4. Recognition of body and mind by Ayurvedic structures - tridos and trigonus
  5. Svastavṛtta / healthy lifestyle – actions during day, night and season, cooking for health
  6. Introduction to various Ayurvedic methods of diagnosis and procedures
  7. Simple home recipes to solve common health problems

Shared room €226; double room €275; single room €326; dormitory/tent/caravan €188

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Date:August 18 - 23
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B190818-5
Title:Learning Harmonium and Kirtan in classical Indian Style
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

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 a must for the participants. You will learn how to play Harmonium, sing some mantras and chants in classical Indian style using Ragas and how to improvise in the Raga tradition. Sanskrit will be served on the side as necessary. You are welcome to bring any musical instrument(s) you are familiar with.

Course Structure:

  • Sun
  • 21:00–22:00 Introduction
  • Mon
  • 08:05–09:00 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
  • 08:05–09:00 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
  • 08:05–09:00 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
  • 08:05–09:00 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
  • 08:05–09:00 Q&A and feedback

Shared room €378; double room €460; single room €544; dormitory/tent/caravan €313

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Date:August 18 - 23
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:W190818-2
Title:Kriya Yoga Intensive
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

Kriya Yoga Intensive

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 €400; double room €482; single room €566; tent/caravan €335

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    Date:August 18 - 23
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B190818-2
    Title:Pawanmuktasana: Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training
    Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

    Pawanmuktasana: Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training

    The pawanmuktasana series is taught by Dr. Nalini Sahay of the Bihar School of Yoga, in the way that she learned it from Paramahamsa Satyananda. These asanas coordinate the various bodily functions so that they work together in harmony. Pawanmuktasana means release of prana within the pose. Each group supplements the other, stimulating and encouraging a free flow of prana

    Shared room €378; double room €460; single room €544; dormitory/tent/caravan €313

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    Date:August 18 - 23
    Location:Allgaeu
    Register:A190818-3
    Title:Stretch and Relax - Asanas for relaxation and well-being
    Instructor:Gauri Agulla Castro Eckhardt

    Stretch and Relax - Asanas for relaxation and well-being

    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 €400; double room €482; single room €566

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    Date:August 18 - 23
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B190818-4
    Title:Theme Week: Indian Rituals and Recitations with Swami Nivedanananda
    Instructor:Swami Nivedanananda

    Theme Week: Indian Rituals and Recitations with 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 €51; double room €67; single room €84; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

    Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €115; double room €148; single room €183; dormitory/tent/caravan €90.

    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 23 - 25
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B180831-9
    Title:How To Awaken Your Inner Energies and Realize Your Full Potential
    Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

    How To Awaken Your Inner Energies and Realize Your Full Potential

    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 €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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    Date:August 23 - 25
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B190823-8
    Title:Mudras
    Instructor:Swami Saradananda

    Mudras

    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 €187; double room €220; single room €253; dormitory/tent/caravan €162

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    Date:August 23 - 25
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B190823-10
    Title:Tantra – Techniques for transformation and liberation
    Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

    Tantra – Techniques for transformation and liberation

    "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 €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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    Date:August 25 - 30
    Location:Allgaeu
    Register:A190825-3
    Title:Meditation Retreat with Swami Saradananda
    Instructor:Swami Saradananda

    Meditation Retreat with 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 €389; double room €471; single room €555

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    Date:August 25 - 30
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B190825-2
    Title:Theme Week: Nada Yoga with Ram Vakkalanka – the power of sound
    Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

    Theme Week: Nada Yoga with Ram Vakkalanka – the power of sound

    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!

    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.

    Weekend (Fri-Sun): Shared room €51; double room €67; single room €84; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

    Monday – Friday: Shared room €115; double room €148; single room €183; dormitory/tent/caravan €90.

    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 25 – September 1
    Location:Nort Sea
    Register:N190825-5
    Title:Theme Week: Indian Rituals and Recitations with Swami Nivedanananda
    Instructor:Swami Nivedanananda

    Theme Week: Indian Rituals and Recitations with 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 €56; double room €75; single room €96; dormitory/tent/caravan €40

    Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €126; double room €166; single room €210; dormitory/tent/caravan €94.

    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 30 – September 4
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B190830-5
    Title:Renovate Your Life
    Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

    Renovate Your Life

    "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 €403; double room €484; single room €569; dormitory/tent/caravan €337

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    Date:August 30 – September 1
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B190830-4
    Title:Vedic Horoscope
    Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

    Vedic Horoscope

    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.

    Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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    Date:August 30 – September 8
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B190830-3
    Title:Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Intensive F4 - Viveka Chudamani and Asana Intensive
    Instructor:Narayani
     Sukadev Bretz

    Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Intensive F4 - Viveka Chudamani and Asana Intensive

    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 €700; double room €848; single room €1.000; dormitory/tent/caravan €582

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    September 2019

    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 - 6
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B190901-11
    Title:Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with Narayani
    Instructor:Narayani

    Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with 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 €489; double room €571; single room €655; dormitory/tent/caravan €424

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    Date:September 4 - 6
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B190904-1
    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 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 €152; double room €184; single room €218; dormitory/tent/caravan €125

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    Date:September 6 - 8
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B190906-22
    Title:Self growth and self discovery with Swami Nityabodhananda
    Instructor:Swami Nityabodhananda

    Self growth and self discovery with Swami Nityabodhananda

    With deep Vedanta knowledge and stories about the path to self-growth and self-discovery, you gain access to your own path. In doing so, you will learn how valuable even serious obstacles in your life can be for growth. With the recognition of behavioral patterns and the practice of self-observation, you will be able to take important steps..

    Shared room €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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    Date:September 8 - 13
    Location:North Sea
    Register:N190908-3
    Title:Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with Narayani
    Instructor:Narayani

    Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with 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 €489; double room €571; single room €655; dormitory/tent/caravan €424

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    Date:September 8-13
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B190908-13
    Title:Theme Week: Prayer - Inner Freedom with Swami Nityabodhananda
    Instructor:Swami Nityabodhananda

    Self growth and self discovery with Swami Nityabodhananda

    Prayer - devotion and practice help you to free yourself from dependencies and external circumstances. In this week you will learn how prayer can lead you to inner freedom. Solving everything outside of prayer achieves the "Calm down of the movements in the mind" (Yoga Sutra I-2).

    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 €51; double room €67; single room €84; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

    Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): SShared room €115; double room €148; single room €183; dormitory/tent/caravan €90

    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 8 - 17
    Location:Westerwald
    Register:W190908-1
    Title:Advanced Yoga Teacher`s Training Intensive D1 – Raja Yoga
    Instructor:Swami Saradananda

    Advanced Yoga Teacher`s Training Intensive D1 – Raja Yoga

    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.

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    Date:September 29 – October 6
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B190929-16
    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 €640; double room €755; single room €872; dormitory/tent/caravan €549

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    Date:September 29 – October 8
    Location:Westerwald
    Register:W190929-1
    Title:Navaratri
    Instructor:Swami Nivedanananda

    Navaratri

    In the time of Navaratri is worshiped the Divine Mother nine days. Daily Puja, chanting, Homa and Karma Yoga.

    Price: on request or on Karma Yoga base.

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    October 2019

    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 6 - 13
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B191006-7
    Title:Panchakarma Group Cure
    Instructor:Dr. Devendra Prasad Mishra

    Panchakarma Group Cure

    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 €626; double room €734; single room €843; dormitory/tent/caravan €541

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    November 2019

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    Date:November 1-3
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B191101-6
    Title:Ayurveda for Women Experiencing Menopause
    Instructor:Dr. Aruna Rajendran

    Ayurveda for Women Experiencing Menopause

    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 €175; double room €209; single room €243; dormitory/tent/caravan €150

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    Date:November 17 - 22
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B191117-5
    Title:Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with Narayani
    Instructor:Narayani

    Yoga – Immortality and Freedom - Asana Intensive with 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 €489; double room €571; single room €655; dormitory/tent/caravan €424

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    Date:November 17 - 29
    Location:Bad Meinberg
    Register:B191117-7
    Title:Yoga Therapy Training Level II – Yoga psychology and the immune system
    Instructor:Acharya Harilalji
     Meera Karanath

    Yoga Therapy Training Level II – Yoga psychology and the immune system

    Yogatherapie advanced training is meant for Yogatherapists or for Yogateachers who want to specialise in this subject.

    In all aspects of life - Yoga, Ayurveda, arts, science, society and politics, we always deal with mind. Without mind /psyche (intellect, conscious and not conscious parts) nothing can work out. Everything is determined by the mind, its skills and how it is shaped.

    In this advanced training we collect the knowledge of past and present of mind, mood, psyche from various traditions and we will try to put it into a structure which is understandable by modern man.

    Yogatherapists can get a deeper understanding of what they have learned in the previous course and they will get practical tools for their work as therapists. Yogateachers will get a better understanding of the mind and psyche and the way they work.

    The topics of this advandced course are:

    • Mental hygiene
    • Psychology of Yoga
    • Relationship between body, mind and soul
    • The senses and the mind
    • Prana as a part of the mind
    • The 4 aspects of the mind
    • Causes, background information and effective dealing with autoimmune sicknesses
    • Training in details, theory and practical exercises: fear, depression, stress management, strengthening of the immune system
    • Special yoga exercises for various disorders
    • Mantra relaxation techniques in several sequences
    • Prana guidance - relaxation technique

    Requirements:
    Yoga therapy training or Yoga teacher training (min. 200 hours). The knowledge of the yoga model of the human mind is required.

    Certificate/exam:
    Upon completion and exam you will be awarded a Yogatherapie Training Certificate level 2 - “Yoga Psychology and the immune system”, Yogateachers without the previous Yogatherapy Training Course will get a certificate of advanced training in “Yoga Psychology and the immune system”. Around 140 hours.

    Shared room €1.053; double room €1.248; single room €1.452; dormitory/tent/caravan €897

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