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

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

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

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

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The hidden language of the Asanas

Date:Dec 29 (2019)-Jan 03 (2020)
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B191229-17
Title:The hidden language of the Asanas
Instructor:Swami Sukhananda

Take a step beyond Hatha Yoga, listen to the intelligence within. Use this opportunity to explore meditation in a range of Hatha Yoga poses. Experience and deepen your knowledge of the true power and mystical potential of each pose. Use this knowledge to bring quality to your everyday decisions and experiences.

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

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January 2020

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

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Intensive A6 - Aparoksha Anubhuti- Direct Self-Realization

Date:
Jan 01-10 2020
Location:
Bad Meinberg
Register:B200101-9
Title:Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Intensive A6 - Aparoksha Anubhuti- Direct Self-Realization
Instructor:Chandra Cohen; Rama Schwab; Ramashakti Sikora

Jnana Yoga, Vedanta and the direct way to the realization of the unity. On the basis of the "Aparoksha Anubhuti", "direct intuitive experience of god", a concise ingenious work with 144 sutras, the teachings of Shankaracharya, the great philosopher and master of Vedanta, are unfolded.

"Here the means is explained, by which Aparoksha Anubhuti, the direct realization, can be attained, so that final liberation can be attained ..." (verse 2)"Aparoksha Anubhuti" gives us concrete exercises to directly understand this highest reality.

These practical meditation techniques show Shankaracharya's Jnana Yoga interpretation of the 8 Ashtangas of Raja Yoga - Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.

Plus:

  • stress psychology, sports medical training theory, anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Teaching techniques: teaching structure and didactics.
  • Individual corrections. Beginners, especially: corrections and assistance. Intermediate level: corrections and assistance.
  • Yoga for special problems.  (Yoga for the Heart (Ornish Program). Yoga for the back. Yoga for joint problems. Yoga for breathing problems (asthma and others). Yoga for psychosomatic complaints. Yoga also in a wheelchair. Gentle variations of the Yoga Vidya series for people with physical ailments)
  • Teaching relaxation workshops.
  • Responding to individual questions from your teaching practice.
  • Hatha Yoga: Learn advanced techniques.
  • Shank Prakshalama, the complete colon cleansing to purify the whole organism.
  • Hatha Yoga and Sport: Sports Medicine. Muscle and skeletal system. Structure of the muscle. How are the muscles influenced by the practice of yoga? Yoga as condition, flexibility, strength and coordination training. Hatha yoga and relaxation: relaxation and stress management. General adjustment principle. Scientific research on the effects of yoga.
  • Alternatively, also as F6 bookable: With additional Vedanta lectures (instead of stress management and training theory). F6 also has other teaching techniques.

Required books: Yoga Vidya Teacher's Manual, Yoga Vidya Asana Book (available in German only)

Shared room €714,00; double room €865,00 single room €1.020,00; dormitory/tent/caravan €594,00

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Advanced Yoga Teacher Training F6 - Aparoksha Anubhuti - Direct Self-Realization

Date:
Jan 01-10 2020
Location:
Bad Meinberg
Register:B200101-10
Title:Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Intensive F6 - Aparoksha Anubhuti- Direct Self-Realization
Instructor:Chandra Cohen; Rama Schwab; Ramashakti Sikora

"Aparoksha Anubhuti" gives us concrete exercises to directly understand this highest reality. These practical meditation techniques show Shankaracharya's Jana Yoga interpretation of the 8 Ashtangas of Raja Yoga - Nama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi - but in a much wider metaphysical sense than Patanjali's Raja Yoga. A unique seminar for you as a serious spiritual aspirant that will take you on the ladder of your spiritual evolution.

There will also be an overview of the classic Indian scriptures and the classical 6 philosophy systems. Other Indian texts, philosophical systems and methods will also be incorporated.

In contrast to the training A6 of the same name, from 14.00-15.45 you have additional Vedanta lectures (instead of stress, relaxation and sports medicine training), as well as different teaching techniques.

  • Teaching techniques: teaching design.
  • Didactics. Individual corrections.
  • Especially: Hatha Yoga according to Ayurvedic aspects, adapted to Vata, Pita, Kapha constitution- Yoga for regression after pregnancy
  • Introduce new positions in yoga class
  • Jnana Yoga techniques in Hatha Yoga lessons for beginners.

Required texts:
Yoga Vidya Teachers' Handbook, Yoga Vidya Asana Book, Aparoksha Anubhuti (German translation, Yoga Vidya Verlag)
- Apart from the Yoga Vidya Teachers' Handbook: Normally these books are not available at the book shop Bad Meinberg. Please bringe them with you.

Shared room €714; double room €865; single room €1.020; dormitory/tent/caravan €594

 

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Yin meets Breath

Date:Jan 03-05 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200103-25
Title:Jin meets Breath
Instructor:Mohini Christine Wiume

Yin Yoga is a style which helps you to relax deeply. Begin to find your way into the asanas according to your own body. When your muscles are in a comfortable position, learn to let go and relax on a deep level. As the postures are held for longer periods, you can gain a more intense inner calmness. Witnessing your mental processes will give you a special kind of relaxation.

In English without translation.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Aims and intentions on the basis of the Kundalini Knowledge

Date :Jan 03-05 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Titel:Aims and intentions on the basis of the Kundalini Knowledge
Register:B200103-10
Instructor:Swami Sukhananda

Discover the goals and means needed for a thorough exploration of the kundalini system. Open yourself up for a journey of self-discovery. This programme of meditation and reflections will help you to make lasting changes in how you see your life. Begin by asking yourself such questions as: “How do I create my world? What ideas do I want to take root in my mind? What kind of person do I want to be?

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; tent/caravan €153

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With dedication to compassion

Date:Jan 10-12 2020
Location:Allgäu
Register:A200110-4
Title:With dedication to compassion
Instructor:Swami Sukhananda

How to stay compassionate, if the world around us demands the opposite? It needs honest warmth and the willingness to be compassionate, with oneself, our loved ones and the world that surrounds us. You learn to deepen the understanding towards yourself and in your relationships, to grow into an authentic sense of care, kindness and attentiveness. Experience the blessing of heart opening through the hidden language of Hatha Yoga Asanas, the power of imagination, meditation and your individual flame of love.

Shared room: €178; double room: €213; single room: 248€

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Yoga Psychology Asana Intensive

Date:January 12-17 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200112-9
Title:Yoga Psychology Asana Intensive
Instructor:Manisha Otterbeck

Do you want to dive more deeply into your own practice and/or teaching? Join Manisha in this adventure of body, mind and soul. The programme includes playfully adapting yoga poses, either alone or with a partner. There will be a lot of room for developing concentration, strength, flexibility and coordination. Embark on a personal journey to expand your limitations; discover your inner strength and other potentials that are presently hidden by your perceived limitation.
Manisha invites you to bring your own ideas and personal experience to this course; from there you will jointly develop the kind of asanas you want to explore. Do this in a self-loving way to get to know more about your own body, emotions and also your soul. You will find space within yourself for self-acceptance, self-healing and joy.

This programme is open to intermediate and advanced yoga practitioners, as well as yoga teachers. It is conducted in ENGLISH WITHOUT TRANSLATION.

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319

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Theme Week: Spiritual self-inquiry

Date:Jan 12-17 2020
Location: Bad Meinberg
Titel:Theme Week: Spiritual self-inquiry
Register:B200112-4
Instructors:Chandra Cohen

What is my current spiritual status quo and how can I develop it? In lectures and workshops Chandra Cohen explains how to figure out where you are and points out opportunities to unfold what lies inside you.

In addition, you can participate in daily yoga classes, meditation, guided walks, chanting, 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):

Monday-Friday (rate per day):
Shared room 52; double room €69; single room €86; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights):    
Shared room €118; double room €151; single room €186; dormitory/tent/caravan €91.

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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Sisterhood and feminine power

Date:Jan 19-24 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200119-11
Title:Sisterhood and feminine power
Instructor:Mohini Christine Wiume

This seminar provides an open space for women to meet and converse on dearly-held topics. Exchanging with other participants will help you to realize that you are not alone. You have an opportunity to meet as sisters and to help each other on your path to more self-confidence and stability.

Raja yoga methods will help you to better understand yourself and to overcome self-imposed limitations. This will lead to mental perspective that are more open to your own needs and will encourage you to stand up for yourself. This programme is in ENGLISH WITHOU TRANSLATION.

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319

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Advaita Meditation Practicum with Chandra Cohen

Date:Jan 19-24 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200119-6
Title:Advaita Meditation Practicum with Chandra Cohen
Instructor:Chandra Cohen

The Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita contain dozens of meditations and worships called upasanas intended to concentrate and purify your 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 understand 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.

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319

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Stories from the Upanishads, narrated and interpreted by Chandra Cohen

Date:Jan 24-26 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200124-5
Title:Stories from the Upanishads, narrated and interpreted by Chandra Cohen
Instructor:Chandra Cohen

Stories and myths introduce the most profound teachings contained in the Upanishads, the most sacred texts of Yoga and Vedanta. You will hear about a conversations between Yama, the lord of death, and an adolescent aspirant about enlightenment; Yajnavalkya will blatantly usurp King Janaka’s prize challenging the kingdom’s great sages. The rulers of the gods and the demons will prostrate as students before the great Creator to learn the deepest truths of Self.

All these stories serve to inform us about our own path to enlightenment. Class will be a lovely, fun exposition of these stories and their truths. It is an opportunity for you to learn the wisdom of the Self directly from great Upanishadic rishis.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Theme Week: Chandra Cohen talks about Vedanta

Date:Jan 26-31 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200126-3
Title:Theme Week: Chandra Cohen talks about Vedanta
Instructor:Chandra Cohen

Chandra Cohen, a true master of Vedanta, teaches to eliminate congenital ignorance by distinctiveness. Study the pearls of Vedanta with him, tincluding exts by Shankaracharya: listen, think, meditate and realize.

In addition, you can participate in 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 €52; double room €69; single room €86; dormitory/tent/caravan €38.

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €118; double room €151; single room €186; dormitory/tent/caravan €91.

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

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February 2020

Clarity and inner strength

Date:Feb 23-28 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200223-12
Title:Clarity and inner strength
Instructor:Mohini Christine Wiume

Raja yoga teaches the means to gain the mastery over your own mind. Normally the mind is jumping from one thought and feeling to another. In this seminar we take the time to witness the mind, to recognise its tricks and to find our true nature. This process will give you much clarity, stability and inner strength. The programme is in ENGLISH WITHOUG TRANSLATION.

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319

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March 2020

Yoga – Immortality and Freedom – Asanas Intensive with Narayani

Date:March 20-22 2020
Location:Allgäu
Register:A200320-2
Title:Yoga – Immortality and Freedom – Asanas Intensive with Narayani
Instructor:Narayani

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

Shared room €213; double room €247; single room €281

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Theme Week: Reconciliation through mindfulness meditation

Date:March 22-27 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200322-6
Title:Theme Week: Reconciliation through mindfulness meditation
Instructor:Thay Phap Nhat, Tinh Hanh

Deep in our hearts, we all long for reconciliation, for becoming "one again" with ourselves and with all we love. Authentic reconciliation begins with looking attentively at our own actions in thought, word and deed to see how we make mistakes ourselves. However, we do not condemn ourselves for these mistakes, but directly acknowledge our own fallibility. She belongs to us. The next step is to apologize. We allow the energy of forgiveness to flow through our whole being. This energy makes it easier for us, cleans us from within, until we feel completely free. A feeling of gratitude and love comes up. In this theme week we practice this kind of reconciliation with ourselves, with our body, with Mother Earth and with other people.

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 52; double room €69; single room €86; dormitory/tent/caravan €38
Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights):
Shared room €118; double room €151; single room €186; dormitory/tent/caravan €91.

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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April 2020

Meditations from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra

Date:April 03-05 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200403-3
Title:Meditation from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
Instructor:Dr.Nalini Sahay

Sri Vijnana Bhairava Tantra is an ancient tantric text in the form of a conversation between Shiva and Parvati on meditation practices. The methods of the 112 techniques discussed expand the awareness and release blocked prana (energy). Vijnana Bhairava Tantra is a book of practices, not of philosophy. The methods are in their seed form and the entire book can be written on one long piece of paper.

You will be taught these powerful practices in a simple and uncomplicated way, making it possible for you to attain higher level of spiritual development and inner contentment. The Vijnana Bhairava Tantra comes from the Kashmiri Shaivite tradition and forms a part of the Rudrayamala Tantra. Its techniques are all inclusive and the practices are for people of all ages; everyone can find a practice suitable for his or her level.

Shared room €191; double room €225; single room €258; dormitory/tent/caravan €165

 

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Yoga and Meditation Introduction

Date:April 03-05 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200403-27
Title:Yoga and Meditation Introduction
Instructor:Mohini Christine Wiume

This programme presents an ideal opportunity to relax and recharge yourself with power and positivity. You will be introduced to the different aspects of yoga and meditation. Experience physical and breathing exercises, meditation, mantra-chanting and more. This programme is in ENGLISH WITHOUT TRANSLATION.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Love what you are doing

Date:April 03-05 2020
Location:Allgäu
Register:A200403-3
Title:Love what you are doing
Instructor:Swami Tattvarupananda

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

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248 

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Vedanta Course Training

Date:April 03-10 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200403-5
Title:Vedanta Course Training
Instructor:Vedamurti Dr.Olaf Schönert; Swami Tattvarupananda; Alexandra Rohlje; Katrin Nostadt

Deepen your knowledge of Vedanta and receive the tools to systematically introduce it to students. Do this by listening to Vedanta talks, asking questions, reasoning and giving talks on Vedanta to 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 is an abstract statement that cannot be translated into everyday life. For thousands of years, Vedanta has been a means of knowledge to realize your true nature and actualize this knowledge in 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. There will also be two satsangs (meditation and chanting) per day and an asana class.

Contents and topics

  • Review of the basics of Vedanta: concepts, motivations, qualifications, the Self, isvara, karma yoga, dharma
  • Exemplary talks on Vedanta with questions and answers
  • You will give several talks on Vedanta to small groups, including feedback. By explaining the topics in the lectures and answering questions, you deepen your own understanding of the teachings.
  • Learn to teach a 10-week Vedanta course, build a study group, or present workshops on Vedanta.

The training is right for you if you

  • already have a basic knowledge of traditional Vedanta, as taught by 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 learning Vedanta Text:

This training will be based on James Swartz’s book The Essence of Enlightenment

Shared room €653; double room €770; single room €889; dormitory/tent/caravan €560

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Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Intensive A1 – Jnana Yoga

Date:April 3-12 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200403-1
Title:Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Intensive A1 – Jnana Yoga
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

Vedanta is the philosophy which is called the “end of knowledge“. It attempts to lead you to freedom and immortality by posing such questions as “Who am I?”, “What is real?”, “What 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 helps you to get rid of all entanglements of your mind. This training will include 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 €714; double room €865; single room €1.020; tent/caravan €594

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Tattwa Shuddhi Sadhana

Date:April 05-10 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200405-2
Title:Tattwa Shuddhi Sadhana
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

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

Tattwa Shuddhi Sadhana is a tantric system designed to purify your entire being on all levels; it prepares your mind and body for the development of a richer inner experience. It includes nyasa (consecration of the body), prana prathishta (installing life into a mandala), panchopara (five ingredients offered in worship) and mantra repetition. This is a subtle sadhana that provides necessary links to higher practice and leads to the regeneration of tissues and cells. The chakras and nadis are cleared of blockages; tensions and preconceived notions drop away because of the balanced prana and resulting harmony

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

Shared room €408; double room €492; single room €578; dormitory/tent/caravan €342

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Traditional Henna art

Date:April 05-10 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200405-4
Title:Traditional Henna art
Instructor:Dr. Tanu Varma

Traditional Henna art includes spiritual symbols such as OM, the sun, moon, 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 how to express your emotions through your own designs. This is a technique used to find your inner balance, to heal, meditate and increase your ability to focus.

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319

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Forgiveness, Healing, Transformation

Date:April 10-12 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200410-6
Title:Forgiveness, Healing, Transformation
Instructor:Swami Tattvarupananda

To heal, we need to learn to forgive. Past situations may seem like a big load that affects your present life, but these experiences become 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 €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Asanas anatomically exact

Date:April 10-13 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200410-32
Title:Asanas anatomically exact
Instructor:Gauri Agulla Castro Eckhardt

Precise knowledge of human anatomy is applied to the highly effective basic series underlying the Yoga Vidya training system. You will get valuable tips on how to make your asana practice more effective and prevent many physical problems.

Shared room €267; double room €318; single room €370; dormitory/tent/caravan €228

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

Date:April 10-13 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200410-3
Title:Sri Yantra Seminar with Dr. Nalini Sahay of the Bihar School of Yoga
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

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. Meditation and study of it is a type of spiritual pilgrimage.

Sri Yantra represents the universe at the macro-cosmic level and the human body at the micro-cosmic level; each circuit 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 €267; double room €318; single room €370; dormitory/tent/caravan €228

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Improving your self-confidence and inner strength

Date:April 10-13 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200410-4
Title:Improving your self-confidence and inner strength
Instructor:Shanmug Eckhardt

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 €267; double room €318; single room €370; dormitory/tent/caravan €228

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Traditional indian yoga for inner peace

Date:April 10-13 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200410-36
Title:Traditional indian yoga for inner peace
Instructor:Dr. Tanu Varma

Master your mind and achieve inner peace. The mind is difficult to control and it is filled with many questions regarding: Who am I? What is a purpose of life? How can I be happy? Where can I find peace?

This programme will help you to learn how to control your mind and find what is your real aim of life. Everything is already inside of you : happiness, peace, you only need to find a way access it. That path is shown in Traditional Indian yoga.

Shared room €256; double room €307; single room €359; dormitory/tent/caravan €216

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Asana intensiv - Lots of practice, with a bit of theory

Date:April 12-17 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200412-1
Title:Asana intensiv- Lots of practice,with a bit of theory
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

This is a rare opportunity to make a breakthrough with your yoga practice! Work intensively on asanas;  learn advanced asanas in a playful and 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 €336; double room €420; single room €507; tent/caravan €271

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Wisdom of the Upanishads

Date:April 12-17 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200412-17
Title:Wisdom of the Upanishads
Instructor:Swami Tattvarupananda

This programme includes a fascinating analysis of the Upanishads, the most important classical texts of Jnana Yoga. The Upanishads comprise the philosophical section of the Veda and provide the basis of Vedanta; they examine the basic questions of human existence: Who am I? What is God? What is this world? What is real? What is happiness?

The Upanishadss are not mere speculative or logical texts; they describe the revealed Ultimate Truth experienced by the great seers. They do not advocate changing your current situation, but understanding it will improve your life naturally.

These teachings are for everyone. Listening with an open mind is required. You will gain knowledge that leads to the lasting freedom and happiness which all human beings are striving for.

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; tent/caravan €319

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Advanced Yoga Teachers' Training: Intensive A2 - Wisdom of the Uphanishads

Date:April 12-21 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200412-5
Title:Advanced Yoga Teachers' Training: Intensive A2- Wisdom of the Uphanishads
Instructor:Atman Shanti Hoche; Swami Tattvarupananda; Ramashakti Sikora

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

Main Topics:

  • a survey of Indian scriptures and systems of philosophy: The Most Important Yoga Writings; the 6 Darshanas; Upanishads.
  • Teaching techniques: teaching design; teaching; individual corrections and assistance for beginners and intermediate level.
  • Yoga Therapy: Yoga for specific problems; mutual exchange; Yoga for the Heart (Ornish Program); Yoga for the back; Yoga for joint problems; Yoga for breathing problems (asthma and others); Yoga for psychosomatic complaints; Yoga also in a wheelchair; gentle variations of the Yoga Vidya series for people with physical ailments.
  • Teaching relaxation workshops.
  • Responding to individual questions from your teaching practice.
  • Hatha Yoga: learning advanced techniques;
  • Shank Prakshalama, complete colon cleansing to purify the whole organism.
  • Hatha Yoga and Sports: Sports Medicine; Muscle and skeletal system; Structure of the muscle; How are the muscles influenced by the practice of yoga? Yoga as condition, flexibility, strength and coordination training.
  • Hatha yoga and relaxation: relaxation and stress management; general adaptation principle; scientific studies on the effects of yoga;
  • Relaxation techniques; mental training, yoga and health; Yoga in daily life. Health insurance and yoga.

Required texts: "Classical Upanishads", "The Yoga Vidya Asana Book", "Yoga Vidya Yoga Teacher Manual", "Anatomy Handbook - Construction and Function of the Human Body"

Shared room €714; double room €865; single room €1.020; dormitory/tent/caravan €594

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Advanced yoga teachers' training: Intensive F2- Wisdom of the Uphanishads

Date:April 12-21 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200412-6
Title:Advanced Yoga teachers' Training: Intensive F2- Wisdom of the Uphanishads
Instructor:Atman Shanti Hoche; Swami Tattvarupananda

Same focus topic as Intensive Continuing A2, but with teaching techniques other than A2, without stress and relaxation and sports medical training. Instead, from 14.00-15.45 clock additional Vedanta lectures.

The Upanishads contain the philosophical-metaphysical part of the Vedas, the basis for Vedanta, the philosophy of unity. A fascinating and rousing analysis of the Upanishads addresses the basic questions of human existence: Who am I? What is really? What is luck? It also leads you to the realization: your true nature is pure consciousness. This realization helps you to free yourself from all entanglements of the spirit, to a life in freedom.

  • Indian Scriptures and Philosophy Systems: The Most Important Yoga Writings. The 6 Darshanas. Upanishads.
  • Teaching techniques: teaching design. Didactics. Individual corrections.
  • Vedantic visualization and affirmation in hatha yoga.
  • beginner to advanced: Variations and systematic construction and introduction of participants in the individual positions of the Yoga Vidya series: headstand, scorpio, handstand systematically learn and teach, shoulderstand, plow, fish systematically learn and teach, turning and standing positions.
  • Structure and sequence of welcome and feedback sessions
  • Dealing with criticism
  • Establishment and guidance of dream journeys and fantasy journeys as relaxation techniques.

Required texts: Classical Upanishads, The Yoga Vidya Asana Book, Yoga Vidya Yoga Teachers' Handbook

Recognized as educational leave in NRW, Hesse and Saarland.

Shared room €714; double room €865; single room €1.020; tent/caravan €549

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Theme Week: Inner peace and harmony

Date:April 13 - 17 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200413-1
Title:Theme Week: Inner peace and harmony
Instructor:Dr. Tanu Varma

Yoga can give you the positive energy to deal with emotions such as happiness, sadness, anger and fear. This week will provide you with the necessary tools to practice independently or enhance your current yoga practice. We will examine traditional aspects of yoga to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of this ancient system.

In addition, you can participate in 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 €52; double room €69; single room €86; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €118; double room €151; single room €186; dormitory/tent/caravan €91

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

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Indian Vegetarian Cooking and Yoga

Date:April 14-17 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200414-1
Title:Indian Vegetarian Cooking and Yoga
Instructor:Dr.Nalini Sahay

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

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

  • to plan a balanced meal
  • the effect of various spices and how to combine them
  • to prepare various dishes with vegetables and legumes: salads, chutneys and desserts.

You will get valuable advice for everyday cooking, as well as for special occasions and for professional cooking in restaurants and retreat centres.

Shared room €276; double room €326; single room €378; dormitory/tent/caravan €237

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Silence for inner peace

Date:April 17-19 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200417-8
Title:Silence for inner peace
Instructor:Dr. Tanu Varma

All human beings are in search of the inner peace, which already exists deep inside. Through the practise of Meditation and Yoga you can better deal with distracting emotions and find inner peace.

This seminar presents a peaceful approach to life, joy and heart opening up to new perspectives.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Yoga Nidra Training for Yoga Teachers

Date:April 17-24 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200417-4
Title:Yoga Nidra Training for Yoga Teachers
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

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

Shared room €566; double room €681; single room €802; dormitory/tent/caravan €473

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Prana Healing: Prana Healing: Advanced Training Course

Date:April 24-26 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200424-5
Title:

Prana Healing: Advanced Training Course

Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Advanced course for graduates of prana healing training. Intensive interactive pranic healing practice in the group.
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.

Topics:

  • Passing on Pranic Healing Techniques: How do I educate participants / students in Prana Healing?
  • Prana Awakening Advice and Dealing with Participants
  • Any issues that arise and frequent questions from participants and how to deal with them.

Prerequisite for participation: Prana Healing Basic Training Course

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Love what you are doing

Date:April 24-26 2020
Location:North Sea
Register:N200424-4
Title:Love what you are doing
Instructor:Swami Tattvarupananda

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 €178; double room €213; single room €248 dormitory/tent €153

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May 2020

Transcendation of Samsara

Date:May 8-10 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200508-29
Title:Transcendation of Samsara
Instructor:James Swartz

If you are interested in understanding your true nature, the nature of the mind and of the world, this retreat will be of great value. Freedom and lasting happiness are the result of this knowledge. The course is not merely an academic or intellectual exercise. It is a dynamic traditional teaching that engages the participants in such a way that it produces insight into the nature of reality. Vedanta is a means of Self inquiry, one of the oldest and most successful enlightenment traditions in the world. Text: Shankaracharya's Aparoshanubhuti. In english without translation.

Shared room €89; double room €104; single room €129; dormitory/tent/caravan €70

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Theme Week: Sthitaprajna - a constantly balanced mind

Date:May 15-22 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200515-8
Title:Theme Week: Sthitaprajna - a constantly balanced mind
Instructors:Dr.Chandra Shekar Pandey

‘Sthitaprajna’ is the state in which the mind is balanced, steady and unruffled – while still being active. This esperience is seen as the fruition of practice for a karma-yogi. What is the sthitaprajna state? How does the sense of balance attained during inward absorption impact on your life in the world?

This important spiritual and philosophical goal is dealt with in Sankhya Yoga – Chapter 2 (Verse 54 – 72) of the Bhagavad Gita. During this week, this important spiritual and philosophical goal will be discussed in a lucid manner. The learning premised in the verses can guide you to live a life of serene dynamism. In addition, you can participate in 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 to Friday (per day) Shared room €52; double room €69; single room €86; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €118; double room €151; single room €186; dormitory/tent/caravan €91.

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

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You are unique

Date:May 22-24 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200522-2
Title:You are unique
Instructor:Swami Tattvarupananda

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

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; tent/caravan €153

How to teach an English yoga class

Date:May 22-24 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200522-6
Title:How to teach an English yoga class
Instructor:Kaivalya Meike Schönknecht

Learn to teach Yoga in English. You are a yoga teacher and would like to offer English yoga classes in an international context? Here you will get valuable tips and material with common vocabulary. You will take part in two English Yoga classes daily and receive templates for English Yoga Vidya style classes.

Shared room €256; double room €307; single room €359; dormitory/tent/caravan €216

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Vedic Horoscope

Date:May 29- June 01 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200529-5
Title:Vedic Horoscope
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

Ram Vakkalanka, an indian Sanskrit expert, talented sitar player and experienced meditation leader will be a guest at Yoga Vidya.

Vedic Astrology can help you to better fulfill your potential! You will learn the basics of Vedic Astrology and look at the horoscopes, which provide an inside into Karma and Dharma. Valuable tips for the analysis of horoscopes, to help you and others to discover the own tasks and fulfill them.

Shared room €256; double room €307; single room €359; dormitory/tent/caravan €216

Yoga and Meditation retreat with Swamiji

Date:May 29-June 01 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200529-24
Title:Yoga and Meditation retreat with Swamiji
Instructor:Swamiji

The spiritual path is said to be a mixture of personal effort and Divine grace. Grace comes by tuning to the Divine during 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 €267; double room €318; single room €370; dormitory/tent/caravan €228

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June 2020

Self-healing through meditation on colours

Date:June 01-05 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200601-1
Title:Self-healing through meditation on colours
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

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 €308; double room €375; single room €445; dormitory/tent/caravan €255

How to awaken your inner energies and realize your full potential

Date:June 05-07 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200605-2
Title:How to awaken your inner energies and realize your full potential
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

We are all bundles of wonderful energies. However, these energies remain dormant in most people. Awakening these inner energies is necessary for the realization of our full potential and achievement of our goals and dreams in life. It is also important to harmonize our inner energies with the Universal Energies to attain peace and happiness.

In this weekend seminar, you will learn about these sacred inner energies as well as some ancient yogic practices to awaken them including pranayama techniques, mantras and mudras.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

Kriya Kundalini Yoga

Date:June 07-12 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200607-1
Title:Kriya Kundalini Yoga
Instructor:Anantharavi Thillainathan

This seminar can provide a breakthrough experience for your yoga practice! It is for advanced yoga students and those who want to make more rapid progress. 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 €386; double room €469; single room €555; tent/caravan €319

Siddha Yoga

Date:June 12-14 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200612-5
Title:Siddha Yoga
Instructor:Nathiba Anantharavi

Deepen your yoga practice with the method of the Indian Siddhas. Activate your chakras and 12 main Nadis. Practice Siddha Pranayama combined with Mantra and Bija Mantra techniques to free you from physical and mental suffering. Learn the self massage technique of the Siddhas and harmonize and activate your energy centers.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; tent/caravan €153

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Movement of chakras

Date:June 14-17 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200614-3
Title:Movement of chakras
Instructor:Nathiba Anantharavi

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 €231; double room €280; single room €333; tent/caravan €192

Ayurvedic Marma Massage Training

Date:June 12-19 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200612-1
Title:Ayurvedic Marma Massage Training
Instructor:Anantharavi Thillainathan

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 €653; double room €770; single room €889; tent/caravan €560

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Theme Week: The Hard Problem of Consciousness – a look at the view of Classical Nondual Advaita Vedanta

Date:June 21-26 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200621-16
Title:Theme Week: The Hard Problem of Consciousness – a look at the view of Classical Nondual Advaita Vedanta
Instructor:Chandra Cohen

Leading thinkers in several branches of science has identified the understanding of subjective consciousness as perhaps the most essential challenge of modern day. Ancient sages explored this very same consciousness and have some special insights. We should understand that consciousness today is no different than it was then but the sage’s test of validity was not third person experiment but a method that was verified through first person experience - experience is common in all but misconceived by all.

This seminar will present the scientific question in simple lay terms then systematically explore the classic Vedanta response based on Sankara Advaita’s interpretation of the Upanishads, Brahma Sutra and Bhagavad Gita.

This will not be a university seminar but an in depth self inquiry and exploration. It is intended to be of value to anyone who thoughtfully pursues concepts of self-understanding.

Seminar Topics:

  • What is Consciousness – Scientific Perspectives?
  • Consciousness in the First-Person Perspective
  • The Method of Knowledge
  • Considerations of Practice
  • Wisdom from the Texts

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 52; double room €69; single room €86; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €118; double room €151; single room €186; dormitory/tent/caravan €91.

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

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Themeweek: Vedic Astrology - Jyotish

Date:June 21-26 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200621-6
Title:Themeweek: Vedic Astrology- Jyotish
Instructor:Veda Chaitanya

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. an associated limb or branch.

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 talks will deal with the basics of Vedic Astrology, giving an insight in to the analytical and predictive uses of astrology in 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 52; double room €69; single room €86; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €118; double room €151; single room €186; dormitory/tent/caravan €91.

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

Panchakarma Group Cure

Date:June 21-28 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200621-3
Title:Panchakarma Group Cure
Instructor:Dr. Devendra Mishra

Panchakarma, the well known ayurvedic treatment, is one of the most effective methods of cleansing the entire body. It regenerates and revitalises you, starting from the cellular level. Deep-seated blockades are released; the total organism is detoxified and regenerated. 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 €638; double room €749; single room €860; dormitory/tent/caravan €552

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Mathruka Nyasam – tantric introduction and initiation to the practice of mantra

Date:June 24-26 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:W200624-2
Title:Mathruka Nyasam – tantric introduction and initiation to the practice of mantra
Instructor:Sudarsh Namboothiri

Tantric technique of purifying the pranic channels and depicting the 51 sanskrit letters in one’s body, which increase the capacity of annamaya kosha, pranamaya and manomaya koshas and brings clarity in vijnanamaya kosha and naturally leads to Ananda. This is the proper way to start the mantra sadhana then only it helps to absorb all the effects mantra properly.

Shared room €154; double room €188; single room €221; tent/caravan €128

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Ayurveda for beginners

Date:June 26-28 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200626-7
Title:Ayurveda for beginners
Instructor:Veda Chaitanya

Ayurveda = Life Science (Ayur = 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 €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Introduction to tantra practice

Date:June 26-28 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200626-2
Title:Introduction to tantra practice
Instructor:Sudarsh Namboothiri

Tantra contains many practical exercises such as asanas, pranayamas and mantras, which are specifically used to get to know oneself more deeply and to find one's inner balance. Through the tantric view that the universe is a creation of the divine, you can find a deep inner balance and harmony of your personality.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; tent/caravan €153

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The Royal Path of Ashtanga Yoga: its philosophy, psychology & practice

Date:June 26-28 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200626-4
Title:The Royal Path of Ashtanga Yoga: its philosophy, psychology & practice
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

The eight-limbed path of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga Sutras aims at controlling all thought-waves or mental modifications. When a raja yogi starts his sādhanā (spiritual practice) with the mind, a certain minimum amount of āsanas and prānāyāma are included as a preparation for meditation and concentration.

The eight-limbed path of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga Sutras aims at controlling all thought-waves or mental modifications. When a raja yogi starts his sādhanā (spiritual practice) with the mind, a certain minimum amount of āsanas and prānāyāma are 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 obtains 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 €192; double room €225; single room €258; dormitory/tent/caravan €165

Kriya Yoga Intensive

Date:June 28 – July 3 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200628-3
Title:Kriya Yoga Intensive
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

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

Swami Bodhichtitananda will teach the basic techniques:

  • Meditation based on breathing and the practice of Hamsa
  • Anahata Shabdha: the power of OM and sound in meditation
  • Spinal Breathing meditation for purifying and releasing psychic blockages, gaining control over your life force, and developing deeper concentration.
  • Complementary asana classes
  • Kriya Yoga Initiation: 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.

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 €408; double room €492; single room €578; tent/caravan €342

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Mantra, Bhajan and Kirtan

Date:June 28- July 03 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200628-8
Title:Mantra, Bhajan and Kirtan
Instructor:Veda Chaitanya

Traditional Indian definitions and meanings of mantras, mantra species and their respective application. You learn the differences between mantras, stotras, shlokas, bhajans, kirtans and you learn a lot about the history of mantras, linguistic aspects and sound, notation and vedic sound theory. With typical audio and video recordings from India. Then together we try to chant the mantras as in India.Sri Veda Chaitanya, has lived with Hindu priests and studied Sanskrit, philosophy and traditional recitation of Vedic mantras, including Dayananda Ashram in Coimbatore, South India, and brings to you with his authentic in-depth knowledge of the different traditions of mantras and chanting.Seminar content:

  • Vedic Chanting
  • Gayatri Mantra, Medha Suktam
  • Introduction to phonetics and chants
  • Chants - Shanti Mantras,
  • Differences between Mantras Stotras, Shlokas, Bhajans, Kirtans
  • Meaning of mantras, types of mantras and their application
  • Notation (notation)
  • Mala for Japa
  • Traditional audio and video recordings from India
  • Traditional Kirtan from Maharashtra (Varakari Sampradaya)

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319

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Asanas intensive for advanced practitioners

Date:June 28 - July 3 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:W200628-3
Title:Asanas intensive for advanced practitioners
Instructor:Sudarsh Namboothiri

Asanas and pranayama can bring about deep, rapid spiritual development. You practice asanas and integrate different breathing techniques to expand awareness and purify the subtle nadis (energy channels). This asana-intensive seminar is designed to make your physical body supple and strong. The exercises have a cleansing, healing, vitalising and awakening effect on your entire system. Sudarsh teaches traditional and unique asanas and pranayama as part of the entire sadhana system. Open yourself to the deepest wisdom and learn the secrets of your body, mind and life. The taught knowledge is based on the classical hatha yoga scriptures and the Upanishads.

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; tent/caravan: €319

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Ayurveda Medicine Training: Basic Course

Date:June 28-July 05 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200628-2
Title:Ayurveda Medicine Training: Basic Course
Instructor:Dr. Devendra Prasad Mishra

This systematic two-part training offers you the unique opportunity to study the 5,000 year old 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:

  • 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 take place 25 Oct – 3 Nov, 2020.

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

Shared room €720; double room €837; single room €958; dormitory/tent/caravan €627

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July 2020

Kriya Yoga Advanced

Date:July 03-05 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200703-5
Title:Kriya Yoga Advanced
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

This is continuation and deepening of Swamiji’s beginning Kriya Yoga seminar, with more practice and support of the first Kriya Yoga Initiation. All who are initiated within the lineage of Lahiri Mahasaya’s Kriya Yoga are welcome. Also, those who have been regularly practicing the preliminary practices of Hamsa and Om Technique, from first seminar, can take Initiation into First Kriya Proper at the beginning of this seminar, or on last afternoon of the first Kriya seminar, during the regular Initiation Ceremony. Those who have regularly, i.e. daily, practiced the First Kriya for a minimum or one year can request second Kriya Practices.

Shared room €191; double room €225; single room €258; dormitory/tent/caravan €165

Gheranda Samhita

Date:July 03-05 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200703-11
Title:Gheranda Samhita
Instructor:Veda Chaitanya

"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 €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

Rituals to the ancestors - Shraddam

Date:July 03-05 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200703-5
Title:Rituals to the ancestors - Shraddam
Instructor:Sudarsh Namboothiri

According to the Vedic tradition there are 5 important duties in life which we have to perform, they called PANCHA MAHA YAJNAS ( 5 GREAT ACTS or RITUALS). In all these 5 rituals PITRU YAJAM (rituals to the ancestors) is considered to be the most important one and it must be practiced.
Indian tradition contends that 21 past generations of ancestral genes are present in our bodies, and the last 3 generation of genes are still active in our system. Therefore remembrance of that lineage is very important for our worldly as well as our spiritual development.
In this course you learn about the science of SHRADDHAM and how to practice it in your life.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; tent/caravan €153

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Renovate your life

Date:July 03-08 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200703-6
Title:Renovate your life
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

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

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

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

Shared room €411; double room €494; single room €580; dormitory/tent/caravan €344

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Yoga teachers training TTC in English (intensive, 4 weeks)

Date:July 05-Aug 02 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200705-4
Title:Yoga teachers training TTC in English (intensive, 4 weeks)
Instructor:Acharya Harilalji

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 €2.421; double room €2.889; single room €3.373; dormitory/tent/caravan €2.051

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Kundalini, Tantra & Yantra

Date:July 05-09 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200705-3
Title:Kundalini, Tantra & Yantra
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

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

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 €334; double room €407; single room €479; dormitory/tent/caravan €279

Theme Week: The Thinker’s Method to Enlightened Self Inquiry – Jnana Yoga

Date:July 5-10 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200705-23
Title:Theme Week: The Thinker’s Method to Enlightened Self Inquiry – Jnana Yoga
Instructor:Chandra Cohen

Jnana Yoga or Yoga of Knowledge is a singular path based on the great Acharya, Shankara’s self-exploration of classic texts. Shankara espoused the understanding of self as one-consciousness-in-all. He detailed the method that could rectify phenomenological suffering and bestow complete personal fulfillment. It is because we misunderstand ourself that we misconceive the world. The remedy for misconception is knowledge. Step by step Jnana Yoga first prepares us and shows us our common existential errors, corrects them and leads us to self-evident insight.

This will be a fun class – Self-ignorance can actually be amusing. Come join us and hear some of the great reasoning and wisdom of this ancient teaching.

Seminar Topics:

  • Tat Twam Asi – the great equation
  • Superimposition – Subject/object confusion
  • The guru and attitude attitude
  • Listening – Reflecting – Meditating
  • Self Knowledge and Ego

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 52; double room €69; single room €86; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €118; double room €151; single room €186; dormitory/tent/caravan €91.

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

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Theme Week: Indian rituals and recitations

Date:July 05-10 2020
Location:North Sea
Register:N200705-4
Title:Theme Week: Indian rituals and recitations
Instructor:Sudarsh Namboothiri

This week, you can experience the profound effect of Indian rituals every day, with Vedic recitations. These rituals allow inner collection, heart-opening and much inspiration for the spiritual path.

In addition, you can participate in 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 57; double room €78; single room €99; dormitory/tent €40

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €128; double room €172; single room €214 dormitory/tent €96.

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

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The magic of touch in Ayurveda

Date:July 05-10 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200705-11
Title:The magic of touch in Ayurveda
Instructor:Veda Chaitanya

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 €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319

Chakra meditation seminar

Date:July 10-12 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200710-1
Title:Chakra meditation seminar
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Each chakra is represented by a lotus and signifies your spiritual growth from the lower to higher states of consciousness. Simple 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 €191; double room €225; single room €258; tent/caravan €165

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Ayurveda in daily life

Date:July 10-12 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200710-8
Title:Ayurveda in daily life
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

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 €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

 

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

Date:July 10-12 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200710-13
Title:The Kathopanishad-About the meaning of life and the mystery of death
Instructor:Veda Chaitanya

The Kathopanishad is one of the most famous classical Upanishads. It contains the dialogue of Naciketas with Yama, the god of death, regarding the highest meaning of life and the overcoming of mortality. The Upanishad also beautifully explains basic principles of the spiritual path. It discusses the ‘Sreya and Preya Marga’ the way of the good and the way of the pleasant. We will read passages from the Upanishad, discuss and meditate on them. You will gain access to a 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 €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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The secret of mind control

Date:July 10-12 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200710-27
Title:The secret of mind control
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

“To control the restless mind and 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 €191; double room €225; single room €258; dormitory/tent/caravan €165

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Prana Yoga and Psychic Healing

Date:July 12-15 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200712-7
Title:Prana Yoga and Psychic Healing
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

Prana, often referred to as life energy or vital force, is the key to gaining control of the mind, bringing health and vitality to the body. There are two types of pranayama, the practice of controlling the prana, Hatha Yoga Pranayama and Raja Yoga Pranayama. The Hatha Yoga technique is to physically manipulate the breath to bring the prana into the central channel of the spine. Raja Yoga uses awareness, directing 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. It greatly calms the mind for concentration and meditation, and can also be used for directing self-healing to various parts of the body.

In addition to energizing our bodies with greater amounts of life energy, we can also direct prana to others for their healing of body and mind. This is the key to psychic healing of oneself and others. Swamiji will guide course participants in both theory and practice of the 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 €254; double room €304; single room €355; dormitory/tent/caravan €213

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Theme Week: The Hard Problem of Consciousness – a look at the view of Classical Nondual Advaita Vedanta

Date:July 12-17 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200712-24
Title:Theme Week: The Hard Problem of Consciousness – a look at the view of Classical Nondual Advaita Vedanta
Instructor:Chandra Cohen

Leading thinkers in several branches of science has identified the understanding of subjective consciousness as perhaps the most essential challenge of modern day. Ancient sages explored this very same consciousness and have some special insights. We should understand that consciousness today is no different than it was then but the sage’s test of validity was not third person experiment but a method that was verified through first person experience - experience is common in all but misconceived by all.

This seminar will present the scientific question in simple lay terms then systematically explore the classic Vedanta response based on Sankara Advaita’s interpretation of the Upanishads, Brahma Sutra and Bhagavad Gita.

This will not be a university seminar but an in depth self inquiry and exploration. It is intended to be of value to anyone who thoughtfully pursues concepts of self-understanding.

Seminar Topics:

  • What is Consciousness – Scientific Perspectives?
  • Consciousness in the First-Person Perspective
  • The Method of Knowledge
  • Considerations of Practice
  • Wisdom from the Texts

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 52; double room €69; single room €86; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €118; double room €151; single room €186; dormitory/tent/caravan €91.

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

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Pranic wellbeing

Date:July 12-17 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200712-1
Title:Pranic wellbeing
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

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 €408; double room €492; single room €578; tent/caravan €342

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Theme week: Indian Rituals and Recitations

Date:July 12-17 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200712-6
Title:Theme week: Indian Rituals and Recitations
Instructor:Sudarsh Namboothiri

This week, you can experience the profound effect of Indian rituals every day, with Vedic recitations. These rituals allow inner collection, heart-opening and much inspiration for the spiritual path.

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 €52; double room €69; single room €86; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €118; double room €151; single room €186; dormitory/tent/caravan €91.

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

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Vedanta meets Vedic-Transformations-Meditation

Date:July 12-17 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200712-11
Title:Vedanta meets Vedic-Transformations-Meditation
Instructor:Veda Chaitanya

This course is for anybody who wants to understand in brief what the Vedas cover and in somewhat greater detail what the Vedanta covers. The course will help learners to be introduced to the basics of Vedic literature, Upaniṣhads and Advaita Vedānta. In Addition, the course is complemented by an everyday practice of Vedic Meditation. Vedic Meditation is an effortless mental process that awakens the full potential of the mind and triggers deep rest and recovery from stress. It’s easy to learn, simple to practice, and, in only a short period of time, you will experience a remarkable transformation in how you experience the life.

The benefits of Vedic Meditation are
• Reduced stress, anxiety and fatigue
• Improved concentration, focus and memory
• Increased energy levels, creativity and self confidence
• Improved sleep patterns and relief from insomnia
• Ability to make high-speed accurate decisions under pressure
• Less reactive and greater emotional stability
• A greater sense of happiness and wellbeing

The course is entirely based on Swami Dayananda Saraswati’s classes on Introduction to Vedānta, founded on the authentic teachings of Śrī Śaṅkarācārya including the Prasthānatraya Bhāṣyas, and other prakaraṇa granthas like Tattvabodha.

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319

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Nature Yoga – for inner and outer Peace

Date:July 15-17 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200715-1
Title:Yoga, spirit & nature
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

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

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

Shared room €152; double room €185; single room €220; tent/caravan €125

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Meditations from the Tantra

Date:July 17-19 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200717-1
Title:Meditations from the Tantra
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

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

Krishna says, "Meditation is better than intellectual knowledge." Tantra meditations are ancient tantra techniques that have been nearly forgotten. Swami Satyananda Saraswati, founder of the Bihar School of Yoga, rediscovered them and put them in a form that everyone can understand and practice. Dr. Nalini Sahay passes them on as a direct disciple of Swami Satyananda.

During the seminar you will learn the following meditation techniques:

1. Ajapa Japa: spontaneous recitation of mantras without conscious effort from the heart.
2. Antar Mouna: Concentration on the inner silence.
3. Chidakasha Dharana: Meditation on the psychic space of consciousness behind the forehead. Through these exercises you will learn to relax on the physical, emotional and mental levels; to reprogram your mind to lead a healthy and spiritual life; to concentrate and center yourself better; to strengthen your mind; to better understand the deeper functions of your mind. You will be quiet.

Shared room €191; double room €225; single room €258; tent/caravan €165

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Nadi Shudhi Sadhana - Nadi Cleansing

Date:July 17-19 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200717-3
Title:Nadi Shudhi Sadhana - Nadi Cleansing
Instructor:Sudarsh Namboothiri

Systematic practice of breathing, including selected asanas, mudras and suryanamaskar, through which one can purify the Nadis completely within 3 months of regular practice. Brings vigour and vitality, stability to the body, clarity in thoughts increase the mindfulness. And can see the positive results in all walks of life. Practice is based on the traditional yoga texts, such as Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Siva Samhitha , Jabala Darshana Upanishad.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Tantra – Techniques for transformation and liberation

Date:July 17-19 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200717-4
Title:Tantra – Techniques for transformation and liberation
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

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

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

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

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Mandukya Upanishad

Date:July 19-24 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200719-21
Title:Mandukya Upanishad
Instructor:Ira Schepetin

The Mandukya Upanishad is the shortest of all the classical Upanishads containing only twelve mantras. Yet it is considered to be the essence of all the Upanishads and also the most profound and the most difficult to understand. In this workshop we will try to bring out not only the secret and deepest meanings contained in this Upanishad but also the subtle methodology that is adopted in its verses so that it can convey to the qualified seeker the highest truth of Vedanta; a truth which in fact is beyond all words and concepts.

In English without translation.

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319

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Awakening the Guru Within

Date:July 19-24 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200719-5
Title:Awakening the Guru Within
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

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

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

In this course you will:

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

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

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319

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Theme week – Yogis of the Himalaya

Date:July 19- 24 2020
Location:North Sea
Register:N200719-4
Title:Theme week – Yogis of the Himalaya
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

In some speeches, films and slideshows, Swami Bodhichitananda shares his personal experiences, how he came to spiritual life, how he moved to India, became a Swami and his encounters with saints and the yogis of India. With photos and video recordings of Swami Sivananda that are not publicly available. So you can enrich your holiday/ individual guest stay, even without booking a special seminar.Of course, during this theme week, the other yoga and meditation offerings are also available for holiday guests: daily yoga classes, meditations, guided walks, recitations, sound yoga classes, mandala painting and much more.No previous knowledge in yoga and meditation necessary. If you are registering online for the theme week, please indicate in the field 'What else do I want to say' under 'Other details' how many days you would like to stay. After that, the price is calculated. Accommodation incl. Full board, yoga classes etc .:

Monday-Friday (rate per day): Shared room €57; double room €78; single room €99; dormitory/tent €40

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €128; double room €172; single room €214; dormitory/tent €96.

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

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Vegan Indian Cooking

Date:July 21-24 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200721-1
Title:Vegan indian cooking
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

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 €276; double room €326; single room €378; dormitory/tent/caravan €237

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Yantra meditation and creation

Date:July 22-24 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200722-3
Title:Yantra meditation and creation
Instructor:Sudarsh Namboothiri

According to Tantra Shasta, yantra is the manifestation of the Universe itself. Yantra, Mantra and the deity are the same. The creation of the yantra, or the chanting of the mantra is creating the particular vibration of the deity and invoking it’s energy with in and around us, also elevating ourselves into the higher level of consciousness.
Yantra is the geometrical form of the particular deity, each yantra is different and it holds higher potential and possibility.
In the two day Yantra meditation program you will be part of making the yantra with herbal powder and get all the details of the yantra, dot, circles, squares, triangle and its effects on one’s system Ultimately yantra meditation is the process of going back to the source of creation. The initiation to the guided yantra meditation with visualization techniques and the chanting of the mantra complete this very particular weekend.

Shared room €154; double room €188; single room €221; dormitory/tent/caravan €128

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Aradhana Sadhana: Yoga of the Heart

Date:July 24-26 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200724-4
Title:Aradhana Sadhana: Yoga of the Heart
Instructor:Dr.Nalini Sahay

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

The practice of Aradhana Sadhana includes:

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

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

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

Shared room €191; double room €225; single room €258; dormitory/tent/caravan €165

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Rituals to the ancestors - Shraddam

Date:July 24-26 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200724-5
Title:Rituals to the ancestors - Shraddam
Instructor:Sudarsh Namboothiri

Use rituals to power our ancestors so that they can ascend to the next higher light worlds. We ourselves experience comfort and acceptance. Also, we can thereby build a new relationship with our deceased or deepen it in a more subtle way. In India, rituals for the deceased are called "Shraddham". These rituals are considered as one of the most important exercises that should be performed regularly by spiritual practitioners. You will learn to do classical Indian Shraddham ceremonies for your ancestors and learn theoretical background.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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

Date:July 26-31 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200726-4
Title:Asana intensive-lots of practice, with a bit of theory
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

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

Shared room €336; double room €420; single room €507; dormitory/tent/caravan €271

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Theme Week: Nada yoga - The power of sound

Date:July 26-31 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200726-5
Title:Theme Week: Nada yoga - The power of sound
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

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

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 52; double room €69; single room €86; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €118; double room €151; single room €186; dormitory/tent/caravan €91.

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

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July 26-31 2020 Yoga for you!

Yoga for you!

Date:July 26-312020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:

B200726-22

Title:Yoga for you!
Instructor:Kaivalya Meike Schönknecht

Enjoy a week of inspiring yoga classes, meditations, lectures and workshops at Germany’s largest yoga centre. You will take part in daily asana classes and have the opportunity to dive deeper into your practice by using mantras, mudras and pranayama techniques. Recharge your batteries by purifying body and mind with an integral yoga practice. Set at the edge of beautiful woodlands, the Yoga Vidya ashram combines Indian flair with simple modern amenities. Prices include all yoga classes and two delicious organic vegetarian meals per day. In English without translation.

Shared room €324; double room €409 single room €496; dormitory/tent/caravan €259

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Clairvoyance Training Course

Date:July 26-31 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200726-9
Title:Clairvoyance Training Course
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu; Mohini Christine Wiume

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: how to open this channel so that the inner voice may be heard and understood (to enhance and support clairvoyant information)
  • Auras: developing clairvoyance to see, interpret and balance them.
  • Psychic drawing: using pictures, symbols and colors to get information about a person.
  • Pendulum: learn to use the pendulum for easy answers to practical questions about life, health, partnership, jobs and decisions.

What to bring:

  • journal
  • colored pencils for drawing
  • picture of someone you would like to send love and healing to
  • pendulum
  • open-mindedness towards yoga and spirituality along with a desire to explore new areas of yourself

Shared room €483; double room €568; single room €654; dormitory/tent/caravan €417

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Yoga Nidra Advanced - Yoga Teachers’ Training

Date:July 26-Aug 02 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200726-2
Title:Yoga Nidra Advanced - Yoga Teachers’ Training
Instructor:Dr.Nalini Sahay

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 €566; double room €681; single room €802; dormitory/tent/caravan €473

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Yoga holiday week - Bhakti, Homa and Puja

Date:July 26- Aug 02 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200726-8
Title:Yoga holiday week - Bhakti, Homa and Puja
Instructor:Sudarsh Namboothiri

Sudarsh Namboothiri will be our guest this week. Singing mantras and performing rituals like Arati, Homa and Puja is especially powerful. These help to open in the heart, and the stories of Hindu mythology contain great truths and are a great source of inspiration. A week for your spiritual heart to gain access to inner strength, peace and joy. Gladly instruments can be brought.

Shared room €469; double room €586; single room €707; dormitory/tent/caravan €376

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Bhakti Yoga

Date:July 26- Aug 02 2020
Location:North Sea
Register:N200726-4
Title:Bhakti Yoga
Instructor:Swami Gurusharanananda; Sitaram Kube

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.

Shared room €622; double room €767; single room €922; dormitory/tent €519

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Vedanta Retreat with Neema und Surya - 4 weeks

Date:July 26- Aug 23 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200726-11
Title:Vedanta Retreat with Neema und Surya - 4 weeks
Instructor:Neema Majmudar, Surya Tahora

Study classic Advaita Vedanta in the tradition of Swami Dayananda Saraswati with the well-known Vedanta teachers Neema and Surya in depth and with some humor.

Course Content:

  • Taittriya Upanishad (Excerpts - Ananda Valli),
  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 7,
  • Selected Verses of the 2nd Chapter of the Bhagavad Gita on "The Person Who is knowing",
  • The Value of Values
  • Selected verses from the 13th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.
  • Classical Vedic chanting,
  • Analysis and practical practice of contemplation and meditative Vedantic meditation techniques using selected verses from Chapter 6

Topics:

Taittriya Upanishad - Selected verses (Ananda valli)
This section (valli) begins with a famous sentence, ‘Brahmavid Apnoti Param’ which means ‘the knower of Brahman (the absolute reality) gains the highest’. The rest of the text unfolds that Brahman, which is limitless, is to be understood as true nature of oneself. It goes on to explain how the entire universe has come, is sustained and resolves in Brahman. Finally, the Upanishad shows that the fulfilment gained by the knower of Brahman as self is unparalleled to any other living being on earth and beyond. The teaching is based on commentaries of Adi Shankaracharya which is known for its brilliant analysis and clarity of thought.

Please note: All of the Weekend Seminars with Neema and Surya are part of the 4 Weeks Vedanta Course. The whole course is in English without translation into German.
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 7, Well ascertained knowledge

Through the teaching of Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna reveals to Arjuna and us the ultimate reality as well as the means to prepare oneself for the knowledge.While chapter 1 to 6 unfold the nature of the self, in chapter 7, the nature of the cause of the universe (Isvara) is discussed in length. The chapter reveals different ways to relate to Isvara and results derived thereof. Finally, it shows how this relationship can culminate into discovering our identity with Isvara.

Weekend 1 (July 31 – August 2):The wise person – Selected verses from Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2
Weekend 2 (August  7-9): Value of Values - Selected verses from Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13
Weekend 3 (August 14-16) : Vedic Chanting, prayers with their meaning
Weekend 4 (August 21-23): Meditation and Contemplation based on teaching of Bhagavad Gita

THIS COURSE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR NEWCOMERS.
WELL UNDERSTANDING ENGLISH WITHOUT TRANSLATION!

This seminar is excluded from discounts. All rooms have a washbasin, the bathrooms are newly renovated and shared.

Shared room €1.300; double room €1.800; single room €2.500; tent/caravan €1.000

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Vedanta Retreat with Neema und Surya – Week 1

Date:July 26 – August 2 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200726-12
Title: Vedanta Retreat with Neema und Surya – Week 1
Instructor:Neema Majmudar, Surya Tahora

Study with the well-known Vedanta teachers Neema and Surya in depth and with humor classical Advaita Vedanta in the tradition of Swami Dayananda Saraswati.Course content: Taittriya Upanishad (excerpts - Ananda Valli), Bhagavad Gita chapter 7, selected verses of chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita about "the person who is knowing", The value of values. Selected verses from the 13th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. Learning classical Vedic chanting, analysis and practical practice of contemplation and Vedantic meditation techniques using selected verses from Chapter 6.

THE COURSE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS. WELL UNDERSTANDING ENGLISH WITHOUT TRANSLATION!

Shared room €403; double room €520; single room €641; tent/caravan €310
This seminar is excluded from discounts. All rooms have a washbasin, the bathrooms are newly renovated and shared.

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Vedanta Retreat with Neema und Surya – Week 1 and 2

Date:July 26 – Aug 9 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200726-13
Title:Vedanta Retreat with Neema und Surya – Week 1 and 2
Instructor:Neema Majmudar, Surya Tahora

Study with the well-known Vedanta teachers Neema and Surya in depth and with humor classical Advaita Vedanta in the tradition of Swami Dayananda Saraswati.

Course content:

  • Taittriya Upanishad (excerpts - Ananda Valli),
  • Bhagavad Gita chapter 7,
  • selected verses of chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita about "the person who is knowing",
  • The value of values.
  • Selected verses from the 13th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.
  • Learning classical Vedic chanting,
  • analysis and practical practice of contemplation and Vedantic meditation techniques using selected verses from Chapter 6.

THE COURSE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS. WELL UNDERSTANDING ENGLISH WITHOUT TRANSLATION!

All rooms have a washbasin, the bathrooms are newly renovated and shared. This seminar is excluded from discounts.

Shared room €806; double room €1.040; single room €1.282; tent/caravan €620

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The wise person – Selected verses from Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2

Date:July 31 – Aug 2 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200731-5
Title:The wise person – Selected verses from Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2
Instructor:Neema Majmudar, Surya Tahora

In Chapter 2 Arjuna asks Lord Krishna - Is there a person who can totally understand oneself as the whole, and if so, how does this wise person conduct oneself in the world?
In answer to Arjuna’s question, Lord Krishna describes the qualities that a wise person is endowed with and the realities to which he/she is alive. This description gives us an insight into wisdom, attitude and qualities we need to cultivate to grow as a human being and discover our essential nature.

THE COURSE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS. WELL UNDERSTANDING ENGLISH WITHOUT TRANSLATION!

All rooms have a washbasin, the bathrooms are newly renovated and shared. This seminar is excluded from discounts.

Shared room €128; double room €160; single room €194; tent/caravan €102

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Value of Values - Selected verses from Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13

Date:Aug 7-9 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200807-6
Title:Value of Values - Selected verses from Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13
Instructor:Neema Majmudar, Surya Tahora

Bhagavad Gita highlights in the chapter 13 the qualities of the seeker. Replying to Arjuna’s question about what is jneyam (to be known) and Jnanam (means of knowing it), Lord Krishna reveals to Arjuna, very profound and intricate personal qualities that one has to acquire to become eligible for spiritual knowledge. Understanding the assimilating these qualities does not only help a spiritual seeker but anyone who wants to live ones life responsibly.

THE COURSE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS. WELL UNDERSTANDING ENGLISH WITHOUT TRANSLATION!

All rooms have a washbasin, the bathrooms are newly renovated and shared. This seminar is excluded from discounts.

Shared room €128; double room €160; single room €194; tent/caravan €102

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Practice meditation with Swami Yatidharmananda

Date:July 31- Aug 02 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200731-5
Title:Practice meditation with a Swami
Instructor: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 €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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How to sustain High Energy Levels throughout the day

Date:July 31-Aug 02 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200731-6
Title:How to sustain High Energy Levels throughout the day
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

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 €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Advanced Teachers’ Training Intensive H - Gheranda Samhita

Date:July 31-Aug 09 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200731-4
Title:Advanced Teachers’ Training Intensive H - Gheranda Samhita
Instructor:Swami Saradananda; Vani Devi Beldzik

Gerandha Samhita is an ancient hatha yoga scripture postulating seven stages to perfection. It views your body and mind as the vessels of your soul.
This seminar is practical as well as theoretical in its approach to hatha yoga. Through the regular practice of kriyas, asanas, mudras, bandhas, pranayama, pratyahara and dhyana, you are led to access your intuition and gain higher experiences. The training includes chakra meditations, breathing techniques and advanced energy-focusing practices.

Swami Saradananda is the perfect teacher with whom to study these techniques, as many of them are reflected in her recent books "The Power of Breath", "Chakra Meditation" and "The Essential Guide to Chakras".

Shared room €714; double room €865 single room €1.020; dormitory/tent/caravan €594

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August 2020

Yogic practices for the management of depression

Date:Aug 02-07 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200802-3
Title:Yogic practices for the management of depression
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

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 €408; double room €492; single room €578; dormitory/tent/caravan €342

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Yoga holiday week with Swami Yatidharmananda

Date:Aug 02-07 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200802-4
Title:Yoga holiday week with Swami Yatidharmananda
Instructor: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 €324; double room €409; single room €496; dormitory/tent/caravan €259.

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

Date:Aug 02-07 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200802-5
Title:Yantras -how you can awaken your self-healing power with holy energies
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

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 €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319

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Yoga holiday week-Bhakti, Homa and Puja with Swami Nivedanananda

Date:Aug 02-07 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200802-1
Title:Yoga holiday week-Bhakti, Homa and Puja with Swami Nivedanananda
Instructor:Swami Nivedanananda

Swami Nivedanananda will be our guest this week. Every day he will perform Indian rituals and recite powerful Vedic mantras. You get a deep insight into lived Indian Bhakti Yoga and in the diversity of Indian rituals. You will have the opportunity to experience these events with an authentic Swami and master. You can personally experience how inspiring the presence of an Indian master can be! All this in conjunction with a variety of yoga classes, lectures and relaxation exercises.

Shared room €324; double room €409; single room €496; tent/caravan €259

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Mathruka Nyasam - tantric introduction and initiation to the practice of mantra

Date:Aug 02-07 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200802-7
Title:Mathruka Nyasam- tantric introduction and initiation to the practice of mantra
Instructor:Sudarsh Namboothiri; Sitaram Kube

Tantric technique of purifying the pranic channels and depicting the 51 sanskrit letters in one’s body, which increase the capacity of annamaya kosha, pranamaya and manomaya koshas and brings clarity in vijnanamaya kosha and naturally leads to Ananda. This is the proper way to start the mantra sadhana then only it helps to absorb all the effects mantra properly.

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319.

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Yoga Therapy Training: 4-Week Intensive

Date:Aug 02-30 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200802-8
Title:Yoga Therapy Training: 4-Week Intensive
Instructor:Harilalji; Meera Karanath

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 €2.421; double room €2.889; single room €3.373; dormitory/tent/caravan €2.051

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Pawanmuktasana

Date:Aug 07-09 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200807-2
Title:Pawanmuktasana
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

Pawanmuktasana are special and effective series of exercises that relax your mind and make your body supple. They can be practiced at any age and bring you both mental and emotional and physical support. They are good for all joints and give you balance and well-being. Your body becomes more flexible, your energy flows and your mind becomes clear.

Shared room €191; double room €225; single room €258; dormitory/tent/caravan €165

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Ramayana - the essence of Yoga and the yoga of essence

Date:Aug 07-09 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200807-4
Title:Ramayana - the essence of Yoga and the yoga of essence
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

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 €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Law of attraction

Date:Aug 07-09 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200807-7
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.

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

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Kundalini Introductory Seminar

Date:Aug 7-9 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200807-18
Title:Kundalini Introductory Seminar
Instructor:Sven

This introductory course will provide a basic understanding of the practices applied in Kundalini Yoga in the tradition of Swami Sivananda. These practices comprise: Asanas, Pranayama (breathing exercises) using simple variations of Bandhas and Mudras as well as Energy Meditations. All these techniques are intended to raise the energetic level and to extend the awareness. In English without translation.

Shared room €145; double room €177; single room €212; dormitory/tent/caravan €117

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Dream Yoga

Date:Aug 09-12 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200809-8
Title:Dream yoga
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

Do you recall your dreams? Are you aware when you’re dreaming?
The dream state of consciousness is rarely explored yet contains many secrets to and for your waking life.
In this course we will:

  • Explore the 4 states of consciousness (waking, dreaming, deep sleep, and Turiya)
  • Discuss the history and benefits of dream yoga.
  • Understand what lucid dreaming is, and how to lucid dream (lucid dream techniques).
  • Practice techniques to move through the different states of consciousness consciously. 
  • Discover how to tap into inspiration, creativity and higher intelligence through this practice.
  • Learn how to purify the koshas (illusory sheaths) so that you may gain access to higher states of consciousness.

In general, If your mind is scattered, unfocused and unstable during the day, then you’ll experience scattered unfocused and distorted dreams at night. Or no dream recall. If your mind is clear, focused and stable during the day then your dreams will reflect that; you’ll be able to penetrate to deeper layers of mind and have better recall... your dreams will have more meaning and impact when you awaken.

When aware and awake in the dream state, You’ll be able to manipulate your dreams and understand how energy flows and works, this is majorly useful in the physical world when wanting to manifest consciously.

Another MAJOR benefit of Having control and awareness in the dream state, is it allows for You to meet with other beings of light and allows communication/access to your higher self.

I’ve been able to cycle through these different states of consciousness consciously for as long as I can remember, I can show you how.

Next level is Yoga Nidra, access to the deep sleep state while conscious. We will also explore Yoga Nidra and the deep sleep state. This will give you a deep understanding of the 4 states of consciousness.

Please join me for this course as we dive deep into our conscious, subconscious, unconscious and beyond mind to the 4th state, Turiya.

Shared room €231; double room €280; single room €333; dormitory/tent/caravan €192

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Yin meets Breath

Date:Aug 09-14 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200809-23
Title:Yin meets Breath
Instructor:Mohini Christine Wiume

Yin Yoga is a yoga style which helps you to relax deeply. You will find your own way into the asana according to your own body. And in this comfortable relaxed posture of the muscles you let go, relax, in a way that very deep levels of your physical tissue can be reached, that are called fascias. As the postures are hold for a longer while, you can go very well into an inner calmness, witness your mental processes and let also go mentally. This will give you a special kind of relaxation.

In English without translation.

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319

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Kriya yoga intensive

Date:Aug 09-14 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200809-5
Title:Kriya yoga intensive
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

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

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

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

Shared room €408; double room €492; single room €578; dormitory/tent/caravan €342

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Yoga holiday week with Swami Yatidharmananda

Date:Aug 09-14 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200809-1
Title:Yoga holiday week with Swami Yatidharmananda
Instructor: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 €324; double room €409; single room €496; tent/caravan €259

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Learning Harmonium and Kirtan in classical indian style

Date:Aug 09-14 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200809-7
Title:Learning Harmonium and Kirtan in classical indian style
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

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 €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319

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Kundalini, Tantra & Yantra

Date:Aug 09-14 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200809-2
Title:Kundalini, Tantra & Yantra
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

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

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 €408; double room €492; single room €578; tent/caravan €342

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Summer Holidays

Date:Aug 9-14 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200809-25
Title:Summer Holidays
Instructor:Manisha Otterbeck

A week of yoga holidays to recharge, regenerate and relax. Includes yoga, meditation, talks, workshops, walks/hikes, excursions into the countryside, vegetarian/vegan buffet twice daily and much more. No previous knowledge/experience needed. Daily yoga, meditation and mantra singing practice.
In English without translation.

Shared room €324; double room €409; single room €496; dormitory/tent/caravan €259

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Chakra Teachers’ Training

Date:Aug 09-16 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200809-6
Title:Chakra Teachers’ Training
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

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

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

Her books include:

  • “Chakra Meditation”
  • “The Essential Guide to Chakras”
  • “The Power of Breath”

Shared room €653; double room €770; single room €889; dormitory/tent/caravan €560

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Sound meditation- the healing sounds of the sitar

Date:Aug 14-16 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200814-5
Title:Sound meditation- the healing sounds of the sitar
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

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 €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Vedic Chanting - prayers with their meaning

Date:Aug 14-16 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200814-5
Title:Vedic Chanting - prayers with their meaning
Instructor:

Neema Majmudar,Surya Tahora

Vedic chants are amongst the most powerful prayers when chanted with precise intonations and pronunciation. When being chanted, they create amazing vibrations, purify the atmosphere and connect us to divine instantaneously. The entire vision of oneness of Vedanta, is recited in these chants in a poetic form asking the divine to enable us to see their presence everywhere and ultimately to know the essential non-difference between I and Isvara.

The course is not suitable for beginners.

THE COURSE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS. WELL UNDERSTANDING ENGLISH WITHOUT TRANSLATION!

All rooms have a washbasin, the bathrooms are newly renovated and shared.  This seminar is excluded from discounts.

Shared room €128; double room €160; single room €194; tent/caravan €102

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Yoga, spirit and nature

Date:Aug 14-16 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200814-3
Title:Yoga, spirit and nature
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

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

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

Shared room €191; double room €225; single room €258; tent/caravan €165

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Tantra- techniques for transformation and liberation

Date:Aug 14-16 2020
Location:North Sea
Register:N200814-4
Title:Tantra- techniques for transformation and liberation
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

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

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

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

Shared room €198; double room €241; single room €284; dormitory/tent €168

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Master everyday life with awareness and mindfulness

Date:Aug 16-21 2020
Location:Allgäu
Register:A200816-1
Title:Master everyday life with awareness and mindfulness
Instructor:Shanmug Eckhardt

Mindfulness and meditation are important components of felt satisfaction in life.

With his extensive spiritual and psychotherapeutic knowledge E. Shanmug shows you in his lively, brilliant lectures the effect of mindfulness on recognizing, so that you can change obsolete patterns. You get a deep understanding of mindfulness and meditation in theory and practice.
Mindfulness is the focus of consciousness on the present moment. Mindfulness enhances the confrontation with the present and leads to a better understanding of how thoughts and feelings affect our health and quality of life. Mindfulness can be cultivated through the practice of meditation. Mindful meditation is 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. Mindfulness is an inherent human ability that has been experienced in meditation for millennia. What's new is the scientific interest in mindfulness and meditation in medicine, psychology, social work and economics.

You don’t meditate to “make a killing.” You do it so work doesn’t kill you. When I collapsed in April 2007, I was—by our society’s definition—very successful, but by any sane definition of success, I was not,” also says Arianna Huffington,founder of The Huffington Post . “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 show that we do not know how to relax properly. And although meditation helps a lot,  42% of people listen to their mobile phone while on vacation. We take less vacation than we deserve. At the same time, according to a Gallup survey, 70% admit being overwhelmed at the workplace or having taken off the job. It's the hamster wheel of today: never checking out at the job, always just checking in.
Mindfulness can be a tool and meditation can be a way of teaching people to cope with their everyday routine, causing the problems that originally made them seek refuge in meditation. Real mindfulness needs to be connected with others, with the community and the wider environment. Meditation is not there to be successful. Meditation helps you to step out. Every time we break our habits through mindfulness and meditation-whether we're checking our smartphone during a conversation, defensively responding to a colleague's comment, or something else-we weaken our conditioning. Through mindfulness and meditation we create new furrows, new nerve connections in the brain. In the future, we will less often fall into the old trap of settling for inefficient survival strategies that are not efficient. Mindfulness gradually improves not only our own work habits, but also our work environment.

20 reasons to practice mindfulness and meditation:
1. Mindfulness improves your health.
2. Increases the immune function.
3. Meditation reduces pain, reduces inflammation at the cellular level.
4. Meditation increases your happiness.
5. Increases positive emotions.
6. Mindfulness reduces depression.
7. Mindfulness reduces anxiety.
8. Reduces stress. It improves your social life.
9. Increases social skills and emotional intelligence.
10. Meditation makes you more compassionate.
11. Lets you feel less lonely. It boosts your self-control.
12.Meditation and mindfulness improve your ability to regulate your emotions.
13. Improves your introspection ability and positively changes your brain.
14. Strenghens the brain cells.
15. Enlarges the brain areas associated with emotional regulation, positive emotions and self-control.
16. Increases the thickness of the cerebral cortex related to attentiveness and productivity.
17. Increases focus and mindfulness.
18. Increases the ability to multitask.
19. Improves memory.
20. Improves your creativity and unconventional thinking. It makes you wise.
Daily yoga, meditation and mantra singing.

Shared room €408; double room €492; single room €578; tent/caravan €342

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Stretch and relax- Asanas for relaxation and well-being

Date:Aug 16-21 2020
Location:Allgäu
Register:A200816-2
Title:Stretch and relax- Asanas for relaxation and well-being
Instructor:Gauri Agulla Castro Eckhardt

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

Shared room €408; double room €492; single room €578 

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Theme week with Swami Yatidharmananda- Stories, Yoga Nidra, Mantras

Date:Aug 16-21 2020
Location:North Sea
Register:N200816-1
Title:Theme week with Swami Yatidharmananda- Stories, Yoga Nidra, Mantras
Instructor:Swami Yatidharmananda

This week Swami Yatidharmananda isour guest at the Yoga Vidya Ashram North Sea. As a direct disciple of Swami Chidananda, he tells in a humorous way of experiences and anecdotes that he had with his master. The whole thing is supplemented with mantra singing and yogic deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra). So that you have the opportunity, even without a special seminar to book, to experience an authentic Indian Swami and master. Learn how inspiring the presence of Indian masters can be!

Of course, the other individual guest options are also available to you: daily yoga classes, meditations, guided walks, recitations, Klangyogastunde, Mandala painting u.v.m. If you are registering online, please indicate in the field 'What else would I like to say' below 'Other details' how many days you would like to stay. After that, the price is calculated. Accommodation incl. Full board, yoga classes etc .:

Monday-Friday (rate per day): Shared room €57; double room €78; single room €99; dormitory/tent €40.

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €128; double room €172; single room €214; dormitory/tent €96.

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

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The mystical significance of spiritual holidays – a joyous retreat

Date:Aug 16-21 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200816-4
Title:The mystical significance of spiritual holidays – a joyous retreat
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

Holidays remind us of the deeper meaning of life. They cheer us up while providing mental and physical relaxation. They relieve the tedium of daily routine and give us something to look forward.

Join Swami Saradananda on a mystical journey to understand the timings, significance and philosophy of many of yoga’s observances and festivals. This retreat will inspire you and give you a greater sense of connection to the higher purpose or meaning in life. It will enable you to be doing the right thing, in the right place, at the right time – and can add untold depth to your yoga practice.

Shared room €397; double room €481; single room €566; dormitory/tent/caravan € 331

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Kriya Yoga Intensive

Date:Aug 16-21 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200816-1
Title:Kriya Yoga Intensive
Instructor:Swami Bodhichitananda

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

Swami Bodhichtitananda will teach the basic techniques:

  • Meditation based on breathing and the practice of Hamsa
  • Anahata Shabdha: the power of OM and sound in meditation
  • Spinal Breathing meditation for purifying and releasing psychic blockages, gaining control over your life force, and developing deeper concentration.
  • Complementary asana classes
  • Kriya Yoga Initiation: 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.

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 €408; double room €492; single room €578; tent/caravan €342

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Relax with the sounds of the sitar – a wellbeing week for body, mind and spirit

Date:Aug 16-21 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200816-5
Title:Relax with the sounds of the sitar – a wellbeing week for body, mind and spirit
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

The sounds of the Sitar will accompany you during deep relaxation and meditation. Special Ragas (melodic frameworks in classical Indian music) address specific part of your body and mind and can unblock blockages, reduce stress and strengthen yourself. Apart from practicing, you will learn some background information about Ragas, Mantras and Mudras.

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319

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Renovate your life

Date:Aug 16-21 2020
Location:North Sea
Register:N200816-5
Title:Renovate your life
Instructor:Chitra Sukhu

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

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

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

Shared room €424; double room €516; single room €610; dormitory/tent €352

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Prana healing: basic training course

Date:Aug 16-23 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200816-2
Title:Prana healing: basic training course
Instructor:Dr. Nalini Sahay

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

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

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

Shared room €653; double room €770; single room €889; dormitory/tent/caravan €560

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Theme Week: Indian rituals and recitations with Swami Nivedanananda

Date:Aug 16-23 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200816-3
Title:Theme Week: Indian rituals and recitations with Swami Nivedanananda
Instructor:Swami Nivedanananda

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

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

Monday-Friday (rate per day): Shared room 52; double room €69; single room €86; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €118; double room €151; single room €186; dormitory/tent/caravan €91.

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

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Meditation and Contemplation based on teaching of Bhagavad Gita

Date:Aug 21-23 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:W200821-5
Title:Meditation and Contemplation based on teaching of Bhagavad Gita
Instructor:Neema Majmudar, Surya Tahora

In the chapter 6 of Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna unfolds to Arjuna the importance of meditation in transforming our vision of life and recognizing our connection with the universe. The practice of meditation helps us to unleash our talents, skills and contribute to the well-being of ourselves and others; and in the process, free ourselves from our afflictions.

All rooms have a washbasin, the bathrooms are newly renovated and shared. This seminar is excluded from discounts.

WELL UNDERSTANDING ENGLISH WITHOUT TRANSLATION! The course is not suitable for beginners.

Shared room €128; double room €160; single room €194; tent/caravan €102

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Mudras

Date:Aug 21-23 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200821-9
Title:Mudras
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

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

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

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

Shared room €191; double room €225; single room €258; dormitory/tent/caravan €165

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Harmonising your Chakras with sound, Mantras and Mudras

Date:Aug 21-23 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200821-10
Title:Harmonising your Chakras with sound, Mantras and Mudras
Instructor:Kaivalya Schönknecht; Ram Vakkalanka

Harmonising Asanas with the sounds of the Sitar, combined with powerful Mantras and Mudras. Cleansing, activating and opening your Chakras (energy centres) with an integral yoga practice can have transformational effects. Ram and Kaivalya will accompany you this weekend on your journey through the Chakras.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Theme week: indian rituals and recitations with Swami Nivedanananda

Date:Aug 23-28 2020
Location:Allgäu
Register:A200823-3
Title:Theme week: indian rituals and recitations with Swami Nivedanananda
Instructor:Swami Nivedanananda

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

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

Monday-Friday (rate per day): Shared room 52; double room €69; single room €86

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €118; double room €151; single room €186.

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

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Unravel Your Personal Myth – yoga and writing retreat

Date:Aug 23-28 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200823-2
Title:Unravel Your Personal Myth – yoga and writing retreat
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

Join Swami Saradananda for a retreat of introspection, story-telling and dream-manifestation. This is an opportunity to work with your body, mind and creativity to find innovative ways to unravel and recreate your personal myth. Write to access your unconscious; deepen your experiential understanding of the connections between yoga movements, breath and the written word. Use this retreat to create a safe space for yourself as you delve into and transform your own story. This is a time to find ways to turn your life-journey in a fresh direction. Bring a notebook and pen. We will use the techniques of daybook-writing, story-telling, dream-logging and myth-making.

Shared room €397; double room €481; single room €566; dormitory/tent/caravan €331

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Vedic Horoscope

Date:Aug 28-30 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:A200828-3
Title:Vedic Horoscope
Instructor:Ram Vakkalanka

Ram Vakkalanka, an indian Sanskrit expert, talented sitar player and experienced meditation leader will be a guest at Yoga Vidya.

Vedic astrology can help you fulfill your full potential in your life! In this seminar you will learn basic knowledge of Vedic astrology and look at birth charts that will give you insights into Karma and Dharma. With valuable tips for analyzing birth charts that can help you and others recognize and fulfill their own responsibilities in life.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248

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Meditation retreat with Swami Saradananda

Date:Aug 30- Sep 04 2020
Location:Allgäu
Register:A200830-4
Title:Meditation retreat with Swami Saradananda
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

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

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

Shared room €397; double room €481; single room €566

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Theme week: indian rituals and recitations with Swami Nivedanananda

Date:Aug 30- Sep 06 2020
Location:North Sea
Register:N200830-2
Title:Theme week: indian rituals and recitations with Swami Nivedanananda
Instructor:Swami Nivedanananda; Sitaram Kube

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 57; double room €78; single room €99; dormitory/tent €40

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €128; double room €172; single room €214; dormitory/tent €96.

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

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September 2020

Yoga and Wisdom - Awakening to Reality

Date:Sep 4-6 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200904-30
Title:Yoga and Wisdom - Awakening to Reality
Instructor:Swami Advayatmananda

Advaita Vedanta is a timeless living teaching tradition that explores the realities of oneself, the world, and the Sacred. In the hands of a proper teacher, ancient Sanskrit scripture becomes a powerful guided inquiry unfolding the non-dual reality underlying these three, and transforming the erroneous limiting notions I entertain about myself into a direct appreciation of my inherent non-separateness and wholeness. In these sessions we will also explore practices useful to prepare oneself in making this vision one’s living reality.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Self growth and self discovery with Swami Nityabodhananda

Date:Sep 04-06 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200904-5
Title:Self growth and self discovery with Swami Nityabodhananda
Instructor: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 €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Advanced yoga teachers’ training Intensive F4 - Viveka Chudamani and asana intensive

Date:Sep 04-13 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200904-3
Title:Advanced yoga teachers’ training Intensive F4 - Viveka Chudamani and asana intensive
Instructor:Sukadev Bretz; Narayani; Vani Devi Beldzik

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 €714; double room €865; single room €1.020; dormitory/tent/caravan €594

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Advaita Makaranda - The Nectar of Non-Duality

Date:Sep 6-11 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200906-20
Title:Advaita Makaranda - The Nectar of Non-Duality
Instructor:Swami Advayatmananda

Advaita Makaranda is a profound work written by Sri Lakshmidhara Kavi which clearly and poetically unfolds the vision of Advaita Vedanta. These beautiful twenty-eight verses are a journey of discovery into the truth of oneself, leading to a discovery of one’s inherent non-separateness from the Sacred. This teaching is not abstract or theoretical, but is likened to an open-eyed meditation which leads to the direct recognition of this ever present fact - that I am even now what I seek to become. In this vision of the sages of ancient India struggle ceases, and one discovers one’s inherent fullness and natural source of joy.

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room € 555; dormitory/tent/caravan €319

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Theme week: Prayer- Inner freedom with Swami Nityabodhananda

Date:Sep 06-11 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200906-5
Title:Theme week: Prayer: inner freedom with Swami Nityabodhananda
Instructor: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 €52; double room €69; single room €86; dormitory/tent/caravan €38

Weekend (Fri-Sun, 2 nights): Shared room €118; double room €151; single room €186; dormitory/tent/caravan €91

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(at)yoga-vidya.de

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Seeking Resolution: The Resolution of Seeking

Date:Sep 11-13 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B200911-31
Title:Seeking Resolution: The Resolution of Seeking
Instructor:Swami Advayatmananda

Every human being is a restless seeker, constantly struggling to find wholeness, joy, freedom from insecurity and unhappiness. We can’t help but seek because we find ourselves to be wanting, incomplete, and ever tossed about by the world, relationships, and our own minds and hearts. Yet we yearn to be free, to be home with ourselves and the world.

Advaita Vedanta is a timeless living teaching tradition that explores the sources of these struggles and their resolution. This vision of the sages of ancient India resolves all searching into the fullness of one’s true self, awakening me to the fact that I am even now what I am fundamentally seeking through all endeavors. It is in this recognition that freedom, peace, and fullness are discovered, enabling me to meet life with joy, compassion, and purpose.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Self growth and self discovery with Swami Nityabodhananda

Date:Sep 11-13 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200911-5
Title:Self growth and self discovery with Swami Nityabodhananda
Instructor: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 €178; double room €213; single room €248; tent/caravan €153

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Vedanta in a stressful everyday life

Date:Sep 13-18 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W200913-1
Title:Vedanta in a stressful everyday life
Instructor:Swami Nityabodhananda

In these days there is no way of escaping stress while input becomes more and more. Vedanta helps you to solve the problem while shifting the focus of your attention from your own mental busy life to yourself. The way can be described as a way from mental life to independence of thinking. It brings a change in your life by changing your vision. Then there is oneness, joy and fulfilment.

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; tent/caravan €319

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Yoga and meditation introduction

Date:Oct 2-4 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B201002-22
Title:Yoga and Meditation Introduction
Instructor:Manisha Otterbeck

Ideal to relax and recharge with power and positivity. During these days you will have an introduction into the different aspects of yoga and meditation. Experience yoga and meditation through physical and breathing exercises, meditation, mantra-chanting and more. In English without translation.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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October 2020

Mantra- Yantra- Mandala

Date:Oct 11-16 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B201011-7
Title:Mantra- Yantra- Mandala
Instructor:Swami Saradananda

Your body-mind system is a subtle powerful antenna that constantly receives and transmits energy. As an experienced yoga master, Swami Saradananda introduces you to the powerful techniques of mantras, mudras, yantras and mandalas that purify your physical, mental and psychic body. Through regular practice, the methods you learn here sharpen and expand your spiritual wisdom. They help you achieve balance within your microcosm and bring it into harmony with the macrocosm. They support your meditation practice and help you find inner peace.

Shared room €397; double room €481; single room €566; dormitory/tent/caravan €331

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Navaratri

Date:Oct. 16-25 2020
Location:Westerwald
Register:W201016-1
Title:Navaratri
Instructor:Swami Nivedanananda

Navaratri is a 9-night festival worshipping the Divine Mother. There is a daily puja, chanting, homa and karma yoga. The price is available on request or you may stay on a karma yoga basis.

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Advanced yoga teachers' training- A7: Yoga Vasishta

Date:Oct 16-25 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B201016-6
Title:Advanced yoga teachers' training- A7: Yoga Vasishta
Instructor:Swami Saradananda; Rama Schwab; Ramashakti Sikora; Mohini Christine Wiume

The Yoga Vasishta is one of the most important jnana yoga texts. As a guide to happiness in the midst of the vicissitudes of life, it is unbeatable! Look forward to a once in a lifetime seminar in which the highest philosophical wisdom is explained and interpreted with sensitivity and clarity.

Prince Rama is desperate to find a solution to end the suffering of the world; he seeks a deeper meaning in life. The sage Vasishta explains to him the highest wisdom of Vedanta, the philosophy of Oneness. The work is full of incredible stories - sometimes funny, often surreal, in parallel universes and worlds - to show the illusionary nature of this world and our usual notions of it.

Teaching techniques and hatha yoga

  • Lesson design, didactics and individual corrections
  • Beginners: corrections and assistance
  • Intermediate: corrections and assistance
  • Yoga Therapy. Yoga for special problems. Mutual exchange.
  • Yoga for the Heart (Ornish Programme)
  • Yoga for the back
  • Yoga for joint problems
  • Yoga for breathing problems (asthma and others)
  • Yoga for psychosomatic complaints
  • Yoga also in a wheelchair. Gentle variation of the Yoga Vidya series for people with physical limitations.
  • Teaching relaxation workshops.
  • Responding to individual questions from your teaching practice

Hatha Yoga

  • advanced techniques
  • Shank Prakshalama, the complete colon cleansing to purify the whole organism
  • Hatha Yoga and Sports: Sports Medicine, Musculoskeletal System. Structure of the muscle. How are the muscles influenced by the practice of yoga?
  • Yoga as a endurance, flexibility, strength and coordination training
  • Relaxation and stress management. General adjustment principle.
  • Scientific research on the effects of yoga
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Yoga and health
  • Yoga in daily life
  • Health insurance and yoga

Required texts:

"The Yoga Vidya Asana Book", "Yoga Vidya Yoga Teachers' Handbook", "Yoga Vasishta" (Eng. Edition, published by Yoga Vidya Verlag)
- Apart from the Yoga teachers' Handbook these books/texts are normally not available at the shop in Bad Meinberg.

Shared room €714; double room €865; single room €1.020; dormitory/tent/caravan €594

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Advanced yoga teachers' training- F7 Intensive: Yoga Vasishta

Date:Oct 16-25  2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B201016-5
Title:Advanced yoga teachers' training- F7 Intensive: Yoga Vasishta
Instructor:Swami Saradananda; Rama Schwab; Ramashakti Sikora; Mohini Christine Wiume

Yoga Vashishta - an unbeatable guide to happiness in the midst of all the vicissitudes of life! Look forward to a very special, one of a time seminar: highest philosophical wisdom, sensitively, intuitively and wisely interpreted and explained.

The main topics of the seminar are the same as in the intensive A7 training, but there are additional lectures from 2-3:45pm. Also there will be other teaching techniques for those who have already attended an A-training.

The Yoga Vasishta is one of the most important Jnana Yoga writings. Prince Rama is desperate about the suffering of the world and seeks a deeper meaning in life. So the wise Vasishta explains him the highest wisdom of Vedanta, the philosophy of Oneness. The work is full of incredible stories - sometimes funny, often surreal stories, in parallel universes and worlds - to show us the illusionary nature of this world and our usual notions of "me" and "world". However, the Yoga Vasishta is not a work for scholars for the unworldly. Their basic message is: Realize that behind and in all whats relative there's one single absolute manifested Truth. Realize that you are in fact Brahman, pure consciousness and break free from all limiting identifications so that you can act imprisoned and free in this world. This is the way to overcome suffering and live happily.

Teaching techniques. Didactics. Individual corrections

  • Teaching groups with mixed levels
  • meditation with children - what is possible and how
  • Yoga for teenagers
  • General principles of didactics and methodology
  • Fundamentals of motivation
  • How can I motivate participants to practice and challenge themselves?
  • Abstract meditation techniques in Hatha Yoga lessons for beginners
  • Pre-exercises and variations of the Yoga Vidya series for beginners

Required texts:

The Yoga Vidya Asana Book", "Yoga Vidya Yoga Teachers’ Handbook", "Yoga Vasishta" (Eng. Edition, published by Yoga Vidya Verlag)

Shared room €714; double room €865; single room €1.020; dormitory/tent/caravan €594

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Ayurveda Marma Therapy Training

Date:Oct 18-25 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B201018-4
Title:Ayurveda Marma Therapy Training
Instructor:Dr.Devendra Prasad Mishra

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 €653; double room €770; single room €889; dormitory/tent/caravan €560

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Ayurveda medicine: advance training

Date:Oct 25-Nov 03 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B201025-3
Title:Ayurveda medicine: advance training
Instructor:Dr. Devendra Prasad Mishra

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

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

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

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

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

Shared room €889; double room €1.039; single room €1.194; dormitory / tent / caravan €770

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November 2020

Yoga therapy training level II- yoga psychology and the immune system

Date:Nov 08-20 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B201108-7
Title:Yoga therapy training level II- yoga psychology and the immune system
Instructor:Harilalji

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 €1.074; double room €1.273 single room €1.481; dormitory/tent/caravan €915

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Bhagavad Gita course training

Date:Nov 13-20 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B201113-23
Title:Bhagavad Gita course training
Instructor:Neema Majmudar; Vedamurti Dr. Olaf Schönert

You will deepen your knowledge of Vedanta based on a text on the Bhagavad Gita. You will learn how to systematically structure and give an eight-week Bhagavad Gita course. You will learn through listening to Vedanta Talks, asking questions and reasoning and giving talks on the Bhagavad Gita in small groups.

The Bhagavad is the traditional text, reveals the highest truth (brahmavidyā) but also deals with preparing the mind to be able to understand this knowledge (yogaśāstra). Therefore the Bhagavad Gita teaches Karma and Bhakti Yoga as means to resolve likes and dislikes by focusing on īśvara. The Gita describes appropriate methods to get a clear mind. The explanations are given from different perspectives. The challenges of Arjuna can be found in everyones life. Therefore these teachings can help us to see and live our life from an objective point of view, to take responsibility and to live our life based on freedom.

Contents and topics

  • Theory and practice of conducting a Bhagavad Gita Course 
  • Exemplary talks on the Bhagavad Gita with questions and answers
  • Learn to teach the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita: 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 Bhagavad Gita: How to teach a Bhagavad Gita Course? Structure of a multi week Bhagavad Gita Course.
  • How to give support to members of courses and groups.

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, Neema Majmudar and Surya Tahora, James Swartz, Maheshwara Illgen or Vedamurti Schönert.
  • You want to grow and apply this knowledge in your life.
  • You want to deepen and review your knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita in a group of experienced students of Vedanta
  • You are interested in a systematic and traditional approach to learn the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita
  • You want to practice hatha yoga, meditation and chanting of mantras

Literature: the Bhagavad Gita Course and this training will be based on the book: Swami Dayananda, The teaching of the Bhagavad Gita.


Shared room €653; double room €770; single room €889; dormitory/tent/caravan €560

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Initiation to Babaji's Kriya Yoga

Date:Nov 22-25 2020
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B201122-11
Title:Initiation to Babaji's Kriya Yoga
Instructor:Marshall Govindan

Kriya Yoga is the art of unity with divine truth and self-realization. The teachings of the 18 Siddhas were revived in a new synthesis by the famous master Babaji Nagaraj. The initiation gives the first experience of a means by which the portal can be crossed to the eternally infinite One. This remedy is a kriya or a practical yogic technique. Paramahamsa Yogananda taught that the practice of Kriya Kundalini Pranayama can promote the natural development of Divine Consciousness in man.

Shared room €231; double room €280; single room €333; dormitory/tent/caravan €192

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December 2020

With dedication to compassion

Date:Dec 20-25 2020
Location:North Sea
Register:N201220-3
Title:With dedication to compassion
Instructor:Swami Sukhananda

How to remain compassionate when the world around us seems to demand the opposite of us? It takes warmth and the willingness to have compassion with oneself, one's loved ones and the world around us. How can you deepen your understanding of yourself and others so that caring, kindness and mindfulness can grow? Experience the gift of an open heart through the hidden language of the Hatha Yoga Asanas, your imagination,  meditation and your inner fire of love.

Shared room €386; double room €469; single room €555; dormitory/tent € 319
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The hidden language of the Asanas

Date:Dec 27(2020) - Jan 01(2021);
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B201227-3
Title:The hidden language of the Asanas
Instructor:Swami Sukhananda

Take a step beyond Hatha Yoga, listen to the intelligence within. Use this opportunity to explore meditation in a range of hatha Yoga poses. Experience and deepen your knowledge of the true power and mystical potential of each pose. Use this knowledge to bring quality to your everyday decisions and experiences.

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

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January 2021

The Divine Feminine - discovering the power within

Date:Jan 01-03 2021
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B210101-4
Title:The Divine Feminine - discovering the power within
Instructor:Swami Sukhananda

We can meet her in our daily actions, on our speech, in our caring and in our growing awareness. We can meet her in the Yoga Asanas through a gentle and meditative approach. Listen to the intelligence within. In this workshop you will explore the Divine Feminine through a variety of Yoga poses, using personal reflections, meditations and vizualisations to discover their hidden messages. She offers us challenges and also liberation from our limitations. Her nature is compassionate: always opening the way for us to try again and again. How can I deepen my relationship to Her? How can I become more receptive to her presence in my life?

These are the prices of 2020. There will be a change for 2021.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Kundalini yoga- steps to freedom

Date:Jan 03-07 2021
Location:Bad Meinberg
Register:B210103-1
Title:Kundalini yoga- steps to freedom
Instructor:Swami Sukhananda

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.

These are the prices of 2020. There will be a change for 2021.

Shared room €308; double room €375; single room €445; dormitory/tent/caravan €255

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Hatha yoga- symbolism and self-exploration

Date:Jan 08-10 2021
Location:Allgaeu
Register:A210108-2
Title:Hatha yoga- symbolism and self-exploration
Instructor:Swami Sukhananda

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.

These are the prices of 2020. There will be a change for 2021.

Shared room €178; double room €213; single room €248; dormitory/tent/caravan €153

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Why Yoga Vidya?

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What is Yoga Vidya?

Yoga Vidya is a non-profit association and Europe's leading provider of education and training in yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, massage, holistic health and spirituality.