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Friday, 14th November 2014

From 9:00 a.m. on - Arrivals, enrolment for various activities (see descriptions)
From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Vegetarian brunch

12:30 p.m. Welcome and greetings by Sukadev Bretz, 1st Chairman of the Berufsverband der Yoga Vidya Lehrer/innen e.V., and Jagat Guru Swami Amrta Súryánanda, President of the Portuguese Yoga Confederation (PYC)

NamasteWelcoming messages by Elmar Brok, (Member of the European Parliament and Patron of the Convention); Anke Peithmann (Head of the Regional Department Landesverband Lippe); Eberhardt Block (Mayor of Horn-Bad Meinberg); Friedel Heuwinkel, (District Administrator).

Welcome Ritual by Nepal Lodh

1:15 to 1:55 p.m. Lecture: Yoga – Traditional Wisdom for the Future (Sukadev Bretz)

2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Inaugural addresses by the heads of the European yoga associations – Meet some of the great yoga teachers and yoga masters of Europe – this is a unique opportunity to meet so many inspiring and experienced yogis at one time.

4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
Parallel yoga classes covering special topics

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Dinner (organic vegetarian buffet)

5:45 to 7:05
p.m.2 parallel yoga classes

6:20 to 6:45
p.m. Short puja (Indian ritual)


  • Om Namo Narayana - Chanting for World Peace
  • Meeting of the Members of the BYAT (Berufsverband der Yoga und Ayurveda Therapeuten, Professional Association of the Yoga and Ayurveda Therapists)
  • Information stand/Info point: Information available regarding yoga teacher trainings, professional associations, ayurveda and yoga therapy
  • Entertaining Spiritual Evening Program including Kirtan, Bharata Nathyam and an Asana Demonstration by the Portuguese Yoga Confederation

7:30 to 8:25p.m. Satsang: Evening Meditation, Mantra Chanting, Arati (Sukadev Bretz)

Parallel 2nd Satsang 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.Traditional Yoga Vidya Satsang: Evening Meditation, Mantra Chanting, Arati (for those desiring more quiet)

8:25 to 9:10
p.m.Lecture: Yoga Traditions Are Eternal (Chandra Mohan Bhandari) -> Yoga Traditions Are Eternal (Speech in PDF)

9:15 to 10:00
p.m.Lecture: Spiritual Powers through Ancient Raja Yoga (Didi Sudesh)

Saturday, 15th November 2014

5:00 to 6:00a.m.Pranayama Breathing Exercises for Advanced Yogis (Swamini Chandra Devi)

5:00a.m. Homa (Indian fire ritual)

6:00 to 6:30 a.m. - 5 parallel meditations:

6:30 to 7:30 a.m.Satsang: Mantra Chanting, Lecture, Arati (Sukadev Bretz)

7:30 to 8:15 a.m.
Lecture: Levity and Depth; the Paradox of Life (José Antonio Elosua Surabhi)

8:15 to 9:00 a.m. 3 parallel lectures:

9:15 to 10:45 a.m.Parallel yoga classes covering special topics

9:15 a.m. - 2 parallel long workshops:

  • 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. Maha Sadhana
    The Maha Sadhana of Yoga Samkhya provides a deep experience of the 14 technical disciplines of traditional yoga, beginning with Puja and ending with the supreme Samyama. (Jagat Guru Swami Amrta Súryánanda and Swamini Chandra Devi)

  • 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Sukshma Vyaayaam
    A very rigorous, yet very simple workout session for the body to open each and every joint and all internal organs. The session will include Bhastrika, Kapalabhati and Anuloma Viloma pranayamas, and end with a short meditation. (Chandra Mohan Bhandari)

9:30 a.m. to 1:00p.m. Brunch (organic vegetarian buffet)

11:15 a.m. to 12:40p.m. 2 parallel yoga classes

12:00 Noon Meditative walk - How do I start a Yoga Vidya Cooperation Center? Guided tour of the Ayurveda Oasis

12:15p.m. Guided tour of the Shivalaya Retreat Center (Swami Nirgunananda)

Indian Girl1:15 to 2:00p.m. 2 parallel lectures

  • Nada Yoga – Traditional Wisdom in Light of an Ecological Spiritualityada (Anne-Careen Engel)
  • The Practice of Early Hatha Yoga, Traditional Yoga and Contemporary Yoga (Madhana Mohan)

2:15 to 3:45p.m. 12 parallel workshops

  • Kirtan Yoga: Theory and Practice
    We will explore the meaning and value of Kirtan in the practice of yoga, and its powerful appeal to people, in order to build up a worldwide community of yoga practitioners. 45 minutes theory and 45 minutes practice of Kirtan. (Hrdaya Chaitanya Prabhu)

  • Yoga Principles in the Bhagavata School of Bhakti
    Explore the teachings of yoga found in the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), with particular focus on the teachings of Sri Krishna and Kapiladeva. We will recite Sanskrit shlokas from these texts and practice Kirtan to invoke auspiciousness. (Swami Yadunandana)

  • Hormone Yoga and the Female Side of Wisdom
    Does it become ever more evident that your feminine conception of the world is different from the one of the people surrounding you? In that case, you should have a look at the potential you really have as a woman! It is worth aiming for the perception of yogic self-knowledge as part of female wisdom and transforming it into action. (Shivapriya Angela Grosse-Lohmann)

  • Yogic Preparation for Particular Events
    With the help of yogic techniques, enter a state of concentration and use powerful images and sentences in order to connect particular future events with positive ideas and feelings in your subconscious mind. Create an ideal and uplifting plan in your mind. This will help you remain relaxed and protect you from fears and stage fright. (Dr. Vedamurti Schönert)

  • Practically Orientated Information on Business Yoga and Trends
    Claudia provides information regarding Business Yoga Teacher Training and new trends within the yoga and health areas; she also gives us an insight into her activity as a professional business yogini. (Claudia Bauer)

  • Practical Advaita Experience
    The Advaita Vedanta School seems to be overly intellectual; yet, it is a tangible path leading to freedom. In this workshop, you will witness how to experience tangible non-duality, you will see what prevents you from having this experience in your everyday life. (Narada Marcel Turnau)

  • Couples Yoga
    A wonderful event on Couples Yoga as a shared endeavour: it is the reflection of the soul in the gaze of the other, two bodies, one soul - the spiritual journey of becoming one. It involves adaptation, tolerance, support and being like a mirror: it is yoga in unison. (José Antonio Elosua Surabhi)

  • Application of Easy Yoga in Everyday Life
    This interactive workshop explains how to meditate if you have little time. Explore the inner powers of your soul in a creative way and learn how to use them in everyday life in order to deepen your inner stability and cultivate a sense of safety. The workshop includes a guided walking meditation. (Simone Ernst)

    Muladhara Chakra
  • The Chakras According to the Teachings of Swami Sivananda – Lecture and Chakra Meditation
    Learn about the structure and meaning of the chakras: symbols, nadis, colors, elements, bija mantras, etc. Visualize the colors and symbols in a guided chakra meditation while repeating the corresponding mantras, thus harmonizing the chakras, purifying the nadis, relaxing the body and healing the mind. (Saraswati Aranka Keserű)

  • Yoga (not only) for Young People
    Learn how to develop your teacher personality! How do I lead a group? How can I draw up a creative, energetic and valuable program for my lessons? Theoretical and practical examples inspired by Partner Yoga for Young People – which can easily be adapted to Yoga for Adults. (Kavita Pippon)

  • The Powerful Sadhana of the Vedic Mantra Recitation
    Vedic recitation is an exercise training your concentration, breathing and voice, increasing your prana and activating your chakras. Combined with the knowledge of the profound wisdom of these mantras, recitation is a powerful spiritual practice. The workshop includes an introduction into the most important Sanskrit pronunciation rules and the collective recitation of selected verses of the Shanti Mantras, Purusha Suktam, Narayana Suktam or Medha Suktam. (Shakti Lehner)

  • Training of the Will and Self-Encouragement - Thanks to Yogic Wisdom and Rituals
    Negative thoughts can make us spineless, discouraged, weak, and lead us to unhappiness. But this need not be the case: Reliable ancient yoga wisdom and rituals can free us from our psychological burden. Learn how to perform minor rituals and exercises leading to a stronger will and to self-encouragement, and thus to a fulfilling life. Please bring a cloth and a stone. (Nepal Lodh)

4:00 to 5:25p.m. Parallel yoga classes covering special topics

5:30 to 7:30p.m. Dinner (organic vegetarian buffet)

5:45 to 7:05p.m. 2 parallel yoga classes

6:20 to 7:00p.m. Short puja (Indian ritual)

6:30 to 7:00
p.m. Om Namo Narayana (Mantra Chanting for World Peace)

7:00 to 7:30p.m. Information stand / info point: Information available regarding yoga teacher trainings and professional associations

7:30 to 8:00p.m. Satsang: Evening Meditation, Mantra Chanting, Arati (Sukadev Bretz)

8:05 to 8:45p.m. Lecture: 1st Global Day of Humanity – World Yoga Day (WYD) – June 21st, Summer Solstice – Day of Light (Jagat Guru Swami Amrta Súryánanda)

8:45 to 9:25p.m. Lecture: The Upanisads, Stoicism & Modern Emotional Self-regulation (Shanmug Westley Eckhardt)

9:30 to 10:15p.m. Concert with Sundaram Or: Parallel Satsang 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.Traditional Yoga Vidya Satsang

Sunday, 16th November 2014

5:00 a.m.Homa (Indian fire ritual)

6:00 to 6:50 a.m.2 parallel yoga classes

6:00 to 6:55 a.m. Intensive pranayama (breathing exercises) for beginners, with explanations

6:00 to 7:00a.m. or optionally 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. Intensive pranayama for advanced yogis

6:00 to 6:55 a.m.Puja (Devotional indian ritual)

7:00 to 7:20 a.m.5 parallel meditations:

  • Vedantic meditation
  • Silent meditation
  • Meditation on suggested expansion
  • Sound meditation with Maik Hofmeister
  • Chakra meditation

7:20 to 7:45 a.m.Satsang: Mantra Chanting, Arati (Sukadev Bretz)

7:50 to 8:35 a.m.

  • Lecture: Hatha Yoga: Education of the Function of Consciousness (Éva Ruchpaul)
  • Lecture: Russian Yoga Federation – Yoga Tradition for the Future - (Tatyana Konstantinova)

8:45 to 11:45 a.m.Long workshop:

The Integrative Yoga Therapy (AYTM)

Discover the basic principles of Passive Yoga: Short lecture presenting the possibilities of application of the Integrative Yoga Therapy to various clinical pictures on the basis of a clinical study and in (the field of) physiotherapy. An important part of the workshop will be dedicated to practice. (Lara-Marija Vucemilovic and Subash Jeewantha Geeganage)

8:45 to 10:00 a.m.11 parallel workshops:

  • Ho’oponopono – the Path of the Heart
    Ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian method of conflict resolution and a path to inner and outer peace, a path to love and perfection in all. All things are connected and in constant resonance. Locate, define and transform destructive interference potential and negative belief systems and thoughts through love and forgiveness.  (Radharani Priya Dijana Dedovic)

  • Experience of Sound and Meditation
    Inspiring workshop: Experience the impact of sound on your meditation (Maik Hofmeister)

  • Naturalistic Spirituality
    Learn how to establish contact with trees, with our earth and the sky. Feel the intensive opening of your heart, the healing effects and connection with the elements. You will be shown highly energetic perception exercises and naturalistic rituals enabling you to feel the energy of powerful spiritual places and ethereal beings. (Satyadevi Bretz)

  • Dharana and Dhyana Practice
    Discover a Yoga Philosophical Concept for the World and the Human Being: Enjoy this interactive workshop including an introduction into the Spiral Movement involving Ida and Pingala. Enter the Anahata Chakra and meditate on the heart lotus. (Oleg Nikulin)

  • Lifelong Yoga
    This workshop is a bracing time journey through the different periods of life.  Be open like a child, cool like a teenager and clap your hands at the end of the lesson as people used to do for senior yoga lessons. If you correctly perceive your target group, your presence will automatically wake up the participants! (Kavita Pippon)

  • Bhajan Noam’s PRANA YOGA
    PRANA YOGA exercises focus on the conscious enrichment and direction of our breathing power (prana), the energy of life representing our vitality and determining our physical state of health, our psychic balance and our mental constitution and flexibility. On a deeper level, we learn how to use our breathing in order to re-merge with our true self, to experience, explore and finally realize our deepest being. (Bhajan Noam)

  • Nada Yoga Sadhana Past and Present – a Spirituality for the Future
    The basic principle of Nada Yoga practice is to hear and listen carefully, to abandon yourself to the sound flow of the keynote, similar to relaxed laying in shavasana. Starting from this keynote, the natural sequence of tones will evolve. Get acquainted with techniques of the Dhrupad, with particular asanas, vinyasas and attention exercises for the ear and the voice. (Anne-Careen Engel)

  • Protection and Cultivation of Energy
    Ancient and reliable yoga techniques are becoming increasingly important for our modern everyday life. This workshop will give you a theoretical and practical insight into the protection and cultivation of energy from a yogic point of view. (Venkatesha Zaremba)

  • Element Meditation – Practical Workshop
    Beautiful guided meditations are waiting for you, e.g. mountain, brook and fire meditations. On one hand, these meditations will evoke images brought up by your subconscious mind. On the other hand, you will be able to strengthen personal qualities related to an element. (Swami Nirgunananda)

  • Yoga Therapy for Stress-Induced Back Problems
    According to individuals affected by back problems, excessive stress is the main cause of their illness. In this workshop, you will get acquainted with practical exercises specifically designed for these problems. (Pranava Heinz Pauly)

  • Relaxation as a Means of Prevention
    Today, many people have forgotten (unlearned) how to relax. Explore what relaxation can do for you.  Practice some minor relaxation exercises to use at home, and participate in a longer deep relaxation. It is never too late to start with relaxation. (Devapriya Eschler)

10:15 to 11:45 a.m.Parallel yoga classes covering special topics

10:30 a.m. to 1:30p.m.Vegetarian brunch

12:45 to 1:30 p.m.Lecture: Practice of Yoga in a Changing Society (Narendra Hübner)

1:30 to 2:00 p.m. Final addresses of the speakers and spiritual blessing / End

2:30 p.m.General meeting of the members of the BYV (Berufsverband der Yoga Vidya Lehrer/innen e.V.)