Our yoga programs are filled with a mix of Yin Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Soft Vinyasa Flow, Guided Meditation, Breathing Techniques, Relaxation and Mindfulness. Depending on the specific retreat topic there might be one type more dominant than another. In general we use more of a gentle practice, giving you always the option to move in your own paste.
Whether you are an experienced yoga and meditation practitioner, new or back again to the practice, here you will find a place to connect to yourself, share knowledge & find your own style.
is quite the opposite of our modern western way of living. It is the opposit of the doing, the need to achieve and push over the limits. Most of us live in an environment of over stimulation and make unhealthy lifestyle choices. A lot of us are looking for change, for peace, for healing and for real happiness. Yin Yoga can help by passively and quietly guiding us inwards. Helping to get insight on what is going on in our physical, mental and emotional body in a kind and loving approach without stressing it. Yin Yoga is designed to work on the deep connective tissues, the so called fascia that make up 50% of our bodies. It is all the joints, ligaments, tendons; it is around each and every organ and muscle to hold it together. We cannot train these parts of our body in an active or stimulating way, like our muscular system. Therefore we need a soft and gentle approach: activating the "rest and digest" modus in our nervous system, supporting our body to balance, heal and restore itself. It helps to strengthen the entire body and prevent injuries when flexible and resilient. In the practice we stay longer in the pose than usual, between three and five minutes, giving the body the time to open up slowly.
or as some also call it Hatha or Vinyasa is a more dynamic and active type of yoga. In these practices we stimulate the musculature while maintaining a conscious breathing and try to focus the mind as much as possible. By doing that we stimulate the "fight, flight or freeze" modus in our nervous system, encouraging our system to send more oxygen through the system and alert itself. It helps to keep our body trim, to correct imbalances in our musculature and keep the cardiovascular system active and healthy. It also provides a good training to stay focused, the stage just before reaching meditation. In our programs we usually practice these yoga style first thing in the morning to wake up the body and get ready for the day. There are always options for you whether you wanna take it easy or if you like to try a little more. You are always invited to do what feels well with yourself.
is a technique that can achieve deep relaxation and altered states of consciousness through concentration exercises. The goal is stillness or inner emptiness, the freedom from the ongoing thinking. From a yogic point of view, one wants to achieve enlightenment, "oneness with the whole". There are many different approaches and styles to practice meditation. We usually use free meditations, guided meditations, and also breathing techniques to prepare for meditation. Mostly we practice in the afternoon to unwind from the day, and slowly invite calmness and tranquility into our system.
is a style of yoga that focuses on the flow of primal energy. According to yoga teachings, the primordial energy is understood as a sleeping snake that can be awakened through various spiritual experiences. It is considered to be the force in all of us that is closest to matter. It is also said to be able to be awakened and rise through yogic practices, penetrating the main transforming energy centers or chakras. Through Yogi Bhajan Kundalini Yoga achieved special reputation in the Western world. Kundalini is suitable for everyone who wants to bring a little more order and calm into their thoughts and their living environment - both for yoga beginners and for those with experience. We normally use simple poses and concentrate on some breathing techniques, observing what is going on inside of us.
The word Nidra comes from Sanskrit and means "sleep" or "unconsciousness". Yoga Nidra is an exercise of deep relaxation, the effects can go beyond the usual idea of calm. Some call it the yogic sleep in which the body and the mind can come to rest. It does not contain any physical exercises and is said to bring the system into a state of fully conscious repose. It generally takes a while to get into the relaxation phase, and then you try to not fall asleep. It is like a wave of falling asleep and then coming back again, and so on. In our yoga programs we like to integrate at least one session in the afternoon, as a nice slow downer to end the day.
means being aware of yourself, your mind and therefore also your body and everything you are doing. By being mindful in dealing with yourself, other people and everyday life, you can consciously reduce stress and live healthier. In our retreats we try to bring a sense of general mindfulness into our daily routines, whether it is the practice of yoga, when we eat, walk, breathe and sometimes do nothing at all.
is essential to us as human beings, and also serves us as a main tool in our yoga practices. We normally do not pay attention to the way we breathe, and sometimes have strange habits of holding our breath or breathing not completely. Due to stress and sometimes illness when breathing not completely and freely, it brings less oxygen into our system, makes us more tired, and exhausted. In our retreats we observe our breathing, and gently invite our breath to become even, smooth and full. Watch what can happen with just a few deep breaths.