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Yoga teacher training courses in the Alps

International Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (TTC)

In Reith, Tyrol, Austria

In 1969 Swami Vishnudevananda taught the first ever Yoga Teachers' Training Course in Canada as part of his peace mission.

Experience joy

Intense asana training

Practise pranayama for enhanced physical and mental energy.

Relax deeply.

Connect with like-minded people.

Over 46,000 graduates

Dates

14 Dec. 2019 – 12 Jan. 2020 (int'l)

18 Jan. – 16 Feb. 2020 (German)
16 May – 14 June 2020 (German)
26 June – 24 July 2020 (int'l)
26 July – 23 August 2020 (int'l)
29 August – 27 Sept. 2020 (int'l)
19 Dec. 2020 – 17 Jan. 2021 (int'l)

Languages

January & May: In German.

All other course dates: In English & German.

There are also Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training courses in the Himalayas (India), England, France, Spain, Italy and Poland. Interested?

Tuition fee

2019 course fees
Dormitory* €2,830
Shared room €3,320
Double room €4,100
Single room €4,475

*Reduced price of €2,011 for students and the unemployed. Student ID or unemployment card is required for verification. Limited number of spaces.

Including room and board, examination fee, TTC manual, two yoga pants, two t-shirts. All rates include VAT. All rates are subject to a €1.80 visitor's tax per person per night.

Prices valid until 31 December 2019.

Recognised by the Yoga Alliance

Certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours standard for Registered Yoga Schools


Impressions from the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course in Reith near Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria.

Course description

  • Four-week theoretical and practical training in all aspects of yoga composed of 401 training units of 45 minutes' duration
  • Certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organisation (ISYVC) is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is entitled "Yoga Siromani" and recognised by Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours Registered Yoga School Standards
  • This course was established in 1969 by Swami Vishnudevananda as the first yoga teachers’ training course taught to Western students and now has over 46,000 graduates.
  • A sincere desire to learn and openness to yogic techniques is required – a basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is preferred, but not essential. Students will develop the skills to teach yoga asanas and improve their own personal practice.

Yoga is a system of integral education, education not only of the body and the mind or the intellect, but also of the inner spirit.

Swami Sivananda

Course instructors

The course instructors are Yoga Acharyas (spiritual teachers) and senior teachers personally trained by Swami Vishnudevananda.

Several other swamis, senior teachers and translators will be participating in the course.

Special programmes

Special guests and cultural programmes

Guest speakers and artists from around the world enrich the Teachers’ Training Course experience. Lectures on medicine, diet, physics, psychology, religion, etc. reveal fascinating connections to yoga.

Indian cultural programmes such as vocal and instrumental concerts, classical temple dance and authentic Indian temple ceremonies reflect the rich tradition in which yoga has developed over the centuries.

Here are some of the illustrious persons who are regular guest speakers or performers at the Yoga Teachers' Training course (please note that the special guests may vary depending on the course – please refer to the individual course brochure).

A Seven-Day Journey to the Meaning of Life

Bhagavatacharya Sri Venugopal Goswami, Vrindavan, North India

Bhagavad Saptaha or the seven-day recitation of the Srimad Bhagavatam deepens the knowledge of the four classical yoga paths, whose wisdom is contained in this classical yoga scripture. This spiritual highlight is a special opportunity to experience first-hand the curriculum topics pertaining to the Bhakti Yoga cutlure of traditional India.

Accompanied by live music: harmonium, vocals, bamboo flute, shenai oboe and tabla.

Venue

You will be staying in the eco-hotel Pointner, which serves vegetarian whole-food and natural cuisine. The hotel is non-smoking.

Hotel Pointner

For many years the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House has worked closely with Alexandra and Florian Pointner, the proprietors of the hotel across from the Retreat House. The vegetarian menu plans of the Sivananda Yoga Centres offer a wholesome and balanced nutrition.

Two wholefood, vegetarian meals are served daily according to yogic principles. The ingredients are sourced from organic farms (as certified by the Austria Bio Garantie, Austria’s leading inspection body for organic businesses).

The hotel has received the following quality seals:

  • Austrian eco-label
  • European eco-label
  • Austria’s gastronomic accolade ‘Grüne Haube’ for wholefood and natural cuisine

The hotel accommodates vegan and gluten-free diets by offering appropriate alternatives. However, gluten-free bread is not provided.

The hotel is unable to accommodate individual dietary preferences.

The Pointners have been running their farm according to organic and ecological guidelines since 1995. Various fruits, vegetables and herbs are freshly prepared in the hotel’s kitchen.

The hotel uses green electricity, pellet heating and a solar-powered hot water system.

Amenities

The rooms are equipped with hardwood furniture, health mattresses, wooden floors, shower, toilet, hair dryer, telephone and radio. Most rooms have a balcony.

A Finnish and a low-temperature sauna are available in Hotel Pointner.
The hotel offers free parking.

Internet

Hotel Pointner offers free Wi-Fi from 1 pm to 4 pm in the hotel dining room. Enquire at the reception desk for Internet access in single and double rooms (own laptop required).

The Sivananda Yoga Retreat House offers free Wi-Fi access in its reception area (from 10 am to 4 pm, and 6 pm to 7 pm).

Accommodation in guest houses

Should the hotel be booked, accommodation in House Ganga is possible. In this case meals will be taken in Hotel Pointner. 

House Ganga is a former guesthouse built in the 1970s. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the Retreat House overlooking the village of Reith and with views of the surrounding mountains. It has several apartments, dormitories, a dining room and a lounge. The garden invites you for quiet moments and relaxation.

Check in/Check out

Check in: 3 to 6 pm (after 6 pm: only if agreed by telephone beforehand)

Check out: 11 am

Visit: www.hotel-pointner.at

Excursions

Once a week is a lecture-free day. Possible excursions:

Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, just 5 km away from Reith, has a picturesque pedestrian quarter, indoor swimming pool with mud-wrap and massage facilities as well as boutiques of international reputation.

Schwarzsee lake

The beautiful Kitzbühel Schwarzsee lake (about 3 km away) is a protected landmark and popular destination for swimmers: The idyllic lake (16 hectars large and 7 metres deep) is one of the Austrian Alps warmest and most beautiful lakes. Rich in moorland vegetation, the water is said to have strong healing powers.

Kitzbühel Horn mountain

Kitzbühel’s local mountain is called the Kitzbühel Horn. You can take the cable railway to the 2000 m summit. On the way up, stop off at the Flower Garden of the Alps. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the native mountain flora. At the summit, enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the Kitzbühel Alps and other mountain ranges.

Hahnenkamm

Once a year, its magnificent slopes become the venue of the famous Hahnenkamm ski race. The summit can be reached with the Hahnenkamm cable railway, which was built in 1929 and modernised in 1996. Non-skiers can enjoy the gorgeous views walking along the winter hiking trail to the Hochbrunn guest house.

Cross-country and downhill skiing in Kitzbühel

The Kitzbühel ski region, with its 170 km of slopes and 33 km of ski trails, is undoubtedly one of the most popular ski resorts in the world.
The beginners ski lift in Reith and all cross-country ski trails in Kitzbühel are free of charge.

Grossglockner

The Grossglocker High Alpine Road (about 70 km away) has drawn 50 million visitors to its incomparable vistas since 1935. This most famous alpine road ends at the jewel of the Hohe Tauern National Park – Austria's highest mountain and largest glacier: the Grossglockner (3,798 m) and the Pasterze.

Krimml Waterfalls

The highest waterfalls in Europe. The 4 km trail to the waterfalls has many scenic overlooks to view the falls close up. The uppermost waterfall (Achenfall) can be reached in an hour’s hike. Open from mid-April until the end of October.

Salzburg

A cosmopolitan city in miniature, Salzburg (some 80 km away) has an air of playful buoyancy that makes it one of a kind. A fortress, cathedral and church tower dominate the skyline of this charming Baroque city at the northern limits of the Alps. So beautiful that it has long been recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its landmarks are some of the best known and beautiful in the world.

 

Yoga in the Austrian Alps.

Travel information

The delightful village of Reith with its idyllic setting is a favourite year-round destination for tranquil, relaxing holidays. Kitzbühel is close by with its many holiday facilities.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Retreat House
Bichlach 40
6370 Reith near Kitzbühel
Tyrol, Austria

Tel. +43 5356 67 404

E-Mail: tyrol(at)sivananda.net

www.sivananda.at

Enrolment

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