Thinking about our 28-day yoga teacher training immersion in Austria?
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)
January & May: In German.
All other course dates: In English & German.
*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.
Registration is valid with a down payment of 30% of the full amount. The remaining unpaid balance is due no later than 6 weeks before the course begins.
Certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organisation (ISYVC) is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is entitled "Yoga Siromani".
The International Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Courses consist of three levels:
|Teachers’ Training Course (TTC)||401 units of 45 min or 301 units of 60 min|
|Advanced Teachers’ Training Course (ATTC)||437 units of 45 min or 328 units of 60 min|
|Sadhana Intensive||173 units of 45 min or 130 units of 60 min|
The Yoga Alliance recognises the TTC for the 200 hours Registered Yoga School Standards and the TTC plus ATTC for the 500 hours Registered Yoga School Standards.
The courses in January and May are in German. English-speaking guest speakers will be translated simultaneously into German using a wireless translation system and headphones.
All other courses are international and taught in English. Some lectures may be taught in German. Any lectures in German or German-speaking guest speakers will be translated simultaneously into English using a wireless translation system and headphones.
The rental fee for the radio receiver is €30. You can bring your own headset with normal disc man jack or buy one for €10 at the Yoga Retreat House.
Please note: These books are not included in the course fee. They can be purchased at the Sivananda Yoga Centres, via the online shop, or in our boutique in the Retreat House when you arrive.
Also available at the Sivananda Yoga Centres, via the online shop, or or in our boutique in the Retreat House when you arrive.
|6:00 am||Meditation, mantra chanting, lecture or silent walk|
|8:00 am||Asanas and pranayama – systematic deepening of one's own yoga practice|
|10:00 am||Yogic-vegetarian brunch|
|11:00 am||Karma Yoga (helping out with chores)|
|12 noon||Study of the Bhagavad Gita with commentary, or explanation of the Mantras and Kirtans|
|2:00 pm||Main lecture on yoga philosophy or anatomy in relation to the yoga practice|
|4:00 pm||Asanas and Pranayama – dynamic workshops on teaching yoga classes and courses|
|6:00 pm||Yogic-vegetarian dinner|
|7:30 pm||Meditation, Mantra chanting, lecture or guest speaker programme|
|10:00 pm||Lights out|
The curriculum is based on the five points of yoga which can be understood as the practical application of the four traditional yoga paths:
Daily: two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, one hour of service to the ashram community. One day a week is lecture-free.
The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections comprises:
Impressions from the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course in Reith near Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria.
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.
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.
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).
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.
You will be staying in the eco-hotel Pointner, which serves vegetarian whole-food and natural cuisine. The hotel is non-smoking.
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:
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.
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.
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).
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: 3 to 6 pm (after 6 pm: only if agreed by telephone beforehand)
Check out: 11 am
Yoga mat, meditation pillow, blanket and the three following books:
These are available at our centres, in our Online-Shop or in our boutique in the Retreat House when you arrive.
Once a week is a lecture-free day. Possible excursions:
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Distances to the Retreat House in Reith (4 km from Kitzbühel, Tyrol) by car:
Munich 125 km
Vienna 375 km
Zurich 376 km
Innsbruck 90 km
Salzburg 80 km
By car from Munich (about 1 1/2 hours):
Take the autobahn in the direction of Salzburg to the Innsbruck junction. On A93, take direction Kufstein. Exit Kufstein-Süd, direction St. Johann/Felbertauern. After passing the village of Going, you will see on the left hand side Guest House Stanglwirt. Take a right there to Reith-Kitzbühel. After 5 kilometres you will reach Reith. Drive through the village until you see the Volunteer Fire Brigade on the left hand side. Turn left here and follow the signs to "Sivananda Yoga".
IMPORTANT: Driving in Austria on the A93 requires a vignette (toll sticker) from the border town Kiefersfelden onwards.
By car from Vienna (about 5 hours):
Autobahn Vienna-Salzburg. Via Berchtesgaden, Lofer, St. Johann in Tyrol to Kitzbühel, then continue in the direction of Wörgl through the tunnel. After the Schwarzsee, turn right to Reith. Drive through the village until you see the Volunteer Fire Brigade on the right. Drive past, take your next right and follow the signs to "Sivananda Yoga".
Train to Munich – with change in Wörgl – to Kitzbühel Hbf. Please take a taxi from Kitzbühel to the Retreat House.
Andis Taxi, Phone: +43 5356 66222, +43 664 2808465, www.andis-taxi.com (Andi's special rate for yoga guests: €15 for up to 4 people)
Train connections and booking: www.bahn.de
Please get off at the Kitzbühel train station, as Reith has no train station.
Direct train from Vienna to Kitzbühel Hbf (via Zell am See), other trains have a connection in Wörgl. Please take a taxi from Kitzbühel.
Train connections and booking: www.oebb.at
Train connections and booking: www.sbb.ch
Airport transfer directly to the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House
"Four Seasons" from Munich from €56 (one-way) or €96 (roundtrip) per person.
Phone: +43 (0) 512/584 157, Book online
"Andis Taxi" from Salzburg at €40 per person (minimum of 2 people)
Phone: +43 5356 66222, +43 664 2808465, www.andis-taxi.com
If you have any questions, please see the contact details below.
Participation in the Teachers’ Training Course requires inner openness and sincere acceptance of the instructions given by the teachers.
After enrolling, please meet or telephone with Vishnupriya (see her contact details below). This is to gain a better understanding of the spiritual nature of the course and to answer any further questions you may have.
Cancellation before the beginning of your programme:
The following cancellation fees will apply:
Yoga (without room and board):
More than 21 days before arrival date: 10%
Within 21 days of arrival date: 30%
If you would like to change your booking to another programme organized by the Retreat House in Reith, a rebooking fee of 50€ will be charged for the yoga part.
For the hotel:
Up to 12 weeks before arrival date: no cancellation fee
Up to 4 weeks before arrival date: 40%
Up to 1 week before arrival date: 70%
Within 7 days of the arrival date: 90%
The hotel cancellation fees may be reduced to the extent that the room/bed can be allocated to a new participant. If you depart on the day of the examination, the hotel will not reimburse you for costs.
Early departure from the Yoga Teachers’ Training Course:
Within the first 3 days: 500€ cancellation fee for the yoga portion of the course
After 3 days: no refund for the yoga portion
For the hotel: 70% (i.e. refund of 30%)
The hotel cancellation fees may be reduced to the extent that the room/bed can be allocated to a new participant. You must vacate your room by 11am. Otherwise 100% of the cancellation fee will be charged for this day.
In case of early departure from the course, the TTC course manual and TTC uniforms (2 trousers / 2 t-shirts) must be returned before leaving the teaching location.