• Online Easter Retreat 2021

    Online Easter Retreat, 2nd - 5th April 2021

Yoga and mental health

Rejuvenate at home with yoga, meditation and ayurveda

Thursday 30 May (3pm) – Saturday 2 May (9.30pm)

With the Acharyas, Swamis and teachers of the European Sivananda Centres
Guest speakers : S.K. Kamlesh (ayurveda acharya), Cordula Interthal (Chandrika), ayurdeva therapist, and Yagneswara Dixit (Indian priest)
Free admission for all. Invite your family and friends.

Inspiration from Swami Sivananda

Mental health is even more vital than physical health. Lack of cheerfulness contributes to physical ill-health. If one is always cheerful and entertains good and divine thoughts, he will not suffer from any disease. Health and strength can be yours with a little positive thinking, careful regulation of personal habits, observance of nature’s laws and daily meditation. The source of all health and healing is thy self. Feel thyself to be an ocean of perfect health, strength and vigour. Allow the mind to dwell on this continuously.

– Swami Sivananda

Guest Teachers


Chandrika Cordula Interthal

Speaker: Chandrika Cordula Interthal is an obstetrician and gynaecologist, Ayurvedic therapist and teaches yoga at the Sivananda Yoga centres. She is co-author of the new Sivananda Ayurveda book Practical Ayurveda.

Shanti Kumar Kamlesh

Speaker: Shanti Kumar Kamlesh is an Ayurveda Acharya. He comes from a traditional ayurvedic family and has been teaching Ayurveda nutrition around the world for over 30 years. His style of teaching is very spontaneous and enthusiastic. S.K. Kamlesh has been teaching hands on Ayurveda nutrition in the European Sivananda Yoga Centres for over 20 years.

Yagneshwara Dixit

Speaker: Yagneshwara Dixit is our priest from South India. Hehas been in charge of the temple in the Ashram at Neuville aux bois, Orleans (France) for the last ten years. He will be sharing his knowledge of traditional indian temple ceremonies.

Daily programme

Thursday 30 April - Saturday 2 May (Central European times)

Thursday 30 April

4 – 5.45pm    Asana Workshop, English + translations: “De-stressing your back muscles” with Kailas

5.45 – 8pm    Dinner and rest

8pm  Group meditation, chanting and lecture : “Are you ready to look at your own Mind?”

Friday 1 May

5.40 – 6.20am     Early morning pranayama: relax, recharge and focus Narayani Reith
6.30 – 7.45am    Group meditation, chanting and lecture: “Adapt, Adjust, Accommodate: How to develop mental Flexibility” , with Swami Rajeswarananda

8.00 -9.45am    Asanas and Pranayama:

  • Intermediate English – Variations of cobra-locust-bow
  • Advanced French – Variations for flexibility and strength
  • Gentle French – Balancing posture, breathing and relaxation
  • Intermediate Spanish – Forward bend variations
  • Intermediate German – Deepening the shoulderstand cycle
  • English/Italian – More time for Pranayama
  • 9.45 – 12pm  Brunch and rest
    12 – 1pm    Ayurveda lecture with Chandrika: “The Brain, Meditation and Mental Health”

    2 – 3pm    Yantra Puja : Explanations on this uplifting traditional temple ceremony consisting of a geometrical diagram along with on the mantra recitations and mudras (hand gestures). You will be able to participate in a traditional mantra recitation. With Yagneshwara Dixit, directly from Bangalore, South India

    4 – 5.45pm  Asana Workshop, English + translations: “The mental benefits of Asanas” with Swami Sivadasananda

    5.45 – 8pm    Dinner and rest

    8pm  Group meditation, chanting and lecture “The Power of Attention” with Swami Kailasananda

    Saturday 1 May

    5.40 – 6.20am     Early morning pranayama: Alternate Breathing with Mantra Repetition
    6.30 – 7.45am    Group meditation, chanting and lecture “Healthy habits for a positive Day” with Swami Ramapriyananda

    8.00 -9.45am    Asanas and Pranayama:

  • Advanced English – Sun Salute: muscle impulse and respiratory impulse
  • Intermediate French – Asanas for kyphosis, lordosis and scoliosis
  • Intermediate German – Relaxed and Firm Holding of the Poses
  • Gentle Spanish – Slow stretching and relaxation
  • Standard Italian – Rotating and twisting
  • 9.45 – 12pm  Brunch and rest

    12 – 1pm    Cooking Workshop with Dr Kamlesh : Easy recipes for a balanced yogic meal

    2 – 3pm    Yantra Puja : Worship of a sacred geometrical diagram with mantras and mudras (hand gestures). After the explanations of the previous day you will be able to tune to the universal spirit of this ancient temple ceremony, with Yagneshwara Dixit

    4 – 5.45pm  Asana Workshop, English + translations: “The Breath at the Center of Physical and Mental Strength” with Swami Ramapriyananda
    5.45 – 8pm    Dinner and rest

    8pm  Group meditation, chanting and lecture “Intuition – the active awareness of the blissful Self within” with Swami Sivadasananda

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    Yoga Retreat from Home


    You can connect to all activities through zoom. Links will be published in advance, so that you can get connected.

    The schedule follows as much as possible the timetable of an actual Sivananda Yoga Retreat.

    We will have Satsang in the morning and evening, Asanas & Pranayama in the morning and afternoon and a lecture or workshop in the early afternoon.

    The Asana classes will be taught in 5 languages (English, German, French, Spanish and Italian) with different topics and levels

    We would like to invite you to take advantage of the truly international spirit of this retreat and try out various languages and topics. The practical workshop, Satsangs and lectures will be taught in English with simultaneous translation via zoom.

    If you would like to get inspired for your Easter meals, you can download here a collection of recipes. However please consider well if it is worthwhile taking the hygiene risk to go out for additional shopping.

    The satsangs and Asana classes will be taught by the Swamis and senior teachers of the European Sivananda Centres. The afternoon lectures will focus on the topic of Ayurveda and Health and will be taught by guest teachers.

    Download recipes

    Simple Tofu and Vegetable stir-fry noodles

    Simple Vegetable & Potato Soup

    Simple Lemon dressing for green salad