The Yoga College was one of the first yoga schools in Austria. For many years we’ve enjoyed seeing our students heal and flourish. We love our job – we are yoga teachers – not instructors. Everybody is welcome at our school and every body can start to practice yoga. You are never too old, too young, too big, too small or too weak to begin all over again. Whatever your needs might be, we have the right class for you. Even yogis with injuries, pain or other conditions are welcome and we will find the right modifications. Just talk to us. We are all enthusiastic and well educated yoga teachers from different yoga styles, many with senior experience extending over decades.
Never too late, never too old, never too sick to begin from scratch and start all over again!
Bikram Yoga is a sequence of 26 Hatha Yoga postures (asanas) including 2 breathing exercises (pranayama). Bikram Choudhury, an Indian yoga master has developed this sequence and has been teaching it for many years to thousands of Yogis and teachers. Every posture prepares and warms your body up for the next one. The class lasts 90 minutes and is practiced at 38-40 degrees Celsius. Since the heat makes the muscles softer, the whole body is more free to move and become flexible. The immune system is boosted, the circulatory system activated and the detoxification processes accelerated. This is the perfect class for beginners, our Yogavirgins, but also more experienced practitioners will be challenged in this class. The Hot 90 class provides a great full body service and basic practice regimen.
The more you put into it – the more you’ll get out!
Our warm Hatha Yoga class has a varying focus, depending on the teacher. The basis is simple, static Hatha positions, practiced in a warm (not HOT!) room. On this fundamental style, overarching elements are overlain, taken from different Yoga traditions. The spectrum ranges from yogic groundwork to chakras, mudras and breathing exercises. In this class, we can learn a lot and take a more playful approach as we grow more intimate with our Yoga practice! The teacher can adjust spontaneously to the needs and ability-levels of different practitioners. If you want to learn yoga from scratch, then this is the right class for you.
Yoga is all about connecting – between mind, body and spirit!
Moksha comes from Sanskrit and means “salvation” or “enlightenment”. The Hatha Flow Yoga Yoga class is based on the Moksha Yoga sequence and always uses similar Asana sequences from Hatha Yoga, incorporating elements of Vinyasa Yoga. While all classes are founded on the same principles 1) Breath awareness (conscious breathing); 2) alignment (orientation); and, 3) constructing expressions, individual teachers sets an individual focus foreach class, allowing you to focus your mind and immerse more deeply into your Yoga practice. This class is ideal for beginners and those who prefer their practice to be a little cooler and more serene!
There shall be light is a standing order!
Flow Yoga is a Vinyasa class. We flow with the rhythm of breathing (Ujjayi breathing), and between Vinyasas connecting each posture to the next. The practice of Vinyasa Yoga is effectively a moving meditation. Vinyasas or Sun Salutations are fixed components of the class, and at different points are combined with varied sequences dedicated to various focus areas, as well as aspects taken from Yoga Nidra (deep-relaxation) and pranayama (breath restraint). Flow Yoga is a lively class, after which you may feel as if you could fly home! Each class has a different focus, which serves to deepen learning and is dedicated to elements of the eightfold path. This is an ideal class for those who have already gained some yoga experience, and who also wish to deepen their knowledge and better integrate yoga into their daily lives.
Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a very dynamic style of yoga, which follows a very specific choreography. Selected asanas (positions) are combined and build on each other to form a set series of exercises. Each movement uses a special breathing technique (Ujjayi breathing) with synchronized breathing (Vinyasa). Fixed points of view (Drishtis) prevent the eyes from wandering in space, while energetic body locks (Bandhas) are activated. The mind is directed inwards and through this interaction between asanas, Vinyasa, Drishtis, bandhas and Ujjayi breathing, the body connects with the mind and the breath.
Our Yoga College teaches the primary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, which is also called “Yoga Chikitsa” or “Yoga therapy”, as each asana also results in a therapeutic benefit.
The Warm Ashtanga class is particularly suitable for those who enjoy a physical challenge and may have a preference for dynamic elements in their Yoga practice. The practice also requires, and is beneficial to achieve, strengthened wrists and relaxed shoulders.
Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.
This passively oriented style of yoga makes it possible to explore the anatomy and meridians of the body. Simple asanas are held for up to 5 minutes, reaching not only the muscles, but also accessing deep body layers, connective tissue, ligaments, tendons and fascia. Most positions are performed in seated or lying positions, mainly targeting the area between the knees and the thoracic spine.
Especially long-standing tension, often caused by stress or old injuries can be gradually alleviated and improved by this form. As you practice, your thoughts will remain in the present moment, enabling you to concentrate on your breathing and your body.
This class focuses on dealing respectfully with yourself, learning to perceive what your own body needs and to respect its current boundaries. Yin Yoga, in all its gentle intensity, is a beautiful complement to full force Yang oriented yoga classes, such as hot or warm 90 and Ashtanga, and can only enrich your Yoga practice.
Our Yoga College offers this morning group meditation as a way to charge you and to benefit from the positive benefits of a regular meditation practice! Each meditation begins with 10 minutes of guided instruction, developed from different meditation techniques and taken from different schools of meditation. For a few consecutive weeks, we focus on a particular lesson, sitting in silent meditation for about 20 minutes. Through regular meditation practice you can awaken, leave dependencies behind you, overcome ignorance and fear, choosing a peaceful path and opening your heart to compassion and love. This class is free for our yogis. If friends wish to attend, then they can join in for a small donation!
In the Candlelight Silent Class, 26 Hatha Yoga positions (modeled on the Bikram Yoga series) are practiced WITHOUT spoken guidance of the teacher. By practising together in silence, body and mind are calmed and the focus on the asanas intensified. The teacher practices together with the class, guiding the timing and pace of the asanas.
Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.
The Mum 2 Be class is suitable for all expectant mothers from the 12th week of pregnancy onwards. Please consult with your doctor and get his OK in advance. Mum 2 Be classes are open to all levels and abilities, no matter how long or how regularly you might have practiced before. Classes include a specially adapted Yoga programme, with selected breathing, stretching and strengthening exercises all designed to support a healthy and relaxed pregnancy, specifically preparing you for the impending birth. 90 minutes of gentle Yoga supports your journey through a joyful and mindful pregnancy.
Be realistic – plan for a miracle
The Mum & Baby slot is a relaxing 75-minute yoga class for new mums and their babies. By practising simple yoga positions, new mums can get back into shape while having fun with their children. Mum & Baby yoga classes can be joined four weeks‘ after the birth (after C-section a little longer). The exercises are targeted at rejuvenating and strengthening the body.
Happy Mama – Happy Baby.
A healthy mind lives in a healthy body.