Urkraft der Alpen – Pure Inspiration für ein Yoga Retreat in Österreich

Primal Power of the Alps - Pure Inspiration for a Yoga Retreat in Austria

Primordial power of the AlpsPure inspiration for a yoga retreat in Austria

Everyone feels it - the elemental force of the Alps. This magical attraction when snow-covered mountains stretch into the sky in front of you or the energy of the climbing winds blows towards you at the summit cross. Automatically this power awakens a spiritual side in you. You return to yourself. Your deepest inner self is stirred. For me, the Alps are pure inspiration for a Yoga Retreat in Austria. In these mountains is based the magical attraction that I always follow to go hiking, breathe fresh mountain air and find relaxation.

In this article you can expect:

  1.  My deep connection to the mountains in Austria
  2.  What does liminality mean?
  3.  When do I have liminoid experience?
  4.  What does liminality have to do with a yoga retreat in Austria? 
  5.  What influence do the Alps have on our retreat program?
  6. Our Yoga Retreat offers in Austria.

"I am Bene from Inti Yoga and write this post out of deepest connection and admiration for the beauty and form of our Mother Earth."

My connection to the mountains

 

Grown up in the foothills of the Alps in Constance on Lake Constance the Austrian mountains have always been present on the horizon for me. Always during Föhn, breathtaking mountain ranges rise above the deep blue, glittering lake. At these moments, I love to climb a nearby hill and marvel at the fiery red play of light from the Alpine peaks as the sun sets. I feel an instant sense of calm settle in. I feel part of a greater whole. I am so open to the beauty of the earth and realize how this energy can penetrate unfiltered to my soul.

These moments of Liminality knows every:r. The threshold state in which you momentarily forget all your worries and fears and are completely present in the moment. It feels for a moment as if you are in another reality. You want to hold on to time forever.

I especially often experience this state in the mountains. Here it seems to be very easy for me to isolate myself from my thoughts and worries and to really see the omnipresent beauty of green valleys, glittering mountain lakes and rushing streams.

 "I am sure you know this feeling of Liminality. Perhaps you might pause here for a moment, close your eyes and take three breaths to reunite with such a moment from your life and the feeling it brings."

Deep experience: Yoga Retreat

 

I also know the feeling of liminality from vacations with friends, from family outings, or from summer camp as a teenager. Whenever a small group of people comes together for a short period of time to break away from the everyday social order in community.

I experience this feeling particularly intensely on Yoga Retreats. Here people meet to experience personal growth in community. It is this combination of intensive exercises from the personality development paired with Yoga, Breathwork, Meditation or Ecstatic Dance, that makes such a retreat experience so special for me. After yoga retreats, it is admittedly always particularly difficult for me to detach myself from the group again and let go of this harmony and intensity of life. To exchange it for an everyday life that offers less variety.

Elements

 

Appreciating nature supports us in feeling more appreciation for ourselves as well.

Let the elements teach you to give yourself more self-love & acceptance.

 

Awareness

 

Do you know the feeling when your head clears at some point while hiking? And then everything seems softer and you feel lighter?

This awareness of your true nature is strengthened.

 

A gift

 

RETREAT means retreat and means a planned spiritual rest and retreat from familiar surroundings.

Give yourself this opportunity to feel more at home IN yourself and feel that deep connection to yourself and nature.

A yoga retreat in the mountains connects!

 

A yoga retreat in the Austrian mountains offers everything you need to work with your deepest inner self, feel primal power, find relaxation and live connection. At Inti Yoga we always try to find very special places of power for our Alpine Retreats to find places where you can especially feel this magic. Places where the play of the elements is very present. Inevitably, this grounding energy also merges with our program consisting of yoga, meditation, breathwork and hiking.

Our current retreat offers in Austria

Ayurveda Yoga Retreat

Your Essence

09-11 September .2022 | Kleinwalsertal, Austria

Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat for Women

Yoga Retreat Berge

Mountain Magic

August 10-14, 2022 | Tyrol, Austria

Yoga | Breathwork | Hiking | Personal Development

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I SAY TO MYSELF:

Yes, it IS possible to be self-emplyed in the field of Yoga & Personal growth AND become a Mom.

Yes, you CAN be it all.

Yes, you DESERVE it all.

Yes, birth is natural & peaceful 😌.

Yes, you are made for this, you body is made for this.

Yes, you can buy a House in Portugal in an area that is known for Villas & "rich people" because Money is Love.

Yes, you can be a strong partner for your husband AND hold your own Energy high.

Yes, Universe always provides for you. Always.

If you can grow a beautiful human in your body, all miracles in this Universe are possible at any time ✨

I allow everything i am dreaming of, to flow easily into my Life

Everything is divine timing.

So be it.

🙏🏻

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Let me know which one resonates most with you and feel free to add 💖

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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

In those last months, acctually this entire year 2022, my life has been so ALIVE 🎢🙃❤️🔥🧘♀️

I sometimes ask myself how much inner & outer change all at the same time is healthy. For me.

What made it possible to navigate through the layers of human experience with grace, serenity and faith is: MY PRACTISE.

To me that means:

> Finding my breath
> Moving my Body
> Calming my mind
> Finding my breath again
> Facing my fears
> Talking to my inner controller
> Finding silence
> Me time
> Raw honestly towards my reactions
> Finding my breath again
> Going onto my mat, especially when I really don't feel like it. And Just sit with ME. With ALL OF ME and with ALL OF THIS LIFE. And find my breath.

Do your practise and all is coming.

It's true 🙏🏻

Without Yoga, it's Philosophy of self and Personal expansion, i never (never!) would have this loving & compassionate marriage - still after 11 years, moved to a different country, bought a House, emotionally & mentally survived a miscarriage, taught 2 Teacher Trainings, run my own Retreats & classes & being of service, built my own Soul-Business and be able to live from it, believed in myself at that level, Loved myself so so much, met all these amazing humans in my Life, by far my Heart wouldn't be as Open as it is, and I would probably still think, that I am my thoughts, or my Feelings, or my Body.

So thank you thank you thank you, yogic path, all it's teachings & practises, ancient rishis & gurus, all to my teachers 🙏🏻

It makes me cry knowing what Yoga does for me.
Every. Single. Day.

THANK YOU.

...

My intention with this very special NEW YEAR RETREAT in Portugal ☀️ and: what it is all about 🙏🏻

You will get the Chance to:

✨ travel to the LIGHT within you

✨ and be able to EXPRESS this essence

✨ dive into different PRACTISES

✨ CONNECT to purest within you & others

✨ take a BREAK from (everyday) life

✨ NOURISH yourself on all Levels

✨ setting krystal clear INTENTIONS for the new year

✨ take this REST & CLARITY home with you

💖 travel to your OWN truth and tune in with the melody of your beautiful heart 💖

~

I'll be hosting this Retreat with the most amazing man i know, my husband and his ability to make everyone feel ever so saved & grounded. This is the place from where inner growth & personal expansion happens 🙌

~

- 6 DAYS | 28th Dec - 2nd Jan

- South Portugal at @monte_orada_portugal
> The most MAGICAL place we know in Europe so far 🤍

- From 960€ all incl.

- Only 1 private suite left

- Double, Dormroom & Nature Bungalows still available 🙃

- vegan & vegetarian soul food

~

Let us know if you feel the call

ALL INFO IN BIO & also take a look at the Highlight

🌺

With Love,
Jessy & Ben with Stevie 🐾
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When the heart opens and we trust life, we make you right people & decisions ~.

thank you thank you @bettina_storf you beautiful being of light 💖

For your love, beautiful heart, trust and heartfelt energy ~.

To be part of your Ecstatic Dance is a huge gift. That I was able to share the Cacao Spirit, the medicine of the heart with over 50 souls: indescribable ✨

Thank you for our friendship.
And I liiiiove our co-creations 🙌

Here's to more of the same ~

With love, your Jessy
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Your inner, energetic compass ~ today I'm a live guest of @lauramalinaseiler at Higher Self Home - her spiritual members area.

This month the focus topic is CHAKRA POWER ✨

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to feel your individual power centers through the so-called bija sounds (seed sounds of the respective chakras).

At the same time, I dive with you and the homies into the themes of each center from a personal development perspective and we explore what is lying dormant here in your subconscious.

It will be an exciting mix of impulse talk and knowing, practicing and feeling ~ and I am so looking forward to the energy of the beautiful souls of this special evening 🙏🏻💖

You can sign up in Laura's bio at ▶️ Higher Self Home

My heart is dancing. Looking forward to seeing you ❤️🔥

With love,
Jessy
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Hach it was so dreamy yesterday ~ dream Sunday halt 💖

Next & last YOGA BRUNCH will take place on 28.08. 🙌
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Let nature be your Teacher

🌳 What can you learn from a tree?
🌿 What do you remember, when looking at a leave?
🥾 What Happens with your thoughts whilst walking over rocks, roots and soil?

Allow yourself to immerse yourself into nautre more.

It's a symbiosis with your Essence ✨

#hiking 1TP4Forestbaden #pachamama #onelove
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Are visits to your home region or family reunions sometimes super exhausting and emotionally dissolving for you?
So-called #riggers are NOT the situations that upset you.

Triggers are events that catapult you back emotionally to a past moment in your life. Moments that were a traumatic experience for you.

Since these moments mostly originated with the caregivers/parents and in school & childhood, we find especially many such situations with these people and in these places.

⚠️ Allow these situations to become your LEARNING FIELDS.

Observe yourself.

Feel. Allow yourself to feel everything. They will seem very familiar, but what makes the difference is to really allow them.

And then make clear decisions:

🪷 How would I like to be?
🪷 How do I want to feel inside?
🪷 What can I do to be and stay in my center in the best possible way?

🌹How do I talk to myself when'it didn't work out?
🌹When's escalated? When I have fallen fully into my inner child and its hurts or traumas?

AND THEN:

🤍✨ KNOW WHO YOU ARE ✨🤍 NOW. TODAY.

Love Jessy
...

I would love to shower you with all the love in my heart 💓 At the moment I feel such an abundance, so many ideas come to me - also for the coming year - and I just want to share this feeling with you.

This group is for you if you...

⋗ you want a source of inspiration
⋗ you are interested in your personal development
⋗ Jessy energy you want to feel
⋗ would like to get a taste of my work for free
⋗ are simply curious

I celebrate every single person in this group 🙏🏼

Thank you for your trust.

And thank you for walking the inner path.

For your love. For the love of the world.

Thank you Thank you

Link in the bio 😍 Tomorrow morning there's something fine again ~

LOVE.
Jessy
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I Love my Life I love my Life I love my Life
~
#vantour #digitalnomad #travelingyogi #traveldog #roomtour #thankfulness #peaceout #personalitydevelopment
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3 Things that helped me deal with a harrowing experience. May this also support you in challenging situations:

**Disclaimer**

Whether your spirituality & personality development is really integrated, you will only notice when something blatant happens outside, e.g. a pandemic, e.g. an illness, e.g. a separation, e.g. a severe loss.

So we can use these events for us 🙏🏻 therefore

1. 🫶 OCCURATE

∆ Do not try to be against the event. Accept it. SEE IT. Tell it, "Okay I perceive you, you are here."

2: 🥹 GIVE SPACE

∆ Give yourself TIME for your healing. Hit the stop button, cancel everything. Care for yourself as if you were your best friend. Rest, massage, healers, therapy, doctor, baths, sleep, you Name it. You come First.

3: ✨ DIVINITY

∆ Everything is DIVINE TIMING. Connect with something that is beyond your horizon. TRUST that this experience has a higher & good purpose that is FOR YOU.

I believe in this deeply.

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I can now say that I am deeply grateful for what it was with me recently. Even though it was most unpleasant & painful at first, I now recognize so much beauty in it 💖

What other point has helped you navigate through difficult situations in your life?

Feel free to share it with me & everyone else 🙏🏻

So much love goes out to you ~ my heart is so full today ❤️🔥😍🙃

Your Jessy
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When's just grabs you again and you write a post with joy & love and not, because of the all-going-in-the-same-rhithm.

If you use social media because you're loving it. You celebrate your community. And: because you know it's your duty to show off and to share your unique gifts with the world ❤️🔥.

#imadethis #imadeit #iamastar #algorithm #ausliebe
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Tränen der Befreiung in Peru

Tears of liberation in Peru

Tears of liberation in Peru

~ Truly letting go in the sweat lodge.

In Peru, everything is magical anyway. All the time. Every faraway view, every breeze on your face, every ray of sun on your skin feels mystical and imbued with a deeper meaning. This is a very personal story about Peru's special magic.

"It was only when I discovered mantra chanting that I really became free". I write on my website. This is the place where this discovery took place: Peru, 2018, Yoga Teacher Training ~ I had no idea how much these three weeks would change my life. An endlessly interesting and forever lasting journey began:

The Way to Me

Simply incredible:

Munay Sonqo ~ Yoga Retreat Center

For two weeks I lived here in this very house at the top of the picture. With the holy "Apus", the high mountains in the background. Surrounded by the most beautiful garden I have ever seen until today. A true place of healing. And one evening there was a sweat lodge ritual that I participated in out of curiosity....

Half past five in the evening in Peru

 

On the evening of the sweat lodge, we all initially sat there excitedly, covered only with our small towels. Shame spread a little in front of the hut built from branches and alpaca blankets. The rustic sweat lodge construction looked like an igloo, except that it got very hot inside instead of icy. The threshold to the small entrance, which consisted of a thick cloth hanging down, was entered with a prayer.

One last, trusting look at Taki, who was to lead this ritual, before I entered. He is a rather short man by German standards, but average height in Peru. He has darker skin and black hair with a few dreadlocks. His look is warm and soft. At the same time he radiates something rugged, close to nature, wild, something organic. I've never seen him with shoes on. Or with a cell phone. Although he was probably just a few years older than me. I guessed him to be in his mid/late thirties, a young guy, then, who lived below the retreat grounds and barely mingled with the "crowd," which consisted mostly of pretty American and European yogi girls. There was something sensual about him and he radiated a special calm. Somehow he saw right through you and in a strange way this led to a deep familiarity.

Here we go

 

I knelt down in front of the alpaca curtain and thought about the fact that my towel was much too short. It was early evening and already dusky, but still quite bright. I bowed to Mother Nature anyway, "after all, she had created me just so naked, even if half of me is peeking out now," I thought to myself. I said a short prayer of thanksgiving, bringing my hands to my forehead in a prayer position. Then I brought my forehead to the earthy ground and placed both palms next to my temples with my fingers spread. It was as if I wanted to absorb as much of Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) as possible with my fingers.

Finally, I entered the dark circle with the hole in the ground in the middle. One by one we went through this ritual of entering, one after the other, without haste. Clockwise, we sat down on the small ring built of earth along the edge.

Hot - hotter - healing

 

Then we celebrated the "hombre del fuego" (the man of fire), who already had a huge fire going about 2 meters from the entrance and was sweating a lot before it really started. We cheered him with drum beats and rattles. He gratefully accepted our praise and yet I had the feeling that he was a bit uncomfortable being the center of attention. He was an important part of the ceremony: preheating the 24 Peruvian volcanic stones, the "abuelitas" (grandmothers), in his giant fire for us. There were four rounds, each with 6 abuelitas shoveled into the center of our hut. One round lasted about 30-40 minutes.

I had great respect for the heat that awaited me. Concerns about whether my circulation would hold out. And at the same time there was this irrepressible curiosity and excitement. After all, I didn't know exactly what was about to happen.

Taki, who led the ceremony with incredible dedication, was the last to enter. We greeted each of the first 6 abuelitas with "Bienvenida abueliata", Welcome Grandmother. As we did so, Taki gradually began to play rhythms on his drum. When the first stones had fully arrived and the temperature had already risen noticeably, the hombre del fuego closed the entrance with the thick alpaca blankets. It was pitch dark and only a glow of the lava stones was visible.

WHEN THERE IS A PHYSICAL SENSATION

FOR SPIRITUAL LIBERATION EXISTS,

THEN FOR ME IT WAS JUST THAT

The sound of the soul

 

Around Taki's drumbeat, his voice gradually nestled. His girlfriend and Jimena, who was something like the spiritual director of the retreat facility, knew the Spanish mantras and joined in with their angelic voices. Quickly we were able to follow as well. Our sacred circle, that protected, familiar space of people with whom I'd been traveling deeper than ever before over the past two weeks, melted into a magical mass of rhythm. We rattled and sang. Breathed deeply in and out, through the heat.

Round 2

 

The breeze did infinitely good when the hombre del fuego briefly lifted the blankets in front of the entrance hole to hold out the shovel with the next abuelita to us and gently place it with the others in our midst. Six times we called again "bienvenida abuelita".

And again, new melodies and new, beautiful Spanish words impacted my soul. The songs described Mother Earth, how we belong to her, are all connected. How she nourishes us. It was about the elements, fire, water, earth, air. About the ether. About the heart. We sang about love. Sometimes I didn't really understand the lyrics, I just let myself be carried away.

As of now, I can only give a hazy account of what exactly happened. It is important for me to mention that no drugs were part of this ceremony. All that put me into a kind of trance was the heat, the music and my breathing.

Our singing as a group got louder and louder. We stuck to a tune that felt good. Taki called out a word to the group. I don't remember what. Something like compassion or connectedness. By now we were all moving our sweaty bodies in a sitting position as much as space allowed.

We were about 15 people in a circular hut with a diameter of maybe 3 meters. By now I didn't care about the sweat of the others and my own. I continued to hum and sing to the drumbeats. Someone else from our circle now suddenly also shouted a word in the middle and a song arose from Taki's melody and courage-giving, liberating words, which were shouted out with body and soul. And at some point this song, which formed as if by itself, reached a kind of climax where all the drums gradually got louder, all the voices sang louder and it got really hot.

Liberation

 

Suddenly I felt tears cooling my cheeks. How my heart pounded loudly

 

How something inside me wanted to scream. I felt a feeling wanting to come out through the tears in my eyes. And I gave it free rein. I howled loudly, sobbing and gasping for air. I don't know for how long, but it was for as long as it took. My loud whooping was completely lost in the singing voices and music of the others. But I didn't worry about that at that moment. I just let it happen. I let go of everything. Even my towel. I can't remember when or if I've ever consciously cried so hard. And there wasn't just release. There was also something dark, something very painful. There was a shadow that I let surface from the inside.

To my surprise, the heat remained bearable even in the third round. I still had enough breath to continue singing and moving. I noticed how my voice now drowned out the desperate shouting, loud laughter or quiet crying of some others. And I just thought to myself "Yes, let it all out, don't be ashamed". By now no one had their towel on either. And when we moved to the music our wet bodies touched each other. So what. We hung on to each other, sometimes took each other's hand or changed our sitting position. We all just sat there as Pacha Mama had made us: free, connected, naked, with open hearts and deeply touched. Even in the fourth round.

The music gently died away. And the hombre del fuego lifted the cloth in front of the entrance. A wonderfully cool breeze on it into the interior. Clockwise again, one by one, we slowly left the hut.

With a bucket we poured cold Andean water from the stream that ran right next to the sweat lodge over our heads. We stood under the shining, crystal clear starry sky in the middle of Peru. Now everything was definitely washed away that no longer served me. At least everything that dared to surface that evening. I felt great. Liberated. Relieved. Filled with joy.

I found my voice that night. I was really loud and it didn't matter how it sounded. The mantra chanting, the shouting of the words, the drums - it had an infinitely liberating effect on me.

Today I believe that on that evening I inwardly decided to speak my truth from now on and to live according to it. What concretely meant that a few weeks later I quit my job, adopted a street dog, now - 2 years later - play the harmonium as a yoga teacher and dare to sing in front of people.

That I found the way to bhakti-yoga through chanting and am now walking the path of the heart.

 

And when tears come to me today, I try to remember that they are a precious mouthpiece of my deepest inner self and I want to hear them. We all have wounds. And we can be grateful when they move from the inside out to experience healing. Even if it's scary at first. Letting go of something, getting free of a thought, belief, and what we no longer are or need is something this experience has taught me.

~ May all living creatures everywhere be happy and free.

Your Jessica

The essence of our retreats & events is to suggest pathways into your glow. They are paths of healing, liberation, self-love and personal development in a yoga-based setting.

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