Shambala Gatherings / YOGA POWER IN SCANDINAVIAN NATURE with Chandrashekara Burandt
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12 Jun


June 12 @ 4:00 pm - June 19 @ 4:00 pm


with Chandrashekara Burandt
12th – 19th June 2018
PRICE:  7900 SEK / 795 EUR  (including VAT., food and accommodation)

“Yoga-Retreat in German language with daily Meditation, Pranayama, Asanas, Mantras and sattvic vegan food.”


“ Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination.” –  Swami Sivananda

Expand your yoga skills with daily practice in the Swedish nature of endless forests, seas to swim and wild animals to explore. With your daily practice in Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation and Mantras in this wonderful nature you can open your connection to your inner self, your nature in conformity with the nature. Experience a strong feeling of creativity, compassion and vitality.

You get the chance to practice two times daily advanced Pranayama, Satsang with Meditation and Mantras, Asanas, workshops and talks. The daily schedule can be adapted to weather, mood or needs of the group, e.g. hiking, sightseeing in Stockholm and more.

Furthermore does the Retreat Center own a garden, which provides salads and herbs for the delicious vegan cuisine. Nurturing for your physical and mental selves.


Sivananda Yoga comes from the lineage of Swami Sivananda, as brought to the west by his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda in the late 1950s, making this style of practice an important part of yoga’s first wave of popularity outside India.

Sivananda (1887-1963) was well-known in India in the 1930s, when he founded an ashram in Rishikesh. He had previously been a practicing doctor. Because he spoke English well and wrote many treatises in English, he was sought after by western students who wished to study yoga and Vedanta.He founded the Divine Life Society in 1936 to organize and disseminate his teachings.

Yoga Vidya Germany is in the lineage of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnu-devananda. Sukadev Bretz was a direct disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda for 12 years. In 1992 he founded Yoga Vidya in Frankfurt, Germany, as a non-profit organisation. Now in 2018 Yoga Vidya is Europe’s leading and largest yoga educational organisation with 4 Ashrams and more than 80 centres in whole Germany, including centres in Austria, The Netherlands and France. The headquarter of Yoga Vidya is in Bad Meinberg. Now there is space for 650 yogis. Next year with the newest project Mahameru there will be space for nearly 1.000 yogis.

The Sivananda method is based on five principles for optimal health and spiritual growth, as described by Vishnudevananda. They are:

  1. Proper exercise (Asana, focusing on twelve poses (see below) in particular)
  2. Proper breathing (Pranayama)
  3. Proper relaxation (Savasana)
  4. Proper diet (Vegetarian)
  5. Positive thinking (Vedanta) and meditation (Dhyana)

A typical class begins with pranayama exercises. After warming up with sun salutations, the focus is on mastery of the twelve basic poses in the following order:

  1. Headstand
  2. Shoulderstand
  3. Plow
  4. Fish
  5. Seated Forward Bend
  6. Cobra
  7. Locust
  8. Bow
  9. Seated Spinal Twist
  10. Crow or Peacock
  11. Standing Forward Bend
  12. Triangle

Savasana closes the class. The 12 basic poses were carefully selected and include inversions, backbends, forward bends, twists, balances, and hamstring stretches. A little of everything, in other words. The poses are ideally done slowly and with control to stretch and strengthen the body as well as open the chakras. As students become proficient in the 12 basic poses, variations may be introduced.

The goal of this practice is to promote physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. The asana system is fairly fixed, so you must enjoy working slowly and methodically to fully master the prescribed poses. An interest in Indian philosophy is also a good indicator that you’ll enjoy Sivananda yoga.



4.00pm – Check in

4.30pm – Asanas and Pranayama

6pm – Dinner

8pm – Satsang

9pm – introduction


7am – advanced Pranayama

8am – Satsang

9:15am – Asanas and Pranayama

1pm – Brunch

3pm – Workshop / Tour / Talk

5:15pm – Asanas and Pranayama

7pm – Dinner

9pm – Satsang


7am – advanced Pranayama

8am – Satsang

9:15am – Asanas and Pranayama

1pm – Brunch

3pm – Check out




Chandrashekara Burandt

Chandrashekara lives since 2012 as a Sevaka (karmayogic worker at Yoga Vidya) at Yoga Vidya Bad Meinberg, Germany, the biggest Yoga-Ashram in Europe. He works at and manages the online department.

Further teaches Chandrashekara as a Yoga Teacher and Yoga Teachers Trainer with focus on Kundalini Yoga in the tradition of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnu-devananda. This kind of Kundalini Yoga uses extended Pranayama, Asanas, Mantra chanting and Meditation to build energy. Through his close contact to Sukadev Bretz, direct student of Swami Vishnu-devananda and founder and leader of Yoga Vidya Germany, Chandrashekara got deep into the techniques of Integral Yoga in the tradition of Swami Sivananda.

He teaches beginners, intermediates and advanced Yogis in open lessons, workshops and Yoga Teachers Trainings. At the moment he works in close contact with Swami Nirgunananda who was the manager of Yoga Vidya Bad Meinberg for several years.

Chandrashekara is qualified in the following techniques
*2 year Teacher Training
*Pranayama instructor
*Spiritual Life Coach
*Meditation instructor
*Several workshops, e.g. Asana intensive, teaching advanced Asanas and more

In the years before Yoga Vidya, Chandrashekara worked in the marketing and sales departments in the computer and internet industries for several years. He first handed experienced indian spirituality during two India travels before and during his studies in Education Sciences. He already had experimented with different life concepts, for example living on a farm with several dogs, dealing with the teaches of Buddha and vegetarianism.

Chandrashekara lives with his dog Hugo, who will be his companion in Sweden. He cares a lot about animal protection therefore both live vegan. (Yoga Vidya) (teacher) (description of journey)

The cost for this retreat is:
7900 SEK / 795 EUR

Cost includes accommodation, all food, transfer to and from train station at Skinnskatteberg (5 mins away).


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