Carinthia's 1st Mountain Yoga Trail at almost 2,000 metres above sea level
Is a greeting among yogis, meaning: ‘The Divine Light in me honours the Divine Light in you’. Indeed, yoga is about much more than just movement. It is an ancient Indian philosophy – connecting mind and body.
How Does Yoga Work?
Using physical exercises and meditation, different energy centres of the body are activated, restoring harmony. Yoga helps one feel more focused, relaxed and well-balanced.
Along our Mountain Yoga Trail, amidst a breath-taking natural landscape, you can practice different yoga positions, bathed in the fragrant scents of the forest. The Yoga Trail leads through the Nockberge Biosphere Park … bringing you closer to yourself. We wish you a pleasant journey.
What Are Chakras?
These are the energy centres of your body. The word “chakra” comes from Sanskrit (the sacred language of India), meaning a wheel or cycle.
Chakras are important energy channels connecting the body and mind. According to traditional yoga teachings, imbalances manifest themselves in physical or psychological disorders. Here is a short overview of the seven principle chakras...
This should help you get orientated. Here you will find detailed instructions for the respective positions and exercises.
Starting at the beginning. Use way to the second station to arrive at the present. Count on the inhale to three, hold your breath and count to six as you exhale. Welcome to the here and now.
Return to yourself and reconnect... with yourself, your surroundings, with everyone and the entire universe! This exercise helps you to become more focused and alert. Awaken, and feel the Earth’s energy beneath your feet.
Energy: Earth Mantra: LAM task: material security
This pose revitalizes your body and mind. These two asanas strengthen the root chakra, while opening the upper body. The second pose – the Utkatasana – also trains your balance and stamina.
This asana activates your Sacral Chakra. It stretches your back, buttocks and the back of your legs. It also stimulates the blood circulation in your head, regulating your blood pressure. This asana has a particularly calming effect.
This position is akin to the ‘holy grail’ of asanas, activating all chakras at the same time. The Trikonasana strengthens the leg-muscles, stretching both sides of the body, opening the chest and freeing the spinal cord. This pose truly regenerates the whole body.
This asana serves to open up the Solar Plexus. But holding the pose requires a lot more effort involving thighs, buttocks, arms, back, chest and abdominal muscles. This exercise requires considerable effort, but it also strengthens the centre of your body.
Energy: Earth Mantra: RAM Task: Power
Facing the tree in front of you, this asana opens the Heart Chakra. It strengthens your arms and shoulders, opening the chest and stretching the groin. This also harmonises your mind: boosting self-confidence to better cope with the stresses of everyday life.
Energy: Earth Mantra: YAM Task: Safety
Twist your body! On one side, your muscles and nerves are going to be compressed while on the other, they’re being stretched out. This has a positive effect on the body, especially the digestion – which, in turn, produces an invigorating and rejuvenating effect.
This is probably the most well-known yoga pose of them all – and not without good reason: this challenging asana stretches the back of your body, reducing stiffness – while having a relaxing effect. Most of all, it boosts your stamina. Get down on all fours and start!
Energy: Earth Mantra: OM Task: Healing
At the end of this exercise comes deep relaxation with final meditation. Stress hormones are reduced and endorphins released. Rest with your chakras fully harmonised.
Energy: Earth Mantra: OM Task: Wholeness
Allow us to introduce... Anja Krois: specialised in movement, a certified Spiraldynamik® expert and qualified sports scientist. Above all else, Anja is a passionate and dedicated Yoga Teacher.
Anja provided valuable input to the Bad Kleinkirchheim’s Cable e Car Facilities project, adding an extra dollop of fun when planning the Mountain Yoga Trail. From the first to the last station, this led to the creation of something special. For greater awareness in the daily routine or a pleasant break somewhere in-between. At any level.
Up for some yoga now? Anja has had her own yoga studio for some years already and is always happy to welcome new students and motivated yogis. Find out more at: www.yogainmotion.at