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Many people ask themselves the question how to start with Meditation. Meditation is the goal of all Yogic practices and the last limb of Ashtanga Yoga. But how do we get there and how do we move forward when we have established a stable Sadhana? When we start with the sacred practice of Meditation, we try different techniques and find our own way into deeper states of the mind. But why do you do it? Where do you want to go with it? For the Yogis this question was easy: enlightenment! But nowadays we often practice for our well-being, to support our worldly life or just to feel better. But Meditation practice is very powerful and changes us from within. Our layers disappear and we find ourselves to thrive in the wished way.

Illustration depicting the Yamas and Niyamas, showcasing the fundamental ethical principles of yoga for personal and social well-being


How we want to change and what kind of traits we want to develop lies in our own hands. When we don´t give our development a direction, the additional energy moves into the known channels. We might become more of what we wanted to let go. But in order to gain the most from our practice we should give our energy and our growth a direction. For that the old Yogis gave a manual, how we can move forward and strengthen our virtues, become more holy on the path.

Visual representation of the Yamas and Niyamas, the moral guidelines in yoga philosophy for a disciplined and harmonious life


The old ones knew about the weakness of the mind and the power of illusions. Traps and hurdles on the path of enlightenment are well known and described. Even today we find that spiritual leaders sometimes turn out to be abusive and greedy, full of lies and deception. What did go wrong? Did they lose their path? The Yogic practices are powerful and help to change reality. Whether you go towards the darkness or the light is up to your free will to decide. To stay on the path of light in and offside meditation we should take a deeper look into the foundation of all spiritual growth: the golden rules, the Yamas and Niyamas.

Yamas and Niyamas, emphasizing their importance in yoga practice for holistic living


In Ashtanga Yoga, Meditation is the last step to enlightenment. But like all monuments and big projects, everything starts in the beginning. Without a firm foundation our path is obscured and may go in all sorts of directions. The old ones gave us a clear manual on how we should become our true selves again. We start with the first limb of Ashtanga Yoga- the Yamas and Niyamas and their daily application.


The Yamas and Niyamas are the Yogic commandments and a save guideline towards a clean and meaningful practice. Understanding these rules of life may seem simple but applying them in every moment of your life requires deep understanding, a clear mind and the willingness to go towards the light without compromises. The Yamas and Niyamas help us to face our inner demons, the impurities of mind and heart, our own hurdles we have to overcome to become new, to become real.



In order to dedicate our practice towards our growth, we need some clarity of mind. Our intention is key to a fruitful practice and our willingness to look deep inside essential. To find our innermost wish requires honesty and gives you power to withstand the inner and outer hurdles in the practice. Our Sankalpa (inner wish) has to be firm and true. We will practice together to find the voice of our heart and give it its space.



The Yugas are time spans in a Cycle of different periods. Each period has their own quality and energy level. The Kali Yuga, that we are in now, is known to be a time of darkness, materialism, pollution (inside and outside) and a low level consciousness. The world and all their inhabitants are polluted and conflict seems to be a normality. This time has been foreseen and described in many different scriptures. The time quality we live in influences our inner state, our perception and the whole world around us. How do we manoeuvre through a time of reduced awareness as practitioners on the spiritual path? What did the sages give us for this time? Why are the Yogic practices more important now than ever?


 In this 5 hour workshop we will unravel the sacred commandments of the Yogis and learn how we should interact with ourselves and the world around us. How can these guidelines help in our live? Why are these old rules for life so important in our modern world? How does the practice of the Yamas and Niyamas shape our meditation practice and personal growth?

  • Yamas – the rules for interacting with the world

  • Niyamas – the rules for living with yourself

  • Real life application

  • The plasticity of our brain, behaviour and spirit

  • Sankalpa

  • The Yugas and their time

  • Kali Yuga and Prophecies for our time

  • Practice Meditation with Sankalpa


This Workshop is designed for everyone who want to deepen their practice and give their spiritual development a bright direction. It is for beginners and for advanced practitioners alike. The basics are the advanced practices when you really do them.


´Elli Ji has trained individuals from diverse backgrounds and with varying needs in Nepal, India, and Europe. Her qualifications include an MSc in Human Biology, Yoga Teacher Education, as well as training in TCM, Hypnosis, Reiki, and Meditation. In-depth immersion into Yoga Nidra and Pranayama has found the way into and influence the teaching of the applied techniques and trainings. With a comprehensive background she teaches the physiological, neuronal, and hormonal pathways, as well as the spiritual aspects that result from Yogic practices. She integrates the neurological and physiological effects of Yogic techniques, providing detailed insights for a holistic understanding to ignite a development towards holistic health and inner fulfillment.

Meet Elli Ji: Experienced Pranayama Guide with a Holistic Approach  Elli Ji is a highly skilled and experienced instructor who has been guiding Pranayama courses for several years. With a profound understanding of human biology, extensive Yoga training, and additional education in TCM, Hypnosis, Reiki, and Yoga Nidra, Elli Ji combines the best of western science and eastern spirituality to provide comprehensive guidance.  Having worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds and needs across Nepal, India, and Europe, Elli Ji has honed her teaching and diagnostic skills. Her expertise extends beyond theoretical knowledge, as she has personally experienced the transformative power of Yoga and Pranayama in overcoming chronic ailments. Drawing on her MSc in Human Biology and a 500hrs YTTC certification, she elucidates the physiological, neuronal, and hormonal pathways that underlie the effects of yogic practices.
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