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Yoga & Meditation
Hi, I´m Ben. I would like to share with you Yoga, Meditation ... and Theater.
Today there are many forms of Yoga. I try to offer a mix of Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, as well as QiGong and fascial training. The aim of my classes is a stabile body and a clear mind.
I practice the Meditation form of Zen Buddhism, also called Zazen. It has a tradition of around 1500 years. Recently there are studies of the Harvard University about its positive effects.
What I offer
Summers (April-October) I offer Yogaholidays, Workshops, Yoga on the beach and Private Yoga classes in various European countries. My Yoga-tour goes usually through Germany, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Portugal, France and Switzerland. I work for Five-Star-Hotels and internationally known Yoga-Centers.
Winters (November-April) I lead classes of Yoga and Zen Meditation, Workshops, Yogaholidays, also longer sitting periods like Zazenkai. Usually I´m in the south of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
I publish prose & poetry since early youth and founded the European Literaturefestival Lit.EU. An adaptation of one of my novels is played since 2021 on various stages, in Swiss, German, Croatian and Belgian theaters. As a studied philosopher I offer public philosophical talks.
How I teach
Every class is different, every day new. I teach Yoga for beginners, intermediate and experienced; some of my classes include all levels (like at Yogaholidays). I do not push my students and try to find a harmony between strength and relaxation.
I teach a mixture of Hatha Yoga, VinyasaFlow and Yin Yoga, with influences of QiGong. Also I try to involve other forms of movement, like Fascial Training.
The aim of my classes is to promote a stabile body and a clear mind.
From whom I learned
I´m thankful that I have met great teachers on my journey who helped me to open my heart and bring more strength into my body. I learnt from unknown teachers and well-known teachers. Both have helped me in many ways.
I am certified by the American Yoga Alliance (500RYT) and practice Yoga and Zen Meditation since 2007. Two times a year I visit a monastery or Zen Center to practice at a Sesshin. My teachers include Paul Haller (USA) and Shodo Harada Roshi (Japan).
I constantly strive to develop by participating in workshops. Recently I attended a fascial training workshop, delivered by Dr. Schleip (GER), and a Tula massage workshop, by Luka Leppard (UK). In 2016 I attended workshops of Contact Improvisation, by Christina Klissiouini (GR), and a 5 day intensive workshop, by Martin Keogh (USA). - In 2017 I joined a silence retreat, 5 days long, with Paul Haller (USA).
Since 2007 I hold a Masters degree in Philosophy and History.
Still I´m learning and try to share my experiences with others. I´m happy that I brought my classes to different countries, such as Costa Rica, Germany, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland and Croatia.
V o i c e s
"My wife and I really enjoyed the Yogaclasses with Ben."
(Peter Simonischek, European film price for ´Toni Erdmann`)
(Noa / Achinoam Nini, Israelian singer)
"During our fantastic week at Hotel Miramar, Opatija, we relaxed, tense and ´everything` with a smile as our fantastic yoga teacher Ben has shown. It was an incredible experience for body, mind and soul.
(Jacqueline and Dragan Tuka, 52/ 59, Switzerland)
"Ben´s voice in the Yogaclasses is very calm and pleasant. It reminds me of the voice of Jon Kabat-Zinn."
(Nina, 35, Sweden).
"The yin yoga and meditation workshop with Ben was relaxing and pleasantly well-guided. I not only learned a more relaxed form of yoga with new positions but also extended my practice to a more still and observative experience letting the body sink into these positions. Bens guidance was helpful as he invited and walked us through into this stillness yoga and meditation. Gladly again!"
(Tabata, 26, Mexico)
"Ben taught Yoga classes for us in June and July 2017, the feedback was very good from all who attended his Yoga and Meditation classes; he has a calm & gentle presence and was easy to work with too and worked well with all our staff team." (Lucy Bremner, Sunflower Retreats (Casperia, Italy - Nominated as 1 of the 10 best Yoga Centers worldwide, by The Independent).
«Ben Rakidzija exudes an inner calm that is contagious. Our guests were thrilled with his yoga classes! »
(Jenny Hunkeler, General Manager, KULM HOTEL St.Moritz*****S, Switzerland).
"The feedback of all our guests and the reception was excellent. We are happy to have had him in our team and welcome Mr. Ben Rakidzija again next summer for further yoga classes."
(Urs Langenegger, General Manager, PARK HOTEL Vitznau*****, Switzerland).
"Our guests and myself were very satisfied with Mr. Rakidzijas Yoga classes. We hope to see him soon again!"
(Gisele Holleis, Director of Hotel SALZBURGER HOF *****S
(Zell am See, Austria)
"Mr. Rakidzija made the Yoga-classes in our hotel very good and the feedback of our clients was absolutely positive. We are happy having him again in 2018."
(Martina Riedl, Director of Hotel MIRAMAR ****S
(Adria Relax Resort in Opatija, Croatia)
"Ben taught in our hotel twice a day. His classes were on English and mostly for American and Canadian tourists. Ben would be a tremendous support for your hotel or studio and has my highest recommendations.”
(Ms. Nunez, Director of TISKITA JUNGLE LODGE (Punta Banco, Costa Rica)
For beginners, intermediate and the curious
... please click on the images ...
Yoga in Provence
> Coming in 2023 ...
Special locations to remember. Yogaholidays on Tour with ...
Sunflower Retreats, Casperia (Italy) ... Salzburger Hof, Zell am See (Austria) ... Literaturefestival Zürich liest`19 (Switzerland) ... Tiskita Jungle Lodge, Punta Banco (Costa Rica) ... Arosa Kulm Hotel, Arosa (Switzerland) ... The Alpina Gstaad (Switzerland) ... Hotel Lemongarden (Croatia) ...
For beginners, intermediate and experienced.
Various Workshops, in New York (U.S.)
Infos coming soon.
Zazenkai I-III, in Esslingen (Germany)
Three dates: Jan 19 + Feb 9 + Mar 22, 2022
Open for beginners, this course will guide you in three steps into the basics of Zen Meditation. At Zazenkai I we start with an introduction (Jan 19,10.30-13.00). Zazenkai II (Feb 9, 10.00-13.30) is a first longer sitting period; Zazenkai III (Mar 22, 10.00-17.00) is a day in silent meditation. Choose one of these days or join us on all three days. - Download the program here.
Location: Simply Yoga Studio, Esslingen.
Donation based (Dana). Open for max 15 participants.
To apply please send a message.
Books & Plays
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