• Vanessa Hylande

Yoga Teacher Training Vienna

Updated: May 15

Whether you're already living in Vienna or considering a visit, the beautiful "city of music" is a fantastic place for a yoga teacher training. Because of its central location in Europe, Vienna sits at the crossroads of civilizations. Although distinctly Austrian, Vienna is multi-cultural and international by nature.

You will discover people from all over the world, which gives the city a richness and vibrancy. It is clean, beautiful and very safe. And you will never run out of museums, concerts and restaurants to visit.

But Vienna also boasts great yoga studios with a wide selection of Yoga Alliance certified teacher trainings and yoga classes. So, whether you're looking for a RYT 200 or RYT 300 certification, or simply a great yoga class, it is definitely worth considering Vienna for your yoga experience.

Is a Yoga Teacher Training Right for Me?

Believe it or not, a lot of people sign up for yoga teacher trainings even if they don't have any intention of becoming a yoga teacher. Why? Because a teacher training will give you much more in-depth knowledge and experience than a class ever can.

As they say, if you really want to understand, you should teach. And if you really want to teach, you need to understand.

Even if you don't have any previous yoga experience, you can still benefit from a yoga teacher training. Any certified training will cover the fundamentals of techniques, training and practice. It will also explore basic anatomy and physiology, yogic philosophy and the core principles of teaching yoga from a pedagogic perspective.

And in order to cover all of that, you have to start from the beginning. So, you don't need to be an advanced yogi to benefit from a yoga teacher training. In fact, it might just be the best place to start.

What Makes the Best Yoga Teacher Training?

So, you're ready to invest in your future by enrolling in a yoga teacher training, but how do you find the best one? There are lots of factors that go into choosing the perfect yoga teacher training. From quality and price to location and scheduling, it needs to be a good fit for your unique life.

We all have different needs and goals, so when you are ready to invest your time, energy and money, you want to be sure that you are going to get the most out of your experience. So, what makes the yoga teacher training at Matsya Yoga so special, and why is it a good choice for you?

Matsya Yoga's Head Teacher

One of the most important elements of any yoga teacher training is - you guessed it - your teacher. Clemens Biedrawa is the master yoga teacher at Matsya Yoga. He learned Kundalini Yoga from the lineage of Dhirendra Brahmachari in Europe and Swami Stayananda in India. He completed a master RYT 500 hr degree in Hatha and Kundalini Yoga from Swami Vidyanand and Yogacharia Sanjeev Pandey.

Clemens is fluent in both English and German and adapts the class to his students. So, whether you want to practice your German or follow along in English, Clemens will always make sure that you understand.

As a teacher, Clemens offers individualized instruction and has enough experience to adapt the class to his students. Whether you are advanced or a beginner, the classes can be enjoyed by all levels.

Clemens is also a philosopher and a musician, and will take you on a journey of both. At Matsya Yoga, your yoga journey won't just be a series of asanas, or poses. You will really explore the foundations of yoga as a way of life, and learn how to implement its lessons in your daily life for a happier and brighter you!

The Matsya Yoga Teacher Training Program

If you've decided to enroll in a yoga teacher training in Vienna, then look no further than Matsya Yoga. The instruction is of a very high quality that will provide you with a depth of understanding that is unmatched in Vienna. You will dive deep into the philosophy and history of yoga, not just practice the asanas (postures).

Clemens is the author of the books "Light on Kundalini Yoga" and "Kriyas and Classes in Kundalini Yoga" available on Amazon. Both offer a throrough account of the practice of yoga, its history and its traditions.

Your teacher training will regularly be supplemented with live music, breathing exercises and mantras as well. This makes for a wholly spiritual experience.

"The later tantras identify Kuṇḍalinī as the goddess that sleeps in the form of the syllable AIM as the principle of the individual soul. The Kubjikā-Manta-Tantra states that ‘all letters are fused together and have merged into the principle of the individual soul’. She is the energy of the soul. In her uncoiled form she is all the syllables (sounds, energies) and is thus the goddess of speech. Allbījas are her body, all mantras are her prayer. Since all emerged from nāda, the primal sound, she is the source of all the universe and everything that is manifested (prakṛti). She guides the way to one’s inner nature because she is that very nature, and in doing so she liberates from illusion. There are so many words for she who cannot be grasped by one’s own mind. She is beautiful and unlimited and therefore terrible for the limited, she is ‘mind beyond mind (manonmanī) whose form is light’."

-Clemens Biedrawa, "Light on Kundalini Yoga"

Additionally, in Matsya Yoga's teacher training, you will also benefit from group discussions that flow with the interest of the group, opportunities to teach your own classes and take class from other students and teachers.

Matsya Yoga also provides its students with beautifully illustrated asana guides and sacred texts. You will walk away with a thorough set of publications to keep and refer to any time. The drawings, which were hand drawn by Clemens himself, are renderings of actual students and teachers dperforming the asanas. So, you will always have these beautiful, anatomically realistic drawings to refer to should you ever need to refresh your knowledge of the asanas.

Matsya Yoga Location

Matsya Yoga is located in beautiful Josefstadt, in central Vienna. It is situated right by the historic Rathaus and just a short walk from the Volksgarten.

The Volksgarten public park blooms vibrantly with roses and shade giving trees throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall. You can enjoy your lunch there or relax in the sun. Or simply take a nice stroll to clear your mind and nourish your spirit.

However you decide to enjoy it, the best attractions are only a short walk away, and you'll have plenty to explore in your spare time.

Matsya Yoga Studio

Matsya Yoga is a beautiful and intimate studio, and also boasts an apartment for students of the yoga teacher training. There you have your own kitchen, washer/dryer, and are situated in the middle of one of the hippest neighborhoods of Vienna.

There are lots of cafes and restaurants right next door. Cafe Merkur offers wonderful vegetarian and vegan dishes and is a perfect place to grab breakfast or lunch throughout your yoga teacher training or after class.

Additionally, if you feel like being more adventurous during break, public transportation is easily accessible. From subway, to street car, to busses and more, you'll never have a problem getting around safely. Whether you want to take a day trip to the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace or check out one of the many swimming places, you can easily get anywhere you want to go!

Scheduling Your Yoga Teacher Training

One of the special features of the Matsya Yoga teacher training program is that it offers flexible scheduling. You can take the course in its standard full-time, four-week format, or you can spread the training out over several months. Whether you are working at the same time or studying in school, Clemens will work with your individual schedule to accommodate your needs. This kind if flexibility is a rare find for yoga teacher trainings!

Plus, Matsya Yoga offers teacher trainings year round, you you don't have to wait for that retreat or special time of year. Whatever your schedule is, you will be able to find a program that meets your needs.

Matsya Yoga Qualifications

Matsya Yoga is Yoga Alliance RYS certified school, which means your teacher training certificate will be recognized all over the world.

"The Yoga Alliance RYS credentials are globally recognized and represent high quality, safe, accessible, and equitable yoga teaching in communities around the world. Graduates of your RYS will be invited to join Yoga Alliance themselves as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT™s)."

You can be sure that you will be receiving the highest quality yoga education and training when you sign up for the Matsya Yoga Kundalini Yoga teacher training program.

Benefits of Receiving an RYS 200 Certification

So, what can a Yoga Alliance RYS 200hr certificate do for you? First, you will be qualified to

teach all over the world. Whether you want that to be in Europe, Thailand or Mexico, you will have the qualifications you need to join or build any yoga community.

Second, you will be eligible to benefit from Yoga Alliance's liability insurance

and you will have access to the entire yoga alliance online community. From your personal teacher profile to advertising your courses, there are a lot of features that you will be able to take advantage of.

So, what are you waiting for? If you're looking for yoga classes near me and Vienna is a possible destination for you, come on over to 1080 Wien and try our some of the offerings. You won't be disappointed!

If you have any questions, reach out to Matsya Yoga today, and begin your beautiful yoga journey in the timeless city of Vienna.


Yogaś citta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ

Pātañjalayogasūtra, (1:2)

In all its forms, yoga is the answer to humankind’s fundamental questions. The West sought answers in science, while the East turned to spirituality.

What and why am I? Why is there a reality? What is its meaning? What is its nature? Who is the individual within it?

The West examined matter and measured it. The East contemplated experience and explored it. Yoga is a phenomenological science that concerns itself with the phenomenon of experience. Measurable reality is subordinate to internal experience. This approach is valid if one considers that all reality must first pass through the experience before it can become meaningful.

The yogas are an investigation into one’s own nature and that of the existence that lies within. Furthermore, they offer a path from which to realise one’s true nature beyond the phenomena of transitory experience.

Yājñavalkya defnes yoga as the union of the individual self with the supreme soul. Patañjali describes it as the stilling of the patterns of consciousness. Abhinava Gupta defines it as the realisation of one’s eternal nature. All of these defnitions are correct and useful – the only differences being in the method of practice rather than the final goal. Yājñavalkya offers us the science of kuṇḍalinī as a means to elevate the individual soul. Patañjali teaches us purifcation of mind to reach final stillness, and Abhinava Gupta offers us tantra as a way to connect with the heart of all, and realise one’s own true and ever-expanded being. In all of its definitions and forms, yoga is an investigation of one’s eternal being. Yet it transcends even that, for it is the science of how to reach this being, which is your essential nature. It is an invaluable gift for mankind.

-Clemens Biedrawa "Light on Kundalini Yoga"

"Yoga is defined as the unification of the many pairs of opposites, such as the unification of in-breath and out-breath, so also in one’s blood and one’s semen, the unification of the sun and the moon, or the individual soul with the supreme soul.

Yoga-bija (88–90ab)"

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