Namaste, Welcome to Avigal Yoga Center

Under the direction of Kripalu certified yoga instructor Dana Ruch, Avigal Yoga Center, opened in 2002, is dedicated to the teaching of yoga and hosting related workshops and events. The tranquil sunlit studio with private garden, in which classes are held, is located in the picturesque Swiss Riviera village of La Tour-de-Peilz between Vevey and Montreux.

Through the practice of hatha yoga, and structured or freeform movement, we explore and awaken the vitality and consciousness of our bodies, minds and hearts and find trust to express our essential nature – energy in motion. In classes, we implement gentle warm-ups (pratipana), adapted movements for the spine and joints, postures (asana), movement exploration, dance, breath awareness and exercises (pranayama), relaxation, mantra, and meditation. Class structure varies, depending on theme.

Yoga addresses all people cultivating conscious, sincere, and healthful living. Weekly classes are offered for all level yoga practitioners, teens, seniors, and also adapted for expecting mothers. Groups are limited to 12 participants per class.

Kripalu Yoga is an experiential process of non-judgemental witnessing, self investigation and discovery based on the physical, energetic and spiritual practices in the Hatha and Tantra lineage of Yoga. HA – THA, the sun and the moon – nature’s dance of life – joining of the vital polarities – active and receptive – yin/yang – expand and absorb. TANTRA- woven into the entire scheme of life; (that) which moves us beyond all limitations and boundries, leading us to a life free from fear, opening us to a life full of joy.

According to the ancient scriptures of India, the realization of yoga is the union of the individual consciousness with the One. The One may be called God, Goddess, supreme consciousness, the universe, the eternal, nature, energy, Life, the source, the divine, the creator, Father, Mother, and so on. Every language and culture can express with words and symbols a myriad of facets of the One. But if One is always one, then by no means can the individual not be part of the One. This realization is however, beyond words and thoughts, beyond beliefs and rationality. It is a surrender to the presence of life and how it moves within and around us.

Our yoga practice invites us to open our awareness. To explore, trust and embody the continuous and creative flow of life in all its expressions.
This is the vision of Avigal.

If you are looking for a center in which to study yoga in a non-judgemental and non-competitive, environment in La Tour-de-Peilz, Vevey, Montreux region, or if you are interested in hosting a special event or workshop at the studio, we look forward to hearing from you!
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Class Info & Schedule

The classes (90 mins) are considered moderately paced - accessable to beginners or more experienced yoga practitioners. Group level may vary, according to participation. The first trial class is free. Registration is required.
Private instruction is possible upon request. You may also inquire about yoga in schools and at the work place.


There are 3 trimesters adapted to fit the school year.
Winter: beginning of January until Easter Break.
Spring: mid April of until the beginning of July.
Fall: from the end of August until mid December.

There are no regular classes during school and official holidays, but additional classes (by the lake side) and workshops may be given at these times. Check the site for weekend workshops given by Dana or other invited guests, or sign up for the newsletter to keep informed.

Price is based on the number of classes in each trimester session. Missed classes may be replaced in the same trimester. Fees are payable at the beginning of each trimester.


1 weekly class

CHF24per class
  • regular trimester registration

2 weekly classes

CHF20per class
  • regular trimester registration

Cours à la carte

CHF30per cours
  • drop-in rate

5 class card

  • valid for 1 trimestre

It’s back to class at Avigal Yoga Center on Monday 26 of August.

Looking to open new classes Chair Yoga for seniors and mobility reduced practitioners, on Mondays or Wednesdays at 16h-17h15, and “YogADOS” (13-17 years) with minimum 4 participants.

Introduction to Yoga: Saturday 7 September 9h-11h15

Please reserve your space and confirm your participation in all classes and workshops.

I may be out and about (on vacation and retreat), but will reply to your inquiries as soon as possible.


11:50 – 13:15 Noon yoga, balance and revive
*18:00 – 19:15 Slow Attitude, beginner
19h30 – 21:00 all levels to intermediate
9:00 – 10:30 all levels
*17:00 – 18:15 Yoga Basics, beginner
18:30 – 20:00 all levels
20:10 – 21h30 open space for privates or workshops
9:00 –10:30 all levels to intermediate
12:15 –13:30 Noon yoga, balance and revive
17:30 – 19:00 all levels
19:15 – 20:45 all levels
9:00 – 10:30 all levels

The yoga studio is located in the center of La Tour-de-Peilz, between Montreux and Vevey, on the beautiful Swiss Riviera, and just a minute’s walk from the Lake Leman. The simple layout of Studio Avigal breathes an atmosphere of friendliness, ease and discretion. The studio space is unencumbered and full of light – perfect for yoga practice ! Classes and weekend workshops offered for beginner or more advanced students, expecting mothers (prénatal) and for children.

You can easily walk or cycle to Studio Avigal, take the bus or park in the many blue and red zones in town as well as the abundant paid parking. However, you will not be bothered by noise of cars and traffic. The studio opens to a private terraced garden, where you can hear the call of birds in the spring and enjoy outdoor breaks during workshops.

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Workshops & Events

Saturday Septembre 7, 9 - 11:15 am

Through simple movements, posture sequencing and breath, Hatha Yoga, lightens, and cleanses us of stress, fatigue and enables us to awaken the subtle energies, which in turn circulate more freely. When the body and mind are cleared of heaviness, centered, and relaxed, we can then fully invest our hearts and minds in the the art of conscious living, infusing this goodness into our daily activities.

CHF 40 adults / CHF 70 couples / CHF 30 reduced for students, unemployed
Information and registration Dana Ruch, 078/878 71 58 ou contact page on site.

Rent Studio Avigal for Your Event or Workshop

Studio Avigal provides a pleasant and discreet environment adapted for yoga practice and other developmental living arts and personal exploration techniques.

Studio Avigal is for rent “a la carte” for weekly classes, or for weekend workshops and seminars. There is a kitchenette and bathroom facility ajoining the studio space. 55 square meters of open room to accommodate private sessions or groups up to 25 people.

There are 22 yoga mats, some blankets and pillows, as well as 20 regular chairs and 15 backjack chairs. (There is a small stock of backjack chairs for sale fr.62,- per chair.) Shops, restaurants, carry-outs, bakeries, grocery stores (Migros and COOP with cafeteria), the train station, and the post office are just steps away.

For more information and inquiries about renting Studio Avigal please contact Dana Ruch.


Yoga, a Living Tradition

Why Yoga ?

Yoga means to join, to unite, to reconcile. In yoga practice we gather and focus our physical and mental forces creating, like rays of the sun, light, joy, energy, power.

Through the practice of yoga we uncover our attitudes and beliefs about our lives and our connection to our vital source. Hatha yoga techniques serve to focus the mind on the breath and subtle body sensations. Correct practice (sadhana) enables us to calm the chattering voices and impressions, the doubts and projections which fog a clear perception of our true nature- energy in motion. When the mind is still, we are receptive to reality – to the ever unfolding dimensions of our »selves » and the entire universe in which we live. Our perception and awareness expand to comprehend the all inclusive energy of life. All part of the One. Yoga invites us to resource, balance, and celebrate this energy.

“And me ?” u say… but,

I’ve got a demanding job, never-ending bills to pay, kids to care for and a blessed partner (or not) to accompany my days and nights. All this challenges my personal limits and takes so much time and energy. Yes, this is exactly why we practice yoga ! Our systems are overloaded. No time for joy in just breathing and marveling in the sensations of being alive. We feel many aches and pains, physical and emotional, and we tend to get stuck in mind patterns and behaviors which do not nourish truth and abundance.

Yoga gets us back in touch with the simple pleasures of life by activating our vital forces – deeply filling our lungs with breath, mobilizing stiff joints, detoxifying the organs, and strengthening the nervous system, while gently stretching and toning the muscular system. The spine and back are relieved from chronic tension and come to alignment, the digestive tract is cleared. The hormonal system, our basic feedback and adaptation system, is relaxed and naturally shifted into balance.


About Dana

Certified professional-level yoga teacher from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health(since 2000) and former dancer/choreographer with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland, USA, Dana creatively shares the richness of experiencial learning and the power of expression through movement, stillness, and breath – the primordial rythms of life. Dana transmits the ageless wisdom of yoga based on the universal principles for human and spritual growth, self-observation and conscious living.

As owner of Studio Avigal, Dana takes yoga into the community, facilitating people of all ages and in many situations- weekly classes for groups and individuals, seminars and workshops, in day camps, and retreat centers. She brings the benifits of yoga and healthy living to both students and teachers in the public school environment and also specialises in prenatal yoga.

Dana’s movement backround and over 25 years of teaching experience have enabled her to develop a keen sense of the learning process and of group dynamics. Her approach and methods create a pleasurable and safe environment for progressive learning, sharing and integration. Dana is most comfortable conversing in both French and English.

In her own words...

“I have been blesssd by meeting and practicing with yoga masters of all sorts !

Patrick Torre (Institut les Arts de la Voix) transmits the art of of sacred sound, mantra and harmoniques. A practice of surrender into meditation and the adventure of spiritual growth.

Martine LeChenic, close disciple and friend of Sri BKS Iyengar. Her teachings reflect an intensely profound understanding of the human body and how energy circulates.

Eric Baret who shares the practice and teachings of Cashmerian Tantra yoga, as transmitted by Jean Klein. The simplicity and depth of his teachings resonate with my personal expression of yoga practice on and off the mat.

Sri Venudas, yogi and singer of classical Indian music from Kerala India, now living in Paris.

Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga, an enthusiastic master and teacher of the power of hatha yoga, mantra and kriya according to the tantra lineage.

As the human experience is my passion, I continue to explore and learn through readings, workshops and seminars, in other domains of interest such as nutrition, ayurveda, energetic healing, massage and interpersonal communication.

A special thanks to my mom, Hillary Blackton, yoga teacher for over 30 years at her home studio, Divine Life Yoga. Mom most certainly paved the way for me as a spiritual seeker (and finder) in the divine quest for unconditional love.”