By Antoaneta Gotea “If a man prays to Thee with a yearning heart, he can reach Thee, through Thy grace, by any path.” –Ramakrishna THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ALTARS The English word “altar” comes from the Latin altare or altarium, which stem from the root altus (“high”). Altare referred to an elevated place or structure, such […]

the Language Of Beauty

By Sahajananda The Greek Cynic philosopher Diogenes used to carry a lantern in broad daylight, looking for an honest man. He did this not because he was weird or an odd character, but, essentially, because he was lonely. It was a subtle invitation to see in a different way–in the light of awareness, of beauty… […]

dance samsara

By Beata Kucienska   There is a moment in life when you see the futility of all your efforts, ambitions, goals… a moment of crisis that is the beginning of a deep journey inside. In such a moment, you might find a spiritual school, like Hridaya Yoga, and realize that life itself is a journey […]


By Natasha Friedman What is beauty? What makes something beautiful? Is it nice colors, elegant shapes or symmetry? Or is there something more? What does it mean when you look up at a night sky full of stars and something twists inside your chest, like a memory of something so important but you can’t put […]

Shavasana asana

By Natasha Friedman It’s the most simple asana in yoga. It doesn’t look like much, you don’t have to do much to get into it, but it does a lot. I’m talking about shavasana, the “corpse pose,” the position for deep relaxation. It’s easy to perform. Lie down on your back, palms facing up and […]


By Beata Kucienska After the ashram of the great Hindu sage Ramana Maharshi was moved from a wild place on Arunachala hill down to Sri Ramanasramam, his monkey friends came to visit him and complain about his absence. Ramana comforted the crying monkey king: “Grandpa. What to do? I have been retained here. I could […]

Sharing the Love

By Sunny Rucker Hridaya Yoga has been based in Mazunte, Mexico since 2012. It’s so beautiful here—the stunning land, the breathtaking sea, and the warm people. As we have gone deeper in the Heart, we have felt the longing for a more profound connection to everything around us. This yearning has led us to become […]

Yoga and Ayurveda Dosha

By Natasha Friedman

 No two people are the same. So, no two yoga practices should be the same either! There are a thousand and one factors that influence what your yoga practice might look like. Your experience, aspiration, amount of time and energy, specific interests and preferences, physical strengths and limitations, on and on… As […]

karma yoga

“Life is a gift granted to us and we deserve it when we share ourselves.” –Rabindranath Tagore Introduction Karma Yoga is the yoga of action done with awareness, detachment, and Love. Karma means “action,” which we all perform, consciously or unconsciously. When we add Yoga to the word, it means an action performed with meditative […]

Science and spirituality

By Sean O’Donnell Last week, we looked at how energy is perceived in both science and spirituality. This week, we continue the discussion by touching a broad array of topics. Science and spirituality are both ultimately born of the same impulse: questioning. A search for knowledge. A search for truth. At times, a large disconnect […]

science and spirituality

By Sean O’Donnell Something that people have consistently asked me since I changed careers (more accurately, dropped my traditional concept of a career) and started frequenting permaculture gardens, farmers’ markets, and yoga communities is “Do you ever plan to use your degree again?” Now, that is a loaded question. Every time, without hesitation, my answer […]

nature as a guru

By Sean O’Donnell You meet many people along the spiritual path. Often, you cycle through looking up to different figures for inspiration and knowledge as you develop a deeper understanding of the world. In Sanskrit, a guru is a “teacher, guide, expert, or master” of a certain discipline or area of knowledge. You may look […]

Mazunte safety

By Sean O’Donnell The Hridaya Yoga Center in Mazunte is set in a really beautiful environment, where tranquility and intensity are seemingly engaged in a neverending dance. While you can enjoy witnessing the rise and fall of these energies, you may also savor interacting with and connecting to the sea of samsara by answering the […]

Ohsawa Diet hridaya

By Sean O’Donnell I’ll admit that when I first heard of Ohsawa diets, I thought that “Ohsawa” was a Sanskrit word or referred to an ancient, revered yogi. It took me a while to acquaint myself with its real namesake―George Ohsawa, the founder of macrobiotics. George Ohsawa was a Japanese man who spent most of […]