By Sean O’Donnell
In the 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat, Sahajananda explains that integrating spirituality into daily life is not the proper objective of a dedicated aspirant. To quote the Hridaya Yoga Vision:
“We are not looking to bring spirituality into our daily life. That would mean that spirituality is just an annex, a plug-in, and daily life is what really matters. Instead, we reintegrate daily life into spirituality. The ocean contains the waves, not vice versa.”
This spring, two special week-long workshops will explore Ayurveda, yoga therapy, and Tantra Yoga—ways to supplement the practice of yoga and meditation that support a more holistic integration of the teachings. Hridaya is offering these workshops in partnership with our sister school, Agama Yoga.
Hridaya Yoga and Agama Yoga
The roots of Hridaya Yoga and Agama Yoga are very much intertwined. At the beginning of his yogic journey, our founder Sahajananda formed a deep spiritual friendship with the founder of Agama Yoga, Swami Vivekananda Saraswati—in fact, Swami was Sahaja’s first yoga teacher. For several years, they studied and practiced together at MISA, a Romanian yoga school. Eventually, both perceived the limitations of the culture and leadership at MISA and decided to part ways with the school.
Swami established himself as a teacher in India before founding Agama Yoga in Koh Phangan, Thailand. When Sahaja decided to leave MISA, Swami invited him to begin offering silent meditation retreats at Agama. Sahaja delightedly began sharing the wisdom of Ramana Maharshi’s teachings and the power of Self-Enquiry with Agama’s international group of students. Sahaja served as one of the senior teachers at Agama for several years before there was an impetus to create an independent base for Hridaya Yoga. In 2012, a home was found in Mexico, but Sahaja still returns to Thailand each year to share the teachings of the Heart in a 10-day retreat at Agama. Join him there May 13-22, 2018.
Sahaja and Swami remain dear friends. Their mutual affection is mirrored in the relationship between Hridaya and Agama, and to this day each school extends a substantial discount on their foundational yoga course to graduates of the other school’s course. Click here to read more about this offer and the history of the two schools.
Touching Daily Life with Ayurveda and Tantra
This May, Hridaya is blessed to offer two 6-day workshops that guide students in practical ways to align daily life with spirituality. These offerings will be presented by two guest teachers from our sister school―Dr. Mihaiela Pentiuc (Ananda Maha) and Anneke Louise.
Ananda Maha, affectionately known as Maha, is one of Agama’s most senior and most beloved teachers. A doctor with over 25 years’ experience, she combines conventional Western medicine with alternative healing methods. A devoted yogini, she has direct experience of the Truth beyond what medical textbooks may avow.
Anneke Louise has completed both the Agama and Hridaya Teacher Training Courses and is a shining example of how profound it can be to imbue daily life with the wisdom of Ayurveda, yoga therapy, and Tantra.
These two inspiring teachers are teaming up in Mazunte to offer The Science of Tantra (May 10-15) and Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy (May 19-24). These very exclusive teachings are rarely offered in this hemisphere. Both workshops are offered at a reduced rate to make them accessible to all those who feel called to participate and to further honor the relationship between Agama and Hridaya. Register by March 1st to take advantage of our $20 early bird discount!
We hope to see you soon. If you have any questions about either workshop, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sean is a Hridaya Yoga student and a frequent contributor to our blog. You can read all of his posts here.