The following Criteria for Certification must be met by all students wishing to become Hridaya Meditation and Hatha Yoga teachers.
If during the Hridaya Teacher Training Course (HTTC), any staff member becomes aware of a breach of these criteria they will notify the HTTC Administration. We will investigate and address the matter promptly, in a case-appropriate manner.
We reserve the right to deny certification to any student who does not fulfill course obligations or who does not meet HTTC standards, as detailed below. Teachers’ and practicum supervisors’ knowledge of a student’s performance, participation, and aspiration will also greatly determine the successful completion of the course.
If certification is withheld, the decision to grant the student permission to retake the course will be at Sahajananda’s sole and final discretion.
No Use of Drugs, Alcohol, or Cigarettes
Abstinence from recreational drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes is required. Students attempting to quit smoking may have a grace period for the first 30 days of the course.
Full participation is required. This is defined as participation in all facets of each scheduled session: theoretical presentations, asana practices, meditations, interviews, practicums, retreats, etc.
Attendance of at least 90% of all classes is necessary to pass the HTTC. This allows for any unexpected sick days, emergencies, or logistical days (i.e., visa runs). Students are to contact the HTTC Coordinator before missing any class. It is the student’s responsibility to make up any material missed during excused absences. Please note that a late arrival of 20 minutes or more is considered an absence.
Students who don’t meet the attendance minimum will not receive teaching certificates. If the excessive absence is due to a legitimate reason (illness, medical emergency, etc.), they may enroll in a future HTTC for 25% of the tuition fee.
When participating in a future course, the student must attend all classes and pass all exams (with the same margin of absenteeism noted above) to earn the certificate. If the student again fails to meet the HTTC graduation requirements, they may apply to reattend the course, paying full tuition.
In addition to the attendance requirement, students must pass 3 written exams to complete the course successfully. Exams include a combination of multiple-choice and essay questions derived from lectures and supplemental course materials. A passing grade on all exams is 80%. If less than 80% is received, the test will be retaken (except for the final exam). The final exam also includes a Hatha Yoga test.
Successful completion of all practicum teaching assignments is required. Presentations will demonstrate the student’s ability to teach Hridaya Meditation and Hatha Yoga. This capacity includes a good command of the scripted mnemonics as well as the theoretical absorption of the teachings, as demonstrated by the proper presentation of course material, correct answers to student questions, etc.
Professional and Ethical Behavior
After certification, Hridaya Meditation and Yoga teachers are expected to adhere to certain standards. These will be fully described in the Spiritual Code that students must sign at the end of the course.
If there is a professional or ethical complaint against a Hridaya teacher, an inquiry will be made. If we find a legitimate basis for the complaint, it could result in the suspension of the teacher or limitations placed on the teacher’s use of the name “Hridaya.”
Use of the Name “Hridaya”
Upon graduation, we encourage HTTC participants to teach Hridaya Yoga. The name “Hridaya” should be honored by the behavior and competence of the teacher.