In considering whether or not to enroll in the Hridaya Teacher Training Course, let it be emphasized that there is an extensive quantity of advanced yogic material condensed into a 12-week, 500+ hour training course.
Please do not underestimate the mental and physical demands which will be placed on participants. We ask that you seriously evaluate your levels of physical, psychological, and spiritual maturity before enrolling in this course.
The Hridaya TTC is structured with the best intentions toward helping students to dedicate themselves to a meditative life and to becoming mature meditation and hatha yoga teachers. Therefore, extensive consideration has been put into the schedule and methodology presented.
Please read the following statements. By checking the signature box on the application form, an applicant signifies that he or she has read, understood, and agreed to accept the terms set forth.
Hridaya Teacher Training Course Terms of Agreement
Determination and Communication
I commit to do my best to participate according to the course structure. If I have specific personal needs, yogic or otherwise, I will discuss them with an HTTC Administrator.
By virtue of being an intensive program, the HTTC may raise personal issues or shortcomings. The program is meant to encourage personal growth and, therefore, may impel considerable changes in attitude. For these reasons, the HTTC can be challenging and demanding. I accept responsibility for all aspects of my behavior during this program.
Adherence to punctuality is one of the primary factors in the success of the HTTC. I accept responsibility for being on time to all program sessions.
There will be many opportunities for practice, study, and other activities at the school. I accept responsibility for managing my time, diet, and personal relationships in ways which support my full participation and attendance in the HTTC.
According to the Hridaya system, it is necessary to maintain a level of cleanliness and purity in combination with meditation and hatha yoga practice in order to ensure the safety and effectiveness of spiritual practices.
I agree to accept that, for the duration of the HTTC, any and all use of tobacco and other illicit substances is expressly forbidden and can prove to be grounds for immediate expulsion from the course. Moreover, I understand that Sahajananda reserves the right to suspend a teacher at any moment in time, should we learn about the non-compliance with this essential rule for a Hridaya Yoga teacher.
Hridaya Yoga students come from a variety of countries and backgrounds. In order to create a supportive environment, I assume responsibility for maintaining an attitude of respect toward my colleagues in the course. If any interpersonal difficulties or conflicts arise, I pledge to seek the advice of the HTTC teachers and administrators.
Openness and Discernment
Hridaya Yoga offers spiritual teachings, outside the parameters of any one specific religion. The HTTC raises issues that are metaphysical in nature, concepts and theories that may challenge my personal belief system. I agree to keep an open mind, and to exercise common sense, discernment, and a balanced attitude in order to fully appreciate the teachings offered.