Hridaya Yoga Newsletter
“The only happiness there is, is of the Self.”
Dear Hridaya Sangha,
We trust this finds you well and going ever deeper in Love and Awareness.
A Message from Sahajananda
At the beginning of 1948, Gandhi undertook his last fast in New Delhi, in order to persuade Hindus and Muslims in that city to come back to peace. And he succeeded…If this kind of behavior doesn’t seem completely crazy to you, if acting for the love of others makes sense and you believe in its redemptive potentialities, then honor such faith as a precious treasure of your heart. And know that you are never alone, because this hallmark brings us together. When expressed, this love-action becomes the highest form of karma yoga. True action is not in conflict with being, but an affirmation of it. Real work brings us back to the Center. Selfish action is a denial of the Heart, is a forgetfulness of what we are. The more externalized our actions, the more our thoughts, emotions, and dramas become incurable platitudes. They bring attainments but not awareness. They are poisonous because they dissolve the sense of eternity.
Love-action is in itself Self-Inquiry and its silent answer. The sweet madness of selflessness is the main power that changes paradigms and worlds… Trust in it!
In reverence for the universal Love that shines in you-me,
Happenings at the Hridaya Yoga Center
Our staff and volunteers have been working hard over the last few months to beautify and further develop our beloved Center in Mazunte, Mexico. One particularly fruitful project has been the construction of terraced gardens. We are now growing our own Indian spinach, sweet potatoes, pigeon peas, bananas, papayas, watermelons, mangos, grapefruit, noni, passion fruit, pineapples, and numerous herbs. The gardens help prevent erosion and give us ready access to delicious produce grown with love.
Although generally a quieter time of year, we find the Center is still quite busy this summer, as we continue to offer monthly 3- and 10-day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats, Module 1 Intensives, and Module 2. See the calendar for the complete schedule.
Ramana Village Project
The announcement of the new Hridaya residential project, Ramana Village, has caused an echo of excitement throughout the sangha. After two months of many enthusiastic emails, the project is now going into the next crucial phase, and a handful of Hridaya teachers and students are beginning to actively search for suitable properties in selected areas of Portugal. If you feel you can support the project at this stage or wish to contribute any ideas, please contact Kilian (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Synchronized Hridaya Meditations
This Sunday, 21 June, marks the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. The solstice is a time to honor the light of consciousness as the very expression of pure awareness, the embracing ocean of Oneness in which any personal expression, thought, or emotion appears as a tiny spot of color. It is also a good time to set intentions. So, we invite you to join us for two synchronized meditations in celebration of the pure light of consciousness, of which the sun is a symbol. We will meditate together as a sangha (from wherever we are in the world) from 11:00 am-12:00 pm Mazunte time (GMT -6) on both Sunday, 21 June and Sunday, 28 June. Those who would like to support the development of Ramana Village can help set the collective intention by sending blessings for the project from 11:45 am-12:00 pm on both 21 and 28 June. Starting on 21 June, you can also join us in a daily 5-minute meditation from 8:00-8:05 am (Mazunte time) to bless this spiritual project.
Help Spread the Message of the Heart
We are very pleased to share the news that the Hridaya Yoga Center was recently awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. We are grateful for those of you whose testimonials brought such recognition. If you would like to help us spread the teachings of the Spiritual Heart, please take a moment to leave reviews on our TripAdvisor and Google+ pages. You never know whose aspiration might be kindled by your words…
Module 1 Book now available for Kindle
As we mentioned in the last newsletter, the 380-page book of supplementary materials for the Hridaya Intensive Yoga Retreat: Module 1 course can be ordered on Amazon. We are pleased to announce that a Kindle version is now available for just $2.99 USD. With this very affordable price we hope that the fundamental teachings of yoga can reach an ever-wider audience of Truth seekers.
Module 4 Debut
Those who have been enjoying deepening their practice through participating in the Hridaya Yoga Modules will be pleased to know that the syllabus for Module 4 is confirmed and the course will debut in the 27 October course cycle.
As expected, our annual Hridaya Teacher Training Course is fully booked. We warmly welcome your inquiries about the course, but please note that as of now we can only offer spaces on the waiting list.
A charming spot located in Sanpetru (near Brasov), Romania, Kamala Meditation and Yoga Center had the distinction to host the very first Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat, in 2007. Run by long-term students and colleagues of Sahajananda, Simona, Liviu, Sebastian, and Veronica, Kamala has been operating since 1995. In addition to regular Hridaya Yoga classes, meditation practice sessions, silent meditation retreats, solitary retreats, and dark retreats, the center offers initiations in parapsychology, classes for seniors, lectures about a variety of spiritual themes, and guidance on many topics (natural therapies, astrology, parapsychology, spirituality, harmonizing male and female energies, etc.). They spread the teachings of Tantra through their workshops on the Dasha Maha Vidya (The Ten Great Wisdoms) and publish books on a range of fundamental yogic topics.
Beginning in September, the Kamala Center will offer their long-term Romanian students a 200-hour Hridaya Meditation and Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course, with the goal of helping more Hridaya teachers blossom in Romania and around the world.
The experienced team at Kamala welcomes you to visit them for an upcoming course. Liviu will offer a Chakra Sadhana workshop on 4 July, Sahajananda will present a 10-day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat 14-25 August, and Simona will offer an Initiation to Kamalatmika, one of the Ten Great Wisdoms, 19-20 September (email: email@example.com; www.kamala.ro).
Other International Offerings
Sahajananda’s summer tour continues 3-5 July with a 3-day Hridaya Meditation and Yoga Workshop in the Veluwe, Netherlands. Later in July, he will do retreats in Thailand and Portugal and finish his tour in August with a 10-day retreat in Romania. Check out all the details by visiting his calendar.
Antoaneta presented an inspiring series of Tantra workshops in the U.K. and is currently in Israel, where she will offer a 3-day Tara Retreat 25-27 June.
Claud is heading to Europe and will present Conscious Loving Tantra workshops 4-5 July in Berlin, Germany and 11-12 July in Comporta, Portugal (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kaivalya Yoga School has found a beautiful new home at the Mahadevi Ashram near stunning Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. They offer month-long Hridaya Intensives. Upcoming courses are 3-30 August, 8 September – 3 October, and 19 October – 15 November. They will also give an 8-day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat 7-16 October (www.yogaretreatguatemala.com).
Also on Lake Atitlán, The Hermitage will offer a 10-day Hridaya Community Retreat 21-30 August. Sahajananda and Antoaneta will join them on 6 September for their official Opening Day. (The Hermitage Guatemala; www.thehermitagegt.com).
Naz offers yoga retreats and teaches ongoing yoga classes in London and Milton Keynes, England (email: email@example.com; www.theheartcentreyoga.co.uk). Raluca teaches Hridaya Hatha Yoga and Meditation classes and gives weekend retreats in Brasov, Romania (email:firstname.lastname@example.org; www.santosha.ro).
In Switzerland, Esther teaches Hridaya Meditation and Hatha Yoga classes and workshops in Bern (www.kaliayoga.ch) and Ilaria is giving ongoing yoga and meditation classes in Ticino (www.centrofiamma.ch). Niamh offers weekly Hridaya Yoga and Meditation classes in Liverpool, England (www.hridayayoga.co.uk).
Esmeralda teaches ongoing yoga classes and monthly meditation courses in Rotterdam, Netherlands, offers regular weekend workshops in Rotterdam and Belgium, and teaches a monthly retreat weekend at the Veluwe (openheartedly.wordpress.com). Also in the Netherlands, Adam teaches weekly hatha and meditation classes in Groningen (email: email@example.com; www.hridaya-yoga.nl).
Christina offers ongoing classes in Vienna, Austria and, together with Dominik, will present 2-day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats 26-28 June and 7-9 August. Maribel will join Christina in presenting a Summer Yoga Week 17-24 July near Graz (www.atmanjali.com).
Maeioum is presenting a 4-day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat 19-25 June and offers ongoing Hridaya Hatha Yoga classes at the lovely Villa Amatista in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain. Also at Villa Amatista, Andreas will lead a 3-day retreat 12-14 October and a 10-day Christmas retreat 17-26 December (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Adina’s Satya Sattva branch offers ongoing biweekly Hridaya Hatha Yoga classes at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Fernandina Beach, Florida, USA. She will also offer a Hridaya Yoga and Meditation workshop on 1 August and weekly Hridaya Yoga classes every subsequent Saturday in August at Go Yoga. From 3-5 October, she will present a 3-day Hridaya Yoga Retreat in Green Cove Springs, Florida. For more details, please visit her calendar.
We hope to connect with you soon in Mazunte or around the globe. May the world change from the collective power of the sweet madness of our selfless actions.
The Hridaya Sangha
“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness,
the astonishing light of your own being.”