Hridaya Yoga Newsletter
Beloved Hridaya Sangha,
Happiness needs nothing,
Unhappiness needs many things.
In happiness and in unhappiness,
With any thing and with no thing—Who am I?
An Inspiring Season
Greetings from Mazunte! This year has already proven to be one of growth and grace for Hridaya, and our community in Mazunte continues to blossom. More and more students have felt inspired to join us and share the spiritual ideal of living with an Open Heart.
To best support our students on the path of Self-Inquiry, Sahajananda and a team of teachers have developed a series of Hridaya Hatha Yoga modules. This March, we debuted Module 3. Module 4 will begin in the autumn, and we will continue introducing two new modules every year.
The teachings in the Hridaya Modules are inspired mainly from the traditional texts of hatha yoga: the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Gheranda Samhita, the Shiva Samhita, the Upanishads, etc. The modules not only include instruction in asanas and pranayama, but also many other hatha yoga and meditation techniques to awaken Kundalini Shakti in order to purify and transcend the mind.
Once again, our 49-day Prathyabhijna Retreat inspired the whole community to go deeper in Stillness. The participants of the retreat shared their wisdom, insights, and heartening recollections at two sharing sessions following the retreat. Their radiant presence revealed a yearning for longer retreats in many other students. In fact, several participants of the 17-day retreat spontaneously chose to continue meditating, and moved to a secluded hotel to spend two additional weeks in solitude.
Our recent workshop series was another eloquent expression of our vision. Sahajananda’s Art of Awareness invited us to reconsider some apparently well-known concepts like space, the body, the sense organs, social relationships, etc. It was a fascinating invitation to explore new contemplative attitudes from the non-dual Tantric tradition. Antoaneta’s Practical Tantra helped us restore the connection between sexuality, love, and sacredness. It conveyed the authentic message of Left-hand Tantra—from two individuals to Oneness, from pleasure to beyond pleasure, from ordinary to extraordinary. Claud’s From Pain to Peace again inspired many to transform their suffering into spiritual lucidity.
Visiting instructor Zola Dubnikova offered women the month-long Initiation into Temple Dance Arts. The program featured regular daily meetings as well as two intensive workshops, resulting in a beautiful bond between the women and an intimate final ritual that was shared with the school.
And, as we recently announced, an important new Hridaya project is starting in Europe: Ramana Village – Meditation Land.
Summer is a quieter time at our home in Mazunte, but we will continue to offer monthly 3- and 10-day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats, Module 1 Intensives, and Module 2. Many students report that they love the intimacy and calm this time of year brings to the Center, so it is a great time to visit and sink deeper in the Heart. See the calendar for our complete schedule.
Module 1 Book Published
We are very happy to announce the publication of the Hridaya Intensive Yoga Retreat: Module 1 supplementary course book. It is a 382-page compendium of traditional yogic information and its creation was a labor of love from Sahajananda and a dedicated team of karma yogis. Visit Amazon to get your copy.
Teacher Training Course
Our 2014 Hridaya Teacher Training Course graduates are still feeling the echoes of their journey into Awareness. Check out our blog for a recent post from Ian about his experience and watch this video to get a taste of the group’s heart-opening and jubilant graduation ceremony. The 2015 course is filling up fast. If you are interested in being a part of this transformative experience, apply now.
With joy, we announce an abundance of Hridaya happenings around the world.
Sahajananda’s summer tour kicks off with a 3-day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat in Germany. He will do retreats in the Netherlands, Thailand, and Portugal in July and finish his tour with a 10-day retreat in Romania in August. Check out all the details by visiting his calendar.
In May, Antoaneta will return to the U.K. to present a series of Tantra workshops in London, Milton Keynes, Winslow, and Liverpool. In June, she will visit Israel to offer Embody Your Divine Feminine and a 3-day Tara Retreat. You can view her complete international calendar here.
Nicholas will return to Montreal, Canada 8-9 May to offer dharma talks on aparigraha (non-attachment) and sublimation (email: email@example.com).
Kamala Yoga and Meditation Center in Brasov, Romania offers solitary retreats and dark retreats. It also offers Hridaya Hatha Yoga classes, workshops, and weekend meditation retreats and will host Sahajananda’s 14-25 August retreat (email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.kamala.ro).
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.
Emma and Severin invite you to their retreat center, The Hermitage, on the breathtaking shores of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. They offer charming cabins and a beautiful Dark Retreat for individual retreats. They also present regular workshops and will offer a 10-day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat (free for all Hridaya teachers) 21-30 August. Sahajananda and Antoaneta will join them on 6 September for their official Opening Day. (The Hermitage Guatemala; www.thehermitagegt.com).
Also on Lake Atitlán, the Kaivalya Yoga School and Ashram offers month-long Hridaya Intensives. Upcoming courses are 11 May-7 June and 3-30 August. They will also give an 8-day Hridaya retreat 10-19 June (www.yogaretreatguatemala.com).
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).
Adrian is organizing a silent meditation retreat in Koh Phangan, Thailand at the end of May (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Richard is presenting a yoga and meditation weekend retreat in Kaiteriteri, New Zealand 16-17 May (email: email@example.com).
Christina offers ongoing classes in Vienna, Austria and, together with Dominik, will present 2-day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats in June and August. Maribel will join Christina in presenting a Summer Yoga Week 17-24 July near Graz (www.atmanjali.com). Maribel and Ingrid will present a Hridaya workshop 5-7 June at the Beija-Flor House near Frankfurt, Germany (email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com).
Tiffany and Kristof will offer a Hridaya retreat 4-7 June in the Kawarthas, Ontario, Canada (livingintheself.com). Adina will present yoga and meditation retreats in Green Cove Springs, Florida, USA in October and this fall she will begin teaching Hridaya Yoga to at-risk populations in need of recovery and rehabilitation through the Yoga4Change organization (www.satyasattva.com).
We hope to see you soon at our home in Mazunte or at one of our many international events. From the Heart, we wish you peace, love, and wisdom, now and always.
Your Hridaya Sangha
“The heart is
The thousand-stringed instrument
That can only be tuned with