Hridaya Yoga, the Yoga of the Spiritual Heart – Introduction
Hridaya Yoga, the Yoga of the Spiritual Heart, is a spiritual path whose purpose is the revelation of our True Self, atman, or, as it is known in contemplative traditions, the Spiritual Heart. Developed by experienced meditation teacher Sahajananda, Hridaya Yoga philosophy is based on traditional spiritual principles and visions from classical yoga. These visions include Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Advaita Vedanta, Tantra, and Kashmiri Shaivism. The teachings are further aligned with aspects of Sufism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Taoism.
The practice of Hridaya Yoga allows us to live in the very “core” of existence, to feel the heartbeat of every moment of life, to know intuitively the eternal dimension of every moment. Students engaged on the path of Hridaya Yoga aspire to live in the Heart, in the Supreme Reality, in God, with God being experienced directly, beyond any conceptual and religious definitions.
Hridaya Yoga’s practices include Hatha Yoga, meditations for the revelation of the Spiritual Heart, and techniques for cultivating awareness in daily life. Participation in a Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat is an excellent way to immerse yourself in these teachings.
Key concepts in Hridaya Yoga Philosophy include:
- The Heart Center
- The Awareness of Breathing Pauses
- The Spiritual Heart
- Open Attention
- Witness Consciousness