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Sahajananda

Sahajananda, the main founder of Hridaya Yoga, is a meditation and hatha yoga teacher with over 35 years of experience. His message conveys the non-dual tantric teachings. An engineer in electronics by education, Sahajananda started practicing yoga and meditation in 1981, the year in which yoga was banned in Communist Romania. This fact only brought him more depth, determination, and spiritual aspiration. At age 14, the revelation of true Love came when he first met Simona. This sparked the first inspirations regarding the core message of Hridaya. Her presence was both an inspiration and a guide for what sacredness and…

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Antoaneta Gotea

Antoaneta Maria Gotea was born in July 1972, in Bucharest, Romania. The memories from her early age about her father practicing complicated physical exercises (known in yoga as uddiyana bandha) and unusual breathing (pranayama) synergistically connected with her mother’s teachings about the existence of subtle bodies and reincarnation and this blossomed later in a genuine spiritual aspiration. Her search for an authentic spiritual path led her at the age of 21 to a yoga course while she was a student at Politechnical University in Bucharest. She studied Raja yoga, Mahavidya Yoga and Kashmir Shaivism at a yoga school in Romania. In 1997 she started to lead…

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Arnaud Philibert

Arnaud Philibert is a senior yoga and meditation teacher. As a child, he was passionate about history and spirituality. That led him to walk the Camino of Santiago in Spain and to explore ancient and sacred places in both Europe and Asia. After an intense period of sadhana in Tantra Yoga and Vajrayana (Tibetan Buddhism), he met Sahajananda in 2007 and started a series of Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats with him. He lives with his family close to Longeval.  

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Claudiu Vaduva

Since 2005, Claud has dedicated his life entirely to spiritual matters. This came as a culmination of many intersecting circumstances and tributary interests that he had cultivated since childhood. In 2007, he met Sahajananada, and in 2011, he joined the Hridaya Yoga mission. When involved in teaching, whatever the topic he shares has a single-pointed direction: a rallying towards our essence, which he believes to be of utmost importance for humanity—that shift towards freedom.

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Liviu Gheorghe

Liviu Gheorghe graduated from the Bucharest Polytechnic Institute, Department of Computers, in 1986. His first spiritual experiences related to the expansion of consciousness were at the age of 16 when he was studying Christian doctrine and, later, Buddhism. He started studying and practicing yoga and meditation in high school and began to teach yoga in 1991 in three Romanian towns: Bucharest, Constanta, and Brasov. In 1995, he founded the Kamala Yoga Center with Simona Trandafir. The Kamala Center is one of the most active promoters of the holistic system of spiritual healing and Naturopathy in Romania. Aiming to promote specific…

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Sebastian Teodor

Sebastian Teodor found the attraction to spirituality in middle school. In high school, expressing his desire to learn yoga, he studied any book in the field which appeared in Romania and at 16, he started to practice yoga and meditation with Simona Trandafir in Brasov. In 1996 he became a yoga instructor in three Romanian towns: Fagaras, Brașov, and Miercurea Ciuc. During the 1990s, he met Sahajananda and affirmed that at that time: “for me, he was a genuine yogi model of attainment through spiritual practice.” Sebastian is now a yoga teacher in the Kamala School and he teaches yoga and meditation…

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Simona Trandafir

Simona Trandafir has been a spiritual teacher since 1985. During this time she has inspired and coordinated large groups of yogis. She is an experienced yoga teacher, as acknowledged by Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500). Even though she is a graduate of the Automation and Computers University, she felt that her entire life should be dedicated to opening people’s hearts towards the inherent beauty of existence. This is what she was called to do since she was 12, and she now continues her mission.  Hundreds of people from Bucharest, Constanta, Brasov, and other places in Romania started practicing yoga with Simona.…

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Blanca Amezcua

Blanca first discovered the Hridaya teachings in 2015, when she participated in a meditation retreat with Sahajananda. Ever since, she has been through a profound process of transformation that has awakened her longing for Truth and lead her to develop a deep practice of yoga and meditation. For several years she nurtured her practice while still working as a general director in the digital media scene in Mexico, a position that was the culmination of a broad trajectory of managerial and executive positions in the multinational corporate world. In 2018, after going deeper in the non-dual teachings and the Consciousness…

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Aimee Norton-Taylor

Aimee first came to Hridaya to discover how to live from the Heart and if it was really possible to have a quiet and peaceful state of mind. Hridaya’s 10-day silent meditation retreat and Module 1 bought about a big shift in her life, and she has never looked back. With a simple background in yoga and meditation practices back in New Zealand, this was enough to fuel the fire to continue the journey. In 2016, she landed in Mazunte and began what has become a deep connection with the teachings of the Spiritual Heart and Self-Enquiry. She is inspired…

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Alison Bond

When Alison first came to yoga for its health benefits in 2010, she had no idea that the profound spiritual path unfolding before her would become a deep calling. Upon finding Hridaya Yoga in 2012, Alison knew she had discovered a school sharing authentic yogic teachings. Since that time, she has dedicated herself to exploring the deep reality that yoga and meditation point toward. The inspiration to share these precious teachings and practices led Alison to complete three yoga teacher training courses (TTCs). Including a 200-hour TTC in Canada, a 300-hour TTC in India, and the Hridaya Yoga 500-hour TTC.…

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Bérengère

When she was 20 years old, Bérengère discovered and became passionate about Hatha Yoga. During extensive travels, she later found Vipassana meditation and deepened her quest with the practice of selfless service in various Vipassana centers around the world. In 2018, she found Hridaya Yoga in Mexico, a path that quickly revealed itself as authentic. There, she immersed herself with the teachings of the Heart for two years before beginning to share her passion with others at Hridaya France in the summer of 2020.

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David Coleman

David’s spiritual journey began at a young age, with a deep intuition and longing for a connection to Truth. It was only when he came to Mazunte and first experienced the Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat that he really connected to the truth of the non-dual teachings and the truth within himself. David was grateful to participate in both the 49-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat and the Hridaya Teacher Training Course in 2015. David has served the Hridaya Community as a karma yogi, the Karma Yoga Program Coordinator, and as a teacher. He feels so blessed to share from the Heart…

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Déborah

Déborah discovered yoga in 2014 while living in San Francisco and working at a little theatre company. She started her practice exploring different schools from Vinyasa to Iyengar, and then Integral Yoga, slowly opening the way to a more spiritual and profound approach of Yoga and kindling in her a curiosity to learn meditation. Her first meditation homes were the Zen Center and the Insight Meditation Center of San Francisco. These experiences planted the seeds that led her in 2016 to quit her job and follow a Hatha Yoga teacher training course in Guatemala. Deeply touched by the teachings she…

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Enrique Fedez

Enrique is an international meditation and yoga teacher, member of the Hridaya Yoga community, and founder of Casa Hridaya in Mexico City. He shares the teachings he has received from his teachers and his different practices. He started his meditation practice with yearly Vipassana retreats (under the teachings shared by S.N. Goenka). He continued this practice for many years, which allowed him to integrate meditation into his daily life while he was working as a marketing and media director in the multinational corporate scene. After meeting his Kabbalah teacher (Rab J.A.F.), for several years he studied the mysticism of the Torah…

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Estelle

Estelle found her way into spirituality through movement and dance. In dancing, she reached meditative states, but only years later recognized them as such. In 2015 she traveled to Guatemala, where she came into contact with yoga and formal meditation for the first time. She started realizing that what she had previously experienced had indeed been a form of meditation, and her curiosity and fascination for the inner world drove her further into the esoteric teachings of spirituality. In Guatemala, she had her first experience of retreating into silence—an experience that had a deep impact on her, and that she…

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Gesine Leicht

Gesine found in the teachings of Hridaya a well of personal transformation and a fountain of freedom. Being a practitioner of Hridaya Meditation and Yoga since 2012, a deep love and appreciation developed for the teachings and the community. Since completing the teacher training in 2015, she has taught in both Hridaya centers and also brings the practice of contemplative yoga to different social projects. Sharing the Hridaya philosophy has become a joyful passion—seeking into the Heart of each moment a life purpose.

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Hadi Beyrouti

Hadi was born in Lebanon and grew up in Germany. He arrived at Hridaya Mexico in 2017 and has been living and teaching there since. Touched by the Heart, and inspired by Claud and Sahajananda, the direction of his life was turned towards service and Truth. Punctuating his periods of service, Hadi dedicates his time to the Heart in the form of long periods in solitude and dark room retreats. Hadi teaches Hatha Yoga classes, 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats, and in the Karma Yoga Immersion Course. Every year he leads the New Year’s Retreat at the Hermitage, Guatemala with…

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Iris Arco

My name is Iris. Everything I did in my life was to bring me closer to the truth, to love, to the perception of oneness. I am practicing Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Sound Healing, Pre-and Perinatal-Birth and Attachment Therapy, and of course Hridaya Hatha Yoga and Meditation. But really, beyond all this, I just am.

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Jürgen Reder

Jürgen felt a yearning early on in life for spiritual teachings and a pull for the East, which first started when he was 17 with reading Herman Hesse’s novel Siddhartha, prompting a journey to Asia. He later followed courses in Taoism and meditation at university alongside his studies in political science, and continued to travel to Asian countries, including living for some time in China and Thailand. However, his life really took a turn when he was introduced to yoga in 2014. He started to passionately practice and live these teachings and made the decision to leave his corporate life…

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Kyle Brooks

Kyle’s spiritual seeking and aspiration to find a deeper Truth began when he was just a 15-year-old boy studying Buddhism in England. After traveling to Peru in 2013 to work with plant medicines, he met Sahajananda. Kyle connected very deeply with the teachings during his first Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat. He decided to come to Mexico to go deeper in his practice and to partake in the Hridaya Teacher Training Course. Since that time, Kyle has been sharing the teachings and leading Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats in many countries in Latin America. Kyle currently teaches at the Hridaya Yoga Center…

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Luna Cabasés Corral

Originally from Spain, Luna has been sharing the Hridaya teachings informally since she first discovered them in 2012. A profound fascination with the non-dual teachings and a burning longing to directly experience their truth led her to deepen her practice and join the Hridaya Teacher Training Course in 2014. She now teaches with the certainty that life can be lived from the Heart, in full openness, and with a loving desire for all sentient beings to reveal their real nature, to come into the fullness of who they truly are. Luna participated in the 2015 49-Day Prathyabhijna Retreat, co-led a 30-Day Hridaya…

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Paulina Gostomski

Paulina’s curiosity towards yoga started as a physical exercise around 2003. However, everything shifted when she did her first 10-day silent retreat in 2011. Since then yoga, in all its facets, is at the very core of her life and all else revolves around it. She has participated in and taught silent meditation retreats, yoga modules, and workshops in Mexico and Europe. Paulina loves to share the depth and light that meditation and yoga have brought into her life. What keeps her enthusiasm is to see the transformation and peace that this way of life brings to people from all…

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Phoebe Rose Douglas

It was only a matter of time before the Hridaya teachings beckoned Phoebe, a passionate lover of life, from Australia. She joined us in Mexico in 2014 and returned in 2015, when a 3-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat awakened a profound shift. After years of worldwide travel as an international flight attendant, she began an inward investigation. She gravitated to contemplation in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada, where she completed 350 hours of yoga teacher trainings. In 2016, she participated in the 500-hour Hridaya TTC, which revealed depth and Trust in our True Nature. Phoebe later experienced the 49-Day…

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Tasha Friedman

Tasha has been part of the Hridaya family since 2015, when she participated in her first retreat in Mazunte and fell in love with the path of the Heart. Born in Massachusetts, she was living in New York City in her early 20’s when she started searching for deeper meaning. She found a guiding light in Tibetan Buddhism and yoga soon after, and began to travel the world. Since then, she has completed several long retreats in solitude as well as the Hridaya Teacher Training Course. As a teacher, she draws on her own experience as well as her diverse…

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Valentina Cannavò

At a young age, Valentina was fortunate enough to travel. It was during these travels that she first encountered meditation at a Vipassana retreat. She immediately felt an urge to explore this deeper dimension of Being and cultivated a strong meditation practice, serving and sitting in many Vipassana retreats. Valentina arrived at Hridaya Yoga Mexico in 2012 and fell in love with the encompassing vision and teachings of the Heart. She completed the HTTC in 2014, benefiting from the transmission of the teachings and presence of Sahajananda. Inspired by the depth of the Heart, Vale teaches Hatha Yoga classes, 3-…

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Xavier Lequarré

Originally from Belgium, Xavier is a seasoned traveler who is passionate about exploring other cultures, lifestyles, and traditions. In 2006, he became almost blind, which was a turning point in his life, forcing him to pause and look inside. Realizing that what he was seeking externally could be found through an internal journey, he simultaneously recovered his sight and started practicing yoga, at first in the Iyengar tradition, practicing yoga and meditation in India, and then doing a teacher training course in the yoga of energy in Switzerland. He discovered Hridaya in 2015 and deepened his practice with the school,…

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Ximena Pérez Grovas Álvarez

From the first moment the teachings of the Heart touched Ximena’s life, she knew there was no way back. Born and raised in Mexico City, Ximena first came to Hridaya in 2016, where she found the freedom to recognize God within herself and everything that surrounds her. Soon, Hridaya became her new home. In 2017, she completed the Hridaya Yoga Teacher Training as well as a Master’s in Holistic Education. Now, she devotes her time to teaching and learning, exploring ways to remain in higher receptivity to life, living from the Heart, and remembering God.