Hridaya Teacher Training Course

Program Overview

Important Information

The Hridaya Teacher Training Course (HTTC) is a systematic and comprehensive approach to meditation and Hatha Yoga.

It includes:

  • Over 600 hours of meditation and Hatha Yoga teacher training (the HTTC is registered Yoga Alliance, following their standards for 500-hour teacher trainings)
  • Over 900 pages of instructional materials, including booklets for each course month, an anatomy and physiology booklet, and an asana guidelines booklet
  • An HTTC Graduate Kit, which contains an advice and recommendations booklet, inspiring e-books by Ramana Maharshi, audio files of HTTC lectures, PowerPoint presentations to accompany the lectures, audio and video recordings of an entire 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat, and other useful materials
  • Comprehensive anatomy and physiology classes
  • Training in Hridaya Yoga teaching methodology and approaches
  • Practicum training—3 practice teaching sessions for each participant
  • Hridaya Retreat training—participation in two 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats led by Sahajananda
  • Individual evaluation and coaching from Sahajananda
  • Group coaching with experienced Hridaya teachers
  • Experiments and meditations with a brain machine
  • Participation in an individual 36-hour Dark Room Retreat

Successful completion of this 500-hour course grants participants permission to teach Hridaya Meditation and Hatha Yoga anywhere, with support materials and guidance provided.

Course Content:

  • A survey of the main meditation traditions throughout history
  • The ABCs of meditation: meditation postures, mudras, the importance of stretching and relaxation, practical guidelines, benefits, etc.
  • Pranayama for calming the mind
  • An extensive presentation of and practical guidance in several types of meditation, including Self-Inquiry meditation, mahamudra, and walking meditation
  • The stages of deep meditation according to the Buddhist tradition
  • The spiritual benefits of Dark Room Retreats from the Advaita Vedanta perspective
  • Extensive explanations of Ramana Maharshi’s teachings, including Self-Inquiry, the Spiritual Heart, Bringing the “I”-feeling back to its source, and sphurana
  • The metaphysical principles and basic concepts of Hridaya Yoga
  • Commentaries on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • The criteria for identifying different states of samadhi and the proper attitudes to experience them
  • The study of the effects of physical and subtle light (phosphenes)
  • An exploration of Advaya Taraka Upanishad, the relationship between Light and Consciousness
  • The connection between brainwaves and states of consciousness
  • Studies on awareness during sleep
  • The four states of consciousness according to yoga
  • Cultivating the proper attitudes for a life full of enthusiasm and joy and how to transform daily life into an appropriate tool for Self-revelation
  • Techniques to increase concentration and develop awareness
  • Methods to awaken the Heart
  • Ways to develop creativity and intuition

Enrollment

The HTTC has a maximum enrollment of 30 participants.

To apply, please submit this Application Form. For more information about the application process, please visit the Application and Selection page.

Costs

The HTTC tuition fee is €2,800. For complete information regarding fees, please visit our Payment and Refund Information page.

Schedule, Food, and Accommodation

HTTC classes are held six days per week, Monday to Saturday, approximately 8.5 hours per day. During the two silent meditation retreat periods, the schedule is approximately hours 10 per day for 10 days straight.

Vegan food is served in our dining room daily at a reasonable price. The communal eating area is open for everyone to enjoy meals together.

There is a variety of accommodation on-site at Hridaya Yoga France. We are offering a 30% discount on our accommodation and food prices for the HTTC:

  • Dormitory (4-6 people): €775
  • Shared room (2-3 people): €1,430
  • Private single room: €2,500
  • Private double/twin room (with shared bathroom): €2,800
  • Private single room (with private bathroom): €3,390
  • Private double/twin room (with private bathroom): €3,985
  • Full meal plan: €1,210 (individual breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal plans are also available)

Full Package Price Example (Dorm Option): €4,795 (including the Hridaya Yoga France membership fee of €10)

For off-site accommodation, we recommend two recently refurbished studio apartments in the nearby village of Saint Just d’Avray. Each costs €1,800 for the duration of the HTTC. Please click here for apartment and contact details.

If you have any questions, please contact ttc@hridaya-yoga.com.