Selfless Giving is the Art of Living
Our Karma Yoga Program is an opportunity for those who want to deepen their practice of service. It is a residential program that allows a full immersion into the Hridaya Yoga Center and community by participation in our yoga and meditation program and internal operations. Learn more about the Hridaya Yoga vision here.
It is now a pre-requisite that all applicants have completed either Module 1 Intensive or a 10-day Silent Meditation Retreat with us, (either in Mexico or France), before applying for the Karma Yoga Program.
The Hridaya teachings, coupled with the practice of Hridaya Meditation and Hatha Yoga, are the backbone to how Karma Yoga is practiced here. We have found that it is most harmonious for Karma Yogis to have experience with the Hridaya teachings, Meditation and Hatha Yoga before starting the Program.
We may make exceptions if we have the need for a Karma Yogi or Coordinator with specific technical skills. We advertise such positions here.
The Program is spread over a three cycle period (just under four months duration). We provide accommodation (dormitory or camping), meals six days per week, participation in one yoga module and one 10-Day Silent Meditation Retreat and daily meditation.
Karma Yoga Retreat
During the Karma Yoga Program, you will fully participate in one 10-Day Silent Meditation Retreat and serve in two others. We call time spent serving during retreats the ‘Karma Yoga Retreat’. During the Karma Yoga Retreat, you will be immersed in the retreat environment and will maintain noble silence. To deepen this process, the Karma Yoga Retreat includes daily Hridaya meditations and Hatha Yoga, live audio streaming of retreat lectures, and hours of Karma Yoga supporting the retreat participants.
Karma Yogis can expect to serve five hours per day, five days per week in one of the following fields: kitchen, landcare, welcome desk, sacred space, or marketing. In addition to formal working hours, Karma Yogis play an integral part in welcoming new students and holding a friendly space in the community.
Hridaya Yoga aligns with the traditional yogic view that inner transformation is based on consistent spiritual practice. Hridaya Meditation is a form of Self-Enquiry, and in our school it is the main tool to reconnect with the infinite depth and intimacy of our being.
While living in our joyful Hridaya Community in itself may appeal to you, we strongly believe that without a daily spiritual practice of meditation and Hatha Yoga—on a background of awareness—the purification of the subconscious mind, psychological healing, and spiritual freedom cannot happen.
Daily participation in our one-hour morning Hridaya Meditation, (Monday to Saturday), is an important part of your commitment as a Karma Yogi. It is also an expectation that when you are not serving in formal karma yoga hours, you are attending yoga module classes. This shouldn’t be seen as a compulsory rule but as a support for your commitment to inner transformation. When the reconnection with the Heart happens, such commitment becomes effortless and natural, bringing stability and trust in your real being.
Being a student and serving at the Hridaya Yoga Center is a unique opportunity to learn authentic approaches to meditation and Hatha Yoga in a safe and nurturing environment. If you don’t feel a calling for inner transformation, please don’t apply. It would be a pity to take the place of someone who is genuinely longing for such a path.
In order to support Self-awareness, we honor noble silence every morning until 11:30 am. This means avoiding both inner mental chatter and outer talking. Of course, sometimes speaking is necessary in order to harmoniously perform our tasks – in such cases, we whisper.
Work Exchange versus Karma Yoga
Please note that there is a big difference between work exchange and Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga means the yoga of action done with awareness, detachment, and love.
Before applying to the Karma Yoga Program, we strongly recommend you learn more about the path of selfless service by reading this page.
We ask all Karma Yogis to send us proof of travel medical insurance valid though the end of their stay in Mazunte.
If you have contemplated the above commitment and are interested in joining the Program, please complete our online application form. We will process your application and contact you if there is a suitable position available.
Please understand that we receive many applications and there may be some delay in the response.
We have limited spaces available in the Karma Yoga program. While we value and consider every application we receive, in our experience it is most harmonious for Karma Yogis to have some experience with the Hridaya teachings and style of meditation and yoga before starting the Program. We tend to have a preference for students who have graduated Module 1 or who have done a 10 Day Silent Meditation Retreat and felt inspiration to serve from there.