Sahajananda, the main founder of Hridaya Yoga, is a meditation and hatha yoga teacher with over 30 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 wonderment of the world mean. Before knowing any formal meditation method, they spent many hours together contemplating the sea, the sky, and the flowers. Simona continued a very similar journey and, much later, contributed to the creation of the Hridaya Yoga vision.
Sahajananda’s yoga master was Grieg, an adept of Tantra Yoga. In 1989, after the fall of the communist regime in Romania, thousands of people expressed their interest in Eastern spirituality and yoga. In response to their aspirations, a yoga school was created, the Movement for Spiritual Integration into the Absolute (MISA, per its initials in Romanian).
In addition to being a yoga teacher, Sahajananda was the director of the Sofia Publishing House and for many years, he coordinated three monthly magazines on the topics of yoga, mysteries, and tantra.
Sahajananda also served as vice-president of MISA, supporting his teacher and playing an important role in developing the yoga school. He witnessed MISA’s ascension but also its limitations – the emphasis on power, sexuality, etc. So, together with a group of other yoga teachers, Sahajananda left MISA in 2006.
Later in 2006, at the invitation of his good friend and yoga colleague Swami Vivekananda (the founder of Agama Yoga), he started giving monthly silent meditation retreats in Koh Phangan, Thailand.
In 2011, Sahajananda offered the first Hridaya Teacher Training Course. The course was created for spiritual aspirants who want to deepen their meditation and yoga practice and share the Hridaya message of Self-awareness.
In 2012, Sahajananda created the headquarters of Hridaya Yoga in Mazunte, Mexico. In 2018, the project expanded and Hridaya Yoga France was founded.
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Retreat is like placing yourself in a very pure container in which your own mind becomes very clear. Lama Tsultrim