Senior Teachers

 

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Sahajananda

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…

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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…

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Claudiu Vaduva

Claud, a Romanian-born Leo, moved to New York City in his adolescent years, growing up there and becoming a US citizen. An engineer by schooling but recent computer geek by employment, he feels compelled to teach Yoga to those who are seeking spiritualization of their lives. Growth and evolution are his big motivators, both for himself and for others. Evolution toward what? He believes the beauty of life is available to everyone who asks for it. He feels Yoga is a wonderful tradition, a tested tradition, and for those who have questions outside of the accepted tracks, it can prove…

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Nicholas Currie

Born in Canada in an intentional community called L’Arche, Nicholas has always felt a deep calling towards community living and a life dedicated to service. In 2007, while traveling in India, he first stumbled upon the deep tradition of Yoga at a school called Agama and then began an intense sadhana (spiritual practice) which began to unravel some of the great mysteries he had always contemplated as a child. This journey was further deepened upon meeting his teacher Sahajananda, founder of Hridaya Yoga, and participating in many 10-day silent meditation retreats as well as other individual retreats. The Advaita Vedanta…

Hridaya Teachers

 

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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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Alison Bond

When Alison first came to yoga for its health benefits in 2010, she has no idea that the profound spiritual path unfolding before her would become her life’s calling! It is Alison’s passion to share the yogic teachings and the message of the Heart with all those who seek Truth. A Truth-seeker herself, Alison’s path led her to schools and teachers in India, Thailand, Canada, and Mexico, where she explores the deep reality that yoga and meditation point us toward. When Alison found Hridaya Yoga in 2012, she knew she had comes across a true gem in this community where…

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Andreas Daum

Andreas Daum is a meditation and hatha yoga teacher at Hridaya Yoga and currently serves as the Program Manager of the school. In 2014, he started to teach the Module 1 Intensive at the Hridaya Yoga Center in Mexico. He then led 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats during the summer season. Since then, he has offered yoga classes in the Canary Islands of Spain and taught multiple meditation retreats in the Sacred Valley in Peru and at Lake Titicaca. Andreas was born in Austria in 1985, but left his home and career to enjoy the flow of life. He travelled the world…

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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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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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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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Lindsay Samuels

After practicing yoga and meditation for several years, when Lindsay encountered the Hridaya practice of focusing on the Heart she discovered a deeper purpose in life. In 2013, Lindsay attended a hatha yoga teacher training course in Baja California, Mexico and later taught yoga and personal retreats in Costa Rica. She completed the Hridaya Teacher Training Course in 2015. Lindsay is extremely passionate about gardening and music, playing both percussion and guitar. She is currently serving as a teacher at the Hridaya Yoga Center in Mazunte and leads the Saturday evening bhajans. She aspires to continue opening her heart and…

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Will Allen

In 2010, Will gave up his apartment, many of his belongings and a budding career as a mechanical engineer in order to travel the world. He left everything he knew, unsure of what he was looking for, and unsure of what he would find. After nine months of relaxing, enjoying himself and going on adventures, he spent some time at a remote Buddhist meditation retreat center in India. Although his interest in spirituality was not yet piqued, he was deeply touched by the experience, received unexpected emotional healing, and began to value generosity and compassion more than success in career,…

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Dee Lee

A prophetic dream led Dee to magical Lake Atitlán, Guatemala in 2012. Her journey was accelerated through metaphysical experiences in extended silence while meditating upon the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. Through even more Grace, she discovered the Hridaya Yoga Center two years later. The profound non-dual teachings put her experiences into perspective by helping her discover the Stillness that is her True Nature. She described her first experience of a Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat as feeling “like a kid in a spiritual candy store. A South African/British teacher who completed the Hridaya Teacher Training Course in 2015, Dee holds a…

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Enrique Fedez

Enrique es miembro de la comunidad Hridaya Yoga y fundador de Casa Hridaya en la Ciudad de México, donde a través del año comparte las enseñanzas que ha recibido de sus maestros y sus diferentes prácticas. Él comenzó su práctica de la meditación en los retiros de silencio de Vipassana (bajo las enseñanzas compartidas por S.N. Goenka). Por muchos años esta disciplina le permitió integrar la meditación en su vida diaria mientras trabajaba como director de marketing y de medios en la escena corporativa multinacional. Seguido por el encuentro con su maestro de Kabbalah (Rab J.A.F.), Enrique estudió varios años…

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Uma Esmeralda Ritstier

Since stepping on the path of Hridaya in 2013, the Heart has been Uma Esmeralda’s guide. It taught her to trust and open more and more to what is here right now. It has been a journey of going deeper in the quest of “Who am I?” and seeing how the magic of life unfolds in wonderful ways. Uma Esmeralda speaks about it as doors opening that she had never known existed. It has brought the release of layers that no longer serve her. Uma Esmeralda has experienced major inner shifts as well as transformations from spiritual healing. The way…

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Naomi Carla White

When Naomi first discovered Hridaya Yoga through a 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat in 2011, she had the profound feeling that she had finally come home. At that time, she was about to embark on further university study back in New Zealand, but maintained a quiet confidence that her path would lead her back to Hridaya. Five years later, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with honors, a Master of Science in Psychology, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology, she made her way to Mazunte to complete the 2016 Hridaya Teacher Training Course. These teachings enabled her…

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Dominique Didinal

Dominique is a Hridaya Yoga and Mystical Dance teacher as well as the founder of WanderWomenClub, a virtual sangha (online tribe) for female spiritual seekers who love to travel. Dominique is incredibly grateful and indebted to Sahajananda, Antoaneta, and all of the teachers that have passed down the wisdom and beauty of the Spiritual Heart to her. She also appreciates the Hridaya Community for the sweetness of the new home and family she has found here. They have changed her life. As she continues to let go of what her ego thinks is best for her and witnesses her own path…