Having the same multidimensional structure as previous modules of the Hridaya Yoga Retreat, Module 4 includes teachings and practices for the harmonization of the body, psyche, and mind in order to deepen our yogic spiritual journey. The course supports an inner balance and consistency that brings a better understanding that what we are is not limited to any of these structures.
The course program of the Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 4 includes:
- Deep hatha yoga sessions that feature a comprehensive explanation of the new asanas introduced in the course. The yoga postures that will be taught include some of the most appreciated asanas in the traditional texts of hatha yoga
Concentration & Meditation
- The practice of taraka yoga, an esoteric form of yoga that brings a profound purification of the mind by focusing on both physical and subtle light.
- Meditation on phosphenes as a way to open toward the spiritual light.
Bandhas – Ways of Redirecting the Flow of Energy
- The deepening of the practice of the main yogic bandhas (a special class of hatha yoga techniques that involve intense awareness and the stoppage and redirection of the flow of subtle energy, prana).
- A practice that synergistically uses the three bandhas to awaken kundalini shakti.
The practice of an additional three forms of pranayama:
- The “cooling pranayamas,” praised in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika as methods for obtaining perfect control over Shakti, the inner and outer energies.
- The healing role of vowel pranayama.
- Practical information about diet and fasting, including an invitation to directly experience a multi-day fast.
As in the previous modules, a textbook that provides a wealth of additional information to support the understanding of each day’s teachings supplements the course program of Module 4.
Module 4 consists of 10 days of instruction that span a month’s course cycle. Each day includes a 4-hour hatha yoga class that incorporates the presentation of a new hatha yoga technique, time for questions and answers, and personal guidance. Regular discussion groups round out the program.
Students may also choose to participate in other optional events at the Hridaya Yoga Center:
- One-hour daily morning meditations led by Sahajananda or another senior Hridaya teacher
- The Hridaya Tapas Program, designed to help students build up and refine their individual hatha yoga practice
- Daily hatha yoga practice sessions offered in Modules 1-3. Access to these classes is included for free with enrollment in Module 4.
- Monthly 3- or 10-day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats (which begin directly after the end of the Module 4 course)
- Additional events, including workshops, movie nights, devotional singing evenings, lectures, etc.
- In addition, the spirit and presence of those who have similar aspirations for Truth and Awareness and share the same spiritual values is an ineffable, unforgettable gift
Participation in Module 4 is limited to graduates of Module 3. Module 4 represents an unimpaired whole, designed to offer the best conditions for the dissolution of the ego and the expansion of the consciousness. Because of this, it may not be taken on a drop-in basis, but only by enrollment.
Book your place for the Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 4 here.