The Art of Awareness

A 3 or 5-Day Workshop with Sahajananda

September 6-8/10, 2021

Presented in English

Uncovering Your True Nature

Diving into the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra

This practical workshop presents a multitude of practical methods for uncovering your True Nature. It is a fascinating invitation to explore new contemplative attitudes recommended by the non-dual Tantric tradition. The methods involved flow almost naturally from the very intuition of the Spiritual Heart.

Sahajananda will present an intriguing array of practices and explain how they can be applied in different circumstances, demonstrating the potential for life to blend joyful mystical celebration and silent Self-Enquiry.

This workshop provides a broader understanding of what the spiritual path is and how it can be walked in countless situations encountered in everyday life. It is a natural companion to the Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat as it involves bringing daily life into spirituality.

The most fascinating aspect of this workshop is its commentary on aphorisms from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra.

What is the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra?

The Vijnana Bhairava is a remarkable tantric text that shows how everything, from the most common daily experience to the most sublime contemplation, can be employed in the revelation of the Consciousness of Oneness.

The text’s single topic is reclaiming this primordial unity. These ancient, highly esteemed teachings can be easily applied to reveal our True Nature and support our blossoming in Freedom and Love.



A booklet containing a complete translation of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra will be provided.

The workshop is offered over 3 or 5 days. During the workshop, 3-Day registrants are welcome to extend for the full five days. Please see below for the additional practices that will be explored on Days 4-5.

“Between energy and the holder of energy there is no differentiation at all to be found.”

–Swami Lakshmanjoo


On a background of awareness, spontaneity, and joy, during this workshop you will experience many practices, including:

  • The visualization and arousal of kundalini shakti
  • Micro-practices (moments of intense awareness and energy)
  • 5 kinds of breath awareness and their relation to the void
  • Sufi whirling
  • The celebration of the abundance of energy and also the lack of energy
  • Falling in Love with pure Light and with Darkness
  • The Yoga of Sleep
  • Coming to the very origin of a desire
  • Discovering the center between two thoughts, perceptions, etc.

The workshop will also include:

  • Commentaries on aphorisms from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
  • Explanations of the three fundamental paths (Upayas) in Kashmir Shaivism
  • Examples of the techniques as depicted in film
  • The last 2 days of the 5-day Workshop comprise:
    • The further study of many other methods from Vijnana Bhairava Tantra as well as new ways to deepen, refine and stabilize the Self-Awareness.
    • The Wheel of the Twelve Kalis – a highly esoteric tantric approach (named the Krama System) of unfolding gradually, in twelve steps, the unity between the outer and inner world. The study of each Kali will illustrate the spiritual meaning of any quanta of the process of perception and self-knowledge. Through this internalized form of Kali worship, the twelve facets of Her are envisioned as natural phases of time and Self-consciousness. This represents also a radical way of purifying our subconscious mind.
    • Bhavana (The Sheer Spiritual Impetus) – The tantric method of supra-mental imagination that unifies the rational and mystic cognition.

    A supplementary booklet containing a description of The Wheel of the 12 Kalis will be provided.

    The 3-Day workshop is an approved continuing education training for Yoga Alliance teachers.



Monday – Wednesday/Friday

7:00-8:00 Meditation (optional)
8:15-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-12:30 Teachings and practice
12:30-13:15 Lunch
13:15-14:30 Break
14:30-16:30 Teachings and practice
16:30-17:00 Break
17:00-19:00 Teachings and practice
19:00-20:00 Dinner
20:00-22:00 Free time
22:00 Mauna (noble silence)

Pricing and Registration

Click Pricing and Reservations for pricing information and to reserve a spot in this workshop.
Dates Program Teacher Pricing and Reservations
September 5 - 9, 2021 The Art of Awareness 3-Day Workshop Sahajananda
September 5 - 11, 2021 The Art of Awareness 5-Day Workshop Sahajananda

NOTE: This workshop will only take place with a minimum of 4 participants. You may reserve a spot via the Pricing and Reservations link above, but please do not make travel arrangements until we have contacted you to confirm that it will go ahead. We will confirm no later than 2 weeks before the start of the course.

This workshop is presented in English. 

Please note that the dates listed above are for accommodation. The course begins the morning after the date of arrival and ends the afternoon before departure. If you would like to extend your stay to include the final night of the workshop, please email us at Check-in is available at 14:00 on the date of arrival.

Hridaya Yoga France is a non-profit organization and we believe everyone should have the opportunity to practice, which is why we keep our prices low. If the prices still exceed your budget, you are welcome to apply for a scholarship. We will happily consider your request and try to find a way to support you.


This workshop will be held at Chateau de Longeval, a beautiful property nestled in the Beaujolais countryside.

This workshop is open to all.