Hridaya Teacher Training Course FAQ
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- What is Hridaya Yoga?
- What is Hridaya Meditation?
- What is the Hridaya Teacher Training Course?
- What are the main topics taught in the Hridaya Teacher Training Course?
- What is the Hridaya Teacher Training Course Certificate?
- Will I be qualified to teach hatha yoga and meditation once I have completed the HTTC?
- What yoga skills do I need for enrolling in the HTTC?
- What are the requirements for attending the HTTC?
- Are there any prerequisites for attending the HTTC?
- Is the course intensive?
- Is the training of hatha yoga intensive?
- Does the HTTC include anatomy classes?
- Can I enroll in the HTTC in order to deepen my own practice rather than for teaching?
- How many students are enrolled in an HTTC?
- If I have been following a different spiritual path are there any conflicts if I enroll in the HTTC?
What is Hridaya Yoga?
Hridaya Yoga is a spiritual path whose aspiration is the revelation of our real nature, the Supreme Self or the Spiritual Heart, as it is named in many contemplative traditions. Hridaya Yoga represents a refreshing and systematic approach to meditation and hatha yoga.
In Sanskrit, Hrid, or Hridaya means (Spiritual) Heart, the divine nature of our being, the Supreme Self, Atman. Therefore, Hridaya Yoga is mainly a path of meditation oriented toward revelation of our true nature, our essence, the Spiritual Heart.
The founder of Hridaya Yoga is Sahajananda, a meditation and hatha yoga teacher with more than 30 years experience in the practice of meditation and Raja, Jnana and Tantra Yoga. His meditative practice is inspired by the great sage Ramana Maharshi.
Sahajananda’s deep understanding about the path of self-inquiry meditation is delivered in a friendly and accessible way. His synthesis draws on the most profound aspects of oriental traditions, philosophies and practices such as Advaita Vedanta, Tibetan Mahamudra, Dzogchen and Kashmir Shaivism.
Regarding the importance of sadhana (spiritual practice) versus the idea “there is nothing to be done – just be yourself”, Sahajananda says: “Even though Self-revelation is instantaneous, de-conditioning is a process”.
Hridaya Yoga is an ongoing transformation of the body, psyche and mind for creating the proper conditions for revealing the Self, that Witness Consciousness, Stillness, Love beyond the identifications with the personality.
What is Hridaya Meditation?
Hridaya meditation is a form of meditation based on the non-dual teachings of Ramana Maharshi, the great Advaita master from the 20th century. Usually, a meditation involves a duality.
There is: the object of meditation (a dot, a candle flame, a yantra, or the breathing, a chakra, an emotion or a thought – external or internal; physical or subtle objects), and the subject (the meditator, the witness of the meditation).In Hridaya Meditation, this duality, the object and the subject, become one.
In the beginning of the spiritual practice, the Heart is:
A) an object of meditation, then it becomes
B) a tool of knowledge, and eventually,
C) it is revealed in its true nature, as what we really are, the very source of awareness and of the meditation itself; our most intimate ‘I’.
Thus, in Yoga of the Spiritual Heart, the object of meditation is not the breath or bodily sensations, feelings, or the mind, as in other spiritual practices, but rather the Spiritual Heart, Atman, the Divine Self. However, when the meditation goes to deeper levels, the Spiritual Heart will cease to be a simple object of meditation. We become aware that it is also the Subject, the witness consciousness, the very profound and intimate Self, ‘I’, the very source of our meditation process. Thus we understand that the Spiritual Heart is much more than a concentration or meditation object.
This will help us to know directly another approach to meditation and spirituality. The Heart is revealed as being the object of knowledge, the instrument of knowledge, and, at the same time, the very source of attention (the meditator, the witness, the knower).
This kind of meditation is a process which starts from the Heart, and returns to the Heart. Hridaya Meditation is an artful combination between Jnana yoga (the yoga of knowledge) and Bhakti yoga (the yoga of love and devotion) meant to open the spiritual aspirant towards Self-revelation, which is not a personal understanding, but a revelation of the essence of everything.
In the Heart Center, both Bhakti (devotion) and Jnana (direct knowledge) meet.
What is the Hridaya Teacher Training Course?
The HTTC is an intensive meditation and hatha yoga course in which the non-dual teachings are transmitted artfully by Sahajananda and Hridaya teachers.
The HTTC is both theoretical and experiential with the predominance on experience. The emphasis is on meditation and the way in which the deep meditative experiences can be integrated in daily life.
Students are lead gradually and steadily into the art of meditation. The framework of this intensive training provides a very inspiring way for discerning the subtleties of meditation. Hatha yoga is also part of the training as it is used in Hridaya Yoga as a tool for developing awareness and creating better conditions in the body and openness to the Universal energies for deepening meditation.
Through the Hridaya Teacher Training Course Sahajananda fosters the blossoming of awareness and offers you the skillful means to make the teachings of non-duality come alive. HTTC teaches you to recognize love-awareness as the essence of your being and of the entire creation.
The HTTC includes daily asana practice, daily meditations and daily theoretical teachings. It prepares the students for becoming both hatha yoga teachers and meditation instructors and above all it fosters love for the meditation path as a way of living.
The HTTC is in fact a beautiful way to fall in love with meditation. And the deeper the love for meditation is, the more profoundly the meditation teacher will embody the teachings. An important message of the HTTC is: Love meditation, teach what you love, become what you love.
In our times, the connection between our superior intuitive intelligence and the Heart has mostly been forgotten. Even if we generally accept the idea of the existence of a Spiritual Heart, we tend to take it symbolically. Hridaya Yoga, the Yoga of the Spiritual Heart, starts from the premise that traditional ideas about the Spiritual Heart can and should be applied in a very concrete and practical way.
The Heart, seen as an organ of direct knowledge, can and should be trained constantly in order to increase its purity, and its capacity to Love, to witness and to surrender. In order to be well prepared for this course, graduation from the Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive is a prerequisite.
For those who have already completed one of these courses, we encourage you to review their course papers in the coming months. In addition, we recommend reading from the masters of Advaita Vedanta, especially Ramana Maharshi, and Nisargadatta Maharaj. Also, reviewing your notes from any Hridaya retreats you’ve done will bring you inspiration and insight.
What are the main topics taught in the Hridaya Teacher Training Course?
For this see the Hridaya Teacher Training Course Overview
What is the Hridaya Teacher Training Course Certificate?
After the successful completion of the HTTC, attendees will receive a Hridaya Yoga Certificate as acknowledgment. This certificate guarantees that you have completed over 600 hours of accredited meditation and hatha yoga teacher training (the HTTC is registered with US-based Yoga Alliance, following standards for their 500-hour level teacher training programs) and certifies the trainees as meditation and hatha yoga instructors.This is the first step toward teaching Hridaya Yoga.
With this certificate, new Hridaya teachers can start the process of developing their skills as meditation and hatha yoga instructors in yoga studios all over the world, as well as with private students.
Will I be qualified to teach hatha yoga and meditation once I have completed the HTTC?
Yes. Our Yoga Alliance-registered Hridaya Teacher Training Course is both a practical and theoretical training course designed to make you a confident and effective Hridaya teacher.
The HTTC provides a supportive environment in which students get all the necessary skills for developing themselves both as meditation and hatha yoga instructors. The new certified Hridaya teachers will feel confident to teach Hridaya meditation workshops, silent retreats and Hridaya hatha yoga classes.
What yoga skills do I need for enrolling in the HTTC?
The Hridaya Teacher Training Course includes daily Self-Enquiry meditation and asana practice. In order to see how this form of meditation resonates and transforms you, the completion of a 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat is a prerequisite.
Ease in practicing asanas comes with time. Because of this, a foundation in the basic and fundamental yoga postures is recommended for this training. Also, we offer the possibility to prepare by completing the one-month Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive. The completion of one of these courses is a prerequisite for enrolling in the HTTC.
Thus, we offer to all those who want to live with an Open Heart and to share this message, the opportunity to discover the beauty of yoga and meditation.
We don’t put an emphasis on performing the physical postures (asanas) perfectly but on the spiritual maturity of the students who are willing to learn gradually and to become conscious of the limits of their own bodies. In meditation, the practitioners realize that they are not the physical body only. Thus, in Hridaya Yoga, we learn not to become free from the body, but to become free in the body.
Developing awareness and love is our main purpose during the HTTC. This applies to the physical body, too. Thus, asana practice becomes joyful and relaxing. During the training you will deepen your awareness regarding the asanas while simultaneously learning how to teach.
Therefore, the yoga “skills” required for enrolling in the HTTC would be: love, patience, spiritual aspiration, maturity, perseverance, and diligence.
What are the requirements for attending the HTTC?
Students who want to enroll in the HTTC must not be consumers of drugs, alcohol or cigarettes. While the occasional glass of wine need not generate concern, frequent consumers of alcohol must stop this unhealthy practice. Likewise, smokers and drug users must completely quit if they aspire to enroll in a HTTC.
To become a Hridaya yoga teacher implies that you step on the path of awareness and responsibility for the benefit of yourself and others. Thus, all the aspirants to the HTTC have to understand that there is no room for harmful habits if they want to give guidance to others on the spiritual path.
Also people with psychic disorders are advised to take their time and cure themselves first and then they can apply for an HTTC.
For this, we strongly recommend Hridaya Silent Meditation retreats and Hridaya Hatha Yoga classes.
Generally speaking, those who want to enroll in an HTTC should take into consideration the high responsibility that they take by becoming Hridaya Yoga teachers.
Those who enroll in an HTTC need to aspire from the bottom of their hearts to live a yogic life based on common sense, meditation, noble attitudes and ideals, and compassion.
Are there any prerequisites for attending the HTTC?
As a prerequisite for enrolling in the HTTC, the student should first participate in at least one 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat. Another prerequisite for enrolling in the HTTC is to complete the Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive.
Therefore, those without a Hridaya yogic background have to first enroll in one of these one-month yoga programs in order to attend the HTTC. This is absolutely necessary for gradually building up the skills and knowledge that a Hridaya Yoga teacher needs to possess.
Is the course intensive?
The Hridaya Teacher Training Course is a very intensive course that comprises more than 600 hours of training in only three months. The attendees should expect 8 to 9 hours of training per day, six days per week (this includes the hours of meditation). There is one day off per week.
The course includes two 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats and a 2-day Dark Retreat (Kaya Kalpa). When effort appears in this intensive program, instead of focusing on this we focus on the Spiritual Heart, and effort dissipates.
The Hridaya methodology emphasizes relaxation, joy and love-awareness.
Is the training of hatha yoga intensive?
The HTTC doesn’t imply an extreme hatha yoga practice. The hatha yoga practice is not designed to train the students in the perfect performance of the asanas, but to develop awareness of the physical and energetic bodies and the capacity to transform the hatha yoga practice into meditation.
Therefore, even though the students are taught how to perform the asanas correctly and how to teach others to perform them correctly, the emphasis of the hatha yoga practice is not on physical performance but on achieving a holistic knowledge of hatha yoga and gaining the skills necessary to teach hatha yoga to others with awareness and profound understanding.
There are usually between 2 and 3.5 hours of Hridaya Hatha Yoga daily during the HTTC.
Does the HTTC include anatomy classes?
The HTTC includes approximately 30 hours of anatomy during the 2nd and 3rd months of the training. The anatomy classes are interactive in order to facilitate the acquisition of this special knowledge in an easy and friendly way. It is mainly connected to the hatha yoga practice.
Apart from this, there are teachings about the subtle anatomy (nadis, chakras, kundalini) and the traditional subtle sheaths and bodies.
Can I enroll in the HTTC in order to deepen my own practice rather than for teaching?
The HTTC is designed as a three-month intensive meditation and yoga retreat comprising teachings, hatha yoga practice and meditation. Therefore, it is suited also for those who may not wish to be teachers at this stage, but would like to deepen their own meditation practice and experience of yoga.
However, they will follow the same training as everyone including the teaching methodology classes, practicum and exams.
In our experience, graduates of the HTTC have shown a desire to teach Hridaya Meditation and Hatha Yoga even if they were one of those who initially enrolled in the HTTC for an individual retreat.
How many students are enrolled in an HTTC?
The average number of the students enrolled in an HTTC is 30. An HTTC can have a maximum of 33 students.
If I have been following a different spiritual path are there any conflicts if I enroll in the HTTC?
Students from all religions or followers of different spiritual paths are welcome to join the HTTC, which represents a profound mean for discovering the essence of all the spiritual traditions, our true nature, Hridaya, the Supreme Self.
The Hridaya meditation, a profound understanding of who you are, can only deepen your own spiritual practice. Since the Hridaya meditation is a tool for revealing our real nature, it has a universal character.
- When will I find out if I have been accepted to participate in the HTTC?
- When is full payment for the HTTC due?
- If the course is full can I join a waiting list for the HTTC?
- Are booklets and materials included in the price of the HTTC?
- Where will the HTTC be held?
- Does the price of the HTTC include accommodation and meals?
- What kind of accommodation is available? Can you help to organize the accommodation?
- Is there a meal option that I can book or should I organize my own food?
- What is the refund policy if I’m unable to attend the HTTC?
When will I find out if I have been accepted to participate in the HTTC?
After you submit your completed Hridaya Teacher Training Course Application Form (including a recent photo) before July 15th, you will be notified if the admin received all files. The selection period for those who applied before 30th April (the original application deadline date) will end on May 21st and you will be informed about your participation in the HTTC. For those applying after the 30th April, you will be informed after May 21st at the earliest depending on when you applied.
HTTC participants will then need to register via our booking system after this time – a booking link will be included in the confirmation email.
When is full payment for the HTTC due?
HTTC participants will need to pay the tuition fee (plus meals and accommodation if staying on-site) in full by 15th August 2020. If the full balance has not been paid by this payment deadline, a participant’s position will be considered forfeited. The next person on the waiting list will be given that spot.
A student who has been accepted to the HTTC may withdraw himself or herself by email notification at least two (2) months prior to the start of the course, to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details see: Hridaya Teacher Training Course – Payment and Refund Information
If the course is full can I join a waiting list for the HTTC?
If the course is full, we still accept applications for the waiting list. The students who are accepted to the waiting list and have not yet been accepted to the Hridaya TTC may withdraw from the waiting list at any point.
Are booklets and materials included in the price of the HTTC?
Yes. TTC participants will receive an orientation booklet at the beginning of the HTTC, 3 “monthly” booklets summing more than 900 pages, one anatomy and physiology booklet and an “HTTC kit” containing an additional booklet with advice and recommendations for Hridaya Yoga teachers, some inspiring books of Ramana Maharshi, audio files of the HTTC lectures, the PowerPoint presentations used during the lectures and other useful materials.
Besides this, each student will receive a Hridaya Yoga teacher T-shirt for their practicums.
Where will the HTTC be held?
The HTTC will be held at Hridaya Yoga France, Domaine de Longeval, Rhône, France. The center is situated in the Château de Longeval, perched upon a small hill in the rolling Beaujolais countryside between the villages of St Just d’Avray and Chambost-Allières.
The nearest village with a bus stop is Chambost-Allières, and the nearest airport is Lyon’s Saint-Exupéry.
Please see our Getting to Longeval page for more details.
Does the tuition price of the HTTC include accommodation and meals?
The tuition price of the HTTC does not include accommodation and meals. Participants enrolled in the HTTC are advised to book either on-site accommodation upon registration or, we can help to find potential off-site accommodation options for you (please see below for more details).
What kind of accommodation is available? Can you help to organize the accommodation?
There is a variety of accommodation on-site at our château. For the TTC, we are offering a 30% discount on our accommodation. Room options and discounted prices are as follows:
- Dorm accommodation (4-6 people): €775
- Shared room accommodation (2-3 people): €1,430
- Private single room accommodation: €2,500
- Private double/twin room accommodation (with shared bathroom): €2,800
- Private single room accommodation (with private bathroom): €3,390
- Private double/twin room accommodation (with private bathroom): €3,985
For off-site accommodation, we currently have the following two options available:
- Two recently refurbished studio-apartments are available in the nearby village of St Just d’Avray, each for €1,800 for the duration of the TTC. Please click here for apartment and contact details.
- For other potential properties available to rent in the local area, please email email@example.com with your specific requirements and he will be happy to assist in locating the best rental for you.
Is there a meal option that I can book or should I organize my own food?
We have a restaurant on-site that offers offers wholesome vegan and vegetarian meals. As for our accommodation, we are offering a 30% discount on our meal plan options. Our full meal plan option (three meals a day) costs €1,210 for the duration of the course. There is also the option to book breakfast, lunch and dinner meal plans only which may be particularly preferable for those who stay off-site and choose to prepare particular meals at their own accommodation.
From our experience at Hridaya Yoga France, mealtimes are very good moments of socializing and bonding with your colleagues, as sharing your experiences is also an important aspect of Hridaya community.
What is the refund policy if I’m unable to attend the HTTC?
If a student who has been accepted into the HTTC withdraws from the course, the following refund policy applies:
If this withdrawal notice is received before the tuition fee payment deadline (the 15th of August, 2020) the student will be charged 10% of the tuition fee as an administrative surcharge (90% of the tuition fee will be refunded) and 100% of any payments that have been made for food and accommodation.
If this withdrawal notice is received after the tuition fee payment deadline (the 15th of August), but at least one week prior to the course start date, the student will be refunded 50% of the course fees and 100% of any accommodation and food costs. Beginning six days prior to the course, no refunds whatsoever apply.
The first month of the HTTC serves as a semi-trial period, during which all participants will be evaluated with emphasis given to their level of enthusiasm, dedication, and aspiration. At the end of this period, individual meetings will be held between each HTTC student and Sahajananda. A decision will be made at this point as to whether or not a student has demonstrated the necessary qualities to successfully complete the HTTC.
An evaluation will be made such that if HTTC decides after the first month that a student is not fit to become a teacher in this tradition, HTTC Administration will refund two-thirds of the tuition fee and for any accommodation and meals. No refunds will be given after this point in the program.
- Are there some books or other materials that I need to read before the HTTC?
- What do I need to bring to the HTTC?
- Who is the contact person?
- Do I need to have health insurance for the HTTC period?
Are there some books or other materials that I need to read before the HTTC?
Sahajananda recommends that you read all the books in the following list prior to the training in order to familiarize yourself with the non-dual teachings.
Maharshi, Ramana – Who Am I? (Nan Yar?)
Maharshi, Ramana – Self-Enquiry (Vichara Sangraham)
Maharshi, Ramana – Forty Verses on Reality
Maharaj, Nisargadatta – I Am That
Satyananda, Swami – Four Chapters on Freedom: Commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
A comprehensive list of suggested readings, including Sahajananda’s commentaries, can be found at Suggested Reading.
From that list we have selected some of the most relevant books for a Hridaya Yoga Teacher:
A) Classical Texts of Advaita Vedanta
Ashtavakra Gita, An ancient dialogue between two great sages, Astavakra and his disciple, King Janaka, about Advaita Vedanta.
Dattatreya – Avadhuta Gita (The Song of the Ever-Free)
Shankara, Adi – The Crest-Jewel of Discrimination (Viveka-Chudamani), A classical treatise about discrimination between what is Real – the Self – and what is not. Probably the most famous of the books attributed to Shankara.
B) Works of Ramana Maharshi and His Disciples about Advaita Vedanta, the Self-Inquiry Method, and His Perspective about Reality
Ebert, Gabriele – Ramana Maharshi, This biography of Ramana, with many stories about special moments in his life, is well written, and the love for Ramana radiates through her words.
Godman, David – Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, A very systematic book about Ramana’s perspectives. He starts each chapter explaining the significance of the terms used by Ramana and Ramana’s general vision and after that he exemplifies this with quotes. I consider that Godman had some misunderstandings regarding the Heart, but apart from this, this book represents a very good place to start. The topics are: the Self, Self-awareness, Self-inquiry, surrender, meditation, concentration, samadhi, Creation theories and the reality of the world, the nature of God, etc.
Maharshi, Ramana – Who Am I? (Nan Yar?), This work, composed by Bhagavan in the mid-1920s, is the work that originated with answers written in the sand in 1901. It is considered the standard introduction to Bhagavan’s teachings. It is advisable to use the translation of T.M.P. Mahadevan.
Maharshi, Ramana – Self-Enquiry (Vichara Sangraham), This text consists of 40 questions and answers explaining the attitude needed for revealing the Supreme Self. We can find here different analogies used by Ramana for explaining the Ultimate nature of Reality and how individuality appears. It is advisable to use the translation of T.M.P. Mahadevan, who also provides a clear introduction to and explanation of the text.
Maharshi, Ramana – Forty Verses on Reality, This text presents a synthesis of Ramana’s teaching of nonduality and practice of inquiry and was written at the request of his disciple Muruganar, who wanted a brief summary of Ramana’s teaching. Ramana wrote the verses as they came to him, and Muruganar arranged them in a particular order. 40 verses fit a classical Hindu poetic form. Later, Ramana wrote 40 additional verses, and the original 40 verses were put into a supplement to the 40 verses. The text still requires some explanations, especially for a beginner. It has very short and essential affirmations since it is structured as a book of aphorisms.
C) Works of Nisargadatta Maharaj and His Disciples
Maharaj, Nisargadatta – I Am That, Sahajananda considers this work to be possibly the most powerful book in its capability to completely change a life. This is probably the best-known book about Advaita. It consists of short, brilliant dialogues that Maharaj had with visitors. There are answers to questions on a variety of topics of concern to those still trapped in the illusory world, as well as many wonderful, direct, and penetrating statements.
Maharaj, Nisargadatta – Consciousness and the Absolute, This is lesser known than I Am That, but nevertheless it has the same freshness and spiritual power. This book features the last teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, including his final dialogues with people during satsang. In the introduction Jean Dunn, the editor, describes them as “the culmination of the rarest teachings he had to give us; they were the summit of the heights of his wisdom.”
D) Works of Other Contemporary Sages and Spiritual Teachers
Klein, Jean – Who Am I?, Includes dialogues about couples and sexuality from the perspective of Advaita, a conversation on art, etc.
Sivananda, Sri Swami – Vedanta for Beginners, A good introduction to Advaita Vedanta.
Tolle, Eckhart – The Power of Now, The books of Eckhart Tolle are well known and don’t need a presentation here. I strongly recommend them.
Tolle, Eckhart. Stillness Speaks, A very inspiring booklet of aphorisms about stillness, the reality beyond the mind, ego, the Now, surrender, nature, relationships, death, eternity, the end of suffering, etc.
Tolle, Eckhart – A New Earth.
Sivananda, Swami – Mind, Its Mysteries and Control
F) Raja Yoga
Satyananda, Swami – Four Chapters on Freedom: Commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Feurstein, Georg. Encyclopedic Dictionary of Yoga
Feurstein, Georg. Shambhala Guide to Yoga
Sivananda, Swami. Bliss Divine
Yogananda, Paramahansa – Autobiography of a Yogi
What do I need to bring to the HTTC?
Over the span of the HTTC, the weather will vary greatly with likely mostly sunny days from September into October while, as fall progresses and into winter, there will likely be more overcast days with more rainfall (and maybe even some early winter snow!) In the first few weeks of the TTC, daytime temperature highs are likely to still be over 20C but will gradually decline with the onset of fall. Come December, daytime temperature highs will, for the most part, be in the 5-10C range with overnight frosts becoming more frequent.
Therefore, we suggest you bring comfortable yoga clothing, light and warm clothes, alarm clock, torch, journal, water bottle, camera, rain protection, first aid kit, etc.
Who is the contact person?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for more information.
Do I need to have health insurance for the HTTC period?
Particularly if you are resident outside the European Union, we highly recommend that you have health insurance for the entire period that you’ll spend in France.
- Do I need to follow any ethical and moral guidelines?
- What is the attendance policy?
- How many exams are there in the HTTC?
- How much time should I expect to spend in preparation for exams?
- How much time should I expect to spend on my own meditation practice?
- Do I have any free time during the HTTC?
- Are teaching practicums included in the HTTC?
- What are the requirements for certification?
Do I need to follow any ethical and moral guidelines?
HTTC students need to follow the simple rules corresponding to a yogic environment, which are conductive to study, learning and meditation. As we already mentioned, the students are expected to be cigarette, drug and alcohol free.
Also, students are asked to socialize quietly during their breaks when other yoga classes are running in proximity. We recommend the students to have a healthy diet, such as lacto-ovo-vegetarian, for creating proper conditions for yoga practice.
What is the attendance policy?
Full participation is necessary, including attendance of the entire duration of the class periods and lectures. Out of respect for the teachings and the other students and out of your maturity, full participation and attentiveness is required during all lectures and practicums.
To obtain the certificate you have to attend 100 percent of the classes to comply with Yoga Alliance requirements. However, taking into consideration unforeseeable circumstances or illness, we offer the possibility of certification with attendance of at least 90 percent of all classes. This allows for any unexpected sick days, emergencies or logistical days.
HTTC students are asked to contact the HTTC Coordinator before missing any class.
Please note that a late arrival of 20 minutes or more is considered to be an absence. Discipline and diligence on the yogic path start with punctuality at yoga classes.
How many exams are there in the HTTC?
There will be three exams, one given at the end of every month. They are all written tests with a combination of multiple-choice and essay questions derived from lectures and supplemental course materials.
A passing grade on all exams is 80%. If less than 80% is received, then the test will be re-taken, except for the final exam, where no re-take is possible.
How much time should I expect to spend in preparation for exams?
We recommend that you use your daily free time for exam preparation. One hour per day is enough to review the teachings of the day and to note what is unclear.
Thus, you’ll keep up with the pace of the teachings and you’ll absorb the knowledge in a continuous flow.
How much time should I expect to spend on my own meditation practice?
During the HTTC we spend around 2-3 hours in meditation daily. Apart from this, we recommend that you have a minimum daily individual meditation practice of at least 30 minutes at the end of the day.
Do I have any free time during the HTTC?
The training is six days per week, from Monday to Saturday. Usually the days off are Sundays with the exception of the two retreats when the day after the retreat is a day off.
The daily schedule comprises two sessions:
morning session 7:00 am – 1:00 pm and
afternoon session 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Are teaching practicums included in the HTTC?
You will have the opportunity to teach under the supervision of an advanced Hridaya teacher. Three practicum sessions are designed for the HTTC students in order to become more and more confident as Hridaya Yoga teachers.
- What are the responsibilities of a Hridaya Yoga teacher?
- Will I be qualified to teach Hridaya Yoga once I have completed the training?
- Is continuing education required to keep my certification?
- What kind of ongoing support is available?
What are the responsibilities of a Hridaya Yoga teacher?
First of all, a Hridaya Yoga teacher is a devoted student of Stillness. He/She doesn’t aim mainly to transform the life of others for the better, but strives to transform himself/herself into a more and more refined instrument on which the greatest musician, the Self, plays its music of Silence. And one day the player, the instrument and the music will disappear into Oneness.
This is the best gift that we can give to humanity. Despite the metaphorical expressions, they represent the concrete sadhana of a Hridaya Yoga teacher – transforming the body, mind and heart into proper instruments for Self-revelation.
Concretely, a Hridaya Yoga teacher assumes the responsibility of his/her practice by daily meditations, by attending meditation retreats every year, and by cultivating proper attitudes for a Hridaya life.
Will I be qualified to teach Hridaya Yoga once I have completed the training?
The HTTC covers the necessary skills and knowledge for conducting hatha yoga classes, meditation classes and Hridaya Retreats of 3, 4 or 5 days.
On completion of the training, the new Hridaya teachers may apply to the Yoga Alliance for Certification. A fee is payable to Yoga Alliance.
Yoga Alliance Certification offers the added benefit of a listing on their website and the recognition of a national certifying body.
Is continuing education required to keep my certification?
We consider that continuing education is extremely important and valuable, because it will bring more depth into your practice and teachings. The requirement for a Yoga Alliance registered teacher is 30 CEU (continuing education credit) hours per year. See: Yoga Alliance – Continuing Education.
We are offering advanced workshops and courses that are recommended for Hridaya teachers.
For meditation teachers, Sahajananda strongly recommends the attendance of a Pratyabhijna Retreat, a 49-day individual meditation retreat with the personal guidance of Sahajananda.
What kind of ongoing support is available?
All our Hridaya Yoga graduates are welcome to contact us regarding any questions and to request support. Courses and materials that are developed for Hridaya teachers will be sent to all our graduates.
We offer periodic newsletters through which the new Hridaya teachers can be informed about all the Hridaya activities, courses, retreats, and workshops.