Hridaya Teacher Training Course – Criteria for Certification

The following Criteria for Certification must be met by all students wishing to become Hridaya Meditation and Hatha Yoga teachers.

If during the Hridaya Teacher Training Course (HTTC) any staff member becomes aware of any breach of these criteria, the HTTC Administration will be notified. We will investigate and address the matter promptly, in a case-appropriate manner.

We reserve the right to deny certification to any student who does not fulfill course obligations or who does not meet the Hridaya Teacher Training Course standards, detailed below.

In the event that certification is withheld, it will be at the sole and final discretion of Sahajananda to grant permission to retake the course.

Hridaya Teacher Training Course Standards:


With the exception of emergencies, the HTTC expects full attendance of al sessions in order to earn a certificate at the end of the course. Receipt of certificates is pending the successful outcome of a student’s exams. A student will be granted a small margin of excused absences from class sessions (5 percent or less) to account for illness, visa runs, or emergencies.

Attendance is defined as participation in all facets of each scheduled session: theoretical presentation, asana practice, meditation, interviews, teaching workshops, retreats, etc.

A student who does not meet the attendance minimum will not receive his or her teaching certificate. If a student’s excessive absence is due to a legitimate reason, such as an illness or other health emergency, he or she may join a future HTTC at a cost of 25 percent of the course. The student must successfully attend all classes and pass all exams (with the same margin of absenteeism noted above) in order to earn the course certificate.

Otherwise, should certification be withheld due to unexcused absences, the student may – upon reapplication to the program and reapproval – reattend the HTTC at a future date for the full program fee in order to receive certification.

It will be the student’s responsibility to make up any missed course material for excused absences.


Three exams mark a student’s progress throughout the course. Questions are taken from lecture presentations and supplemental course materials. Participants must complete the course with a cumulative passing exam average, in addition to attendance verification, in order to receive their teaching certification.

Practicum Workshop Training

Successful completion of all practicum teaching assignments is a requirement for certification. Presentations must demonstrate a student’s ability to teach using the Hridaya Yoga methodology. This includes a good command of the scripted mnemonics, as well as the theoretical absorption of the material itself. This understanding is demonstrated by the proper understanding of the course materials, correct answers to questions when student-teaching, etc.

Professional and Ethical Behavior

After certification, a Hridaya Meditation and Yoga teacher is expected to adhere to certain standards. These will be fully described in the Spiritual Code that students are required to sign at the end of the course.

If there is found to be a professional or ethical complaint against a Hridaya teacher, an inquiry will be made. If a legitimate basis for the complaint is found, it could result in suspension of the teacher or other limitations placed on the teacher’s use of the name “Hridaya.”

Use of the Name “Hridaya”

We encourage Hridaya Teacher Training Course participants, upon graduation, to go out and teach Hridaya Yoga. The name “Hridaya” should be honored by the behavior and competence of the meditation and hatha yoga teacher.