Hridaya Yoga Retreat:

Module 1 Intensive

Much More Than Just Physical Postures

When Yoga Becomes Meditation

The Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive is a holistic course that creates the conditions for the revelation of your Real Nature, the Spiritual Heart.

It is a life-changing journey in which important yogic topics are introduced in both a practical and theoretical way.

The practice of Hatha Yoga provides an intimate inner knowledge of the physical body, bio-energies, and chakras (energy centers), as well as of our Ultimate Nature. A contemplative attitude and an awareness of the Spiritual Heart are an important part of the practice.

Module 1 is an 18-day course that is offered in three weeks in Longeval. As a total immersion in the teachings often leads to profound transformation, we heartily recommend that you complete the course in one 3-week period (and offer a 30% discount on the tuition fee if you book the “Full Course” option)However, as we understand that it is not always possible to take such a long “yoga vacation,” you are also welcome to join the course for 1-2 weeks at a time. The weeks may be completed in any order and each begins with an introductory session that provides a short recap of the content of the previous weeks. This ensures that you are able to comfortably relax into the course and get the deepest benefits.

During the course, you will be introduced to fundamental concepts in Hatha Yoga and meditation and the subtleties of the Hridaya approach. Your teachers will guide you through a purification process via the practice of different asanas (postures) and kriyas (purification techniques). And, you’ll learn how to deepen your inner transformation and allow grace to flow more easily into your daily life.

The Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive is a highly beneficial program that can bring about wondrous results at the physical, psychological, and mental levelsSome of the benefits of this inner journey are:

  • Learning how to open to the limitless and universal nature of energy.
  • Opening your heart deeply.
  • Regenerating at the psycho-mental level.
  • Creating the conditions for deep relaxation and “transfiguration” of the body.

To support your integration of the teachings, you will receive daily course papers that provide valuable theoretical and practical information. Supplementary materials for evening lectures are available in a separate booklet, which you may purchase in Longeval or on Amazon.

“I was super impressed with this course! It helped bring new awareness in my life journey, embracing the connection between all aspects of yoga.”

Content

The Module 1 Intensive is a three-week course that artfully builds on itself:

Week 1: Introduction & Subtle Structures

  • Features classes that include longer lectures and are a slow, gentle start to the course
  • Focuses on introducing fundamental yogic concepts and the basics of the Hridaya Yoga practice
  • Shares 6 important purification techniques

Week 2: Purification

  • Features classes that include more time for Hatha Yoga practice and tips for experiencing asanas as meditation
  • Discusses 6 of the 10 yamas and niyamas (yogic ethics)
  • Shares 2 more powerful purification techniques and offers yogic dietary recommendations

Week 3: Spiritual Transformation & Grace

  • Features deep Hatha Yoga classes in which the asanas are held for longer periods
  • Focuses on sublimation techniques, important practices for raising energy
  • Completes the discussion of yogic ethics and shares ideas for bringing daily life into spirituality

You’ll learn about:

  • The principles of Hridaya Hatha Yoga and the stages of performing an asana
  • Both the practice and the symbolic significance of more than 30 asanas, yogic techniques, and warm-up exercises
  • Yogic subtle anatomy (chakras, nadis, etc.) and the polarity of energy
  • Ramana Maharshi‘s Self-Enquiry method and the infinite power of the Spiritual Heart
  • Yogic purification techniques and dietary recommendations
  • Cultivating contentment and other attitudes for a Hridaya life
  • Simple pranayama, concentration, and meditation techniques
  • Yoga Nidra–lucid dreaming and the yoga of sleep in the Tibetan tradition
  • Powerful yogic practices for the sublimation of energy
  • Bhakti Yoga–the yoga of devotion
  • The concepts of karma and Karma Yoga–the yoga of action done with awareness, detachment, and love

A typical day of practice includes:

  • 1 hour of meditation (optional)
  • 4 hours of Hatha Yoga practice (Week 1 features shorter practice sessions)
  • A 2-hour lecture
  • Mini-lectures on purification techniques and meditation practices

Schedule

7:00-8:00Meditation
8:15-10:00Breakfast and break
10:00-12:30Hatha Yoga
12:30-13:15Lunch
13:15-15:00Karma Yoga or free time
15:00-17:00Hatha Yoga
17:00-19:00Lecture
19:00-20:00Dinner
20:00-22:00Free time or optional activities
22:00Mauna (noble silence)

Pricing and Registration

You may choose to do the full course in one visit or come for 1-2 weeks at a time. As the course builds on itself, we recommend attending the weeks in order. However, you may register for whatever week best suits your schedule. Find booking links in the appropriate section below and click Pricing and Registration for a list of prices and types of accommodation available when you want to visit. 

Module 1 Intensive Full Course Bookings (30% Discount on Tuition)

Dates CoursePricing and Registration
January 7 - 28, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Full Course)
February 10 - March 3, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Full Course)
March 17 - April 7, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Full Course)
April 21 - May 12, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Full Course)
May 26 - June 16, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Full Course)
June 30 - July 21, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Full Course)

Module 1 Intensive Week 1 Bookings

Dates CoursePricing and Registration
January 7 - 14, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 1)
February 10 - 17, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 1)
March 17 - 24, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 1)
April 21 - 28, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 1)
May 26 - June 2, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 1)
June 30 - July 7, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 1)

Module 1 Intensive Week 2 Bookings

Dates CoursePricing and Registration
January 14 - 21, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 2)
February 17 - 24, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 2)
March 24 - 31, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 2)
April 28 - May 5, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 2)
June 2 - 9, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 2)
July 7 - 14, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 2)

Module 1 Intensive Week 3 Bookings

Dates CoursePricing and Registration
January 21 - 28, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 3)
February 24 - March 3, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 3)
March 31 - April 7, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 3)
May 5 - 12, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 3)
June 9 - 16, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 3)
July 14 - 21, 2019 Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive (Week 3)

Please Note:

  • This course is presented in English. Please read the Payment and Refund Guidelines before booking.
  • The tuition for booking the entire module is offered at a 30% discount compared to booking individual weeks.
  • The dates listed above are for accommodation. The course begins the morning after the date of arrival and ends the evening before departure. Check-in is available from 14:00 on arrival day.
  • When joining us for your first week of Module 1, please plan to arrive early enough to allow time to get settled in your accommodations before the Orientation Session that will be held at 18:00 on arrival day. Prior to the start of Weeks 2 & 3, this session will include a short recap of the content of previous week(s), so please be sure to attend if you are not completing the course in order.
  • 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.

The Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive will be held at Domaine de Longeval, a castle nestled in the beautiful countryside of Beaujolais.

The Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive is open to everyone and will enable both beginners and advanced practitioners to dive deep into the practice.

  • To receive a certificate for Module 1, you need to attend at least 15 full days of the course.
  • Graduating from Module 1 will enable you to continue with the higher modules.
  • Once you have completed Module 1, you can repeat it by donation at any time here in France or at the Hridaya Yoga Center in Mazunte, Mexico (the course content is the same in both locations).