Senior Teachers

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Sahajananda

Sahajananda, the main founder of Hridaya Yoga, is a meditation and hatha yoga teacher with over 30 years of experience. His message conveys the non-dual tantric teachings. An engineer in electronics by education, Sahajananda started practicing yoga and meditation in 1981, the year in which yoga was banned in Communist Romania. This fact only brought him more depth, determination, and spiritual aspiration. At age 14, the revelation of true Love came when he first met Simona. This sparked the first inspirations regarding the core message of Hridaya. Her presence was both an inspiration and a guide for what sacredness and wonderment of…

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Antoaneta Gotea

Antoaneta Maria Gotea was born in July 1972, in Bucharest, Romania. The memories from her early age about her father practicing complicated physical exercises (known in yoga as uddiyana bandha) and unusual breathing (pranayama) synergistically connected with her mother’s teachings about the existence of subtle bodies and reincarnation and this blossomed later in a genuine spiritual aspiration. Her search for an authentic spiritual path led her at the age of 21 to a yoga course while she was a student at Politechnical University in Bucharest. She studied Raja Yoga, Mahavidya Yoga and Kashmir Shaivism at a yoga school in Romania.…

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Arnaud Philibert

Arnaud Philibert is a senior yoga and meditation teacher. As a child, he was passionate about history and spirituality. That led him to walk the Camino of Santiago in Spain and to explore ancient and sacred places in both Europe and Asia. After an intense period of sadhana in Tantra Yoga and Vajrayana (Tibetan Buddhism), he met Sahajananda in 2007 and started a series of Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats with him. He lives with his family close to Longeval.  

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Claud Vaduva

Claud has dedicated his life entirely to spiritual matters since 2005, a culmination of many intersecting circumstances and tributary interests cultivated since childhood. In 2007 he met Sahajananada. In 2011 he joined the Hridaya Yoga School mission. When involved in teaching, whatever the topic he shares about has a single pointed direction: a rallying towards the essence, what he believes to be of utmost importance for humanity, that shift towards freedom.  

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Simona Trandafir

Simona Trandafir has been a spiritual teacher since 1985. During this time, she has inspired and coordinated large groups of yogis. She is an experienced yoga teacher, as acknowledged by Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500). Even though she is a graduate of the Automation and Computer University, she felt that her entire life should be dedicated to opening people’s hearts towards the inherent beauty of existence. This is what she was called to do since she was 12, and she now continues her mission.  Hundreds of people from Bucharest, Constanta, Brasov, and other places in Romania started practicing yoga with Simona.…

Hridaya Teachers

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Déborah

Déborah discovered yoga in 2014 while living in San Francisco and working at a little theatre company. She started her practice exploring different schools from Vinyasa to Iyengar, and then Integral Yoga, slowly opening the way to a more spiritual and profound approach of Yoga and kindling in her a curiosity to learn meditation. Her first meditation homes were the Zen Center and the Insight Meditation Center of San Francisco. These experiences planted the seeds that led her in 2016 to quit her job and follow a Hatha Yoga teacher training course in Guatemala. Deeply touched by the teachings she…

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Estelle

Estelle found her way into spirituality through movement and dance. In dancing, she reached meditative states, but only years later recognized them as such. In 2015 she traveled to Guatemala, where she came into contact with yoga and formal meditation for the first time. She started realizing that what she had previously experienced had indeed been a form of meditation, and her curiosity and fascination for the inner world drove her further into the esoteric teachings of spirituality. In Guatemala, she had her first experience of retreating into silence – an experience that had a deep impact on her, and that…

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Gesine Leicht

Gesine found in the teachings of Hridaya a well of personal transformation and a fountain of freedom. Being a practitioner of Hridaya Meditation and Yoga since 2012, a deep love and appreciation developed for the teachings and the community. Since completing the teacher training in 2015, she has taught in both Hridaya centers and also brings the practice of contemplative yoga to different social projects. Sharing the Hridaya philosophy has become a joyful passion – seeking into the Heart of each moment a life purpose.

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Hadi Beyrouti

Hadi was born in Lebanon and grew up in Germany. He arrived at Hridaya Mexico in 2017 and has been living and teaching there since. Touched by the Heart, and inspired by Claud and Sahajananda, the direction of his life was turned towards service and Truth. Punctuating his periods of service, Hadi dedicates his time to the Heart in the form of long periods in solitude and darkroom retreats. Hadi teaches Hatha Yoga classes, 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats, and in the Karma Yoga Immersion Course. Every year he leads the New Year’s Retreat at the Hermitage, Guatemala with his…

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Jürgen Reder

Jürgen felt a yearning early on in life for spiritual teachings and a pull for the East, which first started when he was 17 with reading Herman Hesse’s novel Siddhartha, prompting a journey to Asia. He later followed courses in Daoism and meditation at university alongside his studies in political sciences, and continued to travel to Asian countries, even living for some time in China and Thailand. His life however really took a turn when he was introduced to Yoga in 2014. He started to passionately practice and live these teachings, and made the decision to leave his corporate life in…

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Luna Cabasés Corral

Originally from Spain, Luna had been sharing the Hridaya teachings informally since she first discovered them in 2012. A profound fascination with the non-dual teachings and a burning longing to directly experience their truth led her to deepen her practice and join the Hridaya Teacher Training Course in 2014. She now teaches with the certainty that life can be lived from the Heart, in full openness, and with a loving desire for all sentient beings to reveal their real nature, to come into the fullness of who they truly are. Luna participated in the 2015 49-Day Prathyabhijna Retreat, co-led a 30-Day Hridaya Silent…

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Valentina Cannavò

At a young age, Valentina was fortunate enough to travel. It was during these travels that she first encountered meditation at a Vipassana retreat. She immediately felt an urge to explore this deeper dimension of Being and cultivated a strong meditation practice, serving and sitting in many Vipassana retreats. Valentina arrived at Hridaya Yoga Mexico in 2012 and fell in love with the encompassing vision and teachings of the Heart. She completed the HTTC in 2014, benefiting from the transmission of the teachings and presence of Sahajananda. Inspired by the depth of the Heart, Vale teaches Hatha Yoga classes, 3-…

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Xavier Lequarré

Originally from Belgium, Xavier is a seasoned traveler who is passionate about exploring other cultures, lifestyles, and traditions. In 2006, he became almost blind, which was a turning point in his life, forcing him to pause and look inside. Realizing that what he was seeking externally could be found through an internal journey, he simultaneously recovered his sight and started practicing yoga, at first in the Iyengar tradition, practicing yoga and meditation in India, and then doing a teacher training course in the yoga of energy in Switzerland. He discovered Hridaya in 2015 and deepened his practice with the school,…