Hridaya Yoga Teachers

Sharing from the Heart

Senior Teachers

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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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Claudiu Vaduva

Claud, a Romanian-born Leo, moved to New York City in his adolescent years, growing up there and becoming a U.S. citizen. An engineer by schooling but former computer geek by employment, he feels compelled to teach yoga to those who are seeking the spiritualization of their lives. Growth and evolution are his big motivators, both for himself and for others. Evolution toward what? He believes the beauty of life is available to everyone who asks for it. He feels yoga is a wonderful tradition, a tested tradition, and for those who have questions outside of the accepted tracks, it can prove…

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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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Aliona Stratula

Aliona has been practicing yoga and therapy for over 10 years. She has a global view of the human being and a holistic approach to yoga, combining bodywork and therapeutic work. Since discovering Hridaya Yoga, her understanding of life has been turned upside down. These teachings of the Heart have supported her in major life changes and opened the way for a better quality of life. Aliona wants to contribute to the transmission of these teachings that have had so much impact into her life. She lives and teaches Hridaya Meditation and Hatha Yoga in Paris. She is also a…

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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,…

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Alison Bond

When Alison first came to yoga for its health benefits in 2010, she had no idea that the profound spiritual path unfolding before her would become her life’s calling! It is Alison’s passion to share the yogic teachings and the message of the Heart with all those who seek Truth. A Truth-seeker herself, Alison’s path led her to schools and teachers in India, Thailand, Canada, and Mexico, where she explored the deep reality that yoga and meditation point us toward. When Alison found Hridaya Yoga in 2012, she knew she had comes across a true gem in this community where…

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David Coleman

David’s spiritual journey began at a young age, with a deep intuition and longing for a connection to Truth. It was only when he came to Mazunte and first experienced the Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat that he really connected to the truth of the non-dual teachings and the truth within himself. David was grateful to participate in both the 49-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat and the Hridaya Teacher Training Course in 2015. David has served the Hridaya Community as a Karma Yogi, the Karma Yoga Program Coordinator of Hridaya Mexico, and as a teacher. He feels so blessed to share…

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Elaj van Remmen

Elaj was raised by her parents with a grounding in spiritual values, so was already familiar with many of the teachings shared at Hridaya upon encountering the school in Mazunte during a trip to Central America in 2015. She was, however, not familiar with the teachings within the context of the yogic tradition. Finding herself deeply inspired by these traditional teachings, her outlook on life subsequently changed in a quite radical way. She discovered newfound confidence in herself and started to share what she had learned with her family and friends. Two years later, and with a desire to share…

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Julio Garreta

Julio was born in Barcelona in 1989. As a teenager he started to develop a fascination for spirituality, with a longing to understand and go deeper into love. This intuition brought him to participate in a Vipassana retreat, which was the first step in his spiritual path. A couple of years later he went to India to find answers to all his questions. India finally brought him to Thailand, where he met Sahajananda for the first time. His heart was deeply touched by the purity of intention in Sahajananda’s teachings. Now, he also shares these teachings with deep joy as…

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Naomi White

Naomi fell in love with the Spiritual Heart when she first discovered Hridaya Yoga through a 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat in 2011. She then went on to train as a Clinical Psychologist and afterward completed the Hridaya Teacher Training Course. She now incorporates an integrated understanding of the personal, interpersonal, and transpersonal domains both as a Hridaya teacher and a psychotherapist. She enjoys supporting people on the spiritual path as they delve into a deepening intimacy with themselves on all levels.    

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Paulina Gostomski

Paulina loves to share the depth and light that meditation and yoga have brought to her life. She started doing yoga just as a physical exercise around 15 years ago. Everything shifted when she did her first 10-day Vipassana retreat 7 years ago. Since then, she has done many silent meditation retreats. A new kind of love and depth touched her heart, which she is so happy to share now with all of humanity. Paulina has been studying with many different teachers, took two 200-hour yoga teacher trainings and in 2017 she completed the 500-hour Hridaya Teacher Training Course.  …

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Tasha Friedman

Tasha has been part of the Hridaya family since 2015, when she participated in her first retreat in Mazunte and fell in love with the path of the Heart. Born in Massachusetts, she was living in New York City in her early 20’s when she started searching for deeper meaning. She found a guiding light in Tibetan Buddhism and yoga soon after, and began to travel the world. Since then, she has completed several long retreats in solitude as well as the Hridaya Teacher Training Course. As a teacher, she draws on her own experience as well as her diverse…

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