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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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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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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Estelle Vincent

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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Paulina Gostomski

Paulina’s curiosity towards yoga started as a physical exercise around 2003. However, everything shifted when she did her first 10-Day silent retreat in 2011. Since then yoga, in all its facets, is at the very core of her life and all else revolves around it. She has participated in and taught silent meditation retreats, yoga modules and workshops in Mexico and Europe. Paulina loves to share the depth and light that meditation and yoga have brought into her life. What keeps her enthusiasm is to see the transformation and peace that this way of life brings to people from all…