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 the world mean. Before knowing any formal meditation method, they spent many hours together contemplating the sea, the sky, and the flowers. Simona continued a very similar journey and, much later, contributed to the creation of the Hridaya Yoga vision. Sahajananda’s yoga master was Grieg, an adept of Tantra Yoga. In 1989, after the fall of the Communist regime in Romania, thousands of people expressed their interest in Eastern spirituality and yoga. In response to their aspirations, a yoga school was created, the Movement for Spiritual Integration into the Absolute (MISA, per its initials in Romanian). In addition to being…

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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. In 1997, she started to lead groups of women in practicing Mahavidya Yoga, her favorite branch of yoga. The first encounter with meditation was in 2000 when she joined her partner, Sahajananda, for a meditation retreat in one of the remote caves of the Romanian countryside. The 3 weeks spent in solitude and silence made her understand for the first time how difficult it is to quiet the mind, how much discipline and perseverance one has to have in order to go deeper in meditation, and what determination is needed for the one who aspires to know the Truth. The confrontation…

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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. In 1995, she founded the Kamala Meditation and Yoga Centre in Brasov with Liviu Gheorghe and established a medical clinic based on natural and yoga methods in the Ceahlau Mountains. Simona, Liviu Gheorghe, Sebastian Teodor, Veronica Cernat, and Sahajananda are co-founders of the Kamala Yoga and Meditation Centre (established in 2007). In 1999, together with some colleagues, Simona founded a yoga school in London. Being together with Sahajananda in life, and on the spiritual path, since 1976, Simona participated in the roots and flowering of Hridaya Yoga from the very beginning. In the 1990s, Simona, Sahajananda, and some other friends spread the teachings of yoga to large groups…

Hridaya Teachers

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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 partner Valentina. He teaches in English, German, and French.

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Jessica Bornhäuser

“Deepening on the path of Love and the Heart, waking up to presence, serving for the benefit of all”– Jessica describes her inspiration to serve at Hridaya. With a background in psychology and an education in midwifery, she spent several years working as a midwife – a continuous practice in presence, in pure intimacy with life. Following the calling for a deeper truth and greater freedom, she expanded her life’s path in 2016, embarking on travels to Central America and Asia to study further practices of healing, bodywork, and spirituality. Making time for a more continuous practice of yoga, she began to explore the depths of meditation. She completed her first 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training in Hatha and Calligraphy Yoga in Costa Rica. The calling for a deeper truth and greater freedom lead her onwards to Hridaya Mexico. First serving as a Karma Yogi, she was deeply touched by the non-dual teachings and consequently completed the 500hr Hridaya Teacher Training Course in 2018. Currently, she is serving as a teacher and as Karma Yoga Coordinator at Hridaya France. She loves to share the beauty of the teachings of the Heart – opening further to the mystery of life unfolding…

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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 Meditation in Guatemala, and is a beloved member of the teaching team at our center in Mazunte, teaching in the Hridaya Modules, leading 3-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats in Spanish, and offering workshops on Compassionate Communication. As she continues on the path, she welcomes the constant invitation to verify the certainty of the teachings through direct experience, emphasizing that the ultimate authority is the Heart. She continually finds the inspiration to live in a witnessing embrace of All That Is, in which a deeper Freedom and Naturalness arise spontaneously. She has discovered an intimate connection with a deeper dimension of Existence, an all-encompassing…

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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- and 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats, and yoga and meditation workshops in Europe, Asia, and America. She is a qualified Tantra teacher and has shared many workshops on conscious love and relating. She teaches in English, Spanish and Italian. Valentina regularly dedicates time to her personal practice with lengthy periods of solitude and dark room retreats. She recently completed a 50-day dark room retreat.

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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, completing the Hridaya Teacher Training Course in 2017. Since then, he has been teaching consistently at our centers in Mexico and France and enjoys sharing and connecting in transparency, joy, and truthfulness.