What is Hridaya Hatha Yoga?
The Sanskrit word hridaya means Heart. Hridaya Yoga is a spiritual path whose main purpose is to create the proper conditions for the revelation our Real Self, atman, or, the Spiritual Heart, as it is named in many traditions.
The Heart can be seen as the “meeting place” for all those who wish to live in a sacred manner. It was often affirmed that the Heart is our real home. Therefore, Hridaya Yoga is simply an invitation to be at home, trusting in what we really are, enjoying this centering and awareness.
The core of Hridaya Yoga consists in a specific form of meditation and the teachings about nonduality expressed in the Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat.
In Hridaya Hatha Yoga, the asanas (postures) are performed while maintaining the inner spiritual attitudes recommended in the traditional texts of Tantra, Hatha Yoga, and Kashmir Shaivism. They are oriented towards getting intimate inner knowledge of the physical body, of its bio-energies, and of our Real Nature, the Spiritual Heart.
Ultimately, a transfiguration of the body appears which helps us understand that spirituality is not about being free FROM the body, but about being free IN the body.
The hatha yoga practice should always bring relaxation and happiness, rather than effort or strain.
What is Hridaya Meditation?
Hridaya Meditation is a practice inspired by the teachings of Ramana Maharshi.
The awareness of the Heart Center
A very simple but powerful way to detach from thoughts
Self-enquiry as a way to let go of any identification with the body, sensations, emotions, thoughts, and mind