Hridaya Hatha Yoga and Meditation Retreat

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3-days HeartMind Retreat

With Dr. Adina Riposan-Taylor
Satya Sattva Studio, Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach City (ACTIVE Dec 2014 – May 2021)
Visit Hridaya Yoga International Branch in North Florida page.

Adina (Saraswati Devi) has completed over 800-hr Yoga Teacher Trainings in several countries and yoga styles, and has dedicated her life to self-realisation and helping and guiding others towards the discovery of the Truth, Oneness, and the journey into the Spiritual Heart.
She is a 500-hr Hridaya Hatha Yoga Certified Teacher, and has founded the US branch of Hridaya Yoga school.
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HeartMind Retreat Description


Retreat Schedule

Day 1:
7:00 am – 8:00 am: Personal practice
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 11:00 am: Introduction in Hridaya Hatha Yoga & Meditation
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Methods & tips for effective Meditation practice – part 1
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Methods & tips for effective Meditation practice – part 2
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Get together, Q&A

Day 2:
7:00 am – 8:00 am: Personal practice
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 11:00 am: Yoga and the Heart
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Hridaya Hatha Yoga session (Asanas teaching & guided practice)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Meditation of the Heart – teaching & practice
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Chanting & Meditation; Q&A

Day 3:
7:00 am – 8:00 am: Personal practice
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 11:00 am: Yoga and the Breath
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Hridaya Hatha Yoga session (Asanas teaching & guided practice)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Pranayama teaching & practice
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Dinner & Closing


Workshops Description

  • Yoga and the Heart

    • Yoga in relation to the Cardiovascular System (2h)

      Presentation and discussion on the human Anatomy & Physiology of the Heart, analysing the relationships between health-related exercising – such as yoga – and the Cardiovascular System, and explaining how yoga may improve its functions and overall health and longevity. We’ll discuss the relations between the Brain and the Heart, the Energetics of the Heart, the Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence, expending the Heart’s connections, and the amazing benefits of Creating Coherence – the state that brings the mind, heart and emotions in perfect harmony, energetic alignment and cooperation.

    • Study and practice of the Meditation of the Heart (2h)

      A collection of Buddhist, Hindu, Sufi, Shivait, and Christian methods of meditation and self-inquiry that build up a strong practice for awakening the Spiritual Heart, developing the body of light and pure sacred Spandic vibration. Unique integration of Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Tantra, and Dzogchen, for accessing our real essential nature, the Supreme Self, Atman.


  • Yoga and the Breath

    • Yoga in relation to the Respiratory System (2h)

      Presentation and discussion on the Anatomy of Breathing, the Mechanics of Breathing, and the influence yoga practice and breathing exercises can have on improving the breathing patterns, our overall health and vitality, well-being, equanimity and longevity. We’ll discuss the Science of Pranayama – focusing on the breathing importance in Kryia Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Swara Yoga, and Tantra Yoga, as well as Breath and Love Making – outlining benefits from health improvement to the increase in sexual compatibility between partners.

    • Pranayama training (2h)

      We’ll start with simple beginners methods and we’ll progress toward more advanced pranayama exercises – integrating breathing, mentalization and visualization. We’ll discuss associated mudras, bandhas, and body postures that increase the efficiency of pranayama methods and can optimise our practice. We’ll spend the last hour taking pranayama to the level of triggering superior states of consciousness – spiritual controlled altered states of consciousness that will be experienced with full awareness and witness attitude.


  • Intensive Hridaya Hatha Yoga Workshops

    In this workshops, we will study the fundamental principles of Hridaya Yoga and we’ll introduce the practice of this profound esoteric Yoga system. Hridaya Hatha Yoga creates the condition for deep relaxation and for opening to realize the “transfiguration” of the body itself. During the practice of Hatha Yoga, the physical asanas combine with Advaita, the vision of non-duality. Asanas are performed while holding the inner spiritual attitudes recommended in traditional texts of Tantra and Shaivism including Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Spanda Karika, Shiva Sutra, etc.

    Read more about Attitudes and Principles in Hridaya Hatha Yoga
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  • Methods & Tips for Improving the Meditation Practice

    • Warm-ups, Stretching & Relaxation:
      We will learn and practice several effective ways of stretching the body and settling into a state of relaxation, de-contraction and release of tension, important pre-requisites for effective meditation.
    • Proper Postures for Meditation: (“turning the body into a proper instrument for Self-realization”)
      We’ll discuss a series of meditation postures that, by their complex physical, mental, spiritual and esoteric effects, have the higher capacity to trigger the meditative states, as well as to provide a still, steady, relaxed, and comfortable base for maintaining longer and grounded meditation sessions.
    • Mudras: (gestures and attitudes for re-directing prana)
      We’ll study a series of gestures and attitudes that act as “anchors” for superior states of consciousness. We’ll discuss the effects and purposes of these mudras for channeling the prana and re-directing it in ways that deepen concentration and awareness.
    • Bandhas: (specific body locks)
      We’ll combine mudras and bandhas for preparing, enhancing and optimising the meditative experience.
    • Dosha Awareness: Advice for meditators according to their dominant dosha.
    • Overcoming Laxity & Excitement:
      We’ll discuss methods for developing mindfulness, awareness, witness consciousness – the vigilance required for achieving success in meditation, by overcoming the restless (rajasic) distractions and the lethargic (tamasic) distractions. We’ll progress toward establishing the optimal mind states and emotional background that will allow meditation to become an enjoyable and permanent part of our lives.
    • Favourable Moments for Meditation:
      We’ll provide some recommendations for choosing the favourable moments that facilitate the meditative states, while progressing toward being able to meditate anytime, anywhere.


Beginners welcome, no experience required !

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