Swami Vivekananda Saraswati
Born in 1962, Swami Vivekananda Saraswati is the brilliant exponent of a unique and modern trend of thinking in Yoga. Educated as an electrical engineer, he is a passionate and dedicated teacher of the true, ancient lines of Indian and Tibetan Yoga, rapidly becoming lost in today’s “spiritual marketplace.”
Although he does not deviate in spirit from the traditional teachings of ancient masters, he has found the resources to present spirituality not as something dogmatic and dead, but as a living science, based on common sense and joy, which at the same time fulfills the fundamental quest of man.
He first studied spiritual sciences at the age of 16 with his first spiritual mentor and, by the onset of university studies three years later, had begun intense yogic and tantric practice under the guidance of his first guru. During the Communist period of the 1980s, Romanian Yoga teachers suffered severe persecution (arrests, torture, beatings, etc.), and Swami was one of those who shared this fate. In 1990 he moved to Copenhagen where he founded NATHA, now Denmark’s largest Yoga school. In 1998, Swami Vivekananda – a gold medalist in the Physics Olympics who was also accepted for membership to Mensa International – took full sannyasa vows at the Kumbha Mela in India, at which time his diksha guru gave him his new and famous name representing discriminating insight. Subsequently, he spent four years in India, where he taught in Rishikesh, and was so well regarded that the Indian government found him best qualified to represent Yoga at its International Yoga Week!
While restrained by a modesty that prevents him from discussing it often, Swami Vivekananda has reached high states of spiritual realization and samadhi, and therefore can offer a proven path to spiritual accomplishment and does so in well-articulated concepts. He is one of the few Western tantric teachers well versed in Kundalini Yoga and Gnostic Christianity, and even specializing in the intensely spiritual Tantra Yoga of Kashmir Shaivism. His genius is in giving a coherent representation of world spirituality in an impeccably practical form.
In the middle of an intense teaching schedule, Swami is calm and tireless. One moment he is healing (he is a practitioner of chiropractic and other healing methods), another moment lecturing on subjects outside the courses or giving direct initiations to a class, sometimes demonstrating asanas or pranayama, other times discussing personal life problems with pupils, possibly in their own language (he speaks five). He inspires with his personal example, with examples from history, quoting uninterruptedly from scores of ancient texts and spiritual masters – and with a great sense of humor.
This exceptional man, who has dedicated his life to guiding others along this pure and true spiritual path, is regarded by his pupils as a highly realized, beloved Yoga master and gifted teacher.
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.
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, Sahajananda also served as vice-president, supporting his teacher and playing an important role in developing the yoga school.
In addition to being a yoga teacher, Sahajananda was the director of the Sofia Publishing House and for many years, he coordinated three monthly magazines on the topics of yoga, mysteries, and tantra.
He has extensive experience with inducing profound and elevated meditative states. He pursued many solitary caves retreats following the example of Ramana Maharishi. In 2002 after reaching high spiritual realization, began to guide groups of people using this methods. He has led this special retreat for thousand of participants scross the world.
Later in 2006, at the invitation of his good friend and yoga colleague Swami Vivekananda Sarasvati (the founder of Agama Yoga), started giving monthly silent meditation retreats in Koh Phangan, Thailand.
In 2011, Sahajananda together with Antoaneta and other pupils, designed the Hridaya Teacher Training Course and in 2012 opening the first Hridaya center in Mazunte, Mexico.
His great aspiration and dedication attracts many people to the teaching of the Spiritual Heart and the Hridaya comunity is growing constantly, recently the opening of a new center in Longeval France is another dream come true of a spiritual comunity based on living with a open Heart.