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Sabina

Originally hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Sabina’s spiritual journey started with slow and tentative steps at the age of 21.

Her first encounter occurred spontaneously in 2007, when she attended a satsang at a Sri Chinmoy Centre in Auckland. The monk shared about nirvana and samsara and revealing our ‘buddha nature’. Even though she didn’t understand everything he was sharing, the monk’s words lit the spark in her heart and was the beginning of what was to become a lifelong journey exploring the path of meditation.

In the years that followed, Sabina explored a number of styles of meditation, including practices from Theravada Buddhism, Kadampa Buddhism, and also practices from contemporary mindfulness meditation teachers.

In those early years, she certainly wouldn’t describe her meditation practice as steady! Life was busy, and days were full – Sabina completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland and then went on to practice several years as a commercial lawyer. Meditation would ebb and flow from her life – a practice that she valued and employed when times were challenging, but not part of the fabric of everyday life.

Her journey on the spiritual path accelerated in a radical way after completing a ten day silent meditation retreat at Hridaya Yoga in the beach town of Mazunte, Mexico. The retreat experience was deeply transformative and inspiring, so much so, she halted her legal career and dedicated herself full-time to the practice of hatha yoga, meditation and karma yoga at Hridaya Yoga for the following two years.

During these two years, Sabina developed a deep love for the practice of Hatha Yoga. She found the Hatha Yoga taught at Hridaya especially inspiring, because it guides us in a journey of developing intimate inner knowledge of our physical body, energies, and chakras (energy centers). On an even deeper level, Hridaya Hatha Yoga helps us to open our hearts and bring awareness to our inner most essence.

Sabina completed Hatha Yoga Modules 1-4 at Hridaya Yoga, accumulating over 261 hours of Yoga Alliance certified continuing education. Sabina additionally completed the 500 hour (Yoga Alliance certified) teacher training course in December 2019.

Since the first meditation retreat in 2017, Sabina went on to sit many more long meditation retreats, at Hridaya Yoga and also at S.N. Goenka Vipassana Centres in India.  

Yoga is now the core of Sabina’s life, with life shaped around the practice of meditation and hatha yoga.

She feels deeply inspired and blessed to be sharing these teachings of the heart.

Adam

It was a search for lasting happiness that brought Adam to yoga. Having searched for happiness through one high after another outside of himself, through drugs, travel and other sense stimulation, it became clear that the craving of the senses could never be completely satisfied through searching outside of one’s Self. 

Wherever there was an attachment to a high, as soon as this high would fade, it would be replaced with a low. So life was somewhat like a rollercoaster, high, low, high, low and so on. From this a longing for a more calm and equanimous life grew.

Later would he realise that it was the attachment to the high that was causing suffering. He started to understand that life will always be a rollercoaster full of highs and lows and whether we suffer along the way is a choice. 

Adam strongly believes that through non-attachment and awareness of our essential nature, we can choose to live and love with an open Heart.

On reading the words, for the first time, of Francis of Assisi, ‘What we are looking for is what is looking,’ the whole world seemed to disappear for a moment. For the first time Adam looked at himself and continues to do so as much as possible. Knowing that lasting happiness, peace or liberation is not even something that can be found, rather it is revealed when the mind is quiet and spacious. 

Through the teachings of yoga and the practice of yoga, Adam aims to create the right conditions in which to open to lasting happiness within himself and live with an open Heart.

Adam started practicing yoga in 2014, but not until completing a ten day silent meditation retreat in 2016 did he find stability in the practice. During this retreat, he connected to a deeper aspect of his being which inspired him to gradually turn his life more towards yoga and meditation, integrating life into spirituality. 

Adam served as a Karma Yogi for several months at Hridaya Yoga where he continued his learning and practice. He completed the 500 hour (Yoga Alliance certified) teacher training course at Hridaya Yoga, Mexico in December 2019

‘Adam and Sabina are wonderful, insightful teachers who share from the heart. I attended one of their 2 day workshops on the fundamentals of meditation, where we were introduced to the wonders of this practice. They provided us with a friendly and nurturing space in which to learn and I hope to be a part of another workshop in the future. Thank you!’

Elle, Manchester

Adam and Sabina are very knowledgeable and made both the philosophies and the practical meditation very accessible. The workshop was very well put together, interesting and fun. Everyone was made to feel very comfortable right from the start. Strong recommendation!’

Rob, Stockport

‘The way that Adam and Sabina explained each meditation technique was absolutely brilliant. It was clear and easy but with a very deep knowledge. The level between theoretical and practical matters was ideal to all of us (beginners and with experience). Adam and Sabina are so genuine and peaceful human beings, with so much light that they spread to all of us. They spoke from their heart and that is the most beautiful way and technique to learn from someone.’

Cecilia, Macclesfield

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