Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.
The Centre is privately owned and opened in 2018 to those in search of inner peace and an escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. It was established and is run by residential and non-residential staff and volunteers. We have some visiting teachers. Much of the profit is reinvested in the Centre.
A percentage of profit is donated annually for charitable purposes.
Hridayatma (meaning Heart & Soul in Sanskrit) founded The Lotus Sanctuary. She facilitates yoga classes and workshops on yoga-related subjects, along with other visiting teachers.
Hridayatma started practising yoga some 20 years ago. Her practice and life evolved to take her on the path of becoming a qualified instructor in Sivananda Yoga, Yoga Nidra (traditional Satyananda Bihar School of Yoga technique) and Meditation.
Hridayatma is deeply committed to her personal yoga practice and believes this is particularly important to maintain and develop when teaching to share the benefits of that with others and to offer further insight. She has practised yoga and meditation daily for over 10 years with extended stays of several months in various ashrams in India both training and teaching yoga and meditation. During these times and through her own practice, she has learned and continues to learn much more about yoga both on and off the mat.
In 2019, Hridayatma embarked on a pilgrimage across India and took Mantra Diksha (initiation into a mantra, which forms the link between Guru and disciple), Jignasu Diksha (for aspirants who serve humanity and perform spiritual practices to cultivate certain qualities in life and become a good citizen) and a spiritual name (Hridayatma) from her Guru, Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati, at the Bihar School of Yoga, Rikhiapeeth in India. She also completed the auspicious pilgrimage kora (circuit) of Mount Kailash believed to bring good fortune and help attain enlightenment. It is believed that anyone who completes the kora will clear away the sins of a lifetime.
Hridayatma enjoys reading about Eastern philosophies and exploring the spiritual aspects of yoga, especially in the context of self-study. Her focus is on sharing the yogic teachings in their traditional form in a light hearted and engaging way whilst drawing on her own experiences too. She finds observing students benefiting from and embracing the practice of these yoga and meditation practices to be an uplifting and inspiring experience.