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Chandrakant Hiester

Senior Teacher, Amrit Yoga Institute

Chandrakant Hiester is a senior teacher and seminar leader at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida. He prepares, presents, and leads professional trainings, both nationally and overseas, in Amrit Yoga and Amrit Yoga Nidra, as well as a variety of other yoga and stress-reduction programs.  

For the last eleven years, Chandrakant has been instrumental in developing and presenting programs for the Amrit Yoga Institute. As a student and practitioner of yoga and meditation with Yogi Amrit Desai for forty-one years, his experience has given him a solid foundation for implementing programs that nurture and encourage positive changes in behavior, understanding, and practice. 

For over two decades, Chandrakant served in various capacities at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Among them was his service as executive chef, supervising the preparation of tasty vegetarian meals for 500 to 700 guests daily. He also served as Yogi Desai’s personal valet and chef for twelve years, where he learned authentic Indian cooking from Yogi Desai’s beloved wife Mataji. 

Chandrakant is a preacher’s son, a Vietnam-era veteran, a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in psychology, and a longtime practitioner of martial arts. He brings a unique blend of street-level experience, understanding, and practical psychology to all his seminars and workshops, conducting programs for educational organizations, recovery groups, community service agencies, hospital staff, and large corporations, as well as yoga and meditation groups.

March 2023 Cruise Classes:

Daily Morning I Am Yoga: Meditation in Motion

The Integrated Amrit Method of Meditation in Motion is a unique yoga practice that experientially reveals how to connect, step by step, with the original source and purpose of yoga — using physical movement to enter the timeless state of being. The uniqueness of these morning sessions accommodates experienced practitioners as well as those new to yoga. The sessions focus on revealing a recognizable attunement of inner stillness while engaged in action, any action, regardless of bodily flexibility. Our sessions are in the sports area of the ship where we are also able to accommodate friends who require a chair. Cultivating this experientially, recognizable attunement not only transforms ordinary yoga postures, but also the ordinary activity of daily life into a meditation in motion.


Integrated Amrit Method – Integrative Relaxation: Breaking the Momentum of Stress

The first step toward genuine health and well-being is freedom from the effects of stress. Integrative Relaxation is a guided series of simple techniques that can be done lying on the floor or sitting comfortably in a chair. The combination of these simple techniques facilitates immediate access to a state of complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. This deep state of relaxation is the entry portal into the state of consciousness where the causes of stress, tension, anxiety, and fear can be effortlessly dissolved and resolved. This session includes a twenty-minute Integrative Relaxation experience.


Integrated Amrit Method – The Experience of Indivisible Happiness

Yoga, very simply, means the direct experience of indivisible happiness. All of us are interested in experiencing happiness. Additionally, we have all experienced what we refer to as the “experience of happiness” when it seems to be broken into happiness/unhappiness. This session reveals the direct experience of an indivisible happiness, an evenness of mind. The experience of happiness that we all long for is, in fact, an evenness of mind in all situations.


Integrated Amrit Method – Amrit Yoga Nidra: Unleashing the Natural Intelligence of the Vital Life Force, Prana

Scientific data reveals that stress is at the cause of most health issues. Regardless of the symptoms, the ultimate solution to all stress-related disease is learning how to be relaxed on the physical, mental, and emotional levels. A profound state of deep relaxation is effortlessly available to everyone through the Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra. This state of relaxation unleashes the natural intelligence of the vital life force, prana, to dissolve and resolve the physical, mental, and emotional accumulations held at the subtle energic levels. This deep state of relaxation also yields access to the domain of consciousness enabling the creating and shaping of the quality of life you have always wanted, using the creative energy of prana. This session includes a twenty-minute Yoga Nidra session.



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