The State of Things and a California Summer

Dear friend,

This has been a very powerful year already. The transformations have extended around the globe, here at home and in my own life, with great vibrancy. There have been some grassroots growths in consciousness that are astoundingly poignant, especially in the way we relate to food. Love what Michael Pollan, Marion Nestle, Dan Barber have going on!

Many questions have arisen in the yoga world too and I was very honored to be in the new yoga documentary: Yoga Maya  addressing some of these teutonic shifts arising in the synthesis of the western world and yoga, sort of an evolutionary process, I believe.

While not all in our world has shifted for the better, much of this grassroots upheaval in consciousness cannot help but have a long term effect on our planet’s consciousness and its necessary healing. When I say grassroots, I believe I refer to us as we speak our soft voices, calling forth witness for a return to nature. Only she can help us heal the damage we have done to our world and to each other as we drifted from her simple dharma`s.
I am joyful in adding my voice to this movement and very humbled to teach on some of the cutting edges of it: the yoga and Ayurveda field.

It is my privilege to chair the sub-committee of NAMA’s Standards Committee in creating standards for future Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists. This is very dear to my heart and it is the heart of what I teach…

And thus: After a very long time I get to spend almost the entire summer home in Los Angeles fulfilling…

…my dream of teaching an Immersion for Yoga Teachers on integrating Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra practices for Therapeutic Purposes, now in full swing.

Aptly named “Weaving The Yogic Basket”, a lovely group of dedicated students meet every other weekend for 3 months in San Juan Capistrano. Two weekends are already done!

This Course will  repeat next year, most likely in the Encinitas area, so if you are interested in knowing more…

Although I do not have anything scheduled in my hometown of Los Angeles, the peripherals are mostly well within reach.

Coming up next:

A Weekend of Yoga and Ayurveda in Temecula
July 19th & 20th, 2014

August:

In August, Las Vegas calls. My dear friends Val and Brian are opening up a new yoga studio: TRU YOGA, and I will be traveling there to help open it up! Stay posted for details but it will be a lovely weekend of yoga and Ayurvedic teachings as a grand opening extravaganza!
Put Vegas in your books for the weekend of August 16/17!
Details to follow shortly.

End August I will be part of Labor Day – 2nd Annual Vedic Knowledge Integration Forum at the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley. This is definitely one of my most treasured stops on the teaching journey and I very much look forward to sharing with such powerful luminaries as Acharya David Frawley and Yogini Shambhavi

Sept/Oct is India!


Including a weekend Immersion in New Delhi for Om Yoga Studios. It is a lovely studio owned by my dear friend Mini Shastri. She has some very bright students and I look forward to sharing with them again. If you are in India or close by, please come join us.

France!

End of October finds me in new territory but from what I hear, the south of France is going to be another dream come true…

There will be an Ayurveda Immersion for yogi`s at Yoga Evolution in Aix de Provence.

Ah Greece…

…my third visit to Mani to lead a week long Retreat and Immersion. If Greece has been calling you and you would like to spend a week with me immersing in her beauty while studying yoga and Ayurveda, come now?

 

 

Winter plans are still a-brewing but they include Salt Lake City and in the local stomping grounds, LMU for the YTRx Program.  A privilege to continue to be teaching the Ayurveda segment here.

Praying you have a lovely rest of the year wherever your journey takes you.

May we be students together
May we be nourished together
May we grow strong in each other company
May we light the flame of knowledge together
May we always be friends, Arun

Triple Strands

My dear friend,

It is said that this life is a journey. Whether we believe our soul takes many such journeys or just one, or even whether there is no soul, just this journey itself; what remains the same is our desire for it to be a happy one.

For me, this happiness exists in yoga and Ayurveda.

It is from this place that I offer this Triple Strand: Each one a healing journey in itself.

Come with Jutta Hecht and me on a Sacred Rivers Tour to India. Or come study deeper healing secrets in the Weaving The Yogic Basket study course this summer. Or if you have only a weekend to spend, come to the lovely Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley for The Five Layers Of Healing retreat.

Wherever we should meet up, let us share a little of our life feast with each other.

In love & light,
Arun

Sacred Rivers Tour:

India is my home. Yoga is my love. Ayurveda is my life. Please join me for this Sacred River Journey. And of course, Kerala!

Weaving The Yogic Basket:

Where yoga and Ayurveda meet, health and wellbeing will always be found. To all my yogi friends, this is my passion: the healing power found in this union. It is what I am most joyous teaching.

The Five Layers Of Healing:

In this deep weekend Immersion, we learn to identify our levels of trauma; peel away the layers of fear, anger and grief to reveal our original creativity, innocence and joy. At the beautiful Sivananda Yoga Farm.

India Retreat: Sacred River Tour & Kerala

YOGARASAYANA INDIA RETREAT FALL 2014

SACRED RIVER TOUR & KERALA

September 26 – October 14, 2014
with Arun Deva and Jutta Hecht
Yoga, Ayurveda, Sacred Rivers, Temples, Taj Mahal, Regional Cuisines, Elephants and More…
ITINERARY:
Sept 26: Arrive Trivandrum early morning: transported on to Somatheeram/Manaltheeram

Sept 26-30: 5 days of rest, rejuvenation, massages, swimming, yoga, ayurveda and yummy foods: Soak it in!

Oct 1: Neyyar Dam: Early morning visit to elephants. Sivananda Ashram.

Oct 2:  Flight to Delhi, capitol of India.

Oct 3: Rishikesh by train. Traditional evening
aarti on the Ganges.

Oct 4:
Morning White Water rafting. Later in the day, visit Parmath Niketan on the other bank of the river and stay for another amazing evening aarti.

Oct 5:
Hike to Neelkanth Temple.

Oct 6: Explore Rishikesh.

Oct 7: Agra to see Taj Mahal by sunset

Oct 8: Visit Agra Fort, then onwards to Mathura.

Oct 9:
Vrindavan. Eternal Home Of Radha Krishna: radhe radhe!

Oct 10:
Varanasi.

Oct 11: River boat ride, Assi Ghat, Ganges aarti.

Oct 12: Sarnath. Where the Budhha first turned the Wheel of Dharma.

Oct 13:
Delhi. Last chance to shop before heading home.

As for all the details:

PRICING:
Early Bird Special: $3800 per person.
Deposit must be received by June 1.
Full payment must be completed by July 1st.
(After July 1st any outstanding deposit will apply towards Regular Price.
)

Regular Price: After June 1: $4100 per person.

Valid till August 1.
After Aug 1, prices will rise again to meet additional costs of late bookings.
To learn more or to sign up for the Retreat: Please write Arun Deva at yogarasayana@gmail.com.

The above prices include the following:
At Somatheeram/Manaltheeram:

  • Garden Room Double Accommodation (Upgrades including to Single Occupancy available at appropriate extra charges)
  • 3 full meals each day (Except on day we travel to Neyyar Dam: Breakfast will be packed)
  • Daily Vinyasa Krama classes with Arun
  • 3 Afternoon Ayurveda Lectures with Arun/Jutta
  • One Cooking Lesson with Resort Chef
  • One afternoon excursion to Ayurvedic Medicine Plant
  • Airport Transfer to and from Trivandrum.
  • Evening entertainment (as offered by resort)
  • One excursion to Neyyar Dam.

On Sacred River Tour:

  • All group transfers, sightseeing and excursions.
  • All currently applicable taxes.
  • Most excursions entrance fees as applicable are included. (You will be informed of any additional that we did not plan for if and as they arise)
  • All accommodations based on twin sharing basis. (Please note, that the surcharge for single occupancy here is substantially more as they charge by the room)
  • All rail, air and road transportation included.

What is NOT included:

  • Airfare not specifically included above, including to/from your own starting and ending destinations, whether in India or elsewhere.
  • Tipping
  • Additional costs you may incur as a result of taking this trip including but not limited to passports, visas and other incidentals.
  • Additional incidentals you may incur such as laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages, any foods or drinks not specifically covered above, or any items of a personal nature that are not expressly mentioned above..
  • All meals not expressly mentioned above. (This includes most lunches and dinners on the Sacred River Tour.)
  • Any transportation not expressly included above.
To learn more or to sign up for the Retreat: Please write Arun Deva at yogarasayana@gmail.com.

Sacred Greetings

My sacred greeting to you:
To speak with the respect rising from the very floor of the pelvis that holds our deepest secrets.
From the sacred sacrum I offer to share with you in this play of life all the joys I discover and to eagerly hear of yours!
With the power to affect positively, I promise to engage the core power of the belly’s own fierce love when we meet.
It comes from a heart just aching to open and open…and with every opening, it craves to open more.

It is one the throat sings with full abandonment, even warbling is allowed as long as it is full-throated!

It is when our eyes are raised in ecstasy to that sacred spot right in the center of our brows, right there where the optic chiasma centers for a moment, in the moment, and we enter the very presence of our Being.

And it explodes within our own crowns into a thousand open lotus petals! Bring your own inner bees to feast!!!

I greet you all from dreams and truths, that we may find in each moment an awakening of our spirit, our purpose, our celebration and joys and our peace, always in peace.
And truth be told, I wish upon you all much merriment and amusement: where the heart of sacredness hides!!!
In love, truth and light,
Arun

The journey into 2014… 

A yogin`s life these days is not just symbolically a journey. It is a complete practice:)
In 2013 I found myself again and again on the road.

Now it looks like 2014 will be even more traveling. Om Shanti.

So, to dear friends in India, in Greece, in Salt Lake/Park City, Albuquerque, Dallas and Las Vegas, and always in LA and points further south along this magnificent coast, see you soon!

Feb/March offers a personal sadhana with my daughter to our root-home, India. And a pilgrimage of healing in Hariharapura, a sacred village in Karnataka with numerous ancient temples of lore and a police department that plays basketball all day as they have nothing else to do:)
Then end March it is back on the road: Park City/SLC then Albuquerque, and on to Dallas and Corpus Christi, TX extending all the way into April, the season of flowers and fragrances.

…and an invitation to meet along the path:

 

 

Come May, my birth month, I return to Grass Valley Sivananda Yoga Farm with what may be my dream workshop to teach:)
Pancha Maya Cikitsa

Five Layers of Healing through Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra – Pancha Maya Cikitsa

Friday, May 2—Sunday, May 4, 2014 

Perhaps all healing does have to penetrate into our psyche but what if it begins with the psyche, then comes back to the body, to our life-force, our mind, our intelligence and our very truth/consciousness/bliss?

If you would like to join us for this Certification Program:

Please Click Here for Details

UPCOMING YOGARASAYANA INDIA RETREAT 2014!

2014′s Fall India Retreat will feature a Sacred River Tour. Our first time paying homage to the Ganges and her sister-river, the Yamuna. 

Ganga: 
Varanasi to share in the Shiva/Shakti energy and visit Sarnath, where the Buddha first set the Wheel of Dharma in motion. 
Rishikesh where the Sage`s themselves came to bathe and meditate. We will hike to Shiva’s Neelkanth Temple and white water raft Ganga’s sacred water.
Yamuna:
Mathura/Vrindavan, where Shri Krishna played his flute for Radha and all walk around greeting each other: Radhe Radhe!
And of course we will visit another great monument on the Yamuna, the Taj Mahal.
Somatheeram, Kerala:
As is now the custom for all Yogarasyana Retreats, we begin at the Ayurvedic Beach resort, Somatheeram in Kerala. 
Here we will enjoy six days of Ayurvedic massages, amazing foods, yoga, self-care teachings and a visit to river bathing elephants!