Rasa`vada: Alchemy of Consciousness

Healing the mind with Yoga, Ayurveda & Tantra
at Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Grass Valley:

April 17-19, 2015

We understand alchemy as the transformation of base metal into gold. In Vedic terms, however, it is best described as rasavada: the revealing of our Essence. Thus we are both the dross metal as well as the gold revealed through the alchemy of our consciousness. Rasa which means essence also refers to the flavors of our lives: the emotional content. When we turn our emotional dross of fear, anger and grief into the gold of creativity, innocence and joy we learn to surf the waves of our lives no matter what the tide.

Upcoming Events:

NAMA Conference
April 9-12
Please join us for this very special Ayurveda gathering. On Thursday and Friday, will be presenting the work we have been doing on creating Standards for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy (AYT)


Barefoot Yoga Studio, San Jacinto, CA
May 9

Ayurveda,Yoga, Health, Disease & the Modern World

Yoga Bungalow, San Juan Capistrano, CA
May 22-25
Memorial Day Weekend Immersion

SYTAR Conference:
June 4-7
Applications of Ayurveda for Yoga Therapy: Arun Deva, Devi Mueller, Hansa Knox.

Sept 19-23
Ayurveda Immersion for yogin: The Path of Healing

India 2015!
New Edition: Oct 14-30
Because of limited space, our first week is sold out.
5 spaces are left for weeks 2 and 3.

The Hidden India Retreat:  Oct 14-23, 2015
The Royal India Retreat: Oct 23-30, 2015.
Write immediately to yogarasayana@gmail.com if you would like to take one of the 5 spots!
Later in the year I am happy to return to old friends in  Salt Lake and Park City, Utah.
Details to follow soon!
With love & light,

India 2015!

Introducing Yogarasayana’s India 2015 Retreat!
Jutta and I spent last Fall scouting out this next Retreat as we wanted it to be completely new.

What we came up with:
The Hidden India Retreat:  Oct 9-23, 2015

Optional add on: The Royal India Retreat: Oct 23-30, 2015.

We have decided to keep this retreat small. Intimate & amazing.

We are inviting you to reserve your space in advance at Early Bird Prices!
Hidden India: $3000 in advance
Royal India: $1500 in advance
A deposit of $500 must be received by May 15 to reserve your space. Space is limited.

Payment of full amount will need to be made by July 15th to keep your Early Bird Special Price. (Scroll down for details)

To learn more or to sign up for the Retreat: Please write Arun Deva at yogarasayana@gmail.com.

The Retreat Details:

Hidden India Retreat:

Oct 9:  Mumbai! 

We will check into our hotel early AM upon arrival, freshen up and head out on a tour of Arun’s favorite Metropolis. Stops will include The Prince Of Wales Museum, the infamous Leopold’s Cafe for afternoon tea, the magnificent Taj Mahal hotel overlooking the Gateway of India. The drive back will wind through the Queens Necklace/Marine Dr and the beaches of Juhu.

Oct 10-15: A quick flight into Mangalore, take a bus ride through the Karnataka Rain Forest to land in the quiet little village of Hariharapura. Our home for the next 5 days as we experience pure Ayurvedic living at the Arogya Niketana Ashram.

Hariharapura is famous for its Laxmi Narasimha Temple established by Adhi Shankaracharya probably back in the 8th Century CE! We will do ceremonies and puja’s in here with the Swamiji and be around for Maha Navratri!

We will also visit other off the beaten track Temples, stroll the village, dip our feet in the Tunga River, feed Gida’s, small cows indigenous to the area and having indisputably the sweetest milk in the world!

We will also visit an Vedic School across the river where the students will put on a yoga demonstration for us.

But most of all, we will rest, get daily treatments including milk baths, eat home prepared local foods, do yoga and learn basic tips for daily Ayurvedic living. With assessment of your health by our doctor, Ashwin Sastry.

Once we have been pampered enough, off we go!

Oct 16-17: Hampi!

Famous for its well preserved ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire (1300’s), there are indications the site was actually established back in the first Century and may even have been a part of the Ashoka Empire (3rd Century BCE) We will spend two days exploring this amazing find that seems to be still not discovered by the elite travelers, just the front line of backpackers and we will get to enjoy it while still pristine with small simple guest houses, no fancy Tourist Hotels yet. Our friend Rocky Guest House and associates will more than make up for it with amazing service and food! But most important, it is believed this is the home of Hanuman and the feeling is palpable!Oct 18-19: Moving further back in time, we come to the Cave Temples of Badami, dating as far back as the 5th Century.  These caves will take your breath away. We will also visit the ancient Temple Complex at Pattadakal.Oct 20: Dandeli is a wildlife refuge in the heart of the rain forest. An overnight stop here to take a couple of nature walks and a peaceful morning coracle ride on the river to listen to the sounds of the jungle waking up.

Then onwards:

Oct 21-23: Goa! Need we say more? We will stay off the beaten track where the beach is not overflowing with tourists and take a tour of the city and its surroundings with time for beach strolls and the famous Goanese food!

Oct 23: Hidden India Tour ends and those leaving will fly to Mumbai, check into the hotel and visit the Juhu/Santa Cruz Markets for that last minute shopping! Most folks will take an early morning flight back home (24th morning)

The Royal India Retreat:
Oct 23: Continuing group will fly onwards to Delhi, the Capital of India. Arriving in time for a little shopping and sightseeing before checking in for the night and a quiet dinner.

Oct 24: Drive to Agra: Taj Mahal!

If you have not seen it, there is no way you will be prepared for this. If you have, the second time is quite an eye opener indeed as you notice so much more!

Oct 25-26: Continue onwards into colorful Rajasthan to Jaipur, the Pink City. We will visit the Amber Palace, located at the top of the hill and most likely make the climb on elephant back! This is quite an amazing Palace to visit indeed!

Oct 26-28: Pushkar! Stay in luxury tents. Ride on camels. Visit the famous Brahma Temple and shop around the lake for all kinds of amazing gifts (maybe even some for others:)

Oct 28-30: Ranakpur. Some say the Jain Temples here are the most incredible of all. Arun fell in love with it when he was 19! After a late lunch continue to Udaipur. The Lake City. Our last most amazing Palace.

Oct 30: Fly back to Delhi, sightsee and shop, rest and late at night (early 31st morning), fly home full of memories and also with full bags to remind us of the magic of India.

To learn more or to sign up for the Retreat: Please write Arun Deva at yogarasayana@gmail.com.

Early Bird Special:
$3000: Hidden India (PP)
Add on: $1500: Royal India  (PP)
(Deposit* must be received by May 15, 2015)
All payments must be completed by July 15, 2015

Register after June 15:
$3500: Hidden India (PP)

Add on: $1750: Royal India  (PP)
(Deposit* must be received by June 15, 2015)
All payments must be completed by August 15, 2015
After July15 Registration, prices will rise to meet additional costs of late room and transportation bookings.
*Deposits are refundable less processing and administrative fees as per your booking details.

With love & light,

Arun & Jutta


Fine Print:

The above prices include the following:

At Arogya Niketena Ashram:

  • Shared Double Ocupancy Room with private bathroom 
    (Upgrade to Single Occupancy only available if we do not fill occupancy: Request will be honored first come, first served. Price will be determined accordingly)
  • Abhyanga and Milk Bath daily (Milk Bath choice may be changed according to your needs as determined by you and Dr. Sastry)
  • Consults with Dr. Sastry
  • 3 of Amma’s delicious home cooked meals each day (Except on days we travel away for lunch)
  • Daily Vinyasa Krama Cikitsa classes with Arun
  • 3 Afternoon Ayurveda Lectures
  • Group Homa (Vedic Fire Ceremony) at Laxmi Narasimha Temple
  • One afternoon excursion to Sarada Peetham (One of the most important Temples in India)
  • Air transport Mumbai to Mangalore

On Hidden India & Royal India Tours:

  • All accommodations based on twin sharing basis. (Please note, that the surcharge for single occupancy in most cases is substantially more)
  • All air and road transportation as specifically detailed: Air: Mumbai to Mangalore. Goa to Mumbai for Hidden India Retreat. Goa to  Delhi if continuing on to Royal India Retreat. Udaipur to Delhi for end of Royal India Retreat. All road/rail transport during Retreat as specified in itinerary (Does not include airfare to and from your arrival/departure point to the Retreat start point, whether from overseas or domestic)
  • 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)

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. (Excluded are  most lunches and dinners except as noted either now or if we are able to arrange further)
  • Any transportation not expressly included above.

To learn more or to sign up for the Retreat: Please write Arun Deva at yogarasayana@gmail.com.


Dec in SLC!

Dear Utah friends,

When Prana Yoga was getting set to close its doors, I asked Jennifer Ellen which studio I should now associate with.

Without any hesitation she said Dana Baptiste’s Centered City Yoga! And it seems she followed her own advice too… :)
So I am most glad to announce that I will be at Centered City Yoga first week of December.

As always there will be consults, follow ups, treatments, yoga therapy and workshops. I look forward to seeing all of you soon! For those of you wishing to avail of any of these, please know that consults/treatments fill up fast!
Please contact the studio to book yours at the earliest.

In love & light,

Sept/Oct is India!

Mumbai, India
September 27, 2014Yogarasayana: Yoga of Rejuvenation
September 28, 2014Ayurveda, Yoga, Health, Disease and the Modern World

New Delhi, India Oct 18/19:  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.


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 immersing in her beauty while studying yoga and Ayurveda, click here for details.

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


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.


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