Psychology Of A Sage

The Forest Sage India Retreat 2016! click here for info 
In this years India Retreat we have chosen to study the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. In the forests.Where time may allow us to drift back. To where they may have first been heard. And we may receive the deeper secrets.
Early Bird Pricing ends May 31st!
Upcoming Events:

Psychology of the Sages Memorial Day weekend. San Juan Capistrano. 

A sage is hidden deep within us, buried under the overload of our conditioning. We just have to dig deep and there she is!

The Wise Day June 23-26. Temecula. 

Find a safe harbor in the storm. Seek it in the Wise Day.

Every once in a while I tend to ruminate. And muse. Occasionally these run a little long in the tooth and turn into articles. Here is the latest one. Warning, it has a little bit of the rant in it. Sometimes it just comes up. Like when I am drawn to observe our current world situation. Some of that cannot help but leak into all my work lately. Nor are other writers immune to it as I have been noticing. I also am quite aware of the fact that the lotus does have to have a lot of mud to grow in. Its about the sage within us. And how we access her wisdom. If you have a moment, please sit back and enjoy.

Psychology Of A Sage.

Sage is a Middle English word based on an Old French word that translates as “be wise”.  The Latin root is sapere. In Vedic times such wise people were called ŗśi`s, Ones Who See.

Wisdom is conjective. It is whole brain.

The ancient reptilian conjoins with the superior limbic, which conjoins with the mammalian neocortex, which is distinctly developed beyond its rudimentary functions in us humans. This highly developed frontal aspect of our brain is held back in its intelligent functioning by the emotions generated in the limbic configuration and further denied access to the perfect functionality of the instinctual reptilian stem by the stressed out enteric nervous system of our guts. Read more…

The Forest Sage India Retreat 2016!

The Forest Sage India Retreat 2016!
Oct 14-26.
The practice of the yoga sutra

I have, for long, contemplated teaching the yoga sutra’s of Bhagvan Patanjali. Never being ready. Once I visited Jim’s Jungle Retreat I knew this is where I wanted to do it. It was in the forests that they were first heard.
We will practice and meditate on select sutra’s by bringing in an Ayurvedic perspective. So we understand their secrets for extraordinary healing potential.
We will take safaris to visit the animals, birds, forest & jungle, perhaps the local village and the little sleepy town: by jeep, by foot and if you like, by elephant.
In Rishikesh (home of the Ganges and the Seven Sages) we will do evening prayers on the river, perhaps shoot some rapids on her feisty water, visit a very special Shiva Temple, delve a little more into Ayurveda, visit the evening bazaar and umm, the Beatles Ashram.
-Arun Deva

Come join Jutta Hecht, Anjali Deva and me for the Forest Sage India 2016! Retreat. This is an intimate, space limited retreat***

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Oct 14th: Arrive Delhi early morning. Humayun’s Tomb and Janpath Market

Oct 15: Early morning drive to Jim’s Jungle Retreat in Corbett National Park


Oct 15-21: Corbett National Park.
Daily activity:
Morning yoga/Jeep Safari
Workshop: Yoga Sutra Patanjali
Hi Tea
Evening Pranayama /Jungle Walk
(Optional activities include Elephant Safari & Bird Watching Tour)

Oct 22: Drive to Rishikesh. Evening River Puja on the Ganges

Oct 23: Shiva Temple and the Beatles Museum/Intro to Ayurveda/Pranayama
Oct 24: Morning yoga. Free day. (River Rafting option or visit Ananda Spa). Evening Puja at Parmath Niketana.

Oct 25: Morning yoga. Ayurveda Daily Living Talk. Drive to Haridvar to catch the evening train to Delhi. Arrive Delhi late night.
Oct 26: Delhi: Sightseeing/shopping. Lotus Temple and Khan Market

Oct 27: Early morning flight/Retreat ends.

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Early Bird Special Till May 30th:  $3750
A deposit* of $500 will insure your price till July 1st.
After May 30th: $4250
All payments** must be completed by August 1st
After July 15, prices will rise to meet additional costs of late room and transportation bookings.
*Deposits are refundable at $250 till August 1st, after August 1st no refunds will be issued.
** No payments will be refunded after August 1st. All unfinished deposits will not be refunded nor applicable to offered prices but subject to new prices based on additional costs of late room and transportation bookings.
*** This Retreat focuses on the practice of self-inquiry based on the study of the yoga sutra of Patanjali and the wisdom of Ayurvedic living.

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Fine Print:
The above prices include the following:

  • All group travel as stated. Any personally requested additional travel would be at your cost
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Lectures, yoga, pranayama with Arun, Jutta and Anjali. Any personal consultations will be subject to time, availability and additional cost.


  • Shared Double Occupancy Luxury Cottages
    (Some cottages sleep 4 based on double occupancy per room. We will fill these last or use for family occupancy). (Please note, that the surcharge for single occupancy is substantially high)
  • 2 Jungle Safaris per person (by Jeep) (Optional Elephant Safari available at cost)
  • Afternoon Jungle Walks
  • Yoga Sutra Studies 
  • Morning Yoga
  • Evening Pranayama
  • Includes one massage per person (additional massages arranged at discounted prices)
  • All meals (includes Brunch, Hi Tea and Dinner)
  • Refreshments available in between meals including all non alcoholic drinks
  • Laundry services
  • Please note: Jungle Jim’s Retreat is WiFi free


  • Shared Double Occupancy Rooms (Single Occupancy may be available at additional cost. Please inquire)
  • Breakfast
  • All group transfers, sightseeing and excursions as mentioned. (includes Neelkantha Shiva Temple and Beatles Ashram if open)
  • All currently applicable taxes.
  • Visit to Neelkantha Shiva Temple and Beatles Ashram
  • Evening Puja at Ganges

What is NOT included:

  • Airfare/travel not specifically included above, including to/from your own starting and ending destinations, whether in the Americas, Europe, India or elsewhere.
  • Tipping. (We will pool tips for Group Tipping wherever applicable. We estimate this to work out to around $100 total per person)
  • 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 (except at Jim’s Jungle retreat), phone calls, internet, 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. (Exclusions include lunches and dinners outside of Jim’s Jungle Retreat)
  • Any transportation not expressly included above.
  • Any additional expenditure not expressly covered above whether of an individual nature or voluntarily as part of a group. No additional expenditure will be required of you that is not voluntary and not covered above.
With light,
Arun, Jutta and Anjali

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Dear friend,

Greetings from the forests of India. It has been a long time wish of mine to teach the yoga sutra’s. In their own environment. The forests of India. This year, yogarasayana does just that. We are very excited to announce the “Forest Sage India Retreat 2016!”

We will locate ourselves in a very remote but amazingly beautiful, fully equipped, rustically luxurious Retreat Centre deep in the heart of India’s most beloved Tiger Conservancy National Park.

Run by people as in love with the forest as I am. We will visit its animals by jeep safari, by elephant safari and by foot. We will eat sumptuous locally grown organic meals put together by our hostess, who I must confess, understands Ayurvedic cooking better than many who have trained years in it🙂

But most of all, we will practice the yoga sutra’s.

Yes, practice them. They are not meant for armchair reading. They must have deeper meaning that touches our own lives intimately. That is what I have yearned to teach. Please come join Jutta Hecht, Anjali Deva and me for this. Oh, and you will obviously get an Ayurvedic spin for all of it too!

We will also travel to the very abode of the sages: Rishikesh. Where we will visit the sacred Nìlakanțha Śiva Temple, perhaps river raft, do evening Puja’s on the banks of the Ganges and um, visit the Beatles Ashram:)

Dates: Oct 14-27.

Locations: Corbett National Park & Rishikesh, India.
Space is limited.

Further details to follow shortly. If you would like advance notice (and a special offer) please write to and tell us why you are interested!
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Soon as I am back Stateside (and have seen Bruce Springsteen play just one more time J) I am off to Phoenix, hosted by the lovely Mary Bruce and Lorilee Gilmore for: The Wise Day It sold out some time ago, but if you are in Phoenix, please do contact Mary to see if we can fit you in.

April is a month I really am looking forward to.
First, I get to present the Saturday Practicum at the NAMA Conference.

My topic is Satvavajaya Cikitsa: The Conquest of Truth as a Therapeutic Tool.
I am really looking forward to meeting old friends. And making new ones.

April 22-26th I am so very happy to be back at the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass
Valley to teach the fourth year of Emotional Intelligence Studies through Yoga and Ayurveda.

This year, we have an additional two days of advanced training for those who may have done this before, have studied emotional intelligence elsewhere, are yoga therapists, Ayurveda practitioners…oh darn it, anybody who wants to and feels they can go further, please come!

Later in May, I will be in Salt Lake again. With Jennifer Ellen and In Body Academy as my hosts once more. We are planning a very special weekend Immersion. And of course there will be some days set aside for consults and follow up’s. Details to follow shortly!

June and July are teaching, practicing and being home in Southern California. I will teach for LMU’s Yoga Teacher Training Course. My own teacher, Srivatsa Ramaswami has requested some of his older students to teach part of his training this year and I am honored to teach the Yoga Sutra Chanting and Subtle Body Anatomy.

There is much more to come, including a long weekend teaching in the Lake Arrowhead area with my dear friend, Amy Wheeler Yoga.

As she puts it, a few days of yoga, Ayurveda and fun!

I will also be back in Temecula with TYC and Dana Point with Tam’s Yoga Bungalow.

For now, I leave you with some thoughts on the division coming up between Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapist Training. These are my personal thoughts and not endorsed by any organization or person. There has been much written already and it is all very well thought out and stated. This will not come from the same intent to be rational. Rather this comes from the felt sense. Where we may acknowledge something like this: This does not make me feel good. It is from this place I write.

Yoga is nothing if not therapeutic. Yoga is many things. It is union. It is stillness. It is completion and the journey to completion. It is sacred, it is mundane, it is time consuming, it is one hour of asana per week.
What it is not, is a system of exercise in a classroom or gym setting with designer clothes, mats and gossip about our latest smoothie recipes. It is not in competition to other forms of exercise. Tight butts and longer hamstrings are only side benefits and certainly not the goal. Or at least they should not be.
But it can fast become reduced to that. If we let it. Yoga is us. And we cannot be divided and still call ourselves yogi’s. Is a Yoga Therapist different from a Yoga Teacher? No. Just more specialty-trained: in its therapeutic application. They are still only yogi’s. Like you, me and the new person in class.
There are many realities. One is that yoga is by nature, a therapeutic tool. I beseech Yoga Alliance, who has taken on the responsibility of governing this powerful medicine as it transitions into the West, to live up to this responsibility: to keep yoga sthiram-sukham, keep it as authentic as possible. Certainly not declaw it, denature it and create an impotent yoga. When something comes into contact with a hostile environment it can either be strong enough to survive or it mutates to survive. If yoga mutates into nothing but a magazine style set of physical exercises, albeit posing as asana, it will be a great loss for a lot of seekers who will not know how to find its authentic core. Make no mistake, no matter what we do, this authentic core will survive. But let it not come to that. Where the real yoga needs to be once again sought in rare places. It came West to heal us. Let us not allow it to tear itself, and us, apart. ”

Meanwhile, I continue to work hard to bring yoga and Ayurveda together. I believe it is time. Not as an aberration needing correction but as an evolving of sister sciences that end up converging for the betterment of humanity. This work continues officially through NAMA, where our Committee is creating a new Category of Practitioners: Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists. Powerful stuff.

May we find stillness,
Arun Deva

Welcoming a New Year

What does it mean to be a yogin? I have always wanted this to be stated crystal clear. And this is what I can say now:

I believe a yogin is one who is skilled in action. With a mind gaining noticeable clarity day-by-hard-working-day. This clarity can only come if the mind is not disturbed and that, in itself, implies a still mind.

If you practice yoga, you must have constant proof that you are moving in that direction. There must be tangible evidence within yourself and within your relationships.

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There must be a strengthening of character, a diminishing of doubt and a growing certitude that you are beginning to align with your dharma, your path as it is within the framework of the whole fabric that is this living organism called “uni-verse”. A singular song of pure intelligence, pure love and pure awareness. By pure I mean unconditioned. And unconditional.

A yogin acknowledges the ties that bind us to each other and that the real ties are to this higher principle of love, intelligence and understandings.

There is a lot that separates us from this yoga. But they are all distractions. They are of an ever changing reality that is loaded with doubt, arrogance, division and fear.
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A yogin feels great sorrow for their own part in this. A part that arises just from being born into this reality. The greatest goal of an aspirant is to achieve “kaivalya” a state in which there is neither this nor that. Aloneness means not even you as object exist and then there is nothing to condition your awareness and nothing to not love, not understand, not be at peace with. If there is no objective you, then there is no need for a rebirth. The work is done.

But what about for the rest of us? Who may practice yoga for better health, for a better way to live our lives here and now? For healing our traumas and licking our wounds. And then to enter into the fray of the battle once again. Determined to master the art of living this life. And for creating the karma that gives us a superior life next time around, if there is another next time around?
It is from this place of teaching this yoga, which here intersects Ayurveda, the science of life, that I dedicate this year of 2016.
To teach whomever wishes to learn, this:
What it means to live such that the sleep at night is nourishing and not disturbed with heaviness.
What it means to eat a food that brings you delight, is digested with joy and becomes the fuel that nourishes you.
What it means to practice daily living in such a way that each morning is a new life line and every night is a review and affirmation of that progress that yoga promises.
What it means to practice that yoga and how to bring that yoga home; home to your own personal space.

What it means to find that the strength of the mind depends on the strength of your willpower, your clarity and your hard earned wisdom. And that it is authentic to say no when the sense organs crave that which weakens you.

In 2016, I shall try and curtail my travel so I can write my book. If I am not coming to your town once again, reach out and we will find a way to meet!
Meanwhile, here in So Cal and then in Utah, and perhaps one or two other home away from home towns, my hope is to bring you the practice of the above. In a 3-5 day Immersion which I am calling “Dancing The Life of Yoga & Ayurveda”
And in October this year, for the first time the India Retreat will be dedicated to studying the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. As I work on the final aspects of putting this together, please if you wish, save your October to travel with me to India and study this miraculous text in its original environment.
Details will follow.

Upcoming Offerings:

Satvajaya Cikitsa at the NAMA Conference: April 16th.

Sattvajaya Cikitsa: The Conquest of Truth as Therapeutic Tool

Sattvajaya punar ahitebhyo arthebhyo manonigraha: Regarding techniques for controlling or restraining the mind from desires for unwholesome objects, to be achieved by increasing sattva.
This is the solitary reference to sattvajaya in the Caraka Samhita, but it magnificently explains what all yogin know: Pratyahara is the single greatest tool for controlling the sensory mind.
Since ahara means food, Ayurveda teaches us to identify the food for each of the 11 senses and also how to control our relationship to them. The mind is functional in four ways. The senses are the key in this approach. It is the senses that are most in need of healing in our overly sensory world today. We will explore the role of Ayurveda in treating psychological trauma and addictions along with the sister science of yoga.

Arun Deva is a yogin, practitioner of Ayurvedic medicines, yoga cikitsa provider and a world traveler, looking for the Buddha in every face he sees. He has presented on Ayurveda worldwide and also has been practicing Ayurveda at his clinic in L.A. since 2004. Arun has also lectured extensively on Ayurveda at conferences, is faculty at LMU, and chairs NAMA’s Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Subcommittee. Find more information about Arun at

Followed by my annual Emotional Intelligence Weekend at the Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA. This time with an additional 2 day advanced training highly recommended for professionals:

Taught by Arun Deva DASc, AYT, RYT
Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24, 2016
Tuition: $200.00 plus Accommodations
Monday/Tuesday April 25/26 –
Advanced Optional Module : Supplemental Tuition: $75.00

Current Projects:

I am most excited about three projects that I am working on at the moment:
ONE: Since 2010 I have been working in a NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) Committee for creating Standards of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy (AYT) as a separate Category.
In 2013 I became Chair of this Committee. We now have an approved Scope Of Practice and preliminary Competencies. We are now working on Educational Guidelines.
TWO: The next Project: Bhāvané Technique.This Emotional Rebalancing Practice combines the power of yoga and Ayurveda for emotional body therapeutics. We are in the experimental stage and if you are drawn to volunteer for a session (at a substantial savings) please reach out. This will be a thoroughly researched practice you can participate in. Already those who have experienced it have had extremely positive results. Email me at if you are interested. Include your health history and what you may be struggling with emotionally or even physically where you suspect an emotional causation.
THREE: And finally, I am working with a dear colleague on a book. I will let you guess what it will be about🙂
Namaste (in recognition, love and respect),
Arun Deva
There is nothing more important and powerful than family.
May we all become each others.