Presently on a month long personal journey of healing and rejuvenation in a very remote part of India. In a little Ayurvedic Shala in the midst of a remote but very sacred village called Hariharapura. In the lush green state of Karnataka where the Western Ghats are resplendent as rain forests.
They thickly approach the road and the mysteries within them are supposed to include tiger, panther, king cobras (that villagers say grow to 25 ft.) I was told nonchalantly that one of these extremely poisonous denizens of the jungle, a typical 13 footer, lives in the betel tree plantation across the Tunga River by the side of the village; bison, elephants, wild fowl, pheasants, deer, wild boar, and monkeys including the rarely seen Lion Faced Monkey.
The surrounding rural area also boasts a cow that is tiny compared to regular cows and these peaceful and loving bovines give the sweetest, thickest real milk. An ambrosia I intend to partake of as soon as my Dr permits. Visited a little Shiva Temple on the banks of the river, where the large Mahseer fish teem turbulently right up to the banks, looking for food. Earlier I visited Sringeri where Adhi Shankara, the Saint of Vedanta, set up the Southern Math (or Temple/Teaching Complex) devoted to Vedantic studies and it is here in this Temple, that at his bequest, the Goddess Saraswati still resides. As my journey continues, I will take pictures appropriately and share along with stories for any who may wish to sit by the fireside and listen to them.
Once back in April, the offerings are as follows:
SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH
Vinyasa Cikitsa Krama:
A Therapeutic Flow with Arun Deva
Vinyasa Yoga is to flow in a logical and sequential manner. Krama is the methodology. The goal is to find comfort in the various postures that our bodies (and minds) can take. In Cikitsa however, we find the benefits of the challenging postures through therapeutic sequencing and modifications to movement. Following any asana practice with Pranayamaincreases the benefits a thousandfold. Meditation then becomes a smooth lake into which to sink. Come experience a complete yoga experience for all levels. This class is suitable for both beginners as well as seasoned yoga practitioners.
DATE: Saturday, April 13th
TIME: 1 – 4PM
COST: $30 EARLY REGISTRATion / $40 at the door
CONTACT & REGISTRATION: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call: 323-934-VEDA(8332)
SUNDAY, APRIL 14TH
The Sacred Art of Eating Ayurvedically presents: An Italian Interpretation.
With Arun Deva, Jutta Hecht
Chef JQ & Anjali Deva
We will begin with a lecture on Ayurvedic Principles of Food & Eating and relevance to our current dietary paradigms.
Then we will look at Italian Food through the eyes of Ayurveda.
And then we get in the kitchen and cook up an Italian feast!
Served as a sit down dinner.
Cost: $150 per person.
I will be presenting at the NAMA Conference:
Yogarasayana – Ashtasiddhi Mala:
The Ayurvedic Application of Yogic Principles & Practices for Increasing Rasa.
Rasayana is four-fold: 1) Longevity, 2) Maintenance of health, 3) Improvement of the mental faculties, and 4) Resistance against disease. The ashtanga of yoga can be thought of as an ashtasiddhi mala or necklace of eight magical powers thatbegins with the promise of the above. Recognized by Ayurveda as far back as the Charaka Samhita, wherein we are advised to have confidence in the efficacy of yoga practices, these eight principles when put into practice are very powerful medicine. In this practice, we will first bypass the mind directly into the experience and then use the mind to understand and digest it.
Emotional Intelligence through Yoga & Ayurveda
Facing the 6 Emotional Enemies with the 6 Healing Tastes of Ayurveda
This course primarily uses the tools of Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra to explore, in a practical manner, our Emotional Intelligence. The keys to our deepest nature, where our vasanas/karmic residual triggers for behavioral patterns reside are found and adjusted best only at this deep level of our being.
- An understanding of the Vedic sciences of Yoga, Ayurveda & Tantra from the perspective of the three stages of immersion into a journey of self-discovery.
- An understanding of the Ayurvedic concept of Taste (Rasa) and its energies and effects upon our Emotional Body
- An understanding of the the Yogic and Ayurvedic concepts of the six enemies of mankind (shata ripu-s) and how they affect and are affected by Rasa.
- An understanding of the Yogic, Ayurvedic and Tantric views of the workings of the Mind and practical tools on how to raise our Emotional Intelligence to the vibrations of Joy, Innocence and Creativity.
Accommodation options for the 2 night stay, per person:
Tent – $100
Dorm (4 person) – $130
Cabin (2 person) – $170
Cabin (1 person) – $280
Deluxe Cabin (2 person) – $480
Deluxe Cabin (1 person) – $390
The month of May continues in Los Angeles, where Jury Duty calls… 🙂
Coming up later this year:
Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, IAYT Conference in Boston, Vaidya Yoga Teacher Training (yes it is actually happening end July), Greece Retreat followed by two India Retreats: North and South! I pray to share some of this with you, my friend.