An exploration of the tradition, the meaning and the practice of Sun Salutations.

Sunday, January 8th, 8AM Pacific/11AM Eastern
Early Bird $27 ends December 31st • $36 from January 1st


Exploring Sun Salutations

Sūrya Namaskāra can be found in the ancient texts as a simple prostration, known as Sūrya Daṇḍāsana: a prostration to the sun, rarely practiced anymore!

Over time it has morphed into a vinyāsa of 12 steps to honor the 12 houses of the Sun. With the original prostration mostly left out.

There is what we now call the classical method (pictured above), fairly recent in origin, and then there are the various versions that we get from the students of TKV Kṛṣṇamācārya, all vinyāsas that explore the primary movements and controls of the human body. And if practiced with a teacher in the tradition, to include Sūrya Daṇḍāsana along with adjustments specific to women.

The fact that there is more than one version itself is a testimony to Kṛṣṇamācārya’s genius in adjusting flows and postures to the student. Thus making sūrya namaskāra once again a personal practice.

In this brief workshop we will examine a few versions, with the goal of aligning individually; from simple movements to artful movements, and to where the postures can be done with mantras (samantra) to honor the original intent: of offering namaskāram to Āditya, the Sun God.

We will context it all with a powerful chant to Āditya that was used in ancient times to conquer our closest enemies: diseased states.

And we will end with another namaskāram: one we offer to the various directions. Ding Namāskaram

Sunday January 8th, 8AM Pacific/11AM Eastern
Early Bird $27 ends December 31st • $36 from January 1st


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We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!

Anjali and I are overwhelmed by the response we have received to this daughter-father led Retreat to India. If you had been contemplating joining us, we would love to hear from you and offer you a big incentive to share an India journey with us in 2024!


Amy and I discuss Ãyurvedic Yoga Therapy!

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Vinyāsa Therapeutics


Vinyāsa is the art form of yoga. In vinyāsa, the practice of yoga stakes its place as one of the 64 arts of India.

As such, it is about structuring our practice in a way that a pathway is created into an āsana, so that the āsana becomes steady and comfortable, and then creates a safe pathway back out.

In its its logical sequencing, we identify the āsana/postures that are reflective of the natural postures of our bodies. And this allows us to dance within them, by following the laws of placement and movement.

Being eternally grateful to Ramaswami Srivatsa for his teachings, I offer here a therapeutic approach to the practice of these postures and the variations they flower into. Therapy being one of the 6 ways of practice, its need is the need of our times.

The intent of the practice is to bring us back to health. To bring us back to our yoga.

(Check the workshop(s) you want to register for on the form)


JUNE 18, 25, JULY 9, 16, 23, 30, 3-5:30PM PDT

Recordings provided to attendees

$180 early bird (ends June 11) • $210 after

Price is for the series (no individual classes please)


From beginning to end: overview and practice.

Prāṇāyāma is a very particular breath practice, found mid-way within the eightfold path of yoga. It is not, however, the full spectrum of the understanding and use of breath in the practices of yoga.

There are at least three other areas where correct manners of breathing, appropriate specifically to that modality, are essential. Thus, to realize the full spectrum of the breath in yoga we need to look at its correct usage in all its practices: kriyā, āsana, prāṇāyāma and saṃyama.

With this knowledge, breathwork through yoga can become an incredibly powerful tool for bringing balance to all five levels of our health paradigm: the pañca maya kośa.

Especially as yoga tells us that the breath is the link between the physical sheath and the mental sheath and then by extension, the key to our intelligence; our emotional sheath and our blissful spirit.

In this two-part workshop, we will first explore the breath in kriyā and āsana. Then sequentially, we will delve into prāṇāyāma and all its intricacies: from balanced breath to alternating nostrils to amantra and samantra and finally the breath in samyama, including in chanting and visualization.

This workshop includes practice. No yoga mat is needed nor is your Lululemon clothing. However, please check and see if you can inhale for a count of 5 and exhale for a count of 10. If you cannot, you are still welcome, just let us know so we can guide you individually prior to.

Session One: Classical definition of prānāyāma. Breath in āsana, kriyā, prānāyāma and meditative states (dhāraṇā, dhyāna, samādhi, saṃyama) Focus on āsana and kriyā breathwork.

Session Two: Focus on prāṇāyāma practices. Including various alternate nostril practices, amantra and samantra and mudras. Breath and japa in meditative practices.

March 19-20 (Saturday/Sunday)

8:00 – 10:30am PDT
$60 early bird (ends March 12) • $70


Saturday, February 26, 2022

8-11am PST

Online with Zoom, Early Bird: $45 • After Feb 19: $55

If we symbolize the chakras, after all, for the most part, the best most of us get to do is imagine them; then we need to understand the concept of the wheel. A wheel is something that can be put into motion by utilizing energy and then it may begin to generate the energy itself.

Take for example a water wheel: a machine for converting the energy of flowing or falling water into useful forms of power.

A chakra, whether symbolized, or truly experienced, has the power to shift the energy of our consciousness upwards into higher realms. This takes a special kind of energy. Like a fountain. Or Kuṇḍalini.

In this workshop we look at how over time the chakras have come to be associated with different deities, planets, mantras, elements, emotions, foods and medicines, sexual energy and of course, the seven energies created by time, space and intention.

And then we delve into a yoga practice that offers us an opportunity to move into higher symbology. We will use kriya, āsana, prānāyāma, mantra and finally, meditation, to allow the possibility of higher states of consciousness.

No prior yoga experience necessary and no one to judge your level of expertise nor of your resulting experience.

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Healing the Heart
Healing the Mind


The heart is alive. In fact, it brings life to us with each pulsation, sending rivers of prāna flowing through our plasma, blood, muscle, fat, skeleton, marrow and finally, our vital reproductive juices. There it transforms into our very essence itself or leaves us to form a new life with another beautiful heartbeat singing its song!

This heart that is the fiery sun of our own universe, is ever producing our minds through its sensory rays and clear light! Mind as it spreads its venous tentacles to every sense organ so that we can fully experience the world around us. Mind that extends instinctively down into our bellies, so we vicariously feel each perceptive truth as a somatic experience. And mind, like a tree, sends its rising branches upwards to form our brain. Where we think, imagine, reason and occasionally perceive the highest truths.

And yet, we imprison this heart behind gates of arrogance, lust, hatred, greed, jealousy and pride. And we subject it cruelly to fears, unjustly to angers and unmercifully to grieving.

Our hearts are the key to our lives. Heal our heart and we heal our mind. In healing the mind we finally discard the undigested toxins of fear, anger and grief. And spontaneously and oh so creatively, the heart sings its joy and its simple innocent declaration- know me and know peace.

Upcoming Healing the Heart Online Workshop:

June 27. Now open for Registration. Space Limited.  Click here to Register.

July 11: Scheduled. Email adretreats@gmail.com for advance Registration!



In the Vedic tradition, the heart is the seat of emotions, of prāna and of our intrinsic immunity. It is also the origin of the mind and it is from the heart that the mind as emotions moves towards the brain for intellectual understanding and the gut for instinctive behavior. If we free our emotional seat from the siege of its enemies: fear, anger and grief then the rightful emotions of playfulness, innocence and joy rule supreme once again. It is a journey of remembrance. One we should all take together. Yoga and Āyurveda show us the way to do so.
The Heart as Seat of Mind
The Qualities of the Heart: Creativity, Innocence and Joy
The Enemies of the Heart: Fear, Anger and Grief
The Allies of the Heart: Resolve, Patience and Faith
Practicum: Emotional Intelligence Yoga Practice: Healing The Heart/Healing The Mind (separate practice video)
Understanding Heart Disease Through Āyurveda: Treating Through Yoga (Bonus separate video)

 A heart to heart prayer:

May we together be each others protection.
May we together nourish each other.
May we together become each others strength.
May we together become wise.
May we always be friends.
May we support each other in finding peace.

May your breath always be at peace!


Yoga Sutras Patanjali with Arun Deva

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

The Yoga Sutras are about the tradition of yoga. They clearly define the goal, the practices and the path.  Although the paths and practices are numerous, the final goal is singular. It is peace of mind.

The transformation of patterns into essence.
To find ourselves and come to peace.

The legend is that the eternal serpent upon which rests pure consciousness was awakened by a restless moving of this consciousness. And was sent to seek an answer to end all such restlessness. Through observing the dance of Śiva he discovered yoga.

The beauty is its recognition that as individuals we all seek the same goal but are unable to break our patterns because we cannot put a name to our restlessness. When yoga leads us to this answer we are set free.

Arun teaching yoga students

In this short weekend immersion we will imagine the final goal as Patañjali may have and we will then explore how to adapt the path to our individual states of being, and our own world circumstances. We may find that though much has changed in practice, nothing has changed in principal. Starting with the first chapter where the final goal is laid out in the first 15 sutras, we will jump to the second chapter to the practices for beginning the journey. Besides the traditional understandings of the classical commentaries, we will bring relevance to our own journeys here and now. And we will find how the traditional yoga can indeed infuse our modern practices.

This workshop is informed by a desire to show the huge potential of yoga and how āsana practice has the power to give us an inkling of this. When the āsana expands into something more, then we have begun the inner yoga.


FEB 2-3

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Sat Feb 2:
9:00am – Noon
Sun Feb 3:
7:00 – 10:00AM (The Practice)
Noon – 5:00PM

$195 • Includes copy of textbook
Held at private studio in Encinitas
Limited attendance available

FEB 8-10

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Friday: 7-9 pm
9 am – Noon
2 – 5 pm
7-10 am: The Practice
Noon – 5 pm

$245 until Jan 20
$280 after Jan 20 • Includes copy of textbook
Held at private studio

FEB 23-24

pre-register: adretreats@gmail.com
Sat Feb 23: 10am – 5pm
(Lunch and tea included)
Sun Feb 24: 8am – 5pm
(Brunch and tea included)

$225 • Includes lunches and textbook
Private studio in Hollywood Hills
Limited attendance available

MAR 15-17

Pre-register: yogabungalow@yahoo.com
Fri Mar 15: 6:30-8:30pm
Sat Mar 16: 12:30-7:30pm
(Lunch included)
Sun Mar 17: 12:30-7:30pm
(Lunch included)

$225 • Includes lunches and textbook
Yoga Bungalow


adretreats@gmail.com or call 310.435.4197
Consider registering early as space is limited. Late registration may mean no textbook available in time for class. You will however receive a copy shortly after.
NOTE: times and prices vary by location.

Arun Deva DASc, AP-NAMA, AYT-NAMA, C-IAYT, YTRX is a senior Ayurvedic Practitioner, Certified Yoga Therapist, senior yoga teacher and a long time student of the philosophies of yoga, ayurveda and Buddhism. He travels and lectures around the world, is a Board member for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, Director of Ayurveda for LMU Yoga Therapy program and the Chair of the Committee for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy-NAMA.


Summer. Greece. India. Fall.

Dear friends,
I suspect that we all have had a busy year so far. I remember thinking in February that this year had already moved into warp speed. Shades of my Star Trek hazy days perhaps…
And here we are mid-June and I realize it has been a while since I have sent out a newsletter!
Things have been pretty fiery on the yoga/Ayurveda path. What with peer review articles, NAMA and SYTAR Conferences and heading up the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Committee for NAMA.
So it is with pleasure that I am able to focus once again on traveling to teach and just hang with familiar faces and make new friends. This has got to the best part of my job:)

I am happy to present:
Saturday 1:30PM: Understanding The Subtle Body: Chandika Hall

Sunday 11:30AM: Healing Emotional Trauma: Chandika Hall

In July/August, my teacher Srivatsa Ramaswami will return to LA, perhaps for the last time, to offer his 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training at Loyola Marymount University. Ramaswami was a direct student of Krishnamacharya for over 33 yrs and his teachings on yoga are beyond anything I have experienced with any other teacher. If you are looking for a YTT, I could not possibly recommend a better teacher:

School of Yoga with Srivatsa Ramaswami

200 Hr Teacher Training Program on Vinyasakrama Yoga—Registered with Yoga Alliance.

In addition, Ramaswami will present teachings on the Bhagavad Gita:

Please contact Sarah Mata at 

sarahmatayoga@gmail.com / 310-266-5177 if you are interested in attending. There are still a few spots left.
Please note that some portions of this will be open to all.


This is my fourth year teaching in Greece and it has become a second home. But I had yet to do an Immersion and Retreat long enough to perhaps tempt some of you to come across the big pond and study there with me…so here it is:
Ayurveda Immersion For YOGI΄S: The Path of Healing & Realization with Arun DevaSept 19-23
An Intimate Ayurveda & Yoga Weekend Retreat with Arun Deva Sept 25-27

INDIA RETREAT 2015! SPECIAL EDITION: 2 Spots still open.

Jutta and I are most grateful. We filled the Retreat quite quickly. We were unable to offer any more spots for the first week.
Thus we created a Special Offering that goes from Oct 14-30 only. And now we have only 2 spots left for this also. Thank you!
We would love to have another couple of you join us!

This Retreat will be composed of two separate adventures, one in the south and one in the north.

The Hidden India Retreat:  Oct 14-23, 2015

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

The Price is $3950.
Full payment must be completed by July 15 2015 for this rate.

If you are interested in joining us, you may wish to reach out right away:
Please write Arun Deva at yogarasayana@gmail.com.

The Retreat Details:

Hidden India Retreat:

Oct 14: Mumbai! 

Check into your 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. Spend the night in Mumbai.

Oct 15: A quick flight into Mangalore, take a ride through the Karnataka Rain Forest to land in the quiet little village of Hariharapura. Where you will join us.

Oct 16-17Hampi! 

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!

The Royal India Retreat:
Oct 23: We 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 26-27Pushkar! 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 27-29Ranakpur. 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 29-30: Fly back to Mumbai, get a good night’s sleep, next day 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 

Special Price*: (space limited)
$3950 (PP)
All payments must be completed by July 15, 2015
*after July 15, if space is still available, prices will rise as per our additional costs.