Greece. Elections were held while I was there. There was an air of resignation. Sadness perhaps. They voted for their leader who had been battered down by a bigger foe. Yes, they had met the Too Big To Fall. They are weary. But they are Greeks. They go to the Plaka. They feed you. They drink ouzo with you. And behind their tired eyes I see something. They have dignity. They are not down because they are wise. And I think to myself. The Too Big To Fall miscalculated. The world now knows what the Too Big are made of. We bear witness. Clearly, I miss my Greek friends. They have taught me how to be resilient no matter what. No wonder. They have a history of standing up again and again.
And now I am in India. Here too there is history. Ancient. And new. And here there is always confusion between the two. But I got to visit the ancient. The sources of painstaking research into the ancient texts of yoga. And walked out with a bagful of books:)
It is good to be with family as I prepare for India 2015! On Oct 9th, my co-leader Jutta will arrive with the Group and I pray Ganapati Bapa will let me have everything ready for them.
Then it is on to Delhi to teach at Om Yoga Studios.
This is a topic that is making the telepathic waves. I am seeing it on other well respected Ayurvedic teachers pages. Almost identical. It is clairvoyance, telepathy, unified field…I do not know, but it all appears in print around the same time and we all know it takes months to get it out there:) I think it means we have borne witness here too. The answers have always been there. Lets not be fooled again.
Jai Hanuman, the breath of the Divine. Serendipity is your play.
November sees me in Salt Lake, my twice a year home. And so happy to work again with my dear long time supporter and lifelong friend, Jennifer Ellen. Hosted by Centered City Yoga. I look forward to seeing all my Utah friends. And making new ones.
Next year is turning out to be quite exciting too.
Perhaps I will get to catch you in Dallas at Castle Hill Yoga.
Grass Valley at Sivananda Yoga Farm for Emotional Intelligence Through Yoga & Ayurveda with special extended workshop for therapists, practitioners and teachers. NAMA Conference in Rhode Island (Presenting the Practicum)
San Juan Capistrano…
Or Gokarna, India to study Patanjali’s Yoga Darshana & then visit Hanuman’s birthplace?
Greece of course:)
And of course in my hometown: Los Angeles.
Two major projects in hand. A book
(There, I have said it. Now I will have to write it:)
And perhaps, just perhaps, a dream come true: a School of Yoga & Ayurveda Integration for Therapeutic Purposes.
I am happy to present: Saturday1:30PM: Understanding The Subtle Body: Chandika Hall
Sunday11:30AM: 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 26-27: 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 27-29: 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 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
The above prices include the following:
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.
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.)