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.
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)
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…
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.
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.
…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
On Thanksgiving 2013, my prayer is to all friends known and unknown, having met you in physical life or in cyberspace…thank you for your friendship!
Some years ago I heard for the first time the phrase: “Love & light”
Actually, I saw it in something Dr. Lad (one of our greatest teachers) wrote.
It was such a gift.
What a joyous, uninhibited and completely selfless concept!
I decided there and then to make it my meditation.
Over the years I have learned to be less inhibited about passing it on.
More joyous every time I write it down for someone.
More grateful because gratefulness is not so much selflessness but rather, an expanding of the self to include others!
At this, as at all other times, I am eternally grateful for you, in whatever momentous, brief or passing moment I have had the pleasure of sharing with you. You expand me 🙂