The Dimensions of Warrior Pose!

Vīra: Fierce.
Bhadra: Friend.
Āsana: To embody.
To embody your warrior. To make it a friend to the oppressed.
In this workshop, we will explore the various dimensions of Warrior Pose.
We will begin with its mythological roots. Understand its healing, strengthening, and physical benefits through practical explorations: 4 versions! Explore the pose dimensionally: as therapeutic, as protective, as strengthening, as disciplined, and finally we will end in the prayer of the warrior.


Sat Nov 5th. 8AM PT/9AM MT
$27 Early Bird  / $36 after Oct 31st.

Samata International




I was most intrigued when my dear friend, Larry Payne asked me to teach a special class to his Yoga Therapy RX Program students on the above topic. Now we have decided to open it up to all. Space is, however, limited. And pre-Registration by Dec 10th is required.

In addition to the below information, with the help of two amazing Ayurvedic Chef’s Jutta Hecht and Jacquelin Sonderling, we have added a “tasting section” to this workshop. Beyond discussing different recipes for various disorders we now also get to sample a few!

From blended soups and breakfast drinks, to red cabbage sauerkraut and a special hummus, and from chocolate ladoos to the ever perennial kichadi.

Continuing Education Credits

Food Choices For Common Ailments
A Yoga & Ayurveda Approach

Saturday December 15th, 2012
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
7 hours of credit

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Arun Deva, DASc, AYT, E-RYT500 YTRX is a well known yoga therapist and Ayurvedic Practitioner. He serves on both the National & State Ayurvedic Associations: NAMA & CAAM. Arun teaches internationally, lectures at Conferences, writes articles for different publications, has been featured on both radio and television and has an Ayurvedic clinic for consultations and various treatments including Panchakarma in Los Angeles. Born in India, he has made his home in Los Angeles for the past 30+ years. www.yogarasayana.com

Can we address common ailments by our food choices? Yes, says Ayurveda, sister science to yoga, and the ancient medical system that underlies yoga’s healing theories and practices. By recognizing our food intake as the primary factor in creating, maintaining and correcting our health paradigm. What we digest is what goes on to inform the intelligence of our cellular body. Illness arises when there is either a weakness in our digestive system or it is taxed by the wrong diet. Ayurveda says that if we eat the right foods there is no need for medicine and conversely, if we continue to eat the wrong foods, no amount of medicine will help.

In this full day Immersion, we will first learn its basic principles.  Then we will examine its vast understanding of food and diet. And we will answer the above question affirmatively by breaking foods down into tastes, qualities, structure, values and intelligence. All in the language of yoga.
By matching these to the necessary needs of our ailments we may go a long way in addressing not just the symptomology but the root causes themselves.
We will then try and discuss as many specific ailments as we can, such as constipation, diarrhea, headaches, hot flashes, Parkinson’s, heart disease, anxiety, depression, osteoporosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes and even back pain!

Comprehensive Handouts will be provided.

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Greetings from New Delhi, India. Varsha, the season of the monsoons ran late this year and I am blessed to have cooler days and tapering showers. It is a lovely season in the hotter climes. In Mumbai I was lucky enough to experience a heavy downpour and it brought back hauntingly beautiful memories of childhood. In three days, the adventurers join me for this India Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat. I will meet them in Somatheeram, Kerala. After 8 days of yoga, daily Ayurvedic massages/treatments, pampering with hammocks swaying to the sea breeze, delicious fresh foods and a trip to Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India where 3 oceans meet, we will fly to Chennai and begin our Temple Tour.

At the outdoor yoga hut, lecturing in the sea breeze

And at the larger upper yoga room. Still the sea breeze:)

Kapaleeswarar temple at dusk in Chennai

At the Vivekananda House, Chennai

We will then continue onwards on to Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Auroville, Arunachala and if it so manifests, Chidambaram and or Kanchipuram.

It will be a lovely adventure that they will return from, while I carry on to Greece: For: Ayurveda Healing Retreat in Mani with Arun Deva & Vivi Letsou (Click to View)

Mystical Mani

Back in LA end Oct to rejuvenate at the Sivananda Ashram in Grass Valley and at the Sierraville Hot Springs Resort.

And then off to Las Vegas!

Vinyasa Krama in SLC

Next stop: Salt Lake City. Shiva Centre SLC. After all these years, it seems like home. There will be workshops, Vinyasa Krama classes, consults and for three people, a special Ayurvedic Cleanse with yummy Bliss Treatments:)

And finally, the second Annual Thanksgiving Retreat with Jutta Hecht in Joshua Tree. Registration is now open. If you are in the area. please do read on and if this calls you, we would love to share this adventure (and the Superfoods:) with you!

Till December, wishing you a lovely few months, whatever the season wherever you are. And if our paths should cross, it would make my heart glad. Namaskaram!

Coming into summer…


As we come fully into the adana of the sun’s journey in the northern hemisphere, bringing us summer in all its glory, its ruling time, we are reminded how the sun can deplete us as it does the earth and we may look forward to the visarga or cooling nature of the moon later in the year. In the meantime, the joys of lush fruits, swimming pools, yes even ice cream keeps us going…organic and non-agave based, of course, as we plumb the depths of what may be another un-natural sweetener as we discover that low glycemic factor does not overrule exceptionally high fructose levels. Consider that apples have a fructose factor of around 5-10% and agave nothing less than 70% and apples are plenty sweet. As a dear and wonderful healer friend of mine says, why has no one ever used the Agave plant for anything other than tequila till now, when it is overharvested as the best organic sweetener, raw (hah!) and pure (after all the machinery it is put through to cause this transformation…well, I for one do not like how it makes me feel and so I neither use it nor recommend it to any of my clients till the air is cleared up…but oh my, how did I get here from talking about summer! I digress and will leave it in for you to digest:)


ImageContact Arun at (310) 435-4197, for more information.

It has been a busy spring. Among trips to Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Grass Valley and Encinitas was a lot of private reflection time. I have been contemplating both yoga and my yoga. As an Ayurvedic Practitioner I will have a particular view of yoga when it comes to healing. And what this view is now showing me is that yoga is the single most powerful healing tool that Ayurveda can offer. Needless to say, yoga based on the principles of Ayurveda. What I am discovering is that it has never been any other way. They are inseparable. They are Vedic knowledge specialized into sister sciences. For some years now, I have been blessed to share the wisdom of Ayurveda with yogin`s and yoga teacher trainees. Most blessed also to share Ayurveda with the awesome Larry Payne’s Yoga Therapy Rx Program at LMU. I continue to do so.


Ayurveda: The Science Of Self-Healing

On July 20/21, I will once again get to do so at Black Dog Yoga in Sherman Oaks. It is open to the public, please come.

Now I find myself wanting to bring yoga to Ayurvedic Practitioners. This is a formidable undertaking, I believe. But I feel I have some truths I have gathered from my teachers that I wish to share as they “realize” within me. The journey goes on:) On August 4/5 there is the Moksha Festival. On the 4th, I will be presenting on “Combining Yoga & Ayurveda For Better Health”. On the 5th, I will join a panel discussion on Yoga Next: Shaping The Future of Yoga.

On the other hand, both yoga and Ayurveda are shortchanged unless their therapeutic message reaches deeper into us than just the physical body. Or even just the mental body. It must reach into the core of us, where our emotions arise.

What I have discovered is that this Emotional Intelligence can be accessed even through just our yoga practice. I am putting this theory to the test coming up soon at the Sivananda Yoga Center, at Anahata Yoga Studio in Encinitas and at the Zen Den in San Clemente.Image All this summer.

Then I take off with a lovely group for the Yogarasayana India Retreat where we will meet up with other lovely yogin-s from India! There is still space if you wish to join us. The more, the merrier. After that, it is Greece once again. And another Retreat with my friends from Greece. This time on a smallish, spectacular island where we will share all of the above including Ayurvedic cooking and tasting:)

And then this November, for Thanksgiving, Jutta Hecht and I will host another Joshua Tree Retreat. The last one was a huge success. This time, once again starting the day after Thanksgiving, we will explore Ayurveda and Food: Raw, Cooked and Vegan! With yoga and a picnic hike. So, if you would like to share some of this year with me, I would love to share any and all of it with you!

Have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you on the yogic path!