April~May 2013 Events:

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.  Read More…

Once back in April, the offerings are as follows:


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

LOCATION: Dancing Shiva
7466 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90036

CONTACT & REGISTRATION: studio@dancingshiva.com
or call: 323-934-VEDA(8332)


 The Sacred Art of Eating Ayurvedically presents: An Italian Interpretation.

With Arun Deva, Jutta Hecht 

Chef JQ & Anjali Deva

Crostini, 3 versions of Pizza, Sage Ravioli, Garden Insalata w/Farmer’s Cheese, La Dolce Vita, Aperitifs, and Fig Tiramisu:  all interpreted Ayurvedically.
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.
Bon Appetit!
Space limited. By Invitation Only. 
In a Private Estate in Vista, CA
Cost: $150 per person.

APRIL 18-21

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.

MAY 3-5

Emotional Intelligence through Yoga & Ayurveda

Facing the 6 Emotional Enemies with the 6 Healing Tastes of Ayurveda

Course Description:

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.

Tuition: $150
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

For More Information Please Visit:
Sivananda Yoga Farm or Find Us on Facebook

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.
Om Shanti,

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!

musings on spirit tour of India…

This February I had the pleasure of taking my dear friends Vivi and Eraj from Greece, along with a group of their students form NYSY Yoga Studio, Athens for a Temple Tour of India. We were about 14 altogether and we began our journey together in Chennai. After visiting the Shiva Temple and the Vivekananda House, we got on the road and visited Mahabalipuram’s Shore Temples and Five Chariot Temples. In Pondicherry, we spent a night exploring the town and then the amazing eco-village, Auroville and its Matra Mandir. Onwards we went, to Chidambaram and the Shiva Tandava Temple, Kanchipuram and the Mango Tree Temple and onwards still to Tiruvanamallai, the home of Ramana Maharishi and the Arunachala Hill I have named my seva project of Yoga & Ayurveda offerings…
Once back in Chennai, we were in for a most unusual experience. Supposed to catch a short plane ride to Varanasi to spend Mahashivratri in that most sacred city, we were instead destined to fly to Bangalore, sit on the plane, hop to Delhi, sit on the plane, hop to Lucknow and, it being dark now, get on an old bus and drive 7 hours to end up the next morning in Lucknow! Below is the poem that came out of it:


Chennai, early morning of Maha Shivratri
An easy ride to the airport with well crafted plans
At the counter, a first hint of what is to come
The unraveling takes place, patiently directing us
To catch up, breathe, hold, plunge, let-go, then:
What is His wish? Because there is little doubt
Who is orchestrating this, the symmetry is uncanny
So then the parts to play: good cop, bad cop
Watching it all as the parts are spontaneously revealed
Phone calls, texts, a stern matriarch who takes no shit
Their turn to play good cop, bad cop, tables turned
They win, so we can let go, relax, surrender
So much arises on this crazy, nonsensical
Plan of theirs, which they truly are convinced
Is the only way, and we are in for a ride.

 Jet Airways to Bangalore is bumpy and sudden
Great finessing by ground crew: easy off, easy on
We sit and watch, this is not a dress rehearsal
Not wishing to be mere spectators, we act out importantly
More phone calls, check the group, where is the promised food?
Then we are on our way to the next stop, my stomping ground
Delhi is approached with peace prayers and chants to Shiva
And it occurs to me: pleas to Brahma take forever to fructify
Pleas to Vishnu are about achieving His abode
But prayers to Shiva are never denied, as He knows
Our secret wants, He panders to the ego’s will
Creates such strength of it that we flounder in desires
Ravana conquered all the worlds, his insane appetite
Is mirrored thousand fold today in our Hitler-s and such like
Shiva gives to those who ask, till they beg for a Rama
To end their ravenous hungers, eating up all other egos, ages
Swallowing smaller fish, minions in millions, even the very
Earth, Water, Sky fall prey, as the demons seek Salvation
Or the Destruction of the very Lord, Who alone can save them,
By fiery astra-s, astral missiles armed with Spirit-s of Devata-s,
Consuming, burning, devouring, even hungrier than us all

 But now we touch Delhi, softly we take off again
Onwards to Lucknow, a city with childhood meaning
We will pass briefly through it onwards to Varanasi
It is another short ride there, ending in dusk,
Knowing little of what lurks in the shadows
Led to an unlit bus, again it is about who is in control
From the airline rep being all business to the world weary
Munni Bhai, straight from Bollywood casting, with bleary eyes,
Reeking of paan and yet he drives us onwards confidently
On crazy Indian nighttime roads filled with truck drivers
Railroad crossings, countless speed bumps on the highway
What is it we can do now but sing to Shiva Himself
On this wedding night of his; he knows where he wants us
And it is not in a hotel room in Varanasi but instead
On an old bus singing his praises all together, each one
With his or her thoughts but willing to let this unfold
The surrender is part exhaustion and part exhilaration
But the witnessing is in each one’s eyes, which are
Trained upon me, looking for signals that can explain
This madness adventure as it is in sense that we seek
Our understandings and acceptances, the unknown
Must remain an enigma, the moment needs rationale

 Varanasi appears gradually, it is now that quiet before dawn
Dogs are awake and there is stirring in the new day, Shiva’s wedding
Now belongs to last night, now the wedding city calls us
To rest, in a hotel I will never again stay in
But for now, it is welcome as the journey ends.

Later, we continued to Delhi and then I begged leave to rest before flying to Greece to teach there before returning home, a much richer man: so much treasured learning had happened on this trip.
Album of photos from the trip: Click Here

At a little off the beaten track Hanuman Temple


Greetings from India where the journey goes on…
Returning end March and a month in So CA means time spent w/my daughter, with dear friends and in teaching locally; from West Hollywood to Encinitas and San Juan Capistrano to Ojai ending up at the Sivananda Ashram in Grass Valley end April.
Perhaps we will cross paths along the way, dear friend:

MONDAY APRIL 4: CAAM Sponsored talk on Daily & Seasonal Routines of Ayurveda
at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center: 9:30AM-11:30AM
For information on this event, please call: 310.822.9642



Vinyasa Krama Cikitsa: A Therapeutic Flow towards Consciousness in Action.
$108 for series (SAVE $32) or drop in for $20 each.
In this seven class Series, we will access the flow of therapeutic yoga sequences and specific pranayamas to create an upward spiral of consciousness and energy and experience the trance like state known to yogins as the Antara Anga (The Inner Pathway)
This Series encourages all levels of practitioners to attend. The focus is on yoga therapy based on Ayurvedic principles of alignment of the body with the breath and the resultant settling of the restless mind.

7466 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90036 • 323-934-VEDA(8332)
Mon & Thurs April 4-28 Seven classes total.

Call Megan at 949.280.9968 to sign up. Please note, this is a Private Event & space is limited

Vinyasa Yoga Therapeutic Flow & Pranayama Package
w/Special Emphasis On Ayurvedic Principles.
Register with:
Michele Bollo 760-840-0414 , michele@willowsyoga.com
or Jutta Hecht, juttamariah@gmail.com

Vinyasa Krama Yoga Class with Pranayama & Meditation
Saturday, April 16th, 1:00-3:00 PM

Vinyasa Krama Yoga is the yoga of sequencing asanas based on a fixed and logical purpose. In yoga this purpose is always the raising of the level of our consciousness into meditative and clear states. Thus our practice progresses from asana to pranayama to dharana: the first state of meditation. All else follows this sequence, even enlightenment. Reaching that shore is your choice!

Emotional Intelligence using Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra
at Sivananda Yoga Farms, Grass Valley

In May the journey continues on the road: Medicine Crow Event, Grass Valley; Albuquerque w/Dr. Lad; 2 weeks of Treatments, Consults, Vinyasa Krama, Vinyasa Cikitsa & Workshops (including for the first time:cooking Ayurvedically) at the Shiva Centre in Salt Lake City! A true home away from home…these sanghas are growing… Jai Shri Lakshmi Ma.

Bajrang Bali