RASA BHĀVA GOES TO INDIA!

RASA BHĀVA IMMERSION

Yoga, Āyurveda, Temples, Palaces, Forts, Taj Mahal…

To learn more about Rasa Bhāva, CLICK HERE

or just keep reading…past the retreat details.

 Rasa Bhāva, the art of rejuvenating the emotional body, is an ongoing practice. Like developing an unused muscle, it takes time, persistence and consistency.

This retreat is to both take it deeper, and to add dimensions to it that cannot be added in a workshop. 

Plus…the flavor of India, its very rasa, adds a delicious secret spice to the recipe!

We begin in Kerala. At a beautiful Ayurvedic Retreat Center. Here we spend 5 full days immersed in the study of the Rasa Bhāva experience. To understand and manage our emotional body. Physically, mentally, psychically and spiritually, we will learn to occupy our own persona and move beyond our life long trainings in fear, anger and grief, and to occupy and remember our own original creativity, innocence and joy. As you will see below, this can be a pretty joyous experience.

And then we will take it out on the road! To see if we can be fully present, alive and positive to our surroundings, the beauty of ancient India: its palaces, forts, temples, colors, sights, sounds, aromas and tastes. We will of course visit the Taj Mahal, but also a magnificent Jain Temple. We will take a camel ride, stay in luxury tents, visit old royal villas, wander through ancient forts and living palaces. Having first nurtured with specific yogic and āyurvedic practices, we should now be ready to have a grand experience indeed!

The retreat is limited in space.

REGISTRATION AND INFO: ADRETREATS@GMAIL.COM



RETREAT ITINERARY:

  Rasa Bhāva & Royal Tour India Retreat 2018!

September 26 – October 10

WE BEGIN AT THE SOMATHEERAM AYURVEDIC BEACH RESORT, KERALA:

Sept 26: Arrive early morning. Settle in and after lunch, orientation and puja, followed by a gentle afternoon practice ending with yoga nidra. Early evening luxuriate in full Āyurvedic treatments and let go of it all!

Sept 27/28/29/30: Early mornings 3-hr Rasa Bhāva practices. Afternoons: Rasa Bhāva lectures. Evenings: Rasa Bhāva Āyurvedic treatments including abhyanga and shirodhara.

The Somatheeram resort is spread lushly over 15 acres of greenery on a hilltop overlooking Chowara Beach, south of Kovalam and a short drive away from Trivandrum. The gently sloping grounds are sprinkled with traditional thatched cottages and Kerala style wooden bungalows, nestled among native medicinal plants and coconut groves. We will stay in the Garden Cottages; independent thatched huts rooming two people.

Climbing up the hill you arrive at the Rejuvenation Center with a full staff of Ayurvedic Doctors, where you will receive your daily treatments…Kerala style!

The resort has a thatched restaurant with a panoramic view of the ocean, and delicious Ayurvedically prepared meals (3 vegetarian, dosha specific meals a day are included).

Oct 1: Morning practice, brunch and then on to our next adventure.

MOVE ON TO NORTH INDIA FOR THE ROYAL TOUR:

Arrive Delhi late evening and layover for the night.

Oct 2: Early morning drive to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. If you have never seen the Taj, it is spectacular and if you have, each visit is a little more special!

Oct 3/4: Drive to Jaipur, the Pink City. The very heart of this magical land called Rajasthan. A land known for its nobility, its hard desert fortitude and incredible grace. It’s where the homes are often villas of old (we will stay in one) and where the palaces and temples are beautifully colorful and the forts sit on formidable mountain tops, seeming impregnable.


Oct 4: Amber Fort, City Palace, and Jantar Mantar. Amber Fort is magnificently set on the top of a hill. We will take the rampart all the way by elephant (with luck), visit the courtyard and enter the inner palace. City Palace is still active as home to the current Maharaja. It is a spectacular setting with powerful museums and history. Jantar Mantar is the magic of 19 astronomical instruments including precise sun dials from the 1700’s!

Then on to:

Oct 5/6: After our morning practice, drive to 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 7: After a morning practice, drive to Ranakpur. Some say the Jain Temple here is the most incredible of all. I fell in love with it when I was 19! Over 1400 carved pillars inside, none alike!

After a late lunch continue to Udaipur. The Lake City.

Oct 8: Visit our last most amazing Palace. Have a beautiful lunch at the Palace Restaurant! Afterwards, visit a powerful Vishnu Temple.

Oct 9: After our final morning practice, and brunch, take a flight back to Delhi.

Oct 10: Delhi. Our last day is dedicated to shopping. We will sightsee and shop, rest up and late at night (early Oct 11 morning), those who choose, fly home full of memories and also with full bags, to remind us of the magic of India.

The Retreat officially ends and India awaits any fearless explorers who wish to do more. YogaRasayana’s trusted travel agents are available to help with this!


REGISTRATION AND INFO: ADRETREATS@GMAIL.COM


PRICING DETAILS:

Early Bird Special (ends June 15): $3300

Regular Price (after June 15): $3700

Late Registration (after July 30/space available): $4100

Deposit of $500 per person will hold your space and price. Final payments must be completed by July 30 to maintain your Early Bird Price. After July 30 your deposit will continue to apply but will apply to the next tier: Regular Price $3700.  If final payment is not received by August 30, your deposit can only apply to Late Registration Tier and becomes subject to space availability.  Early Bird Deposits are 50% refundable for one month after initial deposit is received. After that they become nonrefundable.

The above prices include the following:

  • All group travel as stated. This includes all listed air and land travel during the Retreat. Any personally requested additional travel would be at your cost.
  • Airport pick up and drop off.
  • Lectures and all yoga sessions. Any personal consultations (with Arun) will be subject to time, availability and additional cost.
  • Shared Double Occupancy Cottages at Somatheeram. (Single Room Occupancy prices will be higher and subject to availability.)
  • Shared Double Occupancy at all hotels and villas we stay at outside of Somatheeram. (Single Room Occupancy prices may be significantly higher and subject to availability.)
  • Morning and afternoon practices at Somatheeram.
  • Morning practices when possible on the road. (Some days have the mornings set aside for this, other days including days of travel and early sightseeing, we may not be practicing.)
  • Sangha sessions on the road when possible.
  • Specific Ayurvedic treatments at Somatheeram. Additional treatments may be available for an extra fee.
  • All meals (at Somatheeram).
  • All breakfasts on the road.
  • While at most lodging facilities, WiFi is included, be aware that we cannot guarantee its availability and quality.

What is NOT included:

  • Airfare/travel not specifically included above, including to/from your own starting and ending destinations, whether in the Americas, Europe, India or elsewhere.
  • Tipping. (We will pool tips for group tipping wherever applicable. We estimate this to work out to around $150 total per person.)
  • 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, internet, 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. (Exclusions include lunches and dinners outside of Somatheeram.)
  • Any transportation not expressly included above.
  • Any additional expenditure not expressly covered above whether of an individual nature or voluntarily as part of a group.

REGISTRATION AND INFO: ADRETREATS@GMAIL.COM

WHAT IS RASA BHĀVA?

EMOTIONS: LANGUAGE OF THE HEART


In the ancient vedic sciences, the heart is considered the root of the mind.

While we are quite aware of the power of instinct and its home in the enteric gut and brain stem; and equally aware of the power of rational intelligence and its home in the neocortex; by assigning the home of emotions to the limbic region we may be missing its root source and doing a great disservice to our most important organ.

It is from the heart that the “felt sense” arises and thus mediates between instinct and reason. The connection between wisdom and compassion that gives rise to ethics and sharing is the state of our emotional body.

In trauma, this state is under attack and our emotions of joy, creativity, and innocence curdle into grief, rage and fear. Learning to decouple from trauma is always possible and trauma is not always  clinical. It is not necessarily chronic or even acute. It can be that which simply interferes with compassion and wisdom in our day-to-day life. It forces us to contract into survival, into seeking perverse pleasures and often sinking into bouts of rage and frustration, into irrational cravings for control and domination, into a coldness of heart and even into fear of speaking our truth.

Combining the wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda and linking it with the language of somatic psychotherapies, we find that keys to healing trauma are the same keys that unlock us from fears, irrational tempers and grieving.  They deliver us safely into being grounded: allowing enjoyments, senses of purpose, openings of the heart and the ability to live our truths.

These teachings are clear and practical in the yoga path. Once combined with the basic teachings of Ayurveda, such as diet, lifestyle and the proper use of exercise, they become powerful therapeutic tools.

When we free the heart of its bondage to life trauma, we open to the salve of the higher emotional states and enter into our own lives as warriors of light and love.

When the heart is set free we find courage, fortitude, grace, selflessness and we find the emotions that are our birthright and our pathways to freedom from suffering.

In these ancient sciences, we call this “sattvavajaya cikitsa”: the victory of truth.

In what I have coined rasa bhāva, we learn to cultivate the essence of the heart.

HOW DO WE UNDERSTAND THE EMOTIONAL BODY?

The link between the mind and the different organs/systems of the body is  well researched and documented in Ayurveda. Now the progressive field of psychotherapy has related our instincts to our reptilian stem, our emotional to the limbic, and the rational to our neo-cortex.

In Āyurveda, however, the mind is not restricted to this structure, instead it begins in the heart, reaches downwards into the gut and upwards into the brain. The connections are easy to see as seats of instincts, feelings and sensation/thought. Therefore, all our instincts and our rational thinking revolve around the mediating emotional state.

When our emotional state is one of creativity, innocence and joy, we see beauty, feel compassion and instinctually open to universal waves of loving. However, when our emotions are dominated by fear, anger and grief, we become susceptible to the 6 enemies of the mind: lust, rage, greed, jealousy, envy and delusion. And our thinking and functionality begins to operate from these states. In Ayurveda, it is also said that if you wish to conquer these six enemies, there is no better pathway than that of yoga (sattvavajaya cikitsa).

After years of personal practice, study and teaching on the relationship of the emotional body to our health and our peace of mind, the results I have gained offer clear, succinct information on the use of these yogic tools. We will do actual practices to show their effectiveness in transforming fear, anger and grief into creativity, innocence and joy.

CURRICULUM:

Foundational aspects of Ayurveda and Yoga and where they intersect in therapy. Connecting sattva (clarity) rajas (restlessness) and tamas (inertia) to our individual natures of vāta (neurological/respiratory), pitta  (digestive) and kapha (immune): personalizing our emotional healing.

The Preliminaries: Diet, Lifestyle & Relationships affect every aspect of our lives as key pillars to health. This includes a clear understanding of food, sleep, exercise, and intimacy as part of daily living.

Relating these traditional practices to current western psychosomatic languages and understandings. How such understandings as the doshas, gunas, alternate nostril breathing, therapeutic vinyasas, mindfulness and other such yogic and Buddhist practices are related to advances being made in the field of psychotherapy.

Understanding the tools of yoga & ayurveda in emotional therapy. We will examine the roles of kriya, vinyāsā, āsana, prānāyāma, mudra, bandhā, japā, dhāranā and dhyāna. That is cleansing breathing, sequencing to place in intelligent postures, awareness breathing, external and internal symbolization, internal locks, chanting, becoming aware through breath and body and finally sitting in awareness.

Svatantra Nyāya: Finding that the logic inherent within wisdom and compassion equates with love and intelligence. This is the deeper healing, where we end up when we have learned the logic of the body as correct action, breath as correct speech and mind as superior contemplation.

Practical Sessions that will utilize all the yogic tools we speak about so we can actualize the experience of emotional stability. This practice will vary daily as our circumstances and growth require us to be flexible. Although the practice is designed to be all inclusive to most levels of practitioners, for those who have injuries or special needs, times may come where you may also just observe the practice. It can be just as powerful.

Additional Sessions: In a forest, all trees thrive in each others company. Similarly, whenever possible we will engage in joint sangha meditations and discussions.

May we always be friends in the light,

Arun

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EMOTIONS: THE LANGUAGE OF THE HEART

The Rasa Bhāva/Emotional Health Workshops may be coming to your hometown. Or somewhere close by. Arizona, Southern California, Utah, Las Vegas, Northern California.
Please see full schedule below.

Meanwhile, here are some emotional tidbits to stimulate your appetite:
In Sanskrit there is no single corresponding word for emotion, as the context is considered too wide to be encapsulated into one pithy expression. Thus:
Vikāra: Pleasing or distressing state, affection, transforming state.
Bhāva: Mood, state.
Vedanā: Feeling.
Bhāvanā: Cultivating a mood, state.
Rasa: Essence, taste, emotion. As essential states such as love, kindness, friendship.
Rāga: Love, desire, music, art, passion.
All of the above still does not define the indefinable emotion because it predates language, being a part of our primal brain and perhaps even older than that. It may be that emotion is just what first stirred and will eternally vibrate thus.

“Emotion is the chief source of becoming conscious…”
~Carl Jung

SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING RASA BHĀVA WORKSHOPS:

Click on the links below:

PHOENIX: DEC 1/2 2017

CENTERED CITY YOGA, SLC, UT: JAN 13/14, 2018

YOGA BUNGALOW, SJC, CA: JAN 27/28, 2018 

TRU YOGA, LAS VEGAS, NV: FEB 16/17, 2018

SIVANANDA YOGA FARM, GRASS VALLEY, CA: FULL IMMERSION/RETREAT: APRIL 27-29

La Maida Integrative Institute: Los Angeles: INFO COMING SOON. First weekend of May. Write here to pre-register: ADretreats@gmail.com

PLEASE ALSO JOIN US AT THE NAMA CONFERENCE 2018: THIS APRIL IN PLANO, TX.
I will be presenting: Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy to facilitate Healing of the Emotional Body.

ALSO CONSIDER:
SIVANANDA YOGA HEALTH EDUCATOR PROGRAM:YOGA FARM GRASS VALLEY: APRIL 2018: Theories and applications of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy: April 26/27.

EMOTIONS: LANGUAGE OF THE HEART

In the ancient vedic sciences, the heart is considered the root of the mind.
While we are quite aware of the power of instinct and its home in the enteric gut and brain stem; and equally aware of the power of rational intelligence and its home in the neocortex; by assigning the home of emotions to the limbic region we may be missing its root source and doing a great disservice to our most important organ.
It is from the heart that the “felt sense” arises and thus mediates between instinct and reason. The connection between wisdom and compassion that gives rise to ethics and sharing is the state of our emotional body.
In trauma, this state is under attack and our emotions of joy, creativity, and innocence curdle into grief, rage and fear. Learning to decouple from trauma is always possible and trauma is not always  clinical. It is not necessarily chronic or even acute. It can be that which simply interferes with compassion and wisdom in our day-to-day life. It forces us to contract into survival, into seeking perverse pleasures and often sinking into bouts of rage and frustration, into irrational cravings for control and domination, into a coldness of heart and even into fear of speaking our truth.
Combining the wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda and linking it with the language of somatic psychotherapies, we find that keys to healing trauma are the same keys that unlock us from fears, irrational tempers and grieving.  They deliver us safely into being grounded: allowing enjoyments, senses of purpose, openings of the heart and the ability to live our truths.
These teachings are clear and practical in the yoga path. Once combined with the basic teachings of Ayurveda, such as diet, lifestyle and the proper use of exercise, they become powerful therapeutic tools.
When we free the heart of its bondage to life trauma, we open to the salve of the higher emotional states and enter into our own lives as warriors of light and love.
When the heart is set free we find courage, fortitude, grace, selflessness and we find the emotions that are our birthright and our pathways to freedom from suffering.
In these ancient sciences, we call this “sattvavajaya cikitsa”: the victory of truth.
In what I have coined rasa bhāva, we learn to cultivate the essence of the heart.

RASA BHĀVA CURRICULUM (Subject to change as per location)

CURRICULUM:

SESSION ONE: Foundational aspects of Ayurveda and Yoga and where they intersect in therapy. Connecting sattva (clarity) rajas (restlessness) and tamas (inertia) to our individual natures of vāta, pitta and kapha: personalizing our emotional healing.
SESSION TWO: Understanding the tools of yoga in emotional therapy. We will examine the roles of kriya, vinyāsā, āsana, prānāyāma, mudra, bandhā, japā, dhāranā and dhyāna. That is cleansing breathing, sequencing to place in intelligent postures, awareness breathing, external and internal symbolization, internal locks, chanting, becoming aware through breath and body and finally sitting in awareness.
SESSION THREE: Svatantra Nyāya: Finding that the logic inherent within wisdom and compassion equates with love and intelligence. This is the deeper healing, where we end up when we have learned the logic of the body as correct action, breath as correct speech and mind as superior contemplation.
SESSION FOUR*: The Preliminaries: Diet, Lifestyle & Relationships affect every aspect of our lives as key pillars to health. This includes a clear understanding of sleep, exercise, intimacy as part of daily living. *not included at all locations
SESSION FIVE: Practical Session that will utilize all the yogic tools we speak about on Saturday so we can actualize the experience of emotional stability. A short talk will close out any additional needed explanations at the end. All levels of healthy practitioners are welcome. If you have special injuries or needs you may also observe the practice. It can be just as powerful.

HOW DO WE UNDERSTAND THE EMOTIONAL BODY?
The link between the mind and the different organs/systems of the body is  well researched and documented in Ayurveda. Now the progressive field of psychotherapy has related our instincts to our reptilian stem, our emotional to the limbic, and the rational to our neo-cortex. In Āyurveda, however, the mind is not restricted to this structure, instead it begins in the heart, reaches downwards into the gut and upwards into the brain. The connections are easy to see as seats of instincts, feelings and sensation/thought. Therefore, all our instincts and our rational thinking revolve around the mediating emotional state. When our emotional state is one of creativity, innocence and joy, we see beauty, feel compassion and instinctually open to universal waves of loving. However, when our emotions are dominated by fear, anger and grief, we become susceptible to the 6 enemies of the mind: lust, rage, greed, jealousy, envy and delusion. And our thinking and functionality begins to operate from these states. In Ayurveda, it is also said that if you wish to conquer these six enemies, there is no better pathway than that of yoga (sattvavajaya cikitsa). After years of personal practice, study and teaching on the relationship of the emotional body to our health and our peace of mind, the results I have gained offer clear, succinct information on the use of these yogic tools. We will do an actual practice to show their effectiveness in transforming fear, anger and grief into creativity, innocence and joy.

After 7 years of teaching this at the Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley; we are pleased to have broughtt it to Encinitas; and now coming to Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Juan Capistrano, and Las Vegas next.  It will continue to happen in Grass Valley for a full Retreat experience at the Sivananda Yoga Farm. If you would like it closer to your own hometown, do reach out! adretreats@gmail.com

TESTIMONIALS:

The first time I attended Arun Deva’s Emotional Intelligence workshop, I was literally blown away.  I could not even take notes as it was so fascinating.  I then decided I needed to hear it again – and this time I managed to take notes.  We all know what note-taking ends up being – another pile of papers that are pushed aside somewhere, never again to be referred to.  Not in this case.  Arun’s material is so totally right on, so very timely – I have referred to it many, many times – not only for students and/or clients, but for me as well.  Thank you Arun for sharing this meaningful knowledge – EI is a gorgeous workshop.  I recommend it highly to one and all. 
A. Abhaya Geyer, C-IAYT; AHE-300, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist/Educator, Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Health Educator, Las Vegas, NV

What a wonderful workshop! The energy in the room was strong yet calm. I was so impressed with Arun Devi’s intelligence, compassion and warmth. The pacing was perfect- just enough information and physical practice to feel complete, but not overwhelmed. I judge a workshop successful if I take away one lesson that I can I apply and use immediately in my life. I took away six!
Thank you,
Wendy Williams, yoga practitioner, Encinitas, CA

Recently I was able to attend the Rasa Bhava Workshop offered by Arun Deva. Arun is a gifted teacher who has a storehouse of knowledge and experience that he offers generously and with humility and humor to his students. My experience of the two-day workshop was very powerful for me.The first day consisted of four blocks of lecture. I couldn’t take notes fast enough. The following day we put all that information into practice. This allowed the information imparted the previous day to be incorporated deeply into my mind and body. One workshop is not enough to absorb and master the gift that Rasa Bhava is to my life. I will attend again. As my awareness deepens I hope that my life shares the benefits with others who cross my path.
Meg Long-Eastman, MPS; Temecula, CA

The workshop was a holistic experience, beautifully designed in two day, and for me, it marked the beginning of a much longer journey. Its effect has been continuous as I’m still learning about myself and my emotions. I cannot put into words the depth of my experience when I am thinking of how it has deeply touched upon parts of me and awakened memories (that) remained dormant for years.
Leila Mesbahi, yoga practitioner, Los Angeles, CA

Arun is one of those rare teachers, that has a depth of knowledge, traced back to the ancients ..he knows the language of Wisdom and he can make it understood in this modern day world. He is a strong teacher yet his eyes are full of compassion and love and kindness..So one can ask him questions and not be intimidated ..He has humor and flexibility that he can mingle into the journey of recalling ones souls purpose..He combines the very best qualities of a true teacher…
Diane, Yogini, Encinitas, CA

 

NEW ARTICLE:
INTUITION. EMOTION. INTELLECT.

THE INTUITIVE BODY is often formalized into repetitive patterns that we build increasing familiarity with. These are not always to our benefit. For instance, if our gut tensed up as children when we we faced a certain traumatic situation, we may continue this pattern into our adult lives, perceiving simple disturbing situations as being of similar trauma intensity. Very often this results in a condition commonly referred to as IBS. A simple intuitive reaction has now become a lifelong physical malady, often incurable.

The emotional body too is formed by repetitive patterns. Typically the emotional body is concerned only with things, situations and people we have a reactive relationship with. These reactions can categorize into one of two: liking (desire) and disliking (aversion)
READ MORE…

 

RELATED ADDITIONAL READINGS:

AN INTERVIEW ON LEVITATING MONKEY WITH ANJULA DUGGAL

PSYCHOLOGY OF A SAGE ON AYURVEDA NEXT DOOR

May we always be friends in the light,

Arun Deva

YOGARASAYANA RETREAT IN GREECE

WELCOME TO GREECE 2017!
A YOGA & AYURVEDA RETREAT
JUNE 26 – JULY 6, 2017

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FREE FALL IN LOGIC: THE STUDY OF VINYASA KRAMA YOGA
W/SPECIAL REFERENCE TO AYURVEDA

WITH ARUN DEVA
ASHLEY FIALA
VIVI LETSOU

AT ZEN ROCKS, MANI, GREECE

HOSTED BY NYSY YOGA, ATHENS
AVOCADO VEGETARIAN CAFE, ATHENS
ARUNACHALA YOGA & AYURVEDA, LOS ANGELES

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$2250 Early Bird Price/$2550 After April 30, 2017.

A deposit of $500 will hold your spot and price till April 30.
After that, your deposit will apply only towards the Full Price*.

INFORMATION: ADretreats@gmail.com

REGISTRATION LINK*
(Once we receive your Registration Form, a link for payment through Paypal Link will be sent to you. If you wish to pay by check, please note that in your Registration Form along with your telephone number.)

The Details:
Viny
āsa Krama literally means the methodology of a fluid practice within set parameters. There are 10 primary and one auxiliary sequences that make up the logic and freedom of the Vinyāsa style of practice in yoga. Within this logic happens the exhilaration of a free fall! This is the possibility inherent within the flexibility of the variations. Then there is the pranayama’s, the chanting, the meditations.

Ramaswami teaching Anjaneya asana advanced version

Ramaswami teaching Anjaneya asana advanced version

Ayurveda: So as not to get injured when the practice is not based on a sounder personal logic, the magic of Ayurveda makes sure we stay on the correct trajectory of our free fall: the health and wellbeing we are all seeking to create in our yoga. We will also practice daily living modalities from Ayurveda and study its basic principles.

Nadi Pariksha in Greece

Nadi Pariksha in Greece

Source: Based on the teachings of Srivatsa Ramaswami as transmitted to him in over 33 years of personal practice with the legendary TKV Krishnamachārya and understood by Arun Deva over a decade of practice. Infused with the understandings of Ayurveda through Arun Deva’s over two decades of Ayurvedic practice comes this Free Fall Within Logic.

With my teacher

With my teacher

THE TEACHERS: Arun Deva , Vivi Letsou and Ashley Fiala.

Arun will teach the various traditional sequences with alternate therapeutic versions where necessary. He will also teach the Ayurveda lectures and lead the traditional pranayama and meditation practices.
Ashley will assist and demonstrate as well as lead joyous kirtans.
Vivi will lead evening sangha talks drawing from the years of Buddhist studies.


VIDEO: ASHLEY AND ARUN DISCUSS THIS RETREAT IN TEMECULA

Zen Rocks is perched in its own free fall method on the hills overlooking the azure sea of Mani, Greece. Right over the home of Zorba the Greek. Right over some of the best ocean for swimming in the world. And Zen Rocks is the mad genius of Vivi Letsou, a Buddhist-Anusara trained yoga teacher, pioneer of Yoga Education in Greece; and Eraj, the prescient restaurateur of Avocado Cafe, Athen’s first successful Vegetarian Restaurant.

At dusk

At dusk

Practice: In this unique place we will have a very rare opportunity to practice all 11 Vinyāsa Krama Yoga sequences that comprise the basis of all Vinyāsa Yoga Practice. These teachings will be infused with important secrets from Ayurveda that add knowledge and insurance to our practice as Yoga Teachers and practitioners.

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Eat amazing, home cooked meals; swim in the ocean; chant and sing in the evenings and spend much time meditating on the free fall of our own lives and how to bring a healing logic to them.

Our hosts, Vivi Letsou and Mama Kula

Our hosts, Vivi Letsou and Mama Kula

Calling all yoga teachers, advanced students and any one else daring enough to walk into their own world of learning, practicing and teaching of the yoga. Of course. it helps that it will be in Greece!


VIDEO: ASHLEY AND ARUN DISCUSS THIS RETREAT IN TEMECULA

INFORMATION: ADretreats@gmail.com

REGISTRATION LINK*
(Once we receive your Registration Form, a link for payment through Paypal Link will be sent to you. If you wish to pay by check, please note that in your Registration Form along with your telephone number.)

The above prices include:

  • Transportation on morning of June 26th from Athens to Zen Rocks (conditions apply*)
  • Transportation on late morning of July 6th from Zen Rocks to Athens (conditions apply*)
  • All accommodations and home cooked meals at Zen Rocks.
  • One group excursion to the beach and a luxurious dinner at a taverna on the waterfront.
  • All yoga classes, Ayurveda lectures and evening lectures and satsangs.

* The group will leave from NYSY Yoga Studios in Athens Monday morning. You will be responsible for arriving there on time to join the group for the journey together. If you do not make the bus trip, you will be responsible for your own individual transportation with no refunds for any portion of your costs.

What is not included in the price:

  • Any transportation not specifically included above.
  • Any alcoholic beverages. This Retreat will offer beer and wine with dinner, Greek style. You must be over 21 to drink.

What is optional:

  • Any additional trips to the beaches of Mani are best done in the afternoons during the free time. These are optional and not included in your costs.
  • We recommend you arrive in Athens by Sunday June 25th. We are happy to suggest a friendly hotel close to NYSY Yoga Studio in the heart of Athens and walking distance to the Acropolis and the Plaka

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Additional Info:

  • Although the meals will be primarily vegetarian, some dairy, eggs and fish may be served. If you are vegan or a strict vegetarian, please let us know so we may do our best to accommodate you. It will be impossible to do a completely gluten free preparation, so if you have a serious allergy to gluten please be advised you will be responsible for all your own food preparations.

INFORMATION: ADretreats@gmail.com

REGISTRATION LINK*
(Once we receive your Registration Form, a link for payment through Paypal Link will be sent to you. If you wish to pay by check, please note that in your Registration Form along with your telephone number.)

SCHEDULE:

  • June 26: Drive to Mani and settle in. Evening, welcome and orientation.
  • June 27-July 5 (9 days):
  • 7:30-9:15AM: Morning Practice
  • 9:15: Light morning repast: Fruits, cereals, porridge, tea/coffee
  • 10-11:30AM: Ayurveda lecture.
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1-4: Free Time
  • Our one group beach excursion will be on one of these days and will start after lunch and extend into the late evening.
  • 4-6PM: Afternoon Practice
  • 6:30-8PM: Dinner.
  • 8-10PM: Satsang (led in turns by Vivi (meditation), Ashley (kirtan), Arun (talk on yoga/tantra/ayurveda)
  • July 6: Morning practice. Brunch and closing circle. Drive back to Athens

 Note: A deposit of $500 will hold your spot and price till April 30. After that, your deposit will apply only towards the Full Price.
Deposits and other payments are refundable at 50% till May 30th 2017. No refunds will be made after that date.

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VIDEO: ASHLEY AND ARUN DISCUSS THIS RETREAT IN TEMECULA

Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA. April 7-9, 2017


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This time around, it is less theory and almost all practicum. So, you actually get a taste for why I keep teaching this stuff. This Emotional Intelligence Stuff. The stuff that when functioning clearly, innocently, joyously leads to clear, innocent, joyous thinking and thus actions. Those that support us instead of bushwhacking us. Every. Single. Time.

REGISTER HERE FOR GRASS VALLEY RETREAT

READINGS:

AN INTERVIEW ON LEVITATING MONKEY WITH ANJULA DUGGAL

PSYCHOLOGY OF A SAGE ON AYURVEDA NEXT DOOR

COMING IN THE FALL:

Sept/October: Yogarasayana India Retreat 2017! Into the Stories.
This Retreat is in the Planning Stage but this is how it is shaping up:
Two sections:
A Southern India portion that includes Somatheeram Ayurveda Beach Resort, Kerala, for a week of pampering and Ayurvedic treatments and then a week of travel around some of my favorite places down south. Such as Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Arunachala.A Northern India portion that starts with the birthplace of Lord Krishna; continues to the Taj Mahal and then wanders into Rajasthan, and into some legendary temple, wildlife and archeological sites. Along the way we will talk about the teachings of Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, the meaning of Tantra which in itself can be quite evasive to pin down and stories from India’s mythological past.A total of two weeks in Southern India. And one week in the North. Do just two weeks or do it all.

If you are interested in this Retreat, please write to adretreats@gmail.com and you will be put on an Early Announcement Letter with a Special Price Offer.

May we always be friends in the light,

Arun Deva

QUIETNESS

Dear friend,

It has been a while since I have written. There is so much being written and shared out there anyway, so the ability to just listen for a while got to me.

Also, there was not much to share in terms of events in the life of Yogarasayana, my alter ego. Or rather, my teacher and practitioner persona.

It is not that there has not been a lot going on. We finished the Yogarasayana India 2016: Forest Sage Retreat auspiciously. A lovely group of students and friends sharing some yoga sutra of Patanjali, some jungle time, some Ganges time and some all around good times.

On coming back, I headed to Phoenix to spend time with the students of the lovely Mary Bruce and Lorilee Gilmore, my hosts. The topic was Psychology of a Sage. So you can see where my head is these days…On coming back, I headed to Phoenix to spend time with the students of the lovely Mary Bruce and Lorilee Gilmore, my hosts. The topic was Psychology of a Sage. So you can see where my head is these days…
Read the related article Psychology of a Sage: Activating Higher Functional States here.

And of course the LA Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy Clinic has been in session and has kept me busier than ever.

Then of course there has been all the other stuff that we all shared. The uncertain becoming even more uncertain, definitely a disturbed vata trend. And I believe to some extent, we are all a little shell shocked and a little worn out by events not just here in the USA, but all around the world.

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Perhaps some quiet is called for. Some time to turtle up, huddle into a shell and examine who we are in there. I feel fortunate that in these difficult times, I have these ancient yogic teachings that I can fall back on. Those that talk about who I am when I move past who I am sure I am: because I know I am flesh and blood, lifeforce, a mind, some intelligence and even some happiness when I allow it. When I say to myself, yes indeed this is me. But it is not lasting. This is the mortal me. It changes just like my world changes. And it is best not to get too attached to this me nor to the world it lives in.

Best to go looking for the me that is not mortal. The one that does not suffer. The one that is also you. It is there we fall in love with each other and everything else mortal. In fact, that is the simplest description I can give of Tantra, of Buddhism, and of the Upanishadic Vedanta. And it is from that place that I continue to grow this love that trumps all the hate I may exude, share, witness when I do not allow myself to be. Just. Quiet.

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Even in this conversation we are having. To encourage you to join me in this quiet. Where we are a shared Being. Not separate except in our mortal lives. And that is as it should be. Where we can enjoy each other, admire each other, help each other and give each other space when we get under each others skins.

But this is getting long in the tooth. So I will stop here.

I have a quieter year planned for 2017. We shall see how that plays out. Perhaps I will still come to your hometown. However, I do encourage you to join me in any of the below and meet each other too.

There are three teaching Retreats planned:

April: Yoga Practices for Emotional Intelligence: CLICK HERE
Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA. April 7-9, 2017


photo

This time around, it is less theory and almost all practicum. So, you actually get a taste for why I keep teaching this stuff. This Emotional Intelligence Stuff. The stuff that when functioning clearly, innocently, joyously leads to clear, innocent, joyous thinking and thus actions. Those that support us instead of bushwhacking us. Every. Single. Time.
REGISTER HERE FOR GRASS VALLEY RETREAT

June/July: The Art and Practice of Vinyasa Krama Yoga with Ayurveda: Zen Rocks, Mani, Greece. REGISTRATION COMING SOON! INFO: ADRETREATS@GMAIL.COM

Ever since I started studying with Ramaswami Sir, back in 2004/5, I knew I would need to teach this miraculous way of practicing. But I also knew I had to wait till it came in my voice. Obviously Ayurveda infused. Here we go. Serious Practitioners and all Yoga Teachers. This is for you.

Sept/October: Yogarasayana India Retreat 2017! Into the Stories.

This Retreat is in the Planning Stage but this is how it is shaping up:
Two sections:
A Southern India portion that includes Somatheeram Ayurveda Beach Resort, Kerala, for a week of pampering and Ayurvedic treatments and then a week of travel around some of my favorite places down south. Such as Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Arunachala.
A Northern India portion that starts with the birthplace of Lord Krishna; continues to the Taj Mahal and then wanders into Rajasthan, and into some legendary temple, wildlife and archeological sites. Along the way we will talk about the teachings of Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, the meaning of Tantra which in itself can be quite evasive to pin down and stories from India’s mythological past.
A total of two weeks in Southern India. And one week in the North. Do just two weeks or do it all.

If you are interested in this Retreat, please write to adretreats@gmail.com and you will be put on an Early Announcement Letter with a Special Price Offer.

Meanwhile, I bask in your friendship,

Arun Deva