RASA BHAVA: healing the emotional body

ENCINITAS- AUGUST 26/27:
RASA BHĀVA
HEALING THE EMOTIONAL BODY
with Yoga & Āyurveda
WEEKEND WORKSHOP

CURRICULUM:

Saturday August 26th
10AM-Noon:
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.
1-4PM: 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.
4:30-6PM: 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.
Sunday August 27th
10AM-1PM: 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.

Cost: $150/$175 at the door.
Please note that this workshop will be held at a private studio.
It is limited to 15 people.
Please register or inquire further at adretreats@gmail.com


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 be able to bring it to Encinitas; and later this year to Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. If you would like it closer to your own hometown, do reach out! adretreats@gmail.com

TESTIMONIAL:
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

TO REGISTER: adretreats@gmail.com

Rasa`vada: Alchemy of Consciousness

Healing the mind with Yoga, Ayurveda & Tantra
at Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Grass Valley:

April 17-19, 2015

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.

Upcoming Events:

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)

 

Barefoot Yoga Studio, San Jacinto, CA
May 9

Ayurveda,Yoga, Health, Disease & the Modern World

Yoga Bungalow, San Juan Capistrano, CA
May 22-25
Memorial Day Weekend Immersion

SYTAR Conference:
June 4-7
Applications of Ayurveda for Yoga Therapy: Arun Deva, Devi Mueller, Hansa Knox.

Greece!
Sept 19-23
Ayurveda Immersion for yogin: The Path of Healing

India 2015!
New Edition: Oct 14-30
Because of limited space, our first week is sold out.
5 spaces are left for weeks 2 and 3.


The Hidden India Retreat:  Oct 14-23, 2015
The Royal India Retreat: Oct 23-30, 2015.
$3950
Write immediately to yogarasayana@gmail.com if you would like to take one of the 5 spots!
Later in the year I am happy to return to old friends in  Salt Lake and Park City, Utah.
Details to follow soon!
With love & light,
Arun

Triple Strands

My dear friend,

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.

Come with Jutta Hecht and me on a Sacred Rivers Tour to India. Or come study deeper healing secrets in the Weaving The Yogic Basket study course this summer. Or if you have only a weekend to spend, come to the lovely Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley for The Five Layers Of Healing retreat.

Wherever we should meet up, let us share a little of our life feast with each other.

In love & light,
Arun

Sacred Rivers Tour:

India is my home. Yoga is my love. Ayurveda is my life. Please join me for this Sacred River Journey. And of course, Kerala!

Weaving The Yogic Basket:

Where yoga and Ayurveda meet, health and wellbeing will always be found. To all my yogi friends, this is my passion: the healing power found in this union. It is what I am most joyous teaching.

The Five Layers Of Healing:

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.

Sacred Greetings

My sacred greeting to you:
To speak with the respect rising from the very floor of the pelvis that holds our deepest secrets.
From the sacred sacrum I offer to share with you in this play of life all the joys I discover and to eagerly hear of yours!
With the power to affect positively, I promise to engage the core power of the belly’s own fierce love when we meet.
It comes from a heart just aching to open and open…and with every opening, it craves to open more.

It is one the throat sings with full abandonment, even warbling is allowed as long as it is full-throated!

It is when our eyes are raised in ecstasy to that sacred spot right in the center of our brows, right there where the optic chiasma centers for a moment, in the moment, and we enter the very presence of our Being.

And it explodes within our own crowns into a thousand open lotus petals! Bring your own inner bees to feast!!!

I greet you all from dreams and truths, that we may find in each moment an awakening of our spirit, our purpose, our celebration and joys and our peace, always in peace.
And truth be told, I wish upon you all much merriment and amusement: where the heart of sacredness hides!!!
In love, truth and light,
Arun

The journey into 2014… 

A yogin`s life these days is not just symbolically a journey. It is a complete practice:)
In 2013 I found myself again and again on the road.

Now it looks like 2014 will be even more traveling. Om Shanti.

So, to dear friends in India, in Greece, in Salt Lake/Park City, Albuquerque, Dallas and Las Vegas, and always in LA and points further south along this magnificent coast, see you soon!

Feb/March offers a personal sadhana with my daughter to our root-home, India. And a pilgrimage of healing in Hariharapura, a sacred village in Karnataka with numerous ancient temples of lore and a police department that plays basketball all day as they have nothing else to do:)
Then end March it is back on the road: Park City/SLC then Albuquerque, and on to Dallas and Corpus Christi, TX extending all the way into April, the season of flowers and fragrances.

…and an invitation to meet along the path:

 

 

Come May, my birth month, I return to Grass Valley Sivananda Yoga Farm with what may be my dream workshop to teach:)
Pancha Maya Cikitsa

Five Layers of Healing through Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra – Pancha Maya Cikitsa

Friday, May 2—Sunday, May 4, 2014 

Perhaps all healing does have to penetrate into our psyche but what if it begins with the psyche, then comes back to the body, to our life-force, our mind, our intelligence and our very truth/consciousness/bliss?

If you would like to join us for this Certification Program:

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UPCOMING YOGARASAYANA INDIA RETREAT 2014!

2014’s Fall India Retreat will feature a Sacred River Tour. Our first time paying homage to the Ganges and her sister-river, the Yamuna. 

Ganga: 
Varanasi to share in the Shiva/Shakti energy and visit Sarnath, where the Buddha first set the Wheel of Dharma in motion. 
Rishikesh where the Sage`s themselves came to bathe and meditate. We will hike to Shiva’s Neelkanth Temple and white water raft Ganga’s sacred water.
Yamuna:
Mathura/Vrindavan, where Shri Krishna played his flute for Radha and all walk around greeting each other: Radhe Radhe!
And of course we will visit another great monument on the Yamuna, the Taj Mahal.
Somatheeram, Kerala:
As is now the custom for all Yogarasyana Retreats, we begin at the Ayurvedic Beach resort, Somatheeram in Kerala. 
Here we will enjoy six days of Ayurvedic massages, amazing foods, yoga, self-care teachings and a visit to river bathing elephants!