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,

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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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. 

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.
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!

JUNE & BEYOND: From SLC to India!

Hari Om!

In the last 5 years the yogarasayana travel cycle has grown to include many new and exotic places including the mysterious Greek Isles!

So it is with great pleasure that we return to more familiar haunts such as Salt Lake and Las Vegas and the amazing Moksha Festival right here in its home town! And find another (sort of) exotic locale: Boston~ for a Presentation on Ayurveda for SYTAR: the grand Conference of the International Association Of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

All this before departing for a teacher training module in distant shores: Mani, GreecePlease come join yogarasayana for this, yogin-s! 

And a new direction in the India Retreats: From the familiar and safe haven of Somatheeram in Kerala to the wild adventuring in Rajasthan! Early Bird runs out soon!

And in between, in July, is the first Yogarasayana Study Course for Yoga Teachers and advanced and curious students: Weaving The Basket to be held in the lush mountains of Utah.

If any of this sounds like your cup of tea, please read on…


consults, treatments, vinyasa krama, & workshops

JUNE 13 – 16, BOSTON

Ayurveda 101 for Yoga Therapists

June 13, 2013
1:00 – 4:30 PM

In this seminar you will get an overview of Ayurvedic medicine and learn about the basic theories and practices that underpin this ancient sister science to yoga. We will cover the knowledge base in the first hour and move into how Ayurveda overlaps and compliments yoga and yoga therapy specifically in the final sessions. The seminar will be a balanced mix of lecture and experiential offerings and will support Section 1.31 of the Standards: Knowledge of the basic perspectives on health and disease from yoga and Ayurveda relevant to the practice of yoga therapy.The presentation will include the following:

  • Hilary Garivaltis, Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda: Historical overview and introduction to Ayurvedic Theory
  • Larissa Hall Carlson, RYT, Kripalu Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Consultant: How to nuance your yoga practice and pranayama with Ayurveda
  • Arun Deva, DAS, AYT, ERYT-500: Making The Case For Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda For Therapeutic Purposes: A Comparative Overview Of Supportive Principles

consults, vinyasa krama & ayurvedic cooking


The Dharma of Food

Saturday, June 29th
1:00-4:00 PM
In this workshop we will discover the Ayurvedic approach to food with special reference to our current food dilemma.
$35/$45 at the door

The Sacred Art of Eating:

An Ayurvedic Cooking Workshop
Sunday, June 30th / $45
This 3-hr hands on cooking & Ayurvedic eating workshop is 
limited to 15! Please plan on reserving your space in advance as it will sell out fast.It is being held at a private home in Temecula.

Please pay and register online


Middle of June is the Moksha Festival, LA’s own Kirtan, Yoga and Ayurveda Fest.
Arvind Chittumalla has put together a stellar lineup for 3 days of celebrating including Jai Uttal, Snatam Kaur, Wah!, and MC Yogi.
The yoga and Ayurveda lineup is also pretty amazing and I am so happy to be included in both:
Offering a yoga class: Vinyasa Cikitsa Krama – A Therapeutic Flow. by Arun Deva
And a lecture: Why Vegan, Why Raw, Why Now – A contemporary Ayurvedic perspective


Yogarasayana Study Course: Weaving The Basket

10 Day Intensive in The Mountains of Utah
For Teachers & Dedicated Students


Beginning September takes me to Greece and the beautiful Mani-Sonnenlink Resort for Ayurveda & Yoga Therapy ImmersionCredit: 35 Hours
*NYSY 500 Hour Master Yoga Teachers Diploma
*Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credit
*Arunachala Yoga & AyurvedaLong time Ayurveda Therapist and Lecturer, Arun Deva, joins us from Los Angeles for an in-depth study of the secrets of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Yoga Therapy. Offered for the first time outside of his native India and the United States, this Ayurveda Immersion course will lead us into the science of Ayurveda and the deeper studies of Yoga and Yoga Therapy. Extremely valuable for Yoga Teachers and serious students of Yoga, this course will give you many wonderful tools for understanding and applying the healing aspects of Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy into your life, practice, and teaching.For more information on the course, please click here.


yoga, ayurveda, massage, temples, forts, wildlife & adventure

From Greece I fly to join Jutta Hecht for the fifth annual Yogarasayana India Retreat:
Anywhere along this journey that you would like to join me, I would be the happier and better for your company.
With love & light,

Upcoming Events: February-April 2013

Spring is a time of rejuvenation. To honor this, I am giving myself the luxury of a one-month sabbatical. This sabbatical will be book-ended between the following offerings:

Dharma of Food

Dharma of Food: A seva workshop at Sivananda Vedanta Center, Los Angeles.

In the last 200 years or so we have weakened our ties to the earth. It is the earth that manifests our food. It is indeed time we return our thanks to the elements that it is made of: space, air, fire, water and earth itself. We do this by remembering that food begins with taste, carries energy and eventually turns into the five elements within. In this lecture we will discuss the Ayurvedic and Yogic concepts of ahara: that which nourishes us and pathya: a suitable diet based on individual need. In the end, food must nourish us emotionally, mentally and physically. We must change our language from “nutritional value” to “taste and nourishment value” to once again discover the joy of eating dharmically.

February 9th, 2013
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 February 15-17, 2013
Dallas, Tx:
Krama Yoga Center
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Program Information:

Friday 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Free: Introduction to Ayurveda
RSVP Required

Ayurveda is an ancient holistic medical science from India, considered by many scholars to be the oldest and most complete healing science in the world. A sister science to yoga, it is the healing side of the yogic tree. Its many benefits can be profound and lasting as a result of its brilliant understanding of human nature, its emphasis on individualized treatment, its focus on removing the root cause of illness, and on its unique theories of the doshas (individual constitutions) and gunas (mental attributes).
In this free introductory workshop you will learn the basic principles of Ayurveda with an emphasis on self-healing.

Highly recommended as a primer for the weekend Ayurveda Workshops.
2 hrs: Free but you must RSVP. This will likely sell out.

Saturday 1pm – 4pm
Daily Rituals & Healing Home Remedies

In this hands on workshop we will examine the basic self-care principles of Ayurveda and the immense power of self healing. From practical daily rituals to simple but very effective home remedies. Learn how much importance and value Ayurveda gives to preventative medicine. We will sip medicinal teas, taste the magical Chyavanprash, inhale and anoint mystical oils, learn self massage and other secrets to help keep us healthy, balanced and at peace. Handouts will include a list of common kitchen herbs and how to turn your kitchen into a simple home pharmacopeia!

3 hrs: $40/$50 at the door

Sunday 1pm – 4pm
The Sacred Art Of Eating: Secrets of Ayurvedic Nutrition

In Ayurveda, the principles of nutrition are based not only on what we eat but also on when, where and how. In this workshop we will learn about the tastes, the energies and the effects of food and their relationship to our own digestive fire. We will learn how food affects our physical as well as mental and emotional states. We will examine the values of raw as well as cooked foods. Consider what is a yogic diet and when it is appropriate. Ayurveda has made a science out of the art of eating, one that is based on the following formula: When diet is correct, medicine is of no need. When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. We will also learn simple recipes that address our constitutions and health needs. Detailed handouts and recipes included.

3 hrs: $40/$50 at the door

 Sign up for entire weekend in advance for $70!

*Please note that it is highly recommended that you take the Free Intro Workshop on Friday or have a working knowledge of Ayurveda to get maximum benefit from these two workshops.

 Yogarasayana is on Sabbatical: February 20th-April 2nd, 2013

Coming up in April:

NAMA Conference 2013: April 18 to 21, 2013

Yogarasayana – Ashtasiddhi Mala:
The Ayurvedic Application of Yogic Principles & Practices for Increasing Rasa. (This is an Active Yoga Practice Session)

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

Register here

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.

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.

Register here