THE RELEVANCE OF THE YOGA SUTRA OF PATANJALI

Yoga Sutras Patanjali with Arun Deva

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

The Yoga Sutras are about the tradition of yoga. They clearly define the goal, the practices and the path.  Although the paths and practices are numerous, the final goal is singular. It is peace of mind.

The transformation of patterns into essence.
To find ourselves and come to peace.

The legend is that the eternal serpent upon which rests pure consciousness was awakened by a restless moving of this consciousness. And was sent to seek an answer to end all such restlessness. Through observing the dance of Śiva he discovered yoga.

The beauty is its recognition that as individuals we all seek the same goal but are unable to break our patterns because we cannot put a name to our restlessness. When yoga leads us to this answer we are set free.

Arun teaching yoga students

In this short weekend immersion we will imagine the final goal as Patañjali may have and we will then explore how to adapt the path to our individual states of being, and our own world circumstances. We may find that though much has changed in practice, nothing has changed in principal. Starting with the first chapter where the final goal is laid out in the first 15 sutras, we will jump to the second chapter to the practices for beginning the journey. Besides the traditional understandings of the classical commentaries, we will bring relevance to our own journeys here and now. And we will find how the traditional yoga can indeed infuse our modern practices.

This workshop is informed by a desire to show the huge potential of yoga and how āsana practice has the power to give us an inkling of this. When the āsana expands into something more, then we have begun the inner yoga.

COMING UP IN 2019

FEB 2-3

ENCINITAS, CA
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Sat Feb 2:
9:00am – Noon
2:00-5:00PM
Sun Feb 3:
7:00 – 10:00AM (The Practice)
Noon – 5:00PM

$195 • Includes copy of textbook
Held at private studio in Encinitas
Limited attendance available

FEB 8-10

PHOENIX, AZ
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Friday: 7-9 pm
Saturday:
9 am – Noon
2 – 5 pm
Sunday:
7-10 am: The Practice
Noon – 5 pm

$245 until Jan 20
$280 after Jan 20 • Includes copy of textbook
Held at private studio

FEB 23-24

LOS ANGELES, CA
310.435.4197
pre-register: adretreats@gmail.com
Sat Feb 23: 10am – 5pm
(Lunch and tea included)
Sun Feb 24: 8am – 5pm
(Brunch and tea included)

$225 • Includes lunches and textbook
Private studio in Hollywood Hills
Limited attendance available

MAR 15-17

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA
949.310.5477
Pre-register: yogabungalow@yahoo.com
Fri Mar 15: 6:30-8:30pm
Sat Mar 16: 12:30-7:30pm
(Lunch included)
Sun Mar 17: 12:30-7:30pm
(Lunch included)

$225 • Includes lunches and textbook
Yoga Bungalow

REGISTER OR INQUIRE

adretreats@gmail.com or call 310.435.4197
Consider registering early as space is limited. Late registration may mean no textbook available in time for class. You will however receive a copy shortly after.
NOTE: times and prices vary by location.


Arun Deva DASc, AP-NAMA, AYT-NAMA, C-IAYT, YTRX is a senior Ayurvedic Practitioner, Certified Yoga Therapist, senior yoga teacher and a long time student of the philosophies of yoga, ayurveda and Buddhism. He travels and lectures around the world, is a Board member for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, Director of Ayurveda for LMU Yoga Therapy program and the Chair of the Committee for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy-NAMA.

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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.

Storm Clouds

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


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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

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

The Forest Sage India Retreat 2016!

The Forest Sage India Retreat 2016!
Oct 14-26.
The practice of the yoga sutra
 

I have, for long, contemplated teaching the yoga sutra’s of Bhagvan Patanjali. Never being ready. Once I visited Jim’s Jungle Retreat I knew this is where I wanted to do it. It was in the forests that they were first heard.
We will practice and meditate on select sutra’s by bringing in an Ayurvedic perspective. So we understand their secrets for extraordinary healing potential.
We will take safaris to visit the animals, birds, forest & jungle, perhaps the local village and the little sleepy town: by jeep, by foot and if you like, by elephant.
In Rishikesh (home of the Ganges and the Seven Sages) we will do evening prayers on the river, perhaps shoot some rapids on her feisty water, visit a very special Shiva Temple, delve a little more into Ayurveda, visit the evening bazaar and umm, the Beatles Ashram.
-Arun Deva

Come join Jutta Hecht, Anjali Deva and me for the Forest Sage India 2016! Retreat. This is an intimate, space limited retreat***

To sign up or inquire: write yogarasayana@gmail.com

Itinerary:

Oct 14th: Arrive Delhi early morning. Humayun’s Tomb and Janpath Market

Oct 15: Early morning drive to Jim’s Jungle Retreat in Corbett National Park

 

Oct 15-21: Corbett National Park.
Daily activity:
Morning yoga/Jeep Safari
Brunch
Workshop: Yoga Sutra Patanjali
Hi Tea
Evening Pranayama /Jungle Walk
Documentary
Dinner
(Optional activities include Elephant Safari & Bird Watching Tour)

Oct 22: Drive to Rishikesh. Evening River Puja on the Ganges

Oct 23: Shiva Temple and the Beatles Museum/Intro to Ayurveda/Pranayama
Oct 24: Morning yoga. Free day. (River Rafting option or visit Ananda Spa). Evening Puja at Parmath Niketana.

Oct 25: Morning yoga. Ayurveda Daily Living Talk. Drive to Haridvar to catch the evening train to Delhi. Arrive Delhi late night.
Oct 26: Delhi: Sightseeing/shopping. Lotus Temple and Khan Market

Oct 27: Early morning flight/Retreat ends.

To sign up or inquire: write yogarasayana@gmail.com

Early Bird Special Till May 30th:  $3750
A deposit* of $500 will insure your price till July 1st.
After May 30th: $4250
All payments** must be completed by August 1st
After July 15, prices will rise to meet additional costs of late room and transportation bookings.
*Deposits are refundable at $250 till August 1st, after August 1st no refunds will be issued.
** No payments will be refunded after August 1st. All unfinished deposits will not be refunded nor applicable to offered prices but subject to new prices based on additional costs of late room and transportation bookings.
*** This Retreat focuses on the practice of self-inquiry based on the study of the yoga sutra of Patanjali and the wisdom of Ayurvedic living.

To sign up or inquire: write yogarasayana@gmail.com

Fine Print:
The above prices include the following:

  • All group travel as stated. Any personally requested additional travel would be at your cost
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Lectures, yoga, pranayama with Arun, Jutta and Anjali. Any personal consultations will be subject to time, availability and additional cost.

AT JIM’S JUNGLE RETREAT:

  • Shared Double Occupancy Luxury Cottages
    (Some cottages sleep 4 based on double occupancy per room. We will fill these last or use for family occupancy). (Please note, that the surcharge for single occupancy is substantially high)
  • 2 Jungle Safaris per person (by Jeep) (Optional Elephant Safari available at cost)
  • Afternoon Jungle Walks
  • Yoga Sutra Studies 
  • Morning Yoga
  • Evening Pranayama
  • Includes one massage per person (additional massages arranged at discounted prices)
  • All meals (includes Brunch, Hi Tea and Dinner)
  • Refreshments available in between meals including all non alcoholic drinks
  • Laundry services
  • Please note: Jungle Jim’s Retreat is WiFi free

IN DELHI AND RISHIKESH:

  • Shared Double Occupancy Rooms (Single Occupancy may be available at additional cost. Please inquire)
  • Breakfast
  • All group transfers, sightseeing and excursions as mentioned. (includes Neelkantha Shiva Temple and Beatles Ashram if open)
  • All currently applicable taxes.
  • Visit to Neelkantha Shiva Temple and Beatles Ashram
  • Evening Puja at Ganges

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 $100 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 (except at Jim’s Jungle retreat), 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 Jim’s Jungle Retreat)
  • 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. No additional expenditure will be required of you that is not voluntary and not covered above.
With light,
Arun, Jutta and Anjali

To sign up or inquire: write yogarasayana@gmail.com

ANNOUNCING INDIA 2016!

Dear friend,

Greetings from the forests of India. It has been a long time wish of mine to teach the yoga sutra’s. In their own environment. The forests of India. This year, yogarasayana does just that. We are very excited to announce the “Forest Sage India Retreat 2016!”

We will locate ourselves in a very remote but amazingly beautiful, fully equipped, rustically luxurious Retreat Centre deep in the heart of India’s most beloved Tiger Conservancy National Park.

Run by people as in love with the forest as I am. We will visit its animals by jeep safari, by elephant safari and by foot. We will eat sumptuous locally grown organic meals put together by our hostess, who I must confess, understands Ayurvedic cooking better than many who have trained years in it 🙂

But most of all, we will practice the yoga sutra’s.

Yes, practice them. They are not meant for armchair reading. They must have deeper meaning that touches our own lives intimately. That is what I have yearned to teach. Please come join Jutta Hecht, Anjali Deva and me for this. Oh, and you will obviously get an Ayurvedic spin for all of it too!

We will also travel to the very abode of the sages: Rishikesh. Where we will visit the sacred Nìlakanțha Śiva Temple, perhaps river raft, do evening Puja’s on the banks of the Ganges and um, visit the Beatles Ashram:)

Details:
Dates: Oct 14-27.

Locations: Corbett National Park & Rishikesh, India.
Space is limited.

Further details to follow shortly. If you would like advance notice (and a special offer) please write to yogarasayana@gmail.com and tell us why you are interested!
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MEANWHILE:
Soon as I am back Stateside (and have seen Bruce Springsteen play just one more time J) I am off to Phoenix, hosted by the lovely Mary Bruce and Lorilee Gilmore for: The Wise Day It sold out some time ago, but if you are in Phoenix, please do contact Mary to see if we can fit you in.

April is a month I really am looking forward to.
First, I get to present the Saturday Practicum at the NAMA Conference.

My topic is Satvavajaya Cikitsa: The Conquest of Truth as a Therapeutic Tool.
I am really looking forward to meeting old friends. And making new ones.

April 22-26th I am so very happy to be back at the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass
Valley to teach the fourth year of Emotional Intelligence Studies through Yoga and Ayurveda.

This year, we have an additional two days of advanced training for those who may have done this before, have studied emotional intelligence elsewhere, are yoga therapists, Ayurveda practitioners…oh darn it, anybody who wants to and feels they can go further, please come!

Later in May, I will be in Salt Lake again. With Jennifer Ellen and In Body Academy as my hosts once more. We are planning a very special weekend Immersion. And of course there will be some days set aside for consults and follow up’s. Details to follow shortly!

June and July are teaching, practicing and being home in Southern California. I will teach for LMU’s Yoga Teacher Training Course. My own teacher, Srivatsa Ramaswami has requested some of his older students to teach part of his training this year and I am honored to teach the Yoga Sutra Chanting and Subtle Body Anatomy.

There is much more to come, including a long weekend teaching in the Lake Arrowhead area with my dear friend, Amy Wheeler Yoga.

As she puts it, a few days of yoga, Ayurveda and fun!

I will also be back in Temecula with TYC and Dana Point with Tam’s Yoga Bungalow.

For now, I leave you with some thoughts on the division coming up between Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapist Training. These are my personal thoughts and not endorsed by any organization or person. There has been much written already and it is all very well thought out and stated. This will not come from the same intent to be rational. Rather this comes from the felt sense. Where we may acknowledge something like this: This does not make me feel good. It is from this place I write.

Yoga is nothing if not therapeutic. Yoga is many things. It is union. It is stillness. It is completion and the journey to completion. It is sacred, it is mundane, it is time consuming, it is one hour of asana per week.
What it is not, is a system of exercise in a classroom or gym setting with designer clothes, mats and gossip about our latest smoothie recipes. It is not in competition to other forms of exercise. Tight butts and longer hamstrings are only side benefits and certainly not the goal. Or at least they should not be.
But it can fast become reduced to that. If we let it. Yoga is us. And we cannot be divided and still call ourselves yogi’s. Is a Yoga Therapist different from a Yoga Teacher? No. Just more specialty-trained: in its therapeutic application. They are still only yogi’s. Like you, me and the new person in class.
There are many realities. One is that yoga is by nature, a therapeutic tool. I beseech Yoga Alliance, who has taken on the responsibility of governing this powerful medicine as it transitions into the West, to live up to this responsibility: to keep yoga sthiram-sukham, keep it as authentic as possible. Certainly not declaw it, denature it and create an impotent yoga. When something comes into contact with a hostile environment it can either be strong enough to survive or it mutates to survive. If yoga mutates into nothing but a magazine style set of physical exercises, albeit posing as asana, it will be a great loss for a lot of seekers who will not know how to find its authentic core. Make no mistake, no matter what we do, this authentic core will survive. But let it not come to that. Where the real yoga needs to be once again sought in rare places. It came West to heal us. Let us not allow it to tear itself, and us, apart. ”


Meanwhile, I continue to work hard to bring yoga and Ayurveda together. I believe it is time. Not as an aberration needing correction but as an evolving of sister sciences that end up converging for the betterment of humanity. This work continues officially through NAMA, where our Committee is creating a new Category of Practitioners: Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists. Powerful stuff.

May we find stillness,
Arun Deva