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.

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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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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

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


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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

Welcoming a New Year

What does it mean to be a yogin? I have always wanted this to be stated crystal clear. And this is what I can say now:

I believe a yogin is one who is skilled in action. With a mind gaining noticeable clarity day-by-hard-working-day. This clarity can only come if the mind is not disturbed and that, in itself, implies a still mind.

If you practice yoga, you must have constant proof that you are moving in that direction. There must be tangible evidence within yourself and within your relationships.

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There must be a strengthening of character, a diminishing of doubt and a growing certitude that you are beginning to align with your dharma, your path as it is within the framework of the whole fabric that is this living organism called “uni-verse”. A singular song of pure intelligence, pure love and pure awareness. By pure I mean unconditioned. And unconditional.

A yogin acknowledges the ties that bind us to each other and that the real ties are to this higher principle of love, intelligence and understandings.

There is a lot that separates us from this yoga. But they are all distractions. They are of an ever changing reality that is loaded with doubt, arrogance, division and fear.
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A yogin feels great sorrow for their own part in this. A part that arises just from being born into this reality. The greatest goal of an aspirant is to achieve “kaivalya” a state in which there is neither this nor that. Aloneness means not even you as object exist and then there is nothing to condition your awareness and nothing to not love, not understand, not be at peace with. If there is no objective you, then there is no need for a rebirth. The work is done.

But what about for the rest of us? Who may practice yoga for better health, for a better way to live our lives here and now? For healing our traumas and licking our wounds. And then to enter into the fray of the battle once again. Determined to master the art of living this life. And for creating the karma that gives us a superior life next time around, if there is another next time around?
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It is from this place of teaching this yoga, which here intersects Ayurveda, the science of life, that I dedicate this year of 2016.
To teach whomever wishes to learn, this:
What it means to live such that the sleep at night is nourishing and not disturbed with heaviness.
What it means to eat a food that brings you delight, is digested with joy and becomes the fuel that nourishes you.
What it means to practice daily living in such a way that each morning is a new life line and every night is a review and affirmation of that progress that yoga promises.
What it means to practice that yoga and how to bring that yoga home; home to your own personal space.

What it means to find that the strength of the mind depends on the strength of your willpower, your clarity and your hard earned wisdom. And that it is authentic to say no when the sense organs crave that which weakens you.
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In 2016, I shall try and curtail my travel so I can write my book. If I am not coming to your town once again, reach out and we will find a way to meet!
Meanwhile, here in So Cal and then in Utah, and perhaps one or two other home away from home towns, my hope is to bring you the practice of the above. In a 3-5 day Immersion which I am calling “Dancing The Life of Yoga & Ayurveda”
And in October this year, for the first time the India Retreat will be dedicated to studying the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. As I work on the final aspects of putting this together, please if you wish, save your October to travel with me to India and study this miraculous text in its original environment.
Details will follow.

Upcoming Offerings:

Satvajaya Cikitsa at the NAMA Conference: April 16th.

Sattvajaya Cikitsa: The Conquest of Truth as Therapeutic Tool

Sattvajaya punar ahitebhyo arthebhyo manonigraha: Regarding techniques for controlling or restraining the mind from desires for unwholesome objects, to be achieved by increasing sattva.
This is the solitary reference to sattvajaya in the Caraka Samhita, but it magnificently explains what all yogin know: Pratyahara is the single greatest tool for controlling the sensory mind.
Since ahara means food, Ayurveda teaches us to identify the food for each of the 11 senses and also how to control our relationship to them. The mind is functional in four ways. The senses are the key in this approach. It is the senses that are most in need of healing in our overly sensory world today. We will explore the role of Ayurveda in treating psychological trauma and addictions along with the sister science of yoga.

Arun Deva is a yogin, practitioner of Ayurvedic medicines, yoga cikitsa provider and a world traveler, looking for the Buddha in every face he sees. He has presented on Ayurveda worldwide and also has been practicing Ayurveda at his clinic in L.A. since 2004. Arun has also lectured extensively on Ayurveda at conferences, is faculty at LMU, and chairs NAMA’s Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Subcommittee. Find more information about Arun at www.yogarasayana.com.

Followed by my annual Emotional Intelligence Weekend at the Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA. This time with an additional 2 day advanced training highly recommended for professionals:
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Taught by Arun Deva DASc, AYT, RYT
Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24, 2016
Tuition: $200.00 plus Accommodations
Monday/Tuesday April 25/26 –
Advanced Optional Module : Supplemental Tuition: $75.00

Current Projects:

I am most excited about three projects that I am working on at the moment:
ONE: Since 2010 I have been working in a NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) Committee for creating Standards of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy (AYT) as a separate Category.
In 2013 I became Chair of this Committee. We now have an approved Scope Of Practice and preliminary Competencies. We are now working on Educational Guidelines.
TWO: The next Project: Bhāvané Technique.This Emotional Rebalancing Practice combines the power of yoga and Ayurveda for emotional body therapeutics. We are in the experimental stage and if you are drawn to volunteer for a session (at a substantial savings) please reach out. This will be a thoroughly researched practice you can participate in. Already those who have experienced it have had extremely positive results. Email me at yogarasayana@gmail.com if you are interested. Include your health history and what you may be struggling with emotionally or even physically where you suspect an emotional causation.
THREE: And finally, I am working with a dear colleague on a book. I will let you guess what it will be about 🙂
Namaste (in recognition, love and respect),
Arun Deva
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