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Full Moon Eclipse Blessings

Friday, November 30, 2012

Dear Friends,

It is the sacred Friday energy of lighting the candles and igniting a different rhythm.

I am very happy to be part of the worldwide synchronization of the Winter Solstice 2012.
Our Rebirth of the Light In-town Solstice Retreat with Dave Stringer, Donna De Lory, Demetri Velisarius, and Global Sonic DJ Fabian Alsultany is happening from 2-10pm at Exhale on the 21st as part of four days of worldwide activities. We will continue at Agape that night and I will be helping activate the yoga community for the first sunrise meditation at 7:00 am at Agape with Donna De Lory on Dec. 22nd which will be part of the global telecast that is happening through www.Birth2012.com. More about this all next week.

This retreat will be the culmination of our Ten Days of Peace from 12-12-12 to the Winter Solstice. I am very happy to welcome friend and tribal artist Deb Rubin to Exhale at the same time for a women's gathering. All is below.

Light your inner and outer lamp.
In passion and peace
Love all ways

Shiva

Thanksgiving Blessings

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

- Albert Schweitzer

Dear Friends,

I am really really grateful for you all. You keep our spark going here. I think everyone on the teaching path knows this. Like the last ten days at Exhale. The presence of every student-friend was really inspiring - the way you show up with openness, adventure -  your heart, breath, sweat and soul.

Without you, there is no circle. Like musicians showing up to play with no dancers. You ignite the breath. You have made this path really satisfying on an inner level - the sense that our movement is part of a larger movement. You must know that truly and sincerely.

I am grateful to my bones to be in a community where we can cultivate peace and are not living in fear. We are able to practice without being afraid of expression, our bodies, men and women practicing in the same room. We have spiritual freedom, freedom of movement, music, speech, coming together. This is not a right everywhere. In fact, in Mali right now where some of the greatest musicians and dancers in the world live - music and dance is once again illegal in some parts punishable by violence and imprisionment. I am grateful for the freedom to pray for peace with our whole bodies and not be afraid to walk out our doors.

I give thanks that we have enough to give back. We are supporting the collective classes that are being organized around the country all month for those who need support from Hurricane Sandy in NJ and NY organized through Debbie Kaminsky and Seane Corn through Off the Mat. Thank you yoginis. Please join us for a donation class tomorrow for Thanksgiving Day at 10:30 a.m. at Exhale to stoke our inner fire in peace.

Also save the date for the the Winter Solstice Retreat on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at Exhale!  Yoginis please join us on Dec. 15th as we offer a special class with incredible SFTribal movement artist Debra Rubin.  

We are offering a special online program Shanti Sadhana - Ten Days for Peace. This is a potent meditation practice requiring only 30 minutes a day to bring into your life from 12-12-12 to 12-21-12.

So grateful for Kristen Townsend - the PULSE newsletter editor, and our new team at Samudra including Glenisse Pagan for Teacher Training and Julian Rea as Media Coordinator (good things coming in 2013) and all the amazing Prana Flow open community of teachers, mentors and friends. Maha pranams and gratitude to my beloved, family and Teachers you are my spark, fuel and shared flame.



Tender love to you to you all,
Let the feasting begin in remembrance, joy and gratitude!

Love All Ways,

Shiva

Triumph of the Spirit

Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Dear Beloveds,

Triumph of the Spirit!

Celebrating Obama! and all Movers and Shakers everywhere.

I turned my book in today and I may be celebrating till the Solstice!  271 pages, 71,000 words, 18 months interspersed through all of householder life, endless hours at my writing perch later I release "my triplets" - a small offering to the collective fire. I give thanks to my family, Demetri, Jai, Julian, Big Daddy, Kera, Layla (my family), my editors Haven, Sheridan and the visionary Tami Simon, the scholarship of Chris Tompkins who provided translations and instrumental comraderie, Paul Muller-Ortega and Daniel Odier for inspiration and many other inner and outer Gurus, and the great Samudra team particularly Kristen Townsend who was there from the beginning, Julian, Maria Garre, Glenisse, photographers to come in the design process such as Jenay Martin, Lisa Firefly for calendar muse, Lorin Roche, Ron Alexander and Bob Wisdom for the initial encouragement to write and all of my friends for your patience during this process. Shiva is coming out of the cave and celebrating this week for a long time!

We are celebrating Pujya Swami's birthday and looking forward to being part of Ganga Fest to highlight sacred activism for the Ganga at the Maha Kumbha Mela. We will release all the details next week for Diwali.

We are so honored to welcome Paul Muller-Ortega for an afternoon of meditation and satsang as the culmination of a great week with some extraordinary guests. I am looking forward to offering the fluid power-chakra vinyasa cycle of sequences for my Exhale friends.


Keep tending your fire,
Love all ways

Shiva

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