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Join us for Shivaratri Meditation Tonight!

Monday, February 20, 2012
Body as Temple - Shivratri poem

The rich will make temples for Shiva. What shall I a poor man do?
My legs are pillars.The body the shrine
The head a cupola of gold.
O Lord of the meeting rivers
Things standing shall fall
But the moving ever shall stay.

-Basavanna, revolution Vira Saiva poet who made teachings available to all, women, men of all castes and backgrounds



Mahashivaratri Blessings!


Join us tonight as all prayers, mantra, meditation, the smallest of offerings are amplified with the New Moon of Shivratri as over a billion beings around the world offer their own form of sadhana. Some will fast all day and night staying up in the home or temples, some in silence, some in kirtan or mantra japa, some offering elaborate puja, some offering a simple fruit or flower. We will be in a hour process of meditation and mantra and some simple movement meditation for all.


With this new moon it is a beautiful time to clear your inner and outer space, listen to mantra or kirtan, read sacred texts, Shiva Sutras, YogaSpandakarikas, Shiva Puranas, take an energy regeneration retreat, take a break from all media, unplug at sundown and use only candle light or ghee lamps. Enjoy a ritual yoga practice and meditation, a japa walk with mantra, love your  family and friends and anyone you encounter as an emanation of the One.


Mahashivaratri is a time outside of time for realization and alignment with auspicious (one of the meanings of Siva) consciousness at the heart of all beings. Have a blessed night, day and new moon renewal


Love all ways,


Shiva

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Chant Om, the mantra of the love union of Shiva and Shakti
slowly and consciously.
Enter the sound and when it fades away, slip into freedom of being.

- Vijnana Bhairava Tantra translator Daniel Odier    February 14, 2012



Dear Friends,

Happy Valentine's Day...

Sending you Mojo Love that is the all-transforming power!

Love All Ways,

Shiva


“Don't forget love;
it will bring all the madness you need
to unfurl yourself across the universe.”

― Mirabai




The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere,
they're in each other all along.

From Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks




Some Kiss We Want

There is some kiss we want with
our whole lives, the touch of

spirit on the body. Seawater
begs the pearl to break its shell.

And the lily, how passionately
it needs some wild darling! At

night, I open the window and ask
the moon to come and press its

face against mine. Breathe into
me. Close the language- door and

open the love window. The moon
won't use the door, only the window.

From Soul of Rumi
by Coleman Barks


The Beloved is
inside you and also inside
me. You know the tree is hidden
inside the seed. Let your arrogance
go. None of us has gone
far. Inside love there is more
power than we realize.
-Kabir

Upcoming Shivaratri Celebrations & Retreats!

Monday, February 13, 2012
Dear Friends on the Path,

Monday, Somavar, is the day of the week connected with source energy of Siva and next week Maha Shivratri falls on the new moon which is auspiciously on Somavar, the day (var) of Soma, the sacred nectar that regenerates. In the iconography of Siva, Soma is the refined essence that pours from Siva's crown, outwardly as the river Ganga that cascades from his dreadlocks and inwardly through the bliss of meditation.


Ever since I lived in New Delhi for a year in 1990, I have been connecting to Monday as not the usual "monday humbug, back to work" but as a day for cultivating more lunar qualities such as reflection, regeneration (often now from a weekend of teaching or family fullness), relaxation and reclining - in which ever rhythm is possible. I notice being more relaxed on a monday (even in action) allows Tuesday - which is connected cross-culturally with the fire planet of Mars - to have more natural energy for the power of the week to unfold.


In India, people often have a special day of the week which is their sacred retreat time for them personally that is part of bringing the sacred rhythm through the week. For men or women who feel connected to the source through Siva, every Monday is a time to heighten their sadhana in their own way through both personal practice and in life including: meditation, circulation of mantra, yoga, ritual, fasting, eating only fruits or being vegetarian, connecting with their outer or inner temple and kindling their devotion, offering and realization within daily life - all of the main aspects which intensify in the all-night ceremony of Maha Shivratri.  


On this extraordinary sadhana holy-day which brings the transformative aspects of yoga together, any one can tap into this great festival celebrated by over a billion people around the world.  Dave Stringer and I are offering a MahaShivratri sadhana next Sunday afternoon-evening followed on Monday by a Maha Shivaratri meditation and japa mala (free for all) as part of our Living Yoga Sadhana online program.


Don't miss the opportunity (particularly if you are local to California) to connect with one of my root teachers, Daniel Odier. I first connected with his translation of the Vijnana Bhairva Tantra some 18 years ago. He is a remarkable teacher and translator - an offering of his writings follow below which are wonderful for Shivratri.


Our Advance Vinyasa trainings in March, April and May, our Spring Equinox Pilgrimage to Chitzen Itza and camp out retreat in Baja are all offerings for tending your inner fire. I am a late coming Adele fan but "there is a fire burning in my heart" and celebrate the creative energy brewing in us all.


Yoga Rocks the Butte was an amazing community celebration! A special shout out to Monica Mesa and all of the amazing beings who made it all happen including prAna.

And enjoy your pre-Valentine's musings on your Beloved - inner and outer.  We will be sending you a Valentine's tomorrow.



Love all ways,

Shiva

Join Shiva for Shivaratri Celebrations & Spring Events!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Dear Friends,

We are heading to Yoga Rocks the Butte, the amazing festival that Monica Mesa of Yoga for the Peaceful in Crested Butte created, with an amazing array of teachers including Demetri Velisarius, Twee Merrigan, Maria Garre, Shannon Paige, Jennifer Ellen Mueller, Micheline Berry, Kelley Doyle, Bonnie Argo, Michelle Bouvier, Rainbow Michael, and Leia Morrison.

A special thank you for an amazing 10-days in Venice with the incredible teacher trainees, local student friends, teacher trainers Gina Caputo, Chanel Luck and a wonderful movers and shakers evening with Globalsonic DJ Fabian Alsultany.

We are offering you many pathways this spring-summer including collaboration with our festival partners starting in April: Yoga Journal, Tadasana, Bhakti Fest, and Wanderlust. Our upcoming in-depth teacher trainings coincide with these festivals creating an inner container for your process that is then part of the collective consciousness.

I will be offering the movers and shakers trance dance this weekend,  for the mind-body breaks at the upcoming TED conference, as well as collaborating with DJ Cheb i Sabbah's revival, Hassan Hakmoun, and Vieux Toure and Idan Rachel at Tadasana. Our Yoga Trance Dance teacher training will take place inside this incredible Earth Day event where we will be launching our Yoga Energy Activtism Solar Latern Project (more info soon).

Also calling all locals on Feb. 19th for the  Maha Shivratri yoga and kirtan sadhana with Dave Stringer followed by a free tele call for all on Shivratri the next evening.

I will be on hiatus from Facebook and emails for the month of February other than the above.


May your creative rhythm be nourished and flourish.
Full Moon Blessings,

Shiva

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