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Be Brave: Expanding the Heart Field

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dear Friends,

We are dedicating this email and all emails in February to the heart field.

I am finishing my book project (as in the last polish, cannot go back, I surrender) - "Tending the Heart Fire - Living in Rhythm with the Pulse of Life" (Soundstrue publisher, fall 2013) this week and it has changed my life to spend a year and half in such a long and deep creative process on the energetic heart.

I feel more dedicated than ever to the energetic heart that is cultivated in yoga practices - the whole range of meditation - mantra, movement, karma yoga, shadow work, silence, kirtan. In this issue of the pulse, you will find:
* a great film project to support - Be Brave - TODAY on indiegogo. 
* our latest online course for a month of love-regenerating Sringara Rasa Bhakti Practice from Valentine's to Shivratri!
* new location Bhakti Yoga Shala for the One Billion Rising
* Our local class at Exhale on Feb. 17th
* Santorini Retreat Open for Registration - our annual always sold out retreat!
* Great Shiva Recommends - Andrew Harvey's new book release, Radical Passion and more.

All for you!

Keep blazing,

Love all ways

Shiva

Let's Free-Dance Together on V-Day for One Billion Women - Invitation To Be Part of a YogaFlashMob on Feb 14th

Friday, January 25, 2013

Dear Friends,

Violence towards women effects one billion women worldwide. That is 1 in 3 women - daughters, sisters, wives, mothers, aunts, cousins - too many.

This is the human rights issue of our lifetime that we can make a difference with.
On V-day, we will be joining a positive expression of unity as people all over the world are dancing! Yes, dancing as part of the ONE BILLION RISE campaign.

Please join us for our free yogatrancedance-kirtan flashmob from 4-5:30 in Venice, CA
with GlobeSonic DJ Fabian Alsultany and Queen of Soul Kirtan C.C. White and YOU!

We will begin at Exhale (our rain location should the weather change) and then make a procession to Rose and the boardwalk and eventually oceanside for a complete offering.

Bring a shaker or instrument; wear red, white or black; come by yourself or with your friends, family and beloved for a fun "Make Love Not War" Flashmob for a really great cause.

We would like to add your name to the flyer if you can join us. Please let me know by Sunday morning as we are blasting this out through the Tadasana and Samudra list on Monday and Tuesday. Just hit an RSVP back - I'm in and we will add you to the flyer. 

Please help spread the word on Facebook. We will send you the flyer back with your name as part of the fun.
We are also listing our event on the One Billion Rising website.
Let's rise in support of this great movement for women and the men who love them!


Love All Ways,


Shiva

New Moon Blessings

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dear Friends,

Yemanja's ocean canvas is where we will play at sunset by the fire this evening as the last nights here in Costa Rica. We will post some photos of the process on Facebook. Meditating with you all in this last squeeze before the first new moon of 2013.

Life is created by will and surrender, pattern and the mystery, wisdom and instinct, humility and courage. We are entering a 6-week Sadhana that begins with Makar Sankranti. 

May the new moon on Friday help us listen to our deepest calling and most grounded and joyous action. Where is our heart's evolution? Where can we serve and prosper? Go for radical happiness in the middle of it all.

Triple Love,

Shiva

New Year's Blessings!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year!  Feliz Nuevo Ano!

We emerged out of the ocean 2.7 billion years ago and to the sea we return.

On the first day of the New Year, millions of Brazilians go to the ocean to offer flowers and shells to the Mother Goddess Yemanja as a way to cleanse and renew oneself for the New Year and remember where we came from so we can better navigate where we are going.

Last night we crossed over into the New Year, dancing through the challenges and triumph over the fear of the end of the world. We felt the rebirth of the light and the renewal of the collective spirit for the next cycle.
During our bonfire on the beach where we ignited lanterns of prayers into the milky way-permeated sky with a huge "moon bow" or radiant circle around the bright moon that  many had never seen before.

Today through the next two weeks (Jan. 1st through Jan. 14th)  is a wonderful period to really embody the spirit of the New Year cycle.  Makar Sankranti on Jan. 14th marks the beginning of the six-month cycle of increasing light till the Summer Solstice.  Where will we be then, individually and collectively and then again when we swing around to the Winter Solstice of 2013?

How we begin the next cycle sets the pulse for the next to unfold. It seems that truly living from one moment to the next, one cycle to the next is more meaningful and practical than ever.

I am offering our Naga Shakti meditation for just a small intimate group for Makar Sankranti on Jan. 13th and our special meditation and Prana Flow practice course for New Year's (see below) as a way to support the unfolding.

There is magic in the air today. As we head into our Yoga Mala 108 and then  to the sea here in Costa Rica to make our offerings to Yemanja and the ocean of possibilities, I am thinking of you and everyone around the world who is opening to the next cycle.

Let us open to a year of thriving in change and evolving in love, individually and collectively.

Thank you from my heart for the ways we are connected - perhaps you are near, even if from afar or a longtime past.  We are friends on the journey.

Wishing you deep happiness, health and vital love, creative power and fulfillment on all levels!

Diving into the New,

Love all ways,

Shiva


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