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From My Heart to Yours - Austin & YJ Ignites - Kerala Early Bird Ends - 2014 Pilgrimages

Monday, January 06, 2014
"Life is the Shrine, the Journey and the Way." -Baul Song


Dear Friends,

I am grateful for your community as we begin the journey of the New Year.

A few times in our life
we get to birth something
that has transformed us in the making.

For any of you who have created something from the soil
a seed dream that revealed itself day by day
through the daily churning, waters and weeding and the
stoking of the ever oscillating creative fires
one day you hold the fruit
and for me this is a total offering to the world.
I hope it reflects back what you love and feel passionate about
and most of all moves your heart and helps bring the power of love
and living vinyasa into embodiment.

I need your support dear fire keeping friends in spreading the word.  I rarely ask so I feel tender and slightly shy but  please see below.
Also looking forward to an intimate group in Austin this coming weekend and YJ Ignites coming up.

Towards an Amazing New Year for Tending the Fire of the Journey ahead.
Love All Ways
can really say from my heart of heart that this one is for YOU.

Love all ways,

Shiva

New Moon New Year Blessings - Kerala Winter Regeneration Retreat

Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Dear Friends,

New Moon Blessings and Happy New Year and a shout out to friends from the Costa Rica Pranafication Retreat. We want to invite you to our Kerala retreat in February. If you are considering the winter regeneration retreat, it is important to put your visa in motion. I suggest the 10 year option - mine runs out next year and I have been to India now 12 times during that visa cycle.

In February, Thiruvanthapuram (Trivandrum) is the site  for the largest gathering of women in the world (last year was 10.5 million) to light the fire to cook for all from the main Shakti temple in Trivandrum. We will immerse fully in ten days of Ayurveda treatments and Kalarippayatu as the basis for the Kalari Vinyasa (prep for Kalarippayatu) training.


See you down the road of life...

Shiva

New Years Eve Blessings

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Last night a divine breath moved through me
in the fertile darkness of the jungle night
like a tide of indescribable bliss

born again
in the natural flow
receiving the universal breath
as a river of space
pouring through my inner body
expanding restrictions into ecstasy

this sublime breath flow
of babies, everyday saints, the weary and fully alive
you and me

this wholly tide
prepares us to be born again
through another dark passage
as the New Moon turns
the wheel of the New Year


a sublime breath can enter you
spontaneously
an answered prayer from a intimate calling

freeing constrictions of dissolving cycle
expanding all possibility for new

Oh holy breath
sacred breath
360 degree breath
universal breath
I praise you
breath moving us all!

- Shiva, sunrise, Nosara, Costa Rica

PURA Vida - Love from Costa Rica

Sunday, December 29, 2013
Dear Friends,

Our New Year's Pranafication retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica begins tonight. As our Solstice Retreat here at Blue Spirit completes, we are grateful for all as we bonded as an amazing community from around the world and  deepened in the prana flow elemental vinyasa, epic surf, pranadanda, bonfire mantra, yoga trance dance, spontaneous fun, soulful prayers and jungle prana. Last night we began tending the heart fire new year's retreat and there are 108 people here at Blue Spirit. Extraordinary prana flow teachers and those new to movement alchemy are gathering. The kirtan retreat with  Jai, Nubia, Ezra, Vrinda, Vishvambar and baby Naimi who is the little Gopi of my heart are coming. My Jai, Niko and Jeanelle are on their way.

I will share my journey with you as Tending the Heart Fire book offering is read for the first time by teacher trainees here and the book releases around the world Jan. 1st.
If you received an early copy and are moved to offer a review on amazon.com, I would be grateful. Thank you for sharing on Facebook. This labor of love from my heart to you.

We began shooting last night at sunset for the New Year's Chakra Vinyasa Online program and the light is amazing.

If you are interested in joining us please see the online courses beginning Dec. 30 (new year's process via web-book) or Jan. 14th for video practices. This and our Chakra Mantra Vinyasa (the evolution of Chakra Vinyasa) is happening at Exhale with many great programs in the New Year.

jungle shakta
love all ways
as we turn the wheel of the new year

Shiva

Feliz Navidad

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch on your door.
Good health every day, whether I see you or not!
May your cup overflow with health and happiness.
May all your days be happy ones.
We dance a jig for a Merry Christmas and a  Happy New Year!
- Gaelic Christmas Blessing    


Dear friends,

Let us imagine the pregnant moment of Christmas Eve

the pure hearted love of Mother Mary
for the divine energy
that fills her pregnant womb-body
as she feels the illumined precious being move within her
Mary's constant meditation, every mother knows,
overflowing with love.

the surrender to the unknown journey
under the piercing cosmic sky
the gratitude of holy shelter
for the extraordinary hours ahead
the immanent birth of the son-sun.

All babies are the divine ones born again
to continue this unbroken stream of cosmic love

Let us remember the pregnant moment of Christmas Eve
The pure hearted love of Mother Mary and Joseph
The divine energy vibrating us all.

Feliz Navidad! Mi Mystico Amors!

Love all ways,

Shiva

Winter Solstice 2013 Blessings

Friday, December 20, 2013
Dear Friends on the Path,

Inside the fertile darkness the light emerges...

The Winter Solstice is upon us.
I wanted to share with you an excerpt from my book that was published in the December LA Yoga Pages.

From the Solstice through Christmas to New Year was the 12 day period of YULE - the sacred time out of time honoring the rebirth of the Sun-Son.

I love being connected to you all through the cycles.
We made it.

Laissez le Bon Temps Roullez!
Let the good times roll.
Love all ways
Pura Vidaaaaaa!

Shiva

P.S. We are here in Costa Rica to surf our brains out for our annual retreat!

2014 Chakra Mantra Vinyasa - New Evolution for Teacher Training - Samudra Global School of Yoga

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Dear Friends,

Thank you for your support of our pre-release party at Exhale. This newsletter is dedicated to our upcoming teacher trainings and online programs at Samudra Global School for Living Yoga and Samudra Global Online.

I am grateful for the Samudra – the great ocean that connects us all.

The vision for Samudra Global School of Living Yoga is an inclusive community of practitioners and teachers around the world with local and online programs to serve the world through many forms of yoga.

I have cultivated Prana Flow®: Energetic Vinyasa with this vision of evolutionary vinyasa that was connected to the source traditions of yoga as wells as the mystic heart from around the world. I have been dedicated to the refinement of the offerings of 40 Namaskars-64 Sequences of Prana Flow® to empower students, teachers, movers and shakers and artists in many fields around the world.

2014 is the year that the book baby is coming out! Tending the Heart Fire – Living in Flow with the Pulse of Life will serve as a guide for our teacher training programs as well as for free and professional courses online. For the first time, this year we are making the Prana Flow® Mandala of Practice – an offering of meditations, Prana Flow® namaskars, pathways of flow vinyasa sequences and living yoga teachings available to the world.

Experience the Pathways of Prana Flow® through the Samudra Global Online school, special local classes at Exhale, Yogadventure retreats, teacher trainings and e-book materials.
There are now affiliate Prana Flow® - Energetic Vinyasa Teacher Training programs and Prana Flow® teachers around the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and South America.

Please explore the full PULSE catalog of programs for 2014 as there are some changes, refinements and evolutions. There are more details online at the teacher training program of www.pranaflowyoga.com and www.samudraglobalyoga.com. I am dedicated to creating a rhythm in our Samudra team to serve you all.

I would be grateful for you to please send an email with any feedback you have on our programs, what you would like in the future, your experience with a Prana Flow class, teacher or affiliate program, and with compassion…what needs to improve to shiva@yogadventures.com; Subject: Samudra Evolution 2014.

May your creative potential flourish and your path be blessed.

Shine On,
Shiva

Fullness - Book Baby - Last Full Moon of the Year

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Dear Friends,

The last full moon of the year leading to the Winter Soltice has been full for all of us.
This week has been extraordinary: beginning with the TEDx Desire talk on Sunday, the arrival of a few hundred pre-advance book babies for our Fire of Love book release - Soul Kirtan party, the closing of my grandparents' lineage home yesterday from my grandpa's passing 40 some days ago and now sending the first batch of books out to the world.

Until you pass through a process you really have no idea of how much it becomes a part of you. Whether books or places, people or music, we get "moved" and we are always connected. So here are some gratitude moments for me:

Thank you to C.C. White for her love of love and her amazing blessing of the book as we celebrated life and love. I am still hearing her song she secretly created. Thank you to  the amazing band members that night including my longest LA friend Bob Wisdom and Demetri's son Niko. Divine1 blessed us with a Sitar Serenade and Pan Trinity Das' Nelson Mandela painting was part of the Fire of Love altar. Thank you to all the wonderful long time friends who came out and for the wonderful Prana Flow teachers who came to be part of the party and who helped. Thank you to my son who came out during finals, for all my family and my beloved Demetri who stokes my heart fire always.

I love you all. Thank you for staying with the process and helping spread the word for the January 1st release on Amazon and SoundsTrue.

2014 brings more connection with friends and family and at the same larger scale activations including Austin Jan. 10, Ignites for Yoga Journal San Francisco Jan. 18 and Feb 1st Temple of Rasa at Exhale, Venice.

We leave for our Solstice and New Year retreat to Costa Rica on Thursday (see you there!)

In gratitude
full moon blessings

Shiva

Please join us for Ten Days of Peace and Fire of Love

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Dear Friends,

The Ten Days of Peace Sadhana course with Samudra Online began today but you can join us. Meditate and move through your day by cultivating peace in heart, thought, speech,  and action without losing your juicy humanness and ballsy self.

blaze on you radical lover of life blaze on

We hope to see you on Sunday with C.C. White for book baby party and Soul Kirtan!

Love all ways,

Shiva

New Moon Hanukkah Blessings - Kerala Winter Regeneration Retreat

Monday, December 02, 2013
Dear Friends,

New Moon Blessings and Happy Hanukkah and a shout out to friends from the Esalen Thanksgiving Retreat of which we are feeling the reverberations of great community and the most amazing new moon trillions of stars milky way - the most I have seen in a long time. We want to invite you to our Kerala retreat in February. If you are considering the winter regeneration retreat, it is important to at least put your visa in motion. I suggest the 10 year option - mine runs out next year and I have been to India now 12 times during that visa cycle. We love it so much and I have never been sick from India in those journeys - only regenerated by the Kerala Shakti.

In February, Thiruvanthapuram (Trivandrum) is the site  for the largest gathering of women in the world (last year was 10.5 million) to light the fire to cook for all from the main Shakti temple in Trivandrum. We will not be doing a full teacher training this year (waiting for 2015) but will immerse fully in ten days of Ayurveda treatments and Kalarippayatu as the basis for the Kalari Vinyasa (prep for Kalarippayatu) training.


See you down the road of life...

Shiva

Antar jyoti, bahir jyoti, pratyak jyoti parathpara,
Jyoti jyoti, swayam jyoti,
Atma jyoti shivosmyaham

I am the effulgence, which is both inside and outside,
The light that is visible as well as transcendent.
Light of all lights, the light of the self-effulgent atman
Filled with auspiciousness am I

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