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Ahhhh Let the Gratitude Feast Continue

Friday, November 29, 2013
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,

We were unplugged yesterday with the great family feast. We cooked for 13 and had a shindig! I hope you enjoyed the holi-day.

I am really really grateful for you all. You keep my spark going. I think everyone on the teaching path knows this. The presence of every student-friend is 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.

Let this weekend of gratitude continue. It is so simple isn't it ... just being grateful for every experience, person, drink, morsel, breath. Gratitude cuts through everything.

My heart mandala is overflowing.

Thanks to 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 all,
Enjoy the weekend.

Love All Ways,


Shiva

Tending the Heart Fire Release

Friday, November 22, 2013
Dear Friends,

On Dec. 15th just a few days before the full moon and winter solstice, I offer my first book baby, the 280 page full-color visual book, "Tending the Heart Fire - Living in Flow with the Pulse of Life" into the world. A book of four parts, it is an offering of 108 meditations for every-body and a call for us to wake up from the past 350 years of misinformation about our extraordinary heart. Tracing the legacy of the "heartfire" through cross-cultural spiritual traditions and our rich history beginning in Ancient Egypt and Greece to the present, I offer people a 360-degree view encompassing science and spiritual wisdom so that we can retrieve the power of our energetic heart in our daily life.

This has been my transformation from hardened intellectual, hard-core ashtangi, through rough times and ecstatic initiations - slowly my energetic heart has become the intimate inner core, the rhythmic conductor, the inner fire from which I tend the oscillations of life.

This book is for you, and the yoga world in general, as it felt important for my first book to pay homage to the roots in a universal way, bringing many lost teachings of the sahaja and tantric understanding of vinyasa to the foreground.

These are the days where we look out and see the "dim fire" - depression, despair, the disheartening as well as the "excessive fire" that burns us out, with too much, too fast, reactionary and disconnected actions. To cultivate a balanced inner fire is to bring us to the heart of yoga. The book is about how to tend the inner fire through over 108 meditations based in Tantra and Bhakti as well as the "living vinyasa" through the wisdom of ayurveda and the cycles of holi-days of the year.  This process in part was incubated through the  "Tending the Fire - Living Yoga Sadhana" offerings for the past two years as I was writing in the midst of a full householder life. Writing, living and sharing the teachings kept me going through the weight of a long creative process.

I am grateful for all the teachers, artists and mentors who fertilized this book even offering their review (see below): Sally Kempton (who wrote the foreward to the book), Andrew Harvey (the great mystic teacher), Daniel Odier (for his Sahaja wisdom), Paul Muller Ortega (with his tremendous teachings of the triadic heart), Lorin Roche for encouraging me to write with somatic power. For Christopher Tompkins, scholar and dear friend, who was simultaneously writing his dissertation below in our little studio apartment - he provided so many extraordinary translations and thoroughly read and provided the checks and balances of the Tantric part. Great thanks to Maria Garre and Dr. Lad's teachings which informed the Ayurveda transmission.

The artists whose photographs are part of this visual book - Jenay Martin (who did a special shoot in the ocean for the book), James Wvinner, Amir Magal, Rich Van Every, Mario Covic, Jeff Volk and the greatest surprise of all - Demetri Velisarius. During our travels, Demetri and I both became photographers to catch the amazing light we found ourselves in. Demetri's photos are the most in the book and of course I am forever grateful for my partner in all ways. The book is dedicated to my sun-son Jai!

The great team - Kristen Townsend (Ms. On it!) who was there from the beginning and helped anchor the details that one cannot even imagine when one starts a book project. She is a loyal angel! Glenisse, Julian, and of course the wonderful designer Lisa Firefly who did some of the initial designs to help guide the designers at Sounds True. I am crazy about the vision of Tami Simon and the team at SoundsTrue.

This is not a "big budget" book but a total labor of love. We wanted full-color and 12 x 12. So I gave my soul. It is not about the mula. It is about offering something that I feel passionately about with all my heart - the re-embodiment of our energetic heart and the inner syncopation with our own body rhythm and nature that is our optimal flow.

I wanted to write a book for everybody that was also rich at the roots and not a watered-down version of yoga. I wanted to offer a book that would vibrate in your hands and be a resource by your bedside or in class. My prayer is that this will have a positive ripple effect in whoever holds this book.

So I release and I let go and I can't think of a better way of celebrating than by joining C.C. White who is my sister on this path and a great Ma force in the world through her love and Soul Kirtan.

Please come and celebrate with us. This night is dedicated to the Fire of Love.

I will have the first 108 books available through Exhale on Dec. 15th before the release of the book baby on January 1st everywhere. This will be an amazing evening of Soul Kirtan, cacao and herbal elixirs and fire of love altars to open to the full-moon/winter solstice. Please join us and help spread the word. Details below.

Love all ways to all creators with a seed dream, an evolutionary expression,

Shiva

Classes at Exhale - Samudra Online - Book Release Party

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Honoring a Legend

Dear Friends,

I am back from a weekend of Wanderlust Austin for the great gathering of music, yoga and community starting with Become the Sun meditation for Yoga Energy Activism and then Global Yoga Trance Dance with DJ Drez. We dedicated our dance in memory of beloved DJ Cheb I Sabbah - a pioneer, legend and genius musical alchemist for the yoga and world music community. Now he is One with the cosmos - we love YOUR GREAT SOUL CHEBJI.

Let us continue to gather and celebrate life as we have it. In this season of letting go, let us allow the Great Souls to remind us to love and put to the front burner what is most important.

Please save the date for our full moon-winter solstice Tending the Heart Fire Holiday Book Release Party and Soul Kirtan with C.C White on Dec. 15th (more info coming soon)!


Love All Ways,

Shiva

PS - love to the teacher trainees who are with Maria Garre for Living Ayurveda supported by Kelley Doyle, Jeffrey Duval, Carson Efird, Roberto Lim, Adri Kyser, Andrew McAuley, Glenisse Pagan. We have our last public Chakra Vinyasa class with Alex Theory this afternoon for the sonic movement meditation.

Light the Lamp New Moon - Exhale Lakshmi Puja - New Times

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Dear Friends,

You may already know of our upcoming Diwali weekend but there is a change of times for Sunday Exhale classes with the daylight savings.

As the veils are thin with Samhain-Halloween, Dias de Los Meurtos and the coming New Moon, may we honor our ancestors, integrate the shadow teachings and light the lamp of Diwali.

Love all ways,

Shiva

New Samudra Online Course - Exhale Classes - Special Diwali Offering - India Registration Open

Friday, October 25, 2013
Dear Friends,

In Vigil till Diwali November 3rd.

I have been experiencing the power of candlelight vigil as we have been keeping a 24 hour flame for my Grandpa since his passing on Tuesday morning. It is as if our Dias de Los Muertos (Nov. 2nd) altar has begun early on the side of our kitchen table. This is the time to honor the ancestors, making an altar to remember and "feed" those in the spirit world between now and Samhain/Halloween

Then with the New Moon comes "Embodying the Light", a two-week course on Diwali and “Lakshmi Body Puja as Creative Abundance”. This Samudra Online course is about a cellular connection to Sri Shakti and the art of bringing this regenerative energy into your body, home and life (see below).

As part of Diwali, I will be offering my first fall public Prana Flow classes at Exhale on Sunday, November 3rd morning (10:30 – 12:00) and in the ritual candlelit evening (7:30-9:00) honoring Diwali and the New Moon. Please join us in Venice or in cyber space during this very special time to affirm life - the light of energy within each one of us -with full creative power.

Sending you tender love,

Baby Shiva

Full Moon Blessings - New Samudra Online Courses - India Registration Open

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Dear Friends,

We are back from India landing in D.C. just in time for the shutdown to be over. We are committed more than ever to the rhythms of yoga in our changing world. We will be unplugging this weekend with our D.C. retreat to honor the full moon tomorrow.

Please see our offerings coming up for Diwali at Exhale and online. We love Kerala so much that we are going back in February 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 seven days of Ayurveda treatments and Kalarippayatu as the basis for the Kalari Vinyasa (prep for Kalarippayatu) training.

Blessings,

Shiva

Friday Meditations upon Shakti - Special offer for MD and Costa Rica Retreats

Friday, October 11, 2013
Dear Friends,

Sending you love from Kerala.  Here is a meditation for Navaratri and upcoming programs.

Om Sri Prana Datryai Namaha - I bow to the Giver of Life

Enjoy this regenerative meditation with a simple pause.
Let us relax thinking mind for an inner drink from the Source.
Stream your eyes into your heart and relax your jaw and palette of your mouth.
Visualize a nourishing bath from the crown of your head of any healing quality:
coconut water, honey, nectar.
Feel this sublime nourishment pouring down to every cell through your inner and outer body.
Connect with the revitalizing energy of life at the heart of nature.
Transmute the poisons of stress and toxins by your own inner alchemy.

Today is the shift into the next three days dedicated to Ma Saraswati, the creative energy of supreme regeneration also referred as Sri Sharada Devi (see below info on Chris Tompkins's 1000 names translation project).

Please join us for this special retreat on East Coast till May of 2014.
We have an amazing community coming of almost 100 folks but we have plenty of space so we are opening up individual classes within retreat for those who cannot attend the whole retreat.

Love All Ways,

Shiva

Love from India - Navaratri - Upcoming Living Flow Ashram Kerala February 2014 - Living Ayurveda

Friday, October 04, 2013
Dear Friends,

New Moon and Navaratri Blessings! We are here now in the coconut palm tree land of Kerala for the first night of Navaratri, the "nine nights" of the Great Mother. This is our spiritual home and we have added a "Living Flow" winter retreat for February in Kerala if you have always wanted to join us. Sending you the wide embrace as we open to this transformative time.

Om Sringara Rasa Sampurnaye Namaha
I bow to the Great Mother who is overflowing with transforming love

Love all ways,

Shiva

Costa Rica Living Flow Ashram - Early Bird Ends Oct 1

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Dear Friends,

We are so happy to be returning to our favorite New Year retreat on the sea in Nosara, Costa Rica. This is a powerful spot for a New Year Pranafication - where a daily immersion of prana flow yoga, meditation, pranadandayoga, kalari, mantra bonfires, massage, healing papaya and fruits, natural Tican cuisine meet the elements - healing ocean surf, ecologically protected beach, open sky, ocean bonfires and fresh prana.

Early Bird Registration ends October 1st - every year this retreat is full and this year we have two weeks beginning with the Winter Solstice but half the rooms so connect with our great yogadventurer, Kristi Mosley, who has been to Costa Rica with her beloved Dan for five  years in a row to assure your place (special discount for two weeks)! Dan learned to surf in Costa and is now soaring on the outside. We are grateful to the amazing community at Blue Spirit and from around the world that makes this pilgrimage with us every year. Blue Spirit has many solar-powered rooms and is an incredible example of being in harmony with the environment.

Please connect to Kristi (contact info below) as first come first serve if you are interested.

For the Waves,

All love

Shiva

Full Moon Blessings - New Online Courses Beginning

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Dear Friends,

This full moon - the last of the summer days brings us towards the Fall Equinox - the midpoint between the Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice when we enter the last quarter of the year.

This week our hearts have been stirred by the earth changes on land, floods and sea. Yoga offers an inner anchor within the changes of life.
We hope to see you at Exhale for the Global Mala, Live on Google + or to be aware of you in the quantum space on Sept. 21st UN International Peace Day and Coral Brown's wedding the next day!

Grateful for life.
Love all ways,

Shiva

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