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The entire universe is the Guru. There is nothing other than the One. - Anandamayi Ma

Monday, July 22, 2013
Full Moon Guru Purnima Blessings

Bowing to the Guru in all forms - in our beloveds, in nature, student-friends and giving thanks for the root teachers who have transmitted the source teachings through their own humility, wisdom and brilliance.
May we all be mitras on the path to love one another.

Om Hridayaye Namaha
Love all ways,
Shiva

New Moon - Ritual Moonday Prayers and Pujya Swami at Exhale

Tuesday, July 09, 2013
New Moon - Ritual moonday Prayers
 
Our altar and prayers have our leaf from the Bodhi Tree pilgrimage site know as the Mahabodhi temple - the site of the original great-grandaughter Bodhi tree where Buddha was awakening. Demetri and I have both meditated and gone into prostration practice on the open prostration boards around the temple. A pilgrim was killed there and monks injured. It is hard to imagine this place bombed by extremist as it is a place of great peace and home to dozens and dozens of monasteries all over the world.
 
Even though in my body and in my home, I feel incredible joy and new inspiration this new moon, I feel there is so much to pray for from Bodh Gaya to Bodhnath (where the floods took place recently), Egypt to South Africa. We are now entering the Dakshinaya, the six-month period towards waning light in the Winter Solstice. We must bring the creativity and the destruction, love and devastation together and remember, and remember. Listening deep tonight as we prepare for our Prana Danda Teacher Training and first Exhale classes. The darshan for Pujya Swami will support the recent floods that effected 100,000 people and many sacred sites like Kedarnath and Bodnath.
 
Let us make space for this new moon wisdom and offer the joy fully for the living and the dead.
Please see our offerings this week at Exhale and beyond. India and Costa Rica, our fall and new year yogadventure-pilgrimages on the healing oceans is below.

Om Mani Padme Hum
All Love,

Shiva

Become the Sun - Summer Solstice Blessings

Friday, June 21, 2013
Dear Friends,

Today we honor the inextinguishable light - the peak of our Solar journey - the longest day, the greatest radiance, the culmination of our creative journey the Uttarayana 6- month cycle. We celebrate all that has come to fruition. We open our arms wide for all beings - for anyone under an oppressive circumstance, for all beings who are rising up, for anyone who feels contracted inside. We have begun our Solstice meditation this morning and are headed to Skaros - the mesa overlooking the caldera - the volcano's edge for sunset. I leave you with this poem by Dawn Ma. I changed the "I" to "We". Sending you Solar Shakti wherever you are - Hram Hrim Hroom Hraim Hraum Hraha!

Love All Ways,

Shiva


We will not die an unlived life.
We will not live in fear
Of falling or catching fire.
We choose to inhabit our days
To allow my living to open me,
To make we less afraid,
More accessible;
To loosen our heart
Until it becomes a wing,
A torch, a promise.
We choose to risk our significance,
To live so that which came to us as seeds, Goes to the next as blossoms,
And that which came to us as blossoms, Goes on as fruit.

~ Dawna Markova

Beltane Blessings

Wednesday, May 01, 2013
This is it! Beltane Blessings! The mid-point of Spring...

Something opens our wings.

Someone fills the cup in front of us.

We taste only sacredness
 
A Spring wind moves to dance

any branch that isn’t dead.

- Rumi


Love all ways,

Shiva

Full Moon - Hanuman Jayanti

Friday, April 26, 2013
Full Moon - Hanuman Jayanti
 
Namaskaram
 
We tried to get this greeting to you yesterday, but unfortunately were experiencing some technical difficulties.  Alas!  We are settling back in Solstice Canyon for the next six weeks for Living Flow – Energetic Vinyasa where 70 yogi/inis from around the world will live energetic vinyasa for ten days in Venice, CA. We have special classes with a few spaces below including upcoming PranaDandaYoga classes and online course. The new courses for Elemental Vinyasa corresponding with our current course will begin next week.
 
We are looking forward to the collective spirit for Wanderlust in the City in SF and Shakti Fest with our special Monday Temple of Rasa with Dave Stringer and Donna de Lory.
Otherwise, you can find us at home with Jai fertilizing the soil.

Let us pause to drink the saffron moon,
 
big hearted primal monkey blessings
taking refuge in love

Shiva

Vigil for Boston - Navaratri - Exhale Classes - Shakti Fest - Online Courses

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Dear Friends,


We are holding vigil space with the people of Boston and resound the contemplation of the times: despite all of the tragedy and turmoil - there are more beings who are sustaining beneficial presence and actions. I feel very strongly that collective gatherings are places where we can move within this collective positive force field.

I am outside Amsterdam with my root teacher Daniel Odier, which is extraordinary. There was a healing experience for all in the 11th century cathedral Janskerk in Utrecht where Yoga Moves sponsored a day-long retreat in this cathedral. We were able to dance, chant, offer namaskar with bija mantra and enjoy sahaja movement and tandava with Daniel Odier with over 225 people. The walls were reverberating. Utrecht was the site in the 13th century of one of the first dance revivals-uprisings in the medieval times, and today there is circle dance and prayer in this church on Sundays.

We share some of this positive energy below as well as separate emails later this week from Wanderlust and Shakti Fest where I am part of these gatherings with other amazing musicians and teachers.

Our classes coming up in April-May at Exhale will be charging up including some special PranaDandaYoga classes and a Beltane Yoga Trance Dance (few spots). We will still be collecting gently used bras up until Mother's day and Shakti Fest to send to Free the Girls (thanks Patrick for your great help).

Our next online courses which have great community of prana flow and beyond teachers and students is coming up at the beginning of May including PranaDanda for those interested in upcoming teacher training.

Now more than ever stay connected to the energy of life.
Friday is the last day of Navaratri and we will be closing with a homa or fire ceremony at Yoga Moves.


A bow to all,

Shiva

Spring Navaratri New Moon Blessings

Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Om Muktidayai Namah

I Bow to She who gives Liberation…

New Moon support to all on the path.
Spring Navaratri begins tomorrow for a 10 day journey with the New Moon (see our online offering). I will be with Lama Tsultrim and the great community of InsightLA. If you are local, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

On Thursday, I am off to see be with my root teacher Daniel Odier and the wonderful community of Netherlands at Yoga Moves and Svati, Nele, Sonja and other great Prana Flow teachers there. Shiva Kumar and Else will be joining us too.

Demetri will be in Boston teaching PranaDandaYoga (see below).

We will be back at Exhale and home for the month of May so we look forward to seeing our local friends.



To the ever cycle of renewal.
Love all ways,

Shiva

Spring Cleaning - Inner and Outer Renewal

Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Dear Friends on the Path,

With Spring comes cleaning. Every year I try to synch with Spring Navaratri for my spring "cleaning" a 10 day ancient sadhana festival that occurs during the transition point or sandhya between seasons.

This year we are offering our Spring Cleaning with Spring Navaratri for both women and men. I will be offering three levels of sadhana so that you can participate in a simple way to a full transformational program according to your lifestyle. I find some years I am on retreat as this year with Daniel Odier and offering workshops in Netherlands.

Some years we are quiet at home. Spring brings its own changes as growth composts old structures from the past that must be renewed for evolution to occur.

"Spring Cleaning - Inner and Outer Renewal" is the theme of our annual Online Spring Navaratri group. It is offered to men and women as daily meditation and life-sadhana program including a gentle spring cleaning detox with the Navaratri cycle. I have found this to be the most amazing macro support for the transition of spring and the tending of the inner fire. Our next cycle of online programs is beginning this month as well, including Prana Danda Yoga with Demetri and the Pathways of Prana Flow II.

Lama Tsutrim's workshop begins on this next new moon - a rare opportunity. Munich just went online with special guests Masood Ali Kahn/Sheila Bringi.

May we make it through this transition into the new moon with peace in our hearts and clarity in our vision, inner and outer home.


Love all ways,

Shiva

Full Moon Holi and Easter Blessings

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Dear Friends,

Full Moon, Holi and Easter Blessings!

Spring Emerging: Our first five-week course began in peace this morning as part of the Online Pathways of Prana Flow series that is a breakthrough way  to stay connected through balanced solar-lunar practice around the 40 core Prana Flow Namaskars. If you are interested in participating, see below.

We had an amazing retreat in Tulum with our first Prana Danda Yoga Teacher Training. The first online Prana Danda Yoga class series with Demetri and I is open to those of you who are interested in training in the Flow Arts Training in July, including Yoga Trance Dance. Shakti Fest is coming up and I am offering a special post-festival intesnive.

Europe is happening! A few days were added to the Netherlands as well as the second week in Santorini.

Not to be missed for our So Cal based friends: Beloved teacher Lama Tsultrim is in town for a one-day intensive (sliding scale $20-$70) at Insight LA. She is a living emanation of Machig Labdrom and her teachings are relevant to everyone on the path. Feeding your demons is a really practical and beautiful practice that we recommend to all. More soon.

Om Somaye Namah
We give thinks for the regenerative power soma of the moon!

Love all ways,

Shiva

Launch of New Pathways of Prana Flow Online Practice Community

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Dear Friends, 

I am thrilled to be able to offer the core Prana Flow Mandala of Practice that includes 30 namaskars and solar and lunar sequences for each namaskar. This will be offered as two videos, meditation and a Facebook group beginning with the first 5-week session next week. This 6-month process  is the Pathways of Flow Online Course, open to all of our Prana Flow students and teachers of all experience levels, as well as any PULSE members.  Exclusively for Samudra students, we are now offering an online Mandala of Asanas study group and book club to support your learning process in the program.  Looking ahead to April, we'll be offering a Spring Navaratri online archived course, as well as several live teacher training immersions at Exhale Venice, including the once-per-year Doula Training and Prana Shakti Flow for pre-/post-natal yoga study, and the first immersion for the Ayurveda Consultant Program.

Honoring the creative Source that moves through you.

Full Moon Blessings!

Lova all ways,

Shiva


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