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Full Moon Rising

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Full Moon Rising! Burning Man is in full swing!

We are just back from the epic Wake Up Festival with Sounds True.

This newsletter is dedicated to the Global Mala Project which is continuing around the world from the natural inspiration of many community leaders and teachers like you. We are featuring Debbie Kaminsky's Global Mala NJ and ways to offer global mala in your own practice, in your classes or in an event. We are grateful for National Yoga Month and Juil sandals for their support of the Global Mala.

Our pilgrimage-yogadventure retreats to India (almost full), Costa Rica and Maya Tulum are now open for registration and France is full to the brim with the European yoga teacher community. At home, Bhakti Fest and Yoga Journal Tantra Immersion and special classes at Yoga Tree are on the horizon.

If you are a yoga teacher in any swing state, it is very important to connect with any voter registration organizations or go to www.americavotes.org, as there are serious blocks to the poor and elderly being able to vote with newly enforced laws that are a great hinderance to people being able to exercise their right to vote. Also Off the Mat into the World's Yoga Votes (www.yogavotes.org) movement is supporting consciousness for the next election.


May we keep waking up in each moment!

Love All Ways,

Shiva

India Retreat Earlybird Deadline today August 1

Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Dear Friends,

Full Moon Lughnasadh Blessings!
This is the mid-point of summer and it is the sunset celebration of the fruits of summer and the golden stalks that traditionally began the harvest season officially until Oct. 31st when the last fruits of the earth were sacrificed. This is the time to make space for family and friends and to get outside under the full moon and envision the focus of your energy in the remaining two six-week cycles of the "harvesting of the year".  

This is a perfect evening to unplug, be under the moonlight, sleep outside, use candle light. The energy of Yoga Energy Activism and the Global Mala Project are naturally sustaining themselves with the biggest event happening in Newark, NJ where Debbie Kaminsky is bringing the yoga community together in the local stadium! Please join the Global Mala Project by signing up below.

As the festival season peaks, Sounds True Wake-up Festival, Bhakti Fest, Chakra Vinyasa in France and Yoga Journal's Tantra Immersion are on the horizon. Our pilgrimage to India for October and the final elemental rejuvenation of Costa Rica for New Year's are all part of the sacred alchemy of the wheel of the year.

Drink the nectar of the moon and good company,
Love All Ways

Shiva

Pre-Bhakti Fest Celebration & Exhale Offering this Week

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Dear Friends,


We will open to the the new cycle, new moon on Thursday and celebrate the visit of great teachers (Radhanath Swami and H.H. Pujya Swami). This week we will be offering Soul Kirtan with C.C. White, special Embodying the Flow Week classes that are the foundational sequences of Prana Flow exploring the mudras of the body that form the inner mandala of asanas. Chris Tompkins is offering an open class on Friday night and Donna DeLory is joining us on Sunday morning.  I will be offering my summer alchemical mixes that are part of being naturally entrained with the rhythm of the heart.

We are celebrating the coming of Bhakti Fest with this pre-Bhakt Fest celebration. There are many amazing festivals this summer from Wanderlust Lake Tahoe to the Wake-Up Festival with Sounds True.


With the new moon and pitra yajna (July 18th for honoring your ancestors), we open to the evolutionary freedom of summer.

Love All Ways

Shiva



This Week at Exhale, Venice

We are so grateful to welcome Radhanath Swami to our teacher study community this Wednesday morning.  

Radhanath Swami is a Vaishnava sanyassin (a monk in a Krishna-bhakti lineage) and teacher of the devotional path of Bhakti-yoga. He is author of The Journey Home, a memoir of his search for spiritual truth. His teachings draw from the sacred texts of India such as The Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Ramayana, and aim to reveal the practical application of the sacred traditions, while focusing on the shared essence which unites apparently disparate religious or spiritual paths.

To learn more about Radhanath Swami and his teachings please see his website: www.radhanathswami.com


Thursday July 19, 6pm with live drumming

Saturday July 21, 10:30am

Sunday July 22, 8:00am Meditation + 9:00am Class with live music by Donna DeLory
special class ~ Heart Fire Practice + caravan to Art of Living

Tuesday July 24, 6:00pm




The Rise of Shakti: An Introduction to the Lost Yoga Vinyasa of Early Tantric Shaivism with Christopher Tompkins
Friday July 20, 7:15 to 10:00pm

In this unprecedented class, Christopher will re-introduce the Vinyasa of Yoga practices performed daily by nearly all Tantrikas who knew it simply as the ‘Internal Ritual’ (Antar-Yaga), the direct path to Self-liberation.
Full Details + Registration at www.exhalespa.com/venice



"Soul Kirtan" Experience with C.C. White ~ Pre-Bhakti Fest Celebration
Time: 7:30-10:00 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 21st

Featuring her amazing band:
Shiva Rea * Richard Hardy * Mark Smith * Michael Jerome Moore * Clayton Campbell * Dave Yaden *
Steve Postell * Rob McDonald

Also featuring the “original” “Soul Kirtan Choir” from the CD “This IS Soul Kirtan!”

C.C.’s been called the "Soul Queen, Mahalia Jackson, and The Lioness of Kirtan."  Her chant gatherings have been bliss filled, uplifting, unique, full of ecstatic, inspired dancing, and will open your soul, lift your heart and spirit, and free your entire being! You will be Shaktified!  

Check out this video of C.C. at Shakti Fest 2012: http://youtu.be/pVkC_ttLdzo

The CD “This IS Soul Kirtan!” is on available on iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/this-is-soul-kirtan!/id462995551?ls=1, also at:  http://www.Soulkirtan.com
www.exhalespa.com/venice




Pujya Swamiji's Divine Darshan and Satsang
Sunday July 22, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

At the Art of Living Center of Los Angeles
948 West Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

contact: Austin Myers: austinmyers@earthlink.net

July at Exhale and Upcoming Retreats

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Hola Mi Amors!

The summer festival season has begun - Wanderlust was epic and now we are in green Kripalu with an amazing tribe of rhythmic beings for our evolutionary vinyasa retreat including great musicians John de Kadt, Donna de Lory, the Mayapuris and KDZ. I am including a window into our journey in the forest as Visvambar Sheth begins to tell a story of Sri Chaitanya chanting in the forest of Brindavan complete with monkey sounds that I learned from the Memphis Zoo! (Click Here to view)

I will be back in Venice next week for our summer prana flow open sadhana for July and a great pre-Bhakti Fest evening of Soul Kirtan with C.C. White!!!!! Not to be missed and keep your eyes open for a few special guests - session TBA.

keep in your sacred core rhythm
get more raw with the summer warmth
relax your jaw and belly
bond with nature
let the joy current flow


Summer yes!

Shiva


Also check out the lastest ORIGIN edition that is now available for purchase, with my latest article, "Our Rhythmic Nature" and articles featuring several other Prana Flow teachers

New Moon Solstice Blessings

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Namaskaram

The Summer Solstice is upon us. At 4:09 pst, the peak of light shifts and the journey of the other side of the sun begins. The half-way mark, the zenith that marks a turning point. The ecstatic fullness of summer begins.

In the midst of life, let us create as much space as possible in the next day for listening, creating, being with family, celebrating, enjoying the many forms of yoga. Let everything extraneous go. It is the new moon, the new cycle, the powerful closing of one 6-month waxing and the beginning of another 6 month journey towards the Winter Solstice 2012.

Our bodies are innate energetic systems which both receive and transmit signals that are conducted through the earth, sound waves and the electromagnetic field of the body. There are certain places  where you can feel a literal charging of your system. Many sacred sites are highly charged places aligned with these charged junctures. Stonehenge is one of them for me.

This year, our three days in the Stonehenge-Avebury area went another level deeper. While we were in center of the stone circle, our whole body was vibrating in the most natural, mystic way . The cold rainy wind of one evening became still and warm once inside the ancient stones. Another clear evening just as the sun set, we could see the full moon rising right in the center of the trilithon stones. Nearby we walked toWest Kennet Long Barrow, the oldest and largest burial mound in the region, which  felt strangely joyous and alive – not what I expected from a damp dark burial cavern. The ancestors are still singing in there and my bones miss their song.

I also had a teaching this morning through the heart field with Ammachi who was giving darshan of Devi Bhava last night-this morning. I really wanted to be there but it was my sacred time to be a mother to my son Jai who was graduating from Jr High. Instead of being at the site, I just meditated with her around the time of the closing peak of Devi Bhava. The radiance of her field and all of the love generated from the generic Hilton hotel sent a long wave of deep peace that I could feel as if I was there. I think we can all feel tap these extraordinary shifts  of energy all the time through our body if we can pause to let it seep in.

Our house went Solar while we were in Stonehenge - a pure coincidence as we had been waiting for a year for it to go through the approval process (Real Goods Solar Rocks!). Honestly, our house feels different. Like another kind of positive charge - a power that is able to supply the six surrounding houses with what is generated from our one home. I am committed to getting a solar-powered electric car by fall. Only one hour of the Sun on planet earth is all it takes to power the earth's current energy needs for a whole year.

We are igniting a special 6 week summer "fluid core" online course for women that combines my dance movement therapy background with the creative core explorations that I have been engaged with for over a decade. This is about yogini empowerment - cellular love circulating with aliveness and our creative power. Next round is for everyone.

India Kerala Shakti registration is finally open  for our Navaratri and Ayurveda and Kalarippayatu pilgrimage.
This will be a blessed yatra.


Thanks for being connected through the PULSE. Celebrating friends MC Yogi, John de Kadt and Benjy Wertheimer's CD releases.
And Exhale is having a big Solstice party tomorrow - Thursday (we will starting ours in DC).



Wherever you are, charge up at the deepest level!.
Let the good times roll -- summer fun!
See you at the festivals or in the quantum field!
Blazing love

Shiva

Thank you to all the amazing beings that we connected with in Munich and London and in the Avebury area.

Extraordinary Opportunities

Monday, May 21, 2012
Dear Friends,

I hope you were able to feel the annular solar eclipse yesterday, even if you weren't able to see it.  We were gathered in Venice and the fog that cam in allowed us to have a vision of the eclipse.  That rare alignment will not come again in southern CA until 2071 - a reminder to catch extraordinary opportunities when they come.  

There are a few of these opportunities coming ahead: one is with being able to study the Siva Sutras with Dr. Paul Muller Ortega no matter where you are in the world.  This accessible online course of three sessions begins June 2nd.  Please see www.bluethroatyoga.com for more information and ways to connect with this master teacher of Shaiva Tantra and deep meditation.  His teachings have been an inspiration for me for many years and his classical Triadic Heart of Siva has been part of our reading list within our teacher training.

Another opportunity is to be with Chris Tompkins who is just back from Kashmir where he was able to bring back scanned copies of the ancient texts of the early Tantras that have never been translated.  He will be teaching this week during our teacher training and is offering a workshop this Sunday.  If you are local, it's not to be missed.  

I will be offering a few public classes in the Chakra Vinyasa cycle this week before heading to film a DVD project in Santorini and Stonehenge.

Stoke your creative fires because this is the last waxing moon cycle in the Uttaryana (the period of increasing light).

Love All Ways,

Shiva

Ma Ma Ma Ma Yeah

Sunday, May 13, 2012
Our mother is our first guru.

Dear Friends on the Path,

Celebrating the primal power of a mother's love and Shakti Ma everywhere.
Happy Mother's Day!  We are celebrating Shakti Ma in all beings at Shakti Fest this weekend.  Please see a glimpse into this amazing festival below!

This is putting a call out for the next 10 days for altar photos for a book project: Tending the Sacred Fire: Living in Rhythm with the Pulse of Life (SoundsTrue).  This book is a labor of love.  For the section on altars, I'd like to include small photos of people's personal altars.  Please see the call for photos below.

May love in all forms flourish.
Jai Ma!

Shiva

Join Shiva at Wanderlust 2012

Friday, May 04, 2012
"At the root of all power and motion, there is music and rhythm, the play of patterned frequencies against the matrix of time. We know that every particle in the physical universe takes its characteristics from the pitch and pattern and overtones of its particular frequencies, its singing. Before we make music, music makes us."
- Joachim-Ernst Berendt


Dear Friends,
Music is a form of yoga and yoga attunes one’s whole being to the underlying pulse. Music and yoga uplifts, deepen and shifts consciousness. We have been gathering around music and breath and movement and the power of celebratory play under the open sky for a long time.

We are headed to San Francisco this weekend with members of Hamsa Lila and wanted to let you know that besides Shakti Fest, Wanderlust is coming up too. For me, these are ways we stay connected to the larger pulse.

Sending you love for the Full Moon, for Buddha's Birthday.
Be a Lamp unto yourself.
Keep Blazing

Love,

Shiva

Happy Beltane 2012

Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Dear Friends,

Beltane is the great bon-fire ritual-fest -  the last of the Spring awakening festivals - marking the half-way point between the Equinox and Summer Solstice some 6 weeks away from today. We had a beautiful gathering on the top of Corral Canyon culminating the men and women's gathering with our May Pole made from the land - the Yucca stalk and wild spring flowers (decorated with Genius by Lauren Hanna and Carole Westerman). The Maypole upon the earth is the Lingam-Yoni union of the masculine and feminine.

To celebrate this integration, we will be in an all-day immersion this coming Full-moon at Yoga Tree joined by Hamsa Lila members Vir McCoy and Evan Fraser. We will be offering this Tandava-Lasya as part of Shakti Fest in a few weeks - the great Bhakti festival in the desert.

Whereever you are, light a Beltane fire today or with this weekend's full moon, honor the shivalinga that you can see rising everywhere including in our own bodies, spine and heart.

Blessings in all directions,
Love

Shiva

Collective Spirit

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Dear Friends on the Path,

We had a totally mystic collective experience at Tadasana with Hassan Hakmoun, Bob Wisdom, DJ Cheb i Sabbah, Idan Rachel, Vieux Toure and special drop in by CC White and David "Duke" Mushroom of Earthrise. Continuing in that spirit, we have special classes this week during the Shakti Sadhana - my only Venice Classes till May with C.C. White, Marla Leigh, and Malian kora player Amoudou!
Please catch these special upcoming yoga trance dances and PranaDandaYoga with Demetri and Shiva.

See you in Venice, San Francisco, Shakti Fest.

Love All Ways,

Shiva

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