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Spring Equinox and Launch of New Pathways of Prana Flow Online Practice Community

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dear Friends,

I am grateful for an amazing group of beings from all over the world that can breathe, study, learn to teach, process and move together for 10 intensive days and come out with energy, vitality, integration and genuine love and respect for each other. Thank you to all who participated (local friends too) and for an amazing Shivratri week at Exhale for Embodying the Flow.  

We are in  Maya Tulum for our Spring Equinox  retreat and will share with you our annual pilgrimage to Chitzen Itza, watching the "Serpent of Light" descend on March 21st as the light in this Uttarayana period continues to grow.  

As we embrace this unfolding creativity that emerges in Spring,  we have many new online communities that will be budding next week. 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.
Spring Equinox Blessings!

Love all ways,


New Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant and PranaDandaYoga Teacher Trainings for 2013-14

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dear Friends,

It is with great fulfillment that we are pleased to announce the addition of two new programs for certification within the Samudra Global School for Living Yoga: Prana Flow - Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and PranaDandaYoga Teacher Certification. Both programs will be offered as part of our 200-500 hour programs in Venice. All Part Two Core modules for 2013 will have unique energetic vinyasa and Ayurvedic lifestyle knowledge that can be taken individually for the 200-500 hour program or combined together in three 10-day programs over a year and a half  to become an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant in accordance with NAMA regulations.

I am proud of Maria Garre, Program Director who was originally introduced to Ayurveda in our teacher training program and went on to complete intensive advance training with both Kripalu and the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico and India and is currently writing a book with Dr. Lad on Ayuryoga. She understands the integration of Prana Flow with Ayurveda and will be the wonderful guide for the Ayurveda Program including online programs with guest teachers. In this program, it will be the full offering of the elemental, chakra and rasa namaskars that form the basis for energetic vinyasa for balancing the doshas and living in rhythm with nature. All Prana Flow students-teachers can look forward to great online programs beginning in May.

For three years in the making, we are also proud to offer the first PranaDandaYoga Flow Arts Teacher Training in Tulum and this summer. Demetri and I will be teaching PranaDandaYoga to 200 people in Oahu for Wanderlust and will be offering online programs and PranaDanda Kits in April. 

Please see the full program brochures and our website for full details.

Sending you love from Waipio Valley where we are entering retreat with nature deep in the valley.

Love All Ways,


Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. -Rumi

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dear Friends,

The love sadhana has begun. I give thanks for a transformative connection with the DC yoga community over this New Moon weekend. I feel the Western yoga world is maturing-evolving and tapping into the deeper capacity of yoga on the individual and collective level. 

I love Valentine's week for it is an ancient festival at least 2,000 years old in the heart of winter (ohh my New England friends) in which all that RED shakti of love becomes fully expressive like Mardi Gras which starts today.

We are grateful to Govindas and Radha for giving us a gathering space to "practice" for our spontaneous Make Love Yoga Flash Mob to join people around the world in over 200 countries to support One Billion Rising and a safe space for women with dear friends C.C. White and GlobeSonic DJ Fabian Alsultany as well as Hala Khouri, Samanthe Mehra, Cristi Cristensen and more.

It will be a positive way to come together from 4-5:30 and wear red, black or white . The joy continues this weekend at Exhale for our once a year workshop on the Inner Consort practice live.

So join us this Thursday, this weekend or in cyber space.
Love all ways,


The whole world could be choked with thorns - a lover’s heart will stay a rose garden.
 Even if every being grew sad, a lover’s soul will stay fresh, vibrant, light.
Are all the candles out?
Hand them to a lover - a lover shoots out a hundred thousand fires. – Rumi

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


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,


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,


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,


Winter Solstice Blessings & Happy Holidays

Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Solstice Blessings to you!

We have a sacred opportunity to transform the limited projection of the "end of the world" to the depth understanding that this is the end of a cycle. Whether it is a 5,123 year cycle or this year 2012, the Solstice is a turning point for completion, releasing into the Solstice bonfire, allowing what has reached its limit, that can no longer grow in its current form to die and be reborn into a new life.

We will be meditating with people around the world this weekend. We are recording our Solstice movement meditation that leads to Sunset and inviting you to call-in for free (please be patient as this is a live event). Wherever you are, stay connected to the collective field of peacekeepers around the world.

We offer you these prayers (see below) from the Rg Veda and also the great peacekeeper Thich Nhat Hahn.

Draw the solstice light into your heart. 
Happy Holidays
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti


Solstice Offerings

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” 
— Leonard Bernstein

Dear friends,

We are in meditation every morning with the 10 Days of Peace Shanti Sadhana group which has provided an anchor of compassion, love, and support as we all honor the loss of New Town and contemplate what is needed to create truly a "New Town" as we enter into this transformative Rebirth of the Solstice Light. We invite you to be part of global meditations building towards the Solstice. If you are in town please don't miss the Winter Solstice Rebirth of Light ritual. We are able to extend the early bird for you with such an intense weekend of collective process but the this will be selling out any day now so please connect with Exhale soon. If you are out of town, please see below for how to connect to the call as our offering to you of collective peace at this time.

Birth the light within
Peace be with you
Love all ways,


12-12-12 New Moon Blessings

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dear Friends,

Let us all take a collective Exhale as we enter into the New Moon which coincides with the phenomenon of 12-12-12 - a day that will not come again in our lifetime. 

I only know that these are important windows to come into Sacred Pause. Our 10 days of Peace is a 30 minute daily meditation and then really a living peace practice to offer a grounded rhythm to this powerful period of global meditation with the Solstice 2012. 

We live on a mountain that has many caves to see the sunrise. The photo below is from our meditation there which has extraordinary energy worth waking up at 6:00 to take in.

Wherever you are on Dec. 22nd, be open to the global synchronized solstice meditations. We will be participating in the Chumash sunrise ceremony at the  Wistoyo Chumash Village (see below) as well as the Dec. 21 Rebirth of the Light (below) and Birth2012 events at Agape.

Please take 5 minutes to list any solstice meditation or yoga mala that you are offering during the Dec. 17-22nd window at Our website has additional information.

Deep peace and Meteor Showers to you,
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti


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