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New Moon Blessings! Last Bathing Day of the Kumbha Mela! Jai Ma Ganga!
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Dear Friends,

It has been exactly one month since I have bathed in the sacred glacial  river Ganga for the Amavasya Royal Bathing Day of the Kumbha Mela. One the eve of the new moon again, all of India is getting ready to celebrate the auspicious spring festival of Vaishaki as well as the last bathing day of the Kumbha Mela. This newsletter has lots of ways to dive deeper including sacred activism supporting river and ocean clean-up.

Every few days for the rest of this month, I will download different aspects of yogic teachings as they connect with our recent pilgrimages.
As today is the New Moon and the last bathing day of the Kumbha Mela, I will be highlighting that aspect of the trip and encourage us all to bathe today - in the shower, river or ocean, in our minds, our hearts and breath.
May all beings be dunked in the healing force of the Mother.
Jai Ma Ganga! Happy New Moon, Vasati and last bathing date of the Kumbha Mela!


All Love,

your shaktidasi

shiva rea

April 2010
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Saturday April 17 Prana Flow Open Level Public Class: Tending the Fire at Leig Erikson Hall, hosted by Shakti Sadhana
*This class includes live music with Steve Gold & friends!


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Sunday May 2 Wanderlust at the Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
For those who can't wait until July 29, Wanderlust at the Fillmore will recreate the spirit of the festival on an intimate scale.

Tantric studies program continues!
Courses in Venice + Beyond: April 29 - May 2, May 21–23, July 23–25, Sept 10–12, Oct 22–24, 29-30

Heads up for sessions with Andrew Harvey in May and Dr. Paul Muller-Ortega in the Fall.  TBA

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teacher training highlightspranafication


June 16-20: Prana Flow Immersion The Life Centre, LONDON

July 9-11 Embodying the Flow: Essential Teachings of Vinyasa, Kripalu, Lenox MA

July 11-16 The Vinyasa Wave: Annual Fluid Power Summer Intensive and Teacher Training, Kripalu, Lenox MA

July 16-18 Sahaja Flow: A Yoga Trance Dance Immersion, Kripalu, Lenox MA

July 20-27: Embodying the Flow, Exhale, Venice CA

July 20-27: Pranafication: Sacred Training, Exhale, Venice CA

July 29-Aug 1: Wanderlust, Lake Tahoe CA

September 8-12: Bhaktification, Exhale, Venice AND Joshua Tree

September 10-12: Bhakti Fest, Joshua Tree CA


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yogadventure highlights
yogadventure highlights

Living the Sacred Flow ~ Full Moon Yogadventure in Santorini, Greece June 28 - July 4

Join Shiva for 7 days of full moon Mediterranean summer ecstasy with daily yoga, sailing, swimming in the Aegean Sea, sunbathing and relaxation on red and black beaches, prana runs up the Oia steps, the greek rhythm of life, and memories that will last a lifetime. Retreat includes transformational vinyasa flow yoga with Shiva Rea everyday; sunrise meditation; daily brunch plus opening and closing ceremonial dinners overlooking the Caldera - Opa!; group sailing in the Aegean Sea to volcanic hot-springs; and accommodations in the cliff-top village of Oia on the ecstatic island of Santorini. The beauty and food are unforgettable!
Retreat Includes:
* daily transformational vinyasa flow yoga
* sunrise and sunset meditation
* daily greek feast brunch plus 2 group dinners
* 1 group sailing trip to volcanic hot springs
* accommodations on the edge of the Caldera
Optional Teacher Intensive with Shiva + Demetri Velisarius


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yoga media

yoga solDVD: Yogini: Vinyasa Flow Yoga for Women

A dynamic yoga practice designed specifically for women, set under a waterfall in Kauai. Five fluid practices leave you feeling energized, powerful, vibrant, and healthy. Available through Acacia.

For our PULSE subscribers who were unable to make it to Sonic Yoga's Temple of Rasa retreat with Shiva last weekend: Acacia has offered a 20% discount on Shiva's DVDs via  www.acaciacatalog.com/sonic.  BIG THANKS for their gifts to last weekend's event!


Yoga Revolution CD Release cd release

The first Yoga Revolution CD features an incredible mix of original songs by well-known pop stars and international recording artists, all brought together to promote the benefits of yoga, music and a healthy and balanced lifestyle and to support yoga and fitness programs for underserved youth.

To buy the CD and get a free download, go to YogaRevolution.org. To learn more about the Yoga Revolution and other great EarthTones' programs and causes, go to Earthtones.org.

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shiva recommends

Make Your Own Yoga DVD by James Wvinner

james wvinner

James Wvinner, my dear collaborator and friend, has developed a film making system for yogis.  'Make Your Own Yoga DVD' is a tried and true guide developed from many years of creating yoga imagery and film where you can make your own media and have it express your own heart and aesthetic. For more info, click here!


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tribal fire
North India Retreat 2010

Please enjoy these photos from the Kumbha Mela, captured by Jenay Martin.

tribal fire

tribal fire

tribal fire

tribal fire

tribal fire

tribal fire

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sacred activism
Global Water Challenge April 18

global water challenge

On April 18th, 2010, the world will come together for the Dow Live Earth Run for Water, a series of 6 km run/walks (the average distance women and children walk everyday to secure water) in cities around the world. The run/walks will be followed by concerts and water education activities, all aimed at growing the global movement to meet the urgent need for clean water.
With nearly 100 events in 50 countries, the Dow Live Earth Run for Water is the largest-ever initiative to raise awareness and funds for clean drinking water. Global Water Challenge will receieve and invest all funds raised in the United States.
Currently, dirty water kills more children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. Access to clean water and sanitation leads to healthier, longer and more productive lives, and breaks the cycle of poverty. Water and sanitation are not just human rights, they are human necessities. The global water crisis is solvable. The solutions exist and they're inexpensive. But we need support from people like you.

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shiva's flow
shiva's flow

Shiva will be offering Prana Flow: Energetic Vinyasa

Mon April 18 6pm
Sat April 24 10:30am
Sun April 25 10:30am
Mon April 26 6pm
Wed April 28 10:30am

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Shakti Vinyasa in Seattle, WA   April 16-18

evolutionary edge

Teacher Training Immersion: Tending the Sacred Fire: Living Yoga Sadhana

Pre-Bhakti Fest event!
Kirtan with Steve Gold & friends Friday April 16, 8-10pm

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upcoming events
April 23 - 26 Yogini Shakti: Embodying the Goddess and Pre/Post Natal Vinyasa Teacher Training at Exhale, Venice CA

yogini shakti

Pre-Bhakti Fest event April 24

April 29 - May 2 Energetic Vinyasa: The PULSE Immersion Teacher Training at Yoga Tree San Francisco CA

san fran

*Tantric Studies Weekend with Chris Tompkins and Harish Wallis 
Hours toward Samudra Global School for Living Yoga 300/500 hr program


May 14 - 16 Prana Flow Immersions at Flow Yoga Center, Washington DC

yoga on the mall


May 16 + 17 Prana Flow Master Class and Pranafication Day-Long Retreat at Ananda Shala, Frederick MD

frederick md


May 21-30 10 Day Prana Flow Teacher Training Immersion Part 2: Fluid Power + Chakra Vinyasa at Exhale, Venice CA



June 12 - 14th Isle of Gotland Sweden Retreat DETAILS COMING SOON!

kerala, india


June 28 - July 4 Radical Relaxation Retreat Santorini, Greece
Optional Teacher Training Module

santorini, greece




Jerusalem November 23 + 24

Israel Retreat November 25-27

Tel Aviv Prana Flow Class + Yogatrancedance November 28


Just Added!  Costa Rica 2010/2011

Dec 25 - Jan 1 AND Jan 1 - 8

costa rica

To register contact Jennifer at Samudra Yogadventures retreats@yogadventures.com 

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featured video
Check out this clip from Shiva's latest Yogini: Vinyasa Flow Yoga For Women DVD 

featured video

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prana flow events
Roberto Lim
April 18, 12:00-2:00PM
Hooping and Yoga, Back Bay Yoga, MA www.backbayyoga.com

Lorin Roche
April 23, 7:30-9:30PM
Introduction to the Radiant Sutras, Apple Yoga, LONDON

Twee Merrigan
April 23 - 26
Chakra Vinyasa, Sydney, Australia www.bodymindlife.com

Coral Brown
April 24
Prana Flow Immersion at Sundance Yoga Vinyasa in East Greenwish, RI www.sundancetherapiesri.com

Maria Garre
April 30 - May 2
Yoga and Ayurveda Teacher Training at Sonic Yoga NYC

Monica Mesa
May 14 - 18

Prana Flow Rereat with Monica Mesa Columbia, Souh America

Shannon Paige Schneider
May 16 and 23
Redirecting the Spiral, Yoga for Depression and Anxiety at OmTime in Denver, CO

Gina Caputo
June - September 2010
200 Summer Teacher Training Intensive, Kansas Siddhi Yoga West  www.moyoga.com

Daphne Larkin
June 5
Follow Your Heart: A Prana Flow Workshop at Sanctuary for Yoga, Body & Spirit, Nashville, TN www.sanctuaryforyoga.com

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