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January 6, 2014

"Life is the Shrine, the Journey and the Way." -Baul Song

Dear Friends,

I am grateful for your community as we begin the journey of the New Year.

A few times in our life
we get to birth something
that has transformed us in the making.

For any of you who have created something from the soil
a seed dream that revealed itself day by day
through the daily churning, waters and weeding and the
stoking of the ever oscillating creative fires
one day you hold the fruit
and for me this is a total offering to the world.
I hope it reflects back what you love and feel passionate about
and most of all moves your heart and helps bring the power of love
and living vinyasa into embodiment.

I need your support dear fire keeping friends in spreading the word.  I rarely ask so I feel tender and slightly shy but  please see below.
Also looking forward to an intimate group in Austin this coming weekend and YJ Ignites coming up.

Towards an Amazing New Year for Tending the Fire of the Journey ahead.
Love All Ways
can really say from my heart of heart that this one is for YOU.

shiva reaLove all ways,


Tender Request for Tending the Heart Fire

Oh friends, creators, movers and shakers…

I need your help from my heart.
Tending Heart Fire - Living in Flow with the Pulse of Life (the 280 page book baby just released on amazon Jan. 1st).

It is "OUR book" - a labor of love for everyone, all seasons, all colors, all the ways to tend the fire.

If you have a copy or have seen a copy, I would be so grateful if you could offer a review of your experience of the book
on Amazon today or anytime you feel moved.  The Kindle edition (which I have not seen yet has audio and video which I created for the meditation practices filmed here in Costa Rica and Santorini (I am hoping any technical part works as it is FULL to the MAX of supporting audio-video).

My heart is blazing with the initiatory moment and hearing already from those of you who have been moved rocks my world.
I will be sharing many aspects of the book and this journey in the next month.
May we all tend the fire of the new year connected to the the rhythmic conductor of love and life - your heart fire.

***Full gratitude message below***

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Igniting the Inner Fire at Wanderlust Yoga in Austin TX
This Weekend: January 10-11

imageYoga is kindling the our connection to our inner fire on all levels. Experience a weekend immersion with vinyasa pioneer Shiva Rea exploring transformative paradigms and practices of the energetic heart put forth in her just released book on living vinyasa – “Tending the Heart Fire – Living in Rhythm with the Pulse of Life”. In four practice sessions from dynamic to meditative, accompanied by visual teachings, live sitar and Shiva’s alchemical music mix, we will open to the power of “movement alchemy” the Prana Flow system of Energetic Vinyasa.

You can choose to participate in the entire weekend (first priority), a few of the practices or the Free Meditation for Yoga Energy Activism/Solaraid (sign-up in advance).

All details and registrations at


Yoga Journal San Francisco January 16 - 20


Tending Our Heartfire: Embodying the Wisdom, Power, Science, and Yoga of our Energetic Heart for Individual and Collective Healing
Friday, January 17 — 9:00am - 4:30pm

Tending Our Heartfire: Embodying the Power of Our Energetic Heart
Saturday, January 18 — 8:00am - 10:00am

Rhythmic Vinyasa - Synching with the Natural Pulse
Saturday, January 18 — 11:00am - 1:00pm

Yogini Shakti - Women's Vitality and Creative Power Through Vajroli Mudra and Mula Bandha
Saturday, January 18 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm

IGNITE: A New Year's Activation with Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, and DJ Drez
Saturday, January 18 — 8:00pm - 10:30pm

This evening--in support of Yoga Energy Activism and Off the Mat, Into the World 2013 Seva Challenge for Ecuador--will activate all levels of your being and your embodiment of what is possible, both individually and collectively, as we come together to ignite and awaken our awareness around the energy within ourselves and in the world.

Partial proceeds of this event will be donated to Off the Mat and Yoga Energy Activism.

All details and registrations at

Chakra Vinyasa Online + January Teacher Training Weekend

imageSamudra Online Chakra Vinyasa: Transformational New Year Living Yoga Sadhana
A Pathways of Prana Flow Course

Five Week Course begins Jan 14th

* 10 New Prana Flow Chakra Vinyasa video practices with Shiva to be filmed in the mythic ocean jungle of Costa Rica

* Receive Two Prana Flow Solar-Lunar Chakra Vinyasa practices

* Live meditation with Shiva weekly and "Sadhana Pod Community"

* Life-Integration

* Great Online Community

All courses details and registration for courses in the new year at

imageTending the Fire - Chakra Mantra Vinyasa and Movement Alchemy
at Exhale, Venice
with Shiva Rea + Christopher Tompkins
January 31st - February 2nd + 4th, 2014

Experience an in-town retreat to tend the inner fire for the New Year through the transformative full-spectrum practice of Chakra Vinyasa integrated with sublime teachings and meditations of the earliest Tantras and supported by an online practice community beyond the retreat.

Through five hours of daily chakra vinyasa sequences to balance and liberate your system integrating meditation, mantra, mudra, fire-offering, yoga nidra (deep relaxation) and enlightening darshan (Tantric philosophy), we will emerge nourished and supported with tools to deepen your living of flow and tantra as part of your life-path.

All details and registration at

Kerala, India Regeneration Retreat ~ February 13 - 22


Our inner fire is our vitality, truth, soul’s calling and devotion. Experience a retreat of a lifetime to India, as we offer our 10th annual Living Flow Ashram in a relaxed, yet invigorating rhythm in a healing ocean sanctuary overlooking the Malabar Coast of Kerala. Every participant will receive seven days of massage with the option to experience a rejuvenating panchakarma or just the Kerala style massages.

What’s Included in Retreat for Everyoneimage

    * Daily transformational Prana Flow practice overlooking the sea with Shiva and musical guests
    * Daily mantra-mudra meditation and prana vira flow practice with Shiva and Demetri
    * 10 days of shared accommodations at Manaltheeram Ayurvedic retreat center (a few single occupancy spaces are available)
    * Gourmet Kerala cuisine
    * Shiva, Shakti and Ganesh Temple blessings with coconut throwing for removal of inner and outer obstacles
    * Outdoor Fire Ceremony and evening cultural programs
    * Space to rest in the hammocks by the sea or explore between the morning and late afternoon practices.
    * First and Last days for rest and massage with a optional pilgrimage day half-way during the training

All details and registration here

Choice of Packages:image
Full Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Package:
Includes Ayurvedic consultation, seven days diverse Ayurvedic treatements including unique Kerala-style massage, shirodhara, steam bath and many special ayurvedic treatments with 2-3 therapists at a time. This package includes three meals a day.

Core Ayurvedic Regeneration Package (includes Ayurvedic consultation, seven Kerala-style massages and two abundant meals each day (brunch + dinner).

Teacher Training
Body as Temple Practice Intensive with Shiva Rea and teachers of CVN Kalari, Gurukaal Sathya Narayan and Rajashekaran Nayar - click here to learn more about the teacher training module



More Retreats in 2014

imageSoul Rising: Ritual of Renewal
April 18 - 20

All details and registration at

imageFluid Power: The Art of Living Flow
April 20 - 25

All details and registration at

imageSantorini Solstice Retreat
June 15 - 24

Details at * Registration Opens Jan 31st

June 30 - July 6

Details at * stay tuned for registration opening


Learn more about 2014 Programs and Events in the PULSE

imageWelcome to our first e-catalog for the Samudra Global School of Living Yoga. The catalog is from our base at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice and includes programs that extend across the planet. The model is an inclusive living yoga community that organically grows around the earth mandala in collaboration with extraordinary teachers, artists, musicians and studios around the world.

This e-catalog is one expression of a full-spectrum, energetic, life-transformation based approach to yoga that is also dedicated to pathways in Tantra, Ayurveda, Bhakti, Flow Arts and Sacred Activism.

Please check our website for updated information including our Samudra Online Program of meditations and practices to support your unfolding journey.

View PULSE Catalog

dividerGratitude for Tending the Heart Fire...

imageI am grateful for all the teachers, artists and mentors who fertilized this book even offering their review: 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.divider
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