5 Ways to Use the Summer Months for Cleansing and Renewal.

Detox with the Seasons: 5 Ways to Use the Summer Months for Cleansing and Renewal. Ayurveda teaches us how to live a longer, healthier, more fulfilled life by living according to the seasons. One primary method of staying in optimal health is to cleanse ourselves on a regular basis for greater joy and vitality. Using the natural energy available during each changing season is a huge key for how to cleanse properly and regularly.   You may think of a detox as an intense self-depriving protocol, but in actuality, a gentle cleanse that aligns with your body’s innate forces, done at the right time and in the right way, can be just as effective, if not more effective, than a hard-core rigid cleanse that requires you to stop everything and fast for three days. This gentle and natural approach also requires us to be flexible with our definition of what detoxification actually means.   It is important that we routinely cleanse the mind, not just the body. I will share five easy ways to cleanse ourselves from head to toe during these hot and transformative summer months, using simple self-healing principles passed down for thousands of years through the life-giving science of Ayurveda.   Before we get to the good stuff, it’s important to understand a little about the energetic science of Ayurveda and how it works. According to Ayurveda, one should follow the cyles of nature in order to live healthy lives. By living in accordance with 3 predominant forces of nature (or doshas) that occur naturally in our environment we have the ability to correct energetic imbalances in the body before they turn into disorders. The 3 doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), are comprised of 5 basic elements that can be found in all of life: Ether Air Fire Water Earth   These 5 elements are found everywhere in varying proportions: our bodies, the foods we eat, our minds, our enviroments, and in the changing seasons. Vata is the energy of movement, which is made of ETHER and AIR. Pitta is the energy of transformation, which is made of FIRE and WATER. Kapha is the energy of structure and strength, which is comrpised of EARTH and WATER.   Understanding the interplay of these 3 doshas is crucial for creating harmony or disharmony. Through Ayurveda, one learns how to prevent dis-ease by bringing the body back into a...
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We Live in the Land of Karma

I remember one of my first Universal Kabbalah classes, which was nine years ago in New York City. The wonderful teacher with goldi-locked hair and an adorable deep laugh described Earth as “Karma Land”. This opened up a whole new window for me to observe life and answer the never-ending question: why are we all here? You see on Planet Earth, nothing is ever good for long enough. You get a taste of “good” but inevitably it seems that something happens to take it away. We must fight to find the security and inner peace and inner gratitude for everything we come across, so that we can ride those waves of up and down. It’s going to happen. We are here to push ourselves, to expand, to transform, to create alchemy. To change that which has been given to us (sometimes rotten limes) into lemonade. Don’t complain about it, don’t be remorseful, don’t pity yourself. We all have to go through it, at one point or another. Be grateful for the good when you have it. And here is the key:  be grateful for your problems too, for the moment you can truly be grateful for them, that is the moment they are taken away. This is universal law, and if you don’t believe me, just try it. Each one of us has break-throughs that push us further along our path. I can’t answer the question of why we are all here. But I know that while I am here, I want to be of service. I want to spread my light. I want to ignite light in others. I want to instil trust, and reliability in the human race. Afterall, if we can’t trust each other, and if we can’t uplift each other, then what are we doing it all for? The meaning I personally have found, is that life is about community. Thank goodness to my humble and beloved teacher, who has led so many of us into understanding that the needs of the ego is to tear others down, but what we are here for is to fight for the exact opposite – to lift others up. In my practice, thanks to my preparation, the number of trainings over the years, the investment in myself, the ability to take on a neutral, clean and pure platform, the individual who hires me for a session, taps into...
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A Day of Fashion and Cocktails at Metta on July 26

              On Saturday, July 26, Metta on Purdy Avenue will hold its new signature Summer Vibes event, paying homage to the local artists and eco-fashion designers who flower their two Miami locations: Metta in Key Biscayne, and Metta on Purdy Avenue in South Beach. Metta’s new South Beach location at 1845 Purdy Avenue is a large loft-like gift store reminiscent of an industrial Tribeca warehouse, sandwiched between Green Monkey, Panther and FlyWheel, all of which are quickly becoming favorites among a local beach crowd. What makes Metta so unique is the concept of conscious shopping. Customers know when they buy something from the many brands available at Metta they are giving back to the world in one way or another. Some brands provide a percentage of proceeds to help underprivileged children around the world. Other brands use only sustainable and recycled materials. Almost all brands give back to at least one charity or cause of some sort. Metta provides a percentage of proceeds to worldwide organizations for the few brands who aren’t already contributing a percentage of their profits. Metta truly is a consortium of socially conscious shopping where yogis and socially aware individuals can shop and feel good about themselves at the same time.   The moment you walk in the minty scented space with the intoxicating sounds of Snatam Kaur playing in the background you can breathe calmly again. The lofty ceilings and warm messages of love sprinkled everywhere give one the sense of floating in an endless sea of kindness and acceptance. I didn’t want to leave, so the next best thing was take something home with me to remember this feeling, or better yet — buy something for someone else to spread the joy. I’ll certainly be at Metta’s Summer Vibes event this Saturday at 11AM, to celebrate the artisans and designers who are at the very core of what Metta stands for. For all you fashion-aware shoppers – Metta carries chic eco-fashions by Lisu Vega, Feat and Pure of Heart, brands which empower women to reconnect with their inner desires. Learn about how these designers fabricated their eco-friendly lines while encouraging an individual commitment to honoring the Self. I’m looking forward to an entire morning of laughs, cocktails, and delightful conversation. Fresh cocktails will be sponsored by Ron Diplomatico. WHAT: Summer Vibes at Metta WHEN: Saturday July 26...
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exhale mind body spa Grand Opening Thursday May 29!

Kick off your weekend plans on Thursday, May 29, 2014 with the grand opening of the newest exhale spa location at the Loews South Beach Hotel, offering free yoga and award-winning Core Fusion classes all weekend long.  The grand opening celebration on Thursday will include complimentary classes, mini-spa therapies and cool trunk shows. Thursday’s complimentary Core Fusion Barre class at 6:30pm will even feature a live DJ! This will be exhale’s third location within a Loews Hotel (following Loews Hotel Atlanta and Loews Hotel Hollywood). WHEN: * Grand Opening Event: Thursday, May 29, 2014 6 – 8 p.m. * Free Classes: Thursday, May 29, 2014 – Sunday, June 1, 2014 WHERE: Exhale Spa South Beach 1601 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 Ph. 305-200-1301 TICKETS: Free and open to the public.  Photo Credit: Body Image Coral Gables Bring the whole family to the Miami Family Field Day on Saturday for a fun day of fitness focused on stretching, sweating and getting healthy for the summer! Hosted by Body Image of Coral Gables, this action-packed event will offer complimentary massages, free wellness assessments, nutritious shakes and a free lunch. The event will feature fitness programs and games for kids, as well as fitness sessions for adults and couples. WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 2014 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. WHERE: Robert King High Park 7025 W. Flagler St. Miami, FL 33126 Ph. 954-246-4492 TICKETS: Admission is free. Photo Credit: Miami Bicycle Tours On Saturday May 31, 2014, enjoy a Historic Miami River Cruise through the downtown Miami River led by Miami historian, Dr. Paul George. Hear tales of the historic Miami River, including recounts of the area’s earliest known inhabitants, the Tequesta Indians. Guests have been known to spot dolphins and manatees circling through the waters during this relaxing downtown boat tour. WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 2014 9 – 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Bayside Marketplace 401 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, Fl 33132 Ph. 305-375-1621 TICKETS: Members: $44, Non-Members: $54, Children 12 and under: $25. Attendees must register in advance. Register online here or call 305-375-1621. Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade On Sunday, June 1, 2014, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade is holding its 3rd Annual Claws for Kids Brunch at Joe’s Stone Crab. All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. The event will feature Joe’s famous stone crabs, cole slaw, hash browns, creamed spinach and Key Lime Pie. The restaurant will be open...
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Incredible India

This gentle giant – her name is Misakala (as in Mee-SAH-KAH-LAH) with an accent on the first “a”. She was beautiful and really loved to eat sugar cane and...
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A Rather Yoga-Disturbing Article

                            The caption reads: “Yoga, like prayer, is not medicine.” It makes me laugh when the “haters” come out to talk about an industry they have no professional experience in. This article is case in point: Rather disturbing article Of course, I have a rebuttal to the unsubstantiated claims that yoga doesn’t work, and the biased opinion of the author. People have been practicing yoga to stay healthy for thousands of years. Yoga is a form of exercise, which we know has been proven over and over medically to work. As a form of exercise, yoga achieves many of the same physical benefits that going to the gym, running, stretching, spinning, walking, achieves. Massage and bodywork fall in this category too. Yoga calms the nervous system, gets the lymph moving, detoxifies the body, reduces inflammation, and overall promotes healing. Most medical doctors today would advocate an exercise regime to complement their patients’ management of disease and various conditions. Yoga as “Medicine” Now if we want to dive into yoga – speaking from my first-hand experience (both personal and with others) yoga has absolutely changed the lives of people for the better. For some people it is their “medicine”, the same way that food can be your medicine. Some people I know wouldn’t be on this planet today if it weren’t for their yoga practice. To make a blanket statement that says that yoga does not have any therapeutic benefits is not understanding HOW yoga works. There are many reasons why this general statement is inaccurate, and many questions I have about how the studies mentioned here in broad-terms were conducted. First let’s go into the spiritual benefits, which are not unique to yoga. Yoga is just one form where the individual can make energetic shifts that end up having a positive effect on the physical body. Yoga (and there are many forms of yoga) has been known to create spiritual awakenings within the individual. Much like massage and bodywork, yoga can also create a perception shift that could make all the difference in how someone lives his or her life. Yoga is an energetic practice, as well as a physical practice, and in some forms of yoga, it is actually first and foremost an energy practice. Therefore benefits may or may not necessarily be quantifiable to the...
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Stay Away from “Astral Larvae”

Wow – every time I read Dr. Levry’s messages, new pathways of understanding and perception open up in my limited being. I was just re-reading this excerpt from his March 2009 newsletter (it never gets old), and I love the reference he makes to “astral larvae”. No matter how spiritual you think you are, to stay humble, to not get egotistical about what you know, about what you have experienced, whatever mastery you “think” you have, this is the lesson because at the end we are all the same. We are all capable of the same understanding, the same enlightenment. We are all rays of the sun. We are all capable of living from the same truth. No matter how many books you have read or how many hours you meditate or pray, if you are not kind to others, if you do not have acceptance in your heart, if you do not light up the lives of others, what good is any of it? As Dr. Levry says, meditate on the Sun, which emanates the highest qualities of God, so that we may become more like those qualities. This is better than following any human being.   “Keep in mind that no man is better than another. In the world of spirituality you will encounter tragic-comical messiahs, saints, prophets, charlatans, and self proclaimed psychics who run about holding the infernal torches of fantastic ideas and bitter fanaticism. They have lost sight of the fact that the crown, the honor, of spirituality is bestowed by the invisible world. It can never be conquered, bought, or manipulated. There are many people engaged in spirituality who are full of spiritual ego. Having read and/or listened to the scriptures many times over, these individuals have turned themselves into spiritual egomaniacs. Those who walk the spiritual path with ego and unhealthy pride as their companions eventually walk with misery as well, for their dedication and devotion is built on their own shoulders. They demonstrate their power as a way of demonstrating that they are superior to others. In reality, however, they are merely half-cooked semi-Gods; spiritual junkies who know a lot of junk but have missed the point entirely. Simply put, they may have acquired intellectual and spiritual stuff, but they are deficient human beings because they are not grateful, heart-centered, and kind. Their main purpose lies in showing you that they are...
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Sacred Sites of India 7-Day Tour, January 7 – January 14, 2014

Mumbai, Pune, Kanyakumari, Kerala Have you ever wanted to explore India, but had no idea where to go, where to stay, who to go with, or how to get around?  I know exactly how you feel –  join us in Jan! Yogi Instructor, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Spiritual Mentor, Mas Vidal, is leading our group through the consecrated sites of Mumbai, Pune and the southern tip of Kerala for 7 days. Anyone is welcome. Safely glide through ashrams and off-the-beaten-road passages, surrounded by local foliage, healing herbs and those unique cultural qualities that make the sacred motherland of India so special. Join us on this immersion into the Vedic tradition, which pre-dates all other cultures, and dive deep into learning about the roots from which everything else came from. A unique opportunity to experience India the right way! With Mas Vidal as your guide, you will get a truly authentic experience, receive comfort in the security of a knowledgeable traveler, and add a layer of spirituality to complement your trip. Daily meditation classes will be offered. Your soul will thank you for a rejuvenative and inward experience that inevitably goes hand-in-hand with traveling aside an experienced yogi and counselor.   Pricing & Trip Details Sacred Sites of India 7-Day Tour $1,008 Registrants must arrive in Mumbai airport by January 7th, 2014. Price Includes Accommodations and travel costs within India for seven days. Ground transportation to and from Mumbai airport is included in price and will be arranged for you.Meals and international travel are not included. Estimated meal costs are only $150 for entire seven-day trip; flights to India can fall between $1,000-$1,400 if booked before December. Updated Passport and Visa are required to enter India. The pilgrimage will start on the morning of January 8th. Just show up at the airport on the 7th, we’ll pick you up, and let the divine take care of the rest!  You are in good hands 🙂...
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Pune, India: Ayurveda Intensive Training Jan 15 – Jan 29, 2014

Healing With Sacred Medicine Learn advanced Pancha Karma detoxification techniques and body purification rituals used for deep healing at a cellular and organ level. This rich program held in the motherland of India could change your life. Created by Mas Vidal and Dr. Ranade in conjunction with the esteemed Bharati Vidyapeeth University in Pune, India. Who’s coming with me! Rarely do you find this level of training at a medical university in India offered to Westerners with such open arms. This unique training, held at the highly esteemed Bharati Vidyapeeth University, was created just for us, and exists solely because of the relationship Dancing Shiva has cultivated over time with Ayurvedic professors and institutions in India after many years of travel to the country and a deep commitment to the practice.   Perfect for practitioners and therapists of the healing arts, this training does require Ayurvedic knowledge and prior training. Massage therapists, yoga teachers, naturopathic doctors, and herbologists, specifically those with a focus on Ayurvedic remedies, will learn advanced Pancha Karma detoxification techniques and body purification rituals used for deep healing at a cellular and organ level.   Curriculum Includes: – Advanced Pathology – Clinical Diagnosis – Ayurvedic Detoxification and Purification – Pancha Karma Treatment Protocols – Marma Points and Abhyanga for Healing – Shirodhara and Applications  of Medicinal Oils – Application of Yoga as Therapy (Asana, Breathwork, Meditation) – Herbology – 100 Hour Certification This rich program held in the sacred motherland of India is sure to change your healing practice, maybe forever.     “Healing with Sacred Medicine” Advanced Program for Practitioners was created by Mas Vidal, founder of Dancing Shiva in Los Angeles, and Dr. Ranade, founder of International Academy of Ayurveda in India, and developed in conjunction with the esteemed medical staff at Bharati Vidyapeeth University in Pune, India. This course offers 100-Hour Ayurveda Certification endorsed by Bharati Vidyapeeth University in Pune, India. See Video Here DATES: Jan 15th – 29th 2014 Rare Pricing Opportunity: Healing With Sacred Medicine: 2-Week Intensive Training Paid by December 1st: $2,320   A rare price for a rare training. An accessible and affordable program for those who wish to dive deeper into Ayurveda. Registrants must fly into Mumbai airport to arrive by January 14th, 2014. Price Includes Accommodations for two weeks of training. Ground transportation to and from Mumbai airport is included in price and will be arranged for you....
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Dr. Levry in Miami

  Master Class in Miami with Spiritual Master Dr. Levry June 8th, 3-5pm Article by: Annette Figueredo The founder of Naam Yoga, Dr. Levry is an international spiritual leader who has dedicated his life to studying and teaching the pure and profound universal yogic truths, bringing these teachings from the East to the West, so they can be accessible to all. Dr. Levry travels the world spreading his light to others, and  now Yogis in Miami can experience the joy of his teachings at the Miami Beach Convention Center, this Saturday, June 8, from 3-5 p.m. World-Record Breaking Yoga Class November 25, 2012, Dr. Levry broke the world record for the largest yoga class. Over 15,000 people gathered from all over the world at the Monument of the Revolution in Mexico City to attend Dr. Levry’s class and unite in the name of harmony and peace. NAAM YOGA is a new mind-body yogic practice based on a complete self-healing technology that is changing lives. Currently reaching thousands of people worldwide, NAAM YOGA® is helping to heal disease, relieve chronic and emotional pain, manage stress, and reduce anxiety and depression. It works with sound, movement, and breath to restore the flow of vital energy throughout the entire body and is an invaluable self–healing system that balances the glandular, digestive and nervous systems allowing people to experience vibrant health and well-being. Naam Yoga, like quantum physics, holds that everything in this universe is vibrating at various energetic levels. Sickness is nothing more than a less-than-optimal energetic state that can be altered, enlivened and nourished to a higher frequency. Naam Yoga gets us to that place where our thoughts are consistently of a high vibration, enhancing the entire energetic make-up of our being. Naam Yoga workshops, yoga classes, and training programs are available in Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Israel, Spain and Switzerland, in addition to those located throughout the United States, with hubs in Miami, Los Angeles and New York. Naam Yoga is a non-profit organization that was first gifted to New York City, where the center’s main headquarters operated for over 10 years. New centers were recently added in Miami and Los Angeles (the new headquarters), while numerous others are still opening up around the world. Naam Yoga is a unique merging and refining of the world’s most powerful traditions. Ask any Naam Yoga student, and they are likely...
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