Emotional intelligence through yoga & ayurveda: the intensive

Taught by Arun Deva DASc, AYT, CIAYT, ERYT500Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29, 2018Tuition : $250.00












How do we understand the emotional body? In āyurveda the mind begins in the heart, reaches downwards into the gut and upwards into the brain. The connections are easy to see as seats of instincts, feelings and sensation/thought. All our instincts and our rational thinking revolve around the mediating emotional state. When our emotional state is one of creativity, innocence and joy, we see beauty, feel compassion and instinctually open to universal waves of loving. When our emotions are dominated by fear, anger and grief, we become susceptible to the 6 enemies of the mind: lust, rage, greed, jealousy, envy and delusion. After years of personal practice, study and teaching on the relationship of the emotional body to our health and our peace of mind, the results Arun has gained offer clear, succinct information on the use of yogic tools. We will do a yoga practice to show their effectiveness in transforming fear, anger and grief into creativity, innocence and joy.

After 7 years of teaching Emotional Intelligence workshops at Sivananda Yoga Farm, in this first, the content has been greatly expanded to turn it into an intensive. Previous attendees are invited to come further deepen the journey as well.


Friday Evening Satsang 8:30 - 9:30 pm
Foundational aspects of Ayurveda and Yoga and where they intersect in therapy.

Saturday 8-9:30 am:
The preliminaries: diet, lifestyle and relationships

Saturday 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Understanding the tools of yoga in emotional therapy. We will examine the roles of kriya, vinyasa, asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, japa, dharana and dhyana. That is cleansing breathing, sequencing to place in intelligent postures, awareness breathing, external and internal symbolization, internal locks, chanting, becoming aware through breath and body and finally sitting in awareness.

Saturday Evening Satsang 8:30 - 9:30 pm
Connecting satva (clarity) rajas (restlessness) and tamas (inertia) to our individual natures of vata, pitta and kapha: personalizing our emotional healing.

Sunday 8-9:30 am:
Svatantra nyāya: Finding that the logic inherent within wisdom and compassion equates with love and intelligence. This is the deeper healing, where we end up when we have learned the logic of the body as correct action, breath as correct speech and mind as superior contemplation.

Sunday 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Practical Session that will utilize all the yogic tools we speak about on Saturday so we can actualize the experience of emotional stability. A short talk will close out any additional needed explanations at the end. All levels of healthy practitioners are welcome. If you have special injuries or needs you may also observe the practice. It can be just as powerful.

Bonus session: 
Sunday evening Satsang 8:30-9:30 pm
Connecting yogic thought to somatic psychotherapeutics and the concept of meditation as the goal of yoga: to include a short practice.

Ashram Schedule

6-7:30am Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture
8-9:30am Emotional Intelligence Workshop
10am Brunch
10:45am Karma Yoga
12-3pm Emotional Intelligence Workshop
4-6pm Open Yoga Class
6pm Dinner
8-9:30pm Satsang: Talks with Arun

Arrival and Departure

Arrival: The course will begin at 7pm on Friday with an Ashram Orientation followed by Satsang at 8pm. 
Departure: The course will conclude at 3pm on the Final date.

We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on Day 1, making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Asana class and dinner. 

What to Bring

Referential Reading: PSYCHOLOGY OF A SAGE

Slip on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight.  All books and materials are available in our boutique.


Arun is one of those rare teachers, that has a depth of knowledge, traced back to the ancients ..he knows the language of Wisdom and he can make it understood in this modern day world.  He is a strong teacher yet his eyes are full of compassion and love and kindness..So one can ask him questions and not be intimidated ..He has humor and flexibility that he can mingle into the journey of recalling ones souls purpose..He combines the very best qualities of a true teacher…
Diane, Yogini, Encinitas, Ca

The first time I attended Arun Deva’s Emotional Intelligence workshop (at Yoga Farm), I was literally blown away.  I could not even take notes as it was so fascinating.  I then decided I needed to hear it again – and this time I managed to take notes.  We all know what note-taking ends up being – another pile of papers that are pushed aside somewhere, never again to be referred to.  Not in this case.  Arun’s material is so totally right on, so very timely – I have referred to it many, many times – not only for students and/or clients, but for me as well.  Thank you Arun for sharing this meaningful knowledge – EI is a gorgeous workshop.  I recommend it highly to one and all.  
A. Abhaya Geyer, C-IAYT; AHE-300, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist/Educator, Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Health Educator, Las Vegas, NV

What a wonderful workshop! The energy in the room was strong yet calm. I was so impressed with Arun Devi’s intelligence, compassion and warmth. The pacing was perfect- just enough information and physical practice to feel complete, but not overwhelmed. I judge a workshop successful if I take away one lesson that I can I apply and use immediately in my life. I took away six!
Thank you, Wendy Williams, yoga practitioner, Encinitas, CA


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Accommodation Prices and Photos

Tenting: $50/night

Om Cabins
 - Dorm: $65/night per person
 - Double: $85/night per person
 - Single: $130/night

Siva Cabins
 - Double: $120/night per person
 - Single: $170/night

Deluxe Shanti Cabins 
- Triple: $120/night per person
- Double: $160/night per person
- Single: $240/night
- Family of two: $280/night per family
- Family of three: $320/night per family

Accommodation Discounts: Seniors (60+) 10% & Students 10%

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Arun Deva, DASc, AYT, CIAYT, ERYT500

Arun Deva, DASc, AYT, ERYT-500, C-IAYT, YTRx, BA, is a well known Senior Ayurvedic Practitioner, ayurvedic yoga therapist (AYT and C-IAYT) and certified teacher of Vinyasa Krama Yoga (E-RYT500).  He has served both the National & State Ayurvedic Associations: NAMA & CAAM. Arun teaches internationally, lectures at Conferences, writes articles for different publications; including peer reviewed Ayurveda Journals, and has been featured on both radio and television. He is faculty for yoga studies at Loyola Marymount University. Arun has been a friend of the Yoga Farm for over 9 years and has taught the Emotional Intelligence course here for the last 7 years. Currently he chairs NAMA's Committee creating standards for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. Born and raised in India where he began his yogic studies, Arun has made his home in Los Angeles since 1977.