Teacher Spotlight: John Davie

John Davie

4,000 hour Purna Yoga Professional

Practicing Yoga since: 1989

Teaching at ASC since: 1992

Why do you love teaching yoga?

I love teaching yoga because yoga can bring out the best in each of us. Helping others find the best parts of themselves is very satisfying. Encouraging others to make progress and supporting them to realize their wholeness is one of the best jobs that one could have. ​

What is your favorite quote?

Two of my favorite quotes are:

“The time is always right to do the right thing.” – Martin Luther King.

“The Truth shall be the leader of their lives.” – Sri Aurobindo

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a new yoga student, what would it be?

Feel love as you do the poses. Feel a Beautiful Feeling as you meditate

What benefits have you received from Purna Yoga?

I have become part of a community of people whose joy is inspiring and whose struggles have helped me grow. I have leaned to become more humble. As my body opened, so has my mind, for it is often the case that we start out thinking we know everything and are not as open to instruction as we think we are. We come to class and with our own agenda and lose sight of the wisdom that others have to offer. As I’ve grown in yoga, I’ve learned to become more receptive. I have come to love myself more and more as I have learned to be more and more inside my body.

Teacher Spotlight: Sandra Storwick

Sandra Storwick

2,000 hour Purna Yoga Professional

Practicing Yoga since: 1983

Teaching at ASC since: 1994

Why do you love teaching yoga?

The practice of Purna Yoga and Heartfull Mediation has had a profound effect on my life and the lives of my children. It has given me the ability create a relationship between my mind, body and soul. Teaching Yoga has become an expression of that sacred relationship. Teaching yoga gives me the opportunity to give back. ​

What is your favorite quote?

“If mankind could but see though in a glimpse of fleeting experience what infinite enjoyments, what perfect forces, what luminous reaches of spontaneous knowledge, what wide calms of our being lie waiting for us in the tracts which our animal evolution has not yet conquered, they would leave all & never rest till they had gained these treasures. But the way is narrow, the doors are hard to force, and fear, distrust & scepticism are there, sentinels of Nature, to forbid the turning away of our feet from her ordinary pastures.”

– Sri Aurobindo

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a new yoga student, what would it be?

  • ​Don’t give up
  • Be patient with yourself
  • Try not to compare yourself with others
  • Try not to be afraid when you begin to feel your body, or feel your body changing as a result of the work you are doing. You may feel feelings that you have never felt before.
  • As you become aware of your body through the lens of the yoga poses, try not to judge but see it as a starting place.
  • 10 years of aging will go by anyway
  • ​Read the above quote. There is a gem inside of you waiting to be discovered. ​

What benefits have you received from Purna Yoga?

Countless benefits. To know myself as an eternal being with a purpose – to be the Light in this physical form. ​

Teacher Spotlight: Mana Iluna

Mana Iluna,

2,000 hour Purna Yoga Professional

Practicing Yoga since: 1963!!! I was 28 when I started doing it from a book.

Teaching at Alive & Shine Center since: 1993

Current class times:

  • Gentle Yoga on MWF at 11:15am
  • Spa Yoga on Fridays at 7:30pm

Why do you love teaching yoga?

I love teaching yoga because I love seeing positive mood changes, body changes and life changes as students continue taking classes.

What is your favorite quote?

My two favorite short quotes are:

“Courage has no age.” – Anne Fortier, The Lost Sisterhood

“Carpe Momentum!” which means “Seize the Moment!”

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a new yoga student, what would it be?

Do yoga with a sense of love for your body and giving it what it wants and needs…do it consistently and persistently and never give up!

What benefits have your recieved from Purna Yoga?

Purna Yoga has taught me how to live my life in the best possible ways, philosophically, emotionally, mentally and physically. It has given me the gift of knowing that I am living my purpose.

Alice Evans: Coming to class when you think you shouldn’t!

Should your practice Yoga when you wake up with low back pain? Words of wisdom from long-time student, Alice Evans.

Teacher Spotlight: Aurora

Aurora

4,000 hour Purna Yoga Professional

Practicing Yoga since: 1993

Teaching at Alive & Shine Center since: 1999

Current class times:

  • Sunday 4 pm Level I
  • Sunday 5:45 pm Spa Yoga
  • Thursday 9:30 am Level II
  • Thursday 5:45 pm Tune Yoga

Why do you love teaching yoga?

I love connecting with people in deep and meaningful ways. To be in an environment in which people are working towards discovering and bringing out the best of themselves, and to play a role in supporting that is a very special opportunity. I love sharing what has been so impactful and healing for me, and seeing students grow and awaken to more of their true Selves is very fulfilling.

What is your favorite quote?

“Awakened to the meaning of my heart

That to feel love and oneness is to live

And this the magic of our golden change,

Is all the truth I know or seek …”

– Sri Aurobindo from the book, Savitri

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a new yoga student, what would it be?

I would tell myself to trust more – especially in the process of meditation. The techniques and concepts I learned in mediation were so different from anything I learned until that point that I had a certain amount of reservation. While this is understandable (one has to be discerning since admittedly there is a lot of falsehood in the world), I now know after so many years of experience that I was in fact learning how to connect with Truth. More trust in Light, more trust in Love always creates faster progress.

The Kleshas: Conquering the Fear of Death (Abhinivesha)

It was a cold night in the Pacific Northwest and my beloved wife, Savitri, was dying. All her systems were failing and doctors had given up all hope. I sat beside her bed, holding her head in my hands. I met Savitri when I was 18 and was instantly captured by her haunting beauty and kind heart. I loved her beyond measure. I was calm on the surface, but deeply shaken inside. She was the only woman I had ever been with. My whole life was her, and it was about to end. So on that evening over 25 years ago when I thought I was about to watch her die, a deep inner fear started to seize me. I prayed. I prayed hard. She could barely speak a word, her breath was failing, her skin was turning blue, and her limbs were as limp as wet rags. Her eyelids were fluttering. I gazed at the beautiful woman who had experienced the death of her entire family before she was 22. Now, was she really going to meet them at 30, in the prime of her youth? No, I thought, and redoubled my efforts to hold on to her tightly. I was convinced I could save her. Then, she took a sharp breath and groaned in a labored whisper. I bent close to her mouth to hear her soft words. In an agonizing attempt to speak, to communicate, she moaned, “Let … me … go. Love … me …, let … me … go.”

Let her go? Wasn’t I the one keeping her alive? My ego was suffering. I was completely averse to the idea of letting go of control. Would she die if I let her go? Did I really know what I was doing? Did I have the correct knowledge? Doubt crept in. I had to replace it with faith. But faith in what? A God who could allow her to suffer so much? I slowly realized that I had no control. Conquering death was beyond my grasp. So, I let go of my ego that held on to her so tightly. Savitri was right. If I loved her, I had to let her go.

With a heavy heart, I took some deep breaths and gently pulled away from her. She was right. I had to let go of my arrogance, my attachment to her. Still sitting beside Savitri’s bed, I waited into the night. Seconds turned to minutes and minutes to hours. With a semi-detached gaze I waited into the night. A slight flicker of her hand, a twitch of her head — it all prompted me to wonder if this was the moment she would leave this world. I watched her lungs carefully to make sure that the breath was moving. Now time stood still and all I could do was wait. And wait. After a tangible eternity, her breath jerked. She was coming back! It was not in a glorious rush, but rather slow and painstaking, one movement after painstaking movement. It took weeks for Savitri to fully return, but she did. It was a marvelous miracle.

A Deep and Personal Lesson About the Kleshas

The obstacles to the path of yoga (kleshas) were taught to me by Savitri during that one night. Avidyā (my ignorance), asmitā (my ego), rāga (my attachment to her), dvesha (my aversion to letting go of her), and abhinivesha (the fear of her death). Since then Savitri has clinically “died” three more times. She has endured the ultimate fear of humans again and again. She has been to the other side. She understands its workings. Over 30 years she has gained incredible awareness of the spiritual worlds.

Savitri has been my greatest teacher, and that night she taught me a deep and personal lesson about the kleshas. The lesson she taught me was that I had to learn to surrender the desire of my ego to make things happen my way. It had to be surrendered to the true owner of the body, the Spirit. Savitri explains that the way to bring the Spirit into the body is to connect with the Pillar of Light, the sushumna. Using Heartfull™ Meditation techniques that she had created, such as Mental Centering, she saved her life. Indeed, after I let go, she said that she could connect more freely with her Pillar of Light and her Spirit chose to return to the body. But it had to be her decision. It could not be me deciding for her through my attachment. Powerful lesson.

When I asked her about her experience of nearly dying that night, she told me that the only thing that could keep her alive was her light. What’s more, not only did all of my attachment, fear, and worry do nothing to help the situation, it actually blocked Savitri from uniting with her light, preventing her soul from deciding its story. “The energy of the room needed to be filled with true, genuine love—not with fear and attachment,” she told me. Of course, when it comes to those we love the most, feeling no attachment can be so very difficult to do. My lesson was to love her enough to let her go. In yoga we call it vairagya.

But what was her lesson? She explained: “My lesson was to have no aversion for my body, to have no aversion for life, no aversion for death, no aversion for my sicknesses (dvesha). I had to go into to a place of light and love. To a place of complete surrender where the prayer was, ‘Thy will be done.’ Then only could the Divine and my soul decide whether to keep me alive or to die. I could not have fear of death. I could not have fear of life. Only then could the decision be made. And the decision was: return to your body.” She continued, “Both of us had lessons: to learn what true love is and witness its amazing wisdom.” It is humbling to learn that clinging to another person to keep them alive may actually cause them to die. And, perhaps as importantly, the fear of death, abhinivesha, may actually be its cause.

3 Reasons for the Fear of Death

I believe that there are three reasons for the fear of death. The first is the fear of change. Most of us like the status quo. Death certainly is change. We seldom fear change if we are certain it is going to be better than what we have now. So, subconsciously, we fear death because we are not sure it is going to be better. We are justified in such a fear. We subconsciously know, deep within, that what happens after life is a direct consequence of our thoughts, words, and actions while alive. Are we living upright lives of extraordinary honesty and luminous character? The yogic solution: meditation on attachment to stagnation, meditation to explore what in me fears change. Meditation to release the samskāras that have always tried to be normal, ordinary, and feared change.

Next is the fear of the unknown. Perhaps the unknown will be more joyous. Perhaps it will be more miserable. I do not know. Therefore I fear it. For most of us, death is unknown. The yogic solution? Meditate on this fear. Ask yourself why you do not trust. Is it not more likely that if I anticipate joy, I am more liable to receive it? Do I not trust the law of attraction which, in yoga, we call karma? What I put forth, I must receive. What am I putting forth? Am I giving enough? Or, do I practice greed? My translation of an old Sanskrit proverb runs thus:

“Though in life we strive with pride to possess The many things that give us sway, All that is left in your cold dead hand Is what you have given away.”

Third is the fear caused by a memory of pain from a similar experience. This is an amazing realization. Surely not everyone fears change and the unknown. Yet Patanjali holds it true that all of us fear death. If this is true, then could it be that the memory of the pain from a similar experience in the past is creating the fear this time around? Perhaps our past lives have not been so clean that our death was a pleasant experience. Perhaps the fear of death is less in those of us who have lived lofty lives filled with kindness and love.

Let us make three resolutions to reduce this pervasive klesha, abhinivesha or the fear of death: First, to get to know ourselves through meditation and live a lofty, honest, egoless life. Second, to open our hearts and love deeply so that there are no regrets. Third, to explore, discover, and live our mission (dharma) in life so that we feel that we are fulfilling the purpose of our Spirit. After all, our fear of death is never so great as our fear of not having fully lived.

About the Author

For nearly 30 years, Aadil Palkhivala has had the reputation of a “teacher of teachers.” Palkhivala began the study of yoga with B.K.S. Iyengar at the age of 7 and was introduced to the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo at the age of 10. When Palkhivala was 20, he embarked on his first teaching tour of Europe and North America. Two years later, Iyengar awarded him the Advanced Yoga Teacher’s Certificate. Palkhivala and his wife, Savitri, are the founders and directors of internationally renowned Alive and Shine Center and Purna Yoga College, both in Bellevue, Washington. Constantly educating himself in his passion for teaching the “whole yoga,” he is the author of the book Fire of Love . He has studied holistic healing and Ayurveda extensively. He holds degrees in law, physics, and mathematics, is a professional speaker and co-hosted the Alive and Shine Radio Show with Savitri. Today, he is considered one of the finest yoga teachers on earth. Learn more at aadil.com and practice with him at Yoga Journal LIVE! Article posted on the Yoga Journal website, September 16, 2016: http://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/kleshas-fear-of-death-abhinivesha/

Color is Life by Savitri

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When I was 25, I was very ill and turned to meditation to support me. The first demand from my Spirit, through my meditation, was to stop wearing all dark colors, especially black and brown. I was guided to wear happy, uplifting, peaceful colors. To my surprise, my body, my mind and my emotions began to feel more balanced. I had no idea that there was such a thing as color therapy. I was an interior designer for many years and understood color invokes feelings of beauty, order and self-expression, but not healing. I was happily surprised to learn that many scientists and doctors have been studying color therapy for many years. Since my mid-twenties, I have integrated color therapy into my interior designing. I use green, from emerald to pastel, to help open the Heart Chakra and to feel self-love and oneness with others. I use bright, sunny yellow or soft, pastel yellow to awaken joy and reveal the inner smile. Also, I use red and orange, in softer hues, to energize and uplift laziness into action. nature-flowers_00273585

Many physicists agree that all matter is frozen light. This is why nature is so colorful, it is revealing the beauty of our true selves – color and light.[/caption] The meditations I teach are to visualize color, especially white light, as it includes the colors of the rainbow, therefore making it unnecessary to imagine all the colors separately to bring healing. The body recognizes white light for balance, self-love, and oneness with our true Creator. Soft pink light has a gentle healing presence which transforms our inner child wounds and brings maturity. In the meditation, we also imagine royal blue light to help release and transform karmic habits which are creating the unhappy and stagnant stories in our lives. The blue light also increases our devotion and commitment to our true purpose, bringing permanent healing. As we go deeper into our Heart Chakra and closer to our Soul, we imagine and feel the silver light to reconnect with the Divine Feminine aspects of ourselves. Gold light is also imagined and felt to reconnect with the masculine parts of ourselves. Our Soul, the Spirit, the Creator are all energy particles of light – white, gold, silver and beyond.

8322699254_4f0b42978a When it comes to clothing, the body loves joyful, rainbow colors from soft, gentle pastels to more vibrant, uplifting, energizing hues. Color brings balance to the mind and body. We are color beings from Spirit to form. Many physicists agree that all matter is frozen light. This is why nature is so colorful, it is revealing the beauty of our true selves – color and light. We have heard many times that we are what we eat. Yet we also eat (absorb) through all our senses. The eyes and skin absorb color and light. I find that beige, tan and other neutral colors tend to numb the mind and prevent us from feeling ourselves as loving, alive, radiant beings of light. Since the skin emanates Light because it is alive, its color is irrelevant; however, inanimate black, brown and other dark, dense colors are “blindness” to our mind and eyes. These colors are used in nature to hide, block and separate us from our true selves. Black, brown and other dark colors actually deplete us of energy by absorbing light and positive feelings. This makes it difficult to receive life-giving energy from around us and blocks our ability to smile from inside-out. Furthermore, since the essence of yoga is to create union between body, mind and Spirit, it is logical to wear beautiful, joyful, uplifting colors that welcome your Soul into each yoga posture you do.

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We live on a very colorful planet. Enjoy this gift of seeing and feeling your true self around you. After reading this article, buy a bouquet of flowers and observe the uplifting feelings that come up as you focus on nature’s expression of beauty and life. One day, in meditation class at Alive and Shine Center, you will see you are the light, colorful, radiant, shimmering and yearning to shine in every cell, bringing true health and joy. Let’s come alive and shine together and create a beautiful, love-filled humanity.


Savitri and Dr. Dietrich Klinghart have done a few radio shows together regarding color, and Klinghart has spoken highly of the importance of color as well as the impact black or dark clothing has on the body. Studies have shown people who are depressed or struggling tend to veer toward dark colors, while those with a more calm or uplifted outlook tend to lean toward rainbow shades. Below are more facts about color from an article written by Dr. Dietrich Klinghart of Woodinville, WA.

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 9.34.53 PM The chakra system shows how colorful and beautiful the human body is. Chakras consist of the crown (purple), third eye (indigo), throat (blue), heart (green), solar plexus (yellow), lower (orange), root (red).[/caption] “…treatment with color projection into the eye can have a profound effect on the hormonal system, the emotions, stress levels, sleep, brain function, and many other aspects of the patient’s biochemistry and well-being. The profound effect of light stimulation to the retina on the body’s metabolism has long been established through the work of the brilliant German ophthalmologist Fritz Hollwich, M.D., Ph.D.” “A study showed that weari ng black clothing immediately depresses the NK-cell activity and several other parameters used to judge the activity of the immune system. Black is carcinogenic. The opposite is also true: wearing rainbow colors stimulates the immune system and the mood.” “German scientist Fritz Albert Popp, PhD. confirmed all cells in an organism use subtle light emissions to communicate with each other constantly. Cells gossip, inform, celebrate and grieve. Only cancer cells behave differently: they do not emit light.” “Light (and sound) can have a profound effect on regulating and correcting inter-cellular communications.” [1]


About the author Savitri is a renowned Meditation Master. Born in India, she grew up in Bombay until the age of 7, when she moved to America with her family. Her sincere desire for truth steered her to find true love within and discover, refine and practice the heart-focused Align and Shine Snack techniques, for over 30 years. Read more here . © Copyright 2016 by Savitri. All rights reserved for all content. Heartfull™ Meditation and technique trademarked by Savitri.

Aadil on KCTV5: Headstand and Spinal Traction

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“Yoga is not about what we are on the outside.” Aadil gives KCTV5 reporter Elizabeth Rentschler a personal yoga lesson, taking her up in Shirshasana for the first time! He also demonstrates how to traction the spine.

7 (Great) Ways to Have a Better Morning, by Aadil Palkhivala

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Most people dread the moment the alarm clock goes off having to fight their way out of bed to start the day. But what if you could turn morning time into your favorite time of the day, where waking up is actually easy and more enjoyable? Yoga legend Aadil Palkhivala, known across the world as the “Godfather of yoga in the west,” offers these tips that will make it easier to get going in the morning:

  1. Wake up to something pleasant:

The very first thing most people think about when they wake up are all the things they have to get done that day. It quickly makes them feel overwhelmed, frustrated and stressed out. Instead, start your day thinking about the things you are grateful for, and focus on the fun activities you have planned for the day. Do some Heartfull™ Meditation that focuses on deep breathing that will wake you up peacefully and put you in the mood to create throughout the day.

  1. Lose the traditional alarm clock:

Jarring the body from a deep sleep is unhealthy for the nervous system. Waking up to a softer noise that gradually increases in volume is a much better choice. Sounds from nature are soothing and naturally awake the body.

  1. Drink a glass of warm water right away:

Before you head for the coffee, drink a glass of warm water. Warm water will open up the circulation in the throat and stomach. It helps the body naturally hydrate and feel awake and alive. It also helps enhance circulation and removes toxins from the night and day before. People who drink water right before bed and when waking up are also less prone to heart attacks.

  1. Have an organic smoothie:

They say garbage in equals garbage out, so start your day with a powerful organic smoothie. Anything that contains green fruits/veggies is a good choice, along with plant-based proteins. Avoid animal-based proteins which are more difficult to digest.

  1. Stretches:

Just like you would warm-up your car on a cold winter day, you need to break up the tension from the night before and get the body ready for action. Do some simple stretches that focus on the neck, shoulders, hips and spine.

  1. Take a warm shower:

It’s as common as the chicken and egg debate: should you shower in the morning or at night? The answer is actually both, but especially in the morning because a warm to hot shower will increase circulation in the skin, and help awake the nervous system.

  1. Clean air:

When you sleep in a room that has clean air, you’re going to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Use an air ionizer and purifier with HEPA filter that removes odors and fumes from cleaners, aerosols, carpet and paint. HEPA filters remove more than 99 percent of airborne irritants.

The Secret of Namaste

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Namasté: I honor, respect, recognize and bow to the Light in me and you.

This sacred gesture, used in many yoga practices, meditations and prayers, holds a secret wisdom. When your mind and senses bow to the Heart Chakra the union between body and Soul is achieved. The key, however, is to go deep into your Heart Chakra where your Soul glows its life-giving presence, bringing breath and heart-beat to your body. Why does one need to go deep into the Heart Chakra and how does one achieve this? The reason for going deep into your Heart Chakra is to guide your senses that are controlled by your mind (and also control your mind) into your Heart. When your senses are only aware of the life around your body, your senses cannot be fully aware of your Soul in your Heart Chakra. Your senses must be withdrawn. In Yoga this is called “Pratyāhāra.”

By withdrawing your senses, your mind’s awareness turns inward. To withdraw the senses and still be in the mind is not pratyāhāra . True pratyāhāra is withdrawing the senses from the outer story of separateness, into the inner Truth of oneness that glows in your heart. The experience of oneness is held in the Heart Chakra, not the mind. The feeling of pure love reveals that you are in oneness. This Love is not based on images in the material world, but is the pure, true love between body and Soul, creation and Creator. When the mind and its minion senses are gathered together and guided inwards, the gifts of the senses are now in a different reality. This reality is called oneness, the innerworld, intuition, Soul, spirit, the Divine, union, source, etc. The more focused your mind is in its ability to gather your senses, the deeper, purer and truer your experience of oneness (love). When your senses finally enter your Heart Chakra, your senses are more in your control and become calmer. The secret to this whole process of pratyāhāra, and going into the Heart Chakra, requires humility. The ego is the personality that the mind creates through the senses. Humility is when the ego is willing to change. The aspiration to transform and discover a new perspective of oneself and life is also humility.

So how does one achieve pratyāhāra , humility and a focused mind, in order to discover what is inside the Heart Chakra?

A very special technique came to me in my mid 20’s when I had reached a stage in my life where I was humbled and willing to change. This humility came forth due to the death of my parents in an aviation crash when I was a teenager and my sister’s murder shortly thereafter, resulting in my many illnesses and the loss of my will to live. With these techniques, by bowing into my heart, I discovered the purpose for life and found self-love. The process of this technique begins with any beautiful feeling such as Love. The ability to feel this feeling is already in you. It is the presence of your Soul in your Heart Chakra. When you feel love and other beautiful feelings, you will feel your true self. The image of all beautiful feelings is light.

Heartfull™ Meditation Mental Centering™ Technique by Savitri (1½ minutes)

Sit erect with your eyes closed. With your middle finger of each hand touching the front of each armpit, trace a horizontal line to the center of your chest. With the middle finger of your right hand touching your skin, you will feel a sensitive area on your sternum. Massage gently for a few minutes. This is your Heart Chakra, the doorway to your Soul. Imagine light glowing lovingly in your Heart Chakra.

  1. With your eyes closed, place your hands with the sides of your fingers together, slightly cupped, on the right and left sides of your head, facing your ears. Your hands should be approximately 3 inches away from your head.
  2. E xhaling , move your hands forward and together in Namasté, not more than 1 inch away from your face, with the tips of your thumbs at the same level as your eyebrows.
  3. Inhale . On the next exhalation move your hands down slowly to your Heart Chakra
  4. As you do this, imagine your mind following a straight line in the center of your body and offer your mind to your heart.
  5. Say inwardly, “I offer my mind and senses to my loving Soul within.”
  6. Do this technique 3 or more times and breathe slowly and peacefully.

Benefits: Increases pratyāhāra , concentration and focus, intuition, self-love, respect, and awakens your conscience. This brings calmness to your mind and body because of your Soul’s presence.

Notice that at the end of this technique your hands end up in Namasté. These are the exact energetics of what happens when you say Namasté or bring your hands together in prayer. Your mind withdraws its ego perception of others and bows inside your Heart Chakra. The true perception your Soul holds is now visible to you. Now your mind recognizes the love and light in everyone because it is awakened to the love and light that is in your own heart. The first level of enlightenment is keeping this connection consistent. Hence, do Mental Centering as often as you need throughout the day.

Respect is the foundation of yoga. The gesture, Namasté, is the action of self-respect and respect for others. The union between mind, body and Soul is self-respect, which reveals the feeling of love. Through this love your Soul can shine freely through your body to others. Let the secret gift of Namasté bless your yoga journey on and off the mat. Namasté.

© Copyright 2016 by Savitri. All rights reserved for all content. Heartfull™ Meditation and technique trademarked by Savitri. Circle2Savitri2 Savitri is the founder of Heartfull™ Meditation & Lifestyle, and co-founder of Alive & Shine Center and The C o ll ege of Purna Yoga. For 3 ½ years she co-hosted the Alive & Shine Radio Show with Aadil Palkhivala. She began as a 25 year old housewife praying for truth and understanding for the incomprehensible events of her life. When she was 11, a serious head injury put her in a coma. As a teenager, she was orphaned with the sudden death of both her parents in a plane crash. A few years later, while she was majoring in computer engineering, she experienced the shocking murder of her sister and shortly thereafter her best friend died of AIDS. This led to life-threatening illnesses and near-death experiences. Since 1995, her sincere desire for truth led her to create Heartfull™ Meditation. Its emphasis is on uniting with unlimited love (our true essence) using unique active meditation techniques. These techniques helped her to come alive and shine, blessing her with her beautiful daughter, Zenia, and are used by students around the world. She says, “Heartfull™ Meditation taught me how to live life, not run away from it.” Savitri’s sincere love and prayers for her students creates profound c hanges in their lives. Learn more at www.AliveandShineCenter.com or www.Heartfull.life