Culver City, California
“In our Yoga practice, the act of focusing is an exact science! Together, our conscious, rhythmic breath patterns, combined with a drishti, opens a gateway to a higher state of calm-alertness.”
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Dhanpal-Donna Quesada teaches eastern spiritual philosophy at Santa Monica College and Kundalini Yoga at the renowned Yoga West, in Los Angeles. She is an author, healer and meditation guide. Her book, Buddha in the Classroom; Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers, was released by Skyhorse Publications, in 2011. Now a classic, it is scheduled for re-release in 2015, under its new title, The Inspired Teacher; Zen Advice for the Happy Teacher. Her audio CDs of guided meditations and positive affirmations feature a variety of meditation styles and reflect the way she begins all of her classes, whether teaching Yoga or eastern philosophy. Quesada has also received formal training in the Zen Buddhist tradition. She lives with her family and her beloved terrier, Marcel, in Culver City, California.
Articles and Posts
- Awaken Interviews John Robbins Pt 3 - Whole Foods, Plant Based Dietviews: 494
Donna Quesada: I’m on board, but I want to flesh out these questions that I’ve heard people ask. For example, I’ve been on road trips and people look at the wide-open rolling hills in California and say “There is plenty [...]
- Awaken Interviews John Robbins Pt 2 - The Forests Are The Earth’s Lungsviews: 531
Donna Quesada: Let’s get into the thick of it. For those that don’t know what is behind the idea of the food pyramid, which you take on, in Diet for A New America… You reveal it to be propaganda, not [...]
- Awaken Interviews John Robbins Pt 1 - Alignment With Spiritviews: 506
Donna Quesada: Well, firstly, good morning John! And from all of us at Awaken, we thank you for your time this morning. And on a personal level, at the risk of giving away my age, I used to use the [...]
- Woodstock: The First Postmodern Event?views: 203
by Donna Quesada: Intelligent commentary about music and culture, pivoting around the Woodstock era… The epoch called “modernism” was driven forward by a fantasy of a perfectly ordered world… a vision of utopia… a grandiose scheme of order. It donned [...]
- Awaken Interviews Seane Corn Pt 3 - Service To Something Bigger Than Myselfviews: 388
Donna Quesada: Part of your commitment to meeting them where they are is that commitment to living openly. And something struck me early in our conversation. When you acknowledged that your work, your practice, is not only Yoga and meditation, but [...]
- 7m Guided Meditation: Emptiness - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 929
- Kundalini Meditation for Self-Love with Dhanpal Donna Quesadaviews: 2502
- 5m Guided Meditation for Anxiety, Stress & Worry - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 560
- 7m Guided Meditation: Mindfulness - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 596
- 9m Guided Body-Scan Meditation Relaxation - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 542
- 4m Guided Meditation: Calmness - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 526
- “When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation.”
- “When you blame, you open up a world of excuses, because as long as you're looking outside, you miss the opportunity to look inside, and you continue to suffer.”
- “The effects you will have on your students are infinite and currently unknown; you will possibly shape the way they proceed in their careers, the way they will vote, the way they will behave as partners and spouses, the way they will raise their kids.”
- “Courage is often associated with aggression, but instead should be seen as a willingness to act from the heart.”
- “What we can change is our perceptions, which have the effect of changing everything.”
- “You don't think your way back to joy; you open to it.”
- “Each situation is a blossom to be picked with a curious spirit.”
- “To see change is at the same time to allow change.”
- “Think of the jazz improv artist responding to the musical banter among her fellow players onstage. Aside from whatever training they've done in advance, as soon as the curtain opens, they move into unknown territory together, creating something new each time by remaining in a state of undivided presence.”
- "Don’t “personalize” the situation or the other person’s actions, since, those actions were never about you, anyway, they were always about the other—betraying their own state of consciousness."
- "Your inner glow and light, which radiates outward and is felt by all who come near you, will affect the material context in ways that others are unable to understand. It’s like a secret."
- "When we live from the heart, we are dwelling in God. And God doesn’t take things personally or get involved in drama. God doesn’t compare, judge, get wrecked by anxiety and unfulfilled expectations and certainly has nothing to prove and no sense of lack."