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.
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- Awaken Interviews Donna Quesada - How Kundalini Yoga Is A Method To Awakenviews: 3634
David Welch: How is Yoga generally, and Kundalini Yoga specifically, a means and a method to awakening? Donna Quesada: Because Kundalini Yoga offers specifically, a technology whereby we set up the physical conditions for awakening. So, as an analogy, just off [...]
- Why I Don’t Set Resolutions - Donna Quesadaviews: 176
by Donna Quesada: Resolutions are too extreme… The commonly given explanation for “why resolutions don’t work” focuses on the idea that the resolutions we set reflect extrinsic expectations, rather than intrinsic ones. Or, put simply… because the resolutions reflect what others expect of us, [...]
- Awaken Interviews Stephen Mitchell Pt 3 - Forgiveness Means That Realizing What Happened… Didn’tviews: 603
Donna Quesada: it also answers my previous question about how self-inquiry and meditation go hand in hand. We hear so much about mindfulness, which has become quite a buzz word among modern day seekers and it’s not a one or [...]
- “Make Yourself a Vessel” - Donna Quesadaviews: 484
by Donna Quesada: I had been feeling anxious lately… Deep down, I knew why. It was because I had become slack on maintaining my daily connection with Source. Before, I could often channel words of comfort and wisdom from certain spirit guides [...]
- Awaken Interviews Stephen Mitchell Pt 2 - Control Is A Recipe For Sufferingviews: 545
Donna Quesada: He went through such jealousy and contempt from his brothers. And yet, remaining the kind of character that he is. Can you speak to that? Who is Joseph? What does he teach us? What did you discover? Stephen [...]
- Awaken Interviews Zen Buddhist Priest Karen Maezen Miller Pt 3views: 5614
- Awaken Interviews Zen Buddhist Priest Karen Maezen Miller Pt 2views: 2550
- Awaken Interviews Zen Buddhist Priest Karen Maezen Miller Pt 1views: 2325
- 5m Guided Meditation for Anxiety, Stress & Worry - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 1104
- 7m Guided Meditation: Emptiness - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 1950
- Kundalini Meditation for Self-Love with Dhanpal Donna Quesadaviews: 2691
- “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."