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 Lama Palden Pt 2 - Female and Male Energy In Full and Complete Awakeningviews: 255
Donna Quesada: How did you come to this path, Lama Palden? As a Tibetan, you have all of these unbelievable title appendages. The first, or the youngest Lama… Firstly, are you the youngest, or the first female… What is your [...]
- Awaken Interviews Lama Palden Pt 1 - Discover Our Unchanging Natureviews: 641
Donna Quesada: Hi! First of all, how do I address you? Is it just Lama Palden? Lama Palden: Yes. DONNA: Well, it’s so nice to meet you and on behalf of our Awaken listeners, I am just so excited to [...]
- The Indian Woman At The Coffee Shop - Donna Quesadaviews: 442
by Donna Quesada: What follows is an excerpt from a book that I have been compiling notes for, throughout the last few years. It chronicles many true stories of synchronicity and divine blessings…. When I arrived at my local coffee [...]
- Awaken Interviews Ocean Robbins Pt 3 - Healing, Transformation, and Awakeningviews: 680
Donna Quesada: I would imagine that it needs to start in schools. What is the impediment to bringing this kind of education? Ocean Robbins: It can start wherever you are. The truth is that wherever you are is the perfect place [...]
- The Spiritual Dimension of Narcissism (& Narcissism in Relationships) - Donna Quesadaviews: 503
by Donna Quesada: Spiritual Ignorance— What we call “spirituality,” in all its many guises and paths, is really all the same thing… getting closer to God. Or, better, realizing that we were never separate, in the first place. Hence the expression, “self-realization.” [...]
- Awaken Interviews Zen Buddhist Priest Karen Maezen Miller Pt 3views: 5455
- Awaken Interviews Zen Buddhist Priest Karen Maezen Miller Pt 2views: 2391
- Awaken Interviews Zen Buddhist Priest Karen Maezen Miller Pt 1views: 2199
- 5m Guided Meditation for Anxiety, Stress & Worry - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 941
- 7m Guided Meditation: Emptiness - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 1813
- Kundalini Meditation for Self-Love with Dhanpal Donna Quesadaviews: 2587
- “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."