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 Sharon Salzberg Pt 3 - Balance As A Guiding Lightviews: 259
Donna Quesada: Lovely. Well, I watched your Ted Talk, and I loved it, of course. And there was a story you told about a woman who ripped her nylons in the bathroom, that I found so amusing. And I think [...]
- Why Gratitude Works - Donna Quesadaviews: 480
by Dhanpal-Donna Quesada: My goal in this post is to say, as precisely and concisely as possible, why gratitude is a good thing… Because in spiritual parlance and self-help guides of all sorts, we hear it, and it sounds intuitively correct, but [...]
- Awaken Interviews Sharon Salzberg Pt 2 - Doing From A Place Of Perspective And Understandingviews: 424
Donna Quesada: Now, I want to go a little deeper. I find this so fascinating that it starts with us… this kind of self-blessing. But there are steps to it… you bring it into a second step where you wish [...]
- Awaken Interviews Sharon Salzberg Pt 1 - The Light of Loving Kindnessviews: 965
Donna Quesada: Well, Sharon, I want to thank you for spending this hour with us… I know we’ll be benefiting from your years of experience… and before we get going… in case anyone out there… I can’t imagine this, but [...]
- Don’t Have to Figure It All Out Right Now - Donna Quesadaviews: 401
A very simple question: What’s the big deal about Now? I remember one of the advanced monks asking this question to Roshi, at a Zen meditation retreat, many years ago. From Ram Dass’ 1971 classic, Be Here Now, to Eckhart Tolle’s [...]
- 5m Guided Meditation for Anxiety, Stress & Worry - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 249
- 7m Guided Meditation: Mindfulness - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 232
- 9m Guided Body-Scan Meditation Relaxation - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 240
- 4m Guided Meditation: Calmness - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 226
- 7m Guided Meditation: Emptiness - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 221
- 20m Guided Meditation: Mindfulness - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 217
- “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."