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 Alberto Villoldo Pt 2 - Grow A New Body By Awakening The Goddess Life Force Within Youviews: 306
Donna Quesada: How do we upgrade the brain? You’ve mentioned the importance of upgrading our brain. I know in your book, you mention DMT. Could you speak of that a little bit and how we do that in our own [...]
- Awaken Interviews Alberto Villoldo PhD Pt 1 - Begin To Dream The World Into Beingviews: 396
Donna Quesada: Well, Alberto, I’ll go ahead and start, by saying thank you for your time this morning! We are all very excited. We have been following your work for years and I know our readers will appreciate your time, as [...]
- Awaken Interviews Dr. Dean Ornish Pt 3 - From Fear Of Dying, To Joy Of Livingviews: 1148
Donna Quesada: I think that is what is often lost when we approach healing is the spiritual aspect if you will. You’ve spoken of how empowering it is when you look within and meditation enables that. For most people that [...]
- Awaken Interviews Dr. Dean Ornish Pt 2 - What Is Good For Me Is Good For The Planetviews: 711
Donna Quesada: You are speaking about an issue that is close to my heart. For those who might be listening and might not understand the connection between our personal diet and the world and these kinds of global issues… Could [...]
- Awaken Interviews Sharon Salzberg Pt 3 - Balance As A Guiding Lightviews: 348
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 [...]
- 5m Guided Meditation for Anxiety, Stress & Worry - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 336
- 7m Guided Meditation: Mindfulness - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 326
- 9m Guided Body-Scan Meditation Relaxation - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 323
- 4m Guided Meditation: Calmness - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 298
- 7m Guided Meditation: Emptiness - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 306
- 20m Guided Meditation: Mindfulness - Dhanpal-Donna Quesadaviews: 274
- “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."