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Updated: Yoga Classes for June’14

Hi Friends! Namaste, I’m currently taking a mini break from performing arts and taking on more yoga classes the month of June. Ready to go deeper? Classes tend to be inspired from Anusara & Hatha yoga studies in vinyasa flow format and knowledge of bio-mechanics are applied to assure the utmost protection as well as graceful opening  in the body. Come to you first class for free. Check our schedule:

At YogaKula , Berkeley.
Tuesdays 10-1130 am Level 1/2
Thursdays 10-1130 am Level 1/2
Sundays 1045-12pm & 6-730pm All Levels

At Ojas Yoga Center ( El Cerrito Plaza)
Mondays 6pm level 1/2
Tuesdays 12pm Yoga for dancers

Privates Package DISCOUNT!

If you aren’t ready to take group classes or prefer more focused attention on developing your yoga practice. We can start with a free consultation which includes a 15-25 minute discussion via phone or in person where we evaluate lifestyle limitations & desires, diets, history of injury, health concerns as well as spiritual virtues.  In sessions we will develop your goals,  and wishes in cultivating vitality through various mediums of yoga asana,  support, breathing, tantric & yogic philosophy , nutrition, therapeutics, and reconditions though understanding of bio-mechanic and universal principals of alignment.

1 hr private $65

 month of June! $55 or Buy 3 Discount $150

1 1/2 private $100

Month of June! $ 75 each or Buy 3 Discount $ 230 


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Grief Ritual

longing for love

longing for love

¨Grief. ¨ After spending some deep time with myself in retreat, I had a revelation. . . I began to see how disease, illness, sadness, depression, addictions all begin because humans have lacked the ability to express their grief. Its all the same heart-aching pain, with different stories and colors. If only we could embrace it for as long as it wants to be held, and express it how ever scary it may appear, that GRIEF may begin to transform and change us and give us the love that we have truly desired underneath it all along.


In Production of this with the inspiration of my Beloved dance director/teacher/friend Anandha Ray

“Today I had a wonderful rehearsal with Ayah Buonaugurio, for a performance on the theme of grief. There was so much that came through. Most importantly it was very clear that to perform grief, it is not our job to put a happy ending on it, even though our society in the US really hates it when there is not a happy ending. Rather, it is important to show that grief is a basic of human experience, we all experience it, it is not bad even though it’s hard to deal with. BUT… by viewing the artistic performance of grief those who view it can feel comforted by not feeling alone. HOW MANY TIMES have those who grieved heard “It’ll be OK.” and told it a myriad of ways to just get over it. Grief, may be uncomfortable for oneself and for those around, but it is what makes us human to experience the full range of emotions, and to support others who do so. The next time you feel annoyed because you feel like someone is wallowing in their grief, instead try to really listen to them. Sometimes they need to talk a lot (the loss of a lifetime together) and sometimes not as much, but they need to feel heard, understood, and know that however they grieve it is normal and that without love there is not grief, without grief there is not love. It is a greatness of LOVING that we grieve.”

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Temple tribal fusion and cermonial dance

Temple Tribal Fusion and Creating Ceremony

Sunday November 17 11am to 2:30

Belly Hive 205 W Main St., Grass Valley

This special workshop introduces a very tangible format for creating ceremony and ritual through dance. We explore elements of Temple Tribal Fusion offering us a language of dance based on ancient and traditional lineages of Sacred Dance fused with modern day Tribal Belly Dance. This workshop focuses on the lineages found along the Silk Road, including India, Central Asia and Persia, and parts of the Middle East.

Join us as we celebrate these ancient ritualistic lineages within the context of our growing community of dancers and new dance temple, Belly Hive Grass Valley.

Ayah Buonaugurio and Tenley Wallace offer you “Temple Tribal Fusion and Creating Ceremony”.

$45 advanced registration through Friday Nov 15

$50 registration Nov 16 & 17 if space is still available

Our studio is intimate, so early registration is recommend to hold your spot.

For details, and on-line registration, go to:


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Creating a Water Altar

sacred waters

I wanted to share with you all my greatest joy, a gift, and an important tool I have gained being a Water Carrier. How to create a water altar!

How does One become a Water Carrier? I have traveled around the Americas, north to south, seeking many traditions, rituals, ceremonies, and songs that honor the essence of the water element. I have collected waters from streams, great rivers, waterfalls, lakes, oceans, as well as from tears of crying women, from elders who too have carried sacred waters their entire lives. I have collected waters from sacred ceremonies, and also from polluted areas w/prayer to purify those waters. I carry a strong intention caring for the waters of life. I have initiated others in my life to become water carriers, but there truly is no initiation necessary to carry such a title. We all carry the waters of life in our bodies….

A Water Altar is a place of honoring the waters in your LIFE. A water altar is a messenger for your emotions, prayers, your ability to manifest, to listen and to enter shamanic dream worlds. Waters spirits are great allies, and create a calm channel and metaphor for the flow of Life. The altar reflects precisely how well we take care of life, as well provides the insight we need to be able to shift our perceptions and improve conditions in a compassionate and kind way towards ourselves.

  • To Begin: Get creative, trust your intuition and take a moment to feel the what the waters in your life are asking SPECIFICALLY of You.
  • Pay careful attention to your thoughts as you are preparing your altar. The water element is extremely absorbent and receptive to everything you are thinking, as well as feeling.
  • Clear and create space: Decide where you want to have your water altar in your house: it can be in your bedroom, garden, living room, temple, kitchen. In pagan traditions the West is the direction for the Waters. Prepare a altar table with clarity that the space designated will have clear energy, and be cared for. Put down a cloth of white, gold, blue, purple or any fabric that intuitively feels good.
  • Smudge the space with incense, sage, cedar, copal or incense of choice.
  • Decide what key sacred objects you want to go on the altar. Focus on the water symbols, sea shells, fertility and feminine deities, photos of water deities or dolphins, crystals. Then feel free to add photos of people you are praying for, or objects that represent virtues you are focusing on.
  • Find a bowl, clear glass, or any type of strong material that you feel holds and respects the quality of water molecules it will be holding. Now you are ready……….

Water Consecration Ritual:

  • Create time to find the closest water source near you in this moment. This means there could be a simple creek or a stream near your house or maybe you live near the ocean or a great lake, but for most of us we don’t have a abundant water source. Thats okay, rain water is great to collect, or even rain water from a puddle outside. When all else fails, gather water from your faucet in your house. The point of gathering water is not to find the most pristine water in the world near you, but to find the closest source of running water near you, gather it, and pray for it, pray with it and through it. All water, no matter where is comes from in that moment wants to be prayed over, and all water no matter where is found, once came from a pure pristine powerful source.
  • When you go to gather the water, be silent, in ritual, and ask the Water Elemental to guide you with healing thoughts.
  • While you gather the waters, feel free to then make offerings to Her ( I am using the reference to the Water as “Her”, but my intention is non-sexist as I refer to her entity like spirit form ) . Your offerings can be a song, tobacco, a clear quartz crystal, ect. Anything gesture to exchange the energy of ::::Gratitude:::
  • Carry the waters back to your altar bowl, and listen to the sound the water makes as you pour Her into the bowl.
  • Ask Her to help you, heal you, pray for the sickness in the world to go away; Have a conversation in your mind with HER until you feel deep inner peace and gratitude over come your entire being.
  • A note about Gratitude: “Living in Gratitude is one of the fastest ways to allow the energy of life to flow deliberately through your heart. it is about connecting with the source of life, which is infinite energy and directing its vitality through your heart. when you do this there is a tangible response within your body, and more specifically , in your heart.” (Heart Wisdom, Russell Feingold)
  • Dr. Masaru Emoto said, ” the very least we should do every day, is to speak to the water”…
  • Personally I like to renew this water ritual once a week to keep the waters on my altar fresh and renewed, I feel that my life begins to feel stagnate when I lack the continuation of this weekly ritual. You’ll find that intuitively you’ll have your own relationship with your water altar. It will feel like a living breathing entity that is coursing through your consciousness guiding and speaking to You personally through your H2O molecules.
  • Another Tip: When I renew the waters each week from my altar, I always keep waters from the previous week/s in my sacred altar bowl to mix with the newest batch of waters that come in. Think of homeopathy too. This keeps a continual connection to all the previous prayers and relations I had with the first waters that came through. When I am ready to release the waters I will feed Her to my most favorite plants in the house/garden.
  • Again, these are only guidelines, that I hope will serve you to begin to intuit your own relationship with the Waters in your life. Feel Free to write to me of your feedback, experiences, breakthroughs and new inspirations that come about from these guidelines.water goddess
  • Another Gift! Please follow this link to the most amazing activism site about water! Here is the sweetest water song for you to learn Channeled by an Ojibwe elder Grandmother, for the WATERS, the-water-song

Water, we love you.
We thank you.
We respect you.


An Anishinabe prophesied that “In about 30 years, if we humans continue with our negligence, an ounce of drinking water will cost the same as an ounce of gold.”

Water is essential to survival and health.



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Creating Ceremonial Dances

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