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Gratitude Circle – Spread Satisfaction and Joy

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Join a Gratitude Circle and feed your soul while supporting vulnerable children in rural Romania!

Happiness doesn’t just happen, it is a practice. It depends on what you focus on. When we slow down and take the time to notice the beauty, love, and positivity all around us in a Gratitude Circle, it nourishes our soul. The sharing builds community and spreads happiness and positivity. Each seed shared, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant grows and multiplies through the sharing.

In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, you are invited to take the time to celebrate your life. We are often caught in doing, doing, doing, which uses up our energy. Moments of community celebration are what return and replenish energy back into that cycle.

Didi Ananda Devapriya will lead this Gratitude Circle, warming up the group first with a few simple ice-breakers. As participation in the Gratitude Circle will be by donation, you will have the opportunity to find out about the children in rural Romania that your gifts will support.

Didi will share the story of the AMURTEL Family, children’s home that she runs in rural Romania for eleven children aged 5-16 years old taken out of situations of abuse, neglect, extreme poverty, or loss of parents. You can experience a satisfying sense of abundance this Thanksgiving, celebrating the good in life with new friends and old, while knowing that you are making a concrete difference for a child like Ion.

Ion only recently came to AMURTEL in April, together with his older sister Alina, after his mother died, and leaving the children with nobody else to take care of them. In AMURTEL Family, he just experienced his first-ever birthday party! When he received a present, he was hesitating to tear the wrapping paper, afraid he would ruin it, because he had never received a wrapped gift! With some gentle nudging from a kind adult, he got over that and tore into the next gift like a pro!

Didi is traveling from Seattle to San Diego until Thanksgiving Day leading workshops to generate support for the AMURTEL Family Children’s Home. The event is donation-based, and all funds raised will support the home.

Set up a Gratitude Circle at your Center and it will be listed here!

Chanting Circle to help Children in Romania!

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You can help vulnerable children living in the AMURTEL Family children’s home in Romania by joining this uplifting community event!
Didi Ananda Devapriya is an experienced kiirtan artist of the Ananda Marga tradition. She will lead an inspirational session of music, mantra, and bliss. All are welcome, you can choose to simply absorb the positive energy, or to participate in the music and singing!
Kiirtan is likened to a purifying shower of positive energy and creates a powerful, transformative, collective vibration. The experience will end with a silent meditation and then Didi will share the story of the children that she is dedicating this kiirtan to.
Didi has been living in Romania for the past fourteen years, where she runs a home for children in need of safety, love, and protection after being taken out of abusive, neglectful situations or losing their parents. Didi is touring from Seattle to San Diego to share bliss and raise support for the home. Join this session to feed your soul with the blissful energy of mantra and the deep satisfaction of giving eleven children aged 5-16 living in rural Romania, the unique chance to grow up in safety and love of the AMURTEL Family.
If you would like to host an event – I will list it here!

West Coast Adventure about to Begin!

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I am just about to begin a road trip, starting in Vancouver, and working my way down the west coast of the US up to San Diego. I start tomorrow and will finish on Black Friday!

The purpose of this trip:

This trip is dedicated to the children of AMURTEL Family in rural Romania.   I am hoping widen the circle of supporters and friends as I travel to different yoga and meditation studios along the coast, sharing my experiences and leading workshops and programs that help to connect to a greater sense of purpose and meaningfulness through “Karma Yoga”.

Off the Mat – into the Hearts of Children in Romania

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You may have heard the idea of taking your yoga practice “off the mat” – and spreading the the peace, wisdom and joy gained from yoga out into the world.

Find out how you can make an transformational impact on the lives of neglected children in Romania. Join Didi Ananda Devapriya, who has been doing just that for the past 18 years to become part of a unique story.

Didi as not only dedicated her life to the mastering and sharing yoga and meditation practices as an “Acharya” or teacher, she has also dedicated her life to service. She runs the “AMURTEL Family”, a home for children from rural Romania that need safety and healing from abuse and neglect. Didi has also been involved in programs for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, and in large refugee camps following the Haiti earthquake. In all of these service projects, she draws on the wisdom of yoga, both for maintaining personal inspiration and balance and for helping the children she serves to recover and thrive.

Didi will share her stories and experiences and about how you can also unlock greater potentials for joy by meaningfulness through “karma yoga”. Indeed, the path of “Karma Yoga” or “Seva” is a deep, integral part of the classical tradition of yoga. Find out her secrets for bringing the wisdom of yoga into serving very vulnerable children. Discover how you can also make a difference and bring more light into the world for children that deserve a childhood.

Webinar: Educating Balance in an Accelerating World

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A recording of my first webinar:

As the technological speed of modern society increases at exponential rates, so has the experience of early childhood been radically altered. Children are faced with increased levels of cognitive stimulation and complexity from their early years. The statistics of the incidence of childhood mental health disorders, such as ADHD, are rising. As the very landscape of childhood has shifted so dramatically since parents and teachers were themselves children and is increasingly characterized by continuous change rather than by stability, in what ways must educational approaches adapt to help children to successfully integrate these experiences and reach their full human potential? Is cognitive development in itself sufficient to guarantee happiness, or does conscious attention need to be given to the development of social, emotional and spiritual competencies? How to facilitate the development of an internal “compass” to prepare children to navigate the challenges of a technological, commercialized culture?

This webinar explores these questions according to the holistic approach to early childhood development offered by Neohumanist Education. It examines the ways that Neohumanist education balances extroversial sensorial stimulation and cognitive development, with training in introversial capacities such as self-regulation, empathy and creative visualization. The Neohumanist teacher’s own subjective experience and self-development is seen as an inseparable part of the teaching process. This webinar looks at  Neohumanist Education’s synthesis of classical eastern wisdom teachings from the ancient tradition of yoga that highlight personal development and collective values with modern western progressive educational techniques that cultivate rationality, logic, and individual creative expression. The holistic vision of Neohumanist education is essentially an ecological vision that honors the interconnectedness of the web of life, seeking to preserve children’s sense of being connected to a greater whole, engage them in learning as joyful discovery, and help them discover meaningful ways to contribute to their world.


Singing kiirtan with Loredana Groza

By serendipity – or rather the surprising Grace of the Cosmic Dance…I was invited at the last minute to a program at the Indian Embassy in Bucharest.  Loredana Groza, a famous Romanian singer was one of the guests of honor.  We ended up singing a kiirtan with Baba Nam Kevalam (a mantra that means “I am only singing to my Beloved”) and Loredana, with her warm charisma – involved all of the members in the audience in singing the mantra into the microphone. It was an unexpected moment that created a joyful and sweet atmosphere:

The program was organised in order to launch a beautiful book about yoga that has been translated in Braille. The embassy generously donated copies of the book to the Association for the Visually Impaired of Romania – I happen to know the president from a training that we took together about social enterprise, so it was a pleasure to reconnect with him as well.

Here is the entire news story that appeared on television, for those of you that can understand (or guess at) Romanian!



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