A Teacher Extrordinaire

I first met Roy Eugene Davis at his Retreat Center home in northern Georgia, the Center for Spiritual Awareness. He was a wholehearted Jnana Yogi, a natural lecturer, and a prolific writer on Hindu philosophy, or Santana Dharma. Mr. Davis was a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda and a minister for the Self Realization Fellowship during the final years of Yogananda’s life. After Yogananda’s passing in 1952 , Roy Davis left SRF and eventually founded his own center , CSA, in Georgia.

I visited the Georgia Center numerous times and at one point hoped to interview Mr. Davis for Yoga Journal magazine. His comment on this idea was that he felt he and Yoga Journal were on different paths. Never the less, I was blessed to “sit at the feet” of this Master Yoga teacher over a number of years.

Mr. Davis passed suddenly and quietly on March, 27 2019 at the age of 88 years. He had been in good health up until the final days of his life, keeping up with his busy writing and correspondence schedule. It was indeed an honor for me to have known and studied with this wonderful teacher. He will be greatly missed here on the Earth plane. The Heaven planes will rejoice to have one of their sons returned home.

Let us all give thanks for the life of such a man who was sincerely devoted to the spreading of the wisdom of Yoga and the upholding of its ideals. We have been blessed by his presence among us.

With Love, Namaste, Mr. Davis

 

Developing a Personal Practice

On Saturday June 28,  I returned to Yoganic Studio to work with a group of friends and students in developing the theme of personal practice. One of my observations as an instructor and studio owner is that as our lives become busy with children, job, and social responsibilities, our yoga practice is often abandoned. If we change our definition of practice to include short sequences, or lifestyle routines, which include some breathing and moving, possibly we can find 5, 10, or 20 minutes a day to call yoga. By allowing ourselves to adapt our yoga to accommodate our lifestyles, there is the potential of maintaining consistency. Eventually we realize that the practice of yoga is the living of life, moment to moment and breath to breath.

Thank you to Yoganic Studio and to friends in San Diego!!

Personal Pr.

Good Bye San Diego!

When I arrived to San Diego in 1997 I had no idea that I would sit down permanently, or that I would open a yoga studio. Two studios and 11 years later (!!!) I have tied up the loose ends of my time here and will be moving onto another phase of my life and career. It has been a wonderful blessing and learning experience to live in “America’s Finest City”. The 7 years of owning the Astanga Yoga Centers and the 2 years with the Yoganic Studio have introduced me to many extraordinarily beautiful people. All of you hold a special place in my heart! I do expect that our paths will cross again.

Thank you San Diego! You have truly made my decade!

Please enjoy these photos taken at a “Bon Voyage” event given in the home of Nancy Caciola and Richard Cohen. Muchas Gracias to all you party planners and well wishers! Please click on the photos back and forth for a larger view.