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Donna Quesada

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I teach an unconventional eastern philosophy class to large groups at Santa Monica College, where my students and I "tune-in" before lecture. We stop, we greet the day, we breathe, we meditate and we listen to the delicious music, if only for a few minutes, or so.

I believe that as teachers, we teach just as much through our presence and our way of being, as through our words. I believe we are in a unique position to uplift others and I also believe we are all teachers in some way.

I am also honored to be able to call myself a teacher of Kundalini Yoga. I teach in my own studio, as well as in the eminent Yoga West. I have an affinity for all spiritual practices and wisdom teachings and have received training in the Zen tradition. I live with
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In my article, entitled “Woodstock: The First Postmodern Event?” I make the case that Woodstock should indeed, be considered the first truly postmodern event. In it, I explore the difference between modernism and postmodernism, and how Woodstock is different than other festivals because of the way it embraces postmodern ideals. Part of this movement included the influx of eastern ideals, many o...

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“When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation.”
Donna Quesada, The Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers

“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.”
Donna Quesada, The Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers

“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.”
Donna Quesada, The Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers

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“Courage is often associated with aggression, but instead should be seen as a willingness to act from the heart.”
Donna Quesada, The Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers

“When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation.”
Donna Quesada, The Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers

“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.”
Donna Quesada, The Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers

“To see change is at the same time to allow change.”
Donna Quesada

“There is nothing passive about mindfulness. One might even say that it expresses a specific kind of passion—a passion for discerning what is subjectively real in every moment. It is a mode of cognition that is, above all, undistracted, accepting, and (ultimately) nonconceptual. Being mindful is not a matter of thinking more clearly about experience; it is the act of experiencing more clearly, including the arising of thoughts themselves. Mindfulness is a vivid awareness of whatever is appearing in one’s mind or body—thoughts, sensations, moods—without grasping at the pleasant or recoiling from the unpleasant.”
Sam Harris, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion




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