Mehndi, also known as henna across the globe, is a paste often associated with good fortune and positivity. It is one of the oldest forms of body art originated by humans. Women and girls get their hands and feet laden with this paste on auspicious occasions. Be it weddings or festivals like Diwali, Bhai Dooj, Teej or Eid – Mehendi is an extremely cherished way to drench into the celebratory feels for most girls. While some women swoon over its aromatic fragrance, others absolutely love their hands adorned with pretty and intricate mehndi designs. But now, as the time has advanced, it is common for men to apply mehendi as well. Mehndi Designs For Beginners


Lafayette Satellite Center

Classes are held Mondays, 7 pm, at Radiance Family Wellness Center, 914 Dewing Street, Lafayette. First time attendees must sign up for the required Introductory Presentation, held by appointment at 6:30 pm. Call 510-316-9009 or email to schedule your Intro. 

 Acharya Samvitti Devi (Dana Swain)

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I have always had a spiritual orientation, but at 23 years old I had my first experience of kuṇḍalinī, and I had no idea what was happening to me! In my quest to understand and contextualize my experience I received an M.A. in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and found teachers who helped my understanding and taught me various forms of meditation. In 2002 I had an intense longing to deepen my practice and soon after I found Swami Khecaranatha, a true master. My 14 years of study with him has deeply transformed my spiritual practice and life.

After a 3-year teacher training under Swami Khecaranatha's guidance, I was formally initiated in January 2017 as an acharya in the Rudrananda Pantha, participating in an all-day ceremony conducted in Ganeshpuri, India.

Professionally, I am a practitioner of movement-based expressive arts through the Tamalpa Institute, and I am a doctoral candidate in Jungian and Archetypal psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, focusing on how experiences of kuṇḍalinī impact pyscho-spiritual transformation. I am also a dream work facilitator.

I am dedicated to the practice available through Heart of Consciousness and it is my wish to offer that practice to others. These teachings are profound, and while they have an ancient source, they are absolutely applicable and relevant to the contemporary lives we lead.