Why ‘Diva’?

The word entered the English language in the late 19th century. It is derived from the Italian noun diva, a female deity. The plural of the word in English is “divas”; in Italian, dive [?di?ve]. The basic sense of the term is “goddess”, the feminine of the Latin word divus (Italian divo), a male deity. So in a sense it refers to that divine spark of God or Goddess within us. We all get to experience our inner ‘diva’ through Yoga….

According to the Sanskrit-Eng dictionary¬† the word “Diva” has a myriad of other meanings, such as To shine, to cast, to sport, to play dice, joke, to bet, to be mad or drunk, to wish for, to lament, to moan, vex, to be sleepy…

Diva also means heaven, a day, light.

Divam means heaven, brilliance

Div is also a name of God Indra, it is also a name of India

So Diva Devi Dasi means Maid Servant of Indra, King of the Gods (among other
things), as
also Shining Maid Servant Goddess, as also Maid Servant of Mother India.

So the word ‘Diva’ seems to refer to the spark within- that comes from the beyond… And we express our inner diva through our actions, our practice, our humility, our joys, our woes, our ecstacy and our deepest darkest fears. That is why I chose the word ‘Diva’ for the website… The practice of Yoga will take you on a journey, a magical rollercoaster ride through Heaven, through Hell, through your love and your aversions. And, like in all the best stories, when you are the Hero, you’ll end up making the most important part of the journey alone. Like Frodo going for the ring. Like Ishtar going to rescue Tammuz from the underworld, shedding her clothing, her jewellery, her layers as she went. You read these stories, stories of warriors, of people forced to perform the most very important deeds and it seems there is no good story that is not the story of Yoga. You go it alone. With only the tools Patanjali has given you…

Are you ready?

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