You have the power

to go from stress to peace at any moment.

It is that simple.

The Bliss Principle will show you how to slow down and develop that sensitivity.

The Bliss Principle


Dear Bliss Principle Reader,

The Bliss Principle is meant not only to be read, but to be used.  Delve deep and the content will go beyond the pages as it becomes part of your daily life. This book will show you how to take a straw and sip from the peace within – like a cool drink in the sweltering heat of your hurried life. We live in high-speed, demanding times.  Stress is prevalent throughout days that fly by, and nights that are gone even more quickly.  As the world continues to speed by –keep this book on hand, lean on it as it coaxes you to slow down.

From the bottom of my heart I hope you find The Bliss Principle a powerful resource on your journey!

Much Bliss,


From the Foreword

by Hannelore R. Leavy

CEO & Founder, The Day Spa Association Worldwide

Early in my career - not to give away my age but it was in the 1960’s – the phrase “Manager’s Illness” emerged.  I thought nothing of this term as I had a long way to go to be a Manager!  It didn’t take long, however, for this to change for me and for the rest of the world as well. 

The way we do business today has evolved in such a way that stress (another word that did not exist in the 1960’s), affects virtually everyone.  Hectic lifestyles and the uncertainty of modern times have us all pretty much “stressed out.”  Often starting as early as grade school we begin experiencing stress, and no one is spared.  From day laborers to office employees, managers to retirees, we all feel the effects of stress.  That’s where Kellye Davis and The Bliss Principle come in.  As a comprehensive guide using ancient wisdom, good old fashioned advice, natural healing methods and logic, this book encompasses the healing our bodies crave. 

As a scholar of many modalities, Kellye Davis gives clear, simple instructions on how to conquer stress in our time.  Because we know that if left unchecked, the effects of stress eventually lead to fatigue, premature aging and disease, Kellye’s advice is right on time. 

She directs readers to natural remedies, exercise, deep breathing and healthy eating to keep immune systems strong and to help achieve blissful peace.  To find freedom from the destructive forces of stress I recommend that everyone refer to this guide often.  We should all follow the sound advice found in The Bliss Principle

Kellye Davis has done a great job of making the Bliss Principle Program easy to understand and fun to implement.  And no, you do not have to go to a spa to find inner bliss, but it is a good place to get started!



“This book encompasses the healing our bodies crave.”
                                                – Hannelore Leavy, President Day Spa Association

"Although just over one hundred pages, these hundred pages are loaded with information about blissful yoga positions, meditation, breathing techniques, recipes and just an overall guide to blissful living. This is a great book which I finished during my commute one day into New York City. However, the book is built as a long term reference guide as it is filled with illustrations and details that can help guide one from stress to peace. Keep this one in our library for methods of peaceful living."                                            - 5-star review on


The Peace Urge And The Power Of The Bliss Principle

You are the same person for whom you are longing.

—Yoga Master Rama of Haridwar and Kashmir ( 1900 – 1972 )

According to Ayurveda (the “science of life”), India’s traditional medicine, there are three unique blends of energy types in nature called vata, pitta, and kapha.  Vata energy is quick and highly stimulating, pitta is grounding energy, and kapha is sluggish and slow moving. When one overpowers the others, an energy imbalance ensues.  Vata energy is highly prevalent in the twenty-first century; it keeps the mind busy, and the body constantly moving.  Vata breeds anxiety and fuels the peace urge in a big way.  It makes the surface of our lives one busy blur.

Let me introduce you to John, personal assistant to the CEO of a health company.  An overachiever and perfectionist, John feels overwhelmed by the demands made of him at work. He is driven to do everything expected of him and more, and typically takes on a much larger share of responsibility than his coworkers.  John is also a part-time college student and is determined to keep his GPA high.

The problem?  John’s life feels very stressful most of the time.  I’ll let him tell it in his own words:

Sometimes my life gets so tiring that I don’t know what to do. I find myself rushing all the time.  I can’t sleep or eat. I feel chronically anxious and it always seems that there is too much to do and not enough time. Even though my body feels tired, I know I can’t stop. I have to work, go to class, or take care of something. I have a huge craving for peace.  I think that if I could just slow down, I could enjoy all the good things in my life.

John’s right. But it’s all too easy to ignore our peace urge when we’re distracted by the ticker tape of thoughts and worries constantly running through our minds.

Many of the peace urges we have arise because we ignore the stressful tension building in and around us over time.  So often we just don’t listen.  We don’t listen to our inner voice when it whispers to us, “Don’t take that new position at the office!  It will drain the life from you.”

We also don’t listen to our bodies when they tell us that we’re tired down to our bones. Too often we push ourselves through the warning signals and ignore the tension. This breeds an increased peace urge within.

What happens when we ignore stress?  Many of my new clients tell me that they distract themselves by overeating, overspending, drinking, taking anxiety medications or sleep aids, and by further over-extending themselves.

It’s vital for your well-being to listen to your urge for peace and to retreat from the world when you need to, even if it is only for a few minutes.  In the long run, those few minutes might even save your life.  Citing Ayurveda again, it is believed that denying the need for peace can cause a range of imbalances in the mind, body, and spirit.  Such imbalances compromise the immune system and increase the risk of ailments like depression, cancer, insomnia and high blood pressure.  It’s simply not healthy to ignore your peace urge for too long.

Recent scientific data concurs.  According to researchers at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, there is evidence that unmitigated, chronic stress (the peace urge denied) causes a hormonal chain of events that can ultimately contribute to heart disease.  Heart disease is our nation’s biggest killer for both men and women.  Chronic stress can cause physiological changes that promote atherosclerosis— the slow buildup of plaque deposits in the arteries of the heart.  Relatively minor stresses can also trigger significant cardiac abnormalities, such as myocardial ischemia.  This is a condition in which the heart doesn’t get enough blood.  When our bodies are in a constant state of tension due to mental stress— ever ready to respond with fight or flight — a host of physical problems ensue.  As adrenaline courses through the body, even when it’s not really needed, blood pressure and blood sugar levels are elevated.  Platelets in our blood become sticky and more likely to clot.  Your body cannot function under these conditions for prolonged periods without breaking down.  


Your mind and body will put up with a great deal, but for many there eventually comes a time when the urge for peace becomes so strong that you are sent an undeniable message.  Many of my clients wouldn’t stop the frenzy of their stressful lifestyles until they were physically shut down by a debilitating illness or total exhaustion.  One client, a successful partner at a high-powered New York City law firm, developed an intestinal ailment and could barely eat or sleep as a result of the ongoing stress and long hours demanded by her work.  “My job is literally killing me,” she told me.  She eventually left the law profession and settled into a quieter, less stressful existence.  One friend needed to be alerted by her eight-year-old that she was ignoring her peace urge.  “Mommy, you have two black eyes. You need to rest,” her daughter said, referring to the deep bags that had settled in on her weary face after getting up too early and going to bed too late for several weeks.

The good news is that you don’t need to make drastic changes to satisfy your peace urge.  You don’t need to quit your job, go on an exotic vacation, or spend a day at the local day spa.  You don’t even have to attend a formal yoga class to attain the sense of peace you seek.

I emphasize to my students that the calm, positive energy they get from taking my classes—the antidote for the peace urge we may be unaware we have—isn’t confined to the yoga studio.  The stillness, silence, and serenity experienced during my yoga classes are at their disposal anytime, no matter where they are.  There’s a peace inside each of us and it’s ready to be accessed many times a day.  It’s what I call the Bliss Principle.

The Bliss Principle is a phrase I coined to describe the powerful wellspring of peaceful, restorative, healing energy we all possess.  It’s your center of peace, the remedy for the peace urge that goes unacknowledged in our twenty-first-century lives.  I’ve witnessed it time and again as a student and instructor of restorative yoga.

The Bliss Principle is rooted in what is referred to in yoga scriptures as Ananda—bliss or supreme peace.  According to Kashmir Shavism, an ancient yoga philosophy, everything in the universe originates from what is called spanda, the supreme vibration or original pulsation of life itself.

It is said that spanda is filled with the qualities of blissful energy, divine love, and consciousness, and that it vibrates throughout the physical and nonphysical worlds...

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