We are honored and thrilled to welcome Douglas Brooks Phd. and Amy Reed, RYT 500 for two inspirational and educational fall workshops!
Dr. Douglas Brooks
Serenity in a Ferocious World: Stories and Teachings from the Yoga Traditions for a Life of Engagement
October 3-5, 2014
Yoga traditions have always maintained that humans can flourish in the midst of a world that makes no promises but that we might learn and evolve. So few people have the opportunity to create a contemplative life, even those who seek with open hearts and minds, and fewer still learn to develop their inner resources to match the experiences that all must face. In this seminar we'll look at different sources, strategies, teachings, and practices that are meant to nurture these crucial skills. We'll begin with the teachings of Classical Yoga, especially the insights assigned to Patanjali in the Yogasutra, move into the contests of conscience that teach us to stand in the midst of turmoil and challenging choices as Arjuna learns from Krishna in the Bhagavadgita, and then look at a particular form of the goddess Kali who appears in the lore of the Dancer Nataraja. Patanjali will teach us how to find ourselves when the turmoil inside and out is more than we could have expected. Krishna in the Gita gives us ways to challenge ourselves, face the facts, and rise to the occasion of our greatness. And, at last, the Goddess Pratyangira, our particular esoteric form of Kali, will offer us in myth and imagery a ferocious, compelling, and empowering sense of relentless engagement and calming inner presence. These are teachings at the heart of yoga that will take you to your own heart as well as to the very boundaries of your self-understanding. NO PRIOR experience is expected or required. Bring an open mind and a willingness to learn. You'll find welcome and something to bring home that may change your life.
Douglas Brooks is a scholar of Hinduism, south Asian languages, and the comparative study of religions. He lived in India with his teacher, Dr. Gopala Aiyar Sundaramoorthy, for many years studying and practicing Srividya, Auspicious Wisdom, and the modern traditions of goddess-centered Tantra. Currently Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester, he holds both Masters and his doctoral degrees from Harvard University.
Amy Reed: Ultimate Repose - Exploring the 3 Wisdom Center of the Body
November 1-2, 2014
The 3 Wisdom Centers of the body are known in Yoga as the "bandhas," a Sanskrit word that translates to boundary, to bind or lock. The bandhas are the deep interior structures of organic & muscular support that nourish the spine and they map beautifully onto the 3 primary diaphragms of the torso. On a more subtle level, they are structures of Mudra - or the inner imprint of Presence experienced through deep, supportive spaciousness. Learning to access the support of the bandhas means to discover our own inherent wisdom and potential, hence - they are Wisdom Centers. All sessions will include asana, meditation & pranayama (breath work).
Saturday, November 1, 12-2:30pm - CORE POTENTIAL (All Levels) - Find your root and core support to stand and fly. Standing Poses, Hip Openers, Core Work, Basic Hand Balancing
Saturday, November 1, 4-6:30pm - ARCHITECTURE OF THE HEART (All Levels) - Find the column of support in the heart & palate - Neck and shoulder work in Backbends, Twists and Inversions
Sunday November 2, 12-2:30pm - THE LIVING TEMPLE (Intermediate/Advanced Practice) - Use the support of the three wisdom centers to safely play your edge in a well-rounded practice. No major injuries, not for beginners.