Surya-Chandra Das began studying hatha yoga and meditation in 1988 and has taught classes and yoga retreats since 1990. His teaching of yoga asana and pranayama is influenced by his studies with T.K.V. Desikachar in Madras, India,Victor van Kooten, Angela Farmer, Richard Miller, a variety of teachers in the Iyengar tradition and the teachings of yin yoga. Studies in Authentic Movement and Continuum Movement have contributed to his interest in exploring the formless contained within the form of yoga postures. Surya has also been influenced by the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti, who stressed the need for each individual to directly discover their own truth without dogma, ritual, or technique.
Surya-Chandra is a long-time student of Vipassana meditation and Advaita, the non-dual tradition of Ramana Maharshi, having studied with Ramesh Balsakar, Adyashanti and others.
Surya's teaching is a blend of the various teachings he has experienced and his own explorations. Nondual Awareness or Presence is the foundation of the retreats. Surya is interested in helping participants understand the depth and breadth of Yoga - that it is so much more than performing asanas (postures) and can permeate every aspect of our lives well beyond the retreat. He supports and encourages a student to let go of striving and becoming; to increase their capacity to live with conscious awareness of the wisdom of body; to be present for conditioning from a non-judgmental and somatic reference point, allowing us to live from the natural joy, ease and openness of Being.
Patricia Brown has been teaching yoga and meditation retreats since 1981. She was one of the first teachers of yoga in Maine, and has taught silent yoga and meditation retreats for 25 years.
Her work inspires trust in the natural, self-sensing capacity of the body and openess to the recognition of one's essential nature.
Initially studying in the Iyengar community, she later found inspiration from the exploratory and self-referenced work of Angela Farmer, and continues her exporations with the breathwork of Desikachar, the Vanda Scaravelli influenced work of Sandra Sabatini, Yin Yoga, and the profound influence of teachers from the the non-dual teachings of Advaita Vedanta in the tradition of Ramana Maharishi.
She is a long-time practioner of Vipassana meditation and brings many years of study in movement meditation based on inner listening in the form of Jungian based Authentic Movement Meditation and Emilie Conrad's Continuum.
Patricia's teaching is a quiet exploration of Awareness...Yin yoga, breath, gravity, silence, quiet sitting. She focuses on ease and naturalness and on noticing and sensing what we already are.
She creates a silent, undistracted environment for developing a quality of listening from which a self-referenced practice and orientation to one's inner life can emerge.
Patricia lives with her husband, Surya, at Rolling Meadows Retreat in Brooks, Maine and is the author of Sustenance, Recipes and Reflections from Rolling Meadows Retreat available in November 2012.
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