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 was one of the first teachers of yoga in Maine, and has taught silent yoga and meditation retreats for 33 years.
She developed Body Prayers, silent yoga, sacred movement and meditation retreats for women and led yoga teacher trainings for many years.
Patricia's teaching creates an environment for developing cellular listening and embodied awareness from which a self-referenced practice and orientation to one's inner life can emerge.
Initially studying in the Iyengar community, Patricia later studied a self-sensing approach to yoga with Angela Farmer, Yoga Nidra with Richard Miller and the Vanda Scaravelli influenced breath and subtle sensing work of Sandra Sabatini as well as studies in Yin and Restorative Yoga. Her interest in softening the constraints of form and deepening embodied awareness led her to study Authentic Movement and Continuum which continues to inform her practice and teaching.
Patricia is a long-time practioner of Vipassana meditation and has been profoundly influenced by teachers from the the non-dual teachings of Advaita Vedanta in the tradition of Ramana Maharishi.
Patricia's teaching removes the boundaries of classic yoga asana, guiding students in a subtle exploration of embodied Awareness, teaching meditation as an integral part of the practice while supporting us to rest in the inherent wisdom, compassion and Divine Love that is our true home.
She is the author of Sustenance - poems, images, writings about practice and recipes arising from livng and working at Rolling Meadows Retreat.
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