Patricia Sunyata Brown…I am interested in removing the boundaries of classic yoga asana, guiding students in a subtle, sensual, fluid exploration of embodied Awareness from which a self-referenced practice and orientation to one’s inner life can emerge.
Since 1980, I have been blending asana, meditation, movement and stillness, encouraging inner listening as the portal to the mystery beyond form. I offer a path to what lies beneath the surface, creating a sacred environment to explore through asana, pranayama, meditative movement and meditation, the ease, openness, compassion and inherent wisdom of Divine Love that is our true home.
I first began studying yoga asana in the Iyengar community, and later with Angela Farmer and teachers of the Vanda Scaravelli approach. Having a desire to deepen my practice, I began sitting Vipassana meditation retreats with SN Goenka and with teachers from the Insight Meditation Society and Forest Refuge. Studies in meditative movement with Jungian based Authentic Movement, Continuum, the innovative work of Emile Conrad, as well as Five Rhythms with Gabriella Roth, generated further inquiry into the subtlety and interface of form and formlessness, movement and stillness, and in developing ways to encourage inner listening, and self-referenced practices.
Studies in Ayurveda, Somatics and Source Point Therapy as well as work with Peruvian shamans all inform my teaching. Advaita, the non-dual tradition of Ramana Maharshi, and the practice of self-inquiry root my teaching in the understanding that we are Divine Love and offers avenues to embody this knowing.
I developed Body Prayers – Yoga, Meditative Movement and Meditation Silent Retreats for Women, led Body Prayers Yoga Teacher Trainings, have taught inquiry through meditative movement, co-developed Rolling Meadows Yoga and Meditation Retreat Center in Maine, and continue to offer retreats in Maine and internationally.