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.
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 orPresence 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. As a yoga teacher 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.