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.
Patricia Brown In my teaching I am interested in removing the boundaries of classic yoga asana, guiding students in a subtle, sensual exploration of embodied Awareness from which a self-referenced practice and orientation to one’s inner life can emerge.
Blending movement and stillness, and 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 for students to explore through asana, pranayama, meditative movement and meditation, the ease, openness, compassion and inherent wisdom of Divine Love that is our true home.
The daily ritual of practice over 33 years continues to guide my life in an ever evolving embodied inquiry into who I am at the deepest level… it is this exploration that guides my teaching.
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 and Continuum generated further inquiry into the subtlety of form and formlessness, the dance between movement and stillness, and the complimentary practices of yoga asana and meditation. The influence of teachers of Advaita, the non-dual tradition of Ramana Maharshi brought another thread into this tapestry of study, practice and teaching.
I developed Body Prayers – Yoga, Meditative Movement and Meditation Silent Retreats for Women, led yoga teacher trainings, have taught inquiry through meditative movement, and co-developed Rolling Meadows Yoga and Meditation Retreat Center in Maine.