I encourage looking within, open inquiry, and respect for the unique way the mystery unfolds in each of us. Guiding students to cultivate awareness of a deepened field of intelligence, my approach is experiential, fluid, and non-linear encouraging expansion of breath, attention, perception and inner listening. By refining attunement to the felt sense, the poses, breathwork, moving and seated meditations become fluid forms for exploration and deepened awareness, inviting an open ended, bodily-based inquiry into our True Nature.
My work draws upon 40 years of practice and teaching from which an eclectic approach to yoga, meditation and life has emerged. I am interested in guiding others to uncover the deep rivers of their own knowing, drawing upon classical Hatha yoga, including vinyasa, yin yoga and restorative yoga; pranayama, Middendorf, Osho Diamond, Quantum Light, and Holotropic Breathwork; Continuum Movement; Authentic Movement, 5Rhythms, Somatics, Vipassana meditation; Advaita in the tradition of Ramana Maharshi, and Self-inquiry as portals to the direct experience of Awareness, our True Home and Original Essence.
I enjoy the subtle, enlivening, self-referenced, healing experience which arises from practice and witnessing others develop and trust their unique embodied way of opening to the mystery behind and within creation… those moments when fluid resonance with Source is once again experienced and invited to be absorbed and infused into our lives.
“Your own self-realization is the greatest gift you can render the world.” Ramana Maharshi
Patricia lives in mid-coast Maine on a 150 year old farm, known as Rolling Meadows Retreat Center where she teaches retreats and with her husband, Surya, stewards the land. When not in Maine Patricia teaches internationally in Mexico, Italy, and India and wherever else she is drawn to share her love of opening to the flow of the Essence of Being.
Patricia’s website Embodying The Mystery is found here
Surya-Chandra Das began studying hatha yoga and meditation in 1988. Surya 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, and Richard Miller. Additionally, there have been a variety of teachers in the Iyengar tradition and the teachings of yin yoga. Studies in Authentic Movement, Breathwork 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 has also studied with Dr. Joe Dispenza, connecting the ancient teachings of the East and recent understandings in Quantum Physics. These modern scientific developments, like the nature of the quantum field, allows those of us educated in the “western mind” to more fully understand and integrate the time-honored teachings of Yoga into our daily lives.
Surya-Chandra is a long-time student of Vipassana meditation and Advaita, the non-dual tradition of Ramana Maharshi. He has 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. It is so much more than performing asanas (postures) and can permeate every aspect of our lives. 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 the body; to be present for conditioning from a non-judgmental and somatic reference point. Likewise to have the direct experience of our True Nature, allowing us to live from the natural joy, ease, and openness of Being.