- Brooks, Maine U.S.A.
Patricia Sunyata Brown In the teaching 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.
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.
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. Studies in Ayurveda, Somatics and Source Point Therapy as well as work with Peruvian shamans all inform my teaching. Currently teachers of Advaita, the non-dual tradition of Ramana Maharshi, bring another thread into this tapestry as well as continued explorations in moving meditation and vinyasa with Shiva Rae.
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