• Posted on October 22nd, 2013 YogaGlo No comments

    Douglas Brooks

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us this week as Dr. Douglas Brooks will be in town presenting a series of lectures on yoga sources. You will not want to miss this!

    Dr. Brooks Class Schedule:

    • Saturday, October 26th: 9:30am-1:00pm – 1) The Story of Shankara and the Origins of Non-Dual Vedanta 2) The Sage Settles with his Wives: The Teaching of Yajnavalkya 3) Divine Intervention: The Concept of the Avatara 4) The Ages of Time 5) The Buddha’s Past Lives 6) Buddhist Ethics and Karma 7) Buddhism and the Path of Perfection: Nagarjuna’s Teachings
    • Saturday, October 26th: 2:00pm-4:30pm – 1) The Buddha of the Future 2) The Birth Legend of Shakyamuni Buddha 3) Skillful Means: The Buddha’s Resourceful Teaching 4) Four Noble Truths: Essential Buddhist Teachings
    • Sunday, October 27th: 9:30am-1:00pm – 1) Chaos and Order 2) Imagination and Insight: Powers of the Mind 3) Buddha’s Early Followers 4) Rational and Supernatural Powers 5) Non-Injury and Non-Violence: The Teachings on Ahimsa 6) Purity and Danger: The Teachings on Shuddha 7) The Emergent Lord: The Early Concept of God in the Upanishads
    • Sunday, October 27th: 2:00pm-4:30pm  1) Auspiciousness: The Teachings on Shri 2) Ethical Boundaries: Yamas and Niyamas in Patanjali’s Yogasutra 3) Yogasutra: The Principles of Organized Reality, Teachings on Tattva Theory 4) The Great Statements: Mahavakya Teachings from the Upanishads According to Non-Dualist Vedanta

    Don’t miss this very rare opportunity to experience the teachings of Dr. Douglas Brooks. Please check out our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!


  • Posted on September 9th, 2013 YogaGlo 6 comments

    Douglas Brooks at the YogaGlo Studio

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us this week as Dr. Douglas Brooks will be in town presenting a series of lectures on yoga sources. You will not want to miss this!

    Dr. Brooks Class Schedule:

    • Saturday, September 14th: 9:30am-1:00pm – (1) Vedas and Upanishads: Sources for the Beginnings of Yoga (2) The Turn Inside: Yoga Traditions of Householders and Ascetics (3) Yoga Definitions: Consensus and Diversity
    • Saturday, September 14th: 2:00pm-6:00pm – 1) Patanjali and his Contemporaries, ancient teachers and sources (2) The Buddha and his Contemporaries, ancient teachers and sources (3) What is Karma? (4) The Pursuit of Freedom
    • Sunday, September 15th: 9:30am-1:00pm – (1) The Celestial Song: An Introduction to the Bhagavadgita (2) Ganesha’s Story: Putting an elephant head on your shoulders (3) The Breath, the Mind, the Body in Meditation
    • Sunday, September 15th: 2:00pm-6:00pm – (1) Life, Death, and Liberation: The Story of Nachiketas (2) The Birth of the Monkey Yogi: Hanuman Appears (3) Reincarnation? (4) Is Yoga religious?

    Don’t miss this very rare opportunity to experience the teachings of Dr. Douglas Brooks. Please check out our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!


  • Posted on October 30th, 2010 YogaGlo 5 comments

    It is the FINAL day of our 30:30 challenge if you started with us on October 1st. You did it! You experienced changes in your body, in your mind and in the connection between the two. How do you feel? Let us know.

    Whether you are ending today or are somewhere else in the process, Noah Mazé offers us all a unique perspective on what committing to such a 30:30 challenge means and even hints that we might want to take it up…again. Soon:

    Lather, Rinse, Repeat…reflections on practice

    Dr. Douglas Brooks, Tantric Scholar, quotes the above from the shampoo bottle when he speaks about yogic practice.  That we practice (lather), to experience our bodies, minds and hearts more fully, and thus feel better about ourselves and the world.  Eventually that wears off in forgetfulness (rinse).  Then we get to do it again (repeat)!  And again, and again, for 30 days in a row, 30 months in a row, 30 years in a row.  A lot of life is doing the same thing over and over agin (lather, rinse, repeat), we eat everyday, we sleep every night.

    Practice becomes a recursive process, where we are empowered to choose what kind of practice (vinyasa, backbends, inversions, meditation, restorative etc), how long is long enough (5 minutes, 90 minutes), and what is the length of the cycle (30 days, for example).  We can taste our freedom EVERY TIME we practice.  We taste the bliss (ananda shakti) EVERY TIME we practice.  Some days it is profound, some days it is mundane, some days ecstatic, some days peaceful.  But the commitment, and repetition–in other words keeping our promises– (did someone say 30/30?) is where the value lives.  Patanjali invokes this concept in the Yogasutra with the term “abhyasa” (1.12), usually translated as practice, but literally means “to go about it.”  This reiterated practice, from one’s inner commitment has the power to transform our bodies/minds/hearts.  The idea is that you become the company you keep, so keep great company (the company of yoga, uplifting teachings, great beings who inspire commitment), and offer your greatness to others.  The contrast to a recursive process, of iterated practice, is a vicious cycle.   A vicious cycle is more the notion of being captive–victim even–to the whirlwind of life.  The notion of vicious cycle approaches Einstein’s definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again but somehow expecting different results.”

    On a personal note, it is the years of recursive practice that has given me a deep well of inner resources to draw on.  Those phases of my life that I was able to make the commitment to practice for hours a day, every day, month after month, now pays me in dividends on a given week of busy life, work and family commitments, where I am squeezing practice into the business of my “householder” life.  Because I have embraced my practice for so long, practice is there to support me when I need it.  If my back is stiff, I know what to do.  If my shoulders and neck are tweaked, I know what to do.  If my heart and mind are misaligned, I have practices that I can do to create deeper harmony.  Meditation is the same way, where the consistency of my practice lets me access the inner depths even if I only have a few minutes to sit quietly in reflection on a given day.  I am constantly drawing on the resources I have gained from long hours and a long history of practice, to apply in creative ways to the challenges of marriage, fatherhood, business and other aspects of life–menial and great.  Even the simple and profound remembrance of breathing can be the key for me to shift out of a vicious cycle into a recursive process of empowered participation.

    In reflecting on the great vow (maha vrata) of your commitment  of 30:30:

    • How was this a recursive process of freedom choosing to practice again and again?
    • What results have your experienced from doing some of the same things again and again?
    • What yoga adds to life, is awareness.  Awareness comes from our freedom.  Freedom manifests as choice.  How has your awareness changed?
    • What have you learned about your body?
    • What has changed in your body?
    • What has changed in your mind and heart?
    • What results do you see in your relationships as a result of the recursive process of your practice?

    Congratulations on your endeavor of learning, growth and evolution.  May it always continue.

    May we keep the company that inspires and uplifts us, and offer our greatness to our families and communities, to this world.

    I look forward to seeing you on the mat again and again.

    Namaste, Noah

    For more on Douglas Brooks, please see his guest teacher content.

    Who’s ready to go again? :-) If you haven’t already completed your last practice for the 30:30 challenge, we suggest a perfect compliment to Noah’s message –  his backbend class that explores heat rasa & cooling rasa. Two things you encounter throughout each day as you eat, as you sleep, as you go about your life…and as you practice yoga more regularly each day. If a 90-minute is more than you can must on your last day of 30:30, Noah’s 45-minute class on exploring the inner light that develops through your yoga practice might be exactly what you need today.

    Congratulations – thank you for joining us on this journey!


  • Posted on September 14th, 2010 admin 2 comments

    Dr. Douglas Brooks and Noah Mazé

    The Dr. Douglas Brooks and Noah Mazé Yoga of the Inner Voice: Philosophy & Yoga Intensive premium workshop is now available for purchase and download.

    Yoga of the Inner Voice: Philosophy & Yoga Intensive
    Lecture: Tales of the Inner World for Transformation and Recognition. Inside each of us are the stories of the Self as it has traversed time and place and identity. Inside those stories lie the lessons of life, instructions for living, and the secrets of awakened Consciousness. In this seminar we hear stories of great divine characters and focus on the essentials of the great Goddess who is speech and the manifestation of voice. We explore this universe in Mantras. We learn how to weave into our bodies, minds, and hearts and discover inside ourselves how Vac creates her image, mantra, and yantra, and how we can use this to add to the fabric of our own deepening self-awareness.

    Asana Classes: The Asana sessions of this program are for all levels of practitioner. Whether basic or advanced, you find amplitude and tempo as you experience movement as vibration.

    Sessions available for purchase include:

    • The Garland of the Mother and the Power of Vac 7 hours of lecture with Dr. Douglas Brooks preceded by an intro asana class, approx 90 minutes. In this class, Dr. Douglas Brooks and Noah Mazé teach together, weaving lecture format with yoga practice, and leading students on an experiential journey into the world of Mantra. Dr. Brooks introduces fundamental teachings about the goddess Vac. Then Noah leads an accessible asana practice which finishes with meditation.
    • Vilasa – Waves of Beauty – An asana practice that moves in waves (“vilasa”) of varying amplitude and frequency. This vinyasa style class invites you to become the “current of Vac” – the infinite movement of energy, and the sonic power of manifestation.
    • Vimarsha – ReflectionThe power of reflection inspires this contemplative asana practice of forward bends, hip openers and inversions. Bathe in the teachings of the weekend, assimilating and digesting the theory into your experience.
    • Matrika Malin – The Garland of Little MothersThis full spectrum class empowers you to physically access the unfolding of sound in your body. Beginning with up tempo sun salutations and moving progressively through both the Sanskrit alphabet and the categories of yoga poses on the level 1 syllabus, we pair asana with alphabet so that yoga mirrors sound.

    These unique premium workshop video downloads were designed to expand your practice and knowledge of the anusara method and philosophy. Classes can be purchased individually or you can purchase the entire workshop for a special combined price. Since these are Pay Per Download classes, you can download them to your computer and use them whenever you want – no internet connection required.

    This is a very rare opportunity to experience  the teachings of Dr. Douglas Brooks while also exploring and expanding your yoga practice at the very same time with Noah Mazé. Enjoy!


  • Posted on May 27th, 2010 admin No comments

    We’ve recently announced some incredible workshops that will be taking place in our YogaGlo studio and hope you are interested in taking part. A few events have some changes in final details, so we wanted to recap quickly to provide you with the latest details on upcoming workshops:

    • Yoga of the Inner Voice Philosophy & Yoga Intensive with Dr. Douglas Brooks & Noah Mazé takes place May 28th – 30th
    • Unique Self: Awakened Mind Two-Day Practice Intensive with Diane Musho Hamilton & Dr. Marc Gafni has been moved from June 4th & 5th to September 18th & 19th. You can register here.
    • Heat, Love, Grace & ‘Livin’ the Dream’ Two-Day Practice Intensive with Sofia Diaz takes place on June 19th & 20th and the price has been reduced from $285 to $199. You can register here.

    All workshop blog posts have been updated to reflect the changes noted above. Please let us know if you have any questions. If you YogaGlo in LA or if you are in town visiting from afar, we’d love to see you at one of these fantastic workshops.


  • Posted on May 7th, 2010 admin 1 comment

    Yoga of the Inner Voice, Philosophy and Yoga Intensive with Dr. Douglas Brooks and Noah Mazé

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  • Posted on December 17th, 2009 admin 1 comment

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  • Posted on December 17th, 2009 admin No comments

    “Yoga of Healing” Adjustments & Therapeutics for Teachers and Students

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    Sadhana Series, 2010.  Attainment.  Refinement.  Affirmation.

    Naime Jezzeny

    Sianna Sherman

    Noah Mazé

    Christina Sell

    Dr. Douglas Brooks

    Darren Rhodes


  • Posted on July 23rd, 2009 admin 2 comments

    (click on the lectures link to the right and scroll down to view all lectures)

    Click here to download .mp3 (audio).

    Click here to download .pdf handouts.

    Teachings on Rasa and Mudra: the Essence of Experience and the Power of the Imprint, Part 6.2 of 6.2

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    Photograph by David Sygall

    Dr. Douglas Brooks is among the world’s leading scholars of Hindu Tantrism and the esoteric traditions of the Goddess. After receiving a Masters degree from Harvard Divinity School, he continued his studies in the history of religions, Sanskrit, and Indian studies going on to receive a Masters and Doctorate from Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions.

    Douglas has held academic positions both in India and the United States and has lectured around the world. Currently, he is Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester in New York. In addition to his formal Western education, Douglas lived for many years in India in the house of his Teacher according to the traditions of Guru Kulam in which the student is initiated into all facets of the Indian classical Sanskrit education, including philosophy, yoga, ritual, and worship. Douglas’ Teacher, Gopala Iyer Sundarmoorthy was not only an eminent scholar of Hinduism, but a Master of the Tantric Goddess tradition known as Auspicious Wisdom, or Shri Vidya. http://rajanaka.com/ http://rajanaka.blogspot.com/


  • Posted on July 23rd, 2009 admin No comments

    (click on the lectures link to the right and scroll down to view all lectures)

    Click here to download .mp3 (audio).

    Click here to download .pdf handouts.

    Teachings on Rasa and Mudra: the Essence of Experience and the Power of the Imprint, Part 6.1 of 6.2

    db_photo

    Photograph by David Sygall

    Dr. Douglas Brooks is among the world’s leading scholars of Hindu Tantrism and the esoteric traditions of the Goddess. After receiving a Masters degree from Harvard Divinity School, he continued his studies in the history of religions, Sanskrit, and Indian studies going on to receive a Masters and Doctorate from Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions.

    Douglas has held academic positions both in India and the United States and has lectured around the world. Currently, he is Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester in New York.

    In addition to his formal Western education, Douglas lived for many years in India in the house of his Teacher according to the traditions of Guru Kulam in which the student is initiated into all facets of the Indian classical Sanskrit education, including philosophy, yoga, ritual, and worship. Douglas’ Teacher, Gopala Iyer Sundarmoorthy was not only an eminent scholar of Hinduism, but a Master of the Tantric Goddess tradition known as Auspicious Wisdom, or Shri Vidya.

    http://rajanaka.com/

    http://rajanaka.blogspot.com/