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Dr. Douglas Brooks

Dr. Douglas Brooks

Beyond the Mat

Douglas Brooks is a scholar of Hinduism, south Asian languages, and the comparative study of religions. He lived in India in the home of his teacher, Dr. Gopala Aiyar Sundaramoorthy, Professor of Sanskrit at Madurai-Kamaraj University where he also held a visiting fellowship as a Fulbright Scholar. Currently Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester, he holds both Masters and his doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

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Emergent from the pantheon of the Vedic gods is the Lord of Waters, Varuna. Often associated with moral and societal affairs, he becomes a lesser figure in later traditions, but sets standards that continue forward when the many schools of yoga begin their quests. Study his history to see how you must address a naturally entropic universe that invites you to create a greater, even grander sense of order, purpose and meaning. Props Needed: A blanket or bolster to sit on.
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Explore some of the very earliest mythos of earth and sky, mother goddess and progeny in the Indian tradition. Aditi, the "blameless one," is a primordial mother, the earth's embodiment of creativity and life source. Discover her links to her great progeny, the sons of the sky known as the Adityas. Learn these stories as sources of inspiration and metaphors that describe the powers of the universe taking form from origin to embodiment. Props Needed: A blanket or bolster to sit on.
Practice Focus: Lecture
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Does yoga teach some kind of rejection of the financial and material world? Instead of thinking of yoga as offering a retreat, consider that its greater purpose is to teach you how to be more engaged and grateful for the prosperity in your life. Yoga does not demand that you walk away from worldliness, but instead asks that you actively invest in yourself, where material abundance is needed to make those self-investments. Props Suggested: A bolster or a blanket or a chair.
Practice Focus: Lecture & Philosophy
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