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Dr. Douglas Brooks

Beyond the Mat

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.

Recent classes

Yoga teaches how to make death a great teacher, how it's presence as the shared human destiny becomes an invitation to learn the value of each day. Death brings a poignant urgency to the gifts of life. Rather than avoid the subject, learn how yoga traditions teach how to feel from death the love of life, and think about death as a teacher whose lessons can enrich your feelings for being alive. Props Suggested: A bolster or a blanket or a chair.
Practice Focus: Philosophy & Lecture
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Learn how Classical Indian sources tell us that a life is in need of organizational structures that bring you to your boundaries and potentials in this lecture-based class. The key term here is asrama, which in this instance means the stages that empower you to live in the fullness of your shared humanity. Explore this notion from its origins with attention to how Indian traditions bring you into your experience as a developing human being. Props Needed: A blanket or a bolster to sit on.
Practice Focus: Lecture & Philosophy
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Listen to a lecture about friendships found in a variety of traditions and beliefs. Learn how in ancient Vedic worlds, the god Mitra comes to personify friendship, as the Buddhist tradition creates the Buddha of the future, Maitreya, whose name translates as "friendliness." Also learn how in yoga traditions the virtue called maitri holds similar meaning. Look for and contemplate the connections so you can draw out the significance of these characters and concepts. Props Needed: A blanket or a bolster to sit on.
Practice Focus: Lecture & Philosophy
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