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Dougas Brooks in Portland – October 25 – 26th 2014

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Yippee! Douglas Brooks will be back in Portland this Fall – October 25th and 26th.

Last time Douglas was here, he gave us a rich look at Shiva Nataraja’s dance in the pine forest, the rich story which is pivotal to so many yoga traditions. We found Patanjali there, to whom the Yoga Sutras are attributed, and Viaghra Pada, “Tiger Paws,” from whom the house holder lineage mythically springs.

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This year he will be speaking to the next chapter in the story, that of the Sapta Tandava, or Seven Dances, and the theory of the rasas, yoga’s flavors of existence that penetrate all aspects of human experience. You need not have come last year, nor to have any familiarity with the material, to attend.

Here are some words from Douglas on what he is planning for us:

The Core of Feeling: Tracing the Path of Consciousness

“Deep inside us the core of consciousness resonates as feelings, the primal emotions that cut to the very heart of our being and begin the process of autobiography that is Self. In our extended sense of Self, we have mapped these feelings into our awareness of the world, into memories and language, into the social and cultural expressions of our humanity.

In this seminar we will learn the basic and foundational study called the rasas, trace the maps from core to extended consciousness, and place the theory of rasa within the image of the dancing Shiva as Seven Dances. This remarkable mythology creates a forest of feelings and perceptions that take us into the heart of awareness from our own unconscious sources. NO previous experience is expected or required. Bring an open mind, a wiling heart, and your playful imagination.

About Douglas

Douglas Brooks is a scholar of Hinduism, south Asian languages, and the comparative study of religions. He lived in India with his teacher, Dr. Gopala Aiyar Sundaramoorthy, for many years studying and practicing Srividya, Auspicious Wisdom, and the modern traditions of goddess-centered Tantra. Currently Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester, he holds both Masters and his doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

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Workshop Details

Location

The workshop will be hosted by the Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont St., Portland, Oregon

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Douglas will present four talks, like four chapters in a book.

Sat, 10/25, 12:30pm – 3:00pm
Sat, 10/25, 4:30:pm – 7:00pm
Sun, 10/26, 12:30pm to 3:00pm
Sun, 10/26, 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Studying with Douglas Brooks is a rare opportunity, and a deeply enriching experience that I could hardly hope to describe – just come. Attend as may sections as you can possibly manage. Try to do the whole weekend.

Cost

$55 per section, or
$200 for all four sections.

Early Bird – 10% off until September 15th

To pay by check, contact me and I’ll send you my mailing address.

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Noah Maze in Portland – November 21 – 23rd 2014

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Yes, Noah Maze will be here this November! Friday the 21st through Sunday the 23rd!

Once again, Noah will lead us through his one-of-a-kind asana classes Friday through Sunday, and stick around to help us hone our teaching skills in 2, day-long teaching labs.

Noah has long been known internationally as a teacher’s teacher, and has lovingly fine tuned his ability to share his teaching mastery with others. This year, the teaching labs will focus on cracking the code of the body through skillful sequencing. Day One, Saturday, will look at the foundational principles of sequencing, and Day Two, Sunday, at the unique questions and concerns of smart, effective sequencing for vinyasa classes.

Schedule

Friday, Nov 21, 6:30 to 8 pm  – Asana
Saturday, Nov 22, 12:30-2 pm – Asana 2 – 7:30pm  Teaching Lab (this presumes a 2 hour lunch break – estimated time 3:30 to 5:30)
Sunday, Nov 23, Noon – 1:30 pm Asana 1:30-6:30pm Teaching Lab (this presumes a 1 hour lunch break – estimated time 3-4pm)

Price

Whole weekend - Asana only - $90
Saturday asana & labs – $105
Sunday asana and labs – $115

Whole weekend – Teaching Labs and Asana – $240!

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What To Expect

This is going to be a meaty couple of days folks, packed full of learning and doing. The three asana classes will be designed to illustrate the principles being taught in the labs – so be sure to do the whole weekend if you are participating in the teacher training.

It will flow something like this:

On Friday evening, Noah will teach an mixed level asana class with vinyasa and hatha elements. Poses sequenced for student progress with an assumption (but not a requirement) of full weekend participation. This will be a grounding sequence appropriate for an evening practice.

On Saturday morning, Noah will teach a mixed level asana class with vinyasa and hatha elements.  Expect an energizing sequence appropriate for a morning practice, with elements carried over from Friday’s practice. Again, the class will be sequenced for student progress with an assumption (but not a requirement) of full weekend participation. Friday and Saturday classes will both inform Sunday’s practice.

The Saturday afternoon teacher’s session will unpack the sequencing principles from Friday and Saturdays asana classes, with lecture and Q and A immediately following practice. Contemplation and inquiry will be assigned for your lunch break, with a final session of lecture and practicum to wrap up the day.

Sunday asana will be pure vinyasa, informed by the work we’ve done so far.

The Sunday afternoon teaching lab will explore sequencing principles specific to vinyasa classes, and will flow much the same as Saturday.

Topics Covered Over the Weekend  Will Include:

• Sequencing for Mixed Level Classes
• Sequencing for Student Progress in One Class and Over Time
• Weaving Form, Foundation in Precision into the Flow
• Learning New & Healthy Biomechanical Approaches to Vinyasa
• Pacing & Pulse: the Dance of Holding & Flowing
• Sustainable Sequencing

And one very low price of $240 buys you a ticket for the whole shebang.

This mini TT will be a nourishing and flavor-packed morsel you will be chewing on for years to come. We have broken down and prorated the sessions, and each can absolutely stand alone on its own, but I cannot stress enough the cumulative value of doing the whole thing. It’s worth subbing out your class, or finding a place to stay in town over night. For reals.

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The trainings will be held at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 849 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR 97205 

Schedule

Friday, November 21st 6:30 to 8:00pm Asana

Saturday, November 22nd  12:30-2:00pm – Asana 2 – 7:30pm  Teaching Lab (this presumes a 2 hour lunch break – estimated time 3:30 to 5:30)

Sunday, November 23rd 12:00-1:30pm Asana 1:30-6:30pm Teaching Lab (this presumes a 1 hour lunch break – estimated time 3-4pm)

Price

Whole weekend - Asana only - $90 Saturday asana & labs – $105 Sunday asana and labs – $115

Whole weekend – Teaching Labs and Asana – $240!

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