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Abundant Grace Yoga with Certified Yoga teacher Ulla Lundgren

“When Shiva the Great Yogin chooses to become the Lord of the Dance, Nataraja, the universe appears as Consiousness in its most ecstatic forms: as art and play, as knowledge and beauty, as the very embodiment of awereness in the form of the Self.” —From Clothed in Consiousness: Nataraja in the Tantric Tradition by Dr. Douglas Brooks

Ulla in Vishvamitrasana (top), Ulla in Parivrrta Janu Sirsasana (bottom)

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Douglas BrooksRajanaka is the lineage of my yoga philosophy teacher Dr. Douglas Brooks, one of the world’s leading scholars of Hindu Tantrism and the esoteric traditions of the Goddess. A branch of tantrism, it is part of a South Indian tradition called Shri Vidhya (auspicious wisdom). Rajanaka says that, as embodied beings, we will and should have the full spectrum of human emotions and experiences including anger, fear, happiness, courage, desire, grief, wonder, disgust, and peace. Yoga is not about stopping these experiences from happening, but how we can open to receive the gifts that these experiences offer us. Practicing our yoga, we can turn a seeming curse into a blessing, a kleesha (stain) into a lakshmi (a mark of beauty). We do this by engaging life and stepping into its currents of joy and challenges — not by turning away or trying to stop the flow.

Douglas’s teachings have opened my mind and heart to a deep appreciation of the fullness of life, as well as exposed me to a vast world of Indian philosophy, literature, myths and practices that I foresee spending the rest of my life learning more about. To learn more, visit rajanaka.com.