Dr. Douglas Brooks
Prof. Dr. 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, studying and practicing Srividya, Auspicious Wisdom, and the modern traditions of goddess-centered Rajanaka Tantra. A graduate of Harvard University, he has been Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester in New York for the past 25 years.
He’s a most exceptional personality of modern Yoga, a BKS Iyengar of our time, but free from the pressures of one style of Yoga. Deeply rooted in classical Yoga since his childhood (he grew up in an ashram and started practicing Ashtanga Yoga when he was 14), Noah Mazé today is one of the most known and most passionate Iyengar-students. He’s curios about and open for all Yoga styles of the old and modern world.
His trainings are directed towards Yoga teachers of all styles. With his unique analytical teaching he opens up the whole range of modern Yoga and develops teaching techniques for different styles, particularly the structural between alignment based Hatha Yoga and flow orientated Vinyasa classes. Everything based on a deeply rooted Yoga philosophy. A jewel of our time!
Jordan Bloom is a movement educator and yoga teacher, trained in biomechanics, posture, alignment and the treatment of movement dysfunction. Jordan has studied extensively in philosophy, healthy living and wellness. Based in the US but originally from South Africa, movement has been been integral to Jordan’s life, whether through sports, yoga asana, gymnastics, weightlifting, hiking or cross country skiing. Jordan is an internationally renowned teacher filled with a passion to share knowledge and information on how to reclaim and maintain our innate birthright of living fully, self empowered and pain free. He travels globally, educating a wide variety of students and professionals about movement, health and skillful living. For the last fifteen years, he has been teaching classes, workshops and trainings to students worldwide.
Jordan brings knowledge, vitality and experience to his trainings, drawing on his extensive and continuing education in yoga philosophy and asana, functional and evolutionary anatomy, biomechanics, mobility, strength training and healthy living. Jordan’s teaching has a two pronged approach: to learn from all the great traditions and knowledge of the past, while also embracing the opportunities of empowerment, self-reliance and self-care that are available to us in the 21st century, unlike any other time in human history.
Jordan is a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500 and RYS 200 & 300) a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Crossfit Movement & Mobility Trainer, a Certified MovNat Level II Instructor and has trained in the Gokhale Method.
Rocky lives in Los Angeles and is not only an internationally renown yoga teacher but a musician as well. He started practicing yoga in 2004, teaches since 2007 and is a faculty member of YOGAMAZÉ. His classes and workshops range from anatomy oriented alignment of asanas to very intense vinyasa-flow-yoga and creative yoga-drills. Rocky is a frequent guest teacher in the YCBA who spellbinds yoga teachers and students alike.
Michael J. Stewart
Combining Shanta with Vira!
“Shanta means ‘serenity’, ‘pacified’ or ‘calm’. The Sanskrit word vira means hero, brave, or warrior. These two words are the source and fruit of this sadhana. In this, the “iron age,” the age of destruction, the Kali yuga, how do we find the courage to be open and receptive in our hearts? The journey of the peaceful warrior, Shantā Vira begins when we recognize the divine within!”
Shanta Vira Yoga as taught by Michael Stewart is a sadhana that allows access to our essential nature as divine beings. In this progressive workshop series he will lead you through a dynamic yoga practice using all the elements of Hatha Yoga; Asana, Pranayama, Bandas and include elements from Tantric sadhana; Deva, Mantra, and Mudras. This entire experience will take you from annamaya to anandamaya kosha while invigorating the chakras with pulsations of divine bliss. Michael infuses his classes with practical philosophy, devotion and play. Come and experience a practice that will leave you wanting more!
Michael J. Stewart is a Hatha Yoga teacher with a varied background. He is known internationally as a Movement facilitator, African Drumming teacher, Choreographer and Theatre director. Michael’s Yoga journey has taken him from the Jivamukti studio in New York City to study with Iyengar teachers Sharat Arora and Rajiv Chenchani in India. His teaching is inspired by the spirituality of Swami Sivananda and the deep insight of Patanjali.
Michael’s philosophy on teaching is: “in order to be a good teacher one must be a good student”.