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Looking Beneath the Surface: Stories of Nagas and other Creatures of the Dark with Professor Douglas Brooks

Each of us holds within us the depths and complexities of our private experiences, the feelings and thoughts that we often keep silent, that emerge from our subconscious or inhabit our dreams.  In our waking consciousness we grapple and contend with our experiences while in the vast, and largely unexplored worlds of our inner self we collect these images, thoughts, and feelings where they inhabit our emotions and untold stories.  In India's traditions these interior movements, that slither and lurk, the kind that are comfortable in shade and shadow and sleep are called Nagas or serpents.

Everywhere one looks, across the entirety of India's storytelling traditions and vast iconographies, there are images of serpents, sometimes appearing as snakes and other times as serpentine creatures, half-snake, half-something-else.  And everywhere we find them, we meet another story about what lies within us, often hidden, always rich and valuable.  Humans may have some innate fear or trepidation about snakes but nagas in Indian lore are essential keys to our personal development: the heart of yoga tradition is the notion of waking up Kundalini, the inner serpent.  What are these naga-experiences, who is Kundalini and why is she a naga?  What are we to make of these living denizens of our shadows, dreams, and hidden desires?  There are so many illuminating stories and images to help us experience our inner nagas in shadow and light.

Friday: 6-8pm
Saturday:10:30am-12:30pm & 2:30pm-4:30pm
Single class: $50 by 10/22 $55 after
Entire Weekend: $185 by 10/22 $200 after

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