Brinda is a certified registered craniosacral therapist (RCST) and a graduate of a three year, 714-hour biodynamic craniosacral course taught by Scott Zamurut, RCST at the Santa Fe School of Massage (formerly the Scherer Institute of Massage). Scott is a founding board member of the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America and studied under Franklyn Sills, an early pioneer in the development of a biodynamic approach to Craniosacral Therapy.
Yoga is an ancient spiritual discipline and a complete mind-body science that was divined by rishis, or seers, thousands of years ago in India. Kundalini is one of the oldest forms of yoga and has been practiced since 500 BC. A master of the practice by age sixteen, Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini to the West in 1969.
Brinda is certified by the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association, a member of the national Yoga Alliance. Brinda completed the Kundalini Research Institute's 220-hour Aquarian Teacher Level 1 teacher training program at Yoga Santa Fe with Kirn Kaur Khalsa and Guruchander Singh Khalsa, who have been practicing for 40+ years and studied directly with Yogi Bhajan. She has also completed Level 2 courses "Stress and Vitality" and "Conscious Communication."
Brinda’s Kundalini spiritual name is Puranprem, which means complete love of the soul. Self-love is her life’s path and she focuses on the heart (anahata chakra) in all of her classes. Brinda taught her Kundalini for the Liberated Heart yoga classes at Yoga Santa Fe for four and a half years and independently at The Railyard Performance Center for a year and a half.
Class Description | I am love now! I am liberated now! Discover your heart’s deepest intention today. Awaken to the infinite resource of love that resides within you. Fall into the incredible power and grace of aligning your intention and actions with the boundless energy of your heart. Kundalini for the Liberated Heart supports students of all levels and all faiths in the spiritual exploration of the heart. The focus is on the fourth chakra qualities of love, compassion, and awakening. Each class is designed to promote liberation, expansion, and expression of health while building your capacity for self-love and for being open and caring to whatever arises moment to moment. Human love is for one thing only, to love your soul. Then the Infinite world around you will be in love with you. –Yogi Bhajan
Class Details | Class is a baby/mama/papa/gender nonconforming/family friendly all levels shindig. All always welcome.
somatics + sufficiency
The root of the word somatics is “soma” which is Greek for body. Somatics is a powerful body-up methodology in which the actions of the physical body are used to rewire our neuro-physiology for maximum choice in our present lives.
Sufficiency is a concept that was first introduced by futurist Buckminster Fuller and later popularized and further developed by Lynne Twist. The sufficiency is a framework contends that there is indeed enough. Enough time, enough money, enough love. The scarcity mentality that we live in today is a product of not what we have or don’t, but a fear-based way of relating to our context whatever that might be.
Brinda’s study of somatics includes 25 days of intensive training over two years with The Strozzi Institute, Social Justice Leadership, generative somatics, and Leadership Embodiment. She was coached somatically for 6 months and then mentored by Jen Cohen of Seven Stones Leadership for two years. Brinda has studied directly with Lynne Twist and the Soul of Money Institute and has completed Seven Stones Leadership's 6-month “Enough Already” sufficiency course.
Vipassana meditation was originally taught by the Buddha more that 2,500 years ago as a spiritual path of liberation. Vipassana is a Pali word derived from Sanskrit and is often translated as “insight” or “clear-seeing.” In the wonderful and wise words of renown Western teacher Sharon Salzberg, Vipassana is “a systematic, integrated path that moves the heart out of isolating contraction into true connection.”
Brinda first learned basic anapana meditation as a child. As an adult, Brinda has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 2005. She began sitting in the S.N. Goenka lineage and and has also practiced intensively in the Insight Meditation tradition. Brinda has sat over 144 days in silent retreat, including month-long, 21-day, and several 10-day and shorter courses. In January of 2012, in Burmese tradition, she ordained temporarily as a Theravadan nun for retreat with the late Sayadaw U Lakhana at Kyaswa Monastery in Sagaing, Burma. Brinda's root teachers are Arinna Weisman and Michele McDonald. She has studied with Ruth Denison, Sharon Salzberg, Roshi Joan Halifax, and Eric Kolvig, among others.