Urban Retreats

The Saundaryalahari, the Wave of Beauty, is one of the most remarkable and poignant works of Sanskrit poetry devoted to the great goddess. The astonishing grace and refinement its poetry couples with a rich, esoteric teaching of goddess-centered Shakta Tantric practice. The first portion of the Wave of Beauty is known as the Wave of Bliss and is regarded a direct disclosure of the goddess herself, concealing and revealing her sublime presence in nature, culture, and deep within the human experience.

The Wave of Beauty is an exquisite, fascinating invitation to the embodiment of goddess as a sublime presence taking the triad form of image, mantra, and yantra. As we explore the goddess in her triadic heart of beauty that we are proffered the gateway keys to the unconscious that unlock the origins of feeling, thought, and understanding.

We will study, meditate, contemplate, and learn elements of the ritual practices that shape this sadhana of the Shakta tradition. No previous familiarity is required or expected. With an open mind and a willing heart we can begin this journey together. Translation of the text and everything you need to enter into this practice will be provided.

Friday, February 8th 4 – 8 PM
Saturday, February 9th 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, February 10th 10 AM – 3:45 PM
$225 early bird (ends 1 month prior), teachers receive 10% off / $250 regular pricing / Option to attend a half day or specific selections for $75(email studios@abhayayoga.com to inquire)


Douglas Brooks-The Goddess as the Wave of Beauty

  • Date: Friday 8th February, 2019 from 4:00 PM until Sunday 10th February, 2019 at 3:45 PM
  • Location: Abhaya Yoga Gowanus


Urban Yoga Retreat with Douglas Brooks
Douglas Brooks

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. Dr. Brooks’ schedule and online courses can be found at www.rajanaka.com.


Friday, 8th February
  • 4pm: Arrival / light snack and juice available
  • 4-6:30pm: Program 1
  • 6:45-8pmBhava yoga class with live music with Tara (optional)
Saturday, 9th February
  • 10-1pm: Program 2
  • 1-2pm: Lunch – SOLD OUT
  • 2-5pm: Program 3
Sunday, 10th February
  • 10-11:30am: Optional yoga asana class with Tara
  • 12-3:45pm: Program 4