About

NAMARUPA, Categories of Indian Thought, is a journal that seeks to record, illustrate, honor, as well as  comment on the many systems of knowledge, practical and theoretical, that have originated in India. Passed down through the ages, these systems have left tracks, paths already traveled, which can guide us back to the Self    the source of all names [NAMA] and forms [RUPA]NAMARUPA presents articles that shed light on the  incredible array of DARSHANAS, YOGAS and VIDYAS that have evolved over thousands of years in India’s  creatively spiritual minds and hearts. The publishers have created this journal out of a love for the knowledge that it reflects, and desire that its content be presented clearly and inspirationally, but without any particular agenda or sectarian bias. The aim is to permit contributors to present offerings that accurately represent their own traditions, without endorsement or condemnation. Each traditional perspective on reality is like a different branch on a vast tree of knowledge, offering diverse fruits to the discerning reader.

“Just as a big Banyan tree sprouts from a tiny seed, so the wide universe with names & forms sprouts forth from the Heart.” Sri Ramana Maharishi


Publishers & Editors: Robert Moses and Eddie Stern {Please see below for Out of Station Schedules}

Robert Moses grew up in South Africa where he studied architecture. He met his guru, Swami Vishnudevananda in Israel in 1972 and served, studied under, and lived with Swamiji until his passing in 1993. Robert then married and worked in the outdoor retail industry as a photographer, maintaining daily sadhana and teaching Yoga and Vedanta. Swamiji told him to “Take people around India” which he does to this day. He lives in New Hampshire, USA with his wife Meenakshi, raising their children Satya, Tejas and Sita.

Eddie Stern and his wife Jocelyne are the co-founders of Ashtanga Yoga New York, the Brooklyn Yoga Club and the Broome Street Temple. They studied under Ashtanga Yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois from 1991 until his passing in 2009. Eddie has published several books on Pattabhi Jois and Astanga Yoga, including a translation of Pattabhi Jois’s 1960 treatise, Yoga Mala. Jocelyne and Eddie continue to study with Pattabhi Jois’s grandson and successor, Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois, and his daughter, Saraswati Jois.

Production, images and accounts:
NAMARUPA LLC, Robert Moses, P.O. Box 271, Dublin, NH 03444, Tel. 603.933.0266, Skype. robertmoses
robert@namarupa.org
Editorial, letters and submissions:
NAMARUPA LLC, Eddie Stern, 206 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205, Tel. 646.509.4174
eddiestern@me.com

Advisor:
Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He is the author of twelve books including Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution and the Aghora series, which discusses his experiences with his mentor during the years 1975 – 1983.

Website by:
Roberto Maiocchi
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Out of Station Schedules
Robert Moses 2017
March 4-5 Yoga East, Louisville, Kentucky
Yoga & Vedanta Classes and Talks.
April 13-30 SYVP, at Amboli, Maharashtra, India: {Depart April 10 – Return May 9}
Hatha Yoga Intensive
May 19-21 New York City {Yoga + Science – Videographer for Brooklyn Yoga Club}
Yoga & Science Pop-Up Conference
June 14-19 Bethel Farm, Hillsborough, New Hampshire
Yoga & Pranayama Retreat
July 22 – 23 Brooklyn Yoga Club, Brooklyn, New York
Granthis, Nadis, Nectars & Nerves: Pranayama. Eddie Stern & Robert Moses. Details TBA
September 2 – October 1 SYVP, at TapovanKuti, Uttarkashi, India: {Depart August 29 – Return October 18, after Yatra}
Yoga Teachers Training Level 1
October 2 – October 16 Namarupa Narmada Yatra. Dr. Robert Svoboda & Robert Moses {Return October 18}
Namarupa Narmada Yatra

Eddie Stern 2017
March 9th-12th Milan, Italy

Ashtanga Yoga Milano
April 27th-May1st Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ashtanga Yoga Buenos Aires
June 22nd-25th Zagreb, Croatia

Green Yogi Traveler
August 10th-13th Moscow, Russia

Ashtanga Yoga Moscow
August 17th-20th Yekatarinaberg, Siberia

Dr. Robert Svoboda 2017
May 5 – 7: Berkeley, California A participatory practice through storytelling, featuring Dr. Robert Svoboda telling the Indian epic, The Ramayana, with commentary and insight into the esoteric meaning of the story over the course of the weekend featuring group chanting and musical interludes. There will also be a lecture on the importance of myths and stories in spiritual life. Scott Blossom will teach yoga in the Shadow style on Saturday & Sunday. This course will sell out; Register here.
May 19 – 21: London, United Kingdom Communication began shortly after the dawn of life, and has characterized all forms of existence ever since. All living beings communicate, and though we of today may pride ourselves on our admittedly impressive technological advancement in the speedy transmission and reception of voice, text and images, there is far more to the exchange of information than can be encapsulated in legible words and intelligible sounds. This weekend will explore in theory and in practice how prana expresses itself as sound and speech – nada, shabda, sphota – on multiple levels – vaikhari, madhyama, pashyanti, para – and how we can enliven these within us as manifestations of Vāc, the Goddess of Language. Please contact natasha@gandharvayoga.com for bookings and queries.
June 2-4: Cadiz, Spain Retreat at Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Regla, just moments from the beach at Costa de La Luz. This workshop will feature Dr. Svoboda lecturing on Prana and Pratyahara and feature Anusara yoga taught by Pilar Valencia.  Information and registration here.
June 9 – 11: Poitiers, France Dr Svoboda will give talks on “Happiness and the Spiritual Path” at La Ferme de Jutreau, with a simultaneous translation into French. The cost is 200€ including meals and transportation to nearby TGV train stations (Châtellerault, 30 minutes, Poitiers 45 min.) You will have to arrange your stay locally but help can be provided. Information is possible by phone : +33 (0)5 49 84 57 28, please ask for Claire, Thierry or Thomas. Registrations are possible: by post : Ramji, La Ferme de Jutreau, 86260 Saint-Pierre-Maillé, and by phone : +33 (0)5 49 84 57 28, please ask for Claire, Thierry or Thomas.
June 16-17: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Dr. Svoboda will speak at YogaFest Amsterdam. He will also teach a one-day course on Ayurvedic Psychology. Information here.
July 5 – 8: Tallinn, Estonia Ayurveda, Jyotisha, Tantra and other classical Indian vidyas describe our world and ourselves in terms of the Pancha Maha Bhutas, or Five Great Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. Those elements are universal tools of the Nature and essence of every human being. How they work in practical modern world will be discussed in open lecture in Tallinn. A special 3-day tantric retreat in countryside will focus on performing internal bhuta shuddhi, the “purification of the Five Elements”, culminating in a fire ceremony (homa) on the morning of July 8, which in 2017 is Guru Purnima, the full moon day on which all gurus and teachers are revered and celebrated. For bookings and queries please contact kaja@praktiline-ajurveeda.ee
July 10: Copenhagen More info coming soon.
Oct 2 – 16: Narmada River Yatra The Narmada is worshipped as a goddess and the tradition of Her circumambulation is called Narmada Parikrama. The parikrama is an adventurous spiritual journey around the sacred river through hills, temples, dense forests, gorges, ravines, rocky patches, caves, plateaus and plains. Narm-da means one who provides happiness and joy. It takes pilgrims three years to walk the route but we will fly, bus and boat it in 14 days! This retreat is being put on by Namarupa Magazine. This pilgrimage is currently FULL; here is the registration form to be added to the waiting list.
Dec 1 – 3: Scott’s Valley, California Dr. Svoboda and Dr. Claudia Welch will teach at 1440 Multiversity on the topic of Refining the Senses: The Transformational Potential of the Indriyas. This course will explore how our senses, known in Sanskrit as indriyas, relate in Ayurveda to the five mahabhutas (elements), the seasons, and dinacharya (our daily routines), and how to use the natural qualities of the winter season to refine the indriyas so that they can work for us to enhance both our health and the positive effects we may have on others and our surroundings. Information here.