Douglas Donnell began his study of Sanskrit with Vyaas Houston in 2001 with a 2-week immersion that transformed his relationship to language and learning. Since then, he has taken numerous immersions and workshops with Vyaas and has cultivated a strong personal course of study. While continuing his Sanskrit, he is also a meditation student of Paul Muller Ortega. Emphasizing the natural and synergistic relationship between Sanskrit and meditation, Douglas is committed to assisting others in developing their own course of study to see how even an initial understanding of Sanskrit will augment and refine one’s relationship to Yoga and the intellect. In 2011 he began teaching under the banner of Vyakarana Yoga, the yoga of grammar. The study of Sanskrit reveals the principles of grammar. A regular meditation practice coupled with a refined understanding of grammar allows each of us to become more conscious of how we use language and the inherent power of that awareness.
Within the three phases of universal becoming, Trupura Sundari is the "beautiful one". Move into the central triangle to align oneself with the radiant seed point within the cosmic womb and to be surrounded by the brilliance of infinite possibility.
Shakti as the Divine Mother is the outward-moving, manifest aspect of creation, and Shiva, the underlying, unmoving, absolute aspect. Together they conjoin in perfect balance to present the wholeness and unity of creation.
Juxtaposed against the manifest form of the cosmic fish is the enlivening movement of the Shri Yantra, mapping the spiritual journey from material existence to enlightenment and Creation bending back on itself to create again and again.
Within the interlocking triangles of Tripura Sundari lies the experience of dissolution — in perfect balance — of both physical and emotional form. Only then can the re-creation aspect of transformation spring forth resplendent in the beauty of the Self.
Possessing the ruthless and powerful aspects of the Goddess, Tripura Bhairavi brings intense transforming heat to destroy the illusions and limitations of the ego. Yet with the benevolence of a mother, she protects those who undertake such a journey.
Sarasvati is the Goddess of inspiration and beauty in Creation. To move through her yantra is to discover the essence of creativity in speech, music and the visual arts, and thus to experience the enlivening of these qualities within the Self.
Shakti is the feminine principle, the energy and creative power of all creation. To move through the Shakti yantra is to awaken within the Self the kinetic cosmic principles which expand to create the infinite universe of matter and spirit.
Travel in the clockwise direction of the twelve interlocking Svasti auspicious symbols of creation and experience perfect cosmic order prior to immersing oneself in the patterns of the Shri Yantra and the journey beyond one's perceived limited experience.
Move through the yantra of Goddess Durga and experience the invincibility of her Divine Radiance, through which she is capable of destroying all disharmony. She is herself the divine Mother, establishing harmony in all who behold her brilliance.