Brooks "Bhaktimaya Devi" Wilson

Playa Grande
Costa Rica
Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

3 Reviews

Born in Costa Rica and raised in Tamarindo Beach, Brooks grew up outdoors, climbing mango trees, fishing the shores with hand lines, playing soccer, baseball, she was a life guard, and practiced competitive swimming and surfing. Brooks surfed professionally for over seven years. She represented Costa Rica around the world and became a Roxy Surf Team athlete. At the same time she was earning her bachelor degree at the University of Costa Rica and learning about yoga with Mariel Marmorato at Ser Om Shanti in Tamarindo.

Although she does not compete anymore, Brooks is still a world class surfer and brings her own athletic technical skills to her yoga teachings.
In 2012, after eleven years of disciplined yoga practice, Brooks traveled to the Indian Himalayas to become a certified Yoga Alliance instructor with the Himalayan Yoga Institute. She was trained in the style of Rajadhiraja yoga from the lineage of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. It was during her stay at the ashram that Ganga Devi, her beloved acharya, bestowed upon Brooks her spiritual name:

- Bhaktimaya: one who is full of devotion and love for the Supreme.

In early 2013, Brooks “Bhaktimaya” Wilson began teaching in Costa Rica. In Fall 2013, at Ganga Devi’s request, Brooks returned to the ashram in India as an assistant during a twenty-one day instructor training course. Here, her passion for Rajadhiraja yoga grew even more, thus increasing her will to share this classical form of yoga with the Western world upon her return home.

In February 2016 Bhaktimaya Devi traveled to Auroville, India to complete a 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training through Himalayan Yoga Institute imparted by her acharya, Ganga Devi.

Brooks' experience has been highly influenced by her personal contact and lessons with great yoga masters like Mariel Marmorato, Ganga Devi Grace, Mariela Cruz, Nancy Goodfellow, Janine Fafard, Willy "Atma Crista" Avila, Jennifer Minniti, Nicole Loria, and Esteban Salazar.
Brooks is able to guide her classes and each individual student in the correct alignment and flow of breath during each pose. She can provide suggestions for modifications or the use of props when needed, in case of previous injuries or restrictions of the practitioner's body. This direction, combined with a philosophical approach woven into her artistic sequencing creates an inspiring environment for anyone who is either a current practitioner or new to yoga. Brooks sees all teachers as a medium for people to detach from being stagnant and embrace the blessing of consciously evolving.

“You are never alone or helpless.
The force that guides the stars, guides you too.”
- Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Reviews

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Brings Yoga to Life

Bhaktimaya Brooks Wilson is a knowledgeable teacher, and brings her passion forth in each class. She leads classes based on classic yoga, incorporating pranayama in the asana practice, in ways that support each students growth. We are very pleased to have her teaching at Panacea!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Excellent teacher

Bhaktimaya assisted me in my teacher training in India. She is a wonderful teacher who emanates so much love and patience when she teaches and assists. Her classes always made me come away with a warm heart and thankful presence. Always with a smile on her face and a glowing heart.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Excellent instructor!

Brooks is an amazing yoga teacher. An authentic yogini: she is a thorough and dedicated teacher, a devoted yoga practitioner and compassionate, kind human being. Her essence shines through in her classes. I attended her vinyasa flow classes regularly, which were a perfect combination of challenging asanas, creative sequencing and spiritual philosophy. I highly recommend Brooks as a teacher for both advanced and beginner students!