THE COMMUNITY

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Bhairav, also known as Thomas is the founder and owner of Anuttara Ashram and co-founder of Anuttara Yoga. He has been working steadily, persistently and vigilantly at creating a space of peacefulness and solitude for the awakening of love in it's most practical form, in the act of giving.


Bhairav is a wacky, fun-loving, and rather humouristic yogi-- seemingly skilled in more than just yoga, and meditation.  He is known on any random day at the ashram to be teaching yoga, giving a class on the chakra-s, and leading the karma yoga team.  Along with this he is known to work on plumbing, electrical, building, & collecting and splitting firewood.

He has himself been practicing Yoga and Tantra since 1999. First, under the direct guidance of Swami Vivekananda Saraswati in India, and later in 2009 he met Guruji Raj Kumar of the right handed path of traditional tantra of India with MahaTantra, and 3 months later he met with Prem Baba of Brazil, under the Saccha Lineage located in Rishikesh India.

Bhairav has based his study and practice of tantra yoga on an understanding of the depths of meditation, which has led him into many solitary retreats of up to 3 months into yoga practices and Buddhist meditation.  Since 2002 he has been teaching in, India, Thailand, and Canada.

Yoga Classes with Bhairav are unlike any other.  It is apparent from the moment the class begins that he has spent a lot of time studying the countless aspects and areas of the vast topic that is yoga.  While in his asana classes you feel that you are held and supported while also being gently guided into spiritual growth.  In his Yogic Philosophy classes one feels the magnitude of his knowledge and the information is delivered in a fun and comfortable environment that makes it easy to absorb. 

 

Bhairav's sense of humour makes it easy to be at the ashram and is a constant reminder to not take life or your spiritual practice too seriously.  It is not often that one gets to have a class taught by a teacher with such profound understanding of yoga and yoga philosophy.  His knowledge and love of the practice radiates throughout the room and helps each of his students to expand in the areas that they personally need.

To be in the presence of a yoga teacher of his stature is not an every day event and one finds themselves trying to soak up as much of his wisdom as possible.  Bhairav is incredibly easy to talk to, making it easy to ask him any of those large philosophical questions that might have otherwise gone unanswered.

THOMAS ENGLISH

Owner/Founder

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Artemis Emily Doyle is a goof and dog-mother of two Karelian bear dogs. She walks through the world heart first.  Artemis has been practicing yoga and meditation for over a decade. Her practice grows with her beyond the mat and beautifully flowers in her teachings and sharings. 

Artemis was first introduced to meditation by a Buddhist Nun when she was around the age of 8.  Through the interpretation of a child, Artemis practiced meditation by staring at a collage of photos she had ripped out of a National Geographic (her alter) for a few minutes each evening before doing her evening prayers and going to bed.  In 2008, Artemis found a book on Yoga and began to teach herself Asana.  Before ever taking a formal Yoga Class Artemis started teaching in 2010.  In 2013, she was formally certified.  

She is a registered Forest Therapy Guide and was initiated as a guide in Ceremonial Cacao in the traditional Guatemalan rite.  Artemis is currently working on her Psych Degree.   As it seems to be synonymous with life at the ashram, Artemis wears many hats while serving here, she can be found gardening, landscaping, and/or cooking on any given day.  However, Artemis spends most of her time working online and doing administrative/marketing tasks.

It's not difficult to get Artemis involved in a philosophical discussion about Non-Duality.  Her love for Advaita extends to Vedanta, Tantra, Taoism, Bhakti Yoga, Spiritual Ecology & Beyond.  She has been initiated by both Guruji Raj Kumar & Sri Prem Baba.  In 2014, she personally met and received Darshan from Sri Mooji Baba.  His teachings have reverberated into her being ever since and she considers him to be one of her main teachers.  Artemis has also studied with Eric Baret, Ellen Emmet, and Rupert Spira.

Artemis has a deep connection with Bhakti Yoga and if you really want to see her fully embody the divine, go to kirtan with Artemis. Nowhere does Artemis shine as brightly as when she allows the sacred sounds to move through her.  Artemis sets souls on fire, as she conveys her genuine connection with the Spirit through song.   To listen and watch her play the harmonium makes you feel closer to God. 

ARTEMIS EMILY DOYLE

Owner/Founder

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Sunny was born in Australia, but has been living on and off in Canada for almost 5 years now. From a young age she was always a keen traveller of the world, seeking out adventure and alternative ways of living.

Sunny discovered Anuttara in 2015, and it was undeniable when she first arrived on the land that she had found a true refuge. What began as a desperate search to find relief from years of suffering and self destructive behaviour, transformed into a deeper yearning to  explore, and experience the depths of her being.  Spending extended periods of time at the ashram opened up to her the incredibly beautiful world of meditation, yoga and wholesome community living. Over the years she has been involved in the Ashram in a number of ways. She began as a workawayer taking care of the garden, and since then has played the role of house manager, cleaner, cook, builder, painter, manager, social media and administrative helper and now facilitator. Really from year to year, whatever the ashram needs, Sunny is happy to step in to help out where she can. She has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2017 when she graduated from Anuttara’s very first YTTC.

In 2017 & 2018 she travelled to India with the Anuttara crew and in that time  completed a Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training with the Satyaloka school of Traditional Tantra, and Guruji Raj Kumar. She has also studied with Hala Khouri in Trauma informed yoga, completed a Mindful Caregiving course with the San Francisco Zen Hospice Project and is working towards a Bachelors degree in Counseling. Most recently, she has become a student of Pema Khandro Rinpoche, learning the philosophy and practices of the Tibetan Buddhist Yogis and was given the refuge name, Pema Chokyi Palmo in 2019.
In her spare time she loves to paint, listen to blues and rock and roll music , and go running out in nature

( most preferably in thunderstorms).

SUNNY AMY WILLIAMS

Facilitator/Council Member

Tara was born in the middle of Germany, where she early felt the need to find out more about who she is, why she is suffering and what's her deeper life purpose on this earth. She started to feel god within but was craving for the tools and ways to connect with this energy.

As she doesn't believe in coincidence she was finally guided to the ashram to find answers to all her questions. She came to the ashram for the first time in 2015 where she took part in the Karma Yoga program and her whole world started to change. She started to realize what her soul really wants and needs. In the next year, she traveled to India with Bhairav and Artemis. 

 

Tara has been studying Yoga and Meditation at Anuttara through Artemis and Bhairav since 2015.  She graduated an Anuttara Yoga and Meditation Teacher in 2017. Since then she has been a part of the Anuttara Facilitator Training.

She has been studying Spiritual Psychotherapy with Prem Baba for sine 2017 and has been practicing Traditional Tantra with the lineage of Guruji Raj Kumar and Bhairav since coming to the ashram in 2015.
She completed a Thai Massage Course and is in her 3rd year of Dance Therapy Studies developed by Maria Fux.

 

Tara loves Bhakti Yoga in all its forms and feels more and more drawn to Self-Inquiry and the teachings of Advaita Vedanta.  She loves dancing, chanting, going deep into her yoga and meditation practice, being in nature and feeling the earth, caring for all kinds of animals and plants, connecting with people and being surrounded by a loving community. She wants to learn new things every day and give all her energy to the things and the projects she loves, create self-responsibility and come back to a purer and nature connected life. 

Tara (Anna-Lena) Nendzig

Facilitator/Council Member

Om grew up in Vancouver, B.C., born and raised. He got into meditation in 2010 after reading the inspiring story of the Buddha and his life and the short writing of various masters ancient and modern.  He found himself touched and wanted to know the true meaning of the word peace, bliss, truth, nirvana, moksha, so he resolved to meditate everyday since that time. 
 

Through practice and experience, he began to see limitations in meditating alone and sought out different teachers and communities for spiritual guidance. Om found a few that felt “right” in Vancouver and felt especially comfortable in the Zen communities.  Until 2012, he mainly practiced in the Zen Buddhist tradition and through that he gained the seed of insight.  After meditating for a brief period in those traditions He came across the great and profound words of different Masters/Saints representing different traditions, especially Sri Ramana Maharishi, Sri Rama Krishna and Ram Dass and he became very interested in all the different kinds of Yoga practices and Tantric practices, feeling a heart connection to these beings, he found them to be a constant source of inspiration and reminder as to the reason we are all here.
 

With interest and sincere seeking, he met a kind and friendly backpacker from New Zealand who told him about Anuttara Ashram; sharing interests in spiritual practice and meditation he followed the advice of his Kiwi friend.  About 8 months later, he went to Anuttara Ashram and discovered a totally different tradition and lifestyle.  Nothing felt more important to him than growing and developing spiritually and as a human being so the Ashram felt like the perfect place to be.  Loving the space, the nature, the community, time flies by so quickly at Anuttara Ashram and he has now been a semi-permanent resident at Anuttara for the last 4 years.
 
Om is a good and hard-working individual with a heart of gold.  His determination inspires those around him to continue their practise and keep seeking higher truths.  Om often does some of the more physical work at Anuttara; including such things as, digging trenches, splitting wood and mowing the lawn.  However, Om is also an excellent baker and will often treat his fellow ashramites to some delicious fresh bread or sweets.  You can typically find Om talking in goofy voices and makes jokes with fellow community members in the kitchen. 

Om (Nolan) Bevan-Flores

Facilitator/Council Member

Ellie is a certified Yoga & Meditation teacher through Anuttara Yoga.  He met Guruji Raj Kumar in 2018 and has been through two different 33 - 45 day intensive tantric trainings with Guruji in Nagpur India. Elie is currently in the Facilitator Training with Artemis & Bhairav in Canada.  He has a passion for Non-dual Tantra coming through the lineage of Jean Klein and just discovered his love for playing Harmonium.

Ellie has a lust for life that is unmatched by most other beings.  He is a sun worshipper and like any true sun worshipper he radiates an enthusiastic light that can brighten up any room.  He is an acrobat and loves to play through movement, you can often find Ellie doing acro-yoga, handstands or any other general lighthearted silliness.  He is very open hearted and an excellent listener.  Ellie is a kind and sensitive soul who has a passion for Tantra as well as Kashmir Shaivism.  

Despite his body being so young his heart is incredibly wise.  He has travelled a lot of the world and developed an earnestness to understand Truth.  Ellie is rooted in a deep inner knowing that is generally a 'not-knowing' and it is here wherein his wisdom lies.  

Ellie Rullier

Facilitator/Council Member

Yoga became a part of Ishvari's life while she was studying Philosophy and Eastern Religions at university. The practice quickly became more fulfilling than the theory so she traveled to India to dive in. She completed her first 200h YTT in the Sivananda lineage with Krishna Chaitanya & Swami Prabodh Chaitanya in 2014. She continued to study with Yogrishi Vishvketu that year. Ishvari began her journey with Anuttara in 2017 and has been calling it home sweet home ever since. She was thrilled to be a student of the Anuttara YMTT in 2019 and has since joined the facilitator program.

Ishvari is also a registered Children’s Yoga Teacher, completing her training in 2017 with Leanne Whiting and Julie Coleman. Yoga has become a holistic lifestyle for her, she is delighted and honored to be able to share it with others. She loves to share Hatha, Restorative, Laughter and Chakra Yoga - as well as meditation, and Yoga Nidra. Ishvari considers creativity to be a vital part of her spiritual practices and encourages others to dive into the wellspring of their own creative spirits.

Ishvari has an expansive and all-encompassing heart.  She unabashedly embraces all beings with her sweet and tender presence.  Ishvari is incredibly easy to approach, talk to, and feel comfortable around.  She is fiercely compassionate and naturally imbues a selfless love.  To have Ishvari as part of the Ashram community is a tremendous gift for all who come here.

Ishvari (Liv) Belanger

Facilitator/Council Member

Namkhai practices Yoga and Dzogchen as a celebration of life. His root teacher is Pema Khandro Rinpoche. He aspires to a career as a scholar. He first visited the ashram in the winter of 2016-17 and spent a month practicing the Book of Secrets. Namkhai loves life and sees spiritual practice as a creative expression of beauty!

Namkhai Jigdral

Facilitator/Council Member

Divya is the host of the Daily Show on YouTube and Linked In.  She first came to the ashram in 2016 and now works to support the ashram in International affairs.  She assists us in India and volunteers her time to the ashram in helping to market the ashram.   She is an Award winning Motivational Speaker in India, US & Canada.

Divya Shlokam

International Volunteer & Honourary Community Member

Sita

Sita is our most dedicated Karma Yogi, taking her duty of keeping our property bear (and squirrel) free very seriously.  Sita knows the ins and outs of the entire property and will spend her whole day making sure each person is safe.  Sita is a very gentle, sweet and quiet dog that is very loveable.  She is distant to those who need it and very loving to those who wish it.  Neither loud nor needy for attention she is the perfect ashram dog.  

Nass Valley, BC, Canada
250-999-9182

 anuttarayoga@gmail.com

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