THE COMMUNITY

The Anuttara community is always evolving. We love making new friends! On this page are our consistent and/or permanent community members who are foundational to the ashram and the school.

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BHAIRAV THOMAS ENGLISH 

Founder of Anuttara Ashram and Co-Creator of Anuttara Yoga

Bhairav bought 100 acres of nearly raw land with a vision to create a space of peacefulness and solitude for the awakening of love in its most practical form - the act of giving. He has been working persistently for over a decade to bring Anuttara Ashram to fruition. 

Bhairav is a wacky, fun-loving, and a rather humoristic yogi-- seemingly skilled in more than just yoga and meditation. He has been studying and practicing Yoga and Tantra for over 20 years. 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 Shivoham.  In 2018, Bhairav completed a 6-year initiation with Guruji Raj Kumar. He has been empowered as a Guru and lineage holder in the Shivoham Lineage. his traditional Tantrik practice is truly inspiring. Since 2002 he has been teaching in India, Thailand, and Canada.  

 

To be in the presence of a yoga teacher of his stature is not an everyday event. Bhairav is incredibly easy to talk to and approachable. He happily answers those large philosophical questions that might have otherwise gone unanswered.

 

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ARTEMIS EMILY DOYLE

Founder of Anuttara's Turyatita  School and Co-Creator of Anuttara Yoga

Artemis has been practicing yoga and meditation for over a decade. Her practice grows with her beyond the mat and blossoms in her teachings and sharings. 

She is a registered Forest Therapy Guide and was initiated as a guide in Ceremonial Cacao in the traditional Mayan rite.  Artemis is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and writing her first book on Tantra Meditation.  Artemis is a teacher in the Shivoham Lineage. They in the process of being initiated as a Psycho-Shamanic Facilitator in The Heart Light Method. 

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.   In 2014, she met and received Darshan from Sri Mooji Baba 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. Nowhere does Artemis shine as brightly as in singing kirtan.  Artemis sets souls on fire, as she conveys her genuine connection with the Spirit through song. 

ISHVARI (LIV) BELANGER

Educational Administrator/Assistant Facilitator

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 graduated from the YMTT in 2019.

Ishvari is 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. Ishvari is interested in anti-oppression as a lifestyle and is interested in the intersection of creativity and spirituality as a liberatory practice. 

Ishvari has an expansive and all-encompassing heart.  Ishvari is incredibly easy to approach, talk to, and feel comfortable around.  She unabashedly embraces all beings with her sweet and tender presence. 

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CHOKYI (SUNNY) WILLIAMS

Assistant Facilitator

Chokyi 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.

Chokyi discovered Anuttara in 2015, and it was undeniable when she first arrived on the land that she had found a true refuge. Sunny has been an active member of the Anuttara community since 2015. She graduated from the Anuttara YMTT in 2017 and has over the years assisted in the yoga program, retreats, and YMTTs. In 2017 & 2018 Sunny traveled to India with Anuttara and completed a 200 YTT with the Satyaloka school of Tantra, which included initiations with Guruji Raj Kumar.  Most recently she has studied with Hala Khouri in Trauma-Informed Yoga, completed a Mindful Caregiving course with the San Francisco Zen Hospice Project. 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).

TARA (ANA-LENA) NENDZIG

Assistant Facilitator

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.

 

Tara first came to the ashram in 2015 and graduated from the Anuttara YMTT in 2017. Since then she has been a part of the Anuttara Facilitator Training. She has been studying Spiritual Psychotherapy with Prem Baba since 2017 and has been practicing Traditional Tantra in the lineage of Guruji Raj Kumar since 2015. Tara practices Thai Massage and is currently studying Dance Therapy developed by the great 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 projects she loves, create self-responsibility, and live a pure, nature-connected life. 

Elie Rullier

Apprentice Facilitator

Ellie is a certified Yoga & Meditation teacher through Anuttara Yoga.  He met Guruji Raj Kumar in 2018 and has been through two different longer intensive Tantrik 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. He is discovering 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 Elie doing acro-yoga, handstands, or any other general lighthearted silliness.  He is very open-hearted and an excellent listener.  Elie 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 traveled a lot and developed an earnestness to understand Truth.  Elie is rooted in a deep inner knowing that is generally a 'not-knowing' and it is here wherein his wisdom lies.  

SHALUVA BEVAN-FLORES

Volunteer Manager

Shaluva grew up in Vancouver, B.C. He got into meditation in 2010 after reading the inspiring story of the Buddha and his life.  He found himself touched and wanted to know the true meaning of the words peace, bliss, truth, nirvana, moksha, so he resolved to meditate every day. 
 

Until 2012, he mainly practiced in the Zen Buddhist tradition, and through that, he gained the seed of insight. That year he visited the ashram for the first time. 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, 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 8 years.
 
Shaluva is a good and hard-working individual with a heart of gold.  His determination inspires those around him to continue their practice and keep seeking higher truths.  Shaluva's kind, generous and goofy spirit make him a delight o share community with. 

SITA & MUDRA

Bear Dogs / Best Friends

Sita (white), now in semi-retirement, takes 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.  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.  

Mudra (black), her brother-from-another-mother, is high-energy, friendly, and sensitive. He loves to be around people and get as many pets as he can. He suffers from epilepsy but doesn't let that stop him from working very diligently to keep bears away from the ashram, sometimes working through the night. He loves to show everyone how much he loves them!

join the community

Come spend a month or longer in the Nass Valley, practicing Seva with our off-gride community! It's truly a gift to be able to host like-hearted beings from all over the world. We are open to volunteers May-October. 

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Nass Valley, BC, Canada
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