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.
BHAIRAV THOMAS ENGLISH (he/him)
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.
ARTEMIS EMILY DOYLE (she/they)
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. She is 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.
Senior Yoga & Meditation Teacher and Facilitator
Tara is a Anuttara Yoga & Meditation Facilitator and Practitioner of Devotional Dance. She teaches dance as a devotional practice and centers her sharings around the Spiritual Heart and Self-Discovery. Tara has been practicing Traditional Tantra in the lineage of Guruji Raj Kumar for 6 years and continues immersing herself in Tantric Studies. She has been studying spiritual psychotherapy and is training in Occupational and Dance Therapy. Tara is a truly inspiring and devoted teacher. Her heart overflows with a deep love that is joyously contagious to those around her.
Senior Yoga & Meditation Teacher and Facilitator
Sunny is a fiercely compassionate practitioner and teacher. Sunny has spent the last 7 years studying with masters from various Tantric and Buddhist traditions. She is an Anuttara Yoga & Meditation Teacher and a Satyaloka Yogini Tantrika teacher. Sunny has spent years serving and managing projects in the Anuttara community. She is a student of Pema Khandro Rinpoche of the Ngakpa tradition of Buddhist Yogis and was given refuge name Pema Chokyi Palmo 2 years ago. Sunny holds an undergraduate degree in Counselling (Edith Cowan University) and is a trained volunteer in crisis intervention. Sunny is a dedicated and deeply kind teacher. She inspires her students with her humility, devotion, and grace.
ISHVARI OLIVIA BELANGER (she/her)
Educational Administrator/Assistant Facilitator
Ishvari (she/her) seeks to bridge the gap between play and practice. Ishvari is an Anuttara Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Yin Yoga Teacher & trauma-informed children's yoga teacher.
Yoga became a part of Ishvari's life while she was studying Philosophy and Eastern Religions at university. She quickly realized the practice was far more fulfilling than the theory, so she traveled to India to dive in. She has spent the past 7 years being humbled and inspired by the ever-deepening practice of Yoga and meditation.
Ishvari views Yoga, Meditation, and all of her offerings as ways to come home to the heart. Ishvari is a student and practitioner of Traditional Tantra in the Shivoham lineage. She is currently studying both Sufism and Taoism. Her Christian upbringing filled her with a love of music that has translated to sharing kirtan with tremendous joy. Ishvari is interested in anti-oppression as a lifestyle and is curious about the intersection of self-empowerment and spirituality as a liberatory practice. Ishvari has an expansive and all-encompassing heart. She unabashedly embraces all beings with her sweet and tender presence.
KAYLA MILLER (she/her)
Marketing Manager/Apprentice Facilitator
Kayla has been exploring different paths of spirituality with a curious mind and open heart since 2016 and felt a strong call to visit Anuttara as a karma yogi in 2019. Resonating deeply with the land, ashram & school, Kayla has been studying with Anuttara and the Shivohman Lineage ever since.
Her practice and lifestyle are largely influenced by the paths of Non-dual Tantrā and Advaita Vedanta as well as the teachings of Guruji Raj Kumar, David Frawley, nature, Mooji, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rupert Spira, and Julia Cameron.
As an artist with a background in Art History and Expressive Arts healing, Kayla is most in her element when painting, dancing, singing, etc. as means of devotion. She will often incorporate elements of art such as tarot & oracle cards, stories/myth/symbolism, music, and poetry into her yoga classes.
TAITE RAINER MACKEY
Kitchen Manager/Apprentice Facilitator
Rainer has been a part of the Anuttara community since 2016. She first began her journey here at the Ashram as a Karma yogi, working with lime and clay, making cobb throughout the rainy and muddy fall months. After weeks of waking up for 6 am practice, doing selfless service during the day, and winding down the nights with kirtan or personal time, an undeniable feeling began to arise within her. The only way to describe this feeling was a deep opening within the heart. It was through this heart-opening that led her back to the Ashram again and again. Falling in love with the Sangha, the land, and finding a deep sense of rest and peace within herself.
Today at the Ashram, you can find Rainer puttering around in the kitchen, harvesting or tending to the gardens, or perhaps hear the echoes of her playing harmonium across the valley. Wherever she goes, she always finds herself in the kitchen. For her, one of the greatest joys of life is cooking for others to provide delicious and nourishing food for everybody. This is what brings her closest to Spirit.
Rainer completed the Community Herbalist Program with Pacific Rim College in 2021 and continues to develop her relationship with plants through herbal medicine making and guided medicinal plant walks. Alongside this, she has a deep interest in Ayurveda, especially Ayurvedic cooking which she continuously practices and studies.
ADAM CAINES (he/him)
Adam was born in Newfoundland, Canada. He arrived to Anuttara in the Summer of 2019 to participate in the 200hr teacher training and immediately fell deeply in love with both the space and the community. His years of playing sports took a toll on his joints, so if you ever take his yoga class and hear disturbing snapping and popping don’t be concerned, he just needs a new set of hips and knees.
You will likely find Adam in two places: on his cushion or in the kitchen. However, when meditating he’s likely thinking about what he’s going to cook, and when he’s cooking he’s likely thinking about meditating. The result is that he does neither with much success. If, by chance, he is doing neither of these practices, you will find him slouched on his sofa with an earl grey tea reading and exploring his love for Tantra, Sufism, and Christianity. He likes to think of himself as quiet, but if you ask him a question regarding any of these three traditions, or about spirituality in general, make sure you have nothing planned for the next hour because he will not shut up! Adam’s zeal for the path makes him enthusiastic to openly share this love with all those he encounters.
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.
BHAVANI BRITT MCDOUGALL (she/her)
Yoga & Meditation Teacher/Community Member
Bhavani (Britt) is ever-more in awe of the simple divinity of everyday life. At the beginning, she was born to her mother of English, Irish and Scottish ancestry and father of Jamaican roots in Oshawa, Ontario, Anishinaabe territory. Her family in both its complexity and warm embrace has given her the opportunity, health, and love to pursue whatever she wants in this life.
She spent some years exploring different cultures in Central and North American, investigating different ways of seeing and always seeking to connect with people, communities, and the Divine. Now, she has come to find a spiritual family in the Anuttara Sangha (community) and resides in Terrace, British Columbia, Ts'msyen Territory. She has found immense learning through her work as a Youth Worker for the community of Kitsumkalum and cherishes every sweet guidance that comes through daily life.
Bhavani has training in First Aid, Suicide Intervention, and Principles of Collective Trauma Healing (30hr online) with Thomas Hübl and graduated from Anuttara's Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training in 2021. She loves learning how to fix stuff, biking, and sitting in nature.
The spiritual path is unfolding through guidance from many beings, but in naming a few who have deeply touched Bhavani on her path she identifies Mooji Baba, Bhairav Thomas English, Artemis Emily Doyle, Guruji Raj Kumar, and (largely) the Anuttara Sangha!
KAYLA "JI" GOMES (she/her)
Kayla first joined the Anuttara community in April of 2021, where she took on the nickname “Kayla Ji”. With an open mind, she surrendered to the teachings of Traditional Tantra and began practicing in the Shivoham lineage of Guruji Raj Kumar. She enjoys learning about different spiritual teachings from other members of the community as she explores and deepens in her own path. She incorporates yoga into her daily life through selfless service, asana, kirtan, and reading as many books on spirituality as she can. Kayla Ji is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and part of the Ashram’s Seva team as an assistant cook. Through the combination of Sangha, daily practice, and the nature of living off-grid, her heart continues to open. Although this is only Kayla Ji's first season with Anuttara, her integration into the community felt seamless and her quirky humor reminds us not to take life too seriously.
Feel free to call me Julz – my birth Name is Julia Marlen Angermüller. After being born and raised in Germany, I started traveling the world for a few years, happy to be able to connect my travels with University Programs of Cultural Anthropology and Gender Studies.
Yogic/meditative elements, practices, and interactions with people have been inspiring me since my youth. But I guess my conscious journey of a yogic path started when re-connecting to the heart – in a Cacao Ceremony in India during a YMTT with Anuttara. To be present with love, present with what is, simple and yet - probably because of that - life-changing. The following season, I came to the Ashram in Canada. I fell in love – with the surroundings and the community, the forest, life, with the off-grid lifestyle, the cute trailer I was living in, with every living being there – including the assistant cook who became my beautiful partner. Ever since, I have been guiding Yoga and Meditation Sessions in Costa Rica, Germany, and online.
Hello and a big joyful welcome to this unique opportunity to study authentic non-dual tantra yoga, as well as toexplore yourself and the universe!
My name is Marlene, living (and identifying) in this female body in Germany. My path led to the Ashram in 2018 and what can I say - I got hooked. My love for Truth was elicited and I had the fortune to be part of the YMTT 2019 in India. Since then my life is dedicated to being the best expression of what I know to be true. I am especially drawn to self-inquiry and the teachings of Adyashanti.
I am not only a lover of Truth but also deeply in love with this miraculous life. There is nothing more beautiful for me than to facilitate the connection to ourselves and life. I am deeply caring for this precious earth and it breaks my heart over and over again how we treat her and each other. I believe that everybody brings their unique gift to life- and Yoga (on and off the mat) can be authentic, an integral path to embodying this.
I am looking forward to being on this journey with you. May we remember together that we are already what we are looking for!
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.