Antonio, director of Finca Elefante, has more than 20 years of experience in the world of meditation and ancient yoga. He lived in India for more than 7 years, where she studied classical-ancestral yoga in the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram of Tamil Nadu together with T.K.V. Desikachar (son of the legendary T. Krishnamacharya), and traditional Hatha Yoga at the Vijnana Kala Vedi School of Traditional Indian Arts in Kerala, in a program of studies sponsored by UNESCO. On his return to Costa Rica in 2006 he became director of the now-defunct magazine San José Volando, basing his cultural management of approximately four years on the importance of consciousness and art for the healthy evolution of a society.
In 2010 he returned to India, moving to the city of Mumbai to study classical philosophy of yoga at The Yoga Institute (the oldest yoga school in the world), an institution in which he later stayed working as a professor and coordinator of international academic programs. There he lived with the familia Yogendra, founding lineage of the Yoga Institute whose origins go back to the sage Sri Madhavadasji of 1798. The Yogendra family and the Yoga Institute are highly respected in the world for maintaining the practice of pure yoga according to their classical roots.
Inspired by the Yoga Institute, in 2014 he began a journey through the states of Punjab, Kashmir and Uttarakhand in northern India to investigate ancient meditation techniques practiced in the mountains and deserts of the political boundary between India and Pakistan.
Later on he lived for 8 months in the sacred city of Rishikesh during the low season of monsoon, just when the city opens its doors to massive concentrations of millions of faithful Hindus committed to eccentric religious practices of all kinds, an opportunity that he documents in text as in pictures.
After Rishikesh he moved to live for long periods in classical meditation centers in India and Nepal. There he meditated for several hours a day and invested his free time in writing and editing material collected throughout his Asian adventure. In his travel diary he says: “I will always thank the staff of Dhamma Dhaja and Dhamma Sikhara meditation centers in India, and Dhamma Pokhara in Nepal, for the trust they have shown me and to have so fraternally extended me a hand while I lived with them.”
The last stage of his journey through South Asia happened in Nepal with the aim of delving into issues related to Buddhism, a country that in turn uses as a platform to make photographic trips to Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia, finally returning to Costa Rica in 2017
It is important to say that all the practical and theoretical, as well as photographic results (under the marks ©Bosque De Pinos and ©Finca Elefante Meditative Photography) of the research project mentioned above, led to a specialized text on the science and culture of the mind, text that gradually will see the light through the concept of “Finca Elefante”, its events and publications.
“I love writing, the culture of India, photography, the science of the mind and elephants. Living is a fascinating adventure that leads us to another that, in my opinion, is even more so: the adventure of the journey after death. I thank from the depths of my Being the Yogendra family of the Yoga Institute of Mumbai (with whom I lived periods of great wisdom and evolution) for giving me the necessary clarity to embrace them both; and for having helped me, at all times, to travel India from its depths, as I always dreamed.” – Antonio.
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