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Antonio

Antonio 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 he 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 on the importance of art and consciousness for the healthy evolution of society.

In 2010 he returned to India. In the city of Mumbai he studied classical philosophy of yoga at The Yoga Institute (the oldest yoga school in the world), an institution in which he later became professor and coordinator of international academic programs. There he lived with the Yogendra Family, 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 keeping the practice of yoga according to its classical roots.

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 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 documented in text and photos.

Later he lived for long periods in classical meditation centres in India and Nepal; there he meditates, writes and edits material collected during his years in Asia. 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 part of his journey through South Asia is lived in Nepal to deepen in topics related to Buddhism, and from there he went on photographic trips to Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia, finally returning to Costa Rica in 2017.

All the practical and theoretical material, 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 method on the science and culture of the mind which today constitutes the concept "Finca Elefante", its events and publications.

Dedication:

“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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