Andrés Galindo | Philosophy & studio manager

‘I was born in 1992 in a Mexican-Spanish family. I grew up in Xalapa, Mexico, nourished by both science and art, with an inquisitive and curious mind. I liked playing sports from a young age and played all kinds, from football to tennis, gymnastics to triathlons.
I was raised Catholic. I then encountered and practiced Buddhism in my adolescence and later on Vedānta, choosing the latter as my spiritual path.

When I turned 18 and finished high school, I backpacked for 1 year in South America living all kinds of interesting adventures with indigenous communities in Colombia and Venezuela, even travelled as a barefoot hippie doing music and handcrafts for some periods. This valuable experiences ultimately made me change my life’s perspective and cosmovisión with great satisfaction.

In 2010 I became a monk and studied in a Bhakti Yoga monastery in Buenos Aires. I lived in Argentina, Brazil and Chile for 9 years in different farm communities and city ashrams, mostly engaged in studing and practicing different vedic scriptures such as the Bhagavad-Gītā, Yoga, Jyotish Veda, Ayur Veda, Indian music, Sanskrit (Devanagari), the Puranas and Upanishads. I also became a certified yoga and meditation teacher. In 2018 I opened my own yoga ashram in Buenos Aires and in March 2020, together with a group of friends, I developed an ashram in Köflach, Austria, where I lived happily in the forest for 1 year.

After 11 years of monasticism, I became a university student in SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies).

I work as an Ayurvedic Astrologer, Yoga and meditation teacher as well as sharing Kirtan (devotional mantra music) and lectures on Vedic subjects.

I love and respect all kinds of philosophies and religions, but I disagree with dogma, sectarianism and fanatism. When people ask me where I am from I sometimes answer that “My body and mind are Mexican. My ancestry is Spanish. My intelligence is the attempt to integrate of science and faith, and my Spirit is walking towards transcendence”. ‘

So after reading all of this you probably wonder what on earth is he doing here in Haarlem?! Well, the best way to answer this question is to have a tea with him next time you see him at the studio, and he’ll tell you why :).