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 different communities in Argentina, Brazil, Austria and India for 9 years 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).
Apart from being a manager I work as a Vedic 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 science and faith, and my Spirit is walking towards transcendence”