Ven Tenzin (Alex Anderson)

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Ven Tenzin (Alex Anderson)

Yoga Teacher
In this time of global ecological and humanitarian crisis I am interested in engaged spiritual practices that apply mindfulness to the cultivation of harmony with the natural world.

Tenzin's interest in embodied practice first found expression through martial arts, including a long love affair with the Brazilian “dance-fight-game” of Capoeira. Seeking a more balanced and integrated approach, he was gradually drawn to art-forms based on the breath, first Qi-gong and Yoga, then Buddhist meditation. From 2011 Tenzin travelled extensively for retreat and teachings in Nepal and India, and had the good fortune in 2015 and 2016 to study and practice the art of “mindfulness in daily life” at Plum Village under Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, an experience that opened a door to the possibility of monastic life. Tenzin received Vajrayana instruction in India in 2017, requested full ordination as a monk in the Tibetan Sakya Tradition in Kathmandu, and completed a Hatha Yoga teacher training in Mysore in the same year.

Tenzin draws much inspiration from the approach of Donna Farhi to body and breath awareness, alignment and ethics, in his asana practice. The practice of meditation he shares is influenced by the theory and techniques of Buddhist yoga in the Theravada and Zen traditions. In his classes, Tenzin places emphasis on embodied mindfulness, restorative movement, and cultivation of interoceptive awareness as a foundation for loving kindness, compassion, altruistic joy and inclusivity.