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The Meaning of Pranaluz
The name “Prana” means life-force, breath, the energy that connects our microcosmos with our macrocosmos; our essence and our major tool for connecting mind, body and spirit as one. “Luz” means “light” in spanish. Combined means the “breath of light”. Also, within Pranaluz, one can find imbedded my given life nickname ” ANALU”.
Analu was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica. Born to a Costa Rican native mother and a Paraguayan father, she lived all her life very close to her mother’s side of the family. Since she was little girl, she always had a passion for helping others, a deep love for nature and a curiosity for the occult and religions and cultures of the world. She was very much inspired by her mother and grandmother, both very strong and independent women, who taught her about the importance of values, and living a spiritual life of service to others and of self discovery.
She started working right as soon as she finished high school, and quite undecided of her career path, dancing from music to biology to veterinaries; she was somehow drawn into business administration studies. During all her twenties, she worked in several multinational companies in San Jose, were she performed different roles in customer service, marketing, human resources and management; being human resources the one that she developed further in her late twenties.
When she was 29, in 2006, she had a major life breakdown; where all came together after loosing a seven-month boy in her womb, to getting a divorce and deciding to drop her whole career in the corporate world. At this point she decided to change her life completely. She started on a journey of self-discovery, finding herself and her bliss. Her journey led her to study yoga in 2009, becoming a certified 500-hour yoga instructor. She took a job as a tour leader, guiding trips all over central America, and decided to return to her music playing and composing, which had been a passion of hers since a young age, playing at open mic’s and composing songs for yoga and meditation.
Her passion for holistic living grew deeper and deeper and so her interest to combine her business background towards more sustainable and social projects. In the fall of 2010 Analu enrolled in the Master’s of environmental Leadership at Naropa University, which slogan quotes ”transform yourself and transform the world’; which quite resonated with her beliefs and dreams.
Analu graduated from Naropa, a Buddhist oriented University, in May 2012. During this time, she worked as a nanny in U.S.A., as the graduate assistant of environmental studies, as a Teacher Assistant for undergrad students, and at the Performing Arts center, as a crew staff member to be able to afford to pay her studies and living in Boulder, Colorado, while at the same time continued to guide travelers during her summer and winter breaks in tours around Central America. In 2011 Analu co-founded Peakbeings, a yoga travel and teacher training organization with her partner at that moment, and started leading yoga travel retreats and workshops in Coast Rica, Guatemala and U.S.A.
During 2011, Analu also spend her summer time in Guatemala, a place very sacred and special for her, studying with Mayan priests philosophy, shamanism, and taking what Mayan priests call “ The water path”, a shamanic journey to become a Mayan Priestess. This ancient Mayan knowledge is only taught by shamans by word of mouth and involves, a path of commitment and sacredness into a world of magical healing.
During her time at Naropa, she learned about Buddhism and meditation practices, and she had the opportunity to meet scholar’s, students, friends, yogis, and guru’s who deeply inspired her to develop and deepen her understanding and practice of eastern traditions of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Besides Naropa, she also studied meditation and dharma at Shambhala Center in Boulder, Colorado, and most recently studied and practiced vipassana meditation in Kathmandu, Nepal and studied yog and philosophy in India in 2014.
Given her nomadic organic nature, she has traveled vastly around the globe; sharing, learning and teaching yog, meditation and mindfulness in diverse places of the world; playing music, and working giving her heart and sould to offering her service to others. As she says: “ I am a citizen of the world, and I will be where I have to be”.
Analu founded PRANALUZ in 2014 with the intention to generate a space of learning, sharing, and teaching about mindful and conscious living. She believes the teachings and practice of eastern philosophies such as yoga, meditation and mindful living can offer humans an opportunity to discover themselves, their gifts, and connect body, mind and spirit to live a healthier and more fulfilling life. You are welcome to join her in this journey of self-discovery, back to our essence, into eternity.
She does not follow any philosophy, religion or specific beliefs other than the truth that resides in her heart. She believes that in the heart is where one finds our true nature. Among some of her inspirations and most favourite living and past masters are: Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, The Buddha, Jesus, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Dalai Lama, Pema Chodron, Joseph Campbell, Ram Dass, Rumi, Jidu Krishnamurti, B.K.S Iyengar, G.I. Gurdjieff, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Wangari Maathai, among many others.
“ I AM ” the pathway the doorway and the light- only through my self-discovery, by looking within, I will find the path back to the source; to liberation.- Analu