- Sogamoso, Boyaca, Colombia
Founder and teacher of Agama yoga Colombia
Juan, a Taurus (with ascendant Leo), was born in a small city in the Andes Mountains of Colombia, South America. Most of his childhood and young life was spent on a farm surrounded by nature, joy and love; it was a beautiful and happy time.
At age 18 he moved to the capital of Colombia to study business. He completed his university studies plus a Masters in London, where he also went into business, but after a while he found out that was not actually for him. At this juncture a friend introduced him to the transcendental meditation technique of Ramana Maharshi, which opened the first spiritual window in his life, besides the special and close connection he already had with the spirit of Jesus due to his Christian (Catholic) background.
He continued to travel all over the world until, while working on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea, he met up with one of his good friends with whom he used to meditate. This friend advised him to go to India and, without a second thought, he disembarked the ship in Brazil and went there directly, where he first did a few Vipassana meditation retreats all over the country with the legendary Goenka. Shortly thereafter in Rishikesh, he had the merit and Grace to meet for the first time.
After completing the First Level Intensive Course and Level 2 in Rishikesh, he visited Japan, where he learned the basis of other disciplines that synchronize very well with Yoga, like the Japanese tea ceremony, Zen, and shiatsu. After Japan, he was on his way back to India with the firm decision to become a Vipassana meditation teacher. There was no other option in his mind at that time, but along the way he had to stop in Bangkok, Thailand, and saw that Swami Vivekananda was also there on Koh Phangan Island, giving complete teachings. Juan went to visit him for just a week to say hello, but God and karma had other plans for him; he stayed with Swamiji, receiving teachings for more than three years. What a great fortune. He then felt tremendous happiness and gratitude to have received all those teachings and techniques from Swami, to have practiced and verified their efficiency, especially within his studies of such topics as the yamas and niyamas , Hatha Yoga, Kriya Yoga , the Great Cosmic Powers, Kundalini Yoga, sexuality in Tantra, Kashmiri Shaivism , Shambhala, the life of Jesus, the Art of Dying, and others.
When Juan returned to Colombia he translated most of the Agama course materials of the first cycle from English into Spanish, as well as some traditional texts. For a few years he gave introductory Yoga weekend workshops in Spanish all over Colombia as well as the complete Level 1 in Spanish. He also spent a few months helping to teach courses and holding a Tantra Workshop at Agama Yoga – Mexico.
He feels it’s a great honor to be one more link in this lineage of unique teachings, and he hopes to be able to guide and help others to help themselves discover where real happiness, knowledge, and freedom lie. Most of all, he hopes that Grace will always stay with him to maintain a steady practice with a high aspiration for the Divine.
Juan, now living on the farm where he spent his childhood, recently opened a very successful hostel for travelers in Sogamoso, winner of a 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award and mentioned as a highlight worth visiting in the Lonely Planet – Colombia guidebook. He reopened the Agama Yoga – Colombia center in 2013 to bring the benefit of these wonderful teachings and practices to many new students.