NAME: Vladimir Tchakarov  _SMS5392a

DIRECTOR OF WHICH MODULES: 200-hr basic YTT program, in training to teach both Deepening the Asana Experience and Meditation: Theory and Teaching.

FAVORITE HOBBIES/PAST-TIMES: Hiking, Camping, Backpacking, Traveling, Playing Music.

FAVORITE FOOD: Mom’s traditional Bulgarian cooking.

FAVORITE PERSON(S): My wife, Megan Tchakarov

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.” ― Terence McKenna

FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION: Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece

WHAT ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW? Sinister Yogis by David Gordon White

WHAT MUSIC DO YOU PRACTICE TO, IF ANY? I usually only use music for classes and practice in silence.

UPCOMING GOALS/PLANS THAT YOU ARE EXCITED ABOUT: Backpacking parts of the Appalachian Trail in the summer, traveling to Cuba in the Fall and co-directing Atlanta’s next 200-hour YTT with William Hufschmidt.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR PRANAKRIYA PEEPS? Moving to the U.S. at age 19 was one of the most scary things I’ve experienced. Leaving friends and family behind was very difficult and sad. I’m truly grateful for the Pranakriya community. For the friendship, support, growth and love I have received over the years. I’m happy to be a part of the Pranakriya family and to have the opportunity to pay it forward.