Karan Bindra

Home City: Plano, TX

Department: Creative Services

Q: Tell us about yourself.

A: I was born in India but I have spent most of my life growing up in a suburb of Dallas, TX called Plano. I am an avid practitioner of yoga and enjoy playing a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, cello, violin, flute, and hand drums. Before I came to the Himalayan Institute I was performing music, teaching yoga, and going to college full time for my business administration degree. I love to challenge myself and dive into experiences that take me out of my comfort zone and push me to develop new skills and abilities.

Q: How did you find the Himalayan Institute?

A: I was teaching at a studio in Dallas when I was in college. During that time, the owner of the studio was happy with my work and offered to sponsor a trip for me to come to the Himalayan Institute for a training. I gladly accepted her offer and had a wonderful intensive with Rod Stryker. At that time, I knew that I wanted to come back to the institute, but I had no idea that I would eventually participate in the residential program!

The calm and quiet energy of the Himalayan Institute has taught me to pause and reflect.
Q: What inspired you to join the community?

A: After graduating from college, I realized that the corporate lifestyle was not something that I wanted. I had given so much of my time and energy towards business school and the expectations others had of me. I wanted to take time to grow as an individual, refine my creative skills, and figure out what I wanted in life.

Joining the Himalayan Institute community was a no-brainer. The people at the institute are so kind, understanding, and friendly. I knew this was the kind of community that I wanted to be a part of. I knew that participating in the residential program would be a wonderful learning opportunity that would help sculpt me into the person I wanted to become.

Q: What have you learned during your time here?

A: I’ve learned to be patient with myself and let my actions speak for themselves. I have always been an outgoing person who loves to share my passions and hobbies with others. Unfortunately I had a tendency to share projects when they were not completely ready or get too excited about a project that I become ineffective or overwhelmed.

The calm and quiet energy of the people and the environment at the Himalayan Institute has taught me to pause and reflect before acting, and to be patient with myself and others when working on a project.

Q: If there was one thing you could share about the Himalayan Institute, what would it be?

A: I love that the Institute is deeply nestled in a lush, forested area of earth that is removed from the noise of technology, advertisements, and pollution. I feel like I can really appreciate the beauty of the natural environment and am not forced to participate in consumerism all the time like I had to when I lived in the city.