Meditation Through the 3 Gunas & Vijnana Bhairava

As a teacher, Carlos is known for his love of the Indian yoga traditions, his insight, his humour, his profound empathy with his audiences and his ability to transmit the deepest scriptural teachings in a way that is clear, meaningful and applicable. Studying with Carlos is an enjoyable and enlightening experience.

Teachers will receive an 18 hour Yoga Alliance certificate of attendance.

Friday – Meditation Through the 3 Gunas (6 hours) - 9.30-12.30 and 14.00-17.00

The 3 gunas are a traditional way of looking at reality with broad implications for yoga practice. When applied to meditation, they become a lens through which we can explore and navigate the entire range of experiences and approaches. This workshop will help us not only to broaden our understanding of meditation, but also to find ways of dealing with the environment, the various challenges we may encounter in meditation practice and the various possibilities to enter the heart of the practice.

An innovative approach with broad applications.

These seminars combine a dynamic and insightful presentation of the material with the opportunity to experience directly some fo the most powerful practices of the yoga tradition, in a pleasant interactive format.

Saturday and Sunday - Vijnana Bhairava (12 hours) - 9.30-12.30 and 14.00-17.00

There is a treasure trove of meditation in the tradition of Kashmir Shaivism, and one of its greatest sources is the revealed text known as Vijnana-bhairava Tantra. In it, the Goddess plays the role of student and asks Shiva for instruction. The reply, however, does not come in the form of doctrines, but in the form of 112 methods of meditation. The message is clear: the ultimate answer to the deepest questions of life lies within.

In this weekend course, we will immerse ourselves in the nectarean ocean of meditative practices selected from this sublime text. As we progress through the various forms of meditation, the inner state becomes deeper and deeper, supported by our contemplation, analysis and discussions. If you’ve ever felt like immersing yourself in meditation but felt perhaps too busy for a prolonged retreat, this course is for you! It is designed particularly to deepen our understanding and experience of meditation, to shift our internal state and anchor it firmly in internal, blissful awareness. It will be a true banquet for the soul.

Because of the structure and nature of this course, attendance to both days is required. Open to all levels of experience in meditation.

Each morning (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from 8:00-9:15 Maja will hold a yoga class especially designed to open the hips, upper back and shoulders, engage the muscles along the spine, and in general help one maintain better physical alignment and clearer mental state during the workshop. This is especially recommended to those students who wish to experience greater steadiness and ease in meditation.

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Carlos Pomeda
Formerly known as Swami Gitananda, Carlos received traditional training in all aspects of yoga during his 35 years of practice, 18 of which he spent as a monk (swami) of the Saraswati order, including 9 years in India at the Siddha Yoga ashram, studying and practising under Swami Muktananda and Gurumayi Chidvilasananda.

Carlos PomedaDuring this time he learned the various systems of Indian Philosophy, immersed himself in the practice of yoga and became one of the senior monks of the tradition — teaching meditation and philosophy to tens of thousands of students around the world. He combines this experience and traditional training with his academic background, which includes two master's degrees: one in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley (where he has taught) and the other in Religious Studies, from U.C. Santa Barbara.
As a teacher, Carlos is known for his love of the Indian yoga traditions, his insight, his humour, his profound empathy with his audiences and his ability to transmit the deepest scriptural teachings in a way that is clear, meaningful and applicable. Studying with Carlos is an enjoyable and enlightening experience.

Read an interesting article about Carlos and his teaching at Yoga Journal & his interview at Elephant Journal.
 

Testimonials

"here’s a man who can be trusted to cut through the usual window-dressing of yoga and give me the real goods… a heavyweight… without being heavy, he has a jaw-dropping range of knowledge."
Richard Rosen,
Senior Reviewer, Yoga Journal, Author of Pranayama, Beyond the Fundamentals (Shambala, 2006)

“Carlos Pomeda is the real deal. His teaching on yoga philosophy is authentic, deep, passionate, and informed by decades of personal practice. I highly recommend The Wisdom of Yoga to all yoga teachers and committed practitioners.”
Timothy McCall, MD, Medical Editor, Yoga Journal, Author of Yoga as Medicine (Bantam Dell, 2007)

“Carlos Pomeda is a world-class teacher of Eastern Philosophy who has a tremendous ability to convey the essence of the depth of the yoga tradition in a way that is deeply meaningful and transformative.”
John Friend, Founder of Anusara Yoga

Prices and Registration:

Early Registration (until 11th September 2015)
3-day workshop (18 hours): 235 Euros
Friday only (6 hours) - Meditation through the 3 Gunas: 80 Euros
Saturday and Sunday (12 hours)- Vijnana Bhairava: 170 Euros
Price for three yoga sessions with Maja: 40 Euros or 15 Euros per session

Refunds and Cancellation Policy
Up to 1 month prior to the event: 50% refund
Within 4 weeks of event: no refund
A 23% tax will be added to all of the above fees.
Athens Yoga will donate 5% of its profit to Médecins du Monde – Greece to support the refugees.

Contact Details
Athens Yoga Center
L. Riencourt 65-67
+302130383611
center@athensyoga.gr