3-day Workshop with Carlos Pomeda
20-22 May 2016
Yoga Wisdom for Modern Life ®
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 20/05 at 9:00-12:00 Yoga History Overview
Friday 20/05 at 14:00-17:00 & Saturday 21/05 at 08:30-11:30 Tantra-vata-dhanika: The Tree of Tantra
Saturday 21/05 at 13:30-16:30 & Sunday 22/05 at 9:00-12:00 & 14:00-17:00 The World in the Mind: The Tantric Yoga of the Tripura Rahasya
One of the wonderful challenges of yoga practice is how to integrate it with the rest of our lives—how do we make our entire life into a yoga practice, so we can grow in self-awareness and fulfilment? This 3-day workshop with Carlos Pomeda explores the inner dynamics of the journey and provides helpful, practical guidance to do just that.
Yoga History Overview (3 hours)
Friday 20 May, 9:00–12:00
Dive into the secret wisdom of the ancient yoga texts. This seminar will lead us through the tantalizing history of yoga, exploring its development and the subtleties we can learn and apply to our practice. Take this opportunity to answer your questions about the origin and development of yoga, its main schools and teachings, its approaches and the way they inform our current practice.
Tantra-vata-dhanika: The Tree of Tantra (6 hours)
Friday 20 May, 14:00–17:00
Saturday 21 May, 08:30–11:30
What better way to learn about Tantra than to receive it from the ancient masters? For that reason, this Introduction to Tantric Yoga is based on a little known work by the great 11th c. Tantric master, Abhinavagupta. Translated into English for the first time, his “Seed of the Tree of Tantra” (Tantravatadhanika) gives us the perfect platform to learn about Tantra and its practices in an authoritative, yet inspiring and practical way.
What is most unique about Tantra and tantric yoga philosophy? Quite simply, the fact that its teachings and practices are best suited for contemporary life. Departing from earlier notions of asceticism and dry scholarship, Tantra presents a sublimely inspiring view of the world and of human existence, one that incorporates all aspects of human existence: the heart, the intellect, the body and the environment.
The World in the Mind: The Tantric Yoga of the Tripura Rahasya (9 hours)
Saturday May 21, 13:30–16:30
Sunday May 22, 9:00–12:00 & 14:00–17:00
“The whole world is manifested in Consciousness, like a city in a mirror…That Consciousness is absolute… [But] as long as the mind is not turned inward, so long the Self cannot be realized.”
The essential teaching of all yoga is that a great treasure lies within every human being, but the key to finding it is the mind. Our mind contains not only the key to the ultimate experience of meditation, but indeed to our whole life—it is the very place where we experience every moment of our lives. Therefore, it is particularly important not only to understand it and how it shapes our experience of being alive, but specially, how to make it into an instrument of insight and fulfillment at all levels of our life.
This workshop will be based on a profound and insightful scripture of the yoga tradition, the Tripura Rahasya. This text forms a beautiful bridge between Advaita Vedanta and Tantra, which makes it tremendously relevant in contemporary life.
Most importantly, the Tripura Rahasya offers what is perhaps the deepest and most transformative method of meditation found anywhere. It is this method that will become the underpinning of the entire workshop, which will be taught in an interactive and approachable style.
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.
Originally from Madrid, Spain, Carlos has been steeped in all aspects of the yoga tradition during more than 40 years of practice and study. He spent 18 of those years as a monk of the Saraswati order, under the name Swami Gitananda, including 9 years of traditional training and practice in India.
During this time he learned the various systems of Indian Philosophy and immersed himself in the practice of yoga, becoming one of the senior monks of the tradition and 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 Masters Degrees: one in Sanskrit, from U.C. Berkeley (where he has taught) and another one, in Religious Studies, from U.C. Santa Barbara. He is currently working on a book on the topic of “Karma and the Journey of the Soul”, as well as a new translation of the Śivasūtra, an important Tantric text of the Kashmiri tradition.
Carlos currently lives in the US, and travels extensively around the world conducting a variety of retreats, courses, seminars, workshops and lectures on the Wisdom of Yoga and related subjects.
As a teacher, Carlos is renowned for the breadth of his knowledge and the clarity with which he conveys it. His great love of the Indian yoga traditions, his insight, his humor and his deep connection with his audiences give him the ability to transmit the deepest scriptural teachings in a way that is clear, meaningful and applicable. Studying with Carlos is an enjoyable and transformative experience.
"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:
210 euros (3-day seminar – 18 hours)
40 euros (per session – 3 hours)
Prices include VAT 23%.
Refunds and Cancellation Policy
Up to 1 month prior to the event: 50% refund
Within 4 weeks of event: no refund
Athens Yoga Center
L. Riencourt 65-67