Carlos Pomeda | Yoga Wisdom for Modern Life ®

3-day Workshop with Carlos Pomeda

Yoga Wisdom for Modern Life ®

A. Yoga methodology through the ages

B. Hatha yoga and related traditions

C. 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.

These seminars are of interest to:
• Hatha Yoga teachers and practitioners looking for a deeper
understanding of the roots of the tradition and its multiple facets
• Meditators and spiritual seekers interested in deepening their
understanding of the ancient teachings and practices
• Students interested in this fascinating tradition
• Anyone interested in the philosophy, culture and spirituality of India

Yoga methodology through the ages - 05.05.17 Friday 9:00-12:00

In this workshop, Carlos Pomeda will lead us through an exploration of the many forms of yoga that have developed throughout history, drawing gems of inspiration and practice that we can immediately apply to our lives. One fruit of the workshop will be a thorough understanding of the differences and peculiarities of the various forms of yoga (Raja yoga, Karma yoga, Mantra yoga, Laya yoga, etc.), as well as the various contexts in which they arose. But this exploration, while well informed and rigorous, will be far from academic: participants will learn to draw elements from this ancient wisdom of yoga that can enrich their own lives.

Perhaps as important, this exploration will not be dry: There is a river of joy that runs through each current of yoga, and this joy is infectious! Take this opportunity to answer your questions about the vast tradition of yoga and its many fruitful practices.

Hatha Yoga and related traditions - 05.05.17 Friday 14:00-17:00

What is the origin of Hatha Yoga? What is the mysterious Kundalini? How can I experience it and how can it help my practice? What is unique about the human body? How can yoga help me to understand my body? Above all, how can these teachings help me to deepen my practice? These are some of the questions that we will be exploring at this upcoming seminar, the last on this series. 

Building up on the knowledge of the Tantric traditions, the paths of kundalini yoga and hatha yoga present a radical approach in which the body is not an obstacle to spiritual life, but rather the very vehicle to enhance our consciousness and develop a sense of connectedness with our world and ourselves, at the deepest possible levels. This seminar will offer a fascinating tour of the hidden “anatomy” charted by the Tantric masters and will also present several powerful exercises to enhance our daily practice.

Vijnana Bhajrava - 06.05.17 Saturday 8:00-11:00 and 13:00-17:00 and 07.05.17 Sunday 9:00-12:00 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.

Carlos Pomeda

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.

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

“What impresses me as much as his clarity and depth of knowledge is his embodiment of the teachings. He teaches with a contagious humility and graciousness that encourages learning and draws you into your own process of discovery and love of the tradition.” 
Leela Miller, Director of Yoga at Triyoga (London)

Dates & Hours

05.05.17 Friday 9:00-12:00: Yoga methodology through the ages
05.05.17 Friday 14:00-17:00: Hatha yoga and the related traditions
06.05.17 Saturday 8:00-11:00 and 13:00-17:00: Vijnana Bhairava
07.05.17 Sunday 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00: Vijnana Bhairava

Cost

248 euros (200 euros+VAT) for the 3-day seminar – 18 hours
45 euros (36 euros+VAT) per session – 3 hours (only for Friday's sessions)
174 euros (140 euros +VAT) for the weekend course (Vijnana Bhairava)

Booking conditions

In case of cancellation:
2 months prior to the event, 100% refund (except possible money-transfer fees)
1 month prior to the event, 50% refund
Less than a month prior to the event, no refund

For more information contact Athens Yoga at center@athensyoga.gr and +302130383611.

THE HOURS OF STUDY COUNT TOWARDS THE CONTINUING ATHENS YOGA - ADVANCED YOGA TEACHER TRAINING 300HRS, LEADING TO RYT-500 YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL.