This is a 100 hour training over 10 days with Bess, Tahl and guest faculty Carlos Pomeda. This training module will include classes of asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra with Bess and Tahl, philosophy lectures with Carlos, and discussion/workshop sessions with Bess and Tahl to process the material. This is the link to sign up to the whole training - if you wish to attend only the lectures with Carlos, please see the separate module enrolment options under our workshop tab.
Module 1: History, Evolution and Methodology of Yoga
We invite you to 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. 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. Carlos 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.
Module 2: Hatha Yoga Pradipika
What is the origin of Hatha Yoga? What is the mysterious Kundalini? How can I experience it and how will that help me in 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 are going to explore in this seminar. Starting from a Tantric basis, Hatha Yoga represents a radical approach in which the body is not an obstacle for spiritual life, but rather the very vehicle for the refinement of our awareness and the development
of the connection with the world and with our own selves, to the deepest possible level. This seminar offers a fascinating journey through the secret “anatomy” revealed by the Tantric masters and will also unveil several potent exercises to power our daily practice.
About 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.
October 16-25, each day:
8-10.30am asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation with Tahl or Bess
11.30-2.30 lecture with Carlos
3-5 discussion/workshop/practice with Bess or Tahl
This course is part of the Creature Yoga 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training pathway. Students will be eligible to receive 100 hours towards their 300 hour certification (100% attendance required, and preparatory work and homework completed), or 100 hours of Continuing Education Units.
If you wish to receive Yoga Alliance hours, students must have completed a recognised 200 hour training. The course is also open to experienced students who have not done a teacher training, but wish to deepen their understanding of yoga in an immersive environment. There will be no practical teaching element to this training.
Required reading (please purchase prior to course, and bring to course):
Peter Connolly, 'A Student's Guide to the History and Philosophy of Yoga'
'Hatha Yoga Pradipika', Swami Muktibodhananda
Cost: $1750 (10% member discount, 10% early bird until July 31, 20% discount for Creature Yoga 200hr graduates - discounts not cumulative)