This is a 50 hour training over 5 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 below.
Module 1: The Joy of Sanskrit (1 day)
This lively seminar is for anyone interested in deepening their experience of the yoga scriptures by reading directly from significant passages. Sanskrit, the language of these scriptures, contains not only the highest knowledge about yoga and the processes of human consciousness, but also carries within itself the secrets of the power of sound. Whether you are merely looking at improving your pronunciation of the name of yoga asanas, or to dive more deeply into the intricacies of this fascinating language, the Joy of Sanskrit Seminar will provide you with an entryway into the joy of the Sanskrit language. The Joy of Sanskrit Seminar employs a very user-friendly methodology that allows participants to naturally absorb grammar through translation, instead of mind-numbing memorization. From the beginning, participants discover the joy of understanding passages directly. The seminar includes an introduction to the language and its history, instruction and practice into the correct pronunciation of Sanskrit sounds, translation of texts and mantras, practice into the pronunciation of common yoga terms, questions and answers, etc.
Module 2: The Radiant Manifestations of Yoga Devas (4 days)
The “Shining Ones”, the devas or so-called deities of the various Yoga traditions encode within their forms profound and powerful teachings about the nature and applications of Yoga in our daily lives. Throughout history, they have spoken loud and clear, inspiring generation after generation of seekers and practitioners. Bridging a gap of centuries and continents, this workshop will be a fascinating exploration of several key archetypes, delving into the power of symbols, helping us uncover layers of meaning as well as applications to enrich our own modern lives. It will combine informed
and engaging discussions and presentations with asana practice, contemplation, group discussion and meditation sessions. Our goal is to demystify, to inform and, above all, to inspire.
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.
Saturday July 27 - Sunday July 28:
9-11.30am asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation with Tahl or Bess
12.30-3.30 lecture with Carlos
4-6 discussion/workshop/practice with Bess or Tahl
Monday July 29 - Wednesday July 31:
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
(Please note these dates and times are CORRECT, the course title at the top only shows the start date, and a time slot that makes our booking system happy)
This course is part of the Creature Yoga 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training pathway. Students will be eligible to receive 50 hours towards their 300 hour certification (100% attendance required, and preparatory work and homework completed), or 50 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.
The Myths and Gods of India, by Alain Daniélou (please purchase and read prior to course, and bring to course)
Cost: $895 (10% member discount, 10% early bird until 31 April, 20% discount for Creature Yoga 200hr graduates - discounts not cumulative. Creature graduates please contact the studio to activate your discount.)