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Carlos Pomeda | Philosophy Immersion 1: History, Upanishads and Yoga Sutras

This immersion runs over three days: Tuesday October 24 - Thursday October 26, 12-3pm each day. 

October 24, 12-3pm: Yoga Methodology Through The Ages

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.

October 25, 12-3pm: Upanishads

We invite you to dive into the secret wisdom of the ancient yoga texts. Explore the Upanishads, which are perhaps the oldest mystical and philosophical texts available to mankind, containing the teachings and wisdom of the ancient sages. These sublime texts unfold for us a profound view of who we are and of the deepest dimensions of the world we live in and the purpose of existence. For this reason, they were traditionally meant to be received not from a book, but directly from a teacher. The workshop will combine a lively and insightful presentation of some of the most important teachings of the Upanishads, as well as the opportunity to directly experience some of the ancient meditative practices they contain.

Recommended reading: The Breath of the Eternal, by Christopher Isherwood and Sw. Prabhavanananda

October 26, 12-3pm: Yoga Sutras: Patanjali Revealed

What is the innermost secret of yoga? How can the mind find true peace? In what way do the practices of yoga connect to the rest of my life? Why are Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras such an important text in the yoga tradition? And why have the Yoga Sutras been so misunderstood? These are some of the questions that we will be exploring in this seminar. This weekend long immersion into this fascinating text will not only give us an opportunity to recover the “original” teachings of Patanjali, but - more importantly - will give us an immediately applicable understanding of the practices and principles that can take our yoga practice to a whole other dimension of depth. In it, we will be exploring the main teachings of this foundational text, contemplating their implications and practicing some of the major approaches that Patanjali offered, which have survived the rigorous test of time. This seminar is divided into modules that can be taken independently or as a sequence.

Recommended reading: translation by Edwin Bryant

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.

Cost: $210 (10% early bird discount until July 31; 10% member discount). Price includes three asana classes at Creature Yoga.

Please note that workshops are not available separately.