Yoga Wisdom for Modern Life®
the classical scriptures and introduction to yoga philosophy
with Carlos Pomeda (ES, US)
There is great wisdom to be found in the ancient yoga tradition of India, which can enrich our life in a modern world. Carlos is dedicated to making this wisdom available in ways that are non-dogmatic, practical and relevant.
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. Currently Carlos lives in the US.
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.
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.
Wednesday 5th of October - Session 1: 13.00-16.00
Dive into the secret wisdom of the ancient texts of the Upanishads, which are perhaps the oldest mystical and philosophical texts available to mankind. 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.
Thursday 6th of October - Session 2: 13.00-16.00
The Bhagavad Gita: Turning the activities of body, intellect and Heart into spiritual evolution
What is the relationship between the emotions and yoga? What is the relationship between yoga and our daily activities? And knowledge? The yoga tradition developed since its beginnings various approaches that are capable of providing meaning, depth and joy not only to our practice, but to the rest of our lives as well.
This seminar explores the answers of the yoga tradition since it's beginning, through an exploration of the Bhagavad Gita, one of its fundamental scriptures.
Friday 7th of October - Session 3: 13.00-16.00
Hatha Yoga Pradipika: The Splendor of Yoga
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?
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.
Saturday 8th of October - Session 4: 09.30-12.30
Yoga Methodology through the Ages
In this workshop, 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.
Saturday 8th of October - Session 5: 14.00-17.00
The World of Yoga
Where does Yoga come from? What is the culture that shapes it?
This workshop will be a journey across time and across the continent, revealing a wonderful mosaic of practices, beliefs, imagery, customs... We will explore, among other things, the major deities of the various yoga traditions and their deepest symbolism, the complex world of rituals and their meanings, the various Indian holidays, the world of temples and sacred sites, pilgrimage and liberation. The workshop will be an absorbing tour into Indian culture, one in which we will always be looking at what teachings, ideas or practices are relevant to enrich our own lives.
This workshop is geared to anyone with an interest in deepening their understanding of yoga and its culture, whatever their level of expertise in Hatha Yoga. No prior knowledge is required, just a willingness to explore. Come and join us.
Sunday 9th of October - Session 6: 09.30-12.30
The Joy of Meditation
Have you every been interested in meditation? Do you want to find the joy of meditation in an easy way? Then, this workshop is for you. The great thing about meditation is that we all have everything we need to practice it, already! All that is required is simple, skillful guidance that will allow us to get in touch with the unbounded reservoirs of joy, inspiration and love that lie within us. In this workshop, taught by a former monk with over 30 years of experience, we will not only explore the various building blocks and the many facets of meditation, but we will also have ample opportunity to explore various approaches through guided group sessions, discussions and questions and answers. Join us in this fascinating journey of exploration.
Recommended Reading Material: Muktananda, Swami. Meditate: Happiness Lies Within You. ISBN: 0911307621
Sunday 9th of October - Session 7: 14.00-17.00
The Joy of Sanskrit
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.
Date: Wednesday 05/10/2016 to Sunday 9/10/2016
Address: AntwerpYoga, Frankrijklei 107, 2000 Antwerp
Price: Individual Session: 45Euro
Weekdays Package (3ses.): 120Euro
Weekend Package (4 ses.): 150 Euro
Complete Program (7 ses.): 250 Euro
Payment: IBAN BE31 0017 6975 1155 - BIC GEBABEBB
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