Retiro San Cristóbal

Two Looks, One Listening

Yoga retreat and approach to Mayan culture with Professor Carlos Pomeda


Casa Flora Maria. San Cristóbal de las Casas, CHIAPAS, MEXICO

Who is Carlos Pomeda?

“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

We will begin the Retreat with a discussion/presentation on the area, the state of Chiapas, Mexico and the predominant presence of the Maya.  Here we will share tourist, cultural, historical and other information  as a basis for a fitting approach to these ancient cultures which still live today in different forms.

The Retreat will also cover the topic of original cultures in the sense of understanding what they are and how they  are defined.  We will discuss definitions of Original and what a Culture is.  We’ll give several examples and specify which this Retreat covers.

We’ll spend time discovering the importance of looking and listening in indigenous knowledge.

We are excited about this project of combining our tradition with that of India and Yoga, thus finding parallels which nurture the combination.  We’ve discovered that it turns out to be a great and enriching experience.

Retreat highlights

  • Philosophy Topic: Vijnana Bhairava Tantra. 12 hours.
  • Indigenous culture theme: historical and cultural context.  Looking and listening . The community.  2.5 hours.
  • Hatha Yoga, Restorative, Meditation: 18 hours
  • Other activities: 3 hours
  • Site visits: 2 days
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • All vegetarian meals included

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.

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