Based on a classical tantric text from the Kashmiri tradition (the Pratyabhijna-hrdayam, or "Heart of Recognition" ),  our study will teach us how to recognize the most extraordinary supreme consciousness in the midst of the most ordinary processes.

The classes will include an expansive understanding of the unfolding of consciousness in the universe and offering the key to the understanding and experience of supreme reality.

Each class will include several powerful techniques for the expansion of consciousness. Ultimately, this tradition teaches that the unfolding of the inner energy brings about the attainment of supreme bliss right within your own heart.

This study group series combines the most sublime philosophy and wisdom with the most powerful and relevant practices.

The 11th c. Pratyabhijñāhṛdayam, a primary text of Kashmir Shaivism, is one the most accessible text of the tradition and it is extraordinarily relevant to our contemporary lives, particularly during these unprecedented times. Ultimately, the study of a text is the study of ourselves.

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 Gītānanda, 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 an updated History of Yoga and 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.