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. Berkely (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 humour 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.
For information on his DVD series "The Wisdom of Yoga" and other forthcoming titles, visit www.pomeda.com.
"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
"What impresses me as much as his clarity and depth of knowledge is his embodiment of the teachings. He teachees with a contagious humility and graciousness that encourages learning and draws you into your own process of discovery and love of the tradition."
Leela Miller, Senior Yoga Teacher, triyoga