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 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.