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by Cara Butler,
Once upon a time in Christchurch…. actually quite a long time ago… .way before any earthquakes, way before I had kids, while I was still very much figuring out what I was doing back in New Zealand after a decade trying my best to stay away…. I somehow found myself a very novice yoga student attending classes in a very cold church hall with a very capable and intelligent teacher from the USA, Katie Lane. Anyone who has had the pleasure of studying with Katie will know the high quality of teaching I was incredibly lucky to find in my first teacher and via the yellow pages of all things. Yes it was even before smart phones and easy google searches! Very early on in my time with Katie she brought out to New Zealand someone she referred to as her ‘Meditation & Philosophy teacher’ for a weekend workshop. I was very curious and desperate for distraction so I booked my space at the workshop with no more encouragement needed. Advertisement Hence how I came to study with Carlos Pomeda at the very beginning of my yoga journey. The workshop was held in a classroom at a local Primary School with a small group of curious people. Little did I know how lucky I was to have someone with so much knowledge, integrity and authenticity guide me into the world of Meditation and Yoga Philosophy.
I was completely unaware of how much Carlos and his teachings would guide not only my study and practice of yoga, but most importantly how I would integrate these teachings into my life and do my best to actually ‘walk the talk’.
So as I prepared to hand over the Yoga Lunchbox Editor reins to my dear friend and one time business partner, Veronica King (pictured together above when we hosted Carlos on his most recent New Zealand teaching visit in 2017), I jumped at the chance to connect with and write up an interview with my teacher, friend and upcoming Hauora Yoga Conference presenter, 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 combine