Eduardo Pimentel

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Eduardo Pimentel

The growth of yoga in Cuba is largely the work of one man, Eduardo Pimentel. He is the president and Founder of the non-governmental, Cuban Yoga Association (CYA).

Eduardo Pimentel began his yoga journey in 1971, studying from a book by Swami Sivananda. He furthered his yoga studies in both India and the United States and embarked on his teaching career in 1980. He is a registered yoga teacher by the International Yoga Federation. His most influential teacher has been B.K.S. Iyengar. For over 15 years Pimentel and Iyengar exchanged letters to one another before finally meeting in India.

Eduardo Pimentel has trained more than 12,000 yoga practitioners while aiming to develop a prominent Vipassana community in Havana.

In 1999, Pimentel and the International Association of Black Yoga Teachers (IABYT) facilitated an international yoga exchange between Cuba and United states. Yoga students and teachers alike, travelled to attend the successful “lifting the embargo on our hearts yoga and music” festival.

He has educated government agencies, worked hand in hand with medical practitioners, has been featured on National Cuban television teaching the benefits of health and yoga. Eduardo has published a book, “Prana, Mantra and Kundalini Yoga”, and is currently working on a translation of the Bhagavad Gita. In addition to being featured in the Yoga Journal, he presented at their conference in Estes Park, Colorado in 2003. This trip led him to New York, Nashville, San Francisco and Oakland where he was the guest speaker at several Yoga conferences.

He has worked and practiced with some of the greatest yogis such as Krishna Kaur and Deepak Chopra on their Havana visits.

Pimentel is a humble man, known for his patience and sense of humor. He lightens every class with his joyful spirit and his endless knowledge and expertise. Professor Pimental has been teaching in his studio, Vidya Yoga, where he continues to give lectures, workshops and daily group and private yoga classes.

He eagerly welcomes new students as he loves to share the path of joy, healing and yoga.

Eduardo currently teaches in his studio in Havana: Vidya Studio. They welcome drop in classes and run workshops, festivals and other activities.