According to many Yogic cultures, Kundalini is the cosmic energy that rests at the base of our spine. Those who follow this philosophy believe that this energy is coiled like a snake and can be awakened and controlled, giving whoever is able to do it an amazing understanding of life and an enormous spiritual and energetic power. Nevertheless, to achieve that state of the so-called Illumination, the seekers need to prepare their body, heart, and mind – purifying them, strengthening them and taking them to its full potential. Thus, the objective of Kundalini yoga is to awaken that energy and prepare its students for that moment, using asanas (body postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), bandhas (muscular contractions), kriyas (body cleansing), mudras (hand positions) and mantras (Sanscrit songs). These techniques will balance the energy of the human body and use it in one’s favor.
For those of you who do not seek mere physical exercise, Kundalini yoga is a good opportunity to find more than just body postures. This yoga style will shape your body, make you lose weight and reduce the stress of your daily life. On top of that, it will also raise your awareness and boost your energy. So, if you live in Eixample and are curious about Kundalini Yoga, keep reading and find out where to practice it in this part of the city.
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This ashram (yoga center) has a well-defined structure for their classes. They start with mantra, then move on to kriyas (which includes asanas); after that, there is a guided relaxation and, finally, meditation exercises. Anandpur has a few classes in the morning, but most of them are in the afternoon. On the last Friday of every month, they have an open session of meditation for those who wish to participate, free of charge.
Where: Ronda Universitat, 31
At Happy Yoga, you can practice Kundalini yoga every single day, either in the morning or in the afternoon. There you will also find other yoga styles. If you are pregnant or have kids, do not think twice: Happy Yoga has room for you and your children.
Where: C/ Bruc, 7
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At this yoga center, it is believed that through the practice of Kundalini yoga we are able to develop the power of our own intuition. The main goals are getting rid of bad habits and learning to live in a peaceful and healthy environment. Shunia yoga offers special classes for babies and their mothers and exclusive classes for women.
Where: Sicilia, 236
Centro de Yoga Shiva Shakti
At this ashram, the trial class is free. Here, teachers value meditation as a life changing practice and they understand Kundalini yoga as the yoga for the Aquarius Era (the Era we are in right now) due to its ability to increase human awareness. Centro de Yoga Shiva Shatki also offers classes in other yoga styles, reiki, and other holistic therapies.
Where: c/ Pelai, 11
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I do simple yoga poses. I hope this Kundalini yoga is also easy because I am not that flexible.