Global Yoga Congress Barcelona 2020

September 11, 12 & 13, 2020

The Global Yoga Congress was born from the desire to make yoga available to as many people as possible. Therefore, we want to accompany you on your path.

The Global Yoga Congress brings together several of the greatest yoga masters in the world in a unique and inspiring event. Yoga classes, concerts, talks, meditations and other activities will immerse you in a universe of well-being and allow you to discover new avenues of growth.

An atmosphere of peace and respect where you can learn and connect with teachers of different lineages, who will gather in a unique location with different spaces. A great yoga event adapted to all levels, where you can select the sessions that most motivate you and discover new styles and masters.

Whether you have been practicing for years or if you are just starting, whether you are flowing with Vinyasa or sitting down to meditate … we want to offer the time, space and perfect conditions for you to connect with your practice, try new paths, discover great masters, listen, sing, share … and grow.


Yoga

We offer yoga styles for all, so you can practice the styles that suit you best and discover new approaches to yoga that may open new horizons. You could surprise yourself by practicing a style you would never have thought of for yourself!


Yoga Philosophy

We will have teachers who will share their wisdom in a very up-close manner, giving you a glimpse of everything beyond the mat: the yoga of life, how to integrate it into your day, where it comes from … and many more fascinating things.



Styles

Ashtanga, strength and perseverance
Dharma, opening of the heart
Hatha Raja, body-mind connection
Sivananda, recharge energy
Iyengar, alignment and rectitude
Vinyasa, find your own flow
Kundalini, elevation of consciousness
Jivamukti, realization through asana
Acro Yoga, balance and trustfulness



Music

The concerts and the practice of Kirtan, the ancient chanting of Sanskrit mantras in a “call-response“ format, will offer us a space where we will be able to silence the mind leading us to the innermost center of our Being from which can evoke the individual and collective song. Quite an experience, worth sharing with your loved ones.


Free time

You will be able to rest in the spaces that will be enabled for that purpose, visit our shopping area with stands offering different products (clothes, personal care, hygiene, therapy, etc.), eat healthy in the space reserverd for foodtracks and enjoy a juice or herbal tea at any time of the day.


¿For whom?

For everybody!



Beginners

This is an ideal space to introduce yourself to Yoga, with introductory classes, workshops and level 1 practices. It will be the best way to start practicing.
Our teachers will be happy to accompany you, the classes are categorized by levels which will help you to design your personal program.



Intermediate and advanced practitioners

This event is paradise for those who already have their established practice.
Imagine, so many of the teachers that you have always dreamed to study with, together in one space, to share full days of union together with your Shanga… and if you own a school or you are a large group that travels together do not hesitate to consult us for special prices.



Families

You can benefit these days as an enriching experience for the whole family, your partner or your children. We have prepared special yoga sessions for children and for the family, as well as corners to simply enjoy a juice, a meal and be outdoors.


Location

Carrer de los Castillejos, 388
08025 Barcelona


How to get there?


Buses
H6 (Rda Guinardó-Castillejos)
H8 (Av Gaudí)

Subway
L5 – (Sant Pau | Dos de Maig)

The eight steps of yoga

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When we speak of Ashtanga Yoga, it is worth clarifying that, on the one hand, we usually refer to the style or system of practice of asanas spread by the master Sri Pattabhi Jois. However, on a more formal level, Ashtanga Yoga is the series of eight steps or disciplines included in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the classical text that is considered the central guide of all yoga schools.

According to this work, the exhaustive and constant monitoring of the eight steps of yoga allows the yogi to calm the fluctuations of the mind, purify the body and finally reach the enlightenment or the state of yoga. In this way, the path of yoga is not limited to the series of asanas exercised on the mat, but the goal of every practitioner must be to carry out an integral practice that moves to different aspects of life. Only through the refinement of each of the eight steps can liberation finally be reached.

Thus, the eight steps of Ashtanga Yoga are:

Yamas

These are moral codes or behaviors that allow us to live in harmony with ourselves and within society.

There are five:

  • Ahimsa: Give up any type of violence.
  • Satya: Defend and tell the truth.
  • Asteya: Be honest, do not steal.
  • Brahmacharya: Control the energy and not waste it.
  • Aparigraha: Live with detachment.

Niyamas

They are codes or behaviors that purify the relationship we establish with ourselves.

There are also five:

  • Saucha: Clean the body, the mind and the word.
  • Santosha: Enjoy life. Enjoy it in all its aspects.
  • Tapas: Live with austerity and discipline.
  • Svadyaya: Cultivate self-knowledge.
  • Ishvara Pranidhana: Practice devotion, service to the deity.

Asana

This is the physical part of the yoga practice, in which we exercise the body and with the breath we concentrate the mind through a series of postures looking for balance, stability, strength, flexibility and ease or comfort.

Pranayama

It is the set of practices related to the control and expansion of vital energy or prana. It works through breath with various methods of varying difficulty and intensity. Usually these are exercises that relax, stimulate or stabilize.

Pratyahara

This is the practice of mental yoga through the control of the senses, which is achieved through various exercises. It consists of neutralizing the inputs that come from the senses, disconnecting from external information and focusing all our attention on what happens inside, both physically and mentally. The sequences of asanas are practiced with this intention throughout the session, so that our mind stays in the here and now.

Dharana

Concentration. When we take the attention inward, we often discover the amount of physical discomfort or thoughts that cross our mind without rest. To begin to stop this fluctuation, we use different concentration techniques, trying to get used to it and learning to take all our concentration towards a certain point. One usually works fixing the mind on an unwavering object, like a candle, a flower, a mantra or a mandala, to avoid that it gets distracted.

Dhyana

The meditation. When we manage to maintain the flow of attention without distractions for long enough we enter into a state of meditation, in which the mind remains immobile. It involves developing our witnessing consciousness and becoming observers of ourselves, of our mind, at all times.

Samadhi

It is the final state of realization or supreme consciousness that is reached through a state of deep meditation, in which the physical body is transcended. We definitely melt into one. We become one with the All, reaching the knowledge of the Absolute.


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