Yoga Para Todos returns to San José to spread the relaxing art of yoga to both newcomers and flexible veterans. The weekend festival is put on by the Asociación Costarricense de Profesores de Yoga, which teaches its exercises to others without requirements of age, gender or creed.
There will be many different classes and disciplines on display, but much interest has been placed on the Kundalini branch. According to American Sikh Hari Singh Khalsa, the spread of Kundalini first started because the well-known Yogi Bhajan thought the demographic of learners was too small so he brought it to the West. Now it is seen as an effective counter to a stressful pace of life and rewarding way of meditation, Khalsa said.
“Kundalini yoga does not focus on holding what may be difficult postures for lengths of time,” said Khalsa via email. “Kundalini uses controlled breathing in smooth flowing motion to gently effect stretching.”
Teacher Navjeet Kaur from Playa Flamingo will be leading Kundalini sessions at the festival.
A range of other specialty classes are planned, like a session tailor-made for children with Down syndrome. Meditative musical acts and other yoga cultural shows are set to provide entertainment. There will also be a line of stands with food, clothing, and other merchandise.
Friday offers free classes at a variety of locations in the metro area. Saturday’s and Sunday’s events will be held at the Centro Nacional de la Cultura from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2,000 visitors are expected for the festival’s sixth edition. General entrance tickets are 3,000 colons for each day or 5,000 colons for a two-day pass. Seniors pay 1,000 colons.