Kundalini Yoga Classes in Buenos Aires
Article by Rachael Leonie.
A cozy home, a white-clad Yogi, and a didgeridoo:
Components for a Yoga class of a different kind.
Thursday afternoon, I pranced into Patricia’s home studio with two friends in tow: one, an experienced practitioner, and the other, an amateur ready for some Zen. The beautiful Yogi (dressed in white with an elegantly wrapped turban to match) greeted us with a smile, followed by a few minutes of pleasant conversation before preparing for our practice.
The setting was serene: lace-curtained French doors, royal purple yoga mats with soft green pillows on a deep wooden floor, a statuette of Buddha, a crystal, and a feather all placed carefully upon a mesita off to the side. In a homemade studio saturated with so much Zen, you would’ve never known you were smack in the center of Buenos Aires.
Welcome to Patricia Buraschi’s Yogi oasis.
Patricia, a BA-native, discovered Yoga with a friend: practicing at first out of curiosity, then then letting the hobby bloom into habit as she explored the discipline more and more. Eventually, she found herself in New York, where she stayed for 15 years practicing, studying, and exploring yoga at HARI NYC studio. While there, she received her official certificates in both Kundalini Yoga and “Youth in Risk” Yoga training.
In 2009, Patricia’s Yoga practice developed further during a trip to Om International Yoga Health Center in Varanasi, India. While there, studying Hatha Yoga and Pranayama, she learned how to incorporate her voice into the practice. Upon her return, she chose to incorporate intuitive chanting in her classes, to heal both others and herself.
But still, practicing and teaching weren’t enough: she wanted to do more with her practice. If Yoga makes a difference in adults, she thought, why should it be limited to the older generations? And so the yogi worked with a fellow Yogi and charter school in the Bronx to publish her book, Learn, Play, Practice: Yoga for Children, in order to inspire youth to develop their own Yoga routine. Face-painted children and colorful prints scatter the pages, making the practice accessible and enticing to younger generations. The book hit shelves in Spanish, English, and German (and Patricia is now looking to print in Chinese), introducing children internationally to the physical, spiritual, and mental facets of Yoga.
Now, nestled soundly in the great city of Buenos Aires after her travels ‘round the world, she continues to host classes out of her home studio in Abasto. Her approach to Kundalini is soothing, yet comprehensive: as we moved through the positions and chants, Patricia explained the purpose of each. She closed the class by playing long notes from the didgeridoo. Although I had never heard the instrument before, it was a necessary conclusion to the class, causing an electric current to run down my spine before I laid down in closing for Savasana.
With a background in teaching both English and Spanish-speakers, she pleases both crowds with classes taught in English on Thursdays from 5-6:30pm, and Spanish-run classes promptly after, from 7-8:30pm.
- Patricia Buraschi’s website.
- E-mail Patricia at: email@example.com
- Learn, Play, Practice: Yoga for Children (English version)
- Aprende, juega, practica: Yoga para niños (Spanish version)
- Lernen, spielen, uben: Yoga fur Kinder (German version)