In the hustle and bustle of city life in Barcelona, it’s important to find time to unwind as well as get a good workout in. The best way to achieve both of those things simultaneously, of course, is yoga, but it can be expensive- with some studios charging upwards of 12 euros per class. Luckily, a cheap and good alternative exists right in the city center in the neighborhood of Raval. Within the civic center Casal de Barri Folch i Torres are 4€ yoga classes taught by Yoga con Ives.
Style of Classes
Ives’s classes fill up quickly with students eager for his mixture of the meditative benefits of yoga with an intense workout. He teaches Ashtanga yoga, which is a series of poses done in a particular order and linked together through sun salutations and breath. You will spend the class sweating and connecting with your inner self! Ives also makes sure to focus on alignment so that the postures can be done correctly, preventing injury. Also, note that the classes are taught in Spanish; however, when I started taking the classes, my Spanish at the time was at a lower level- but yet I still got a lot out of it and was able to follow the instructions (and the people around me!).
Although in a community center, the room in which the classes are held is perfect for yoga; it is spacious with nice wood floors, mirrors to check your alignment, and plenty of yoga mats and props. Ives also transforms it into a relaxing oasis with dimmed lights, incense and candles, and tranquil music.
Additionally, the civic center itself offers a rich variety of other classes apart from yoga, such as art, dance, theater, and new technologies. They also host cultural activities such as their current exhibition on Alex Monfort’s visual poetry. Needless to say, the Casal de Barri Folch i Torres is a vital member of the local Raval community!
Ives’s classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:45 P.M.-9:00 P.M. and Fridays from 7:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. The civic center is located at Carrer de la Reina Amàlia 31 in Raval, metro Paral-lel (purple and green lines). The classes are 4€. For more information, follow Ives’s facebook page.