Living in a city can be quite hectic and stressful. Trying to go about your daily business in amongst the masses of people, the traffic whizzing by, deadlines, heavy workloads, it all piles up until our health starts to suffer.
We all need a way to wind down, a way to relax. Yoga is the ideal practice to help your mind and body find some peace.
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What is yoga?
Yoga originated in ancient India and is the art of sustaining physical, mental and spiritual discipline. In the modern day, most westerners focus on the physical side of things, performing certain stretching techniques to attain a relaxed state of body and mind. This is the branch of yoga called Hatha yoga. It proves very effective at dealing with the stresses of our modern world, providing the balance and peace within needed to live a healthy productive life.
Where can I do it?
There are many yoga classes where you can receive instruction from a qualified teacher and take part in group exercises. Here are the 3 in the district of Sant Martí.
Located just a short walk from the beach on c/ Rosa Sensat, Yogalinda offers a variety of classes and events. It has a wide open space carefully designed to make all its customers feel at ease. The paint on the walls is non-toxic and the floor is made of 100% bamboo. Here they practice the technique of hot yoga, where the room is heated to a temperature of 40°C before any exercises begin. They have instructions in both Spanish and English from a variety of teachers who come from various parts of the world. And they also have a countryside retreat which you can visit if you really need some time away.
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Happy Yoga Poblenou
The Happy Yoga company has studios in both Latin America and Spain. Their Barcelona studio is located on Carrer de Pujades in Poblenou. They offer a variety of classes in a calm and relaxing environment and they also perform a selection of Thai and Ayurvedic massages, as well as Reiki to help heal and balance the body. They have a very reasonable monthly price plan or, if you prefer, you can also participate on a come as you please basis, to help it fit in with your own schedule.
Moksha yoga is located on Carrer de Pallars. It is part of the worldwide environmental and socially conscious collective of the same name. The practice is an intimate and comfortable space, a place where you can really get to interact with your instructor. They have specialist classes for mothers and infants and a variety of styles, such as Vinyasa, Hatha and Advaita. The classes are open to people of all levels of experience and run throughout the day, from morning until evening.
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