One thing that strikes in Barcelona is that the people here – particularly the locals it would seem – look after themselves. All around you can see toned torsos and lean legs. When in Barcelona, you really don’t need to slip off the healthy lifestyle train. There is especially no excuse if you are a bit of a yoga addict. Barcelona is full of yoga classes and events welcoming along locals and visitors alike, and there is something to get involved in every day of the week. You can find many different styles to practice and you can even enjoy it outdoors under the warm summer sun. Yoga is also perhaps one of the more recommendable options for exercise if you are in Barcelona during summer, as the intense heat and humidity can make more cardiovascular activities simply unbearable!
Practicing yoga while in Barcelona
There are many possibilities for practicing yoga while in Barcelona. If you just fancy dropping in on a class as and when you please, probably the best idea is to search for a yoga group on Meetups Barcelona. There you will find numerous classes, some taking place outside in the park or on the beach for as little as 5 euros. All you need to do is sign up online and/or simply turn up and get involved. The teachers are normally fully qualified and experienced and there is always a lovely atmosphere, especially when practicing outside. I particularly enjoy early morning yoga practice in the park – much better than a cramped and sweaty studio!
For more committed and ‘full on’ yoga-practice, there are a range of yoga retreats in and around Barcelona that may be of interest. There are even some that incorporate cooking and dancing lessons to really mix things up and keep things extra healthy.
One of the great things about Barcelona is that it is an international city and this is very much reflected in the yoga classes, many of which are done in English, or a mixture of Spanish and English. So you don’t need to worry about not following the instructions of the teacher – you are free to focus on your movements and finding that inner-connectedness that yoga is all about. After all, yoga should be a completely stress free activity. Certainly, if you attend a class outdoors, particularly one in the colourful and spacious setting of the park, you should find it an even more enhanced and enjoyable practice.
So, when in Barcelona, there’s really no excuse not to keep up your yoga practice.