Some consider it a sport, some consider it a form “moving graciously”, but the truth is that yoga is a physical practice that works both the body and mind. There are several types of yoga, each with its specific set of forms and techniques.
If you are living in Barcelona or even if you are just coming for a visit, it may interest you to take some yoga classes to help you feel like the best version of yourself. But before you choose, let the team of ShBarcelona tell you more about the different types of yoga and where you can try them in Barcelona?
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Types of yoga and what yoga centre to go to
Hatha yoga refers to any type of yoga that combines asanas and pranayamas, or in laymen’s terms, postures and breathing techniques. Hatha yoga classes are a good way to begin practicing yoga, helping the students to develop flexibility and balance, while also learning breathing techniques.
Hatha yoga classes help students to elongate their body and also to relax the mind. A Hatha yoga class will usually finish with a couple of minutes in which students lie on the floor, letting the body adjust to the work it has done and quieting the mind.
You can practice Hatha yoga in Barcelona at Happy Yoga (Carrer del Bruc, 7 in the neighbourhood of El Born) or Vitta hattha yoga (Carrer de Villà, 17 in Sant Cugat del Valles).
Kundalini is a form yoga that focuses not only on body work but also in spirituality. The method works on releasing the energy stored at the base of the spine, by combining breathing techniques, mantras and body movement.
Kundalini yoga classes are relatively mild and often involve chanting. You can try Kundalini yoga in Barcelona at Kundalini BCN (Carrer de Francesc Carbonell, 21 in Sarria) or Shunia Yoga Sagrada Familia (Carrer de Sicília, 236-Bis in the neighbourhood of Fort Pienc).
Iyengar yoga is a method that puts great emphasis on proper alignment, with the objective of strengthening the muscles and offering a better support for the joints. This challenging method may employ the use of props such as chairs, straps and blocks.
Iyengar yoga is specially recommended for those who suffer from neck and back pain, though students should seek a medical opinion before practicing, if the pain they are feeling is being caused by an injury.
You can practice Iyenegar yoga in Barcelona at Ioga-BCN (Carrer de Rosselló 134 in l’Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample), Centre de Ioga Iyengar de Bcn (Avenida Portal de l’Àngel 42 in the neighbourhood of Gotic), or Centre Zama Ioga Iyengar Barcelona (Gran Via de Carles III, 50-52 in the neighbourhood of Les Corts).
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Vinyasa is a style for those who are already experienced in yoga and would like to try a more dynamic class. Vinyasa yoga classes will have student moving smoothly but quickly, bending, stretching, sitting and standing, in order to improve flexibility and balance and gain more strength.
This is a good style of yoga for those who are looking to lose some weight. You can try Vinyasa yoga in Barcelona at Yoga & Yoga Barcelona (Carrer de Verdi 169 in Vila de Gracia), Yogaroom Barcelona (Carrer de Casanova 27 in Sant Antoni), or Yoga Studio Barcelona (Plaça de la Universitat 4, also in the neighbourhood of Sant Antoni).
Created by Bikram Chodhury, Bikram yoga is a style practiced in heated studios in high temperatures, which help the students sweat as they to the bodywork. The principle of practicing yoga with heat, is that it helps loosens the muscles, which allows the students to stretch even further.
Bikram yoga has 26 official poses. You can practice Bikram yoga in Barcelona at Yogalinda (Calle Rosa Sensat 4 in La Vila Olimpica del Poblenou) and Bikram Yoga Barcelona (Carrer de Pau Claris 97 in La Dreta de l’Eixample and Carrer Caravel-la la Niña, 18, also in the neighbourhood of Les Corts).
Ashtanga yoga is recommended for those who are already experienced in the practice of yoga. It is an intense and physically challenging style that requires those who practice to be in good physical shape so that they have enough strength and endurance to complete the class.
You can practice Ashtanga yoga in Barcelona at Ashtanga Barcelona (Paseo Isabel II, 14 in El Born) or Escuela Ashtanga Yoga Inbound (Pau Claris 149, in La Dreta de l’Eixample).
What yoga style do you like best?