38 Yoga Studios in Barcelona
Practice on a balcony or in Barcelona? You don't have to think twice, do you? For Heather, a 35-year-old tax accountant from Leicestershire, the decision is quite straightforward. After all, it is her third time to visit Yoga Studios in Barcelona. Her friend Chiara agrees. They met at a Yoga Studio in the center of Barcelona, where they spent three days with daily yoga classes, pranayama sessions, and had a wonderful time taking long walks on the beach and engaging in countless hours of inspiring conversation.
Chiara discovered the healing effects of daily sessions in Yoga Studios in Barcelona at the age of 52. After burning out due to professional and private setbacks, she took 7 months off and revamped her life with an individually tailored detox and fasting program. Afterwards, she was able to return to her profession as physical therapist in Turin.
Heather and Chiara spend their last afternoon in Barcelona practicing new learned asanas in the Parque de Ciutadella. Now and then, the trumpet sounds of elephants or the roar of lions echo from the adjacent zoo, and on the other side of the path, young people juggle with skittles and balls. Both women agree: nowhere else can you feel this light and open minded spirit as in this roaring, sunny metropolis.
At first glance, the noisy metropolis is not an obvious choice for a stay for meditation and inner reflection. In recent years, it has repeatedly made the headlines as an example of the unpleasant effects of uncontrolled mass tourism. After all, Barcelona, a city with merely 1.5 million residents, receives almost 12 million tourists a year, with 33 million overnight stays.
Nevertheless, many yoga fans have chosen this city as their European yoga metropolis. In this regard, Yoga Studios and retreats in Barcelona compete with the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, which offers inspiring landscapes of flower fields, olive groves, and karstic rocks. However, the Mediterranean metropolis scores with tremendous advantages.
The city's cheerful lifestyle fits perfectly with the positive energy that arises in one’s consciousness after a few minutes of easy asanas. A stroll through the Ramblas and a fruit juice overlooking the marina is doubly an impressive highlight after an effective yoga session. Furthermore, the city offers almost 240 yoga studios, most of them with excellent reviews.
Many people from big European cities prefer to visit other big cities rather than rural areas which may be relaxing but do not offer the variety of activities that they are used to. On the other hand, many holidaymakers from rural areas are looking for the excitement of a big city, which they don't find in their home villages.
And many of them return again and again to got to Yoga Studios in Barcelona, like Heather from Leicestershire, since they discovered their own unique way to discover a city. Marathon runners know this. The best way to get a feel for a new city is to go for a long run through its streets. Others get the real feel of it with a bike ride, preferably in company of a good-humoured group.
Yogis like Heather and Chiara, however, like to investigate and find their special yoga locations. Some are well-known, while others are considered best-kept secrets. These urban oases are sometimes very visible, but here nobody considers it weird or socially unacceptable for women to practice their favourite asanas out in the open and to meet new friends under the Mediterranean sun.
In this respect, Yoga (for example Hatha Yoga oder Yin Yoga) in Barcelona with its excellent Yoga Studios and retreats are a great choice. There are probably few European metropolises with such open-minded and tolerant populations. The cosmopolitan warmth and liberal attitude are part of the city's Mediterranean DNA, and yoga exercises in the park no longer surprise anyone here. After all, there are already more than 100,000 active yoga practitioners in Spain.
Many Yoga Studios in Barcelona offer fulfilling programs at the seashore because of its tremendous health benefits. Life energy, known as prana in Indian yoga culture, is absorbed through the air, and breathing exercises enhance this absorption effect. What sounds esoteric at first has been confirmed by many scientific studies. The negative ions of the sea air cause an improvement in oxygen absorption and thus an increase in serotonin production in the brain. A higher serotonin content increases feelings of happiness and satisfaction.
The sand acts as a natural cushion and is easy on the joints. The soft ground can sometimes cause you to lose balance, but that is precisely the challenge. On the other hand, the final relaxation asana, Shavasana, is particularly intense when the soft ground conforms comfortably to the body.
The gentle sound of the sea also puts you in a meditative mood. Especially following the sunrise after a Yoga Session in Barcelona on the Mediterranean sea shore, every yogi enjoys a peaceful state of mindfulness that certainly cannot be achieved on one's own balcony.
Barcelona offers a beach that is 4.2 kilometres long. In addition, there are neighbouring beaches, such as that of Badalona or Garraf. All of them are suitable for a relaxing yoga session that many yoga studios in Barcelona offer. We especially recommend the beach of Sant Sebastia, which is very close to Hotel W. There you are far enough away from the morning party people of Barceloneta and you will also find a grassy area if you don't feel comfortable with the sand of the beach.
A morning yoga session on the summer beach provides the perfect peaceful setting for a successful yoga session, especially on the Mediterranean with no high tide and a clear view of the sunrise. What could be better than relaxing beside the gentle waves after a session with friends, a fresh orange juice in hand, while listening to "Morning has Broken" by Cat Stevens?
But Barcelona offers more location treasures. At the Teatre Grec, yoga enthusiasts meet every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in an open-air amphitheater inspired by ancient Greece. Although it is a replica built for the 1929 World's Fair, it has a mythical aura that invites you to relax alongside the locals.
The Parque de Ciutadella is undoubtedly the most bustling place, populated by a colourful mix of locals and tourists practicing yoga, Thai Chi, capoeira, and other fun types of exercise. You will not find peace or silence there, but you will get inspired by a cheerful, relaxed ambience in a natural oasis right in the middle of the city. Especially on hot days, you will find some relief in the shade of the park’s trees after practicing some challenging asanas.
The bunkers of Carmel sound a bit threatening at first, because, after all, they were a military installation built during Spanish Civil War. Its position at 262 meters above ground was a strategic construction decision, given that its purpose was to protect the city against air raids. Today, this location is one of the top underrated destinations described in almost every blog about Barcelona.
The location is ideal for morning yoga exercises before the rush of visitors, as it offers a fantastic panoramic view of the entire city with its spectacular skyline, the Parque de Collserola and, above all, the Mediterranean Sea in all its glory. From the distance, you can hear a blend of gentle urban background noise and crickets. The overgrown concrete gives the location a somewhat eerie ambience, especially before sunrise. But when the sun slowly appears above the horizon and casts long shadows of the city’s skyscrapers, the scene becomes something truly unforgettable.
Leave your comfort zone, meet new people, and experience a fantastic city: that’s what is guaranteed to be in store when you visit Barcelona. Especially for single travelers, a yoga retreat is an ideal opportunity to recover and see your own life from a different perspective. A yoga holiday in Barcelona is not reserved for advanced experts; for beginners, a stay of 3 to 7 days is optimal to immerse oneself into the wonderful world of Indian physical culture. While you can certainly learn basic techniques with YouTube tutorials, only professional instruction prevents you from acquiring mistakes during practice that are difficult to get rid of when you are more advanced.
The city alone, with its colourful people, enchants many visitors who, upon their return, only rave about the richness of the sunny metropolis. After all, almost 47% of all tourists are return visitors. Many previously visited the city during a cruise and simply wanted to re-experience the special feeling that only Barcelona can bestow.