Salute the sun in style with yoga holidays in Barcelona

Salute the sun in style with yoga holidays in Barcelona

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Cleanse your spirit with yoga retreats in Barcelona

It's time to relax and forget about the stress and drama of your daily life - and what better way to do that than with yoga holidays in Barcelona? With year-round sunshine and gorgeous natural surroundings, the Catalan capital is an ideal destination for yoga lovers. Whether you'd like to practise by the sea, in the mountains or in a trendy city centre studio, there's something waiting for you.

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Why choose a yoga retreat in Barcelona?

One of the best things about Barcelona is its location: nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains, the city is surrounded by superb natural beauty. This makes it the ideal choice for a yoga getaway. Get up early to greet the sun with a morning practice on the beach, then go hiking in Barcelona for an afternoon session in a green mountain setting. The city also has a vibrant yoga community, with studios to suit all levels and styles. If you want to embrace a full yogic lifestyle, you'll find vegan restaurants, spas with alternative treatments and a number of options to make your trip complete.

Where will you find the most popular yoga studios in Barcelona?

If you choose city centre holiday lettings in Barcelona, you'll find plenty of great options for your yoga practice. Searching for something spiritual? Practise kundalini yoga at Shunia Yoga, a studio close to the Sagrada Familia. With sessions that focus on meditation and breathing techniques, it's a great choice for holistic yoga holidays in Barcelona. Sincronía Yoga, in the trendy Gràcia neighbourhood, offers hatha, vinyasa and other styles, along with complementary sessions like massages. One of the most popular studios is Yoga One, which has a number of locations in different parts of the city, as well as in several nearby towns. It has a wide range of styles, including ashtanga, hatha and yin yoga, plus special sessions for kids and pregnant women.

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FAQs: Yoga holidays in Barcelona

Where can I practise yoga by the sea in Barcelona?

For many travellers, the appeal of yoga in Barcelona is the chance to practise outdoors. You might want to avoid the busy city centre Barceloneta beach, as you won't find much in the way of inner peace. Instead, head out of the city. The nearby town of Castelldefels has a very large sandy beach, where it's possible to choose a quiet spot to spread out your map. For something more atmospheric, head north to the Costa Brava. This coastal area is particularly well-known for its tiny coves. If you're there early in the morning, you'll often have the cove to yourself, which is ideal for your practice. In the summer months these little beaches will fill up by lunchtime, so set your alarm to beat the crowds.

Where can I practise yoga in the mountains in Barcelona?

A short train ride from Barcelona, the stunning mountain of Montserrat is known for its unusual, needle-shaped peaks. It provides a beautiful backdrop for yoga practice. You can hike up if you're in the mood, but if you'd rather save your energy for your chaturangas, take the cable car or the funicular railway. The Montseny Natural Park is also close to the city and offers dozens of trails, with great spots along the way to lay down your mat and enjoy a quick session. Don't feel like a long train journey? The Collserola park, right on the outskirts of town, is a beautiful green space for yoga. Just make sure to time your practice carefully: wild boars roam here after dark, so it's best to go when the sun is out.

Where can I find unusual or alternative styles of yoga in Barcelona?

Glow Yoga in Barcelona lets you try forest yoga or acro yoga, with lots of classes in English. You can also find alternative styles at Yoga One: acro yoga, yogilates and the Instagram-friendly D-Gravity yoga are all available. For something really special, head south to the Delta de l'Ebre, a wetland zone about three hours away. Here, the Iogashala studio offers yoga classes on stand-up paddleboards. The still waters of the river delta make the perfect environment to try this tricky yoga technique. This beautiful natural zone is well worth exploring, so it's worth spending at least a full day in the area.

Are there any studios in Barcelona that offer yoga teacher training?

Yoga teacher training is popular for experienced yogis. Even if you don't want to become a teacher, it's often recommended as a great way to take your practice to the next level and enjoy a deep dive into the discipline. There are several options for YTT courses in Barcelona, including studios such as Yoga One, Yoga Weeks and Spirit Sadhana. Before you embark on any YTT course, check that it is certified by the Yoga Teacher Alliance and that it is a full 200-hour programme. You'll often find intensive, 3-week YTT courses available, which will also allow you to really see more of the city.

Can I take my yoga mat with me on a flight to Barcelona?

Yes. While most yoga studios in Barcelona will have spare mats, many yogis prefer to bring their own mats. If you're planning to practise alone surrounded by nature, a mat is a must. You might want to consider getting a travel mat, which is lighter than a standard mat, with smaller dimensions. However, even a travel mat will need to go in your checked luggage. Try to fit your mat inside your checked suitcase, which might mean placing it diagonally. This way, you won't need to shell out for an extra piece of luggage.

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