Travel abroad, whether for five days or five months, can really interrupt our fitness flows. Many people today recommend online classes for a quick stretch wherever you wake up, but we prefer to fully immerse ourselves—and our yoga practice—in every new destination.
I’ve spent the past year living in Barcelona where I tested yoga studios, crossfit gyms and running routes in search of balance in a new culture, cuisine and schedule. After many stretch and sweat sessions, I can confidently recommend these five studios for a drop-in before or after a day of exploration and too many tapas.
You might notice that classes in Spain tend to move a bit slower with teachers taking time to discuss an idea or philosophy before diving in. It turns the practice from a simple physical stretch to a mental and emotional one. Don’t know Spanish? Follow your classmates’ movements and let your teacher know ahead of time as many can also instruct in English.
Mandarim Yoga Mandarim Yoga became my primary studio in Barcelona. It has that perfect combination of a peaceful, easy going vibe outside the room with a serious practice on the mat. And with three locations spread throughout the city, there is no excuse not to make it.
The main class is a Hatha Vinyasa that puts equal focus on pose and flow, but we fell in love with the Monday special—Power Yoga—where the flows are a bit faster and the teacher always encourages the class to try a new move and test their boundaries.
The first class is 5€, and drop-ins after that are 12€. Follow them @mandiram_yoga_dinamico.
The Garage The Garage is a large studio infused with natural light in Poble Sec. The studio is decorated in neutral tones that immediately instill a sense of calm in its students. The Garage was started by Austrian expat and model Veronica Blume who created the space to share her love of yoga and teaches classes daily.
The studio is next to the adorable boutique Hotel Brummell where we recommend stopping for a coffee (made with local Nomad beans) on their back patio. All hotel guests have access to free yoga.
Garage offers Hatha and Vinyasa classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with a single morning class offered on Saturday and Sunday. A drop-in class is 15€ or 3 classes in your first week for 20€. Follow them @thegarageblume.
Yo/Mu Yo/Mu offers a class unlike any other on this list—or that I’ve taken before. A energizing Vinyasa flow set to the beat of a live cello is just one of the reasons I love Barcelona on a Monday.
The yoga is taught by Lucy, whose kindness and connection reminds you why you started doing yoga. The live music comes from Pepe Arias, a classically trained cello player who creates auditory art with his bow, loops, sound effect machines and his voice.
Their idea? “Since both music and yoga can induce a transcendent state of mind, it’s only natural that combining the two will maximize your bliss.” We’re in.
Classes are offered Monday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm and Fridays at noon. A drop-in class is 12€. Follow them @yomuproject.
Espacio de Yoga Espacio de Yoga is a small studio located on a quiet street in the north of the city. It’s unassuming exterior helps keep the calming oasis—staffed by conscious and kind teachers—a secret from the crowds.
The studio offers Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini and Ashtanga classes in a simple white room adorned with colorful flags. They also offer Ayurvedic therapies and acupuncture if you’re looking for an extra wellness boost during your stay.
There are classes throughout the day from 8 am to 8:30 pm. A drop-in class costs 12€.
Follow them at Facebook.com/espaciodeyogabcn1/.
YogaOne Mandri YogaOne is an absolutely beautiful studio with a super large the studio and small class sizes.
The room gives you space to truly spread out and express your positions with freedom.
There are a variety of 50 Iyengar, Hatha and Vinyasa classes offered throughout the day. A great addition to the studio is the large, well-designed changing room, which makes it easy to stop in after a long day or make that transition from downward dog to tapas.
The first class is free.
Follow them @yogaonebydir.
If you’re looking for more than just a class, check out Yoga Weeks’ retreats in Barcelona and Ibiza.
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