Catching your zen is not only a matter of meditation, but a necessary physical activity for maintaining health and beauty. Finding the time to set aside, and the motivation to get a great yoga session in, is only half the battle! The other half is finding the perfect studio where you feel comfortable, challenged and most importantly, a place where the surroundings enhance the whole purpose of yoga – holistic wellbeing.
Marbella and its surrounding areas provide plenty of worthy choices for great yoga classes, the majority of which are highly recommended. During the summer season there are also plenty of outdoor classes held on the beaches and piers, but during the few cooler months there are several brilliant studios to choose from. Here’s our top 5.
Radiant Yoga Marbella
Nestled in the Los Naranjos urbanization in Nueva Andalucía, this chic studio is equipped with a chill-out lounge where you can enjoy a cup of tea and relax, a beautiful solarium terrace overlooking profound views of La Concha mountain, a massage room, gender specific changing rooms, a shop where you can gear-up on all the latest and greatest in yoga clothing and accessories, and even a state-of-the-art Infra-red heating system for ‘hot yoga.’ The practice rooms are decked with bamboo wooden flooring and teachers welcome yogis of all levels. They offer a wide selection of classes and you can book online through their app.
Yoga Shala Institute
Found in the heart of Marbella, surrounded by beautiful gardens, Yoga Shala Institute provides the perfect place to soak up a serene atmosphere of pure peace. Boasting a large practice room with floor-to-ceiling windows and an ecologically constructed wooden floor which naturally maintains an optimal room temperature; warm in winter and cool in summer. An economical choice, particularly for beginners, with drop-in classes starting at 10€ per person.
Marbella Club Hotel
A classical favourite for holidaying A-list celebrities, the Marbella Club Hotel and Club Thalasso Wellness Centre is unique and niche in its setting, architecture and location. The sun-kissed gardens and magical Mediterranean beachside is coupled artfully with exceptional trainers and coaches that inspire and motivate body and mind. To name a few selections, Aerial Yoga, Yogilates, Kundalini Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga and Hatha Yoga are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed at this 5-star luxury resort.
Located in San Pedro de Alcantara, Yoga Zone prides themselves in being a 1-stop shop for all your core-strengthening, mind-balancing exercise endeavours. Partnered with Yogatribe, this studio offers more than an array of tailored classes. An 8-day yoga retreat including surfing in Costa Rica on the paradisiacal beaches of Nosara is an option to consider for your next holiday getaway. But if that’s not your thing, their warm and friendly teachers can help transport your mind and body to tranquility. Good news, they offer classes for kids too!
Bikram Yoga Spain
Etched into the modernised white buildings of Nueva Andalucía, Marbella, this studio offers a calming, open platform for the ultimate zen vibe. The practice room is prepped to reach 40ºC, and kept between 40 – 50% humidity, which is ideal for heating the muscles in order to help them relax and reach their full range of motion. Heat also helps the body to burn fat more effectively, redistributing it over muscle structure. Each session of Bikram Yoga is 90-minutes long, covering 26 postures (asanas) and two breathing exercises (pranayamas), suitable for all ages and skill levels.
While living in Marbella is a holistic choice in itself, taking that lifestyle further can only do you good. Catch your zen!