Whether in Lisbon for business or a city break, it’s refreshingly easy to roll out a mat and restore equilibrium here. In fact, the Portuguese capital is a veritable paradise for beginner and seasoned yogis alike. It’s generously studded with gorgeous studios, rooftop classes and regular wellness festivals, while those seeking a more exclusive experience can call in the assistance of a private tutor. Find inner peace in the heart of the city with our guide to yoga in Lisbon.
Small but perfectly formed, Little Yoga Space is a tranquil haven in historic Baixa offering a multitude of classes from Kundalini and Hatha Yoga to Pilates. With floor-to-ceiling windows and gleaming parquet floors, it’s light, bright and cool, and accommodates small groups of around eight. Bilingual classes are held in English or Portuguese, or both.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Yoga unites a diverse tribe of teachers from around the world. Each brings their own style and skill to daily lessons that include staples such as Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga. Located just above Baixa, this welcoming studio is a firm favourite among Lisbon’s expat yoga community.
Guests at Corinthia Lisbon can start the day on a positive note with a complimentary half-hour stretching session at dawn. For late risers, there’s another opportunity to stretch out any residual tension at sunset.
Little beats stretching out in the great outdoors, energised by fresh air and the radiance of the sun. For nature-loving yogis, Lisbon has plenty of places in which to practice asanas al fresco. Rooftop Yoga Lisbon puts on weekly classes atop various roof terraces across the city, where sun salutations are rewarded with spectacular views of Lisbon’s seven hills.
Yogis with a steady self-practice will be in good company beneath the trees of the city’s parks. Lisbon’s yoga, Chi Gong and Tai Chi enthusiasts often descend upon its many shaded green stretches during summer for their daily dose of zen.
If you’re on a strict schedule or prefer a more personal approach to your practice, book a one-on-one with a tutor who can come to your hotel room or local park. One of Lisbon’s leading teachers is Johanna Hellinger, whose bespoke lessons are specifically tailored to your unique anatomy, behavioral patterns and energetic state. Similarly, London-trained Andreina Vila integrates both traditional Hatha and Vinyasa in her lessons, which are conducted in
Something of a spiritual triathlon, Wanderlust 108 Lisbon takes place every autumn in the EDP Garden on Lisbon’s shimmering waterfront. Kickstarting with an invigorating 5K run, the event continues with a spectacularly attended DJ-powered yoga class, and rounded off with a calming 25-minute meditation. All this amounts to Wanderlust 108 being a perfect workout for mind, body and soul.
Held every two years in the coastal town of Cascais, just west of Lisbon, Portugal Spirit Festival is a celebration of yoga, dance, music and healing. Gather with like-minded souls and seek solace at the festival’s many Kundalini, Hatha and Ashtanga workshops. There’s also a plethora breathwork and meditation sessions to totally restore equilibrium.
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