Yoga in its essence is about the union of body, mind and spirit, and in its fullest sense is much more than just the postures (or Asanas) that many people are used to doing. So most classes will include something called Pranayama, which are breathing exercises to free up the prana (your internal energetic system) and often some meditation at the beginning or end to further quieten the mind. Personally I love a class that incorporates all these elements, but maybe it’s not for you, in which case perhaps a class that’s more dynamic or posture focused would suit.
These days in Seville you’ll find almost all styles of yoga on offer. Hatha (the more traditional style of yoga) is always a good place to start from, particularly if you have limited experience, strength or flexibility. Right now Vinyasa flow seems to be all the rage, which tends to be dynamic and as you can guess from the title, involving movement between the postures. Ashtanga is perhaps the physically toughest yoga class to attend as bookending each posture is what is called a ‘vinyasa’, which is like a mini sun salutation combined with a press up, and if you’ve eaten too many mince pies or have little upper body strength, it will almost certainly leave you feeling sore the next day (or two). Iyengar is slowly coming onto the scene in Seville, in which props such as blocks, straps and chairs are used to support rather than force the body into the postures. This can be particularly effective for those who find themselves rather high on the inflexibility scale or are recovering from an injury. And finally Kundalini yoga which works to awaken the snake-like Kundalini energy lying dormant in the base of the spine through the use of chanting, mantras, breath work and some yoga postures.
Classes in Seville on the whole operate from Monday to Friday, although there’s a limited offering now on Saturdays. Most centres offer morning and afternoon/evening classes, and are generally priced at around the 10 Euros for a drop in class, or once you’ve found the yoga class for you, prices varying according to how many you commit to per week. The more you want, the cheaper it works out per class, and some centres now offer passes in which you buy 5 or 10 classes and then have a fixed period to use them by. Just a word of warning, you may well be expected to pay a joining fee as well.
But how about if you know what style of yoga you want to practise, but your Spanish doesn’t extend much beyond ‘una cerveza por favor’. Fear not, there is a little community of English speaking yoga teachers who have opened centres or teach classes here in Seville, and other classes where the teachers can at least give you a few words of explanation in English. But if you speak a bit of Spanish, I really recommend opting for classes in Spanish as there’s no better way to broaden your anatomical vocabulary: where else would you introduce words like omóplato (shoulder blade) or párpados (eyelids) into your everyday parlance.
So now to the important bit. Here´s my guide to a selection of the yoga on offer in Seville in no particular order. I apologise if I include haven’t included your favourite teacher, it’s not an exhaustive list, and as much as possible I’ve included those that I’ve had direct experience of and/or that offer some classes in English.But please leave any other suggestions in the comment box at the end.
Nestled on a quiet corner, in close proximity to the Macarena Basilica, La Shala is an intimate and friendly yoga space lovingly guided by British Yogi Antonia and maternity cover Louise. Classes, which include Hatha, Vinyasa vibe and pregnancy yoga are usually in Spanish, but for the Vinyasa classes additional guidance can be given in English. There’s a particularly attractive pricing scheme whereby for 50 Euros you can attend as many classes as you would like per month.
Located close to the Alameda, Diksha is somewhere to take your yoga practise if you want explore the spiritual elements of yoga. Silvia brings her serene and wise presence to the classes which are about much more than just stretching and relaxation. Classes are never the same and usually incorporate pranayama exercises, chanting and sometimes Yoga Nidra, which is like a guided visualisation, as well as yoga asanas. Silvia can also give you a helping hand in English.
Calle Relator 15, Alameda de Hercules
Bringing a touch of New York and London to the Seville yoga scene is Oyoga,
opened in 2015 by Lourdes Vidal. With a Vinyasa Flow emphasis (Oyoga is a
Vinyasa Flow teacher training centre), classes are from 8am until 9.30pm Monday
to Friday with an additional class on Saturday mornings at 10am. Teachers are
Yoga Alliance registered, and the centre is modern, well equipped and expect
orange hued colour coordination from the brand new blocks to the yoga
teachers’ lycra trousers. If your body’s been battered by sport, Oyoga
also offers an especially adapted Vinyasa Yoga for sport and appointments
with Sports Medicine specialist Francisco Gallardo. Classes are available in English, French and German.
Oyoga, Calle Curtidurias 12
Telephone: 640036286 email: email@example.com
American Michelle Goodrick offers Iyengar Yoga and her classes tend to be small and intimate which gives her the chance to adapt each session to the physical needs and experience of her students. Michelle also offers Yamuna body rolling which is a technique originally from New York combining massage and yoga through the use of rubber balls which miraculously free up restriction, both muscular and energetic. Michelle’s classes are great if you’ve got some musculoskeletal imbalances that need working on, rather than seeking spiritual enlightenment, although who knows, it may take you one step closer to Nirvana along the way.
Good Yoga Seville
Classes in Triana and Plaza de Armas (see website)
Tel: 647 891 415
Vida Yoga Para Todos
Opened just over a year ago, this fully equipped yoga centre aims to make yoga accessible to everyone. They probably have the fullest complement of classes stretching throughout the day, including Kudalini yoga, with a wide variety of teachers. They are the most affordable offering a trial week free of charge where you can attend as many classes as you wish, and if you decide to continue, per class they are probably the best priced in Seville. They also boast a shop in the reception where you can buy health food products and yoga teacher training courses are available. Two of the teachers Candela and Patricia speak English and are happy to translate for any non Spanish-speakers.
Experienced yogi Carmen Torres offers Hatha yoga on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Sadhana, near Puerto Osario. Unique to Carmen are her regular retreats at the spa town of Alange near Merida, where as well as filling your days with yoga and meditation, you get to wallow in the therapeutic thermal baths.
Sadhana, Calle Matahacas 8
Tel: 658 556 529
You couldn´t have a more personal experience than a class with Portuguese yoga teacher Paula. Taking place a stone´s throw from the Alameda in an intimate space that I think was probably once someone´s front room, she offers small group ´Integral Yoga´ classes Monday-Thursday in the mornings and evenings. Paula has been teaching yoga for over 12 years during which time she has gone on to train many other yoga teachers and can help out in English when needed.
Calle Joaquín Costa 34, bajo (parallel to the Alameda de Hercules)
Tel: 622 089 439/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Se Yoga (Yoga en Triana)
With the every increasing number of yoga spaces opening up around the Alameda and historic centre, it´s easy to forget that there´s a whole world going on across the river in Triana. And frankly it would have been my loss because by continuing to be my usual lazy bones self and not venturing further afield than half a kilometre from my house, I would have missed out on a little gem of a yoga studio space, within spitting distance of the river, close to Calle Betis. As soon as you enter and meander your way up the winding, tiled staircase, there´s a feeling of being part of a little yoga family. That’s maybe because Lula, an Argentine with 12 years of teaching practise, has transformed the living room of her apartment into a tranquil yoga space. The style of yoga is Hatha and classes are very reasonably priced, but check with Lula direct.
Se Yoga, Santísimo Cristo de las Tres Caídas, 1, Triana
Tel: 653 09 58 00
Possibly the hardest working yoga teacher about town is Louise Lavigne, a Canadian by birth and a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher. She´s teaching pretty much right across the city in various yoga centres including La Shala, Oyoga, Espacio 800 and Sala Bioespacio. Louise who has taught across the globe, teaches in English and Spanish depending on the venue and draws upon different styles of yoga in her classes including Vinyansa, Sivananda, Iyengar, Power Yoga and Anusara.
Pioneer in the Saturday morning yoga class is British Wheel of Yoga
certified yoga teacher Ruby Jagger, offering Hatha yoga and once monthly
Ashtanga. Her classes are given in English but cater to an international crowd.
“I view yoga as a set of tools to be explored by students so that they can
discover what works for them. I aim to develop their bodies within the postures
while also working on concentration and meditation using techniques such as
yoga nidra, mantras and yantras”, Ruby says.
Her classes tend to be quite sociable and a post-class breakfast
with the group generally follows. Classes cost 10 Euros and work on a drop in
basis, just contact Ruby beforehand so she can arrange a yoga mat, blocks etc.
Saturdays 10.30am – 12pm
ESTUDIO 35, Plaza del Pelicano 4,
Local 35, 41003
Ruby: 697948104/ email@example.com.
Another yogi teaching in English and offering occasional Saturday classes is Nillyoga. Teaching mostly at a space on Calle Parras near the Macarena arch and also at the KOT (Kind Orange Tree) in Arenal, her classes are hatha in style and are perfect both for the English speaking yogi by birth or anyone interested in learning English in a non-classroom setting.
From time to time Nilly also organises yoga in the Alamillo Park on Saturday mornings. Contact her through Facebook to get more information.
Other centres offering yoga to check out that I don´t have direct experience of include: