Florianópolis is the perfect place to give yoga a go. With plenty of options to explore, like Bikram, Ashtanga, plus a variety of Hatha and Vinyasa classes, there’s sure to be the perfect class for every beginner or experienced yogi.
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Tucked into a hillside in Canto da Lagoa, near the popular tourist spot Lagoa da Conceição, this studio boasts a gorgeous environment with beautiful hardwood floors and large windows overlooking the lake. While the view from inside the studio is wonderful, even more so are the yoga teachers and classes available. Choose from Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga.
Get away from the main tourist scene in Florianópolis by heading to the small rural town of Rio Vermelho and taking a class in Hot Yoga. The studio is just off the main road down a small street, but you’ll know you’re on the right road when you see the Ganesh sign. After class take a refreshing dip in the lake or the ocean, both within just a few minutes’ drive of the studio.
Like the idea of practicing the ever popular style of Ashtanga yoga, but not sure if you can handle it in Portuguese? No problem. Head to the Samatva yoga studio for a Mysore practice, where silence is still golden. The professors there will give you slight corrections during your practice, helping you to push further, without panicking about the language barrier.
The city center of Florianópolis, or Centro as the locals call it, is full of spas, gyms and acai joints to get your wellness fix. It’s also home to some fantastic yoga studios, among them Yogashala. This studio is near one of the main shopping malls in Centro, conveniently located to run errands before or after class. Yogis should try their Hatha Vinyasa yoga for a beautiful blend of strengthening and lengthening.
Looking for an all round gym with yoga classes too? Then check out World Gym in the Corrego Grande neighborhood. This place is filled with modern equipment, friendly teachers and plenty of classes to keep yogis in shape. Classes are held frequently throughout the week, making it easy to fit a workout and a great stretch, in the same gym session. Check out their other classes too, like Zumba, TRX, and spin, to get a full body workout.