Brazil is a place famous for soccer, samba and carnival, a place where joy and energy pervade the air. It's also a country rich with natural beauty. Brazilians are warm, open people, and they have a unique and powerful connection to the earth. So it's no surprise that yoga has taken hold in Brazil, and the yoga community is growing strong.

This is especially true in major cities like Rio de Janeiro. Cariocas (people from Rio) live a super-relaxed beach lifestyle, and love outdoor health and fitness. I mean, who wouldn't want to hop into a handstand on Ipanema Beach, or paddle out for some SUP yoga next to Sugarloaf Mountain? Rio de Janeiro is one giant outdoor playground — or to me, a giant outdoor yoga studio.

When you come visit, you'll understand why. The breathtaking scenery in Brazil is absolutely crying for you to sun-salute it. I'd love to introduce a few of my favorite "yoga studios" in Brazil, and if you want more photos like these, you can check out my Instagram account.

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Upside-down palm tree in Arrial d'Ajuda, Bahia

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Sup-Strasana on the Guaratiba Bay, Rio de Janeiro

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Colorful Flight, Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro

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Black and White Warrior, Picinguaba Bay, São Paulo

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Plank on a Rock, Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro

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Bridge over the Cagarras Islands, Rio de Janeiro

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Dogs Days on Ipanema beach, Rio de Janeiro

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Monkey in the jungle, Tijuca National Park, Rio de Janeiro

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Takeoff in Guarujá, São Paulo

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Bird on the ledge, South Coast, São Paulo

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Monkey in the sand, Devils Beach, Rio de Janeiro

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Breathing in, stretching out in Maraú, Bahia

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Bridges and falls; at the waterfalls in the Tijiuca National Forest.


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