Take a break from your routine this summer and add a healthy stretch to your getaway to New Orleans. The city has gotten big into yoga culture recently with over 20 yoga studios and centers around the city.
If you are new to yoga, here are two places that each offer a variety of classes and make it easy to drop in for a single class. You don’t need yoga clothing, just comfortable and stretchy clothes. You can usually borrow or rent a yoga mat and don’t forget to leave your shoes at the door.
Wild Lotus Yoga (uptown – 5 minutes on streetcar) has an easy drop in rate, and a 10 different classes just on the weekends. Check for their “mellow” classes if you are a yoga beginner.
Swan River Yoga (downtown-15 minutes on streetcar) lists 12 classes on the weekends and fun themed classes.
Six blocks from the Grand Victorian is access to the miles of shopping, restaurants and yes, the yoga studios of Magazine Street. You can walk or take the bus up and down this creative corridor to find the space that matches your search.
Shanti Yoga – Vinyasa yoga for fluid, movement-intensive practice
Audubon Yoga Studio – Iyengar yoga for a safe, orderly, systematic progression of poses
Life Yoga and Boutique – also offers clothing and gifts to help incorporate healthy activities into your active lifestyle.
Also along Magazine Street are studios which go beyond basic yoga for more intensive strength training such as: Free to Be Power Yoga; 504 Fit (oga and pilates), Barre 3 (yoga, pilates and ballet), and Romney Pilates Center
There are also clusters of yoga studios further away but still uptown along Freret Street, Oak Street and also downtown and the French Quarter.
Whatever your level of activity or health, whether you want to try something new or deepen your usual practice, there is a yoga space for you. Rest, relax and enjoy your new found serenity at the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast.