Aix and Marseille have lots of options for yoga classes, either inside bespoke studios or outside, taking advantage of the beautiful Provençal landscape surrounding both cities. You can practice at the foot of Cézanne’s beloved Sainte-Victoire mountain (near Aix) or attend a class overlooking the Mediterranean (on Marseille’s coast).
Gecko Yoga takes place in various outdoor locations around Aix and Marseille. Run by Annie Pek, you can practise your yoga in the parks in Aix or facing the sea at the Pharo Palace in Marseille (among other places). She runs lots of different kinds of yoga (Vinyasa, Ashtanga), offers tea at the end, there’s no need to book and the classes are available for a reasonable €3-€5.
The Hatha Yoga Academy has great opening hours (7am to 10pm, daily) but as it’s a school you will need to enroll. It has lots of different options though, like workshops, evening and lunchtime classes or summer courses. It’s very central and close to the main railway station, Marseille Saint Charles. Académie Hatha Yoga, 8 Rue des Héros, Marseille, France +33 (0)4 84 25 51 33
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Noëlie Yoga is situated in Aix, just a few minutes out of the town centre on the road that leads to the Parc de la Torse (where incidentally you can often find people taking outdoor yoga classes). They offer various yoga classes like hatha, ashtanga, and pilates but they specialise in vinyasa. They are also the only yoga studio in Aix to specialise in small groups. Noélie Yoga, 36 avenue des écoles militaires Les hameaux de la Torse Bâtiment B2, Aix-en-Provence, France +33 (0)6 74 48 58 54 The Asana Yoga Community is an organisation that works to promote sustainable communities and practices all levels of yoga including Vinyasa, Iyengar, forrest yoga, pilates, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Hatha Prana flow. It’s very close to one of Marseille’s most beloved buildings, the Palais Longchamp, now home to the Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum. The Shake Up Studio has two workout rooms, one for circuit training and weights and another for its many evening and weekend classes. It does Zumba most week nights and you can also practice yoga with Louisa Hutton. It’s a relaxed, friendly place that works on a first-come, first-served basis as you can’t reserve. So turn up 15 or 20 minutes early to guarantee a place. The Alchimia Yoga School is near the Old Port in Marseille (“le vieux port“) and practises the oldest oriental yoga tradition, Kundalini yoga, which it calls the “royal yoga”. It has a number of different options for people looking to practise and holds trial sessions, so you can work out if it’s for you. The Yoga Academy is in the centre of Aix, by the famous La Rotonde fountain. You can sign up for three trial classes for €15 and then for a term or the year. They also run individual classes and summer workshops.