Yoga is known for its healing qualities; however, the best thing about practicing this Indus-Sarasvati discipline is that no matter where you go, your practice travels with you. Thanks to its popularity, yoga has become a part of the burgeoning health culture in New Orleans, allowing visitors to decompress from the city’s hustle and bustle while vacationing in NOLA. Here are best yoga studios in the Big Easy.
If you’re looking to de-stress and nurture the mind, Reyn Studios is a one-of-a-kind yoga space that mixes traditional yoga, physical exercise, and a modern understanding of our minds to provide students with a unique practice. Located in the trendy Central Business District, the zen studio offers a variety of yoga and movement-based classes every day of the week, as well as deals for visitors who are just stopping by for a day. While Reyn is designed to provide classes that range from beginning to experienced levels, they also have a backdoor studio where dancing, meditation, and other activities can be practiced.
Based in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans, Swan River Yoga is a studio that offers Jivamukti, Anusara, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Aerial, Acroyoga, and Reiki for both the beginner and seasoned practitioner. Inspired by different backgrounds and teachers, this temple has developed a creative fusion of techniques to go along with every class. Their Jnana Yoga uses yogic philosophy to bring higher purpose, their Bhakti Yoga uses songs to free the mind, and their Hatha Yoga is a flow-based (Vinyasa) practice with alignment detail and breath emphasis. With a practice centered around four pillars — community, integrity, authenticity, and beauty — River Yoga offers classes seven days a week.
Bikram Yoga New Orleans is a studio teaching the original method of Bikram, also known as the authentic hot yoga. This practice, based on elements of Hatha (a 5000-year-old yoga practice), includes a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises that are done in a specific order to relieve stress and control overeating, bad posture, and aggression. Each 90-minute class, geared toward beginners and advance students, takes place inside a 108-degree room with 40 percent humidity. The class is guaranteed to develop strength, balance, and flexibility, oxygenate and detoxify your body, increase energy, stamina, and flexibility, flush your cardiovascular system, stimulate your endocrine and nervous systems, and improve your mental focus, will power, and patience. During the week, Bikram Yoga, located in the city’s Central Business District, opens at 6 a.m., and from 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
With studios in Uptown and Downtown New Orleans, Wild Lotus Yoga offers both accessible and affordable classes inside a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Founded by Sean Johnson, this New Orleans-based studio approaches yoga as a practice that uses positive and life-affirming techniques to improve physical fitness. Their classes include a combination of yoga postures, breathing practices, meditation, music, mantras, readings, poems, and stories. The classes range from mellow, for those looking to focus on stress relief and relaxation, to more intense, for experienced yogis who wish to engage in a challenging workout. This Wild Lotus Yoga studio, located in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans, opens daily at 9 a.m.