Yoga might be 5,000 years old, but it only took New Orleans five years to add our own funky spin on this age-old practice of health and well-being. Since Hurricane Katrina, dozens of yoga studios have sprung up all over the Big Easy, and now you can enjoy classes set to live jazz music and in old French Quarter museums: a very New Orleans yoga experience. Check out these four classes and get limbered up and chilled out while experiencing a bit of true New Orleans culture.
1. Candlelight Yoga – Held on the last Friday of every month at Balance Yoga & Wellness in Mid-City, this 7:30 PM class will help you unwind in a uniquely New Orleans way. The room is lit with flickering tea candles and Gipson Blanchard, a New Orleans jazz guitarist, strums dulcet tunes while you’re led through an hour and fifteen minutes of gentle vinyasa poses. Afterwards, enjoy complimentary chai tea and sweets to seal in the month. This is suitable for all levels of students.
Where: Balance Yoga & Wellness, 120 S. Cortez St.
When: Last Friday of every month, 7:30 PM
Cost: $15 Drop-in
2. Yoga in the NOMA Sculpture Garden – Yoga may look like art, but only in New Orleans can you practice yoga among art! Take your yoga practice to the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden and strike a few poses amid the gorgeous collection of statues from all over the world. Yoga classes are suitable for all levels and are held at 8 AM on the first, second, and third Saturday of every month. Bonus: the fourth Saturday of each month is a Pilates Class!
Where: NOMA Sculpture Garden, One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park
When: 8 AM – 9 AM every Saturday (Fourth Saturday of the month is Pilates)
Cost: $5 for Public, Free for NOMA members and EJWC members
3. Funky Vinyasa Flow – Find the “om” in rock, hip-hop and funk music during this vigorous 90-minute class set to rockin’ riffs. The teacher will lead you through a sweaty, active yoga class that will get your heart thumping, limbs sweating and body ready for grooving through the upcoming weekend. Tip: Arrive to Life Boutique & Yoga Studio a little early to browse through their selection of lifestyle clothes and accessories. You’ll find perfect gifts to bring back home!
Where: Life Boutique & Yoga Studio, 5422 Magazine St.
When: Thursdays, 6:15 PM – 7:45 PM
Cost: $9 Drop-in
4. Yoga at the Cabildo – There’s nothing like watching morning slowly creep over Jackson Square, lighting the balconies and dousing the city in golden sunrise. Top that off with a morning yoga class in a gorgeous, light filled historic gallery, and you have a New Orleans morning made in heaven. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 AM- 8:45 AM, come enjoy yoga at the Cabildo in the Louisiana State Museum in Jackson Square. They also have a special 9 AM Saturday class. Tip: Here are a few things to do in the French Quarter afterwards.
Where: Jackson Square at the Cabildo, 701 Chartres St.
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM; Saturdays 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Cost: $12 Includes admission to the Louisiana State Museum, $6 for Friends of the Cabildo