Health + Fitness

How to Find Your Zen: Best Yoga and Meditation in New Orleans

Jazz Pilates at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park (Photo: Joshua Brasted)

It can be all too easy to lose yourself in letting the good times roll, but a healthy dose of yoga will have you realigned in no time. These classes give you the opportunity to use the unique energy of New Orleans to come back to your center.

Swan River Yoga

Looking to change up your usual routine? Swan River offers a wide range of classes that will give you a different perspective on your poses, whether you’re hanging upside down from silks in aerial yoga, balancing on a partner’s hands in Acro-Yoga, or freeing yourself from authority with punk rock yoga. Concentrate on flexing your mind when you join their Meditation Club or Dharma Philosophy Class.

The details: Single classes are $15. Class descriptions, schedules and registration are available online.

Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Open up your practice with a breath of fresh air at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden behind the New Orleans Museum of Art. This weekly session gives you the chance to sculpt your poses with bends and angles inspired by one of the most impressive collections of contemporary three-dimensional design in the region! Ease into your morning with yoga every first, second and third Saturday at 8 a.m., or come for a bracing round of Pilates the last week of the month.

The details: Classes are $5 or free for NOMA members. Register by calling (504) 456-5000.

Bikram Yoga New Orleans

It might be argued that almost any yoga performed in the sultry weather of New Orleans constitutes “hot yoga” most of the time, but the cleansing sweat you work up at Bikram Yoga goes above and beyond in loosening your muscles and maximizing your workout. These invigorating classes make a great counterpoint for balancing the famously decadent dinners and drinks of the Big Easy.

The details: Drop-in rate is $20, or check out their Traveler’s Special at $60 for two weeks. View the schedule and sign up on their website.

French Market Jazz Yoga

Find your balance in the heart of the French Quarter with free yoga or Pilates at the French Market location of the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. Focus your mind and your body with yoga backed by meditational jazz piano on Saturdays at 10 a.m., or lift your spirit and your heart rate with Jazz Pilates on Wednesdays at noon.

The details: Classes are free and open to the public! Just bring your own towel, mat and comfortable clothes.