Louisiana has its own unique flair for music, cuisine and celebrations, so it is not any surprise that our yoga experiences include a hint of the local joie de vie—and a joyful life seems pretty yogic to me! Here are some extra-special classes where you can stretch, pose and strengthen in #OnlyLouisiana.
- Capital City craft brewery Tin Roof Brewing Co. hosts Yoga on Tap, a weekly class in partnership with lululemon atheltica. The class is free each Wednesday evening and the taps are open. As a regular, I recommend getting there early to claim a spot and suggest pairing their Turnrow Coriander Ale with your warrior series. Also, the brewery is not climate-controlled, so if it’s hot outside you’ll have a hot yoga bonus!
- Perfect your down dog in one of New Orleans’ most historic buildings. Yoga at the Cabildo occurs three days a week and the $12 per class cost supports the museum’s existence. The Cabildo is a Louisiana State Museum housing artifacts including one of the four existing Napoleon death masks. Afterwards, stroll across Jackson Square to Café du Monde for some beignets—you earned them working out AND supporting a good cause.
- The Crescent City is synonymous with jazz music, so of course Jazz Yoga is on offer. At the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park Visitor Center near the entrance to the French Market, live jazz piano accompanies a free yoga and meditation practice every Saturday morning. I love the idea of tinkling piano keys accompanying a savasana. *Note that the Park is currently under renovation, so the class is temporarily meeting at the U.S. Mint. Check the Jazz Yoga Facebook page for updates.
- I can’t think of a better combination for inspiration than yoga and beautiful art—and the Alexandria Museum of Art comes through. Yoga in the Gallery is a free class every Tuesday evening and includes views of some of the museum’s impressive 800-piece collection of 20th-21st century Southern artwork. The museum itself is a beautiful piece of architecture and you can add a stroll on the walking paths along the Red River, just steps from the museum’s doors.
- In Shreveport, stop by Yoga in the Park, a donation-based, Sunday class at the city’s most popular nature spot. The class is sponsored by the Yoga Jai studio and donations benefit a variety of local charities. Betty Virginia Park also features a walking trail, picnic area and playground so the whole family can tag along and find some entertainment while you find your inner peace.
- Stand Up Paddling (SUP) has grown in popularity and Louisiana’s diverse waterways offer unlimited opportunities to paddle. And now, at studios like Louisiana Yoga and Paddle in Ruston, you can channel Louisiana’s state tree, the bald cypress, with a tree pose at one of their SUP Yoga classes.
- Yoga is becoming a popular addition to Louisiana’s hundreds of festivals. A self-awareness break in-between musicians (and in-between delicious festival snacks) is a nice way to find some balance. In Lafayette, free yoga classes have been held at the famed Festival International de Louisiane and the Bayou Vermillionville Boat Parade and Festival. Check the schedule when you next find yourself at a Louisiana festival or event, there might be some sun salutations on the agenda.
In addition to the classes listed here, Louisiana is full of studios of all sizes and personalities so you can definitely incorporate your practice into your Louisiana vacation. We can’t wait to see you!