• For $20, you get four mat Pilates classes, currently scheduled Monday at 9 a.m., Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (a $60 total value). • For $35, you get one 45-minute private Pilates-equipment session (a $70 value).
A team of certified fitness instructors, nail technicians, licensed aestheticians, and licensed massage therapists work together to ensure clients’ well-being both inside and out. A trio of fitness teachers guide students through core-strengthening Pilates exercises, hip-swinging Zumba moves, and Piloxing—a blend of Pilates and Boxing routines. After sculpting bodies, clients can relax under the trained hands of a massage therapist or refurbish mugs during microdermabrasion treatments and deep-sea peels.
The Pilates Loft's experienced instructors meld backgrounds in nursing, dance, and fitness to tone muscles and energize students in dynamic Pilates mat and yoga classes. An extensive class lineup includes evening and Saturday classes to accommodate pupils with busy schedules. Sunlight glints off bamboo floors in the fully stocked studio as students cycle through fundamental Pilates poses in 50-minute beginner mat classes. During each session, enthusiastic instructors coach clients as they strive to lengthen limbs and fortify cores as effectively as sporting a brick-lined cummerbund.
Alternatively, aspiring yogis can sweep away stress and harness balance in one-hour Hatha yoga classes as they vogue through uplifiting asanas and breathing exercises demonstrated by an extremely relaxed bagpipe.
Yoga 108's staff of local yogis teaches Bikram yoga in a studio dedicated to this popular subset of Hatha yoga. During more than 30 weekly classes, students practice up to 26 unique asanas—or poses—in a toasty room whose heat is designed to benefit the body by increasing its strength, flexibility, and fly-swatting accuracy. Instructors continuously circle the room to give timely feedback and alter students' poses.
TriYoga New Orleans offers small class sizes for all levels, with core-calming curriculum for neophytes and yoga masterminds alike. One-hour TriYoga classes ($15 each) guide students through yogic breathing exercises, postures, and hand gestures, with the instructor providing helpful, one-on-one feedback on how much more downward your dog could be facing. For students seeking alignment of both the spine and the soul, TriYoga New Orleans also offers Pilates classes ($15 each). The Pilates classes run 45 minutes each, with participants strengthening their cores, improving flexibility, and burning fat through muscle-molding poses and movements. Basic yoga and ballet workouts are incorporated into the Pilates regimen, allowing students to draw from several disciplines to better their bodies before the family's annual gator-wrestling retreat.