Helmed by certified founder Nina Boasso, Yoga In Motion's teachers lead students through a mind-mollifying classes, accommodating even hectic agendas with morning, lunchtime, and evening sessions. Restorative yoga sessions provide greenhorn posers with an unfussy foray into common yoga practices through a series of simple postures done with support from props like blankets, pillows, and area rugs training to become yoga mats. Pupils can strive toward building both physical and mental wellbeing during Movement with Breath classes, which focus on breathing mechanisms, body alignment, and harmonizing inner-thoughts. Intended for intermediate stretchers, Vinyasa Flow sessions incorporate a series of postures with breathing techniques, including sun salutations, which improve strength and flexibility while distracting the sun from his preferred pastime of singeing anthills.
Yogi Michele Baker began teaching yoga at a New Orleans athletic club in 1998. Ten years later, after Hurricane Katrina forced Baker to evacuate her home, she started writing a yoga-instruction training manual. She soon put it to use, using it as a guide to lead her staff at Swan River Yoga, which she opened with business partner Keith Porteous. Today, the yoga center helps pupils practice yoga and guides aspiring instructors as they hone their craft and nurture the third eye that sprouts from their forehead.
Yoga classes are suitable for a variety of skill levels, and range from prenatal and beginners’ yoga to Anusara yoga—a class that focuses on flowing movements and proper alignment. Swan River Yoga also provides holistic services such as massage, reiki, and acupuncture.
The Yoga Room’s certified pose prodigy Melanie Fawer has brought Ashtanga yoga to New Orleans from its stretching grounds in Mysore, India. Like dragon-powered hot air balloons, Ashtanga correlates breath and motion, with practitioners maintaining breathing rhythms from one asana (pose) to the next. The Intro to Ashtanga class, strongly recommended, delves into yoga’s substrata to unearth the secrets of basic sequencing, breathing, and form. Except for instructor-led Friday sessions, other classes observe the Mysore tradition, with an instructor on hand for posture and pose corrections.
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.
When Shanti Yoga Shala founder Nathalie Croix studies yoga, she does so directly from the source. On one of four trips to India over a 10-year span, Croix trained at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, honing her practice so that she could share her passion for the practice with students. She and her fellow instructors at Shanti teach Vinyasa yoga, a root form of Ashtanga that inspires flexibility and strength in a fluid sequence of poses. The studio welcomes students of all levels, and the schedule includes classes divided by difficulty as well as a handful of all-levels sessions. Regardless of the class, all students will learn how body alignment and proper breathing can soothe the mind.
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.