Relax and Rejuvenate: Yoga edition

A busy conference schedule should be interspersed with moments to relax and rejuvenate. Here is a quick guide to some peaceful yoga and other exercise spots in New Orleans.


If you want to visit one of New Orleans’ many yoga studios; call to see when their walk-in sessions are held.

Swan River – 2940 Canal St. 70119 – (504) 301-3134

Balance – 120 South Cortez St. 70119 – (504) 309-9618

Wild Lotus – Two locations – (504) 899-0047

4842 Perrier St. 70115

2372 St. Claude Ave. 70117

NOMA at City Park

New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) has many fun things to see and do, including exercise classes.

Tai Chi at 6 pm on Mondays in the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). Relax and stretch at the all-inclusive beginner’s class surrounded by Art and Sculpture. No special clothes or mats required but a $5 donation would be appreciated.

Yoga or Pilates is held outside in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden at City Park from 8 to 9 am on Saturdays. Classes are $5.

To register for Yoga, Pilates, or Tai Chi, call East Jefferson Healthfinders at (504) 456-5000.

2 thoughts on “Relax and Rejuvenate: Yoga edition

  1. Speaking of exercise, I am training for a 1/2 marathon. Is there an area around the hotel to run? Or am I crazy to contemplate running in NO weather?

    • You can run outside in NOLA weather, but I recommend going as early in the morning as possible (it’s still often hot and humid at the end of the day) and not doing your usual length or intensity if you aren’t used to a heat index of over 100 with high humidity. Near the hotel, you can run on the “Moonwalk” between Canal Street and the French Market (this is basically the riverbank side of the French Quarter), or you can head up St Charles to run on the neutral ground. I recommend starting just upriver of Jackson Avenue. Be careful when running on the neutral ground, as streetcars have the right of way. Most people run against traffic so they can see the streetcar coming, and do not use headphones, as you need to be alert when running on the neutral ground.

      The conference hotel appears to have an excellent health club inside with treadmills, so you may want to take advantage of that if the heat is a concern.

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