Bad Yogi City Guide: Paris
Ahh Paris. Paris is always a good idea. Take me to Paris. Paris, je t’aime. With all its impressive art and architecture, its remarkable history, and its certain je-ne-sais-quoi, it’s no wonder it’s a top tourist destination in the world. But among all this glitter and glory, Paris has its own stresses and challenges. That’s why we’re bringing you some of the places, opportunities, and tips for yoga in Paris, plus other ways to take care of your wellbeing. They’ll help you to enjoy stay in Paris that’s happy, healthy, and “hari om.”
Get your flow on
We asked students for their input on great places to practice yoga around Paris, and here we’ve compiled some of the top picks for where (and with whom) to get your flow on.
The community votes every year on the best yoga in Paris (along with many other business categories).
Since 2016, the top pick for yoga in Paris is Affordable Yoga & Fitness (6€ per hour or 10€ for 90 minutes). With its huge variety (50+ weekly classes) in English with 30+ top teachers, Affordable Yoga has become the go-to option for many expats, students, and locals. It’s a place to enjoy not only a great class, but also a strong sense of community.
The “Best of Paris” competition also lists several other favorite Paris yoga studios for various class styles. Some of those include Rasa Yoga Rive Gauche, Bikram Yoga Studio, and more. If already have a favorite yoga style (Bikram, Ashtanga, etc.), this listing is a great way to find studios dedicated to a specific yoga style.
Another favorite spot for yoga in Paris submitted by a student (anonymous), great for those a bit further from the city center, is Lōkahi Studio Yoga in the 18th arrondissement. This venue has a very relaxing atmosphere, professional teachers, and occasional free or donation-based classes to benefit local associations.
Looking for independent teachers of yoga in Paris? You can find them in many of the parks and studios.
Another great way to find yoga in Paris is with a tool like StarofService. Here you can filter the results for your precise needs and preferences (price, location, style, etc.). You can also read reviews from other yoga students. TripAdvisor is another great digital resource to find the right yoga studio/class for you (not just in Paris, but anywhere!).
Technology is a wonderful thing, huh?
Get your nature fix in the breathtaking parks of Paris
Just 20 minutes in these urban oases will melt away the rush and stress of Paris.
Jardin des Tuileries (75001) is just next door to the Louvre, and it features plenty of sunny paths, shaded groves, and regal architecture at every turn. The best part is that the park is another home to yoga in Paris. In the warmer months, you can find everything from yoga to bootcamp and everything in between. Your dose of fresh-air fitness awaits.
Parc des Buttes Chaumant (75019) comes complete with a rushing waterfall hidden away in a grotto. It’s almost enough to make you completely forget you’re in the bustling capital city of Paris! From the center of the park, though, you can climb to the towering gazebo “Temple de la Sybille”. Here you’ll see the triumphant rise of Montmartre along the Paris skyline, unmistakeable proof and reminder of the beauty of the city.
La Coulée Verte René-Dumont or Promenade plantée (75012) provides a bird’s eye view of Paris. Here you can wander along a technicolor tapestries of plants, bridges, and ponds. The 4.7-kilometer raised path is set along a former railway, stretching from Opéra Bastille to Bois de Vincennes.
Fuel up at these delightful cafés, restaurants, and watering holes
And now, our final category to help you stay healthy and happy in Paris: where to fuel up for all your hard work on the yoga mat!
At Boco, you can live the yogic principle of “do no harm” (to the environment). You’ll enjoy your lunch or snack in a glass jar (reused afterward, of course). You can also find a selection of quick fuel options, perfect to toss in your gym bag. Good thing, because there’s a Boco located just around the corner from a great yoga location with tons of yoga & fitness variety: the Salles Saint Roch.
Another recommendation from the Paris yoga community (Pola Henderson, jettingaround.com/) is The Hood Paris (75011). It’s a specialty coffee shop by day, and a neo-bistro on weekends. This friendly neighborhood spot adopts a mission to bring people together over food, coffee, music, and art. They offer plentiful vegan options (definitely try the oat milk café crème) and they host frequent events (apéros, concerts). They also welcome anyone in search of a fun and friendly makeshift coworking space in Paris.
Breakfast in America (75005) is a slight departure from the “fresh, eco-friendly” theme. In true “Bad Yogi” style, though, we can all admit that sometimes we just want to splurge. Here you’ll find a hearty lineup of American classics. It’s mostly breakfast, but they’re totally down for breakfast for dinner. Come with an appetite! Not far from here is another studio offering great yoga and fitness classes (ballet barre, Pilates, and more): Let’s Dance Studio.
In recent years, the scene for wellness and yoga in Paris has grown leaps and bounds.
We look forward to seeing what other great things are on the horizon for yogis and yoga in Paris.
Meanwhile we hope this guide helps you get out discover more health and happiness for your mind and body. After all, it’s important to show yourself some love and light in the city that’s so full of both.