Just steps away from Opera, you will find Yoga Village. This studio provides a wide range of different yoga styles from vinyasa, to strala, to kundalini and hatha (plus even more). Known as the Parisian epicenter with the best teachers and the best instruction, I decided to give it a try.
I started the day with a Vinyasa class guided by Benoit. It brought me to a higher level of happiness in an environment filled with light and love. His practice is absolutely magical (and you will hear more about him soon). The yoga space overlooks the Boulevard Capucines, visually providing the truest beauty of Paris throughout the duration of your practice. As owner Laurent Commergnat states, Yoga Village looks to share the quality of the teachers, in a bright and vibrant space – and they surely do. Their schedule proves the studio’s value based on it’s class variety and well-known gurus. I highly suggest practicing with Benoit, Tatiana and Dasha if you plan on stopping by, and I can’t wait to test all of the other talent at Yoga Village. For more information check out their website. Yoga Village – 39 Boulevard des Capucines, 75002.
The most important address to find while traveling (for me) – is the best yoga studio in the city. I must admit for Milano this was not an easy task. I spent a decent amount of time browsing the web to find the studio that correctly corresponded to my flow based practice. I must say the research was well worth it. Happiness was found at boutique studio Pura Vida Power Yoga. Located in the center of the city, this studio is calm, discrete and sweet. I spent the morning practicing with Claudia Allegreti, who led a harmonious and challenging power flow that started my day on a high note. Pura Vida executes a traditional vinyasa practice focused on inner dialogue to your outward expression. A practice that aims to reduce stress and focus the mind, while challenging your muscles. Let me say they did the job!
I likewise had the pleasure of speaking with founder and owner Gabriela Estrada, a fellow American expat who has been practicing yoga for nearly two decades. She has lived all around the world and has other new and exciting projects in store, so please keep your eye on the @puravidapoweryoga Instagram for the inside scoop – and most certainly pay a visit to Pura Vida when you are in Milan. It can only add bliss to your visit.
Not long ago through my Instagram travels, I stumbled upon Bliss Studio. The warm and welcoming logo lured me in and I found myself browsing their Instagram page and soon their website for more information. I had finally found one of the missing voids here in Paris. A place for people to connect on a creative, spiritual and intellectual level. A space for people like us.
Bliss Studio is located near Republique in central Paris. It is a place full of life and is truly dedicated “to promoting bohemian creativity, nourishing inspiration and encouraging ambitious and creative minds”, says founder and owner Hanna. This place is a manifestation of everything Hanna is, a place overflowing with positive energy, creativity, kind people, listening, and sharing. Bliss is defined as “the highest level of happiness” and this is what she hopes to evoke in her peaceful and calm setting. But what really happens at Bliss? Well, it entails not only a co-working space, but also a creative space where Hanna holds events ranging from popup stores and drum concerts, to yoga classes and meditation sessions.
I must say I felt the bliss in this space. The positive energy inside envelops you in the best way possible. Please stay tuned on my Instagram @jjchase and Facebook page for events being held at Bliss. Hanna and I have a few ideas brewing together too. Don’t forget to check out the Bliss page as well for more information. Cheers to the beginning of many new happy and great things in Paris with Bliss Studio.
I must admit it was not been an easy task to find good yoga in London (sorry, just being honest). After countless visits, I nearly gave up – but then I found Triyoga. This multi-functional studio is calm and offers many different styles of yoga as well as pilates and treatments. They have several locations all around the city. Even from my short weekend experience, I can assure you that each and every one of their studios is a truly peaceful environment made for well-being.
While at Triyoga, I did three different classes at three different locations. Upon arrival on Friday night, I went to a Hot Yoga class at their Soho location. The location was in Kingsly Court, a happening indoor food market with fun lights and atmosphere. The class was not vinyasa, nor bikram but an more “hatha” based practice in a (very) heated room. The class was an open level class, but I appreciated the advanced options also available and instructed by teacher Giorgos Aleandris. On Saturday morning I ventured to Chelsea for a Vinyasa Level 2-3 with well known yogi Adam Hustler. The class was exactly as described and focused on correct alignment in more difficult postures. I left with my heart feeling open and a more fluid flow. For the grand finale – on my last day in London, I took a Warm Vinyasa class with Imi Wiseman at their Camden location. First – big nods to this Triyoga studio. It is like a mini yoga village and smells (literally and physically) zen. This included the class was next level (in every way) . The emphasis on breath combined with the flow sequence was absolutely fantastic and Charli’s energy was spot on. Please do not miss this Triyoga location, nor this class next time you’re in town (or if you happen to be a London Towner yourself).
All in all I must say this has been far and away my best yoga experience in London. I recommend their studio whole heartedly. And hey – if you’re not a yogi, I do truly believe their treatments and pilates classes must be wonderful (seeing their success in the yoga world). Not to mention, they always have a juice bar and healthy snacks available for purchase at all of their studios. For more information check out their website.
So if you follow my Instagram even a little bit, you’re probably more than aware that I am a huge (if not one of the biggest) fans of Yuj Yoga Studio. I started practicing at Yuj nearly 8 months ago and haven’t looked back. What was once a 4 day a week practice has turned into a daily yoga practice. I assure you it is all because of this magical place.
But enough about me, let’s talk about Yuj. So what is it all about? This flow yoga center is dark, lit by only candles allowing you to truly let go in your practice. It’s not that no one is watching, but no one can watch you, it’s just too dark and peaceful. Even better, it not not hot yoga, but it kind of is. This is because the studio is heated entirely by infrared lamps, which detoxes the body and has fantastic benefits for the skin. One of the best parts of YUJ is it’s ambiance of good vibes and real community. When I first started practicing at YUJ, I didn’t know a single soul. Now I have yoga friends that I hold near and dear to my heart.
Now for the new big news – drum roll please. They have opened a second studio! In the dead center of Paris – 68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1er arrondissement). The centrality isn’t the only thing that makes this space awesome, but you still get all those good vibes AND it’s easy for pretty much anyone to access. Not to mention, absolutely gorgeous. But hey, for those left bankers their first location is located in the 7th in between Alma-Marceau and Ecole Militaire (11 Rue Edmond Valentin). So really, everyone is happy. For more information check out their website: http://www.yujyogastudio.com/ and their Instagram @yujyoga_studio.