If you thought yoga was good, wait until you try hot yoga! There's really not much difference to it, apart from the fact that the environment you're in has to be 40° C, a the very least. Oh, and you're going to sweat... a lot! Not just perspire like you when you ran as a kid, but really sweat your butt off! That's half the fun! Sure, your body—and most probably our mat too—will end up slippery. But after an intense hot yoga session, you'll feel as good as new! And if you're in Paris, here are the hot yoga studios you ought to go to!
Yoga Bikram Paris
The original hot yoga, also known as Bikram Yoga, was founded by Bikram Choudhury. Hailing from India, the whole 'hot feature' came from the fact that he intended his surroundings to mimic that of his native country, India. And since the 1970s, his own version of the exercise has captured the world's attention. So it makes sense that the first studio on this list is that of his own! Located in the Marais district, it's become one of the most popular yoga studios in the French capital. So much so that you might want to start calling the place now if they have any available slots left!
Modo Yoga Paris
In the 11th arrondissement of Paris, you'll find Modo Yoga Paris. Another of the more popular ones, people love going to this studio because of its sense of community. Here, you don't just feel like you're simply exercising, but you're actually bonding—through yoga!—with the people around you. The instructors make it a point to include everyone in the session, not just because they paid for it, but also because they've become, in their own small way, their own yoga family. After all, seating with someone else seems rather intimate, doesn't it? Even if it's just hot yoga!
The Yoga Factory, in all its glory, highlights the Vinyasa practice the most. Those who do yoga this way will likely flock to this particular studio in a heartbeat. That is if they're experienced! Among all the hot yoga studios on this list, it's safe to say that this one is one of the more challenging. This isn't to say that beginners aren't welcome here, but rather, it'd be hard to catch up with the instructor and the rest of the yogis. Not to mention it gets crowded pretty often too! In any case, those who want to advance their yogi status are better off in this studio!
As beautiful as it sounds, Yoga Garden is still a standard yoga studio over in the Rive Gauche district. Located between the 14th
and the 6th arrondissement
, and a stone's throw away from one of Paris' most beautiful gardens
, Jardins de Luxembourg, Yoga Garden is one of the more beautiful studios on this list. As already mentioned, it's still a standard studio, but the beautiful indoor plants and natural sunlight will make you feel like you're exercising in an actual garden. The scents, the sounds, the atmosphere—they'll likely distract you and make you feel more at peace despite the intensity of hot yoga!
Also serving as a dance studio, BarreShape is one of the more spacious hot yoga studios on this list. This means, among many others, that you'll have ample space to do hot yoga! Let's be real, as fun, as healthy, and as relaxing yoga can be, oftentimes it can get a bit uncomfortable with a lot of people around. What more when you don't have ample space? Not to mention you'll be sweating buckets with hot yoga! At least, in BarreShape, this problem is virtually non-existent. You'll have ample space to do all sorts of yoga poses, the bigger the better!
Yoga Village Paris
Yoga Village Paris, located along Boulevard des Capucines, is one of the best hot yoga studios in the French capital. Why? For a variety of reasons! Firstly, there's ample space. If BarreShape is popular because of its wide proximity, Yoga Village Paris comes in second! Secondly, the studio does hot yoga tha right way! You'll really feel the heat (pun intended) while doing this exercise here! Sure, you'll be sweating like crazy, but that's part of the fun and the objective of the exercise. And third, you'll meet all sorts of fellow yogis here as well. It is one of the more popular yoga studios in the city, after all!
As you welcome the new year, go for a new you by trying hot yoga! if you live or visiting Paris now, there are plenty of studios in the city where you can start doing this exercise. Before long, no other type of work-out will suit you more than this!
If any of these hot yoga places aren't to your liking, you can always do it in your own luxury home in Paris