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Where to do yoga in Paris

Whether you like your yoga al fresco on the banks of the Seine, or in the finest hotel in the city, we’ve tracked down 5 of the best spots to practice the downward dog – whatever your style.

It can be tempting to forget your exercise routine while travelling, especially in a city like Paris where wine flows freely and baguettes are their own food group. We've looked all over the city for some of the best spots to practice yoga, so you can enjoy those eclairs without guilt.

Royal Detox at the Royal Monceau (for gourmets)

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For a little gourmet glamour with your yoga, sign up for the Royal Detox at the Royal Monceau. Focusing on wellbeing, with a little indulgence, the Avenue Hoche luxury hideaway is offering a lunch or breakfast at the Michelin starred restaurant La Cuisine or in the Long Bar with your yoga session and a Clarins Body Contour Wrap too. Treat yourself to organic eggs, seafood, seasonal fruit or at the Alternative Milk Bar as well as to juices or gluten free cakes or to the Detox lunch featuring the Salad My Blend developed with Clarins before heading to the 1,500sqm Starck designed Spa for an hour’s private lesson with the Yoga Master choosing from Ashtanga, Anusara, Vinyasa or Power Yoga. From €220 weekdays.

The Ken Club (for the bling factor)

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Really rather exclusive, the Ken Club is set in the chic 16th arrondissement. A vast 1700m2 dedicated to health and wellness, it’s one of the city’s hottest addresses so expect to be working out with the beautiful people. As well as yoga lessons and Pilates, varying from Hatha to Vinyasa, there’s a full spa with Hammams and saunas, as well as beauty salon and masseurs on duty 7 days a week. The entire place oozes high-end maintenance, from the cardio fitness room to the restaurant. Access doesn’t come cheap though, yearly membership will set you back a hefty €3300. Happily, daily passes are also available from €290.

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Les Berges (for the view)

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Despite the chilly weather, the Seine’s banks ‘Les Berges’ are the place to take in the views and the fresh air for winter yoga lessons in the prettiest of settings. Both relaxing and invigorating, classes care of Yoga Energie are part of a yoga and winter sports schedule. Remember to dress warmly, and even wear a hat to keep the heat in. Although there is nowhere to store your kit, yoga mats are available to borrow. Courses run Saturdays at 12 from 7 November through to 19 December between the L S Senghor and Concorde bridges.

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Yoga Mini (for kids)

Whether you want to try it for a laugh or to get closer to your offspring, yoga classes with kids are becoming increasingly popular. Partly getting in tune with each other, partly spending time together, and partly indulging in some sport as a family, yoga with kids is all about sharing special downtime together, away from the city’s usual hustle and bustle. The ideal opportunity to teach the younger members of the family to breathe and relax!  Adult + child €30 on Sundays.

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L'Espace Bikram (for Bikram)

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Within the smart yoga studios of  L'Espace Bikram, a few minutes away from the Parc Monceau, the English speaking team specialises in Bikram Yoga. Widely recognised for its benefits, everything here has been engineered to promote wellness and fluidity. With a total respect of the environment, and a distinct eco-friendly vibe, you can expect a 40 degree celsius room, Asanas poses and Pranayama breathing methods that aim to reduce stress, improve blood circulation, help with back pain, bettering the immune system and toning. From beginner level to expert, this studio also offers Paris visitor five day €100 passes as well as yearly subscriptions.

1 Royal Detox at the Royal Monceau
2 Ken Club
3 Les Berges
4 YogaMini
5 L'Espace Bikram