05 Feb Yoga in Nice
It is fascinating to think that a practice that was considered as an alternative in France only about 15 years ago is now so thriving. Nice jumped on the yoga bandwagon and a lot of small studios have opened in different parts of the city since. It doesn’t come as a shock therefore to discover that many yoga classes in Nice have outgrown their initial audience, to appeal to anyone from the 20-something young students and professionals to seniors.
These days, in Nice you can find yoga studios targeted to international audiences offering classes in both French and English. A lot of instructors would be well travelled and trained abroad which means, they do speak some English. Plus, the Riviera being so multicultural, there is no shortage of foreign teachers. If not, you can always rely on the ‘international language of yoga’, which makes it easy to follow your class even if you don’t speak French. And it is always fun learning a new language via yoga. You might be able to name body parts and animals, used in asanas before you know how to order your glass of wine.
Once yoga becomes a part of your life, even when on vacation, you’ll be curious to check out the local classes. Rather than hiring a private teacher, open classes are a great way of saving for a rainy day.
Read our guide to find out about the best places to practice your downward dog or cobra in Nice.
8 Bd. Carnot, 06300 Nice (the last floor of Hotel Monet), Tel: 06 40 66 79 91
Focused on Bikram Yoga. (Bikram is just one of those things you either love or hate). If you happen to fall into the first category, you’ll be pleased to know that this is by far the best studio to practice in Nice. The owners of this welcoming place located in Nice Port are fluent in English, therefore happy to guide you through the class.
For those who aren’t familiar with Bikram, it’s a yoga practice dedicated to traditional methods but in 40ºC heat. Both beginner and advanced students are welcome to reap the benefits of Bikram Yoga. This sweaty workout helps to reduce muscle strain and aches, and to get rid of the body toxins.
For visitors to Nice they offer a very attractive ‘Traveler’s Pass’, €30 for 3 days, €55 for 10 days, unlimited classes with mat and towel included. Outside of Bikram, Ashtanga, Flow and Yin yoga is also practiced.
Rue François Zanin, 06300 Nice, Tel: 06 48 04 57 57
Conveniently located in the heart of the old town, the instructors Yuko and Nick offer drop in classes welcoming everyone, regardless of experience, offering options for both beginners and experienced practitioners alike. All in very friendly and supportive environment and with a personal approach.
A 60 minute class costs €10, please contact Nick via Whatsapp or text prior the class on the number above. The scheduled times can be found on the website.
Outdoor Yoga in the Château above Nice Old Town
Workout in the fresh air with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and the city of Nice! Stretch, flex and meditate in a quiet area of the hill top park. Twice a week, all year round. Of course weather permitted, so the dates and times can change.
60 minutes long Ashtanga style yoga classes are led by Berta Gudjons in English. A class costs €10 and a mat can be rented for a charge or €4 (on request in advance only). The dates, times, updates and exact location can be found on Facebook profile ‘Power Yoga in Nice’ where you can let Berta know if you are coming to join for a first time.
6 Rue Massena, 06300 Nice, Tel: 04 89 97 25 43
This beautiful and bright 200 square meters yoga and dance fitness centre was opened by ex Moulin Rouge dancer and qualified Pilates instructor Jenny Backlund Jenkins in 2014. An oasis of calm and peace in the midst of buzzing Nice.
Jenny runs a couple of ballet and Pilates classes herself and the schedule includes Vinyasa, Hatha and Aerial yoga classes, plus regularly organised events and workshops. Drop-ins can experience a class for €18 and the other option for visitors to Nice is a 4 classes pass for €69 (valid for one month).
It is not a bad idea to check www.groupon.fr for some deals on yoga classes, you can get some very decent discounts here.