Yoga at the Cabildo, New Orleans
I've been practicing yoga for several years. I enjoy practicing it at a local studio, on the boardwalk, on the beach, or even on a SUP in Hawaii. Never had I practiced yoga in a museum. When I first learned of Yoga at the Cabildo in New Orleans, I had to add it to my itinerary.
The Cabildo is a beautiful Spanish colonial building next door to the St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It was the seat of colonial government in New Orleans, and is now a museum. The Cabildo houses many rare artifacts of America's history including swords and Napoleon Bonaparte's death mask
Yoga at the Cabildo is set in a light-filled gallery on the second floor of the historic building. Classes are led by Nina Boasso, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings from 8:30am to 9:30am. All levels of practice are welcome. The cost is $12 per class, $8 per class for Friends of the Cabildo members.
I went on my third day in New Orleans. By then I've done a lot of walking as I was exploring the city. Looking at my FitnessPal, I've logged 32,000 steps. The morning's practice consisted of poses perfect for stretching those muscles - pigeon pose, Warrior One, Two and Three, and more. Pigeon pose and Warrior Three are probably my favorites. Nina is a great teacher, and helped guide those new to the practice and the experienced. After an hour, I was relaxed and ready to start my day on a good note. I'll admit I walked across Jackson Square and ate a few beignets from Café du Monde while watching the riverboats go by on the Mississippi River.
If you're in the area, do make plans to stop by. It's a wonderful experience.
701 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
The Cabildo, shown top, photo credit: Louisiana State Museum