WILD LOTUS & The NOLA Yoga Community Featured in the Times Picayune today!

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Yoga in New Orleans

Patrons take an all levels flow yoga class at Wild Lotus Yoga Studio in New Orleans on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.Yoga in New Orleans gallery (7 photos)
“Once upon a time, the sight of a group of people striking yoga poses in the sculpture garden behind the New Orleans Museum of Art on a Saturday morning might have seemed odd. Today, however, nothing could seem more natural. Six years after Hurricane Katrina left an entire city in desperate need of mind-body-spirit rehabilitation, there is mounting evidence that New Orleans has become one of the hottest yoga spots in America.

Sean Johnson, founder of Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown and in the Marigny, estimates the number of New Orleans studios has jumped from six pre-Katrina to 22 today. Yoga Journal, the largest-circulation yoga magazine in the country, cited that figure when it featured New Orleans among its “10 Fantastically Yoga-Friendly Towns” earlier this summer.

“We looked at a number of factors — great yoga instruction in a variety of different styles and traditions, a community of inspired practitioners, surroundings that are inviting and encouraging to the yoga practitioner, ” said Charity Ferreira, senior editor at the San Francisco-based magazine. “Basically, we were looking at cities where yoga is flourishing in a special way. A 2008 study by the magazine, the latest available, showed that 6.9 percent of U.S. adults, or 15.8 million people, practiced yoga; nearly 8 percent, or 18.3 million, of those who didn’t said they were “very” or “extremely” interested in doing so…”

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