Le Tigre Yoga :: 17/19 Rue de Chaillot 75116
Le Tigre wins the award for the most stunning space I have ever laid eyes on anywhere! It is luxurious yet inviting- replete with Moroccan rugs, linen couches, a tea bar that serves fresh green juice, a hammam, treatment rooms and multiple beautiful studio spaces. You basically want to come spend your whole day here. Primarily a yoga studio, offering many types of yoga, meditation, floor barre, ball classes, and prenatal classes as well. The Pilates "atelier" is small yet adequately stocked with all Balanced Body equipment. The good news on a petite space is a group reformer class is actually a duet. Run by the lovely Elodie, who graciously agreed to rent space to me for my private clients while we are in Paris, this place is a retreat in and of itself. The front desk staff is knowledgable and friendly. Le Tigre opened at the beginning of the year, but I'm sure it will soon be humming with the well-heeled clientele of the 16th arrondissement. Once you come, you'll never want to leave and when you do, you'll want to come back very soon!
LE STUDIO DE PILATES:: 39 rue de Temple 75004
One of the oldest and perhaps the most well-established studio in Paris owned and run by Philippe Taupin- classically trained by Romana and well connected and recommended by the Romana True Pilates school in NYC. The two story space has a prestigious, slightly dilapidated feel. However it is clean and well-stocked with all Gratz equipment. The insider tip for advanced students is ask to attend Philippe's 1pm Wednesday mat class (sometimes includes wunda chair) well-attended by Paris' top trainers. It is a steal at 20 euros, privates are 80 without a series which is cheaper than most studios which run about 30 for any group mat or apparatus classes and 90 for privates. Many of Paris' elite trainers seem to conspire here at Le Studio, appropriately named "The Studio!"
RITUEL STUDIO :: 16 Rue de la Grande Chaumiere 75006
Tucked away on a lovely side street in St. Germain, Rituel has all its bases covered. Pilates, Gyrotonics, Yoga, Xtend Barre and massage are all offered here. Run by an athletic, energetic New Yorker and professionally trained Austrian dancer- the two story space has a welcoming, warm feel. I was especially happy to know that they have open studio for advanced students, where you can run through your own workout with an occasional correction from a trained eye- true Joe Pilates style. Not having daily access to studio space, I was really happy to come in and run through my own workout, especially since it is hard to find truly high intermediate or advanced group classes. Two classes for 36 euros is a great deal for first-time students! Watch out for their next studio opening soon....
COREBODY :: 76 bis, rue de Saints-Peres 75007
Another bustling studio in the seventh- not far from the "magnifique" organic sundays farmers market "Le Marche Biologique Raspaile." I was able to drop in on a mat class that was part of workshop from a visiting US instructor. Corebody hosts lots of continuing education as well as their own certification program affiliated with The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. The owner, Brenda, was informative and friendly and actually referred me to Le Tigre since it was the closest option for space rental to where I'm staying. Cool space, great location, yoga and massage offered as well!
STUDIO HARMONIC :: 5 Passage de Taillandiers 75011
Studio Harmonic made the list because I know how many of you pilates people are from dancing backgrounds. They offer floor barre and pilates mat classes here, which I've yet to try, but would suppose are good considering they are mostly attended by trained dancers. Wayne Byars ballet class has been my daily dancing dose since arriving to Paris. I prefer this studio to Centre de Danse du Marais. I have also heard good things about Hughes Salgas lyrical jazz class which dancers from Paris happening clubs supposedly frequent. This is one of the best workout deals as a pack 10 classes is 130 euros, single class 17.