Best stretching class: Éléphant Paname
While a fitness class might not be the first thing on your list of must-dos in Paris, a stretching class should be. After a stuffy eight hours on a flight, random naps to deal with jet lag, and energy levels with more ups and downs than a set of squats, a stretching class led by instructor Isabelle Renouf will feel like a dream. And your body will thank you for getting rid of physical kinks. Renouf is a Sorbonne-trained dancer and sports educator. She leads students through elegant stretching postures in her classes at Éléphant Paname, a gorgeous fitness and dance studio where Parisian dancers train. Don’t be intimidated, though, as many of the students are regular Parisians (including French health editors) who love dance. Back to the stretching. The structured class is part stretching and part active stretching (meaning it’ll feel like a workout and you will have to hold a few squats). The class is very visual, as Renouf demonstrates each move. So even if your French isn’t up to snuff, it’s still possible to follow along.
Éléphant Paname – 8th arrondissement
10 Rue Volney, 75002 Paris, France