Want to keep up your workout routine on holiday? NYSY Studios, a studio for yoga, Zen meditation and Pilates, was founded by a former filmmaker from San Francisco. Drop in on a wealth of different yoga classes, from aerial to pre-natal, at their new Aiolou Street premises, or sign up for a Pilates class at their Nikis Street headquarters. English sessions are available at both locations.
Soma Yoga hosts regular yoga classes in the National Garden. But if you’re in town for more than a couple of nights, you might want to consider a special class at the foothills of the Acropolis or the Temple of Poseidon. You can’t get more spiritual than that.
The Zen Centre Athens, on Agia Irini Square, offers yoga, Zen meditation and Pilates sessions, suitable for English-speaking participants (as well as regular meditation weekends). The calming space is on the first floor of The Perianth, a design hotel in a Bauhaus landmark, and classes are free for guests.
If you’d rather work out in the Athenian sunshine, head to Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, a beacon of green design. Outdoor fitness classes are held throughout the year. Join the locals at a free morning yoga or mat Pilates class in the park. Breathe deeply: the scent of oregano, thyme, lavender and rosemary from the Mediterranean garden will boost your wellbeing. Early birds can catch the sunrise (and Olympian views of both city and sea) from the solar-powered Lighthouse.