Yoga guru and former beauty editor Lili Barbery honors wellness in Paris.
Born in Orleans, France, Lili Barbery-Coulon moved to Paris as a teenager, where she quickly settled into the iconic city’s chic surrounds. Pursuing a career as a journalist, covering beauty segement at Vogue France and M Le Magazine at Le Monde, Lili was able to stay at the forefront of wellness trends, but it was Kundalini yoga that spoke to her the loudest. Upon discovering it at the recommendation of a friend, she quickly found herself attending classes 3–4 times a week. Her passion led her to become a teacher, amassing a following of thousands of students who eagerly sign up to take her classes in Paris as well as virtually, through her online sessions. Now a full-time wellness practitioner, Lili has also authored two books: Pimp my Breakfast a cookbook for breakfast recipes, and La Réconciliation about finding her personal voice and her journey from journalist to yoga teacher. In November 2021, she published a deck of cards illustrated by her husband Bastien Coulon: L'Oracle des Mantras.
Toinette Laquière is my go-to when I need to physically relax and unwind. From the decoration of her massage room to the treatments themselves, everything is designed to make you feel calm and destressed.
There aren’t that many places where you can get great healthy food to go, but La Guinguette d’Angèle is one of them. A guinguette is a place you can go and have fun and party, so the name is a play on words. The owner/chef is a good friend of mine and has made vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menus very sexy. The food is always healthy but never boring, and while it’s mostly a to-go spot, there are a few tables to sit out front if you’re not in a rush.
The Sacred Heart (Sacré-Cœur Basilica) is one of my favorite churches in Paris and is located at the top of the city. It can be packed with tourists during the day, but mornings there are lovely as well.
Astier de Villatte has a store in the 6th. They’re known for their incense and for their 19th-century-style ceramics made in Paris by a local Tibetan community. I collect them myself and treasure each piece.
Since 1904, the Herboristerie du Palais Royal has been a one-stop destination for more than 4,500 dietary and organic products like essential oils, food supplements, cosmetics, and herbal teas. The herboristerie is my favorite shop to buy infusions and medicinal herbs, many of which are uniquely French.
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