Don’t let June’s steamy weather stop you from getting in a workout. This month’s fitness calendar is brimming with fitness events and parties that have something for everyone, including a two-mile Father’s Day Race and Aqua Yoga at a gorgeously-renovated 1956 motel. Now grab a friend and go get sweaty.
Did you know that New Orleans boasts beautiful public pools all over the city with free fitness programming? One of my favorite classes is aqua yoga. This one-hour class is led by the Jai Bhakti Yoga Foundation and takes place four times every week at different locations: the Lemann Pool on the Lafitte Greenway, the Lyons Center Pool located uptown, and the Stallings Gentilly Pool. You’ll submerge yourself in water to shoulder height and do traditional yoga poses using the wall for support, including floating Savasana at the end. These classes are free, and they are appropriate for everyone, including those with disabilities, wheelchairs, and walkers. Bring a bathing suit, sunscreen, and a towel.
When & Where: Mondays and Fridays, 9-9:45 a.m. Lemann Pool, Lafitte &, N Prieur St, Tuesdays 8:15-9 a.m., Lyons Center Pool, 624 Louisiana Ave., Thursdays, 8:15-9 a.m., Stallings Gentilly Pool, 2700 Lapeyrouse St.
Admission: FREE. She the full schedule here.
A group of fitness studios from across New Orleans have teamed up with Lululemon to provide free and donation-based fitness classes to celebrate Pride weekend. LGBTQ+ identifying individuals and their allies are welcome to take part in these fun, community-building classes. Highlights include rocking climbing at the New Orleans Boulder Lounge in the funky Marigny neighborhood on Monday, Jun. 3 from 7-8 p.m, and Pilates with Michael Scott at Club Pilates set to his “Queens of Summer” playlist on Friday, June 7 from 2-3 p.m. There’s also running, cross training and yoga on the lineup, so make sure to view the full schedule here.
When: Classes take place daily from Monday, June 3 to Friday, June 7
Where: Five studios across the city. See the full schedule here.
Admission: FREE; reserve your spot here.
This free fitness class is equal parts intense workout and dreamy relaxation. First, get your heart racing with a strength and interval workout led by local instructors McKensie Kirchner and Gracie Evans-Gan. Then unwind with an essential oil discussion and demonstration by oil educator Whitaker Reboul. Make sure to wear your tennis shoes, and bring a mat and water bottle. Located at Tasc Performance on Magazine Street, a local activewear company that makes sustainable clothing out of bamboo, participants will also receive 20 percent off their entire purchase. This event is free, but space is limited to 30 participants, so make sure to sign up in advance.
When: Sunday, June 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: tasc, 3913 Magazine St.
Admission: FREE; register in advance here.
You’ve likely glimpsed the iconic Crescent City Connection that crosses the Mississippi River; now is your chance to travel on it by foot. This four-mile race starts on the Westbank and snakes its way to the tip-top of the bridge where you can take in breathtaking views of the city. Afraid of hills? Don’t fret. The course is only one mile uphill; the other three miles are downhill or flat. The after-party includes free beer, food, and music at the Port of New Orleans on the East Bank, and friends of runners are welcome to partake in the party for free. If you’re driving, shuttle busses will shepherd runners between the East Bank and Westbank before and after the race so you can access your car. See the shuttle schedule here.
When: Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m.
Where: Starting line: Hector Avenue near Oakwood Center, 197 Westbank Expy.
Admission: $40; register in advance here.
The New Orleans run community has joined forces to host a 5K and party in the French Quarter to celebrate Global Run Day. The route is suitable for all paces of runners and will include three stops to learn about French Quarter history and enjoy a strength workout with November Project. The race starts and ends at Manning’s Bar and Grill in the CBD, and is hosted by a crew of local run clubs and fitness organizations: The 504th, Happy’s Run Club, Stonewall Sports, November Project, and Lululemon. Make sure to stick around for the post-run party featuring a DJ, complimentary beer, and a photo booth.
When: Wednesday, June 5, 5:45 p.m. meet-up time, 6:20 p.m. run start time
Where: Manning’s Sports Bar and Grill, 519 Fulton St.
After a day exploring the city, unwind with sunset yoga beneath the Peristyle in City Park. The Peristyle itself is worth a visit. Built in 1907 for dancing, the open-air pavilion is ringed with columns and overlooks the bayou and oak trees. Hosted by the Jai Bhakti Yoga Foundation, this one-hour yoga class will run through 108 sun salutations in honor of the longest day of the year. Bring a mat and water.
When: Friday, June 21, 6-7 p.m.
Where: Peristyle in City Park, 42 Dreyfous Dr.
In 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 International Day of Yoga to honor the ancient practice and the diverse ways it is expressed around the world. This year, join Magnolia Yoga Studio in celebrating International Yoga Day with a complimentary class in Crescent Park. Located on the Mandeville Wharf, the class is suitable for all levels of practitioners, including first-time students. Children are welcome. Students will sample different yoga styles featuring teachers from an array of yoga studios in New Orleans. Bring a mat, water, and towel; mat rentals are available for $1.
When: Saturday, June 22, 9-11 a.m.
Where: Crescent Park, Mandeville Wharf, 2300 N Peters St.
Looking for a way to cool down after a hot summer day? Enjoy an hour of restorative yoga in a pool beneath the moon and stars at The Drifter Hotel. Once a 1956 roadside motel, The Drifter’s 2017 renovation restored its funky features and updated it with playful accents, such as a disco ball dangling above the pool and tropical wallpaper. The pool, bar, and coffee shop are open to the public.
When: Wednesday June, 5, 12, 19, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: The Drifter Hotel, 3522 Tulane Ave.
Admission: $10. This event is 21+. Register in advance here.
On Father’s Day, head to Audubon Park for a two-mile race. One of the most unique aspects of the race is that in addition to traditional awards given to overall winners, there are also awards given to teams of father/son, father/daughter, grandfather/grandson, and grandfather/granddaughter. Officials will add up race times to determine the winning team. The race is family-friendly with both a two-mile race and a half-mile race so runners of all ages and abilities can participate. Mingle at the post-race after-party with complimentary beer and jambalaya.
When: Sunday, June 16, 8 a.m.
Where: Audubon Park, Shelter 10, North of Magazine Street
Admission: $25 with pre-registration here, $35 race-day registration