After Mardi Gras ends, many New Orleanians embark on another ritual: detoxing. Known informally as the “New Orleans New Year,” the month after Carnival is a time when the city collectively focuses on health and fitness. If you want to reset after Mardi Gras or simply restore after a night out on the town, this month’s classes highlight workouts that will help you start fresh.
Included in our roundup are heated yoga classes a stone’s throw away from the French Quarter, and a high-intensity interval training in 25-minute sessions. Whether you’re in town for a day or a lifetime, we’ve got your guide to staying fit in New Orleans this March.
Head to Magazine Street for a complimentary fitness series that challenges you to integrate new workout techniques into your routine. Led by instructors from Uptown Fitness, the series takes place at tasc, a locally owned athletic apparel store that makes workout gear out of bamboo (read more about their innovative material here.) Each week’s workout has a different theme, starting with bodyweight exercises on March 7, Plyometrics on March 14 and cardio on March 21. Enjoy private shopping before and after the event.
When: Thursday, March 7, 14, 21, 6:30 p.m.
Where: tasc Performance, 3913 Magazine St.
Admission: FREE; register in advance via link on Facebook event page
I have to admit, One of personal favorite ways to reset after a weekend is with hot yoga. Located just steps from the French Quarter, Magnolia Yoga Studio is one of few minority-owned yoga studios in the city, and specializes in beginners yoga classes. Each session takes place in a heated room and employs the 26:2 method: two breathing exercises and twenty-six postures. In addition, they offer Vinyasa style classes throughout the week to give students a taste of the diverse styles of yoga. Mat and towel rentals are available, as well as full shower amenities.
When: Magnolia Studio offers classes seven days a week. See the full schedule here.
Where: Magnolia Yoga Studio, 301 Basin St. #2
Admission: $15 for single class drop-in
Sometimes the toughest part of sticking to a fitness routine is finding the actual time to do it. Body B Fit offers an innovative solution to this conundrum: 25 minute workouts. Located in the Central Business DIstrict, this boutique studio teaches boxing, VersaClimber and Lagree Fitness Megaformer. Don’t be fooled by the short class duration, every minute is put to good use building strength, stamina and endurance. Classes can be stacked or taken a la carte, and shower amenities are available so you can leave ready for the rest of your day.
When: Check out the daily class schedule here.
Where: Body B Fit, 1010 Common St.
Admission: $15 drop-in available here.
Searching for a way Ready to reset the day after Mardi Gras? Free To Be Power Yoga is hosting detox yoga classes on Wednesday, Mar. 7 at both their studios in uptown New Orleans and Metairie. Set in a room heated to 90 degrees, the classes will feature twists so you can wring out every drop of those carnival indulgences.
When: Wednesday, Mach 7, 6 p.m.
Where: Classes take place at two locations:
Free To Be Power Yoga New Orleans, 4609 Magazine St.
Free To Be Power Yoga, Old Metairie: 2328 Metairie Rd.
If you need motivation to run, try meeting up with this group of friendly locals who love socializing just as much as exercising. Happys Run Club hosts a weekly 5K that feels like a party just as much as a workout. They meet in the Central Business District each Wednesday, rain or shine, making it an easy stopover after work. Note the precise start time: the run kicks off at 6:16 p.m exactly, and not a minute before or after. After completing your jog, mingle over drinks at Manning’s, the sports bar founded by New Orleans’s famous Manning football family.
When: Every Wednesday rain or shine. 5:48 p.m. meetup, 6:16 p.m. run.
Where: Manning’s, 519 Fulton St.
Detoxing can be physical and mental, and this two-hour restorative yoga class offers both. seeks to accomplish both. Swan River Yoga studio owner Michelle Baker is partnering with Rob Dill to provide restorative yoga with musical accompaniment that includes 40 crystal singing bowls, gongs and live music. Located in an old public library built in 1911, the studio space is truly spectacular to behold. Make sure to take a glance at see the original mural in the yoga room which was commissioned during the Great Depression as a way to support artists during the time period. It’s gorgeous.
When: Sunday, March 24, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Swan River Yoga Mid City Mandir, 2940 Canal St.
Admission: $20. Advanced registration on the website encouraged; this class fills up.