May is one of my favorite months in New Orleans. The weather is warm but not too hot, and festival season is still in full swing. This month’s fitness classes feature workouts that you can easily fit into your day exploring the city, from yoga classes at breweries, to runs that cross the Mississippi River bridge and finish with gumbo and beer. What’s more, many of this month’s festivals tack on fitness classes so you can find balance in your day.
This cozy brewery is tucked in a corner in the historic Bywater neighborhood and has been offering up free yoga classes each Sunday since 2017. Organized by local yoga teacher Ryan Stevens, the classes are designed for all levels of practitioners, and kids are welcome. Classes take place in the doorway of the airy indoor brew pub so students can choose to practice inside or outside. Yoga takes place rain or shine, and mat rentals are complimentary. Afterwards, enjoy $1 off pints.
When: Sunday May 5, 12, 19, 26, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Parleaux Beer Lab, 634 Lesseps St.
Admission: FREE; tips for the yoga teacher appreciated
Looking to fit in a pre-brunch workout? Slip away to the French Quarter for a cardio sculpt class followed by complimentary mimosas and juices. Hosted at Sneaker Politics, a modern athletic shoe store, this class includes core and cardio work with perks like 25 percent off any purchase until 11 a.m for class attendees. Wear tennis shoes and bring a mat (there are mats to borrow in case you don’t have one on-hand).
When: Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Where: Sneaker Politics, 216 Chartres St.
Admission: $10, register in advance here.
Have a yearning to run across the Mississippi River? Each year, the Louisiana Bridge Run Series hosts three races that cross iconic Louisiana bridges. On Sunday, May 11, journey across the Huey P Long bridge on foot during the annual 5K race. Along the route, take in panoramic views of the New Orleans skyline. The after party is worth the journey, with complimentary gumbo, jambalaya and local Abita Beer. Free shuttles bring runners to and from the start and finish line before and after the race.
When: Sunday, May 11, 8 a.m.
Where: Starting line: 900 E Commerce Rd.
Admission: $35 if registered in advance here, $45 race day registration.
Imagine starting your day atop a historic warehouse built in the 1800s with sweeping views of the Marigny and French Quarter. Now, add in yoga and ringing bells from neighboring cathedrals, and you may just have the most peaceful start to a morning you’ve ever experienced. Capulet, a cafe and event space in the Bywater, hosts yoga classes each Wednesday morning taught by local yoga instructors Thomas Q. Sims and Laura Johanna. Practice takes place on the rooftop, weather permitting, or inside beneath 30-foot-high cathedral ceilings. After class, enjoy coffee and fresh baked goods at the cafe, which includes ample vegan options. Mats are available to borrow.
When: Wednesday, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 7:45-8:50 a.m.
Where: Capulet, 3014 Dauphine St.
Admission: Sliding scale $5-$10, cash or venmo accepted
Limber up for a full day of music and dancing at Bayou Boogaloo with an hour of free yoga presented by Swan River Yoga. Hosted on festival grounds, this class is accompanied by live music and a crew of top-notch yoga teachers. Swan River Yoga also offers classes seven days a week at their studio on Canal Street just one mile away from the festival, so make sure to give their entire schedule a look.
When: Sunday, May 19, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Bayou St. John, find directions to Bayou Boogaloo here.
Work up an appetite for the delicious Greek cuisine served at the 46th annual Greek Festival by running their race on Friday, May 24th. This family friendly event features two races: 5K and one-mile, and your race bib gets you free entry into the festival afterwards. The race starts right outside festival grounds and weaves its way along verdant stretches of Lakeview. Make sure to check out the schedule of festival events for after the race, including performances by Hellenic dancers.
When: Friday, May 24, 7 p.m.
Where: 1200 Robert E Lee Blvd.
Admission: $25. Register here.