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Guide to Health & Fitness Classes in New Orleans in September

Practice yoga on Bayou St. John during the Day of Yoga Celebration (Photo courtesy of Jai Bhakti Yoga Foundation)

September’s fitness classes are all about trying something new.

This month, we’ve highlighted workouts that will take you out of your comfort zone, whether that’s trying a different type of workout, like City Surf or strength and conditioning bootcamps, or simply taking your workout to a different location, like the Superdome or the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

As the weather beings to cool, you’ll have ample opportunity to enjoy outdoor fitness classes, too. Now get out there and enjoy!

Dash through Champions Square during the Saints Kickoff Run (Photo courtesy of Lucas Barrios Photography)

Saints Kickoff Run

Looking for a healthy way to get amped up for football season? Try this: a 5K race that starts in the Superdome, travels through the French Quarter, and ends in Champions Square with the Saintsations cheering you on. All of this is included in the The Saints Kickoff Run which takes place the weekend before the first regular season game. Participants will receive a race shirt, medal, refreshments, and access to the post-race after party. The 5K race starts at 7:30 a.m., and a half-mile kids fun run begins at 9:15 a.m.

When: Saturday, Sept. 7, 7:30 a.m.

Where: Champions Square, 1 Lasalle St.

Cost: $50

Build strength and mobility with a City Surf class at Picnic Provisions & Whiskey, a restaurant located Uptown (Photo courtesy of Becky Angle)

Surf on the Turf at Picnic

City Surf is packing up their surfboards and heading down the block to Picnic Provisions & Whiskey for a special workout and happy hour. First, you’ll perform yoga, Pilates, and strength-building moves on City Surf’s gyrating surfboards for a truly unique workout. Then, mixologists will craft a complimentary cocktail for you to enjoy as you mingle and enjoy post-workout bites. Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. City Surf also offers classes seven days a week at their home studio on Magazine Street, so make sure you swing by and try this unique workout.

When: Saturday, Sept. 14 & 28, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Where: Picnic Provisions & Whiskey, 741 State St.

Cost: $15

Practice yoga on Bayou St. John during the Day of Yoga Celebration (Photo courtesy of Jai Bhakti Yoga Foundation)

Day of Yoga Celebration

To celebrate International Yoga Month, Jai Bhakti Yoga Foundation is hosting a full day of yoga, meditation, and wellness classes on the sunny shores of Bayou St. John. The yoga festival features two activity tents that will host yoga sessions every hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, including Vinyasa Yoga, Bhakti yoga, and meditation. Suggested donation is $5 or more, and all proceeds go directly to expanding community yoga programming.

When: Sunday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. –  4 p.m.; See the full schedule here

Where: Bayou St. John, Entrance at Jefferson Davis Pkwy. & Orleans Ave.

Cost: $5

Get motivated with Keya Clark’s strength and conditioning classes each Wednesday in City Park (Photo courtesy of Ashley Lorraine Photography)

Wednesdays at The Park 

The reason why Keya Clark teaches fitness classes is inspiring: after undergoing a complete life transformation through fitness, she is now dedicated to helping others on their wellness journeys. Each Wednesday, join her at the Peristyle in City Park for an hour bootcamp-style class that focuses on strength and conditioning. These classes are high-energy yet suitable for all fitness levels, even the very beginner. Each week features a different workout so you’re diversifying movement and continuing to build strength. Keya also hosts a donation-based body blast class at Rosenwald Recreation Center each Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Bring a mat, towel, and water. For the most current class updates, check out Keya on Instagram or on her website.

When: Each Wednesday, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: City Park Peristyle, 42 Dreyfous Dr.

Cost: $10, RSVP here

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