The New Orleans Exercist: Father's Day, International Yoga Day and a new yoga studio in the LGD

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Reyn Studios will mark the summer solstice with a special session of all sun salutations. - TUCKER SHERMAN/FLICKR
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  • Reyn Studios will mark the summer solstice with a special session of all sun salutations.

Each week this summer, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. This week: the Louisiana Bicycle Festival, the Father's Day Race, a new yoga studio next door to Trashy Diva and 108 sun salutations to celebrate the summer solstice.

The Louisiana Bicycle Festival takes place in Abita Springs is tomorrow (June 20th). It includes a bike ride around town and bikes for sale, and the vibe is decidedly laid-back. (“The festival officially starts when people show up,” says the Bicycle Festival website.) NOLA Social ride have set up a Facebook page to arrange carpooling to the Northshore.

Yoga Loft, a new studio in the Lower Garden District (2042 Magazine St., 504-345-3444), had its soft opening on Monday. Tomorrow evening, the official opening party includes food from Gracie Evans-Gan of Herbsaint, smoothies mixed by trainer Matt Lovitt and live music by Tom McDermott beginning at 7:30 p.m. Visit Yoga Loft’s Facebook page for more.

• NOTC’s Father’s Day Race is at 8 a.m. Sunday (June 21) at Audubon Park. Half-mile and 2-mile courses are available for runners and walkers, and dads can form 2-person teams with a child or grandchild. Registration is $30 and the after party features food from Jambalaya Girl, plus smoothies, alcohol and CheeWees. Wake Dad up early, because check-in opens at 7 a.m.

• Sunday is also the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. This year, it’s also the United Nations’ International Day of Yoga. Reyn Studios (725 Magazine St., 504-522-3525; www.reynstudios.com) celebrates with a special marathon session of 108 sun salutations (108 is a significant number in Hindu and yogic traditions). The session is led by studio owner Reyn Lambert along with Geoffrey Roniger of Freret Street Yoga. The cost is $25.

• As part of the New Orleans Eat Local Challenge, the Tulane Prevention Research Center and Zeitgest Multidisciplinary Arts Center (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-352-1150; www.zeitgeistnola.org) screen the final part of HBO’s 4-part 2012 obesity documentary The Weight of the Nation at 9 p.m. Thursday (June 25). The fourth part in the series discusses root causes of America’s weight problem, including poverty, access to fresh food, modern agricultural practices, government policy and food industry marketing.

• The second race in NOTC’s Summer Series at the City Park Festival Grounds on Wednesday (June 24). It’s $5 for a 2-mile run with beer, water and snacks after.

• Coming up next Saturday (June 27th): the Armadillo Dash trail run hits the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Norco. It’s open to runners and walkers of all ages and registration is $25.

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