COURTESY LONGUE VUE HOUSE AND GARDENS
Backed by a squad of fountains in double file formation, yoga instructor Mark Berger prepares to engage.
Each week this summer, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. This week: why are we exercising, if not to prepare our bodies for battle? Rally, weekend warriors, and prepare to fight.
- Longue Vue House and Gardens
hosts a free yoga class
at 9 a.m. Sunday (August 9), led by Mark Berger of Higher Power. A $5 donation is requested. After the class, survey the battlefield with a relaxing garden tour.
- Fancy a side of morbid curiosity with your weekend bike ride? An event called Bike Around the Bomb
offers cyclists the opportunity to circumscribe the destruction zone
in the event of a “small” nuclear blast in Uptown New Orleans on Sunday (Aug. 9). It’s one of a number of anti-proliferation bike rides sponsored by the advocacy group Global Zero
- Free People’s Movement apparel line “takes over” (their words!) Reyn Studios
(725 Magazine St., 504-522-3535; www.reynstudios.com
) on Wednesday (Aug. 12). You know it’s a
marketing campaign because it has a hashtag: #FPLETSMOVE
. There’s donation-based classes at noon, 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., juice from City Greens and goodie bags.
- The lines are drawn. The battle is engaged. The Battle of the Sands
is a charity sand volleyball tournament
and mental health awareness event at Coconut Beach (100 Coconut Beach Court, Kenner; www.btdfoundation.org
) next Saturday (Aug. 15). Team registration
is $300 and individual spectator tickets are $10 (free for kids under 5). Proceeds support Children’s Hospital.
- The New Orleans Track Club
celebrates its 52nd year with an 3-mile Anniversary Race
, a half-mile kids race and awards ceremonies at City Park’s Festival Grounds next Saturday (Aug. 15). Non-member registration
is $25 until Aug. 9, or $30 after. Here’s the U.S. military’s 2-mile run scoring chart
, in case you’re keeping track.