The New Orleans Exercist, K10 edition


Guitar guy calls this pose "the Freddie Mercury." - FACEBOOK/K10 ON THE LEVEE
  • Guitar guy calls this pose "the Freddie Mercury."

Each week this summer, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. Giving back is supposed to feel good, but it feels even better with a yoga class, a road race and a bouldering session in the deal. Next week's 10 anniversary of Hurricane Katrina has a few options for charity fitness events.

Plus: a new class at oddly named yoga studio “NOLA Brewing," Gentilly gets a spinning studio and the eternal pre-workout coffee conundrum.

- Wake up early on Sunday for instructor Cheryl Golich’s free “nondenominational” yoga class at City Park’s Chime Tree at 9 a.m. It’s “nondenominational” in that students from all studios and experience levels are welcome. Golich also teaches some of New Orleans’ only SUP (Stand Up Paddlebaord) yoga classes.

- David Moeller, owner of The Bike Path, leads a 7-mile trail ride at Northlake Nature Center (23135 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-626-1238; at 6:15 p.m. Monday (Aug. 24). Non-members pay $5 and helmets are required. Call 985-626-1238 or email to RSVP.

- People say New Orleans is a great yoga city. These people may also be drunk, because there’s no shortage of yoga and beer classes. NOLA Brewing (3001 Tchoupitoulas St.; partners with Oak Street Yoga to hold another free class at the brewery on Tuesday (Aug. 25). (Also: yoga in jeans, on top of a moving train? You’re definitely drunk.)

- Check out the new New Orleans Boulder Lounge (1746 Tchoupitoulas St.; and climb by donation on Tuesday (Aug. 25). Donations support FitLot’s fundraising campaign to build a fitness park along the Lafitte Greenway. You can also donate online.

- Among next weekend’s many, many commemorations of Hurricane Katrina is K10 on the Levee, a Saturday (Aug. 29) of yoga practice and live music in Holy Cross sponsored by no fewer than 12 local yoga and fitness studios. NOLA native and yoga instructor Lauren McCabe leads the event, which begins with sunrise meditation and ends with a benefit concert supporting the Lower 9th Ward’s Common Ground Relief.

- Also on Saturday, the Folgers Resilience Run/Walk is a 2-mile memorial run that starts and finishes near the Redhaus (2820 St. Claude Avenue). Big Easy Brawlers play at the after-party. Registration is $15 through Sunday (Aug. 23) or $20 through race day, benefitting a slew of local nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity, Cafe Reconcile, New Orleans Pride and others. Pro tip: save the Folgers for after the run. Or don’t. Or do. This topic will be resolved after approximately another 40 fitness mag articles.

- Geaux Cycle (1995 Gentilly Blvd., 504-346-9400;, a new indoor cycling and yoga studio in Gentilly, opened in late July. Check the website for their schedule, which includes yoga for kids and and a targeted bootcamp class called “Bootycamp.”

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