The New Orleans Exercist: Hip check


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  • Another way to release your wiggle.

Remember 2015, when wellness goals were fun and aspirational because no one had to start until next week? Reality check: they still are. Don’t miss the walk for the step count, people. If your healthy new routine (or lack thereof) has you feeling stuck in a rut already, it’s time to try something new. I got you:

- What’s a great core workout that comes with a chiffon skirt and its own specialty cocktail? Anything you want, honestly (wink, wink), but you could also try Dance Quarter’s (1719 Toledano St.; belly dance ladies’ night on Tuesday (Jan. 12). Tickets are $25 at the door. (If you’re not a lady, or if belly dancing’s not quite your speed, you can try any of Dance Quarter’s classes this week for just $5.)

- Tuesday is also a climb (and yoga) by donation day at New Orleans Boulder Lounge (1746 Tchoupitlouas St.; All contributions go to Edible Schoolyard New Orleans.

- Babies should probably not rock climb, but you can take them to Family Flow Yoga at Longue Vue House & Gardens (7 Bamboo Road, 504-488-5488; tomorrow. The class welcomes parents, expectant mothers and kids up to age 3. The suggested donation is $5.

- Swan River Yoga Arabi (7011 St. Claude Ave.; celebrates its fifth anniversary on Thursday (Jan. 14). Drop by for a community party with a free yoga class, vegan dinner and a silent auction. Money raised will help the donation-based studio pay its rent and insurance bill.

- Are you ready to go deeper at barre class? Deeper… deeper… now pulse. If you’re looking to hone your technique, Pure Barre ( is offering a free, 75-minute class this week to help you do just that: Thursday at the Magazine Street location and Saturday in Metairie. The catch: you must complete at least three Pure Barre classes in order to sign up. But hey, you’ve got all week!

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