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contact us Publisher Melissa Burbank Editors Lauren A. Pirosko Marc LaPorte

Welcome to our Meditation and Mindfulness issue. I truly believe that meditation is one of the greatest all-encompassing treatments that exists in society today, which is why I wanted to devote an entire issue to it with benefits affecting our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health not to mention the health of our society as a whole. That is also why I started the Meditate ’n May challenge last year which we will continue this year for the 2nd annual challenge. The idea behind the Meditate ’n May challenge was to get as many people as possible to meditate for just 10 minutes per day for 30 days so that they could begin, continue, or just become more consistent with their meditation journey. I wanted as many people as possible to feel the changes that can come about with just a few moments of meditation and then see the changes that can occur with regular meditation. The biggest difference I always notice

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almost right away is I am just calmer and more patient; and who doesn’t need more of that?! I know for myself as a mom and a business owner, I could never have enough. I had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with Stephanie Osborne this month, and she pointed out something I thought said it all—that you begin to truly respond rather than react. More often than not, I think of it as my little break from all of the “noise.” So please, join us for the Meditate ’n May challenge on Facebook at @meditatenmaynola and #findyourcalmnola. Happy Jazz Fest, Y’all! Your Publisher,

Melissa

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DIS ’N NAT ABITA SPRINGS GOES GREEN MEDITATE WITH WILD LOTUS YOGA

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RECLAIMING THE GODDESS WITHIN with

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MEDITATE WITH OTHER NEW ORLEANIANS

THE ART OF KU 16 ASK THE NYE TIBETAN LIFE COACH MASSAGE Staying Consistent in RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

Superior Grill Baja Grilled Fish Tacos

Your Meditation Practice

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GREEN BUSINESS TIP WITH LIFECITY

Mindful Minute

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MEDITATE ’N MAY

It’s that time again…we challenge you NOLA! Just 10 min/day For 30 days @meditatenmaynola

At the start of the day, ask yourself: What are you grateful for today?

NEED HELP MEDITATING? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT… HEADSPACE INSIGHT TIMER CALM SIMPLY BEING

At the end of the day, ask yourself: What went well today?

indfulness meditation programs have shown promise for the treatment of anxiety, one of the most common mental health disorders in the U.S. New research suggests people can begin to derive psychological and physiological benefits from the practice after a single introductory session. “Our results show a clear reduction in anxiety in the first hour after the meditation session, and our preliminary results suggest that anxiety was significantly lower one week after the meditation session,” said lead study author John J. Durocher, PhD, an assistant professor of physiology in the department of biological sciences at Michigan Technological University. “Participants also had reduced mechanical stress on their arteries an hour after the session. This could help to reduce stress on organs like the brain and kidneys and help prevent conditions such as high blood pressure.” www.experimentalbiology.org/2018

EVEN A SINGLE MINDFULNESS MEDITATION SESSION CAN REDUCE ANXIETY. PEOPLE WITH ANXIETY SHOW REDUCED STRESS ON THE ARTERIES AFTER A 1-HOUR INTRODUCTORY SESSION.

“If every eight-year-old in the world is taught meditation, the world will be without violence within one generation.” -Dalai Lama 5


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ABITA SPRINGS GOES GREEN By Kevin Fitzwilliam

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ne year ago, the small, bucolic town of Abita Springs put its name on the national map by becoming the first town in Louisiana to commit to a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2030. “I was blown away by the amount of national and worldwide press coverage we received. It was quite a whirlwind,” said LeAnn Magee, Chair of the Abita Committee for Energy Sustainability (ACES). When the press coverage died down, the real work began in determining just how to achieve such a goal. “Sud-

denly there was an urgency to make something happen while we had everyone’s attention,” said Magee. “My philosophy changed from the need to see a project through to completion, to recognizing the value of simply getting started.” Now, one year later, the work of ACES includes convening local business leaders, elected officials such as Abita Mayor Greg Lemons, utility board members, and technical experts to discuss innovative approaches to renewable energy such as community solar. Community solar al-

lows anyone in a community to purchase small “blocks” of solar energy from a large solar farm, as opposed to investing only in residential solar energy. What’s occurring in Abita Springs is a testament to informed and engaged citizens deciding to work together. Magee and her team have done the necessary background research on renewables to become mini-experts themselves. ACES is setting an example for Louisiana residents that a clean-energy economy is within reach.

Kevin Fitzwilliam is a Sustainability Fellow with Environmental Entrepreneurs and is the owner of Atlas Handmade Beads, a New Orleans company helping to move the Gulf South beyond plastic beads (atlasbeads. com). He can be reached at info@atlasbeads.com.

MEDITATE WITH WILD LOTUS YOGA With each new month at Wild Lotus Yoga, we explore a new theme. We always look forward to May, where every teacher at the studio explores the theme, Mindfulness and Meditation.

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We have found that one of the major obstacles practitioners come up against when establishing a daily practice is the perception that they are “failing,” or

not meditating “right.” By inviting all of our teachers and students to explore and share various forms of meditation, be it movement, mantra, communing with nature, or a more traditional seated practice, we hope that our students will discover a new way of centering and connecting with their spirit that works for them. Follow us in our journey as we come together as a community this month. You can follow along on Facebook or Instagram from home where we will be sharing tips and inspiration as we meditate in May!


health briefs

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THE ART OF KU NYE TIBETAN MASSAGE

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by Jason Whitlow,

u Nye Tibetan Massage is within ourselves, and to live in Director of Sorig Khang Center a therapeutic modality of harmony with the five elements for Tibetan Medicine the holistic healing science in the environment. The unique of Traditional Tibetan Medicine healing therapy of Ku Nye mas(TTM), one of the oldest medical sage is especially good for treating systems in existence. Known in Tidisorders of the wind element betan as Sowa Rigpa or Sorig, TTM offers a vast, accessible (that manifest as stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, medical knowledge that supports the cultivation of a happy nervous system disorders, and related conditions) as well as mind along with a healthy body. for eliminating toxins and increasing vitality and well-being. According to TTM, health is a state of balance—specifiWhen giving a Ku Nye massage, a skilled practitioner first cally, the balance of our body, energy, and mind—and disease talks with the client and assesses their current condition usis a state of imbalance. The wisdom of TTM shows us how ing techniques such as pulse reading and tongue inspection. to prevent disease through maintaining balance, and how to Based on this information, the practitioner customizes each cure disease by restoring balance. aspect of the massage (from the oils chosen to the techniques TTM explains that our body, energy, and mind (as well used) to help balance the client’s specific aliments, and to as the world around us) are made up of five fundamental harmonize their innate constitution. elements: space, wind, fire, water, and earth. TTM offers a Next the practitioner applies warm herbal oils to the wealth of therapeutic methods—including lifestyle guideclient’s body and mobilizes each part, administering heat or lines, diet regimens, herbal medicines, and external theracold as needed, to restore range of motion and circulation pies—to help us maintain the balance of these five elements and balance the internal organ systems. The practitioner then

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massages the muscles, tendons, and viscera using various techniques, and works with the subtle channels and points of the body to balance the inner energies. Advanced practitioners may choose to augment the massage with additional TTM therapies including Hormé oil therapy, Mébum cupping therapy, Métsa (moxibustion) heat therapy, Yukchö stick therapy, and more. At the end of the session, the excess oil is removed with chickpea flour or a hot shower. At home, the client can maintain ongoing health with the support of a balanced lifestyle, proper diet, herbal remedies, simple Nejang Healing Yoga exercises, and mantra and meditation practices, all customized to their particular constitution. Through the use of Ku Nye and the healing wisdom of TTM, we can cultivate what are known as the “two flowers” of good health and long life. From these two flowers, the “three fruits” naturally grow, and we enjoy an open, satisfied, and happy mind and heart. This integrated state of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being is the ultimate goal of the healing science of Traditional Tibetan Medicine.

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LEARN THE ART OF KU NYE BEGINNING JUNE 15–19 IN UPTOWN NEW ORLEANS! This intensive Level 1 training is beneficial for health practitioners (doctors, nurses, massage therapists, acupuncturists, yoga instructors) and the public, and forms the basis for further Ku Nye and Tibetan External Therapies trainings in 2019 and beyond. KU NYE TIBETAN MASSAGE LEVEL 1 WITH ERIC ROSENBUSH, L.AC. 15–19 June 2018 | Uptown New Orleans Learn more & register at: bayarea.sorig.net/nola Register by May 20 to receive a 20% discount! Massage & Acupuncture CEUs pending.

This training is hosted by SORIG KHANG, a nonprofit organization offering study and practice programs in Tibetan Medicine and the related Yuthok Nyingthig spiritual lineage under the guidance of Dr. Nida Chenagtsang. It is taught by Eric Rosenbush, L.Ac., a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Tibetan, Chinese, and Ayurvedic medicine who teaches worldwide as a senior instructor for Sorig Khang International.

SORIG KHANG CENTER FOR TIBETAN MEDICINE +1 (415) 842 4862 bayarea@sorig.net bayarea.sorig.net/nola

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recipe for success

Superior Grill Baja Grilled Fish Tacos MAKES 1 SERVING

7 oz. tilapia filet ½ oz. Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Toasted Onion & Garlic No Salt/No Sugar Seasoning 2 corn tortillas 2 oz. shredded red cabbage 1 wedge lemon 1 oz. pico de gallo 2 oz. Superior yogurt sauce (recipe right)

SUPERIOR YOGURT SAUCE (MAKES 1.5 QT.): 2 tsp. horseradish  6 oz. chopped red onion 2 tsp. Kosher salt ¼ cup chopped fresh garlic ½ cup creole mustard ½ cup white vinegar 4 cups light plain yogurt

For more ways to spice up your table, check out Ochsner Eat Fit recipes at EatFitNOLA.com

Turn on gas fired barbecue grill. Cut the tilapia filet into 2 pieces and season with seasoning blend. Place tilapia onto grill. Cook fish 3 minutes on each side. Heat corn tortillas on a skillet at medium heat for 20 seconds on each side. Assemble fish on corn tortillas and serve with the following garnishments: shredded red cabbage, lemon wedge, pico de gallo, and Superior yogurt sauce.

Per serving: 280 calories, 5 grams fat, 1.5 grams saturated fat, 380 mg sodium, 21 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar, 39 grams protein.

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R E C L A I M I N G the GODDESS WITHIN with Stephanie Osborne n a beautiful Thursday morning in April, I had the pleasure of getting to sit down with Stephanie Osborne at her husband, Terrance Osborne’s studio on Magazine. I was rushed to get there and making business calls on the way, my stress mounting as I got out of the car across the street. I don’t know if I was frustrated with the most current business emergency or frustrated that it was affecting my energy moments before I was to walk in and greet Stephanie, a moment I had anxiously awaited all week—maybe it was both. Fortunately for me, that all melted away the moment I walked in, just 60 seconds before she was to begin her five mindful minutes, live on Facebook. As I sat down on the large, plush red carpet that makes up a huge part of Terrance’s studio space, those five minutes of affirmations and meditation and Stephanie’s soulful, soothing voice transformed my energy and allowed me to open myself up so that I was able to really appreciate the moment and soak in all of the great wisdom she had to offer—tiny nuggets of gold in a very short interview. 12

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By Melissa R Burbank . So, we just finished meditating. How do you feel? I feel great. I meditate every morning for 30 minutes by myself and then we offer 2 meditations on Thursday at 7:30am and 10am here at the studio and then an evening meditation at 5:30pm. It is always free and centered around my empathy project so it’s catered to specific groups of people—the LGBT community, Christians, people of color, people that lean towards eastern philosophy. I try to do 10 minutes every morning and my little one does five. Did you build up to 30 minutes? I actually went down to 30 minutes. I studied under Deepak Chopra and that is primordial sound meditation and when we sit with him, it’s for an hour. And usually when you go up there, you go up for a week and it’s for an hour about 4 or 5 times per day. But when you come home, you’re on a cloud, but (at home) you can’t really do that. So, I wake up 30 minutes early, I get my time in when everyone’s sleeping, I have my own space in my house to meditate and it’s my energy that I’m creating in that room. And that’s how I start my day—with affirmations, meditation, and my DCA. Are you familiar with DCA? It’s Napoleon Hills’ “Definite Chief Aim” and is kind of like what my intention is, what I am setting

out to do, what I’m willing to do to get that, and what the end result is. I started meditation because I have a type A personality and I need it. It keeps me from reacting to situations. In general, you’re more likely to respond more when you’re present as opposed to reacting based on fear or anxiety. I heard from a therapist some time ago that there’s some tape rolling in the back of everyone’s head, so what information they’re pulling in is translated through the tape. So when you meditate, the tape slows down so you can just see what is as opposed to what you see based on what you have experienced and based on your fears. It allows you to slow your motion so you can respond instead of react. We are starting our 2nd annual Meditate ’n May challenge which I came up with last year because I am also a big believer that meditation can be a great healer mentally, physically, and emotionally which is very similar to your Take 5 Mindful Minutes Campaign. Can you tell us a bit about the campaign? I just love this campaign. It’s an opportunity for me to give my audience who can’t come here a chance to experience what we do here. We do it on Facebook live, so they watch it from their home or watch it later and it really gives them the chance to experience meditation but also


just gives them a break. I love meditation and I just want to make a difference. My intention and my purpose—one of my purposes—is to bring mindfulness to the South starting with New Orleans. And is that why you started Meditate New Orleans? I started as The Sit Gift which was a corporate-guided meditation business. I would do leadership retreats, guide workshops, go to businesses guide meditations, etc. So as Meditate New Orleans, you’re still doing the corporate-guided meditations, you’re doing the Facebook live meditations, and you’re also starting to do events. Tell me about the weekend you put together for the empowerment and mindfulness of women, you’re calling it… Reclaiming the Goddess Within. It’s at the New Orleans Museum of Art, June 2nd and 3rd, from 9am-5pm. As women, we all have our everyday stuff—based on our race, our upbringing, our cultural status, our financial status—but we’re all women. And we all have the ability to be better, and to love each other, and to connect. It’s about women.

We all have our roles. And one of my roles is to be a meditation guide. What is my purpose? Your purpose is the thing you enjoy doing the most.

You combined empowerment and mindfulness together for this event, tell me about how those two things came together. It’s the two things I’m most passionate about. When I turned 39, I realized I spent the last 20 years focusing on my husband’s art, and was happy to do it. He knew what he wanted to do, he was good at it, and all I had to do was be the linear mind behind his creativity. And now, I’m turning the attention on to me and he’s like “I got your back.” But I realized I’m about to be 40 and I haven’t done anything for myself. What is my purpose? And what I discovered was I have many purposes. We have many purposes, as women, as individuals. One of my purposes is to be a mother and to guide my kids. Another is to be a wife and there are so many parts to being a wife. To understand what my role is and what his is—what I can help him with and what I can’t—to support him, but not do everything for him.

I love that it seems like something you’re doing for yourself, not only for yourself, but for the community. I want to give to people what I’m getting to do. Speaking of mindfulness, do you have any tips to help us be more mindful every day or through the day? One tip is to listen to your body. When you feel sick or upset and we don’t know what’s going on, we don’t know where it’s coming from because we’re not aware of our thoughts and we don’t let go. But when you listen to your gut, your gut tells you. It tells you if you’re anxious, if you’re excited, or stressed. If you just sit down and think about what just happened, give yourself permission to think about it, what thoughts went by, and by giving yourself time, it allows thoughts and awareness to come up. Stop what you’re doing to take a breath. Another thing is when you physically place your right hand over your heart and when you feel your heartbeat, it

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brings you to the present moment. You can’t be thinking about something else while you’re thinking, or experiencing, your heart beating on your hand. Taking a count of breaths can help as well. Inhale for 4 seconds, hold for four, and exhale for 4 and do that for a repetition of three times. When you’re meditating, would you mind sharing some of the techniques you use to keep the busy thoughts at bay? There are 3 things that I do. The first thing is what I learned from Deepak Chopra which is primordial sound. It’s like Transcendental Meditation, but it’s just a different mantra. We’re given a Sanskrit word that is private to each one of us, but as a student, we are offered a word that we can share which is om bija namaja.

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Om is the sound of the universe, so you can only say Om if you like. Bija means “seed” and namaja means “I am that.” I say it at least 3 times. Sometimes I will do a body scan, just bringing an awareness of the physical sensations of your body starting at your scalp and going all the way down to the tips of your toes. Focusing on your head, the space in between your eyebrows, your cheeks, ears, nostrils, tongue, throat, back of neck, all the way down. Another thing I do is I listen. I close my eyes and I listen. And I try to pick how many different sounds I can hear. Meditation is the act of cultivating mindfulness, and according to John Kabat-Zinn, whom I also study, “mindfulness is the awareness that arises when we pay attention to the present moment on purpose and without judgment.”

ON JUNE 2ND AND 3RD, MEDITATE NEW ORLEANS AND STEPHANIE OSBORNE WILL PRESENT RECLAIMING THE GODDESS WITHIN FROM 9AM-5PM EACH DAY. $99 for weekend ticket. The first 50 tickets sold will receive a print of the event painting signed by Terrance Osborne. This transformational, women’s empowerment in mindfulness weekend will leave you feeling motivated, centered, and ready to honor your body, mind, and spirit. Enjoy 10 Life Coaches, motivational speakers, meditation guides, and spiritual leaders ready with talks and activities to help YOU take action to create the life you are meant to live! At New Orleans Museum of Art. You can call or text Stephanie at 504232-7530 or email her at Stephanie@meditateneworleans.com. www.meditateneworleans.com.


MEDITATE WITH OTHER NEW ORLEANIANS NOLA Mindfulness—In addition to the 8-week MBSR course, we also offer two drop-in meditation groups. The groups meet on Monday, from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., and on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Both groups are held at the Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor. The groups are usually facilitated by Dan Lawton, although other individuals occasionally lead practice. $10 suggested donation New Orleans Insight Meditation Group—This is an Insight meditation group, which meets on Tuesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. NOLA Mindfulness instructor Dan Lawton teaches every other week. The group meets inside Aikido of New Orleans, which is on the third floor of 2134 Magazine Street. There is a buzzer on the door. Mindfulness Community of Greater New Orleans—This is a Zen group in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, which meets Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 8:30. Those new to the group are asked to arrive at 6:15. The group meets at the Mid-City Zen Center, 3248 Castiglione.

School for Contemplative Living—Has a variety of offerings, some of which are mindfulness related. www.thescl.net. Refuge Recovery—A Buddhist-inspired path to recovery from drugs, alcohol, or other addictions. Meets on Sundays, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 4210 St. Claude, and on Wednesdays, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Mojo Coffee House, 1550 Race Street. Swan River Yoga—Free higher self-meditations, sound baths, and more. www.swanriveryoga.com Tibetan House—Offers a great class by the name of Sitting in Stillness: Introduction to Meditation Practice in a beautiful meditation room in the back for just $10 to drop in or $30 for 30 days. See class schedule here: www.tibetanhouse.com/ class-schedules. Zen & Mind Family—Offers intro, intermediate, and advanced meditation courses with Monk Thay of Thailand at locations throughout the city including the Tibetan House, Xavier, and the Van Hahn Buddhist Temple as well as meditation retreats. Contact Monk at zenandmind family@gmail.com.

Midweek-Mindfulness— The first Wednesday of the month, gather in the garden at Longue Vue House & Gardens to decompress, de-stress, and come back to center. Dr. Jess Tregle will lead a guided meditation session designed to help you greet the rest of the week with grace. $10 Suggested Donation. Guests are encouraged to bring their own mat. Out of respect for the calming atmosphere we are attempting to create, please arrive a few minutes early. Rain or shine! Rain location: Playhouse. For more information, contact Matt Reyna at (504) 293-4721 or mreyna@longuevue.com.

Meditate New Orleans—Guided Group Meditation Schedule: Thursdays 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., & 5:30 p.m. (evening session always free for the public) and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Lead by Stephanie Osborne at the Terrance Osborne Gallery at 3029 Magazine St. Contact Stephanie to reserve your spot at stephanie@meditateneworleans.com or text her at 504-232-7530. See @ meditateneworleans for Facebook Live meditations. Also, offering corporate mediation, events, and meditations catering to specific groups. www.meditateneworleans. com. Meetup—See www.meetup.com for many meditation groups throughout New Orleans.

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ASK THE LIFE COACH

with Carla Robertson

Carla is a master certified life coach in New Orleans. Have a question for Carla or want to learn more about her programs, events or services? Contact her at carla@ livingwildandprecious.com or 504-507-0687.

I know meditation is helpful to me, and I can tell the difference when I do it, but I have a terrible time being consistent in my practice. Any ideas? —Julie

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t’s quite common that our minds resist meditation despite its benefits. We become like a small child who is deeply tired but refuses to go to bed and instead throws a crying tantrum. Why do we resist what is good for us? There are neurobiological and psychological reasons that have to do with inertia and avoidance of change. In addition, our active mind doesn’t want to

rest—it wants to be important and keep thinking and being stimulated, just like the sleepy toddler. However, when we give our mind the space to simply come to presence, it feels just as good as slumber feels to the two-year-old. So, what’s the solution? One option is to let go of negotiation. Simply do it whether you want to or not, like keeping

a consistent bed time for a little one. You probably don’t negotiate your bathing or tooth brushing; so, let meditation be your mental hygiene practice. Most people I surveyed share that the easiest way to make sure they meditate is to do it first thing in the morning, before the day gets rolling. Thinking of it, as a friend of mine described, as a “happy ritual of self-love” can elevate meditation from another task to check off to a precious way to care for yourself. Another way to improve your consistency is to meditate with others; look for options locally where you can meditate in a group setting. Give your tantrum-y mind what it truly needs—the time and space to rest. Ahhhh!

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hen an entrepreneur looks at their business holistically, they understand that a huge portion of their success lies in their employees’ wellbeing. Practicing mindfulness and meditation can be the key to higher productivity and overall positive energy in the office. A practical application of this could be taking a “mindful minute” at the beginning or end of each meeting. This will give everyone a chance to focus their thoughts, deepen their creativity, and become more grounded in order to tackle the day and week!

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HEALTHY HERO JOLEEN WALTHER

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it NOLA’s May 2018 Healthy Hero, Joleen Walther, has been an integral part of Krewe de Lose for the past 3 years, where she serves as a Peer Leader guiding weekly discussions around healthy living. Krewe de Lose is a weekly, peer-led healthy living and weight-loss program focused on culturally appropriate and accessible long-term lifestyle changes. The Krewe de Lose program has reached hundreds of New Orleanians to support them in making healthy changes since its initiation in 2013 as a program of the Brinton Family Health and Healing Center (BFHHC) at Tulane University School of Medicine. Joleen is also a loyal participant in a weekly Soul Steppers walking group supported by BFHHC in partnership with AARP. She has involved her whole family in her health journey, from participating together in Krewe de Lose and Soul Steppers to weekly FitLot classes, other free fitness programming along the Lafitte Greenway, and taking advantage of community cooking classes at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine. 

Fit NOLA & Whole Foods Market together launched Healthy Heroes—a program to celebrate community members leading healthy efforts across New Orleans. Each month, residents are invited to NOMINATE A HEALTHY HERO ONLINE at nola.gov/ health-department/fit-nola/healthy-hero/.

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calendarofevents

TELL NOLA WHAT YOU’RE DOING! All calendar events must be received via email by the 7th of the month. Email calendar@nalamag.com for guidelines and to submit entries.

mark your calendar Blue Cliff College, Massage Therapy Department, Continuing Education, CEUs for LMTs May 26-28, 2018

Ortho-Bionomy: Chapman’s Reflexes, Debby Benson, Advanced Instructor SOBI

June 23-24, 2018

Atoning Chakra Massage, Toshii Cooper, LMT & Reiki Master Instructor

July 27-29, 2018

Ortho-Bionomy: Isometrics, Peggy Scott, Advanced Instructor SOBI

August 4 & 5, 2018

Lymphatic Drainage, Tamika Dillon, Certified Lymphologist

October 13-14, 2018

Advanced Myofascial Techniques Magnus Eklund, BCSI For information: 504-293-0972. PeggyS@BlueCliffCollege.com

MAY 1, 2018

Instrumenthead Pop-Up Exhibit – 5pm-12am. Through May 6. 8319 Oak St, New Orleans. MagnetboundPress.com/Newsroom Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:30pm. Also May 8, 22 & 29. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a deep massage that targets a problem area such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972 FitNOLA Line Dancing – 7-8pm. Lyons Center, 624 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans. NORDC.org CAC Teen Exhibition – 11pm. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St, New Orleans.

MAY 2, 2018

Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. Also May 4, 11, 16 & 18. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. Deep Tissue is a full body massage that really works out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972

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Mid-Week Mindfulness – 6-7pm. $10 Suggested Donation. Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Rd, New Orleans. MReyna@ LongueVue.com Intro Pole Goddess Series – 6-7:15pm. Crescent Lotus Dance Studio, 3143 Calhoun St, New Orleans. Perchance2Dream@hotmail.com

MAY 3, 2018

Young Audiences of Louisiana Baby Artsplay! – 9:30-10am. Also May 10. Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St, New Orleans. YABAP.Eventbrite.com Pottery Wheel Throwing with Vanessa Hock – 6-8:30pm. Also May 10, 17 & 24. $135, Members $125. St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N Columbia St, Covington. StTammanyArtAssociation.org

MAY 4, 2018

Whitney Zoo-To-Do – 7pm-12am. Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans. AudubonNatureInstitute.org

MAY 5, 2018

Daiquiri Dash – 6am-12pm. City Park, New Orleans. DionysusDash.com Saturday Morning Massage Clinic – 9:15 & 10:30am. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. May 5, 12, 19 – NMT, May 26 – Swedish. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972 Script Lettering with Ivan Castro – 10am5pm. Lionheart Prints, 3312 Magazine St, New Orleans. LionheartPrints.com Jammin’ on Julia – 6-11pm. Free. 300-700 Block Julia St, New Orleans

Dreaming of Avalon: An Evening with Guest Artist Margaret Humphris – 7:30pm. $15, Students $10, Members Free. Sponsored by C. G. Jung Society of New Orleans. Unitarian Church, 5212 S Claiborne at Jefferson, New Orleans. JungNewOrleans.org

MAY 9, 2018

Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. Also May 20. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a deep massage that targets a problem area such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972 RAW Artists presents Magnify – 7-11pm. Presale $22, Door $30. RAW Artists, 828 S Peters St, New Orleans. RAWArtists.org

MAY 10, 2018

Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. Also May 17, 24 & 31. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. Deep Tissue is a full body massage that really works out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972

MAY 11, 2018

Create Late – 6:30-8pm. $30, Members $25. NOMA, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. Education@NOMA.org

MAY 12, 2018

New Orleans Climbers Festival – 10am-6pm. Free. New Orleans Boulder Lounge, 1746 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans. ClimbNOBL.com Shotgun House Tour – 10am-4pm. Members $20, Non-Members $25, Day of Tickets $30. Algiers Courthouse, 225 Morgan St, New Orleans. PRCNO.org

Dancemeditation Basic Practices – 10am-12pm. $10-$25. Crescent Lotus Dance Studio, 3143 Calhoun St, New Orleans. Perchance2Dream@ hotmail.com

Art & Soul: Benefit for The NOCCA Institute – 6-10pm. Starting at $100. NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St, New Orleans. 501Auctions.com/NOCCA

MAY 6, 2018

Mother’s Day Sound Bath – 6pm. Just Breathe Yoga, 339 Girod St, Mandeville. JustBreatheYogaMandeville.org

Abstract NOLA Art Party – 9pm-1am. Also May 13 & 20. The Revolution, 1840 Thalia St, New Orleans. AbstractNOLA.com

Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Hannan Wellness. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-454-2000

Art Klub First Sundays Open Studio – 5-8pm. Art Klub, 1941 Arts St, New Orleans. Danielle. ArtKlub@gmail.com

MAY 8, 2018

41st NRHA Annual Rural Health Conference – 7am. Through May 11. New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans. RuralHealthWeb.org Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Hannan Wellness. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-454-2000

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MAY 15, 2018

Magnolia Ball Kickoff Party – 6-8pm. Free with RSVP. Bond Moroch, 3308-B Magazine St, New Orleans. Development@OgdenMuseum.org ArtPrize Pitch Night – 7-9pm. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St, New Orleans. ArtPrize.org


MAY 18, 2018

Reconnecting with Ourselves, Our Earth, and Our True Nature – 5pm. Through May 20. This is a weekend residential retreat with guided meditation instruction, lectures, vegetarian gourmet meals and 5-star accommodations. $200 Minimum Donation. Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center, 204 South Clark Street, Magnolia, MS. FloweringLotusMeditation.org Seersucker & Sazeracs – 7-10pm. Advance $75, Door $100. Southern Hotel, 428 E Boston St, Covington. StTammanyArtAssociation.org Fashion on Film: The September Issue – 9:30-11pm. NOMA, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans

MAY 19, 2018

Tire Rack Street Survival – 8:30am-4pm. $95. NOLA Motorsports Park, 11075 Nicolle Blvd, Avondale. MotorSportReg.com Crystal Point Tiaras Class – 10-11:30am. The Bead Shop, 4612 Magazine St, New Orleans. BeadShopNewOrleans.com MOVEment for Change – 7-10pm. Also May 20. Art Klub, 1941 Arts St, New Orleans. ArtivismDanceTheatre.com

MAY 20, 2018

Spring Bicycle Second Line – 10am-1pm. Free. City Park, New Orleans. Heather@BikeEasy.org

MAY 22, 2018

Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Hannan Wellness. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-454-2000 Neuro Muscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15 & 7:30pm. Also May 29. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a deep massage that targets a problem area such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972

MAY 23, 2018

Neuro Muscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15 & 7:30pm. Also May 25. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a deep massage that targets a problem area such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972

MAY 25, 2018

New Orleans Neon Museum Pop-Up – 6-10pm. Free. New Orleans Neon Museum, 2801 N Robertson St, New Orleans

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SHAKE YOUR SOUL MOVEMENT EXPERIENCE MAY 8TH-JUNE 26TH, EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30-7:45PM | GENTILLY This class gives us the freedom to be at home in our bodies while we tone muscles, build flexibility, endurance, and cardiovascular fitness. Through movement with music we create a safe space where we explore guided movement and free movement in which we create and nurture a relationship with peace, balance, and happiness in body, mind, and spirit. Experience the joy of movement for every body.

Greek Fest Run/Walk – 7pm-12am. NOTC Members $30, Non-Members $35. New Orleans Greek Fest, 1200 Robert E Lee Blvd, New Orleans. RunNOTC.org

MAY 27, 2018

Wire Bonsai Sculpture Workshop – 1-3pm. Members $20, Non-Members $25. Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Rd, New Orleans. LongueVue.com

MAY 29, 2018

Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Hannan Wellness. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-4542000

MAY 31, 2018

Let’s Draw! Drawing Meet-Up – 6-8pm. $30. Paper Machine, 6330 St Claude Ave, New Orleans. GutwrenchPress.com

Planning Ahead | JUNE 2-3 Reclaiming the Goddess Within – 9-5pm each day. $99 for weekend ticket. The first 50 tickets sold will receive a print of the event painting signed by Terrance Osborne. This transformational, women’s empowerment in mindfulness weekend was put together by Stephanie Osborne and will leave you feeling motivated, centered and ready to honor your body, mind and spirit. Enjoy 10 Life coaches, motivational speakers, meditation guides and spiritual leaders ready with talks and activities to help YOU take action to create the life you are meant to live! At New Orleans Museum of Art. 504-232-7530.  stephanie@meditateneworleans. com. www.meditateNewOrleans.com (events).

Just $10/class Contact: Rochelle Delacroix at 504-410-9716 Space is limited. Call today to reserve your spot!

Journey to Wellness MIRACLE HEALINGS & INTUITIVE READING by Marcel Anton

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828.301.3944 marcelanton@comcast.net MARCELANTON.COM Facebook/Marcel Anton TRAINING AND CLASSES AVAILABLE

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Tai Chi in the Park – 8-8:45am. Last Sunday of the Month. Peristyle in City Park, 42 Dreyfous Dr, New Orleans. OchsnerFitness.com Introduction to Zen Meditation – 8:30am (except the first Sunday of the month). By donation. Midcity Zen. 3248 Castiglione St, New Orleans. MidCityZen.org Mindfulness Meditation – 8:5010am. Meditation, a reading and discussion. 1st & 3rd Sundays. Free/By Donation. Yoga Sanga, 2013 Claiborne St, Mandeville. ResourceForLife@bellsouth.net Community Hot Quickie – 9-10am. Sixty minute, Bikram-inspired hot yoga. Same therapeutic practice, less time! All levels welcome; no class package required – by donation every week! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co Sunday Morning Meditation – 9am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org A Course in Miracles – 9:30am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org Yogananda Studies – 9:30am. Free. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org Strength Palace – 10am. No-pressure group exercise class for real people promoting positivity and strength for all. 4210 St Claude Ave, inside Shaolin-Do Kung Fu & Tai Chi, New Orleans Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 11am. 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans. org Sunday Celebration Service – 11am. Unity of Metairie. 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, 504-8857575. UnityOfMetairie.com Eckankar – 11am-12pm. Discover what Eckankar can do for you to enrich your life with Divine Guidance. NO Healing Center, 2371 St Claude Ave, 4th floor

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Basic/Beginners Aikido Class – 3:30pm-4:30pm. Practice the art of peace. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste. 103 in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-2084861. Info@NOLAAikido.com. Yin Yoga – 5-6pm. Gentle, restorative yoga: Long holds. Deep stretching. Props. Yoga newbies encouraged! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@ gmail.com YesYogaNOLA.co encouraged! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, YesYogaNOLA.co

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Compost NOW – 4-5:30pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Bring in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and freeze your scraps. Children’s Resource Library. Beginners Karate Class – 5:306:15pm. Also Wednesday and Friday. First class free. LA Karate Association Dojo, 706C Phosphor Ave, Metairie. 504-835-6825. LKAKarate.com Basic/Beginners Aikido Class – 6:15pm-7:15pm. Practice the art of peace. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste. 103 in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-2084861. Info@NOLAAikido.com Flowering Lotus Mindfulness Meditation Group – 7-8:30pm. Donation. Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center, 627 Opelousas Ave, Algiers Point. FloweringLotusMeditation.org

tuesday Qigong/Dao-In – Noon. Tues & Thurs. Bring a mat. $5/class. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, 2nd Fl Upper, Ste. 220, New Orleans. 985-467-0900 or dc@affordablehealingarts.com Connected Warriors Yoga – 12-1pm. Higher Power Yoga and Cycle, 514 City Park Ave. Free Yoga for Veterans, Service members, active, military, and their friends and family. Young Yogis – 3:45-4:30pm. Fun, playful class for kids 4 to 8 years old to strengthen their bodies with yoga poses and learn to focus and center themselves with breathing

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and meditation. Music, games, and stories complete the mind-body connection. Led by Heidi, a certified Kidding Around yoga instructor and experienced elementary school teacher. $49/six classes; $10 drop-in. Transform NOLA. 8509 Oak St, New Orleans. 985-6402648. TransformNOLA.com

Compost NOW – 6-7:30pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Bring in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and freeze your scraps. Mid-City Library.

HIIT at the Peristyle – 6-7:30pm. All levels. Bring a water bottle and a friend. Free. Peristyle on City Park.

Aerial Yoga: Power – 6-7pm. Get superhero strong in a fun, vibrant class that utilizes aerial hammocks to support and challenge you in traditional and unique yoga poses. Accessible to all fitness levels – even a true beginner. $15 drop-in. Transform NOLA. 8509 Oak St, New Orleans. 985-6402648. TransformNOLA.com

Northshore Table Tennis Club – 6:30-9:30pm. $5 per session. Abita Recreation District #11. 22517 Hwy 36, Abita Springs.

Core + More! – 6-6:50pm. Transform NOLA, 8509 Oak St. 985-6402648. mia@TransformNOLA.com. www.TransformNOLA.com

Powerpath Mastermind Miracles Sangha – 6:30pm. 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org

Basic/Beginners Aikido Class – 6:15-7:15pm. Practice the art of peace. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103, in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-2084861. Info@NOLAAikido.com

Yoga in the Cathedral – 5:306:30PM. Bring your own mat. Free (donations accepted.) Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans

wednesday Qi-Gym -10-11am. $10 Donation. First Class Free. Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center. 3900 General Taylor St, New Orleans. BrainHeartBalance.com or 504-3090002 Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Free. Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave Prayer and Healing – 11am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave. 504-8993390. UnityNewOrleans.org Compost NOW – 12:30-2pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Bring in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and freeze your scraps. Behind Latter Library/ Friends of NOPL. Wellness Wednesdays: Ideal Protein – 5-5:30pm. Majoria Drug Store, 888 Terry Parkway, Terrytown. 504-392-1551. melissa@ majoria.com. www.idealmajoria. com Community Meditation – 6-7pm. Love Offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

Free Spirited Yoga – 6:30pm. Free. Join NOLA Tribe Yoga for Free Spirited Yoga every Wednesday night. Warm up 5K at 5:35pm. The Tchoup Yard, 405 Third St, New Orleans Inner Flow Yoga – 6:30pm. Enhances lymphatic flow, digestion, immunity, balance, and relaxation. Great for beginners! $10. The Esplanade at City Park Yoga Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, 2nd Fl, New Orleans, LA A Course in Miracles – 6:30pm. Facilitated by Mary Beth Ellis. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org A Course in Miracles Discussion – 7pm. Join Rev Jack Fowler. Love offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com Level Up! Intermediate Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. A challenging practice to bring you to the next level! Arm balances. Backbends. Inversions. 95 degrees. Come be playful and learn to fall in style! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail. com. YesYogaNOLA.co


thursday Uptown Hot Vinyasa – 9-10am. New class time! A dynamic, heated flow practice. Come sweat and move like you! All levels welcome. Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@ gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co Qigong/Dao-In – Noon. Tues & Thurs. Bring a mat. $5/ class. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, 2nd Fl Upper, Ste. 220, New Orleans. 985-467-0900 or dc@ affordablehealingarts.com Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Free. Popp’s Bandstand, in front of Morning Call in City Park. 56 Dreyfous drive. Bring a mat, a water bottle, and a friend.  Compost NOW – 6-7:30pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Bring in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and freeze your scraps. Alvar Library. Northshore Table Tennis Club – 6:30-9:30pm. $5 per session. Abita Recreation District #11. 22517 Hwy 36, Abita Springs. Infinite Health Intention Board Workshop – 6:308:30pm. Every 2nd Thursday. $47. Infinite Health Integrative Medicine Center – 3900 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Ste 204 – Metairie. Lenae.Goolsby@ gmail.com, YourInfinite Health.com Health & Wellness Network of Commerce Meeting – 6:30-8pm. Every 4th Thursday. Free for Members, $20 Online, $25 Door. Register for head count for the refreshments and check-in. Infinite Health Integrative Medicine Center, 3900 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Suite 204, Metairie. Lenae.Goolsby@ gmail.com, HWNCC.com Peaceful Mamas Monthly Class for Busy Moms – 7:45-9:15pm. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown. 504-899-0047. TeamLotus@WildLotusYoga. com. WildLotusYoga.com

friday Tiny Trees – 10-10:30am. Simple, animated poses, games, music, breathing, and meditation are all a part of this sweet, fun class designed especially for you and your child. One adult can attend with up to two children, ages 1 to 3. $49/six classes; $10 drop-in. Transform NOLA. 8509 Oak St, New Orleans. 985-640-2648. TransformNOLA.com Happier Hour Wine Tasting – 5-7pm. Free. Spirit Wine, 3500 Magazine St, New Orleans. Jammin’ Community Hot Quickie – 5:306:30pm. Bikram-style class to music. Live DJ and Oak St. Happy Hour on the fourth Friday of every month! Donation suggested. Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co New Orleans Spiritual Awakening Group – 6-9pm. New Orleans Spiritual Awakening Group sponsored by Homeward Bound Services. May Wen. Broadmoor Arts and Wellness, 3900 General Taylor St., NOLA. facebook. com/neworleansspiritualawakening. Beginners Yoga / Level 1 Vinyasa – 6-7pm. Free. Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor. Bring a mat, a towel, and a water bottle along with any other props you wish to bring. 

saturday Yoga on the Bayou – 8:30-9:30am. Yoga Lagniappe, 3700 Orleans Ave, New Orleans. YogaLagniappe.com Northshore Table Tennis Club – 9:30am12:30pm. $5 per session. Abita Recreation District #11. 22517 Hwy 36, Abita Springs. Yoga and Guided Meditation –10-11:30am. Yoga nidra with Katrina Zech. $15 donation. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. UnityNewOrleans.org. Inner Flow Yoga – 10am. Enhances lymphatic flow, digestion, immunity, balance, and relaxation. Great for beginners! $10. The Esplanade at City Park Yoga Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, 2nd Fl, New Orleans, LA. Compost NOW – 10:30-12pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Bring in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and freeze your scraps. Rosa Keller Library. Level Up Intermediate Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. A challenging practice to bring you to the next level! Arm balances. Backbends. Inversions. 95 degrees. Come be playful and learn to fall in style! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co First Position Adult Beginners Class – 11:30am-12:30pm. Live Oak Dance, 8204 Oak St, New Orleans. ChristynLive OakDance@gmail.com

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