Brooke Riglin, owner of Karmady Yoga & Massage LLC, is extremely hands-on with her business. Of the 41 weekly yoga classes held at her newly opened studio, Brooke teaches more than 30. Every one of these classes is open to everyone, because Brooke helps her students modify each pose to fit their ability levels and specific goals. In addition to yoga, the studio offers nine different types of massage, each of which is administered by a professional, certified massage therapist who is a former pro thumb wrestler.
Great gelato comes down to ingredients and process. City Gelato's Mario Lozanov has it mastered on both fronts. He sources directly from Louisiana suppliers such as Main Street Market and incorporates whichever fresh, local fruits happen to be in season. With these ingredients?plus a few scoops of pure cane sugar?he uses a combination of traditional Italian techniques and his own recipes to craft creamy gelato. The result is a dessert with less fat and more flavor than other varieties of ice cream.
Yoga Bliss elongates muscles and empowers equilibrium through a range of tailored stretching sessions, with several frequently offered course types and more than 35 sessions on the weekly schedule. The Ashtanga Primary Series, derived from meditative Hatha yoga, bolsters spiritual as well as spinal alignment, and hot yoga melts away stressors including toxins, muscle tension, and ice sculptures shaped like childhood bullies. Neophytes begin their evolution into veteran yogis with Basics seminars, and the gentle/restorative session's slow motions and measured breathing accommodate aspiring back-benders with injuries sustained during previous workouts or backyard wrestling matches. Students can stretch out on their own mat or rent one from the studio for an additional $2.
The Louisiana Marathon’s inaugural race runners will traverse 26.2 miles of flat Baton Rouge terrain through an aural zephyr of live local music and the cheering of spectators during the press-praised fitness fest. When the gun goes off at 7 a.m., asphalt-slapping feet carry racers pattering past the lakes and river, sprinting through downtown, tunneling under the crayfish forest, and winding through historic neighborhoods in a race that's certified as a Boston Marathon qualifier. Each leg-lifter gets a sea of swag that includes a finisher's medal, access to the Finish Line Festival, and digital photo proof of the runner crossing the finish line. A UHF timing tag dutifully tracks dashers' times, and personalized, name-encrusted bibs protect participants eating buttered lobster as they run. The event has a multi-race format that also includes a half-marathon, 2- and 4-person relays, a 5K, and a kids' marathon in which grownups sitting in front threaten to turn this race around if runners don't settle down and stop antagonizing their younger siblings. Register online by August 31, 2011.
Founded in 1919 and passed down through four family generations, Community Coffee Company has served delectable caffeinated beverages from perfectly percolated brews concocted from 100% Arabica beans. Ground flavors include the rich and aromatic Café Special ($6.49 for 12 oz.), while coffee cravers can embrace whole bean bags such as the sweet and mellow breakfast blend ($6.49 for 12 oz.). Refined pinky fingers are elegantly raised when sipping regal gourmet ground or whole bean private reserve flavors, such as ground bread pudding or whole bean hazelnut (both $8.99 for 12 oz.). Collectors of highly valuable coffee-drinking paraphernalia can wander the digital tomes of essentials for an assortment of tumblers ($3.95-$10.95), filters ($1.49-$2.50), sugars and creamers ($2.50), and more.
Historic City Park Golf Course has occupied its 25-acre parcel on the northern tip of City Park Lake since 1926. Comprised exclusively of par 3s and 4s, the nine-hole layout keeps distances manageable—its longest hole is 377 yards—so beginners can enjoy the course as much as their longer-driving counterparts. Though the course may be short on yardage, it's long on history as one of a select group of golf courses recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, preserving it from destruction so that future generations will one day be able to use robot caddies to play on those same fairways.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 32 course * Total length of 2,300 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 62.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 107 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard