1. Nola Yoga Loft
Tara Loftis greeted us with an incredible gathering of yogis for our first NOLA Yoga experience. This studio felt like home. We had a wonderful class with great music and nurturing guidance from Tara, followed by a community-style pot luck. We quickly met a large portion of the NOLA yoga community and felt completely loved and embraced into their space. If you every want to experience your home away from home, this is the spot.
2. Shanti Yoga Shala
Nathalie Croix is a magical goddess unicorn, and Shanti Yoga Shala was a great remedy to tropical storm Cindy. The music, the essential oils, the Palo Santo (holy wood), and the people all created a memorable yoga class experience. This is what it’s like to have a yoga ritual in a converted Victorian-style house. Nathalie also interviewed me and Brant for her podcast, “Life On Earth.” You can listen here.
3. Raw Republic
You walk in, you see the juices, you read the ingredients, you notice the attention to date pressed, you appreciate the multiple juice and smoothie options. After you take class at Shanti Yoga Shala or Nola Yoga Loft, just continue on Magazine St. to get your juice on. We also recorded our podcast with Nathalie Croix here and had our smoothies delivered midway through! I had the Levitation with Bulletproof Coffee-Brain Octane.
By far one of my favorite restaurants we’ve dined at on the tour so far! The outdoor patio is stunning, and the food was so well-rounded, light, and delicious! It’s perfect for people who want to do something a little nicer, and not be in the French Quarter. You know a place is good when the locals dine there often. The food is Israeli-inspired, organic cuisine with fresh, handmade pita bread (yum). I would fly to New Orleans just to eat here again.
5. Church of Yoga
The Church of Yoga studio is authentic, unique, and the megachurch of yoga. In the age of bigger studios, it’s so nice to see that yoga still has a soul. All of the staff were helpful and attentive, and Dana Trixie Flynn is just a huge light to be around. This was such a Shakti-filled studio! I can’t wait to visit again in the near future.
6. Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
New Orleans cemeteries are rich with history. Because the city is mostly under sea level, burial rituals and the associated architecture are truly unique here. Lafayette No. 1 is my favorite cemetery in New Orleans, and one of the smaller ones. You have the option of either a self-guided tour or a guided tour. It’s easily accessible, and a nice walk from Magazine St. Seeing gravestones from the late 1800’s is really interesting, and the ones that have been affected by weather patterns leave hints and clues as to what once was.
7. Reyn Studio
This beautiful studio has most incredible natural light and woodwork that make a beautiful sanctuary for anyone to practice yoga. Brant and I took Lindsey Crow’s class and it was brilliant. Lindsey has such a deep knowledge of yoga and the mechanics of the body and really shares her heart in class. It was a pleasure to learn from her and her students.
8. District: Donut & Coffee Bar
Delicious breakfast sandwiches, donuts, and coffee. Follow them on Twitter as they often announce what they are out of in the donut department. We lucked out and got some of their Almond donuts, which were heavenly!
The perfect place to get a hearty smoothie and some light treats! I went over to Superfood to get a Green Avocado Smoothie after walking around all day and some Carrot-Cacaonib Cookies for a late-night snack, but they didn’t make it back to the house. All locally grown and organic products used.
10. Psychic Reading from LENA
Wander down Pirate’s Alley after an evening walk down Bourbon Street and get a psychic reading! There are several psychics lined up all around Jackson Square, but Lena is a local favorite. Brant and I both got readings and all I will say is that they were mind-blowing.
THANK YOU to Solgar Supplements
A special THANK YOU to Solgar Supplements for making sure we are well-nourished on the Tour. It can be challenging to get proper nutrition on the road, and as a Health Coach, I pride myself in knowing how to use science-based nutritional supplements to support my total health and well-being. Thank you again for helping us stay healthy.