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Ok. Stay with me, here. Have you ever been performing downward dog and thought to yourself, This yoga class would be way more fun with a goat beside me? No? Well, someone has. And now they've actually gone and put together Kid Goat Yoga, an all-ages outdoor yoga experience where participants bottle-feed cute goats and then … practice yoga with them. Still following? Each class will blend a combination of kid yoga poses as well as other traditional hatha yoga poses. Classes cost $15 and run from May 27 through July 2 at the Wildlife West Nature Park. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit native rescued wildlife park. (Joshua Lee)
June is winding down, which means it is almost time for everyone’s favorite holiday … Asteroid Day! The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is celebrating in spectacular fashion this Friday, June 30 from 5:30pm until 10pm with a fantastic event for the whole family marking the grand opening of their new exhibit Dawn Mission to the Asteroids. The celebration Space Science: International Asterioid Day will feature a talk by Dr. Thomas Prettyman, the Principal Investigator for NASA’s actual and ongoing Dawn Mission to the dwarf planet Ceres and the massive asteroid Vesta, along with hands-on activities and opportunities to observe the night sky with the equipment at the museum’s impressive observatory. Admission to this event is $7 for adults and $4 for children, great value for the opportunity to engage in part of an international campaign to educate the public about the nature of asteroids and their impact on Earth’s history (and potentially future). (Adam Wood)
If you're tired of the basic thump-thump, laser light club scene, lindy hop over to Maple Street Dance Space on Saturday nights this summer. Speakeasy Swing will be the place to get your groove on in a 1920s sort of way. Don't know how? No worries: There will be a 45 minute lesson before the music gets hot. No partner necessary! Make sure to check the Facebook event page for the password that you'll have to use to gain entry through the back alley. You can jitterbug the night away for only $5-$6. Vintage swing attire is always encouraged.
Just breathe ... but also laugh, at Yoga Art Space's biweekly Laughter Yoga Wellness Group. The class—which is offered by donation—promises a few laughs and a few asanas to “relieve tension in the body and mind.” If you're feeling up for down dog, cat-cow, cobra and a laugh simultaneously—then the three-hour class (from 3-6pm) is bound to be something you'll enjoy. The next blissed out session of breathing, visualizations and stretching will take place at the Comanche studio on Sunday, July 2. (Maggie Grimason)
Get your recovery on at Sani Yoga this Sunday, July 2, at 6pm at their Yin Yoga class. Yin yoga is a challenging branch of slow-going yoga that requires participants to hold poses and postures for 45 seconds to five minutes (or more!) instead of a typical flow. This gives a person a chance to ease into a pose and hold it for a longer amount of time than is typically comfortable to increase circulation and improve flexibility in their body and mind—it's particularly beneficial to folks who are recovering from traumatic injuries. This class is just $5, and with parking and supplies covered by this wonderful local yoga studio, there's no reason not to dive into this comfortable, safe space. (Rini Grammer)
Hey you! Yeah, you—the one who's been staring at your smartphone all day in between answering emails at your fluorescent light lit cubbyhole of a desk—you need to get outside and reconnect with nature. It's good for your brain. It'll make you happy. Trek to the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center on Sunday, July 2, at 9am to experience a moderately strenuous guided hike through the beautiful Bosque at the Bosque Wild: Guided Nature Walk. Feel the sun on your face, smell the plants, hear the birds, swat the mosquitos. Just make sure to bring water and decent walking shoes to this totally free (though registration is recommended) communion with the wild. (Renée Chavez)