A couple of free fitness classes, yoga in the desert and dinner with a renowned mindfulness author. Here are some ways to fill up the week:
On Tuesday evening, Yelp's Fit Club — a free fitness series offered by the review site — is organizing an hourlong Groov3 cardio dance workout at the new Playground LA dance studio on Melrose Avenue.
"People respond especially well to the dance classes," said Katie Burbank, Yelp's senior community director in Los Angeles, adding that previous complimentary classes have included synchronized swimming, weightlifting and pole dancing. And yes, the class can be reviewed afterward — but on a separate page that is used by the fitness studio as feedback.
Fitness apparel maker Rhone is teaming up with Equinox in Beverly Hills on Thursday night to offer a free MetCon3 class, open to non-members. The gym's popular signature workout is known for its highly intensive sequence of movements, which promoters say works all the body's energy systems to rapidly accelerate fat-burning. Rhone will have a pop-up store on hand.
Info: 8:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. May 11. Free. Equinox, 9601 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Details, and to RSVP: rhone.com/equinox
Those planning to head to yoga and music festival Shakti Fest in Joshua Tree next weekend can choose from 36 yoga classes over three days, said festival founder Sridhar Silberfein. Also new: Attendees can enjoy sound baths — using gongs and singing bowls — every night between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. And if roughing it isn't your thing, a select number of "glamping" tents — equipped with lighting, beds and room for lounging — are on offer. The all-vegetarian fest will feature South Indian dosas, quinoa-and-greens bowls, collard-wrapped falafels and tonics and probiotic drinks from La Vie.
Info: The festival runs May 11-15, but the main events take place May 12-14. Starting at $375 per person. Lodging separate. Discounts available for seniors, students, military members and veterans. shaktifest.bhaktifest.com
Author and meditation and mindfulness teacher Jack Kornfield will be on hand on Saturday night for an intimate ticketed dinner, including meditation and readings from his upcoming book: "No Time Like The Present: Finding Freedom, Love and Joy Right Where You Are." The dinner, at a private home in Brentwood, is also a fund-raiser for InsightLA, which offers various programs to bring mindfulness training to communities throughout Los Angeles.
Info: 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m., May 13. $1,500 per person. Address to be provided after registration. Tickets and information: insightla.org or (310) 450-1821.