Sober Up, Float Down

A pattern has developed: Each time you’re given the precious gift of a three-day weekend, you ruin it. You don’t intend to self-destruct any more than Lennie meant to hurt those bunnies in Of Mice and Men; you simply get so excited that you can’t recognize limits. By Sunday — even though 48 hours remain before the Labor Day hijinks are up — you’ve morphed into a coagulated puddle of hangover. Maybe you need some yoga.

Strengthen your core, align your chi, and attempt to alleviate that pounding in your head as you unwind at the Yoga Month Health Festival, Miami (I Love Yoga Headquarters, 99 NW 166 St., Miami). The traveling fest promotes various aspects of healthy living and green culture through lectures, workshops, and by hosting a progressive vendor area. The fest is inhaling and then exhaling in ten different cities across the country during the month, but it has picked Miami as the Labor Day Weekend detox location. Feel those shots of tequila evaporate through your pores as Duncan Wong helps you combine elements of ashtanga flow and martial arts (5 to 7 p.m.). Purge your mental pathways from haunting memories of Friday and Saturday’s one-night-stands and locate inner peace during Rosa Santana’s class Beyond Asana (3 to 5 p.m.). Or simply shop your way to earthly contentment in the tantalizing vendor area. The Yoga Health Festival packs up its mats on Monday night, so you’ve got two days to regain your composure before you show up at your cube on Tuesday morning, still wearing last weekend’s eye make up. Tickets cost $88 for a weekend VIP pass and $25 for individual activities; proceeds benefit the Youth Health Alliance. Get the whole schedule at
Sun., Aug. 31, 2008

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Jamie Laughlin