23 Healthy Things to Do This Week

Including free yoga, a race on Spectacle Island, cooking classes, and more.


Fit on the Garden/Photo provided by Under Armour Boston

Monday, September 18

Yotel Meditation Mondays: Start your week on a calm note with guided Monday morning meditations on the Yotel’s rooftop.

$15, 8 a.m. Yotel, 65 Seaport Blvd., Boston, eventbrite.com.

Local Night at Whole Foods: Your go-to grocery store becomes a one-stop shop during Local Night. Sample the best food from around New England, hand-picked by the Whole Foods team.

Free, 4 p.m. Whole Foods, 348 Harrison Ave., Boston, wholefoodsmarket.com.

Fresh Truck’s First Annual Fundraiser: Be the first to see Fresh Truck’s revamped mobile farmers’ market while enjoying live music and snacking on Boston’s best eats.

$125, 6:30 p.m. Coppersmith, 40 West 3rd St., Boston, freshestinboston.com.

Science and Cooking Public Lectures: It’s back to school season, so learn about the art of fermentation from a Harvard faculty member and renowned food writer Sandor Katz.

Free, 7 p.m. Harvard Science Center, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge, harvard.edu.

Tuesday, September 19

Sweat, Sip, Support: Proceeds from this fusion workout meets networking event benefit Girls on the Run, a nonprofit that empowers girls in grades three through eight. There will be refreshments, socializing, raffles, and more.

$30, 6:30 p.m. Ink Block, 300 Harrison Ave., Boston, raceplanner.com.

Wednesday, September 20

Women’s Hormonal Health Workshop: Holistic nutritionist Jennifer Hanway will provide resources and recipes in this health class designed for women in their 20s, 30s, and beyond.

$25, 5:30 p.m. Boston Public Market Kitchen, 100 Hanover St., Boston, eventbrite.com.

Foam Rolling 101 at Marathon Sports: Not sure if you’re properly stretching your muscles or just clumsily rocking back and forth? Let clinicians from Post Physical Therapy guide you through effective foam rolling techniques.

Free, 6 p.m. Marathon Sports, 1638 Beacon St., Brookline, eventbrite.com.

Yoga Under the Stars: Head to the Street at Chestnut Hill for an outdoor evening yoga class led by YogaWorks. There will be a live DJ, refreshments from Juice Press and DavidsTea, and giveaways.

Free, 6:30 p.m. The Street at Chestnut Hill, 49 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, eventbrite.com.

Restore Yoga at Athleta: Relax and reflect while yogi Karen Fabian, the founder of Bare Bones Yoga, takes you through a series of meditation exercises and poses. The class takes place after hours, so don’t worry about shoppers passing by as you strike downward dog.

Free, 8 p.m. Athleta, 92 Newbury St., Boston, athleta.net.

MEM Tea/Photo by Ian Tartasky

MEM Tea/Photo by Ian Tartasky

Thursday, September 21

Sadhana Yoga Open House: To celebrate its first anniversary with owners Tatyana and David Souza, Sadhana Yoga will hold a day of free classes. From 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., every flow is free. Just sign up online.

Free, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sadhana Yoga, 18 Worcester St., Boston, sadhanaboston.com.

Free Dental Care for Veterans: As part of a national campaign, Aspen Dental will provide free dental cleanings to veterans all day long. Call 508-713-3462 to schedule an appointment.

Free, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, aspendental.com.

Tea Brewing Techniques: Crafting the perfect cup of tea is an exact science. At this workshop, you’ll master the different types of tea and learn how to manipulate temperature, time, and equipment to make the ultimate brew.

$15, 6:30 p.m. Mem Tea, 196 Elm St., North Cambridge, eventbrite.com.

Friday, September 22

Sweat n’ Style: New Balance will host a free dynamic outdoor workout incorporating hills, stairs, and more at its Brighton campus. You’ll also get refreshments and a shopping discount.

Free, 5:45 p.m. New Balance, 140 Guest St., Brighton, eventbrite.com.

How to Go Vegan and Stay Healthy: It’s time to revise your diet for a more sustainable future. Learn how to incorporate produce, grains, and legumes into your cooking for nutritious, filling meals.

Free, 6:30 p.m. Women’s Center, 46 Pleasant St., Cambridge, cambridgewomenscenter.org.

Saturday, September 23

Buddhist Meditation in Chinatown: Meditation helps lower your heart rate, clear your mind, and transform your stress into positive energy. Wake up bright and early to join the Dhammakaya Meditation Center for morning chants in the park.

Free, 8 a.m. Chinatown Gate, John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road, Boston, eventbrite.com.

Spectacle Island Run: Ferry over to Spectacle Island for the 2017 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Island Run. After finishing your five-mile or 5K race, enjoy a catered lunch and drinks on a boat cruise around Boston Harbor.

$50, 10 a.m. Seaport World Trade Center Terminal, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston, racemenu.com.

The Block at Seaport Common: Equinox is hosting a wellness festival on the Seaport Common, featuring group fitness classes, guided meditations, demonstrations from health leaders, a wellness marketplace, and nutritious food.

Free, 10 a.m. Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave., Boston, eventbrite.com.

Neighborhood Bike Ride Through Mattapan: Bond with other Boston residents as you explore Mattapan’s streets. The scenic ride will end at the Boston Nature Center, where bikers will enjoy lunch surrounded by lush greenery.

Free, 1 p.m. Mattapan MBTA Station, 500 River St., Mattapan, eventbrite.com.

Samaritans 5K Run/Walk: Jog along both sides of the Charles River to raise money for Samaritans, a nonprofit committed to lowering suicide rates. Afterward, enjoy a family-friendly festival with activities and prizes.

$35+, 10 a.m. Artesani Park, 1225 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, samaritanshope.org.

Oak Street Fair in Chinatown: Now in its 32nd year, the annual Oak Street Festival hosts health screenings, community resources, crafts, and games for all ages. Stick around for its most famous event, a watermelon eating contest.

Free, 11 a.m. Josiah Quincy Elementary School Playground, Oak St. and Shawmut Ave., Boston, bcnc.net.

More to Love Yoga/Photo provided

A More to Love Yoga Class. Photo by Emily Cassel/Scout Somerville

Sunday, September 24

Food Evolution Film Screening and Discussion: This movie will answer all your questions about GMOs, sustainability, and food waste. Stick around after the screening for a panel discussion with experts from Tufts and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

$12.25, 2 p.m. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, coolidge.org.

More to Love Yoga: Rachel Estapa, a yoga teacher and life coach, created More to Love to bring body positivity to women of all shapes and sizes. Great for beginners, this gentle class guarantees a supportive and non-judgmental environment.

$20, 11 a.m. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, moretolovewithrachel.com.

Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk: In one of Boston’s most famous walks, you get to choose between walking a marathon or a 5K. Last year, more than 9,000 participants raised $8.7 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Fundraising minimum of $300, 1:45 p.m. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, jimmyfundwalk.org.