It's a Stretch


Yoga intimidates me. I'd like to sling one of those trendy purple foam mats over my shoulder and lotus my way to inner peace and thinner thighs. But I have a touch of skepticism and stiff joints--both thanks to my father's genes. But when I chatted with Tzivia Stein-Barrett, a certified yoga instructor, I have to admit that my apprehension faded a little. During her art-centered yoga classes at the Bath House Cultural Center, which take place every third Saturday of the month, Stein-Barrett uses the venue's art to inspire poetry. Then she translates her poems into choreography. Art and poetry? Ah, something I can relate to--keep talking, Tzivia. She also said she welcomes suggestions, encouraging students to use their own self-expression. So far so good, but would she really want to see my version of a frog pose? Starting at 11 a.m., her March 19 class promises to be an "ethereal" experience. The Bath House is located at 521 E. Lawther Drive in Dallas. Call 214-232-5159. --Jenice Johnson

Eye for Nature

Contrary to some beliefs, Texas Buckeye in the Great Trinity Forest is a leafy shrub, not a milky-eyed, three-legged chow with an appetite for Dallas Observer columnists. Parts of the forest are very safe, with stunning natural beauty if you know where to look. Tour guide Jim Flood can prove it. He leads walks through the forest, pointing out the floral and feathered--not fanged, feral and furry. The 26th Annual Texas Buckeye Trail Walk is every half-hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 20 in the Great Trinity Forest. Admission is free. Travel south on Interstate 45, take US-175 and exit on Bexar Street. Walks begin at the south end of Bexar Street. Call 214-353-9984. --Stephanie Durham

Bug Off

Bugs are gross, we say. We're still traumatized from watching a boy stick a spider down our best friend's shirt at the water fountain in third grade. (Actually, boys are gross, too.) To be fair, insectophobia (it's real, people) is usually a learned behavior. We learned that we don't like cockroaches; there are just too many movies out there in which those suckers can talk. We've also learned that ladybugs are cute, assassin bugs eat other more icky bugs and there is something exhilarating about getting butterflies in your stomach (not literally). Learn how to distinguish between the predator and prey of the six-legged kingdom when Gail Manning, staff entomologist and director of education at Texas Discovery Gardens, leads a guided Insect Safari at 10 a.m. Saturday at 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, $1.50 for children ages 3 to 11 and free for children under 3. Call 214-428-7476 or visit --Danna Berger

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