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To Wipe Or Not To Wipe

Shari Eberts is a dedicated student, and regular practitioner, at Bikram Yoga NYC.

To wipe or not to wipe, that is the question. Now, don’t panic, I am talking about sweat! In Bikram yoga class! Sheesh. I am a closet wiper, but only on my face at a few key moments in class, otherwise I leave the sweat alone, letting it do its job to cool my body naturally, which is the recommended method. I would prefer to leave the sweat alone on my face as well, but sometimes self-care take precedence.

It’s hard to argue with the science of it. Sweat is the body’s primary method of cooling off in warm environments, but in order for the cooling effect to work, the water must evaporate. If it drips off or if you wipe it off, you will not benefit from the cooling action of the evaporation. I also enjoy the feel of the sweat on my body during class. It helps lubricate things when trying to wrap my leg in Eagle pose and gives me a visible sign of my hard work as the sweat drips from my fingertips between standing series postures. I even like the occasional drip of sweat on my lips, which lets me sneak a tiny sip of water (read “sweat”) before party time. The level of saltiness gives me a sense of how healthily I have eaten or not in the past few days.

Despite all that, I do dry my eyes and ears a couple of times during class. Teachers ask us to push ourselves, but only to the point that it is productive. If you can, you must, but if you have lost control of your breath, it is time to back out of a posture a little bit. Or if you are dizzy, it probably makes sense to sit out a posture or two. Self-care during class is important and that is why I wipe the sweat on my face. Let me explain.

I wear contact lenses and not only does the sweat sting my eyes, it can sometimes dislodge a lens. I would rather keep the sweat out of my eyes than be distracted by a roving contact lens during class. And I wear hearing aids deep inside my ears. I need to keep these as dry as possible so they don’t short out. That would make it hard for me to hear the dialogue during class, let alone all the other important sounds I need to hear throughout the day once class is over. I just can’t risk it.

Yoga isn’t perfect, and neither is my practice, but maybe that is what keeps me coming back. In so many ways, yoga is like life, and I believe in both, it is only through self-care that we can stay safe and grounded, while we continue to push ourselves forward, to enjoy, and to grow.

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Posture of the Week: Half-Moon

Half-Moon pose gives quick energy and vitality; improves and strengthens every muscle in the body’s core, especially in the abdomen; increases the flexibility of the spine; corrects bad posture; promotes proper kidney function; and helps to cure enlargement of the liver and spleen. It increases the flexibility and strength of the rectus abdominus, latissmus dorsi, oblique, deltoid and trapezius muscles. Half-Moon also firms and trims the waistline, hips, abdomen, buttocks and thighs.

Posture Tips:

  • Remember that when you do the Half-Hoon pose your body is not warmed up yet. You might not be able to bend sideways as much as you would like, so don’t be discouraged.
  • Keep your leg muscles and torso as engaged as much as possible when you bend sideways.
  • Keep your tailbone tucked under slightly when bending backwards. You should feel a lift in the chest not just in the lower back.
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Healthy Living: Just Salad & Bikram Yoga NYC

Fueling your body before class with nutrient rich foods, coupled with optimizing you hydration levels, is important to give you the energy needed for 90 minutes in the hot room. Some would argue refueling your body after class is even more important. Whatever the case, at Bikram Yoga NYC we support and endorse healthy living, not only though yoga, but by making it a lifestyle choice that touches on everything we consume.

Enter Just Salad.

Just Salad provides quality, healthy food in a responsible and affordable way. They offer a rotating list of local, in-season ingredients, with a lot of quality protein options including grass fed free-range beef, antibiotic-free chicken, sustainable seafood, and organic tofu. In addition to their quality product and drive to see a healthier planet, we found another bond between our companies: Each of our locations has a Just Salad outpost less than 2 blocks away!

So, we’ve teamed up for a promotion that gives Bikram Yoga NYC students 50% off their first online order using promo code BIKRAM50. Offer ends 10/9/15. Also, starting this Thursday you can find vouchers at all Bikram Yoga NYC locations that entitles you to a free reusable bowl. Bring this bowl to ANY Just Salad location and get 2 FREE essentials, 1 FREE cheese or 1 premium topping. Offer ends 11/30/2015.

Bikram Yoga NYC & Just Salad… Hot Yoga and Cool Salads.

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Fine Print
Offer ends 10/10/15 at 11:59 PM EST. Only valid for first-time customers on orderjustsalad.com. Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. Limit one per person. Must use Coupon Code: BIKRAM50. Minimum order: $8.99 before tax and tip. Orders cannot exceed $20 before discount.

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Teacher Feature: Blayne Zucker

Blayne Zucker decided to give Bikram Yoga a try in 2006 when she heard it was one of the best solutions for healing pattelar tendonitis. She discovered that after years of trying different solutions such as physical therapy and orthopedic steroid remedies to alleviate her knee pain, Bikram Yoga was the only cure! Blayne decided to combine her love for performing, teaching, and helping to heal people by becoming a certified Bikram Yoga instructor. She completed Teacher Training in the Fall of 2013, and is honored to be working both as a teacher and weekend manager for Bikram Yoga NYC!

Blayne on working through discomfort:

One of our biggest challenges in the hot yoga room and in life in general, is working through discomfort. When I finally learned to stay on my mat and breath through the discomfort, I was able to face uncomfortable situations in and out of the hot room much more effectively and productively. This is a lifetime practice of learning to find breath and relaxation within the discomfort.

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NEW: 75 Minute Classes

We are very excited to announce that starting October 1st, we’re changing a few classes on the schedule from 90 minutes to 75 minutes. We understand that your time is precious in the early AM, over the lunch hour and late at night. We’ve listened to your feedback and now we are ready to roll out these new classes! We hope to see you there and as always, encourage your feedback.

Stay Tuned!

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Teacher Feature: Amanda Baisinger

Amanda was born in Santa Cruz and grew up in Sunnyvale, CA. She moved to the East Coast to study music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, earning a BA in Professional Music. Amanda has several years experience teaching music and sings in NYC with her band.

She was introduced to Bikram Yoga by one of her voice students. After practicing for three years, she decided to go to teacher training, attending with her mom, who now teaches Bikram yoga in San Diego. Amanda has Type 1 Diabetes and manages her blood sugar levels with an insulin pump and a regular Bikram Yoga practice.

In 2012, Amanda took 1st place in the USA Yoga NY Regional Yoga Asana Championship for the routine below! To book a class with Amanda, please see her instructor page here.

Amanda Baisinger

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Pro Tips: Are you a heavy sweater?

We all sweat in class, but let’s face it, some of us sweat a lot more than others.

To understand sweating, we should first understand why humans naturally sweat. Your body contains about two to five million sweat glands embedded into your skin and located all over your body. These glands secrete different amounts of sweat depending on your physiological characteristics. For example, it’s well known that men’s sweat glands tend to secrete more sweat than women’s. But besides that, how much you sweat depends on some other things, too, like the temperature of the place you’re in, how hard you’re exercising, your level of anxiety and your weight. These are all natural differences in the human body. Our bodies, which are inherently different, react to temperature or exercise in different ways.[1]

With that out of the way, what are some of the ways you can be respectful to others, and the studio, while creating a small lake under your feet?

  • In Eagle pose, after bringing your arms above your head, bring them down slowly as you cross them and put your palms together. This will prevent you from splattering your neighbors from the sweat dripping down your arms as you spin them into place.
  • Keep all your towels on your mat, including your hand towel. Sometimes in full classes, students’ mats end up close to one another, be respectful to your neighbor by keeping your sweaty towels squarely on your mat.
  • After class, fold your towels into the center of your mat and use the mat to transport your wet towels directly to the used towels bin to prevent dripping on the flooring or any other students on your way out.

[1] Medical Daily

How to get your sweaty towels in the bin without dripping