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72 Hour Sale: 20 Class Card

Through Sunday, January 31st, pick up 20 classes for $295.

NEW and notable for this sale — THIS PACKAGE DOES NOT HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE! Each class with this package averages to $14.75 and is a great fit for any student, particularly those who travel in and out of town frequently.

Please note this package activates after first use, NOT the date of purchase. Pick up this deal before this Sunday, January 31 and activate it at anytime. If you have a current package with us, this package will remain unused until your current package is finished.

This sale has ended

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Teacher Feature: Pejman Akbari

Pejman (PJ) Akbari began practicing Bikram Yoga in 2007 when he was suffering from back and neck pain due to years of office work, stress, and misalignment. At that time, he was a full-time professor of Aerospace Engineering in New York City.

After observing so many physical and psychological benefits, PJ quickly evolved his Yoga practice to a high degree and decided to switch his engineering career to become a Bikram Yoga teacher and share this unique practice with other people who are suffering from physical and mental discomfort.

When I am at work, I might not be the best one among my genius colleagues and sometimes I feel vulnerable, but when I am at my mat doing Bikram Yoga, I know I am the best because I am doing the hardest thing in the world!

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Posture of the Week: Cobra Pose

One of the best ways to maintain the body in perfect condition. It increases spinal strength and flexibility, helps prevent lower backache, and helps cure lumbago, rheumatism, and arthritis of the spine. It also relieves menstrual problems (irregularity, cramps, backache), cures loss of appetite, helps correct bad posture, and improves the functioning of the liver and spleen. The Cobra strengthens the deltoids, trapezius, and triceps.

3 Tips for Cobra Pose:

  • The most common problem we see when students complete this posture is that they do not bring their upper body off the floor high enough. Although students are told not to use arm strength to left their body off the floor, it may be necessary to put pressure on your hands to assist you.
  • It is important to engage all your muscles in your lower body (gluts, thighs) to make it easier to lift your upper body in the air.
  • Do not forget that where your eyes go your body follows so the more you look up and back the more you will arch the upper spine which we are trying to access for maximum benefits.

BLIZZARD CANCELLATIONS

Due to today’s blizzard we have a few cancellations to report. Please note the following classes are CANCELLED:

TODAY (1/23)
Flatiron – 6pm
Midtown – 5pm
UES – 6:45pm
UWS – 7pm

TOMORROW (1/24)
Flatiron – 8am
UES – 8am
UWS – 7am

Please refresh this page for updates.

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Posture of the Week: Wind Removing Pose

Wind Removing post helps prevents flatulence, which is the source of most chronic abdominal discomforts. It improves the flexibility of the hip joints and firms the abdomen, thighs, and hips. Strengthens the bicep and tricep muscles of the upper arms and all the muscles of the forearm.

3 Tips for this Posture:

  • The tendency is to take your time to get into the posture, but students receive greater benefits when getting into this posture quickly and staying in it longer
  • Use your arm strength evenly so you don’t roll to one side. Do your best to get both shoulders on the ground
  • In order to keep the back of your neck on the floor look with your eyes down the center line of your body
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February Schedule Changes

FEBRUARY 1ST UPDATES

We have several schedule changes that will be effective February 1st.

We heard requests from many of you regarding the early morning schedule at UES and have made changes accordingly. The following will be the new Monday-Friday schedule at UES for the first 3 classes of the day:

M/W/F
  • 6:00am (75 min)
  • 8:am (90 min)
  • 9:30 (90 min)
T/TH
  • 6:00am (90 min)
  • 9am (60 min)
  • 9:30 (90 min)

$10 Classes Update

Starting February 1st our $10 classes will now be $12, and some of the times are changing, please check the schedule next week for updates .

1 Hour Classes

We have added 2 more weekly 60 minute classes to the schedule.
  • Wednesdays at 2pm – Upper West Side (Emily Faurholt)
  • Thursday at 7:30pm – Flatiron (Maayan Yefet)
  • Saturday at 10am  – Flatiron (Omri Kleinberger)
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Valentines Day Partners Workshop

Profile4-2-Edit-Edit-EditWe are incredibly thrilled to have Francisco Morales-Bermudez join us on Sunday, February 14th for a partners workshop at Bikram Yoga NYC Flatiron! Francisco travels the world bringing his workshop to countries like Japan, Peru, Denmark, Morocco and Mexico and this will be the first time it’s being offered in NYC!

Please note this is an all-levels class and no previous partners yoga experience is necessary. Don’t have a partner to come with? That’s OK! Francisco will team you up with someone at the studio. Have questions? Email us!

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

synergypicAll partner stretching, massage, strengthening, and flying techniques have tremendous healing and therapeutic benefits; physically and emotionally. Synergy classes teach these methods and techniques for people of all levels of ability.

WHAT’S A CLASS LIKE?

Each class consists of group circles, creative movement and warm up exercises, flying, partner stretches, strengthening exercises and thai massage. It is a 90 minute class and a space for students to slowly but consistently build on:

  • the physical skills of partner yoga:
    flexibility, strength, massage techniques, balance, and partner-assisting skills
  • the energetic attributes of the practice:
    trust, communication, playfulness, connection, listening, healing touch

While always inspiring a sense of community and unity.

PHILOSOPHY

464160570_1280x720Our philosophy emphasizes listening, compassion and understanding as important and essential pieces of the Synergy practice. Francisco is trained to listen to the needs of his students in order to understand and move at their level. Classes will aim to challenge your strength, flexibility, and communication skills in a healing environment.

Valentine’s Day Partners Workshop
Sunday, February 14th – 1:30 to 4pm
182 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor
$50 Pre-Registration Only
Includes mat and towels

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About Francisco

Francisco Morales-Bermudez founded Synergy Partner Yoga in 2005. Since then his mission has been to share this practice in order to assist people in alleviating pain in their bodies, maintaining physical well-being and cultivating trust, connection and a playful vibration.

Francisco grew up in Lima, Peru where he spent time in the ocean, playing soccer and becoming intrigued with healing touch. His intrigue turned into a passion and for many years he studied and learned from different art forms and exercise systems.

Francisco studied: creative movement through afro-peruvian folkloric dances and performances & breakdancing yoga “School of Life” yoga ashram with Victor Landa, Bikram yoga, yoga with Dharma Mittra and Rusty Wells. He also studied capoeira angola (an afro-brazilian martial art) with Mestre Cobra Mansa healing touch & thai massage with Kam Thye Chow. These experiences contributed to the formation of Synergy Partner Yoga today.

Francisco discovered that by creating a practice that brought together aspects of the art forms he studied, cultivated the space for healing. A healing that affected people emotionally, physically and spiritually in a profoundly positive way. Seeing how this practice changed his life and how it built community, transformed the way people relate and interact with each other, he decided to make it his mission to share what he had learned with as many people as possible.

Today Synergy has traveled to homes, studios and families around the Globe. It continues to expand and touch peoples lives through the growing, dedicated Synergy Teacher family, supported and guided by Francisco. Francisco conducts workshops, classes, teacher trainings, and continues to learn, evolve and grow through developing Synergy Partner Yoga as well as from the people he meets and the places on his life journey.

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Student Stories: David Levin

IMG_0605-(002)Almost 15 years ago, on Sunday, February 11th, 2001 I took a deep breath and walked up a flight of stairs to the original West 72nd  Street studio to attend my first Bikram Yoga class. A business colleague had raved about this hot yoga practice and told me it was life changing.  He said that it would not only alleviate my stress in the business of representing entertainers and athletes,  but I would lose weight, escape from my blackberry and cell phone for an hour and a half and possibly find myself again, after having been somewhat lost for years in the agony (and ecstasy) of living and working in NYC.

So there it began. And 90 minutes later, soaking wet, exhausted and out of breath (and overweight), I was hooked and knew I had found something special. Many of the people that stood near me in that first class are still at the Bikram Yoga NYC studios to this day and I smile each time I see them in class. My most memorable class was on September 12, 2001, the day after the terrorist attacks on NYC. The room was not only filled with sweat, but with heartache, tears, anger and trepidation but most of all there was genuine hope and love for each other, for NYC and for the unfortunate families who lost loved ones. To be embraced by this yoga community on this horrific day was indescribable and it will forever be etched in my mind.

Having Bikram Yoga in my life and being part of the Bikram Yoga NYC community has been rewarding beyond words, not to mention the cosmetic effects of a 30-40 pound weight loss and a daily 105 degree (or more !) facial. This practice has given me balance in my life, kept me on a daily healthy path and taught me spiritual and life lessons that I believe have made me a better human being.

There are too many teachers to thank for guiding me over the 15 years but I must thank my first teachers –  Emily Weinberg, Mike McArdle and the incomparable Georgia Ballagian for their inspiration and  Donna and Jen for providing this sanctuary for our Bikram practice. I have practiced around the world and it is always great to come home to my (almost) daily practice at Bikram Yoga NYC.

To conclude I must mention my friend and teacher, Kathryn Leary. In her spiritual Bikram class she quotes so eloquently various philosophers and I have taken many of these brilliant statements to heart and they have become personal mantras. I would like to share the following two which have resonated most in my life:

Rumi: “What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs.”

Buddha: “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go  of things not meant for you.”

And as for my favorite posture…. that’s easy –  party time ! (or any posture when Angela is by my side?).

See you all soon in the hot room.

Namaste.
David

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6 Reasons to Make Bikram Yoga a Priority in 2016

It’s common in January for regular students (and new students alike) to commit to making Bikram Yoga regular part of their lives in the New Year. While some of the items in our list below are obvious, others might not be.

Do you plan to make a habit of regular visits to Bikram Yoga NYC in 2016? We hope so!

1) DETOXIFICATION

The heated environment in which Bikram Yoga is practiced promotes detoxification through sweating, and sweating is great on so many levels. It clears pores, smoothes skin, removes bloating and water weight, promotes weight loss and eliminates toxins that have been ingested.

2) IMPROVED MENTAL CLARITY

Everyone knows Bikram Yoga is good for strength, flexibility and overall physical health, but the benefits extend far beyond that in terms of the mental benefits our students report seeing when making the yoga a regular part of their lives. Indeed the assertion is backed up by medical science!

3) INCREASED STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY

Bikram Yoga is mainly comprised of 3 things: 1) Balance 2) Strength and 3) Flexibility. It’s often the case that students are strong in one area and have room for improvement in others. With a regular practice, stronger students become more flexible, those without much balance see increased strength and already bendy yogis are able to focus on improving balance.

4) DEAL WITH REAL LIFE ISSUES MORE CALMLY

Working though 26 postures in 100+ degree heat requires a lot of fortitude and concentration. It also requires that you think calmly about your decision making process. “Do I push through or should I take a break?” A lot of that thinking can translate to your work, love and family life. Incorporating Bikram Yoga in your life benefits you and everyone around you.

5) LOOK BETTER NAKED

Everyone knows that incorporating Bikram Yoga in your life is great for leading a healthy lifestyle. It has very real benefits for weight loss, detoxification, improved strength, balance and flexibility, which usually make for a better looking body. However maintaining a regular practice also provides practitioners confidence. Confidence in life, with work, in love and yes, when you are naked in front of the mirror.

6) WE OFFER 300 CLASSES A WEEK LED BY 50+ INCREDIBLE INSTRUCTORS

Bikram Yoga NYC is proud to offer a huge variety of classes at 4 Manhattan locations, in 7 yoga rooms, that are led by an amaing team of 50+ instructors. We offer state of the art booking through our website and mobile app, offer 60/75/90 minute classes, lots of workshop options and plenty of studio amenities. With all that variety, we hope that making us part of your life in 2016 is as easy as possible.

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Posture of the Week: Savasana

Savasana promotes blood flow and lets circulation return to normal, creating internal cleansing and greatly magnifying the benefits of the postures that precede it. It also teaches complete relaxation.

Here’s 3 tips to help with this important posture:

  • When you get to the floor and relax in Savasana the tendency is to want to close your eyes. Try to find something on the ceiling to focus on to help you keep your eyes open.
  • Be disciplined during your Savasana and notice even the smallest of movement. Try each time you arrive in Savasana to truly stay still.
  • Focus your mind on your breath and you will be on the way to learning how to meditate.