Independence Day Weekend Schedule

We have schedule changes from this FRIDAY though MONDAY, July 4th. Due to limited class availability, please be sure to reserve in advance!

Teacher Feature: Yarrow Kae

What year did you attend training? Why did you go?

I went to training in Fall 2006. The funny thing is, I didn’t decide to go. I had been practicing for four and a half years when my mom decided I should go. I had been slated to go to law school, but decided I didn’t want to go. I began writing fiction and was practicing yoga. My mom saw that I had a real talent for the practice and the philosophy behind it. I had pushed her to go to class. And as her practice developed, she really wanted me to be a teacher.

I didn’t think it was “cool” enough. I wanted to be a tortured artist, not a giver of light and love. It wasn’t until I had been teaching for 8 years that I committed to being a full time teacher and healer. I wasn’t ready until then. I had to burn through image1some of my own emotional pain and learn to create with it before I was strong enough to fully commit to teaching. 

What is your favorite thing about being a Bikram Yoga instructor?

Watching others reap the healing benefits of yoga the way that I have. For years, I struggled with debilitating OCD and anxiety and this practice played a large role in healing it. I feel very fortunate to have had practices that allowed me to heal naturally.

Tell us about your own practice. Which posture is most challenging for you and how do you get through it?

It was the breath that was the most difficult for me. I was always very flexible and could fake my way through class, but it wasn’t until I learned to breathe properly that I began truly reaping the full range of benefits from my yoga practice. The breath grounded me, allowed me to surrender, and has helped me to heal. As a client of mine recently said, “This breath, its like magic. It’s so dumb. If only people knew it was so simple.”

What projects are you involved with?

I have developed a workshop called the “Alchemizing Pain Into Light” sessions. They are a combination of what I call my holy trinity of healing—yoga asana, meditation, and journal writing. It is through these three modalities that I have burned through image2my pain and been able to alchemize it into beauty, poetry, love, and light. It’s a continual process everyday.

The workshop is a combination of pranayama breathing techniques, chakra clearing, restorative postures, during which I tell my “pain” story, followed by an intensive vinyasa flow with an emphasis on backbends to open the heart chakra, a guided journal writing session and discussion then we end with a heart centered meditation.

It is my belief that it is our pain that tells our most powerful story. It is up to us to let it create our beauty rather than allow it to destroy us. With my workshops, I am offering a space where people can feel safe being vulnerable and expressing their pain so that they can get acquainted with it and use it to heal and give light to the world. 

As humans, we are masters of developing hiding mechanisms to avoid. Some examples of these are shopping, television, relationships, drugs, sex, and varying other numbing mechanisms to avoid dealing with our lives.

It is only through confronting our pain that we can create with it and once we are strong enough to create with it we are able to heal. There truly is poetry in our pain.

What are you currently reading or listening to? 

For my latest playlist go to: http://www.thesweatscene.com/tss-blog/2016/6/18/magic-dance-yoga-flow-playlist

I just finished reading The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks and it was phenomenal, life changing, actually.

Final words?

This practice is like magic. It allows us to unfold and discover ourselves in the most beautiful of ways. It helps us to train our minds so that we can become meditative and when we become meditative life flows more easily.

Where can we find you?

Writing poetry,  philosophizing, and dancing through life!
At www.rockandrollyogini.com
On Instagram @rockandrollyogini
On Facebook at Rock And Roll Yogini

Summer Annual 2016 Now On Sale

Our Summer Annual sale is here! Now through July 15th, purchase our annual (yearly) package for $1375 ($200 off). This package activates after first use, not the date of purchase. Lock in this season’s best rate on a full year of yoga and then activate when your current package expires, or you are ready to use it.

Questions? Drop us a line!

Note this package is available for purchase online (below), in studio and over the phone.

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Student Story: Robert Selzer

I returned to Bikram in late April after a 13-year break.  I have an autoimmune disease (Granulamatosis with Polyangiitis, aka Wegener’s disease) that affects my larynx and trachea.  I practiced regularly in 2002 and 2003 but fell off the wagon after undergoing a tracheotomy in 2003.  I always loved my practice and rued having stopped, but between work, my disease, my four kids, etc, I never found the time/courage to dive back in.   I underwent a laryngeal reconstruction in March and was struggling with the recovery when thanks to some gentle nudging from my beatific wife, I decided to get back to it.

Bikram works for me because the heat forces me to stay in the moment.  None of the postures are as difficult as breathing, or stillness, or staying in the room, so I don’t find myself rationing energy or thinking ahead.  I listen to the words and follow the instructions as closely as I can until I cannot.  Breathing and stillness take such great effort that I draw few distinctions between postures.  I don’t have a favorite or least favorite–to me it’s like asking if you’d rather be flogged with a green shillelagh or a blue one–but there are some postures that I feel as if I’m at least working the right muscles.  Standing bow-pulling, rabbit, and camel all feel more or less how I think they’re meant to be felt.  Triangle, tree, and fixed-firm are utter mysteries to me.

The UES 9:30 AM teachers are all excellent.  Yvette speaks quietly, which I love, because it sharpens my focus on the words, and no one is better at providing specific, personalized corrections and motivation without ignoring the rest of the group.  Mel’s classes are also a personal favorite.  She’s incredibly supportive and has great rhythm, which the latter may seem like an odd thing to praise in a yoga instructor, but to me it’s vital.

Bikram is hard.  I breathe loud and hard and often sweat drips into my trach which makes breathing harder and louder.  I’m conscious of this and try not to make too much of a racket and try not to feel too bad about the racket I’m making.  On both counts some days are better than others.

One thing about having a visible and obvious affliction is that others tend to feel more comfortable about sharing with you their own less obvious and/or invisible afflictions.  So when you have a visible and obvious affliction you tend to be in a better position to understand that we all have our shit.  It just so happens that my shit makes Bikram hard in an obvious way.  But it is no harder for me than for anyone else in the room.  

Every time I practice at Bikram Yoga NYC I feel as if I’m both making and keeping a promise to live better. It is humbling in the best way: a reminder that we have so far to go, but that we can do so much more than we think.  

Orlando Charity Class – June 26th

Please join us for a Silent yoga practice in remembrance of Orlando and in celebration of NYC Pride month this Sunday, June 26th, at 9am in the Flatiron studio.  Minimum donation is $25.  All proceeds from this class will benefit organizations directly assisting the Orlando healing effort and the LGBT community in New York City.  Riji Suh will lead this special practice to a playlist curated by Nick Graham. 

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International Day of Yoga 2016

International Yoga Day is celebrated annually on June 21 and was declared to be internationally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014. Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline that originated in India. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN Address suggested the date of June 21, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.

The idea of an International Yoga Day was first proposed by Narendra Modi during his speech at the UNGA, on September 27, 2014. He stated:

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” — Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly

Following this initial proposal, the UNGA held informal consultations on the draft resolution entitled “International Day of Yoga”, on October 14, 2014. The consultations were convened by the delegation of India.

On December 11, 2014, India’s Permanent Representative Asoke Mukherji introduced the draft resolution in UNGA. The draft text received broad support from 177 Member States who adopted the text without a vote. This initiative found support from many global leaders. A total of 175 nations co-sponsored the resolution and had the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature.

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Online Pre-Registration Capacity Update

By upping our online pre-registration capacity to 80% instead of our previous 67%, there will be more spots we can offer to our students online, and more of our students will feel secure knowing their spot in class is guaranteed. As a policy reminder, if you have pre-registered in advance, you must arrive at least 7 minutes before class begins, the spot will be given away to someone on the waitlist.

2 Month Summer Special for $239

Through June 30th, Bikram Yoga NYC is offering 2 months of anytime yoga for $239. The package activates after first use, not the date of purchase. So if you purchase anytime between now and the 30th and activate, that will afford you the entire summer (July + August) to practice at any Bikram Yoga NYC studio. Limited to 1 package per student.

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Yoga Factory Teacher Training 7/5 – 8/13

Our friends at the Yoga Factory in Annapolis Maryland are hosting a Teacher Training program for the 26+2 hot yoga posture sequence. One of the only East Coast Teacher Training programs this year, Annapolis is just a 3 hour train ride from Manhattan!

Overview

Yoga Factory provides the premier medically integrative training for the world famous 26&2 hot yoga sequence by uniting a highly qualified core group of teachers from the hatha yoga community to train others in the method. 

They provide training for aspiring hot yoga teachers who wish to learn to teach with compassion in a nurturing environment. Through thousands of hours of training, teaching, and running successful schools, Yoga Factory has refined the process to provide an exemplary teaching curriculum.

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Yoga Factory 300 Hour Certification will include:
  • Philosophy of Yoga & Teaching
    Anatomy of Yoga & Integrative Health
    Ethics of Teaching
    Business of Teaching & School Owning
    Teaching Techniques, Methodology & Practicum
    Practice – 2 classes per day

Upon completion of this six-week teacher training, new teachers will be able to:
  • Speak clearly and teach the sequence confidently in a public setting
    Correct students appropriately and compassionately
    Encourage a dedicated hatha yoga practice
    Greet students professionally and converse with students in an auspicious manner
    Speak intelligently about the mental and physical benefits of yoga
    Maintain and grow a continued awareness of their personal yoga practice.

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Teacher Feature: Upkar Vaid

What year did you attend training? Why did you go?

I went to training in the Fall of 2008 in Acapulco, Mexico. I love this yoga, it saved my life in many ways and opened me to possibilities that I never imagined. I wanted to teach and pass on what I love.

IMG_6016What is your favorite thing about being a Bikram Yoga instructor?

Leading students to realizing their power and true potential!

Tell us about your own practice. Which posture is most challenging for you and how do you get through it?

Standing head to knee pose is most challenging for me. My mantra during that posture is never give up, lock my knee.

Outside of yoga, what projects are you involved with? What do you do for fun?

I have very little down time because I have a toddler, but when I do have time, I enjoy spending it with loved ones!

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote or saying?

 Yoga is effort. Only practice is important. The rest of knowledge is only theory. Guruji BKS Iyengar

What are you currently reading or listening to?

Radiohead, Moon Shaped Pool

Any final words?

No matter what your outcome in your practice, do it again, and again, and again.

Upkar's Routine at the 2012 Championship