2017 Solstice in Times Square

A huge thanks to everyone who joined us in person, in spirit or watched live online! Below is our full class from 1:30pm today.

Marking our 9th consecutive year of participation in the event, we’re thrilled to announce our class at the Solstice in Times Square: Mind over Madness Yoga presented by Aerie. Come find your center at the Crossroads of the World! To celebrate, we offering 20% off most packages, today only using promo code SOLSTICE at checkout.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THOUSANDS OF YOGIS WILL FIND THEIR CENTER AT THE CROSSROADS OF THE WORLD DURING SOLSTICE IN TIMES SQUARE: MIND OVER MADNESS YOGA, PRESENTED BY AERIE

Registration Now Open For Free All-day Outdoor Yoga Event

New York, NY (June 1, 2017) – The Times Square Alliance today announced the return of Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga Presented by Aerie – a day of free yoga classes to celebrate the longest day of the year and beginning of the summer season – on Wednesday, June 21st. Starting today, people can register at www.TimesSquareNYC.org/Solstice  for classes beginning at 7:30 a.m. and continuing until 8:30 p.m., just after sunset.

“At Solstice in Times Square, we invite participants to find peace and tranquility beside the mixture of sights, sounds and endless energy of Times Square,” said Tim Tompkins, President of Times Square Alliance and co-founder of the event. “Even at a time when it seems impossible, one can, and should, take a moment to find harmony within their mind, body, and the world around them.”

“Thousands of yoga practitioners come to Summer Solstice in Times Square/Mind over Madness Yoga to cut through the noise of inner unsteadiness and outer distractions to bathe in their own deeper stillness,” said Douglass Stewart, co-founder of Solstice in Times Square.

“Aerie is so excited to sponsor this year’s Solstice in Times Square,” said Jen Foyle, Global Brand President of Aerie. “The #AerieREAL message is our commitment to empowering everyone to feel happy, healthy and confident inside and out. This event is an amazing way to share our message and empower thousands of yogis to love their REAL selves.”

Yogis of every skill level will have the opportunity to participate in seven free yoga sessions throughout the day on June 21st and visit the Yoga Village between 44th and 45th Streets, which will feature booths, giveaways, and activities.  Aerie will be present in the Yoga Village with free flash tattoos, refreshments, and a photo booth where yogis can snap a video for a chance to be featured on the billboard on the American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie store. At the store, visitors can also stock up on leggings from their Chill. Play. Move.™ collection, plus get free personalization that day only.

Situated at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue between 42nd & 47th Streets, the yoga sessions will include:

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: instructed by Douglass Stewart
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: instructed by Sarah Finger
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: #AerieREAL Empowered Flow with Catherine Gignac
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Bikram Yoga with Jen Lobo and Donna Rubin
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: instructed by Aditi Shah and Rachel Cohen
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: instructed by Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee
  • 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: LUNA Deep House Yoga with Lauren Taus and DJ Tasha Blank

Detailed instructor bios can be found at www.TimesSquareNYC.org/Solstice. On June 21st, registered participants who attend will receive a free yoga mat courtesy of Aerie. Footage from classes will also be shown on the American Eagle screen at 46th Street and Broadway.          

Participants and those unable to attend the event are also encouraged to upload yoga photos and tag them with #SolsticeTSq across various social media platforms, and follow live coverage and join conversations on Facebook.com/TimesSquareNYC,  @TimesSquareNYC on Twitter and @TimesSquareNYC on Instagram.

The Alliance has once again partnered with Yoga Journal (www.YogaJournal.com) to reach yoga enthusiasts on and off the mat. Additional sponsors include LUNA; Rodan + Fields®; Essentia; National Mango Board; and Wasa.

Solstice in Times Square has partnered with Times Square’s own Hotel Edison, a Triumph Hotel, to help yogis from afar make the pilgrimage to Times Square for Mind Over Madness Yoga.

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June 2017: What’s Hot

June 1 – Reservation Cancellations

A reminder that our new cancellation window goes into effect today. Online cancellations will no longer be available less than 3 hours before a class begins. Please note that if  you are on an unlimited packages and do not cancel 3 hours in advance you will be charged a $10 fee. If you have a class class card package, not canceling before the 3 hour window will result in the loss of a class. We understand that sometimes you might be stuck at work or in transit and if so, please do your best contact us via email or phone before class.

June 10 – Family Fun Day at Just Salad

Our friends at Just Salad Upper East Side are hosting a Family Fun Day at 1471 3rd Ave (at 83rd Street – directly opposite the studio). In addition to raffles, free smoothies, Just Salad swag and more, kids under 10 eat free from Noon to 3pm. We’ve sponsored the event alongside SoulCycle and Athleta, so swing by for a chance to win some great prizes.

June 19 – Summer Schedule

As we do every year, we’re transitioning to a modified summer schedule beginning on Monday, June 19th. Please look for signs at the studios or check with a manager for more information. Please remember that your package may be used at any of our 4 Manhattan locations. We’re doing our best to accommodate everyone with the schedule, but if you have any questions or concerns please let us know. 

June 19 – Hot Vinyasa

We’re really excited to begin offering Hot Vinyasa classes starting June 19th! Hot Vinyasa is a vigorous class, combining upper body strength, flexibility and cardio and is designed for students of all levels seeking a challenge. Postures are linked together and move smoothly from one pose into the next. You will develop core strength, upper body strength, flexibility in the shoulders, legs and spine plus improved concentration in this class.

June 21 – Summer Solstice

Find your center at the Crossroads of the World! Each year, thousands of yogis from around the world travel to Times Square to celebrate the Summer Solstice with free yoga classes in the heart of New York City. On the northern hemisphere’s longest day of the year, become part of this global celebration with one of the classes taking place all day long. At a total capacity of 12,000, we have enough room in our 1:30pm class to make a world record!

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June 1 to June 30 – Summer Sale

Throughout the month of June we’re offering 2 Months of Unlimited classes on sale for $299. Valid through August 31st, this is the perfect package to help get ready for the summer and then stay in shape all summer long. The package is available online via our website (below), in the app or by asking at the front desk. Please note this package activates after first use (not the date of purchase) and is valid for a full 2 months after that.

 

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Your Well-Being is our #1 Priority

Donna Rubin and Jen Lobo opened BYNYC nearly 18 years ago with the goal of improving the overall well-being of New Yorkers. As the first boutique fitness studio in NYC there was no roadmap for how to manage a studio so in the beginning our policies, guidelines and etiquette came about on an as-needed basis.

As a studio that specializes in classes that take place in warm and humid environments, managing the heat, airflow and humidity took on huge importance when the Midtown studio opened in August 1999. While managing those aspects of a room’s environment are pretty straight forward with the technologies available to us, students have always been a variable we can’t anticipate.

We take pride in the fact that each BYNYC instructor is CPR certified, that we have ongoing continuing education, that we communicate and meet regularly, with student safety frequently discussed. On that note, as we move into Summer ’17, our instructors are taking on a greater role as it relates to the observable conditions of our students.

Observable Condition

Since opening we’ve said “if you’re feeling dizzy or nauseas, please sit or lie down until you’re feeling better.” Today, we’re taking that policy a step further. For your overall safety and well-being, our instructors have been requested to ask students to step outside to cool their bodies down if they appear unwell. If you appear to be struggling or otherwise not participating in class,  you may be asked to leave temporarily in order to recuperate. Please sit right outside the door so the teacher can keep an eye on you. When you’re feeling better, at the teacher’s discretion you may come back in join the class.

Participation vs Non-Participation

We want to be clear that being asked to step outside the classroom is not punishment, it’s simply a condition that our instructors are able to observe. We highly encourage you to take a break if you are not feeling well. Taking a break is a signal to you, and us, that you need to slow down a bit and rest.

Sometimes as a practitioner, you may think that you are OK or WILL be OK, but the instructor is trained to look out for signs that may indicate otherwise.  Here are some things to look out for:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Cramping
  • Headache
  • Light-headedness
  • Feeling Dehydrated
  • Any numbness of limbs
  • Loss of color

Being Prepared

There are ways to insure you have the best possible experience in a class with us and we encourage you to include these activities as part of a regular life pattern, as their benefits go well beyond our studio walls:

  • Hydration – Being properly hydrated heading into a class in a warm and humid environment where you’ll be sweating is more than just drinking water. Pre and post class replenishment of electrolytes is critical.
  • Meals – We do not recommend taking class on a completely empty stomach, or if it’s been greater than 7 hours since a meal. We recommend foods that are hydrating 1-2 hours before class such as watermelon, grapes or cantaloupe.
  • Rest – Anyone will tell you that sleep and overall rest are key to clarity of mind and physical performance. If you don’t feel properly rested, we recommend skipping class and coming to visit when you are.
  • Injuries – Before each class our instructors ask the room if anyone has an injury they should know about, and for good reason. Please share this with your instructor privately in the lobby or when asked before class.
  • Stress – Try to be self-aware if you have a high level of stress walking in to a class. Stress has a high impact on your hormones and can effect your performance in class. Try to arrive early and take a 10 minute savasana.
  • Apparel – Wearing the appropriate amount of breathable fabric will help your body self-cool. We recommend a jog-bra and/or tank with shorts or leggings for women. Just shorts and an optional loose tank for men.
  • Research – Before taking a class for the first time, take the time to read the class details including length, posture types, and heat level so you’re aware of the environment you’re entering.

These policies and tips are offered with your well-being in mind. Sometimes in class students can become unaware of their own condition and push a bit too hard and we are here to help. Remember, it’s never a problem to sit down, lie down, leave the room or otherwise ask for help!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Namaste.

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3 Hour Cancellation Window

iphonebookingIn mid-April we began including notices in our reservation confirmation emails that our window to cancel a class is changing from 1 hour to 3 hours. We’ve found that 1 hour is not enough time for students who are on a waitlist to be fully prepared to visit.

Beginning June 1st, online cancellations will no longer be available less than 3 hours before a class begins. For example, if a class is taking place at Noon, the cancellation window will close at 9:00am. Please note that if  you are on an unlimited packages and do not cancel 3 hours in advance you will be charged a $10 fee. If you have a class class card package, not canceling before the 3 hour window will result in the loss of a class.

We understand there are often circumstances that may occur within the 3 hour window that are beyond your control. If there is situation within the 3 hour window that will prevent you from attending class, please call or email us. As long as you’ve made an effort to advise us you can not attend a previously booked class, the fee or docked class will be waived.

Memorial Day Weekend Cancellations

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

All 4 BYNYC locations are open this weekend and Monday, Memorial Day, but we do have a few cancellations to report. To see the cancellations per studio on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, please choose a studio below to be taken to the upcoming schedule for that location.

 

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Healthy Living: Hydrate with Food

Summer may be coming to an end, but it’s still hot and steamy outside (and inside!) the studio. While you are working on your flexibility, hydration becomes a key component of your wellness. Are you drinking plenty of water, but still find yourself parched? This is your body’s way of telling you that you need to eat, not just drink your water. According to the Institute of Medicine, 20% of your daily water consumption needs to come from food.

Foods to Eat

There are many foods that contain water, but there are a few standouts that you need to eat right now. These include cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, celery, tomatoes and zucchini. Each has at least 90% water weight and also carry a nutrient punch that doesn’t come from water or sports drinks alone.

Yes, water is crucial for survival and healthy functioning of your body, but without the nutrients found in the following hydrating foods, you are missing out on important vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The great news is that these fruit and veggies are in season, so hit a farmers market and stock up:

  • Cucumbers provide fiber and Vitamin C. Blend them in a smoothie, add to salads or soup or if you enjoy snacking on them alone, try dipping them in hummus for an extra satisfying snack.
  • Watermelon not only contains Vitamin C, it also contains lycopene, an antioxidant that helps fight cancer. Watermelon contains some of the highest levels of this antioxidant, providing around 12 milligrams per standard size wedge.
  • Cantaloupe has been called a ‘beauty fruit” for a good reason, it provides 100% daily requirement for Vitamin A and C, both crucial for healthy skin. There are endless way to eat it, but I like to blend it in smoothies, add it to salads or dip it in yogurt.
  • Celery is chock full of water and fiber, two things that help keeping you healthy and full. A great electrolyte food, just a couple stalks of celery can restore the lost sodium, potassium and magnesium levels in athletes.
  • Tomatoes are versatile and incredibly hydrating! They contain Vitamins A and C, folic acid, and lycopene. Chop them up and add them to your salad, eat them with satisfying mozzarella cheese or make a gazpacho.
  • Zucchini are a great weight loss food because they are low in calories but provide a feeling of lasting fullness. While zucchini is 95% water, some of it is lost when cooked, which is how most people eat this fruit (yes fruit!). My favorite way to enjoy zucchini is to make raw zoodles. So take out your spiralizer, make zucchini pasta, mix it with pesto, top with clean protein and you have a meal that takes no time to make.

Hydrate the Right Way

The next time you have worked up a sweat and are feeling great, keep that feeling going by heading home and making my Watermelon Cooler smoothie. It will restore you with electrolytes for that well-nourished and well-hydrated feeling.

Watermelon Cooler recipe

  • 3 cups watermelon
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • juice from 1/2 lemon

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy feeling instantly hydrated!

Donna Rubin’s “An Improbable Dream” Wins at Awards Show

Co-Produced by Donna Rubin, An Improbable Dream is a documentary film that looks back at a select group of dancers from Canada’s National Ballet School in 1981. The film has recently won 3 awards at the New York Festivals Worlds Best TV & Films 2017 Awards, including:

  • Gold World Medal – Best Direction
  • Gold World Medal – Performing Arts Special
  • Silver World Medal – Best Original Music/Lyrics

The film also won a Bronze Medal at the 2017 Telly Awards.

Donna Rubin is a co-founder and instructor at Bikram Yoga NYC and has been teaching the Bikram method for 18 years. Prior to life in yoga she was professional dancer, performing with the National Ballet of Canada in the role of Meg Giry in the original Canadian company of Phantom of the Opera and later made her Broadway debut in Carousel at Lincoln Center.

Donna’s career started at Canada’s National Ballet School in 1979. 37 years later, renowned Director Lionel Chetwynd took to directing “An Improbable Dream” which looks back at these formative years in Donna’s life.

Film Synopsis

An Improbable Dream is a no-host documentary that examines the lives, from the ages of 10 to mid-50s, of several members of the National Ballet School of Canada’s Class of 1981. Painstakingly reconstructing fragments of archival film and personal records, An Improbable Dream offers a panoramic view of the discipline and dedication required from a very early age if one is to fulfill the dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer. The Class of 1981 included a broad cross-section of dancers, from those who would become world renowned, to those who would cut short their training. The documentary also examines the brevity of these athletes’ playing careers, offering a deeper understanding of the price exacted for the highest levels of success, be it as a dancer, hockey player, Olympic athlete – or any pursuit that requires the mythical “10,000 hours” of training.

Here at Bikram Yoga NYC we could not be more proud of Donna’s life accomplishments, including but not limited to these recent rewards. We caught up with Donna recently to ask about her schooling at the NBS and her involvement with this film. 

BYNYC: What made you decide to produce your own documentary 

DR: I found it strange that over the years when ever there was a school reunion practically none of my classmates wanted to go. I thought it would be interesting to have a heart to heart and see what everyone else’s experiences were. I was able to get a majority of my classmates to attend the 50th anniversary of the school in part because I told them I wanted to do a documentary. I was so happy to have my class mate Catherine agree to do the project with me and thankful that all of us were willing to share their stories. 

BYNYC: How long did it take to film? 

DR: We organized all the filming to be done over the course of the reunion weekend. We were scheduled to the t but it all worked out. Once we got to the point where CBC Canada bought it we actually did some additional filming to make the ending more current. 

BYNYC: Did making this film bring you and your classmates closer together? 

DR: The best part of making this film was being able to reconnect with all our classmates. We now live in many different cities but we are much more connected. The weekend was very healing for everyone. We got to speak about things that we were afraid to say when we were kids. We also found things out about each other that we never knew. It was as if no time had passed while sitting together and sharing our experiences. 

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10 Reasons To Practice This Summer

Summer is here, and so is our list of 10 reasons why you should maintain an active Bikram Yoga practice this season. Of course you already know it makes you feel great, but sometimes it’s challenging to motivate when it’s already warm outside.

1) Be fit for summer activities

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Practicing Bikram Yoga in the summer keeps your body strong and flexible so you can enjoy and recoup from other activities like cycling, running, frisbee, golf, surfing and more. Beach body season is here!

 

2) That guilt free second scoop

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One of the best things about maintaining a summer practice is not only enjoying guilt free ice cream, but ordering a double scoop without a second thought. 

 

3) Your body is already loose

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Students tend to see more constructive progress in their practice during the summer due less fluctuation between the temperature inside the room and out. Coming to class in 30 degree weather makes it more challenging to loosen up than arriving in shorts and a tee shirt with 80 degree temps outside.

 

4) It strengthens your heat tolerance

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Just as applicable for those who are active outside the yoga room (runners, tennis players, cyclists, etc.) as it is for those who are simply outdoors – maintaining your practice the summer will strengthen your tolerance for the heat. You’ll just smile when friends say it’s too hot or humid outside. 

 

5) You’ll be encouraged to eat right

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Hot weather isn’t conducive to eating heavy or greasy foods, and by working hard in the hot room, you won’t want to “ruin” all that effort. Try a watermelon, feta, red onion and balsamic salad after class. Not only is it hydrating with the watermelon, but also has protein and minerals; plus a nice sodium factor. 

 

6) It’ll keep you hydrated

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Being an active Bikram Yoga practitioner during summer months forces you to maintain your hydration levels by drinking water before, during and after class. And as important as that is, be sure to keep your electrolytes up too!

 

7) Keeps you feeling cool on hot days

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When you maintain your practice over the summer months, the actual temperatures in July and August seem significantly less then they actually are. 90 degree weather can sometimes feel refreshing after class.

 

8) Be a champ on the subway platform

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Stay acclimated to the heat for when you’re stuck on a crowded underground subway platform. While everyone is miserable, complaining and sweating it out, the temperature is something you’re already used to. 

 

9) Stay loose until your next class

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Summer heat prolongs the benefits of the flexibility and relaxation you’ve achieved during class simply because your body is less likely to tense up in warm weather, keeping you limber and open. The cumulative effect of stretching is therefor more noticeable as you retain more flexibility for next class.

 

10) It makes your “return” in the Fall much easier

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Staying disciplined and committed to your practice during the summer make “returning” to your practice in the fall a non-issue. You’re already in shape from your summer yoga practice! 

Test Drive Our New Hot Vinyasa Classes this Week

We’re super excited to welcome Jimmy Barkan to Bikram Yoga NYC to lead his signature Barkan Method Hot Vinyasa Teacher Training next week.

Just Announced

We’re opening 11 training classes to the public!

Each day through the week of May 14 – 20 (Monday – Saturday) the following classes are available to be booked using your existing package on a first come first serve basis:

  • 9:00am Daily – Barkan Method Hot Vinyasa Flow – Level I
  • 3:00pm Daily – Barkan Method Hot Vinyasa Flow – Level II*
  • 9:30pm Saturday – Barkan Method Hot Vinyasa Flow – Level I

*Level II – We recommend individuals interested in taking this class have a strong yoga foundation

Class Description: Hot Vinyasa Flow is a vigorous class, combining upper body strength, flexibility and cardio and is designed for students of all levels seeking a challenge. Postures are linked together and move smoothly from one pose into the next. You will develop core strength, upper body strength, flexibility in the shoulders, legs and spine plus improved concentration in this class. Challenging, therapeutic and fun.

 

Mother’s Day 2017 | Free Class + Gift Card Discounts

Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a Mother! Give back to the woman who has given you so much by offering the gift of health. Bring your Mom to class Free this Mother’s Day weekend. Please be sure to arrive early to ensure both of you secure a spot in class.

Take 10% OFF Gift Cards

Are you a mom who’d like more yoga in her life? Let your family know we have an easy guest checkout process and that gift cards are currently available for 10% off!

Giving Gift Cards

Click the link below and be sure to check the box next to “Send recipient gift card via email” and ensure the recipient’s email address is correctly. Also be sure to select the date you’d like the gift card delivered. If you’re a gift card giver and don’t have an account with us, no problem! Be sure to select please “Login as Guest” during the checkout process.

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