Please join us this week for FREE Barkan style Hot Vinyasa classes! Teacher-in training-Jenny is leading the 2pm class today, Wednesday, at Upper West Side. Join teacher-in-training Anne this Thursday, 10:30am at Flatiron or Friday, 11am at Upper East Side. The classes listed below are able to be booked at no charge. Hope to see you there!
We are really excited to continue our renovations but in order to complete them in a timely fashion it will be necessary to close these studios completely to get the work done. Thank you for your patience and please use this opportunity to visit our other locations.
Our Flatiron location at 182 5th Avenue will be closed for renovations:
Monday, July 3rd
Tuesday July 4th
Wednesday, July 5th – OPEN but please pardon our appearance
Our Midtown location at 797 8th Avenue will be closed for renovation:
We could all use smoother mornings, right? The chaotic morning routine in my house has me barking orders like a drill sergeant to the tune of “brush your teeth, get your socks on, put your backpack on!” I am also making breakfast like a short order cook and furiously packing lunches, which really should have been prepared the night before.
Before I discovered smoothies, the rare day I had breakfast, it would either be oatmeal or toast with almond butter, which didn’t really keep me satiated until lunch or provided super nutrition.
Enter the smoothie…My (morning) life changed when I got the Vitamix. Yes, yes, I know everyone is raving about it but I truly have to tell you that it’s awesome. I use it EVERY SINGLE DAY to blend smoothies, soups and make snacks. It has the ability to break down even the toughest vegetable fibers into velvety concoctions so your green smoothie doesn’t taste like sh**, err I mean grit. I no longer worry what I will have for breakfast as long as I have some frozen berries and a handful of greens to work with.
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Since I needed to boost my protein intake (doctor’s orders), I put a tablespoon of organic pumpkin protein powder (yes, who knew?) which is full of goodness with 20% of daily value of iron, which I definitely need since I am not a meat lover. If you opt for whey, please make sure it comes from clean, grass fed cows, otherwise you can use hemp or chia seeds, which are good protein sources.
With the smoothie, you will get several servings of fruits and veggies before you even get dressed! You will feel fuller until lunch compared to even the most tricked out oatmeal and who knows, you may even drop a couple of pounds since you stop loading up on carbs. Best of all, you will start your day on a good note with a weird feeling of control over your life.
Ready? Here are some general guidelines which will give you endless options for your new and improved “breakfast”:
1. PICK YOU BASE
Coconut water – my favorite
2. PICK YOUR VEGGIES
Cilantro (it’s really strong so adjust your taste buds with other greens first)
3. PICK YOUR FRUIT
* Use frozen for greater convenience, otherwise use a bit of ice
4. PICK YOUR SUPERFOOD EXTRAS
Protein powder (important if you want to last till lunch)
Raw cacao powder (who doesn’t like chocolate?)
Almond butter (extra protein and yummy taste)
Chia seeds (protein, calcium and omega 3’s)
Hemp Seeds (protein and omega 3’s)
Goji berries (loads of Vitamin A – great for skin)
Camu powder (loads of Vitamin C – great for keeping you beautiful and boosting immune system)
Blend your base, veggies and fruit with a bit of ice, if not using frozen fruit, until smooth. Add protein powder and superfoods at the very end, protein powder should not be over-mixed. Ok now, go get your own smoothie!
Every summer during the Month of June we offer one of our lowest rates of the year on 365 days of classes. This year we’ve extended the sale until July 15th and reduced the retail rate of $1,895 by $345 to $1,550. As with all packages we sell, the Summer Annual 2017 activates after first use and not the date of purchase.
New this year: Purchase this package and get 12 guest passes to share with friends and family! Guest pass recipients must be new to Bikram Yoga NYC, so it’s a great opportunity to share the gift of health and get 12 people started on a road to a more well balanced mind and body.
When visiting 3x/week – $9/class When visiting 5x/week – $6/class
What year did you attend training? Why did you go?
Fall 2000. I started my practice while in Graduate School getting my Master’s in Education. By the time I earned my degree, I was so passionate about the benefits of the practice, the decision to shift into teaching yoga was very easy.
What do you do for fun?
I just moved into my dream apt. on Riverside with unobstructed views of the Hudson, Palisades and GW Bridge….so lately I spend a lot of time marveling out my windows. I am also an avid (window) gardener, and I study Tai Chi.
Do you have a favorite inspirational quote or saying?
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
What are you currently reading or listening to?
I have been re-reading the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali mostly because I am finding that students are, now more than ever, interested in the wisdom contained within.
You’re a performer/writer… can you tell us what you’ve worked on lately or when your next gig is?
In the last year I co-starred with Dov Tiefenbach in a terrific little play directed by Michael Beckett called, Talkback”. I also had the pleasure of headlining a benefit concert promoting literacy in San Miguel de Allende Mexico. When I returned to NYC in February, a little play I wrote, direct and star in was chosen as a Finalist in the Manhattan Rep Spring Play Festival, so that has been fun. Presently, I am editing some other work, which I hope to perform this Summer…stay tuned.
Electrolytes are minerals in your blood and other body fluids that carry an electric charge and they affect how your body functions in many ways, including:
The amount of water in your body
The acidity of your blood (pH)
Your muscle function
Other important processes
You lose electrolytes when you sweat. You must replace them by drinking fluids that contain electrolytes. Plain water does not contain electrolytes. Common electrolytes include:
It is important that you not only drink water before class, but also that you are prepared with electrolytes in your system. After class, make sure that you properly replenish them as well. Many of the electrolytes listed above can be found in nutrient dense foods, but Bikram Yoga NYC also carries a wide array of products that contain some of the minerals and electrolytes that you need.
Core Natural Water
Harmless Harvest Natural Coconut Water
Fresh Squeezed Juices from Pulp
Isotonix Daily Essential Multivitamins
Motive Pure Liquid Electrolytes
If you find yourself cramping during or after class, often it’s a result of a lack of these important minerals. Ask at the front desk which of these products might be right for you.
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.