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Karma Spotlight: Silvia Medina

Silvia is a dedicated Karma Yogi at our Flatiron studio and long time practitioner.

How long have you been practicing Yoga?
15 Years

What brought you to our studios?
I took my first Bikram class 15 years ago with my best friend. I immediately fell in love (she didn’t). Within months I signed up to become a permanent karma member and in 2008, I completed a 100-day challenge during one of the busiest times of my life (finishing my MS thesis, working a full-time internship during the day, and a part-time gig nights).  After having my daughter in 2010, I transitioned into a Karma substitute.

What do you enjoy most about being a Karma Yogi?
In my professional life, I’ve held very demanding roles and experienced quite a bit personally. I’ve also lived in six different cities during my karma program tenure. One thing has always remained consistent – the fact that after crawling (sometimes 😀) the flights of stairs, I’ve seen Flatiron as a second home.

How many classes a week do you take?
I currently take an average of five classes a week, but look forward to reinvigorating my practice
by completing a modified 100-day challenge.

Have you tried our bodē360 program? ( 3 hot yoga, 2 hot hiit, 1 yin nidra a week?)
No, not yet. I travel an average of 2-3 days a week in my current role.

What profession are you in?
I manage Hotel Solutions in the Americas region for a company focused on corporate travel spend.

What are your favorite hobbies/passions?
Quality time with family/ friends, reading with my 8-year-old, working out (especially Bikram!)

Thank you, Silvia!

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bodē360 Review: Aryn Kyle

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Check out what long time practitioner Aryn had to say about the program!

Did you complete the challenge?
Yes

On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the hardest), how difficult was the challenge?
3

Would you recommend the challenge to a friend?
Yes

Did you lose weight, gain strength or increase your flexibility? Please describe your outcome in a few sentences.
All of the above. It was great! I’m a pretty religious practitioner in general, so the challenge wasn’t too different from my normal routine, but it did encourage me to take a few Yin classes (which I don’t usually do), and I really loved them and plan to fold more of them in to my practice.

Do you have any additional comments?
I’ve belonged to the studio for over eight years now, and I just wanted to say how much I love the community and how important it is to me. You have such wonderful teachers, and the new classes are fantastic. Thank you so much for providing this oasis. I really don’t know what I’d do without it.

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Ambassador Spotlight: Hope Adams

I have been practicing yoga consistently for about 2 years. I initially came to bodē NYC because my friend was telling me how the classes were great cross training for runners. Outside of bodē NYC, I work in media buying. I have lived in NYC for about 3 years now, but continuously exploring all the new places with friends is the best. What am I passionate about? My friends would probably say yoga, learning, and Emergen-C because I believe it is the remedy for everything, haha! The thing I love most about bodē NYC are the teachers. They lead amazing classes with their words. I always leave with a new peace of mind.

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Karma Spotlight: Maria Ortiz

If you’ve spent any amount of time at our Upper East Side studio, you’ve probably seen Maria practicing, helping clean, or both. Her determination, strength, focus, and integrity in and out of the room are hard to miss.

Q: How do you stay motivated to practice?
A: I always look forward to how I will feel after class : Calm, Balanced, and less angry!

Q: How long have you been practicing yoga?
A: 10 years

Q: What brought you to bodē nyc?
A: The convenience of 4 locations and when I took class and loved the teachers that kept me coming here.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a Karma Yogi?
A: The customers, the staff, and the teachers. The interaction with everyone is rewarding.

Q: How many classes a week do you take?
A: I would love to do it everyday but I shoot for 6 classes a week: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Q: What profession are you in?
A: I’ve worked for UPS now for 28 years. I had different positions – I started as a part time high-value clerk, then billing, payroll, and currently I’m an Operation Management Specialist. There never is a dull moment at work. So many parts make UPS run. People have no idea what goes into delivering just one package!

Q: What are your favorite hobbies/passions?
A: I love traveling which I will do more of when I retire in 8-10 years. For now I am a homebody. I love to watch movies and old classic TV shows but when I am not home I love working out. I was a personal trainer and also into Bodybuilding from 1998-2000. I did a few shows I won lightweight division once never won overall but I enjoyed the training and preparing for shows. People see you on stage flexing but have no clue what it takes to get up there. I love taking my 8 year old boxer Buster on long walks. My biggest passion is my son Dayhon G. Wheeler. He’s a 24 year old marine serving in Serbia Embassy Guard deployment. I miss him every day, and I’m so proud of him.

Thank you Maria, for all of your hard work!

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