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.

The Tree Pose improves posture and balance and increases the flexibility of the ankles and knees as well as the hip joints By strengthening the internal oblique muscles, it prevents hernia.

5 Tips for Tree

  • If you are having trouble grabbing your foot, bring your leg up in line with your hip first, then slowly bring your knee out to the side and try to grab your foot.

  • Once you have your foot, make sure to not jam your knee back to get the knees in line. This will come with time and patience. There should be no pain in the right knee. Progress slowly each day to gently push your knee down and back.

  • Think about stretching up through the spine/center of the body so you don’t sink out into your right hip or your left hip (depending on side).

  • Keep you pelvis tucked under to keep you spine straight and avoid sway back and pressure on lower back.

  • It is always better to hold your foot if you are compromising the alignment posture by trying to release your foot and put your hands in prayer position.

4 Tips for Toe Stand

  • A good place to start to move into this posture is with the eyes. This part anyone can do. Gaze 4 feet in front of you on the floor.

  • A safe second step is to bend forward with a straight standing leg and try to touch the floor. If you can touch the floor, put your weight in your hands as you bend the standing leg knee. KEEP THE WEIGHT in the hands as you do this.  If you feel any sharp pain in either knee come back up to tree pose.

  • In toe stand you need to continuously stretch the spine up as to not put pressure on the bent knee. This is especially important as you try to bring your hands in prayer position.

  • To safely come out of the posture, put your weight back in your hands to slowly come up.

We sat down with our very own studio owner Jennifer Lobo for a Q&A session about yoga, life and being a busy Mom!

When and why did you start practicing Bikram Yoga?

When I was living in San Francisco in the 90s I was doing a lot of Marathon running, as well as skiing and playing soccer.  Two friends of mine, Sara and Mary Corpening, suggested I try Bikram Yoga as a good way to cross train.  I was hesitant because I had tried yoga many times and found it a little slow for my athletic background.  But after much encouragement, I took my first Bikram Yoga class. I remember the teacher saying “see you tomorrow” when I walked out and I thought she was crazy. But then, about a half an hour later, I felt like I was walking on clouds and my body had never felt lighter and better. So I went to class the next day, and the next day, and the next day. Bikram Yoga became part of my weekly routine and my running became easier and my Marathon times became better. In fact the last one I finished, I felt like I could run another 3 miles, and I was doing more Bikram Yoga than Marathon training!

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

This is an easy one and I would say that most of our teachers would say the same.  The best thing about teaching this yoga is the satisfaction of seeing so many people heal injuries, change their bodies and also witness the new calmness that overcomes them in and outside of the room.

Tell us about your own practice

I love taking class as often as I can and I always enjoy class. There is no other time in my life that I can have a period when I do not have to talk, and can just listen and get deep into a moving meditation.

I am not a naturally flexible person so I have worked for every inch of my flexibility and I am a million times more flexible than when I started. I know that I am never going to be the person doing a standing split in the bow pose, but the benefits that I have gained from this practice are incredible, both mentally and physically.  I can now touch my toes easily even with 5 inch heals on with no problem!

This is why I push people who say “I can’t do yoga because I am not flexible.” HOW DO YOU THINK YOU ARE GOING TO GET FLEXIBLE IF YOU DON”T DO YOGA?!?!? People cannot stay on an exercise diet of pounding, running, weights, cycling, etc, without incorporating yoga into their routine. It is not healthy and sustainable as people age, especially in this age of technology and increased use of computers and smart phones.  We can’t hunch all day without some backbends!

You are a mother of three boys.  How do you balance being a business owner, wife and mother with your practice?

This is also an easy one – when I do not take a yoga class, I am not as good a wife, mother or business owner.  After I take a yoga class, I am able to be more efficient in my work, think more clearly and make better decisions.  As a mother and wife, I do not “blow my lid” when things get tough if I have taken a class that day.  From the moment I walk in the door to the time the kids go to bed, it is total chaos.  Then there are soccer practices, hockey games, basketball games, playdates all in between!  If I am about to yell or “lose it” I literally give myself a 1 minute “time out” and walk in another room and do a few pranayama breathing exercises. It really works!

So I make my yoga practice a priority in my life and make sure to try to get 4 classes in during the week. Weekends are reserved for kids’ sports!

What are you currently reading or listening to?

Unfortunately, at this very moment I am not deep into a great novel but hoping January will be a good time to start one.  I have been reading a lot of “The Week” to at least keep myself up on world events and news.  It is a great magazine that summarizes the major events for people who don’t have time to read the paper! For music, Ben Harper is always one of my favorites. I also still love the Grateful Dead and when I hear their music it takes me back to a time of much less responsibility so it’s a great way to relax!  Recently, an Uber driver turned me on to Vis a Vis – great stuff!

Favorite Inspirational Quote –

“You only live once” – so work hard and play hard.

BridgettAne’s yoga practice began in New York 1995 but when she walked into Bikram NYC Midtown in 2000, everything began to change.  Fascinated with the series’ systematic approach and perfect balance between mind and body, Bikram became and remains her yoga method of choice. Originally from Chicago, Bridgett Ane relocated to London from NYC in 2007.

Not naturally flexible, BA’s dedication and approach towards developing and maintaining a strong practice enabled her to completely reshape her body and life.  BA gratefully taught her first classes at Bikram NYC, including private sessions with Destiny’s Child and Beyonce.  She went on to teach in LA, San Francisco, Chicago and London but loves returning to her home school and yoga mama Georgia, whose lessons are infinite and words, “we’re just the monkey on the box” remind her to be humble, honest, hardworking and always with a “happy, smiling face.”

BA spent years training intensively and assisting Jason Winn, Mary Jarvis, Emmy Cleaves and Rajashree Choudhury in Posture Clinics. She opened her yoga school, Bikram in the Lanes, in Brighton, UK in 2010 with the love of her life and fellow teacher Simon, whom she met at Bikram NYC.

BA encourages students to have faith in Bikram’s series, to let go of any negative views toward self and others and to always practice with an open heart, full of courage and compassion. Join BridgettAne for the next installment of our Master Classe Series on January 17th at Bikram Yoga NYC Flatiron!

Master Class Series with BridgettAne Lawrence
Sunday, January 17th
182 5th Avenue – 3rd Floor Checkin
1:30pm – 4:00pm (1:00pm arrival)
$50 Pre-registration Only

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Happy 2016 Yogis –

Thank you for being a part of our family in 2015 and we look forward to seeing you at the studio in 2016! With the new year upon us, we’d like to outline some of what to expect in 2016 at Bikram Yoga NYC — from the yoga itself to our amazing staff that teach it, from the state of the studios to exciting events and more.

The Yoga

In 2015 we held more than 13,200 classes. While nearly all of them were the traditional 90 minute method, on October 1st we rolled out 75 minute classes, followed by a 60 minute class offering that started in November. All of these classes feature each of the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises that make up the Bikram method, taking into consideration the busy lifestyles of our New York City area students. Haven’t tried one? Head over to our schedule.

Our Staff

Our knowledgeable and seasoned teaching staff are the finest group of Bikram instructors on the planet, bar none. With all of our veteran instructors remaining on staff from 2015 to 2016, we added several new faces to our staff in the last year. As always, we encourage you to take class with as many of our instructors as possible to find the one that’s right for you. Our staff is as unique as our students, each offering a style and personality unmatched by another. Head over to our instructors page to meet them and challenge yourself to take class with a handful of different teachers this year.

Our Editorial

In 2015 we made a strong push into publishing and improved communications with our students. We started a weekly email newsletter, usually with 10 features in each edition, that covers everything we offer at Bikram Yoga NYC from workshops and special classes, to teacher features, student stories and more. Think of it as a buffet of sorts, odds are there’s at least a few topics that might pique your interest. If you’re not subscribed, please visit our subscription page and sign up, you’ll be glad you did!

Our Social

We continued in 2015 with a strong social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. With more than 3.2 million impressions combined last year we reached people in over 75 countries around the globe. Leading the way with the most liked Bikram Yoga studio page on Facebook, we approached it cautiously keeping in mind a golden social networking rule for businesses like ours, 1 promotional post to every 9 editorial, human interest or original content pieces. Notably, in December we launched “Yoga Shorts” – short popular culture TV show clips that have been dubbed with yoga based conversation. Check out Jerry brings Elaine to Yoga, the inaugural episode.

Our Special Events

Perhaps our most well know special event of the year is Solstice in Times Square and 2015 was an exceptional year with June 21st also being the 1st Annual International Day of Yoga. An exciting, but little known fact, is that Bikram Yoga NYC conducted it’s own fact finding mission, meeting with leaders of the Government of India in their NYC headquarters, to determine how the United Nations official event could tie in with the Times Square event.

In 2015 we started a new series of workshops at the studio as well. In addition to our bi-annual posture clinic with studio owner Donna Rubin, we started a series of master classes. First with Craig Villani, then John Salvatore and in January with BridgettAne Lawrence. On Valentines day we have an exciting synergy partner yoga class in the works with Francisco Morales-Bermudez. Announcement is forthcoming, but in the meantime visit synergypartneryoga.com for more information.

Our Studios

If managing nearly 300 classes a week at only 4 locations requires an intricate ballet of well timed coordination and teamwork, then it’s the hard work and dedication of our amazing maintenance and cleaning staff that keep our facilities sterile and hygienic that deserve the credit. Unlike many other yoga studios, we employ paid cleaning staff to insure our studios are as germ free, the rental items are completely sterilized and the flooring maintains it’s certified hypoallergenic status. We made capital improvements too, adding new windows at Midown, new flooring at UWS, fresh paint, new chilewich and many other improvement at all 4 locations. Hats off to our resident maintenance manager Steve!

Our Promise

2016 marks Bikram Yoga NYC’s 17th year in existence. In that time we’ve offered over 200,000 classes and had over 4 million visits. Throughout the years we’ve honed our craft focusing on the most important things: quality of instruction, excellent customer service and the diligent maintenance of our facilities. In 2016 and beyond, we promise to continue our effort to maintain our high standards as they relate to all 3 – and that we put you and your goals at the very top of our priority list.

Thank you for making 2015 great and if there’s anything we can do to help make your experience at Bikram Yoga NYC a better one, we genuinely welcome your feedback.

Warmest Regards,

Kevin Gregor
Marketing Director

This posture slims the abdomen, waistline, hips, buttocks, and upper thighs. Increases the flexibility of the spine and the sciatic nerves and of most of the tendons and ligaments of the legs. It also greatly improves blood circulation in the legs and to the brain, and strengthens the rectus abdominus, gluteus maximus, oblique, deltoid, and trapezius muscles. It massages and compresses the thyroid gland which helps to regulate the metabolism and the immune system.

3 Tips for this posture:

  • The most important thing to remember as in most postures is to start with a wide enough step. Think of the size of a yard stick as a min and if you are tall you must take an even wider step.

  • It is more important to create compression in your throat area by tucking your chin towards your chest than it is to stretch your legs. There are plenty of postures where leg stretching is targeted.

  • When you come out of the posture,  come out facing the same way you went into the pose before moving your feet and body to turn to face the next side.

The only posture in the 26 posture sequence that improves every muscle, joint, tendon and internal organ in the body. At the same time, it revitalizes nerves, veins, and tissues. It helps cure lumbago and rheumatism of the lower spine by flexing and strengthening the last five vertebrae.  It will help to improve crooked spines as well.  This is the most important pose to increase the strength and flexibility of the hip joint and of the muscles of the side of the torso. It also firms upper thighs and hips, slims the waistline, and improves the deltoid, trapezius, scapula, and latissimus muscles.

3 Tips for Triangle Pose:

  • The most common mistake that students make doing the triangle pose it not taking a big enough step. A good guideline for the correct size step would be drawing an imaginary line down from your wrist to your heel.

  • Do not try and keep your hips facing straight ahead when you bend your knee to a 90 degree position. Turn your hip to face the corner and then bend your knee and sit down. You will need to experiment how far to adjust your hip until it feels right to you.

  • Don’t worry if you can not touch the floor between your big and second toe. It takes time for your hips to loosen up enough in order to sit down deep enough to be able to touch the floor without any weight on your hand on the floor.

Cures and prevents sciatica by stretching and strengthening the sciatic nerves and the tendons of the legs. It helps the functioning of most of the internal abdominal organs, especially the small and large intestine and gives you added flexibility in the pelvis, ankles, and hip joints, and especially in the last five vertebrae of the spine.  This posture is very good for depression, loss of memory, constipation, abdominal obesity and helps with diabetes and hyperacidity.

3 Tips for Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

  • This picture is very difficult if you have tight hamstrings and lower back but the only way to improve is to practice everyday and let your muscles open up gradually. If you are really struggling to grab underneath your feet you might have to start by putting your hands on the floor In front of you and work on straightening your legs first.
  • It is very important to get in touch with contracting your thigh muscles when your legs are straight because contracted thigh muscles will relax hamstrings.
  • If you are very flexible please make sure your body weight is forward towards your toes and not back in your heals or your risk over stretching your hamstrings.

Thomas attended his first yoga class at age 50. Now 55, he reports having the energy of a 25 year old, takes no medication and after having years of difficulty trying to fall asleep, now does so effortlessly.

We’re excited to present the next installment of our new Master Class Series!

John Salvatore was one of Bikram Yoga NYC’s very first instructors and was a mentor to many in our current teaching staff – he’s a Teacher’s Teacher! While many of our long time students will remember John and his amazing classes, the name might also be unknown for many. The unfamiliarity may be due to John’s new location in Las Vegas, Nevada where he has a starring role in the stage version of the popular Jersey Boys musical.

His Master class on the 17th will be the first time John has led one with us in over 5 years. The class will be an interactive session, breaking down each posture, discussing biomechanics, alignment, breath, depth and much more for each of the 26 postures and two breathing exercises in the Bikram method.

DETAILS
Thursday, 6:oopm – 8:30pm
Bikram Yoga NYC Flatiron – 182 5th Avenue
Checkin starts at 5:30pm

Questions? Email us!

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ABOUT JOHN
I decided to go to my first yoga class after a friend told me that it was the hottest and most challenging workout they have ever done. I never did yoga before in my life, but for some reason I felt compelled to go that very day. It was called Bikram yoga. Little did I know that this so-called “workout” I was about to casually throw myself into would end up changing my life. After my first class I was hooked. I practiced every day for 2 years before I made the decision to become a teacher. I honestly felt that it was a sin to keep this wonderful thing all for myself. I had to share it and felt inspired to pass on this amazing gift I had received. It was my duty. I graduated from Bikram Yoga’s teacher training in the spring of 2001. Since then, I have been teaching not only in my hometown in New York City, but all over the United States and now here in fabulous Las Vegas. Don’t ever give up, don’t ever lose hope and don’t quit 5 seconds before the miracle.