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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! 

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21 Day Food Detox Program

We all have days when we feel blah…low on energy, unmotivated and in a crummy mood. But when days stretch to weeks and even months and you find yourself constantly fatigued, perhaps with unexplained tummy troubles, sore joints or just a general achy feeling, it could be your diet. Even if you are already eating healthy… One person’s food can be another’s poison. This common saying is extremely relevant to someone suffering from undiagnosed food sensitivities. A food sensitivity is not a true allergic reaction with anaphylaxis, but rather a subtle inflammatory response with symptoms such as chronic fatigue, headaches, achy joints, chronic constipation or diarrhea, digestive discomfort, foggy brain and anxiety.

Undiagnosed digestive problems can be devastating to your health in the long run, with significant side effects such as osteoporosis, hormone imbalances and suppressed immune system. Since 60–70 percent of your immune system lies in your gut, it is no surprise that an impaired digestive system can be the culprit responsible for poor health. Many people report that they feel better after temporarily cutting out top food allergens such as gluten, dairy, soy, corn and eggs.

Why are food sensitivities so common today?

Food sensitivities are on the rise today because our food supply is compromised with nutrient-deficient, processed foods engineered in the lab. Our American diet – with little to no green vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds – no longer resembles the diet of our ancestors and how humans evolved over millions of years.

Poor diet and nutritional deficiencies, coupled with chronic use of antibiotics, painkillers, and stress all contribute to a leaky gut, or a condition where the intestinal barrier has become porous, allowing undigested food particles and infectious agents to enter the bloodstream. The body perceives the foreign molecules as invaders and launches an immune response, which results in chronic inflammation inside your body. As a result, we are bloated, achy and grumpy.

Wheat especially causes problems for a lot of people because it contains a protein called gluten which is hard to digest, resulting in bloating and gas. Also, hybridization increased the gluten content of today’s wheat to the point where it barely resembles its predecessors. We also eat it too often: several servings a day in the form of cereal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch and pasta for dinner. Soy and corn are the most genetically modified foods in the US so remove them for the duration of the diet to rule out any sensitivities.

Similarly, many people are allergic to the proteins in dairy, especially casein, with symptoms ranging from ear and sinus infections, reflux and digestive issues. Cows today are fed a grain diet full of genetically modified ingredients and growth hormones and antibiotics. Many of my clients feel better after removing dairy from their diets.

What is an elimination diet?

Elimination diet is a 21 day detoxification program where you remove top food allergens from your diet. This will help you identify foods that you are allergic to and remove toxins from your body. The diet will also give your liver a rest from consuming processed foods, unhealthy fats and animal products and, in the process, jumpstart your energy and help you lose weight.

Who is a good candidate for an elimination diet?

Anyone suffering with migraine headaches, autoimmune disorders such as thyroid, eczema and psoriasis, rheumatic arthritis, chronic fatigue, digestive issues such as bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhea, skin issues, and allergies.

Also, children with ADHD or undiagnosed attention and focusing issues benefit from having the top allergens removed from their diets.

Although blood tests have come a long way and can be helpful in identifying certain food allergies, the best way to identify food sensitivities is to go on an elimination diet for a period of time, then reintroduce the offending foods one by one and watch for reactions.

How to start an elimination diet

Cut out the following foods:

  • gluten (found in wheat, including spelt, kamut, farro and durum; and products like bulgur, semolina, and rye)
  • dairy
  • soy
  • eggs
  • corn
  • peanuts
  • alcohol
  • coffee
  • sugar (including honey, maple syrup, and artificial sweeteners)

Optional: 

  • nightshade vegetables (eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers) if you have any symptoms of joint pain, stiffness upon waking, muscle pain and arthritis
  • citrus fruit if you have symptoms such as skin rashes, lips swelling, throat/mouth itching

Why three weeks?

Because it takes about 21 days to remove the food’s antibodies from your body, for your immune system to calm down and for you to feel better.

Eliminating these foods means that you will not eat processed, boxed or canned foods for the duration of the three weeks. Removing sugar, coffee and alcohol has a detoxifying effect and will help clear out toxins that are contributing to disrupted sleep and unhappy gut flora.

What will you eat?

Start out by eating simply and treat it like an opportunity to detox your body of toxic, processed foods.

Do eat:

  • green, leafy vegetables and root vegetables like carrots, squashes and sweet potatoes
  • non-citrus and low-glycemic foods such as berries, cherries, apples, pears, peaches (if in season; if not, buy organic frozen)
  • plant protein such as beans (especially mung and adzuki), lentils, hemp and chia seeds, seeds (sunflower and pumpkin)
  • clean animal protein such as pastured chicken and turkey, wild fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel
  • good fats such as avocado, olives, coconut oil and nuts
  • gluten-free grains such as millet, brown rice and oats (need to be certified gluten-free because of cross-contamination) and pseudo-cereals such as quinoa, which is a complete protein and alkalizing
  • drink lots of water; you can alkalize your water by adding lemon

Don’t eat:

  • absolutely no processed, junk food or anything fried (french fries are cooked in the same oil as breaded chicken)
  • protein/granola/health bars, which are loaded with sugar and additives
  • processed gluten-free breads, muffins, waffles, etc.
  • oats that are not gluten-free certified
  • bulk foods that can be cross-contaminated
  • sauces, salad dressings and condiments

Here is a sample meal plan

  • For breakfast, start with a green smoothie to clear out the gut (blend kale, spinach, collards, ginger, apple, pear, banana, lemon, and parsley). Make a quinoa cereal by cooking quinoa in nondairy milk and top it with some berries and nuts/seeds.
  • After a few days add a protein shake; blend greens, berries, pea protein powder, flaxseeds and almond butter or avocado for a rich and satisfying meal replacement.
  • For lunch, cook a bean chili, quinoa salad, bean and kale soup since these will last you a few days.
  • For dinner, eat a simple meal of grilled salmon/chicken, brown rice and sautéed or steamed veggies.
  • Snack on dried fruit, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, frozen berries and cherries.

What to expect in the first few days

You might be feeling lousy during the first few days because your body is detoxing and craving sugar and simple carbohydrates for energy. You might be fatigued , experience headaches and achiness, but it should pass by week 2. Drinking a green smoothie will absorb some of the effects and will ensure that you have proper elimination. Make sure your bowels are moving. If you are constipated, add fiber to your morning smoothie to get things moving.

Helpful hints

  • Before attempting the diet, clear out your pantry and go shopping for clean, healthy foods. Cooking at home will ensure that you don’t ingest the offending foods and sabotage all your hard work.
  • I can’t emphasize how important meal planning is to the success of this diet. Make a big pot of soup, roast a big batch of veggies (beets, butternut squash, carrots), cook some beans and lentils, roast a chicken, make a batch of smoothies and store in the refrigerator to easily put simple meals together.
  • This is not a calorie restriction diet, so eat often to keep your blood sugar stable. Carry a small bag of nuts and seeds with you for a quick snack. You should not be hungry on this diet.
  • Drink lots of water, eight 8oz glasses daily, to flush out toxins and keep things moving.
  • Take this time to try gentle exercise like yoga and walking. Heavy exercise might make you more fatigued.

What happens after 21 days

  • Reintroduce one food at a time so that there is no confusion around which food caused a bad reaction. Don’t be tempted to add more than one food at a time, as this is your opportunity to see how you are reacting to certain foods. Keep a journal of your symptoms.
  • Eat the reintroduced food three times a day and pay close attention to your body for up to three days to link the food with any adverse reaction.
  • There might be delayed reactions, so you want to make sure that you give yourself enough time to look for sensitivity symptoms which may include:
    • sore joints
    • digestive problems
    • bad mood
    • fatigue
    • diarrhea
    • brain fog
    • anxiety

If you experience any symptoms, remove the offending food from your diet, wait a few days for your immune system to calm down, and introduce another food. By the end of this process you should have a good sense of how your body is reacting to major food allergens. If you are reacting to a specific food(s), remove it from your diet completely and focus on healing your leaky gut with proper diet and supplements.

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5 Steps to Restoring Your Health

By Ania Dunlop from Food for Zen for Bikram Yoga NYC

Our health and wellbeing are, to a great extent, the result of our lifestyle choices. As we become responsible adults, it’s easy to loose oneself in the sea of responsibilities, childcare and work obligations. There comes a time when we become exhausted, unable to focus and it’s impossible to know how to feel better, clearer and hopeful again. I have outlined 5 steps to revitalize your health and life. You will notice that all 5 strategies are intertwined and one affects the other. These steps also build on each other, so start with the first and proceed to the next when you are ready. The best part is you can take your health into your own hands, become an “empowered participant” in your healing and start feeling better by making informed choices based on modern medicine and ancient healing techniques.

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1. Become a food detective

Undiagnosed food sensitivities can have an effect on everything from your digestive system, joint health to emotional wellbeing. It can sap your energy, lower your immune function and leave you with dull skin and hair or acne. We learn to tolerate our annoying aches and pains and develop tolerance for feeling sub-optimally, but that’s not a way to live. If you suffer from an autoimmune disease (from skin conditions such as psoriasis to thyroid disorders), chronic fatigue, acne, headaches, anxiety, consider doing an elimination diet to find out what’s been bugging you. While the accuracy of testing for food sensitivities has improved recently, the only way you will know for sure if you are sensitive to a specific food is to eliminate it completely. Try eliminating the top allergens for 21 days: gluten, dairy, corn and soy (also nightshade vegetables if you have any join pain problem like rheumatoid arthritis). After 3 weeks, reintroduce these foods one by one over a period of 3 days and watch for symptoms. Eliminating offending foods is the easiest and most effective way to transform your health quickly. Plus it’s free!
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 2. Heal your gut

If you have food sensitivities, eat a processed diet or have chronic stress in your life chances are your gastrointestinal system has been compromised. Many people today suffer from a “leaky gut”, where the intestinal barrier has become porous, allowing undigested food particles to enter the bloodstream. The body perceives the tiny food molecules as invaders and launches an immune response, which unfortunately results in chronic inflammation inside your body. While inflammation is a good thing when you cut yourself and your amazing body rushes to heal the site of the injury resulting in an inflamed red swelling swoop, chronic internal inflammation has been reported in current research as the source of most modern ailments such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Healing your gut involves removing foods you are sensitive to (see step 1), eating a clean, whole foods diet with lots of green vegetables and fermented foods, taking a good probiotic and supplementing with fish oil (Omega 3’s have been reported to significantly lower inflammation). You may also consider taking digestive enzymes to help you break down food and glutamine to repair your intestinal barrier.

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3. Restore your adrenal health

The adrenals are tiny glands that sit on top of your kidneys and play a major function in helping your body cope with everyday stresses. The adrenal glands produce cortisol, among other hormones, which helps your body deal with stress. However, chronic stress, be it work related or a prolonged unresolved emotional situation, coupled with a nutrient poor diet, will exhaust your adrenals, which will in turn produce abnormal levels of cortisol and other adrenal hormones such as DHEA. Over time, your adrenal glands will have a hard time meeting the high cortisol demand. Without enough cortisol, you may experience poor immunity, fatigue, changes in blood sugar, depression, inability to cope with everyday life, insomnia, brain fog and food cravings. In a nutshell, you are exhausted, unable to make a simple decision and your health concerns keep piling on.

A discussion on adrenals would not be complete without touching on the thyroid since the two are directly linked. As adrenals become exhausted, thyroid function declines which may result in hypothyroidism, a condition where the body is not producing enough thyroid hormones. The symptoms are weight gain, fatigue, depression, hair loss, among others.

Restoring adrenal imbalances takes time and patience. It involves reflecting on your lifestyle and eliminating behaviors that might drain your energy. This might include reexamining your work, life’s purpose and your relationships. Sleeping 8 hours a night is a must. So is eating a nutrient rich diet with enough protein and minimal sugar, making time for meals sitting down, unrushed, chewing slowly. Finally, prioritizing self-care and de-stressing activities such as meditation are critical to healing.

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4. Balance your sex hormones

I am talking about testosterone, progesterone, estrogen here…balancing these hormones as you get older is the nirvana to rocking your health since it affects your moods, sleep, libido, skin and hair. Many women in North America are affected by estrogen dominance, a hormonal imbalance that leads to PMS, ovarian cysts, cystic breasts, acne and heavy periods. According to Dr. Northrop, estrogen dominance can also affect the thyroid, blocking the action of the thyroid hormone and possibly leading to mid life hypothyroidism (thyroid pops up again! I told you everything is intertwined). While diet and lifestyle play a role in estrogen dominance, so do environmental estrogens (plastics, cosmetics, pesticides), which are man made chemicals which mimic estrogen in the body and upset its delicate hormonal balance.

Since I want you to be an empowered rockstar, consider reading “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” by Dr. Christine Northrop and “The Hormone Cure” by Dr. Sarah Gottfried, both are fantastic reference books. Find an integrative practitioner to test your blood levels. Unfortunately, the conventional medical community rarely focuses on hormone balancing that does not involve drugs. The basis of healthy hormones is a diet full of green and cruciferous vegetables and sufficient protein from wild, free range animal sources (avoid commercially raised dairy and meat, which use synthetic hormones). Finally, a good supplementation program can put you back on track.

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5. Detoxify your life and save your liver

Our modern lifestyle exposes us to processed foods, chemicals in our cosmetics, heavy metals, toxins and candida from “living la vida loca”. The liver is the key organ for detoxification, including excess hormones, it breaks down estrogen and other hormones. However, a bad diet full of fat, sugar, alcohol and caffeine can compromise the liver’s ability to maintain a healthy hormonal balance.

Spring is a great time to incorporate a detox program and jump start your energy. While I am not advocating you live on juice for weeks at a time, consider giving up coffee, alcohol, sugar, gluten and dairy for a few weeks and upping your green vegetable intake. Drink warm water with half a lemon when you first wake up and sip dandelion tea a couple of times a day. You will notice that you will have a boost of energy and a greater sense of wellbeing. Post cleanse, incorporate a daily green juice ritual to get proper nutrition, get rid of toxic cosmetics and even more dangerous home cleaning products to avoid build up of toxins over time.

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1 minute Breakfast: Acai Smoothie Bowl

When I’m sick of making smoothies for breakfast, I go really wild and make… a smoothie bowl! Smoothie bowls are all the rage for many good reasons: they are easy to make, delicious, loaded with antioxidants (hello acai berries) and you can top it with fun nutrient dense superfoods (think bee pollen, hemp seeds, chia!). Eating it with a spoon is another plus because it forces you to sit and slow down (and hopefully eat mindfully), all of which aids digestion. It’s all too easy for me to down a large smoothie in 15 seconds and get an unpleasant brain freeze.

Eating low sugar fruits such as berries every day is a great way to ensure you are getting a healthy dose of anti-aging antioxidants, which help neutralize some of our toxic lifestyle (poor diet, pollution etc). I often do a simple experiment with my clients to demonstrate the power of vitamin C. I cut two slices out of an apple and sprinkle one with lemon juice but not the other. After a while, the slice without the lemon juice starts to brown and wrinkle, while the slice with the lemon remains unblemished and fresh. Guess what? The exact same thing happens to our skin and internal organs.

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When they are nourished with a steady supply of daily antioxidants from fresh food your body is able to combat aging, inflammation and chronic diseases. Why daily? Because Vitamin C is water soluble, which means that your body doesn’t store it for future use; any excess leaves the body through urine.  Bottom line is we need to ensure a constant supply of Vitamin C rich foods (think beyond berries and include leafy greens, parsley, kiwi, citrus fruit, red bell pepper, broccoli).

Ok, let’s get to the good stuff, what is a smoothie bowl? A smoothie bowl is just fruit (and sometimes greens!) blended to a frozen yogurt consistency with a splash of yogurt or almond milk and garnished with your favorite toppings. So it’s essentially your standard milk and cereal of the nutritionally conscious crowd. I like to use frozen fruit and very little or no liquid so my smoothie bowls often resemble ice cream. A strong blender, like the Vitamix or equivalent, is essential to making a smooth final product, you really don’t want chunks of frozen fruit turning off your peops (or your taste buds). And finally, a frozen banana is always a great addition to add sweetness and creamy texture.

Here are some of my favorite smoothie bowl combinations:

  • frozen raspberries/cherries, banana plus almond butter, cacao powder and spinach
  • orange, frozen mango and coconut milk
  • frozen raspberries, banana, peaches and organic greek yogurt
  • Pineapple, banana, frozen acai berries

Here are some of my favorite toppings:

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Ania’s Superfood Granola

  • My Superfood granola
  • hemp seeds
  • chia seeds
  • pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • fruit: fresh berries, kiwi, banana slices
  • shredded coconut
  • cacao nibs
  • flax seeds
  • mulberries
  • bee pollen
  • pomegranate seeds

The fruit and veggie combinations are endless so in no time you will be hooked on creating pretty, Instagram-ready bowls (make sure you tag me 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries/raspberries
  • 1 frozen acai packet
  • fresh berries, granola, bee pollen, chia seeds, hemp seeds, nuts for topping

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a strong blender, like the Vitamix and blend on High until creamy and smooth for about 30 seconds. You would need to use the tamper that comes with the Vitamix to make sure the blades can grab the frozen fruit and blend it properly. Add a splash of liquid if it’s too thick. You are aiming for a frozen yogurt consistency.
  2. Top with fresh berries, granola, nuts and seeds. Serve immediately.
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Yoga Science: How Bikram Yoga Effects Your Mental Health

Last week we shared a post about the physical benefits of making Bikram Yoga a regular part of your life. Since physical benefits are only part of the mind/body equation, we wanted to discuss some of the mental health benefits, supported by medical science, of course.

1)  Bikram Yoga reduces cortisol and binge eating

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Overview from the Doctors: Cortisol reactivity to stress is associated with affective eating, an important behavioral risk factor for obesity and related metabolic diseases. Yoga practice is related to decreases in stress and cortisol levels, thus emerging as a potential targeted complementary intervention for affective eating. This randomized controlled trial examined the efficacy of a heated, hatha yoga intervention for reducing cortisol reactivity to stress and affective eating.

Full Study: Heated Hatha Yoga to Target Cortisol Reactivity to Stress and Affective Eating in Women at Risk for Obesity-Related Illnesses: A Randomized Controlled Trial – Funded by our friends at Pure Action

2) Bikram Yoga helps you sleep better

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Overview from the Doctors:: Further studies are required to determine which aspect(s) of Bikram Yoga can be most important for impacting sleep physiology. For example, physiological changes could be attributed to changes in hydration, to performance of vigorous exercise in general, or to indirect effects (such as being more mindful about avoiding other disruptors of sleep). We did not detect any significant differences in terms of the portion of days in which subjects reported alcohol, caffeine, naps, or other exercise when comparing Bikram versus non-Bikram days (data not shown). Future studies should compare Bikram to other forms of exercise as well as forms of relaxation, to determine which aspect of Bikram was most relevant to effects on sleep. Specifically, Bikram Yoga was associated with significantly faster return to sleep after nocturnal awakenings

Full Study:  Decreased Nocturnal Awakenings in Young Adults Performing Bikram Yoga: A Low-Constraint Home Sleep Monitoring Study

3) Long term practitioners have larger grey matter volume in areas of the brain associated with attention & self control 

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Overview from the Doctors:: These areas have been shown to be associated with sustained attention/cognitive control, emotion control, interoceptive perception and feelings of compassion, suggesting that long-term SYM practice may potentially enhance the functions mediated by these regions and consequently lead to neuroplastic enlargements.

Full Study: Increased Grey Matter Associated with Long-Term Sahaja Yoga Meditation: A Voxel-Based Morphometry Study

 

4) Bikram Yoga lowers distress tolerance and emotional eating

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Overview from the Doctors:: This study offers preliminary evidence for the benefits of yoga interventions for problems characterized by elevated stress and poor affect regulation. First, our findings underscore the promise of hatha yoga practice for increasing DT and reducing emotional eating tendencies. Second, our mediation analyses revealed a particular component of the cognitive processing of distress – Absorption – mediated the effects of yoga on disordered eating. Interventions that aid in affect modulation and enhanced coping are crucial for reducing the public health burden of an array of psychological disorders, and this study provides support for further development of specialized, mind-body interventions for those low in DT.

Full Study: The Effects of a Hatha Yoga Intervention on Facets of Distress Tolerance

These studies provide proof that a regular yoga practice can provide real world mental health benefits. Dr. Hunter, arguably the world’s leading authority on medical science as it relates to yoga, is hosting a research conference in Texas this summer dedicated to this topic. For more information click below.

Pure Action 1st Annual Research Conference

stacy-218x300Dr. Stacy Hunter received her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2008 where she studied racial differences in anaerobic performance. In 2011, she received her Ph.D. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Education working in the Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory where the focus of her dissertation was on the effects of yoga on arterial stiffness and vascular endothelial function. She has published several studies on the effects of yoga on indices of vascular and metabolic health. As a pioneer in this widely unexplored field, she performed the first yoga studies of their kind and continues her efforts in bridging the gap between the anecdotal and empirical evidence of the health claims associated with hatha yoga as the research director for PURE Action.

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Products We Love: Isotonix

Now available at the front desk of every Bikram Yoga NYC location are Isotonix single use packets. These multivitamin packs help keep your immune system healthy and your energy levels high!

During the Month of May – take 17% OFF any Isotonix single use packet purchase.

See below for more information about the suppliment.

What is included in each packet of the Isotonix Daily Essentials Packets? Each packet contains one capful each of Isotonix OPC-3, Isotonix Multivitamin, Isotonix Activated B-Complex, and Isotonix Calcium Plus.

Why are Isotonix® supplements better than standard supplements? Isotonix formulas are the fastest and most effective way to receive vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Th process takes about five minutes, whereas a standard vitamin tablet can take up to four hours.

Why do I need to take a multivitamin? Vitamins and minerals help to support a healthy immune system, promote the conversion of food into energy, support a healthy cardiovascular system, support strong bones, promote mental clarity, maintain normal metabolic functioning, promote healthy growth and repair of tissues, help maintain normal blood pressure, and help maintain water and electrolyte balance in the body.

I am healthy and athletic; why should I take Isotonix OPC-3? Athletes inhale 10 to 20 times more oxygen during physical activity over rest periods. Isotonix OPC-3 helps to maintain healthy blood flow and this supports oxygen supply to muscles.

Are there any warnings or contraindications for the products in the Isotonix Daily Essentials Packets? Isotonix OPC-3, Isotonix Multivitamin, Isotonix Activated B-Complex and Isotonix Calcium Plus are vegetarian products and contain no wheat, gluten, soy, yeast, artificial flavor, starch, salt, preservatives or milk. If you are currently using any prescription drugs, have ongoing medical condition, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should consult your healthcare provider before using these product.

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Bikram Yoga NYC is Sponsoring One Fire Festival

Bikram Yoga NYC is sponsoring the One Fire Festival! This year’s annual event is happening at Joshua Tree and BYNYC owner Donna Rubin will be leading a very special clinic. Check out the video below and then visit onefirefest.com for details and signup!

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Valentines Sale: 15% OFF Gift Cards

Through Sunday night, take 15% OFF a gift card of any denomination. We offer preset values of $50, $100, $250 and $500 or you can choose your own price. 15% off equates to the following discounts for the cards we listed above:

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Air Aroma Diffusers

The Bikram Yoga NYC blog is full of tips, news, and wellness information. The latest wellness craze has been essential oils and their health benefits. People talk about ingesting essential oils and topical uses of essential oils, but what about diffusing essential oils?

At all four Bikram Yoga NYC studios, we diffuse a blend of lavender and eucalyptus essential oils by Air Aroma in our common areas. Lavender is known to relax and calm people, melting away any stress our yogis’ bring with them to class and allowing them to focus solely on the poses. Eucalyptus is known to have antibacterial and stimulating properties, helping to keep our studios as clean as possible and rejuvenating anyone who enters.

We diffuse this lovely fragrance with Air Aroma’s Aroslim diffuser. It’s sleek and stylish look blends well with our Bikram studios, and now we are able to offer our students a 15% discount off purchase of Air Aroma’s smaller home unit, the Aromax, and any of their fragrances.

Visit store.air-aroma.com and enter promo code LUM3373 to take advantage of this limited-time offer.

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Student Stories: Tracy Perlman

Tracy Perlman is one busy lady. As vice president of entertainment and marketing for the NFL, she’s got an extremely tight schedule. But no matter how crazy her day, Tracy finds the time to take a 90-minute Bikram Yoga class.

Traveling an average of 165 days a year complicates that task, but Tracy seeks out studios in all corners of the United States and beyond. In a New York Times feature article about her, “Staking Our Her Place Among Men Atop The N.F.L.,” Tracy notes:

Through the years, Perlman said, she felt burdened by her job, and when she saw a photo of herself at 39, she thought she looked unhealthy and unhappy. A friend steered her to a Bikram Yoga class and, Perlman said, she has been obsessed with it ever since. She attends one 90-minute class every day — even amid the Super Bowl craziness.

That’s right, even on Super Bowl Sunday Tracy takes an early morning class to prepare her mentally and physically for the day.

At a recent Pro Bowl event, Perlman said, she had a heated discussion with the fellow yogis Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals and Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints that included demonstrating postures and ribbing Graham for saying he had left a class early.

Perlman said she had never left a class early. Perseverance, after all, has been part of her job.

Click here to read the New York Times article about Tracy.

Above photo by Kevin Gregor for Bikram Yoga NYC during Solstice in Times Square 2014 when Tracy demonstrated on stage for Bikram Yoga NYC.