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Test Your Bikram Yoga Knowledge

Think you know the practice? Take our quiz below!

Please Note – The results of this quiz do not reflect on your yoga capability, only your knowledge of the practice. Also, this quiz is only for fun!

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Hot HIIT Classes in NYC

Instructor Sabrina Johnson

Instructor Sabrina Johnson

Hot HIIT classes are 1 hour in length and are performed on a mat with no props or equipment. We recommend apparel similar to what you would wear to a Bikram Yoga class and that you eat and hydrate in a similar manner. Curious? Come give it a try! All levels are welcome.

Hot HIIT

Hot HIIT is a training system that combines High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Pilates principles. It combines muscle toning and cardio in a room heated to around 95 degrees. The practice cre­ates long lean mus­cle mass while burning fat, with rapid results. It cre­ates a stronger core, improves cir­cu­la­tion, and increases flex­i­bil­ity. It is per­formed on a yoga mat mak­ing it low impact, pro­tect­ing your joints and mus­cles from the pound­ing of other exer­cises like run­ning and jumping.

It is a full body workout paired up with up-beat music. You will gain health and flexibility and train your muscles to work together; which will lead to weight loss, good posture, & strength throughout your body.

Instructor Charly Seamon

Instructor Charly Seamon

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Intermediate Series at Bikram Yoga NYC

The Intermediate Class uses the strong physical and mental focus learned in the beginning series as the foundation to lead us to a more advanced yoga practice. This class offers students techniques for moving into further expressions in familiar postures from the beginner’s practice, as well as learn new postures and develop new abilities. 

Note – This class is recommended for students with a strong Bikram Yoga foundation. If you are wondering if this class is right for you, please discuss with one of your instructors.

Schedule

Wednesdays – 6:30pm – Midtown
Led by Gloria Suen

Mondays – 2:30pm – Flatiron
Led by Joseph Encinia

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January 2017 Special – 15 Class Card

Through January 31st, pick up 15 classes for $259. Note this package activates after first use, not the date of purchase. Take advantage of this deal today and then use the classes when you’re ready! Expires 365 days after first use.

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Classpass Unlmited Bikram Yoga

November 2nd, 2016 – Today Classpass notified it’s users the business was discontinuing their popular unlimited plan. The story was heavily reported on by organizations like CNN, Huffington Post, Fortune, MashableWell & Good and many more with many of it’s users taking to twitter and facebook to weigh in on the decision.

Here at Bikram Yoga NYC we’ve had a positive experience with classpass users and many seem to enjoy the sweat we offer in our traditional 90 minutes classes, our express 60 and 75 minute classes, our intermediate classes, intro to Bikram Yoga classes and most recently, our new Hot Pilates and Yin Nidra classes.

From the very beginning, Classpass limited it’s users to 3 classes per month at Bikram Yoga NYC as part of their core offering and that policy continues with their remaining two pricing plans, 5 and 10 class packs. At Bikram Yoga NYC we offer a variety of class card and unlimited plans to choose from, with some unlimited yoga plans coming in just over $100/month for anytime yoga.

Interested in learning more about our classes or packages? Drop us a note! We’d love to hear from you.

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Posture of the Week: Final Breathing

This last breathing exercise strengthens all the abdominal organs, increases the circulation and stimulates the digestive system. It makes the abdominal wall strong and trims the waistline. It also allows the body to release toxins through the respiratory system.

4 Tips for Final Breathing:

  • Keep your stomach relaxed and draw your belly in on the exhale. The inhale happens automatically.
  • Your spine should be straight; think of your arms like brackets holding you up (more than your abdomen and back). Elbows locked.
  • Avoid bouncing or any movement in the chest, shoulders, head. Just your belly moves on the exhale. 
  • Your mouth should be open, jaw relaxed. Avoid pursing your lips or tensing your face.
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Posture of the Week: Spine Twisting Pose

The only exercise that twists the spine from top to bottom at the same time. As a result, it increases circulation and nutrition to spinal nerves, veins, and tissues, and improves spinal elasticity and flexibility and the flexibility of the hip joints. It helps cure lumbago, rheumatism of the spine, improves digestion, removes flatulence from the intestines, and firms the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.

  • Avoid sitting on your heel of the knee that is bent on the floor. Both sit-bones should be equally distributed on the floor. 
  • When you bring your arm up over your knee make sure that all three parts (hand, knee and heel) are touching on the same spot of the floor. 
  • Your buttocks, hips, sacrum and pelvis remain square to the side you are facing (left side in most cases); they are not involved in the twisting motion. The twist comes from the waist through the top of the head. Prior to turning it is important to lift your body up toward the ceiling and then twist. 
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Posture of the Week: Separate Head to Knee and Stretching Pose

This posture helps to balance the blood sugar level. It improves the flexibility of the sciatic nerves, ankles, knees and hip joints; improves digestion; enhances the proper functioning of the kidneys; and expands the solar plexus. Increases the flexibility of the trapezius, deltoid, erectus femoris, and bicep muscles, sciatic nerves, tendons, hip joints, and the last five vertebrae of the spine. Relieves chronic diarrhea by improving the circulation of the bowels. It also increases circulation to the liver and spleen and improves digestion.

4 Tips for this posture:

  • Keep in mind that with legs to either side your knee can be bent. The forehead-to-knee compression is paramount rather than having your leg straight. Furthermore, whether your knee is bent or straight your foot should always be flexed. 
  • During the compression portion of the posture, your shoulders and elbows are equally aligned over the leg that is out (i.e. leg facing the corner of the room). On the right side, think left elbow and shoulder down toward the floor, and the opposite for the left side.
  • With both legs forward it is important to contract your quadriceps BEFORE you begin to pull on your toes. If you’re unable to keep your knees locked avoid pulling and work on hamstring flexibility first.
  • As always, breath is key. Inhale while lifting and lengthening the spine, exhale as you stretch forward and work toward touching your forehead to your toes.
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Posture of the Week: Rabbit Pose

Produces the opposite effect of the Camel, giving maximum longitudinal extension of the spine. As a result, it stretches the spine to permit the nervous system to receive proper nutrition. It also maintains the mobility and elasticity of the spine and back muscles. The Rabbit improves digestion and helps cure colds, sinus problems and chronic tonsilitis. And it has a wonderful effect on thyroid and parathyroid glands. The pose improves the flexibility of the scapula and trapezius and helps children reach their full growth potential.

3 Tips for this Posture:

  • A proper, tight grip is important. Place the towel over your heels, grab your heels over the towel (thumbs outside). Without a firm grip, extra pressure will be placed on the head and cervical spine. This grip is continuous from the postures’s start to finish. 
  • Avoid executing the posture with a flat back (different from Half Tortoise pose). Tuck chin to chest, round shoulders down and forward and suck your belly in!
  • While in maximum expression of the posture, engage your feet with the heels together, drawn your navel to your spine and bring your shoulder back away from your ears. This will allow for a better stretch from coccyx to the neck.
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Relax to Stretch Deeper with Omri

We all experience tightness in our bodies, chronic aches and pains, often in the same places again and again. Old injuries, scoliosis, bad posture, and even deep emotional stress are examples of why we may feel limited in our movement. Traditionally we address these with body work, but is that a successful long term solution to this problem? do you feel the tightness coming back again and again? you might even think by now thats just how your body is, that you’re destined to live with chronic tension.

In this workshop we will learn about and explore the principals of misuse that lead to chronic tension, and how to observe the physical and mental connections that entrench them. Using this heightened awareness, you will learn how to self-correct your tensions by strategically “letting go”. Learning these principals has the incredible potential to change how you move throughout your day, how you practice, even how you sleep.

Discussion and sharing will be encouraged.

Relax to go Deeper with Omri
Bikram Yoga NYC Flatiron
182 5th Avenue – 3rd Floor Checkin
Saturday, April 16th – Noon to 4pm
$45 – Pre-registration Only

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