Thanksgiving Schedule 2017

Hot HIIT Demonstrations with Monique Crous

We continue to see many new faces in our Hot HIIT classes and have expanded the schedule this summer to accommodate the demand. We’re happy to have everyone and encourage your input and feedback!

Hot HIIT is a training system that combines High Intensity Interval Training(HIIT), interval training, muscle toning, and cardio in a room heated to approximately 100 degrees. This practice promotes long, lean mus­cle mass while burning fat, with rapid results. It strengthens your core, improves cir­cu­la­tion, and increases flex­i­bil­ity.

Haven’t tried the class yet and curious to see some of the exercises? We’ve put together a short video of Hot HIIT creator and Teacher, Monique Crous, demonstrating the following 5 exercises:

  1. Half Burpee
  2. Mountain Climber
  3. Ankle Tap
  4. V-Ups
  5. Reach Though Crunch

Each class is set to upbeat music and are offered at all 4 locations – Flatiron, Midtown, Upper East Side and Upper West Side. Curious to try a class yourself? We’ve included the schedule below. These classes are included in any package we offer at the studio. Have questions? Shoot us an email at

Interested in Hot HIIT Teacher Training? Click here


2017 Solstice in Times Square

A huge thanks to everyone who joined us in person, in spirit or watched live online! Below is our full class from 1:30pm today.

Marking our 9th consecutive year of participation in the event, we’re thrilled to announce our class at the Solstice in Times Square: Mind over Madness Yoga presented by Aerie. Come find your center at the Crossroads of the World! To celebrate, we offering 20% off most packages, today only using promo code SOLSTICE at checkout.

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Registration Now Open For Free All-day Outdoor Yoga Event

New York, NY (June 1, 2017) – The Times Square Alliance today announced the return of Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga Presented by Aerie – a day of free yoga classes to celebrate the longest day of the year and beginning of the summer season – on Wednesday, June 21st. Starting today, people can register at  for classes beginning at 7:30 a.m. and continuing until 8:30 p.m., just after sunset.

“At Solstice in Times Square, we invite participants to find peace and tranquility beside the mixture of sights, sounds and endless energy of Times Square,” said Tim Tompkins, President of Times Square Alliance and co-founder of the event. “Even at a time when it seems impossible, one can, and should, take a moment to find harmony within their mind, body, and the world around them.”

“Thousands of yoga practitioners come to Summer Solstice in Times Square/Mind over Madness Yoga to cut through the noise of inner unsteadiness and outer distractions to bathe in their own deeper stillness,” said Douglass Stewart, co-founder of Solstice in Times Square.

“Aerie is so excited to sponsor this year’s Solstice in Times Square,” said Jen Foyle, Global Brand President of Aerie. “The #AerieREAL message is our commitment to empowering everyone to feel happy, healthy and confident inside and out. This event is an amazing way to share our message and empower thousands of yogis to love their REAL selves.”

Yogis of every skill level will have the opportunity to participate in seven free yoga sessions throughout the day on June 21st and visit the Yoga Village between 44th and 45th Streets, which will feature booths, giveaways, and activities.  Aerie will be present in the Yoga Village with free flash tattoos, refreshments, and a photo booth where yogis can snap a video for a chance to be featured on the billboard on the American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie store. At the store, visitors can also stock up on leggings from their Chill. Play. Move.™ collection, plus get free personalization that day only.

Situated at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue between 42nd & 47th Streets, the yoga sessions will include:

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: instructed by Douglass Stewart
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: instructed by Sarah Finger
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: #AerieREAL Empowered Flow with Catherine Gignac
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Bikram Yoga with Jen Lobo and Donna Rubin
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: instructed by Aditi Shah and Rachel Cohen
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: instructed by Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee
  • 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: LUNA Deep House Yoga with Lauren Taus and DJ Tasha Blank

Detailed instructor bios can be found at On June 21st, registered participants who attend will receive a free yoga mat courtesy of Aerie. Footage from classes will also be shown on the American Eagle screen at 46th Street and Broadway.          

Participants and those unable to attend the event are also encouraged to upload yoga photos and tag them with #SolsticeTSq across various social media platforms, and follow live coverage and join conversations on,  @TimesSquareNYC on Twitter and @TimesSquareNYC on Instagram.

The Alliance has once again partnered with Yoga Journal ( to reach yoga enthusiasts on and off the mat. Additional sponsors include LUNA; Rodan + Fields®; Essentia; National Mango Board; and Wasa.

Solstice in Times Square has partnered with Times Square’s own Hotel Edison, a Triumph Hotel, to help yogis from afar make the pilgrimage to Times Square for Mind Over Madness Yoga.


3 Hour Cancellation Window

iphonebookingIn mid-April we began including notices in our reservation confirmation emails that our window to cancel a class is changing from 1 hour to 3 hours. We’ve found that 1 hour is not enough time for students who are on a waitlist to be fully prepared to visit.

Beginning June 1st, online cancellations will no longer be available less than 3 hours before a class begins. For example, if a class is taking place at Noon, the cancellation window will close at 9:00am. Please note that if  you are on an unlimited packages and do not cancel 3 hours in advance you will be charged a $10 fee. If you have a class class card package, not canceling before the 3 hour window will result in the loss of a class.

We understand there are often circumstances that may occur within the 3 hour window that are beyond your control. If there is situation within the 3 hour window that will prevent you from attending class, please call or email us. As long as you’ve made an effort to advise us you can not attend a previously booked class, the fee or docked class will be waived.

A Holiday Message from our Founders

Dear Yogis,

At this time of year we look back and reflect on how fortunate we are to spend every day with all of you – our amazing community. After 17 years in business not a day goes by that we don’t hear from one of you about how the yoga has helped you in your life. This brings us so much joy.

This month, we have many yogis taking part in our Holiday Charity Challenge in which they have pledged to practice 30 classes in 40 days.  In return, the studio will contribute $50 to their charity of choice.  We congratulate those who have committed their time and energy to these great causes during the busy holiday season. A few of the charities this month include American Lung Association, Lineage Project, World Vision and Achilles InternationalAlso this month, we’re donating to Toys for Tots each time one of our yogis check in on Facebook! For more about this program and to help us reach our goal of 500 donations this month, please click here

In 2016, we made some significant changes in our class schedule. While the Bikram method of yoga will always be our core offering, we will continue to expand our Hot HIIT Pilates and 60 and 75 minute class options in the coming months. We’re also offering Yin Nidra Yoga, Intermediate classes and have expanded our Chillax series (Bikram classes accompanied by music). Click here to see today’s schedule of classes

As we move towards 2017, we will continue to make upgrades at the studios including new flooring, paint and other aesthetic improvements. Our constant goal is to create the most comfortable and peaceful settings we can for you and all our community.

As always, we welcome your feedback and are happy to speak with you at any time. We wish you the happiest of holidays and a healthy New Year filled with a lot of yoga!

Warmest Regards,
Donna and Jen

Labor Day Weekend Schedule


Yoga Factory Teacher Training 7/5 – 8/13

Our friends at the Yoga Factory in Annapolis Maryland are hosting a Teacher Training program for the 26+2 hot yoga posture sequence. One of the only East Coast Teacher Training programs this year, Annapolis is just a 3 hour train ride from Manhattan!


Yoga Factory provides the premier medically integrative training for the world famous 26&2 hot yoga sequence by uniting a highly qualified core group of teachers from the hatha yoga community to train others in the method. 

They provide training for aspiring hot yoga teachers who wish to learn to teach with compassion in a nurturing environment. Through thousands of hours of training, teaching, and running successful schools, Yoga Factory has refined the process to provide an exemplary teaching curriculum.

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Yoga Factory 300 Hour Certification will include:
  • Philosophy of Yoga & Teaching
    Anatomy of Yoga & Integrative Health
    Ethics of Teaching
    Business of Teaching & School Owning
    Teaching Techniques, Methodology & Practicum
    Practice – 2 classes per day

Upon completion of this six-week teacher training, new teachers will be able to:
  • Speak clearly and teach the sequence confidently in a public setting
    Correct students appropriately and compassionately
    Encourage a dedicated hatha yoga practice
    Greet students professionally and converse with students in an auspicious manner
    Speak intelligently about the mental and physical benefits of yoga
    Maintain and grow a continued awareness of their personal yoga practice.

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Women’s Health Workshop with Kathryn Leary

A very special 3 hour workshop, designed especially for women, that will lovingly explore self-care and how the Bikram series resonates in a woman’s body. We begin with a full 90-minute class, using dialogue infused with information about how postures uniquely affect the female body. This will be followed by a 90 minute workshop that explores hormones, emotions, intimacy, fertility and holistic self care for a woman’s body. Achieving a deeper awareness of the female body’s unique needs and strengths can elevate one’s practice and one’s life to a whole new level of vibrancy, lushness and joy.

Saturday, May 21st – Upper East Side
1pm-4pm | 173 East 83rd Street

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Teacher Feature: Maja Wampuszyc

What year did you attend training? Why did you go?

I went to Teacher Training in Acapulco, Spring 2008.  After a few years of a very uncommitted practice – and stretches of time where I simply felt – lets just very bad – I committed to the 30-day challenge. By day 15, I remember walking home from the subway and my feet barely touched the ground. Before the 30 days were over I had signed up for teacher training.

At the time, I thought I was going so that I could have a meaningful job when I wasn’t acting – the “bread and butter jobs” were depressing. It wasn’t until post training that I realized that that was only partially true. In a huge tennis court converted into a hot room at the Princess Hotel in Acapulco practicing two times a day for two months with over 200 hundred people I had the most amazing catharses of my life to date. I shed toxins I had no idea were paralyzing me. Heaviness from my past, my family’s past, the present and fears for the future. 


Maja dancing with her Pop

Not to mention, I had danced from the age of three. At some point I gave it up cold turkey. Taking for granted that I had been processing my whole being, through movement, my whole life. Bored by exercise for the sake of exercise, I became physically inert and my mind and body started to backfire. I now know I went to training to heal. The saying is true: we come for vanity and stay for sanity. When I returned I felt myself lighter. Yes, I ultimately lost about 20 lb. and began to look better then I ever remember looking. But the lightness was in my heart. I had committed to something with no agenda other than to improve my person. My mind, body and spirit.

Suddenly there was space in my life. Within a few months, I found myself rehearsing for the Off-Broadway production of Irena’s Vow that was then moved to the Walter Kerr on Broadway. 

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

If you become a teacher by your pupils you’ll be taught … every class I lead I learn. About the postures, the practice, life and myself. Being an instructor enlightens me. Putting my attention on others puts my personal “aches and pains” into a beautiful perspective. Our community is invaluable to me. The day to day exchange with like minded people – people who are working at being their best self – has become my daily dose of inspiration.

Tell us about your own practice. Which posture is most challenging for you and how do you get through it?

Every posture is challenging for me. I am a struggler (giggle). My ego and emotions like to get in the way of every single posture. If I don’t keep myself in check, I can fluctuate between being a tragic Chekhovian heroine and performance monkey before I even start my set up.

These days Standing Bow on my right side is most maddening. I am still twisting my hips ever so slightly – due to my love affair with getting my leg way the heck up there – and I have a funny collapsing arch in my left foot lately – which when I actually use my mindfulness to engage my inner thigh by bringing my body weight forward and square my hips properly instead of focusing on “getting high” … seems to miraculously behave itself! AHHH the tangled web we weave. Pranayama Breathing is my favorite.

When I practice I feel good when I don’t practice I get wonky.  The practice keeps my anxieties at bay.  For example,  I travel  frequently to spend time with my elderly father. Caring for an elderly parent can be a challenge.  During my visits I practice everyday at Bikram Yoga Detroit  – its 10 minutes away from my Dad’s house! The practice refocuses me. The challenge transforms itself into the joy of spending time together.

I have a way to go in my practice. And in my life. My practice is my best friend. I love my best friend.

Outside of yoga, what projects are you involved with? What do you do for fun?


Still from The Immigrant. Photo: Anne Joyce

There is no such thing as “outside of yoga” for me. Yoga is part of all I do. That having been said: I am an actress, signed with Bret Adams Ltd. Always auditioning. Recently I was in a play called Lady Macbeth and her Lover, by Richard Vetere, which I have since optioned. I am raising money for an early 2017 off-Broadway production directed by Austin Pendleton.

For Fun:

Do what you love and you never work a day in your life. I’m lucky that way. I never work! I love yoga. I love acting. And I love how together they make me expand. They are my way of putting something beautiful in the world. That to me is the greatest fun! But we can add to the mix: swimming, walking, biking, I enjoying wishing I loved running LOL, traveling, SINGING, my friends and family (particularly my Pop), dancing, live music, dressing up, finding a new route in a daily routine, sometimes I paint and write poetry. Going to the beach. Drinking my morning coffee in bed! I could go on and and on – I’m NEVER bored … now that I think of it I kind of find the fun in everything!

 Do you have a favorite inspirational quote or saying?

There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.  – Anthem by Leonard Cohen. It is based on Rumi’s: The Wound is the Place where the Light Enters You. I love how Cohen spins it in Anthem.

What are you currently reading or listening to?

Reading: Borowski (it is the darkest of dark).

Listening to: I am really into silence these days.

Any final words? 

Keep showing up!