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.
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
The ancient Ayurveda medicine from India dictates that majority of our food should be chewed for optimal health. In a perfect world, we would all be eating perfectly balanced, nutrient-dense meals that we chew, not drink, and there would be no need for concocting elaborate green drinks mixed in expensive blenders. I don’t know about you but my world is far from perfect and eating the recommended amount of vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, feels like a herculean effort.
So why drink green smoothies?
it makes the transition to a plant based diet easier and more enjoyable
eating drinking green leafy vegetables is the easiest, most natural way to reduce your biological age (do I have your attention now?!)
Besides the fact that you are getting raw greens into your diet that you normally wouldn’t, greens do fantastic things for your body. They are cleansing, promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, have anti-inflammatory properties and protect against certain cancers. Green veggies are an excellent source of minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium (which most people lack and then get it in the form of synthetic supplements). Got Kale?
Leafy greens contain large amounts of Vitamin K, which plays a super important role in bone health. While bone loss and osteoporosis are a major health concern for western women, countries like Japan with mostly vegetarian diets have a much lower incidence of fractures. For years, we have glorified dairy as a prescription for strong bones, but studies failed to find a link between dairy consumption and lower risk of fractures. The Nurses’ Health Study, a long term study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health following thousands of nurses, found that individuals who drank one glass of milk (or less) per week were at no greater risk of fractures than were those who drank two or more glasses per week, debunking the hypothesis that high dairy consumption protects against fractures. Confusing right? The little known Vitamin K (not found in dairy!) may very well be the missing link to nourishing our bones (along with magnesium, Vitamin D and weight bearing exercise, but that’s a whole other post)!
To me, a green smoothie is a whole food supplement. Instead of popping pills, make a batch of this alive food, brimming with nutrients, to ensure you are getting several servings of vegetables that otherwise may be hard to squeeze in your daily meals.
Are green smoothies for everyone? Almost! Although if you are prone to kidney stones or have thyroid problems, please consider this:
Rotate your greens in your daily smoothies for variety and maximum calcium absorption. Some greens (spinach and chard top the list) are high in oxalates, compounds that bind to calcium in the body and decrease its absorption. Traditional guidance for people with kidney stones was to limit foods high in oxalates, however, the evidence that this prevents kidney stones is inconclusive. Read about it here. While some people might benefit from reducing high oxalate foods, more recent research indicates that an alkaline diet high in fruits and vegetables and drinking lemon water is a far more effective kidney stones prevention strategy.
If you have thyroid problems, listen up. Cruciferous veggies such as kale, broccoli or cauliflower are goitrogenic, meaning they can interfere with thyroid function. Does it mean you should avoid them entirely? No! They are full of micronutrients and anti-cancer antioxidants. Instead of eating them raw, just steam, cook, or ferment them to reduce the goitrogenic properties.
Finally, here is my favorite green smoothie recipe.
My Flat Belly Green Smoothie will replenish your body with missing nutrients, leave you re-energized and ready to tackle the day with a new sense of self-care. If you are using this recipe as a meal replacement, consider adding a clean plant protein powder (like pea or pumpkin or a couple of tablespoons of hemp seeds) or simply follow with a couple of hard boiled eggs to give yourself a protein boost. Otherwise, you will be hungry by midmorning and reaching for snacks.
I make a big batch and store leftovers in glass mason jars in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, so I can have breakfast or snack ready to grab. Having prepared food that is ready to go is the secret to effortless clean eating.
Now go make a green smoothie and congratulate yourself for doing something amazing. You took care of YOU!
To your health!
1 green apple
1 handful of spinach
1 handful of kale
1 handful of cilantro
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
juice from ½ lime
2 cups water or coconut water
1 cup ice
¼ teaspoon turmeric (or small piece of fresh turmeric) – optional
Blend in a powerful blender like the Vitamix. Add more water if the smoothie is too thick. Pour into mason jars, store leftovers in a refrigerators for up to two days.
2016 marks a unique year for Bikram Yoga NYC. We are thrilled to bring so many new classes, workshops and events to our students and wanted to provide a roundup of everything going on.
The 90 Minute Miracle
We call this class the “90 minute miracle.” This traditional 90 minute class is designed for the stiffest beginners to the most flexible of yogis. Appropriate for all skill levels. > See all 90 Minute Classes
The Effective 75
Slightly abbreviated version of the classic 90, moves with a bit more tempo, more concise dialogue and less instructor demonstration. Please be punctual, starts promptly on time so it can end on time. > See all 75 Minute Classes
60 Minute Maintenance
This one-hour class moves through the traditional series with tempo and flow and is specifically designed to maintain your regular Bikram Yoga practice on the days that you just don’t have the time. >See all 60 Minute Classes
New Workshops & Clinics
Monthly clinics and workshops from guest and resident instructors cover a wide array of topics. Recent 2.5 hour Master classes compliment upcoming backbending workshops, clinics that help you go deep into your practice and those focused on Women’s health. > Read about this weekend’s Clinic
Class is led by the teacher in the front of the room with no verbal instruction, other than an indication as to when to go in and out of the postures. Students must have taken at least 10 classes and have knowledge of the sequence of postures. We are currently offering 1 silent class a month, 5pm on Sunday’s at Upper East Side, with Lisa Hecht.
Currently a monthly event called Chillax led by Chrystine Cooper, this 90 minute Bikram Yoga class is accompanied by music for a fun and unique Bikram Yoga experience. Expect an expanded music series in the coming months. > More about Chillax
Around the World Classes
Starting in April Bikram Yoga NYC is going to be offering a class that is led in a different language on the 2nd Thursday of every month. To date we have commitments from instructors who speak Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Lithuanian and German. > More info coming soon
Intro to Bikram Method
This clinic-style class will introduce you to the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises in the Bikram Method class. In this lightly heated one-hour class the instructor will guide you gently through the series and offer tips on how to prepare for class, take care of any injuries, and ultimately get the most out of your Bikram Yoga practice. > More info coming soon
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Bikram Yoga NYC is a full service studio with a variety of amenities including multiple showers in every location in each locker room. Organic body soap, shampoo and conditioner can be found in the showers and cotton balls, q-tips, hair dryers and towels can be found in the locker room. > See More Info: Flatiron, Midtown, Upper East Side, Upper West Side
Every week Bikram Yoga NYC shines the spotlight on one of our instructors in a series we call Teacher Feature. Get to know your instructors, see what they’re reading, what they’re doing outside of the hot room, see a few more pictures and even book a class. > See Teacher Feature Archive
We’re lucky to have such a strong and dedicated student body at Bikram Yoga NYC, many with incredible stories to share about weight loss, disabilities, improved focus or how the yoga has helped them heal injuries. Read some of their stories by visiting our Student Stories Column
Posture of the Week Series
Over the last 5 months we’ve made it though nearly all of the 26 postures in the Bikram Series, each posture coming complete with tips and tricks for help mastering the series. > See All Postures of the Week Here
Healthy Living Series
Certified Nutrition expert Ania Dunlop has a monthly series about Healthy Living outside the yoga room, offering guidance on everything from getting your hydration though food, to 5 ways to boost your immunity, to keeping weight off during the holidays and much more. > See All
Bikram Yoga NYC has a presence on a variety of Social Channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, Goolge+ and Reddit. See more about our social presence over at our Staying Connected page
Yoga Shorts Parodies
#YogaShorts is a series of short films we’ve made over the last several months that dub yoga dialogue over popular culture TV show, Movies and events. To see the films, head over to our Facebook Page
Having launched our first mobile app in February of 2012, version 1.0, we’re now please to offer a sophisticated mobile experience on both iOS and Android platforms for free – now at Version 3.8.1. > Download a free copy today
Redesigned in late 2015, our website now offers dynamic real time one click booking from any page on the site. Simply login using our LOGIN|REGISTER link and then anytime you come back, hover over “schedule” and pick any class.
Bikram yoga has always been home to me. It makes me feel safe and loved and has allowed me to unearth the most beautiful inner pieces of me. I began practicing in 2002 with a sprained ankle. I was seeking a low impact form of exercise while my ankle healed. Very quickly, I found myself practicing 5-6 days a week, which turned into 6-7 days a week after I went to teacher training.
I was burning through so much anxiety, past emotional pain, uncertainty, and fear. The yoga kept me calm. It wrung out the demons and allowed me to be still. It led me to a regular meditation practice, which coupled with my Bikram yoga practice healed my debilitating anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder without ever having to take a single prescription drug.
A couple of years ago, I got antsy, I felt like I needed to switch up my yoga styles. My body felt stagnant and so did my mind. As I am an extremely loyal person, and had been devoutly Bikram for so long, this was a hard decision for me, but my body was asking for change. So, one Sunday morning, I went to a vinyasa class. It wasn’t my first vinyasa class, but it was the first vinyasa class I took that made me crave more vinyasa…
That class catapulted me into a world of new yoga asana discovery. I enjoyed the Om’s and the free flow of sequencing that came with this new style, two facets that would have made me cringe in my younger days of being a practitioner. As I got deeper into this new practice, I began cutting back on the number of times a week I was practicing Bikram. I was falling in love with a new style, which led to my attending Dharma Mittra’s teacher training. After training, I began teaching vinyasa.During the height of my love affair with vinyasa, I found myself rejecting taking a Bikram class. I went far longer than I ever had without taking a single Bikram class.
After a couple of weeks, I noticed that my fidgety, anxious ways were returning. My body felt stiff. My head felt cloudy. It was as though layers of tension were coiling around me. My body was now screaming at me to take a Bikram class. Always one to listen to the needs of my body, I went to class.
In the aftermath of my sweat bath that may have included some skin shedding, as I lay in savasana, I felt as though I had come home again. The dark anxious thoughts that had been creeping in had cleared away like fog making way for the sun to shine through. My body felt lighter, more flexible, cleaner. I felt stronger, more centered…happier. As I lay there, taking note of these details, I smiled to myself and promised my Bikram practice that I would never stay away so long again.
In the last two years, my yoga asana practice has evolved to include many other styles with a variety of teachers. I have a more committed meditation practice and a less rigid mind because of my expansion. However, despite my exploration, I always maintain my 3-4 day a week Bikram practice.
This practice, it’s magical. It’s medicine. It truly heals the body, the mind, and the spirit. And it is for everyone. Whether you come to this practice to heal your body, your mind, your heart, or your spirit, or all of the above, you will find that healing.
We all have our own unique reasons for practicing this yoga, but we all have one thing in common, NOTHING replaces it. No other form of yoga. No other form of exercise. No other practice can replace your Bikram practice. It truly is a magical, healing practice. It is a gift, one that will keep you young, vibrant, healthy, grounded, and allow you to become meditative.
Bikram yoga is powerful medicine that when practiced with right intention will heal you.
This year we have new workshops coming every month and for the most part they’ll be led by Bikram Yoga NYC instructors. While the summer schedule has yet to be announced, and we may schedule another one or two in between what you see listed below, we are excited to announce these upcoming workshops with Yarrow, Omri and Kathryn!
Sunday, March 20th, 1pm at UES – Backbending/Meditation workshop with Yarrow Kae
75 min vinyasa flow and backbend workshop, kundalini meditation techniques, chakra clearing, pranayama breathing techniques, free write journaling, heart-centered meditation, and restorative yoga. This workshop will explore the questions: What do you do with your pain? Do you let it consume you? Or, do you use it to transform you?
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Saturday, April 16th, Time TBD – Practice Gently to go Deeper with Omri Kleinberger
How to nurture and develop a gentler practice by focusing on form and movement, promoting tension release, increased awareness, and understanding isolations. 4 hours, starting with a workshop on anatomy and physiology, then slower than usual class so we can stop and address questions and work on implementing the knowledge into the workshop
Saturday, May 21st, Time TBD – Bikram Yoga and the Female Body 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 and Q & A that explores holistic self care for a woman’s body, mind and spirit.
It is not a surprise that a healthy diet is the cornerstone of a strong immune system. It all starts with what we put in our bodies since food is our primary defense against illness. But how do you define healthy? To me, a healthy diet is mostly a plant-based lifestyle, rich in fruit and vegetables – especially dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes. Lots of people eating the Standard American Diet are deficient in micronutrients, substances that your body needs in small amounts but are very important for good health (think zinc, selenium, magnesium, vitamin C and K etc). A well planned out plant-based diet will ensure you get all the nutrients you need, keep inflammation at bay and protect you not only from colds and flu but also from chronic diseases that plague our society.
Does plant based mean vegan? Absolutely not. Eggs, wild fish and pastured chicken (from clean sources) are great sources of protein. I recommend eating protein (plant or animal) with every meal to help you feel full and heal and repair your body. Just remember to eat meat as a side, the size of your palm, not as the main event.
2. Nurture your microbiome
We have trillions of healthy bacteria living in our digestive tract that perform countless functions in our body. From helping us digest our food, defending against pathogens to affecting our mood, they are incredibly important influencers of our health. This invisible ecosystem of bacteria living inside you is called a human microbiome and numbers anywhere from 30-100 trillion microorganisms (weighing about 3 pounds!). You could say we are more bacteria than human!
Since 60-70% of our immune system sits in our digestive system, feeding your microbiome is one of the most important things you could do to build great health. Unfortunately, bad diets, antibiotics, stress and environmental toxins can throw this delicate ecosystem out of balance, encouraging bad bacteria to grow and lowering our immunity. Probiotics are extremely helpful in replenishing us with healthy bacteria and bringing us back to equilibrium. Find a strong probiotic (at least 50 billion CFUs) with multiple strands and incorporate taking it into your daily routine. I like to buy a (refrigerated) powder and add it to my smoothies.
3. Supplement wisely
Certain supplements and herbs can be extremely beneficial to both preventing and treating colds and flu.
Vitamin D, actually a hormone, is a wonderful miracle worker and sadly many of us are deficient. Since sunlight exposure in not enough in the winter, supplement daily and consume oily fish, grass-fed butter and eggs.
Zinc is a mineral essential for the immune system to work properly. If you don’t get enough from your food (shellfish, pumpkin seeds, lentils) or have been getting sick a lot, take a supplement to boost your immunity.
Essential fatty acids Fish oil is a superb anti-inflammatory and important for mood and brain development. Eat low mercury fish (sardines, salmon) twice a week or supplement with cod liver oil (ex. Nordic Naturals, Carlson).
Elderberries have been used for many centuries as a natural antiviral remedy to treat cold and flu symptoms. Studies also show that they can shorten flu duration by up to three days, alleviating allergies and boost immunity. Gaia makes a great tasting syrup that goes well in your or your kid’s smoothie.
4. Get enough quality sleep
Like a healthy diet, sleep is one of those no-brainer health boosting strategies that most of us conveniently ignore. But there is no way around it. On average, human beings need 7 hours of sleep for our bodies to rejuvenate and function optimally. There is a strong link between lack of sleep and an impaired immune system, making you more likely to get sick during periods of sleep deprivation. So make it your personal challenge to hit the sack on time and then watch your focus, mood and immunity skyrocket.
5. Get a handle on stress and anxiety
It’s not easy to stay calm in our overscheduled and overconnected world. Stress releases cortisol, which in turn suppresses your immune system and makes us more susceptible to catching whatever is going around. Studies show that exercise can alleviate stress and anxiety. So can focusing on the present moment. My favorite way to handle the crazies in my head is finding 10 quiet minutes to focus on my breath. There are countless books and resources out there, but lately I’ve been using the Insight Timer app. It’s a tool that has hundreds of guided meditations from practitioners around the world that will lull you to calmness or sleep, whatever you desire.
Need a practical boost right now? My Super Immunity Elixir is a smoothie I drink in the mornings when I feel rundown and needs a little boost. This smoothie is full of superfoods: Vitamin C rich fruits like lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit, anti-inflammatory herbs like ginger and turmeric, and detoxifying vegetables like kale. This stuff will make you feel revived and able to defend against any nasty bugs that come your way.
SUPER IMMUNITY ELIXIR
1.5 cup water or coconut water
1 orange, peeled
1 grapefruit, peeled
1 inch piece fresh ginger
1 small piece fresh turmeric (or ½ teaspoon ground turmeric)
Optional: frozen banana, kale, parsley
Blend all ingredients in a powerful blender and drink immediately.
Wind Removing post helps prevents flatulence, which is the source of most chronic abdominal discomforts. It improves the flexibility of the hip joints and firms the abdomen, thighs, and hips. Strengthens the bicep and tricep muscles of the upper arms and all the muscles of the forearm.
3 Tips for this Posture:
The tendency is to take your time to get into the posture, but students receive greater benefits when getting into this posture quickly and staying in it longer
Use your arm strength evenly so you don’t roll to one side. Do your best to get both shoulders on the ground
In order to keep the back of your neck on the floor look with your eyes down the center line of your body
We are incredibly thrilled to have Francisco Morales-Bermudez join us on Sunday, February 14th for a partners workshop at Bikram Yoga NYC Flatiron! Francisco travels the world bringing his workshop to countries like Japan, Peru, Denmark, Morocco and Mexico and this will be the first time it’s being offered in NYC!
Please note this is an all-levels class and no previous partners yoga experience is necessary. Don’t have a partner to come with? That’s OK! Francisco will team you up with someone at the studio. Have questions? Email us!
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
All partner stretching, massage, strengthening, and flying techniques have tremendous healing and therapeutic benefits; physically and emotionally. Synergy classes teach these methods and techniques for people of all levels of ability.
WHAT’S A CLASS LIKE?
Each class consists of group circles, creative movement and warm up exercises, flying, partner stretches, strengthening exercises and thai massage. It is a 90 minute class and a space for students to slowly but consistently build on:
the physical skills of partner yoga: flexibility, strength, massage techniques, balance, and partner-assisting skills
the energetic attributes of the practice: trust, communication, playfulness, connection, listening, healing touch
While always inspiring a sense of community and unity.
Our philosophy emphasizes listening, compassion and understanding as important and essential pieces of the Synergy practice. Francisco is trained to listen to the needs of his students in order to understand and move at their level. Classes will aim to challenge your strength, flexibility, and communication skills in a healing environment.
Valentine’s Day Partners Workshop Sunday, February 14th – 1:30 to 4pm 182 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor $50 Pre-Registration Only Includes mat and towels
Francisco Morales-Bermudez founded Synergy Partner Yoga in 2005. Since then his mission has been to share this practice in order to assist people in alleviating pain in their bodies, maintaining physical well-being and cultivating trust, connection and a playful vibration.
Francisco grew up in Lima, Peru where he spent time in the ocean, playing soccer and becoming intrigued with healing touch. His intrigue turned into a passion and for many years he studied and learned from different art forms and exercise systems.
Francisco studied: creative movement through afro-peruvian folkloric dances and performances & breakdancing yoga “School of Life” yoga ashram with Victor Landa, Bikram yoga, yoga with Dharma Mittra and Rusty Wells. He also studied capoeira angola (an afro-brazilian martial art) with Mestre Cobra Mansa healing touch & thai massage with Kam Thye Chow. These experiences contributed to the formation of Synergy Partner Yoga today.
Francisco discovered that by creating a practice that brought together aspects of the art forms he studied, cultivated the space for healing. A healing that affected people emotionally, physically and spiritually in a profoundly positive way. Seeing how this practice changed his life and how it built community, transformed the way people relate and interact with each other, he decided to make it his mission to share what he had learned with as many people as possible.
Today Synergy has traveled to homes, studios and families around the Globe. It continues to expand and touch peoples lives through the growing, dedicated Synergy Teacher family, supported and guided by Francisco. Francisco conducts workshops, classes, teacher trainings, and continues to learn, evolve and grow through developing Synergy Partner Yoga as well as from the people he meets and the places on his life journey.