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.

Thank you once again for being part of our community this year! As you might have seen in a recent email, we offered over 100,000 classes in 2015. Where you in one or more of them? Would you like to know how many exactly?

While we wish there was a date range selector option in our software, we’re afraid to report it’s not available at this time. That said, should you want ot know your number, please visit the link below and simply review your 2015 visits. When you have the number, first of all we hope you feel great about it. Secondly, if you’d like to share your visit history with your friends on Facebook, simply click the SHARE button below and add the total to the status box!

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I believe. Say it, out loud. Let it sit inside and reverberate through you. Do you BELIEVE it?

I believe.

Seems so simple, right?

It’s far from it. Believing comes from extracting fear and worry. The extracting of fear and worry is hard work. And in order to get to the other side, in order to get to the place where you believe, you have to go through.

When I go through, I’ve found that the old habits and fears come to the forefront and it’s quite easy to latch onto those, to let them run amok on my mind and send my heart into a panic. It becomes comfortable to attach to my habitual ways of being and to need validation that everything is going to be okay.

I’ve been guilty of this always. Even though my intuition is strong, I have a had a hard time believing it. I let my mind play tricks on me. Our minds are slippery characters capable of sabatoging even our best intentions. Mine likes to build paranoid delusions, destroying the beauty that only moments before glimmered in my view.

When we don’t feel safe and secure in the material world, when we don’t feel grounded, it leads us to create fears and worries. These fears and worries  stop us from believing. And when we don’t believe we can’t achieve.

I never realized how strong the world BELIEVE actually is. It’s in our believing that we create our own magical, joyful world. I was one who enjoyed the cynicism, the painful analyzing of a situation. I am still guilty of falling into this habit at times.  But, no amount of analyzing ever made me feel safe. Rather, it made me feel crazy. But I would do it anyway. I’d run away with stories and talk myself in circles driving myself nuts. My mind took control overriding our most valuable asset, our intuition. A regular Bikram yoga practice has nearly eliminated this nasty habit.

Through our practice we extract and go through. And as we are going through we have our mats to come home to where we can kick, stretch, and breathe– where we can let go. Our asana practice helps us to wrangle our wild horse of a mind into submission so that we are able to be still, be quiet, and to trust.

In our yoga practice, while we are kicking and stretching and breathing, our minds surrender. As we move from one asana to the next we are able to extract the fear and the worry, the stagnant energy that holds us back and we are able to go through it without attaching to it. Through the sweating, the stretching, the contracting of muscles we release, we let go, and we learn to believe. And when we believe we are safe. When we believe we know we are loved. When we believe we are home.

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.

Celebrate this holiday events season by scheduling a group private class at one of our locations. Have your HR or Benefits Manager contact us to book a class for you and up to 50 of your co-workers!

At Bikram Yoga NYC we have 4 locations, 7 yoga rooms and capacity to host your company for a unique team building exercise that will leave everyone refreshed a rejuvenated. We can tailor the class to your groups availability according to date or even the length of class (60, 75 or 90 minutes).

Work with our booking manager to choose from among 50+ instructors to lead your team through 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. For more information, please contact privates@bikramyoganyc.com

Photos are from a recent class with the staff at SELF Magazine

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Standing Head to Knee Pose helps develop concentration, patience, and determination. Physically, it tightens abdominal and thigh muscles, improves flexibility of the sciatic nerves, and strengthens the tendons, biceps of the thigh muscles, and hamstrings in the legs, as well as the deltoid, trapezius, latissimus dorsi, scapula, biceps, and triceps.  When you touch your forehead to your knee, you create front-side compression, so you are also squeezing and flushing out the internal abdominal organs, such as the gall bladder, pancreas and spleen as well as the uterus and ovaries.

3 Tips for Standing Head to Knee Pose

  1. Standing Head to knee is a very difficult posture for most people. We like to think of this pose as 4 stages in 1 posture. If you are having trouble grabbing your foot, try to lift your thigh up as high as you need to to grab your foot. You do not have to have your thigh parallel to the floor to grab your foot.
  2. Think about keeping your weight more towards your toes to prevent you from putting too much pressure on the back of your knee.
  3. If you have any pain in your lower back you are probably doing it wrong. Come out of the pose and start again. Don’t forget to use your abdominal muscles as much as possible to support your back.

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As a former professional tennis player, David found himself with a few more injuries than he’d hoped. Watch and listen as David discusses how Bikram Yoga helped him heal.

Craig Villani is a highly experienced Bikram Yoga teacher and the former Director of Bikram Teacher Training. He is also the co-founder of LUX Yoga in France gives Bikram Yoga seminars and workshops worldwide. We are thrilled to welcome Craig back to Bikram Yoga NYC for a Master Class/Clinic on November 21st!

Whether you are a beginner at yoga or have been practicing with us for years, this is your chance to learn a lot more about Bikram Yoga and to take your practice to the next level. If you have questions about certain postures and/or your own practice, this is the perfect opportunity to get them answered.

Craig will take time to explain postures, give demonstrations and share information about the yoga during class. During class you will have the opportunity to ask questions as well. This will be an interactive session.

To learn more about Craig, please visit villanihealth.com

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Master Class/Clinic with Craig Villani
Saturday, November 21st
10am to 12:30pm at Flatiron
$50 in advance – $60 at the door
Limited to first 50 Students

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Craig Villani is a passionate student of life. He began speaking publicly at age six and won national awards for writing before graduating high school. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, he entered into the developing field of health and fitness as a wellness consultant.

Craig has been teaching yoga since 1999 and served for nearly a decade as International Director of Education and Teacher Training for the Yoga College of India. Throughout his tenure, he guided thousands of yoga instructors and facilitators through what was widely considered one of the most challenging and successful hatha yoga training programs in the world.

He has led thousands of classes and hundreds of seminars, workshops, lectures, conferences, and retreats throughout the world, focusing on yoga therapy, mindfulness, and integrative health. Internationally recognized for his expertise in professional development and leadership, Craig’s practical and accessible teaching style is grounded in efficacy, precision, and a somewhat irreverent sense of humor.

Awkward Pose will tone and shape your legs. The definition and strength you gain here are among yogas’ fastest results. It opens the pelvis and makes the hip joints more flexible and also firms the upper arms. This posture will increases blood circulation in the knees and ankle joints and will help to relieve rheumatism, arthritis, and gout in the legs, and helps to cure slipped disc and lumbago in the lower spine. Awkward Pose also promotes concentration.

3 Tips for the 3 parts of Awkward Pose:

Part 1
Most beginners don’t sit down low enough because they feel funny sticking their buttocks out behind them. It will feel very strange the first time you sit down all the way but it will help to increase flexibility in your hips.

Part 2
It is difficult to balance when you are standing on the balls of your feet. Think about locking your ankles in place as if you had ski boots on. This image will help you not wiggle your ankles in or out and just concentrate on bending your knees. Nothing else moves. Engaging your core muscles will help as well.

Part 3
If you are having trouble sitting all the way down because of knee issues, you may help yourself down by putting putting your hands on the floor to lower yourself down. Once you are all the way down, then lean back to get your spine straight and use your core strength to sit up a little off your heels.

Why Bikram Yoga NYC is Making Strides

Almost everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way, so we’ve decided to make a difference by walking and raising money in our local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. The donations our team raises will enable investment in breast cancer research as well as provide free information and services for those diagnosed with the disease. More than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday this year!

Why We Support the American Cancer Society

Saving lives from breast cancer starts one team, one walker, and one dollar at a time. We know that the American Cancer Society is the leader in the fight to end breast cancer. We know that supporting them will ensure that if you need someone to talk to anytime of the day or night, they’ll be there. If your friend is losing her hair from chemo, your mother needs a ride to treatment, or a loved one needs a place to stay when treatment is far from home, they will be there to help.

How You Can Help

Join us and thousands of others in Central Park this upcoming Sunday, October 18th at 8am as we walk to support Breast Cancer Research. Want to help but can’t make it to Central Park? Visit our team page where you can make a donation to support the cause. To visit our team page please click here.

We are meeting at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue at 7:30am prior to registration. The walk begins at 8am. If you have any questions, please use the email icon in the bottom right corner of this screen to send us a message. Thank you and hope to see you there!

Details

Date: Sunday, October 18th, 2015
Time: 7:30am meetup, 8:00am walk
What to Wear: A Bikram Yoga NYC shirt or tank if you have one
Meeting Point: SouthWest corner of 72nd and 5th Avenue
Weather Forecast: Partly Cloudy. Low of 39F, High of 54F, 41% Humidity
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