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
More Information or Donate Online

meeting

Pure Action is a 501.c3 non-profit bringing the ancient benefits of yoga to mainstream medicine through research, education, and community. They have funded several research projects on the heath benefits of Bikram Yoga, including:

Another study, unlinked above, outlines the metabolic, cardiovascular and thermal responses to a single session of Bikram Yoga. While their original graphic is fantastic and packed with data points, it’s also designed as a 3 x 4 foot poster, making it difficult to read on the web.

We took their original graph and re-visualized it in a web friendly format to to show, scientifically, what happens to your oxygen intake (metabolic rate), your hear rate (cardiovascular rate) and core temperature during class. Want to know why the standing series is called the “warm up?” Take a look at where your core temperature peaks. Want to know why Camel pose is unlike any other? Take a look at what’s happening to your oxygen intake and heart rate. What to know why Triangle is called the master posture of the standing series, look at the chart’s metabolic peak rate!

For more information, visit their website at pureaction.org

About their research studies:

PURE Action is devoted to establishing the feasibility and the effectiveness of yoga therapy as an alternative medicine through continued research. As research is the basis for clinical practice, studies are needed that will enhance our knowledge of the benefits of yoga and afford this mode of physical activity recognition among health professionals and in the medical science arena. A concerted goal of this organization is to fund research studies on the effects of yoga on physical and mental health in various populations including under served communities.