We’re thrilled to announce this year’s Winter Solstice class led by the amazing Chrystine Cooper! This silent class is recommended for students who’ve taken at least 10 classes. Call any studio to reserve your spot ahead of December 15th. On and after December 15th students can visit bikramyoganyc.com/schedule to reserve a spot with their existing package.
Details Winter Solstice Class 2016 Date: Wednesday, December 21st Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm Location: Bikram Yoga NYC Flatiron Phone: 212.206.9400 Price: Use any existing package to reserve your spot!
With so many new classes added recently, we wanted to include a roundup of everything happening this December at Bikram Yoga NYC. Special events include Pamela Herron’s Sun Center Workshop on December 3rd and Chrystine Cooper’s Winter Solstice class on December 21st.
Now offered in 60, 75 and 90 minute durations, all of our classic Bikram Method classes include each of the 26 postures and two breathing exercises and are suitable for yogi’s of all levels!
Exclusively at Bikram yoga NYC, Hot HIIT Pilates is a training system that combines High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Pilates principles in a in a room heated to around 100 degrees. The practice creates long lean muscle mass while burning fat, with rapid results.
Yin yoga postures are designed to open up the body by prolonged holds of deep stretching techniques – typically between 1 to 5 minutes in length. The second part of the class, Yoga Nidra, builds upon the relaxed physical and mental state from the preceding Yin postures.
Recommended for students with a strong Bikram Yoga foundation, our 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 deeper into familiar postures from the beginner’s class, as well as learning new postures and developing new abilities.
In the past, Chrystine Cooper has led a monthly event called Chillax. Starting in December we’re adding 5 weekly chillax classes to the schedule. This 90 minute Bikram Yoga class is accompanied by music for a fun and unique Bikram Yoga experience.
In this workshop Pamela will lead you into an exploration of your body, mind, and spirit. Using lecture, meditation, movement & breathing techniques to guide you to tap into your intuition, find your center, and embracing joy on a daily level, while linking the science behind these incredible tools to enhance your practice and your life.
Dec 21st – Winter Solstice Class with Chrystine Cooper
At this time we’re accepting phone reservations for this class. Please call any Bikrm Yoga NYC location to have your name added to the roster. Flatiron: 212.206.9400.
Winter Solstice Class 2016 Date: Wednesdy, December 21st Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm Location: Bikram Yoga NYC Flatiron Instructor: Chrystine Cooper
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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
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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
International Yoga Day is celebrated annually on June 21 and was declared to be internationally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014. Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline that originated in India. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN Address suggested the date of June 21, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.
The idea of an International Yoga Day was first proposed by Narendra Modi during his speech at the UNGA, on September 27, 2014. He stated:
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” — Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly
Following this initial proposal, the UNGA held informal consultations on the draft resolution entitled “International Day of Yoga”, on October 14, 2014. The consultations were convened by the delegation of India.
On December 11, 2014, India’s Permanent Representative Asoke Mukherji introduced the draft resolution in UNGA. The draft text received broad support from 177 Member States who adopted the text without a vote. This initiative found support from many global leaders. A total of 175 nations co-sponsored the resolution and had the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature.
Bikram Yoga NYC is sponsoring the One Fire Festival! This year’s annual event is happening at Joshua Tree and BYNYC owner Donna Rubin will be leading a very special clinic. Check out the video below and then visit onefirefest.com for details and signup!
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?
Sign up for this clinic and get 20% OFF at OMSHOP!MORE INFO
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.
What do we do with our pain? Do we let it destroy us? Or, do we let it transform us? Yarrow Kae invites you on a journey through your heart center into the most vulnerable places of you. She takes you to the places that have brought you deep pain in order to alchemize it into light. To begin that journey she will tell you her story, how she sat with her pain, and how she learned and grew from that pain.
This is a vinyasa flow and backbend workshop designed to crack open our heart chakra, which holds our most potent emotional pain. Together we will dissolve blockages that keep us from reaching our fullest potential, ones that keep us trapped within our pain. Under her expert guidance we will identify the pain, release it, and transform it into light, love, beauty & poetry.
Some of the greatest art has been made as a result of emotional pain. The more quickly you get in touch with yours the more quickly you will be able to alchemize it into light and give your unique gift to the world.
75 min vinyasa flow and backbend workshop to ignite your heart
kundalini meditation techniques to remove blockages
pranayama breathing techniques
free write journaling
restorative yoga designed to soften your heart and free your spirit by getting you in touch with your most valuable trait, your vulnerability
Sunday, March 20th Bikram Yoga NYC Upper East Side 173 East 83rd Street – 2nd Floor 1pm to 4pm $45 in advance $55 at the door
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.
On December 21st, 2015 Bikram Yoga NYC wrapped up our first ever Holiday Charity Challenge. The concept was simple, take 30 classes in 40 days and we will donate $50 to your favorite charity. We asked, you delivered! We had nearly 60 people enroll in the challenge ready to commit to their own well-being in both mind and body. In addition to the $50 for our challengers’ charities, we sweetened the pot with half a dozen prizes from Susan Ciminelli Spa, Kulae, Core Natural, Sylvia on Broadway and our own rewards as vouchers from Bikram Yoga NYC and credits for our Rewards program.
Today, we’re thrilled to announce that just a few days ago we donated $850 to the charities dear to our challengers hearts. Below, we’ve listed the challengers who won the raffle would like to give everyone who participated a whole-hearty congratulations and well done!
Zandra S (The Chamber Music Center of New York) – Susan Ciminelli Gift Bag Noriko N (Charity Coming Soon) – Kulae Gift Pack (Mat + Bag) Michelle C (UNICEF) – One Case Core Natural Water Annabella E (Team for Kids) – Bikram Yoga NYC $100 credit Linden B (Circles of Support) – Bikram Yoga NYC 1,000 Rewards points
Congratulations winners! Please check your email for a message from us if you haven’t already.
We would like to acknowledge each person who took the challenge, successfully or otherwise. Whether you completed the challenge or not in no way takes away from the moment you decided to commit. And it’s that kind of moment, that we salute here at Bikram Yoga NYC. Commitment strengthens over time, but begins with a single decision: Commit to your practice.
Below is the list of charities to whom we made a donation in our students name. Take a moment to click through a few, or all, of these great charities.
BridgettAne’s yoga practice began in New York 1995 but when she walked into Bikram NYC Midtown in 2000, everything began to change. Fascinated with the series’ systematic approach and perfect balance between mind and body, Bikram became and remains her yoga method of choice. Originally from Chicago, Bridgett Ane relocated to London from NYC in 2007.
Not naturally flexible, BA’s dedication and approach towards developing and maintaining a strong practice enabled her to completely reshape her body and life. BA gratefully taught her first classes at Bikram NYC, including private sessions with Destiny’s Child and Beyonce. She went on to teach in LA, San Francisco, Chicago and London but loves returning to her home school and yoga mama Georgia, whose lessons are infinite and words, “we’re just the monkey on the box” remind her to be humble, honest, hardworking and always with a “happy, smiling face.”
BA spent years training intensively and assisting Jason Winn, Mary Jarvis, Emmy Cleaves and Rajashree Choudhury in Posture Clinics. She opened her yoga school, Bikram in the Lanes, in Brighton, UK in 2010 with the love of her life and fellow teacher Simon, whom she met at Bikram NYC.
BA encourages students to have faith in Bikram’s series, to let go of any negative views toward self and others and to always practice with an open heart, full of courage and compassion. Join BridgettAne for the next installment of our Master Classe Series on January 17th at Bikram Yoga NYC Flatiron!
Master Class Series with BridgettAne Lawrence Sunday, January 17th 182 5th Avenue – 3rd Floor Checkin 1:30pm – 4:00pm (1:00pm arrival) $50 Pre-registration Only
Thank you for being a part of our family in 2015 and we look forward to seeing you at the studio in 2016! With the new year upon us, we’d like to outline some of what to expect in 2016 at Bikram Yoga NYC — from the yoga itself to our amazing staff that teach it, from the state of the studios to exciting events and more.
In 2015 we held more than 13,200 classes. While nearly all of them were the traditional 90 minute method, on October 1st we rolled out 75 minute classes, followed by a 60 minute class offering that started in November. All of these classes feature each of the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises that make up the Bikram method, taking into consideration the busy lifestyles of our New York City area students. Haven’t tried one? Head over to our schedule.
Our knowledgeable and seasoned teaching staff are the finest group of Bikram instructors on the planet, bar none. With all of our veteran instructors remaining on staff from 2015 to 2016, we added several new faces to our staff in the last year. As always, we encourage you to take class with as many of our instructors as possible to find the one that’s right for you. Our staff is as unique as our students, each offering a style and personality unmatched by another. Head over to our instructors page to meet them and challenge yourself to take class with a handful of different teachers this year.
In 2015 we made a strong push into publishing and improved communications with our students. We started a weekly email newsletter, usually with 10 features in each edition, that covers everything we offer at Bikram Yoga NYC from workshops and special classes, to teacher features, student stories and more. Think of it as a buffet of sorts, odds are there’s at least a few topics that might pique your interest. If you’re not subscribed, please visit our subscription page and sign up, you’ll be glad you did!
We continued in 2015 with a strong social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. With more than 3.2 million impressions combined last year we reached people in over 75 countries around the globe. Leading the way with the most liked Bikram Yoga studio page on Facebook, we approached it cautiously keeping in mind a golden social networking rule for businesses like ours, 1 promotional post to every 9 editorial, human interest or original content pieces. Notably, in December we launched “Yoga Shorts” – short popular culture TV show clips that have been dubbed with yoga based conversation. Check out Jerry brings Elaine to Yoga, the inaugural episode.
Our Special Events
Perhaps our most well know special event of the year is Solstice in Times Square and 2015 was an exceptional year with June 21st also being the 1st Annual International Day of Yoga. An exciting, but little known fact, is that Bikram Yoga NYC conducted it’s own fact finding mission, meeting with leaders of the Government of India in their NYC headquarters, to determine how the United Nations official event could tie in with the Times Square event.
In 2015 we started a new series of workshops at the studio as well. In addition to our bi-annual posture clinic with studio owner Donna Rubin, we started a series of master classes. First with Craig Villani, then John Salvatore and in January with BridgettAne Lawrence. On Valentines day we have an exciting synergy partner yoga class in the works with Francisco Morales-Bermudez. Announcement is forthcoming, but in the meantime visit synergypartneryoga.com for more information.
If managing nearly 300 classes a week at only 4 locations requires an intricate ballet of well timed coordination and teamwork, then it’s the hard work and dedication of our amazing maintenance and cleaning staff that keep our facilities sterile and hygienic that deserve the credit. Unlike many other yoga studios, we employ paid cleaning staff to insure our studios are as germ free, the rental items are completely sterilized and the flooring maintains it’s certified hypoallergenic status. We made capital improvements too, adding new windows at Midown, new flooring at UWS, fresh paint, new chilewich and many other improvement at all 4 locations. Hats off to our resident maintenance manager Steve!
2016 marks Bikram Yoga NYC’s 17th year in existence. In that time we’ve offered over 200,000 classes and had over 4 million visits. Throughout the years we’ve honed our craft focusing on the most important things: quality of instruction, excellent customer service and the diligent maintenance of our facilities. In 2016 and beyond, we promise to continue our effort to maintain our high standards as they relate to all 3 – and that we put you and your goals at the very top of our priority list.