Tracy Perlman is one busy lady. As vice president of entertainment and marketing for the NFL, she’s got an extremely tight schedule. But no matter how crazy her day, Tracy finds the time to take a 90-minute Bikram Yoga class.

Traveling an average of 165 days a year complicates that task, but Tracy seeks out studios in all corners of the United States and beyond. In a New York Times feature article about her, “Staking Our Her Place Among Men Atop The N.F.L.,” Tracy notes:

Through the years, Perlman said, she felt burdened by her job, and when she saw a photo of herself at 39, she thought she looked unhealthy and unhappy. A friend steered her to a Bikram Yoga class and, Perlman said, she has been obsessed with it ever since. She attends one 90-minute class every day — even amid the Super Bowl craziness.

That’s right, even on Super Bowl Sunday Tracy takes an early morning class to prepare her mentally and physically for the day.

At a recent Pro Bowl event, Perlman said, she had a heated discussion with the fellow yogis Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals and Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints that included demonstrating postures and ribbing Graham for saying he had left a class early.

Perlman said she had never left a class early. Perseverance, after all, has been part of her job.

Click here to read the New York Times article about Tracy.

Above photo by Kevin Gregor for Bikram Yoga NYC during Solstice in Times Square 2014 when Tracy demonstrated on stage for Bikram Yoga NYC.

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.

matchatlogoIlene Kristen is an actress and producer, known for her roles in Ryan’s Hope, One Life to Live, General Hospital and Grease. Watch this week’s Mat Chat as studio owner Donna Rubin talks Bikram Yoga with Ilene.

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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Starting this Thursday, November 12th, challenge yourself to complete 30 classes before December 21st (40 day window).

Complete the challenge, and we will donate $50 to the charity of your choice! In addition to the mind and body benefits our students see from a regular bikram yoga practice, you will also be automatically entered to win one of the following prizes:

  • 2 tickets Sylvia starring Matthew Broderick
  • Special Basket of goodies from Susan Ciminelli Spa – ($550 value!)
  • 1 case of Core Water
  • 1000 points to our Rewards program
  • Bikram Yoga NYC pack – BYNYC hat, Bikram Yoga book, BYNYC mat and BYNYC mat bag
  • Kulae Kit – Towel, Mat
  • $100 voucher applicable to anything at the studio
  • More to come…

About the 30 Class Challenge
While true, the challenge is a commitment of time, it’s more importantly a commitment to one’s health, wellness and spirit. Experience for yourself the amazing physical, mental and physiological benefits of a daily practice. Enjoy a wide range of benefits including stress reduction, weight loss and an improved overall sense of well being.

4 Reasons to enter the Challenge

  1. Improving your mind, body, spirit and overall health
  2. Contributing $50 to your favorite charity
  3. Be automatically entered to win one of the prizes above
  4. Receive 150 Rewards points for joining

Buy the Challenge Package for $150 (complete it and we give $50 back to your favorite charity!). Note – We will put your current package on HOLD, with no loss of time or classes.

Fine Print: The challenge package must be purchased by 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 11th and is then only valid from November 12th through December 21st. The package allows you to take up to 1 class per day, which entitles you to a maximum usage of 40 classes over the 40 day period. If you choose to enroll in the challenge and purchase the package, we will suspend your current package for the entire 40 day period and reactivate it on December 22nd. Only students who have purchased the Holiday Charity Challenge package will be eligible for the prizes and charity donations. Questions? Email us!