When did you start practicing at Bikram Yoga NYC, and why?
In the summer of 2015. I have knee, hip, shoulder and wrist injuries from accidents and I am on a journey of healing and Bikram Yoga is an important part to getting there. Also to stay focused, get stronger and and my biggest desire, to be flexible.
Who are your favorite teachers and why would you recommend their classes?
Pamela Herron, Patrick Lynch, Natalia Maldonado and Georgia Balligian. They are loving and inspirational with their teaching.
What is it about Bikram Yoga that keeps you coming back?
The relief my body gets from the pain I have from lifting weight and injuries and an accident I had long ago. It helps me feel more energize, present and gives me great strength. It supports my healing journey and self love awareness. And one of my dreams today in life is to be flexible.
Sit up and savasana.
Least favorite posture?
Sasangasana/ Rabbit pose.
Has being a regular practioner of yoga helped your work life?
Yes , I am a massage therapist and it helps by giving me strength and focus I need during my sessions.
What would you say to someone new who’s unsure if Bikram is for them?
Listen to your body not your mind. Keep coming back until you are one with the class.
Do you live by any inspirational quotes?
Let go, let God/The Universe in and just show up.
What is one thing you love about Bikram Yoga NYC?
Is 2 blocks away from my home, the teachers are inspirational when they live by the words they use. Judgment free zone!
At times when I am in class, I notice how what am feeling projects onto my practice. But the moment I focus and let go of my mind, and just breathe, I can do more than I think I can and become present. It’s like pressing a reset button. It’s a hardcore class but so worth it, I referred a few of my friends because I believe the beauty of life is sharing… so sharing such an amazing practice that helps heal people is a total pleasure.
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
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.
Through Sunday night, take 15% OFF a gift card of any denomination. We offer preset values of $50, $100, $250 and $500 or you can choose your own price. 15% off equates to the following discounts for the cards we listed above:
Lynn started practicing Bikram yoga in 2009 as a way to recover from a back injury and, feeling relief in the very first week, never stopped showing up in the hot room. Despite being an athlete her whole life, the yoga gave her a level of strength and a feeling of power over her own health that nothing else did. Wanting to share that experience with others, Lynn attended Teacher Training in 2013 and balances teaching with a full-time job as an editor at a non-profit journalism site.
Q&A with Lynn:
1)What drew you to Bikram yoga?
Back in 2009, I was struggling with a chronic back injury. I had a desk job as an editor for the first time after years of being always on the go as a newspaper reporter. I would sit at my desk and my left hand and foot would go numb. Doctors couldn’t figure it out and physical therapy was useless. So I started investigating ways to heal myself, and a retired judge I know in Los Angeles, Charlie Lee, told me about Bikram yoga. I gave it a try.
2)Was it love at first stretch?
Heavens, no. In my first class, I was a mess. I couldn’t come close to touching my toes. The postures seemed approachable, but like most first-timers, the heat felt like a crazy thing. The only thing I really learned from that first class was that I needed to come back tomorrow to really understand it, and after I slept like a rock that night, I decided I would. The next class was totally different, my body dealt with the heat so much better and within a week, my back was feeling better. I loved that every class was a challenge. I was hooked.
3) How did you decide to become a teacher?
Well, the only reason I stuck with the yoga was because I had an amazing set of teachers who cared about me and helped me understand it. They led me through a bunch of injuries (my back, pulled hamstrings, temperamental knees, a broken foot) and believed in me even on the days I didn’t believe in myself. They inspired me to pass along the same kind of love to help others through their challenges.
4) What was teacher training like?
I went in the fall of 2013 in Los Angeles, and was so happy to be roommates with Lesley Klose, our lovely Bikram Yoga NYC manager. But I was 47 years old, with lots of injuries in my past, so it was a huge physical challenge to do two classes a day. To top it off, I came down with a case of vertigo in the middle of the nine weeks. But, persevering taught me so much about myself and the feeling of accomplishment after the final class was the most amazing feeling. We ran around like we had just won an Olympic gold medal. It was that exhilarating.
5) Now you teach and balance that and your practice with a full-time career as a journalist. How do you do that?
It’s more of a question of how couldn’t I do it. My practice saves both my body and my sanity, it is 90 (or sometimes 75 or 60) minutes a day just for me. Teaching is my joy. It’s the part of my day in which I am not thinking about myself for even a second because class is 100 percent about the students.
My career is a big part of who I am, and I am lucky to now work as an editor with a fantastic group of people at a journalism non-profit, InsideClimate News. It is important work. My colleagues there won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2013. We have our fingers crossed for another this year for an investigative series we published in 2015. Root for us!
I am beyond blessed to have a truly patient and devoted husband (who also practices!) and a puppy who reminds me to always live in this moment, just like she does.
6) What has teaching yoga taught you?
It has taught me mostly how to put my whole heart and soul into something without expecting any particular result. You face a whole class of students and you have no idea what’s going on in their lives, what happened in their day. So you just give them everything you have, and you have no idea what’s going to stick, what’s going to resonate with them. You just give it and trust it finds its way through. If you see their postures improve or their concentration get better, great. If not, that’s great too.
7) Do you have any favorite inspirational quotes?
One of my favorites is from Ernest Hemingway:
The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.
The world of activewear is ever changing these days.
“Athleisure” means your dress code is for yoga, but you’re looking hip enough to grab cocktails. Our workouts today are not merely destinations, but rather a much needed break in between appointments, social engagements and living life to its fullest. Bikram Yoga NYC has embraced this trend and brought the ease of looking fabulous and shopping for your yoga gear right to the palm of your hand.
OMSHOP sources the best yoga apparel and accessory brands to help you sift though the clutter of hundreds of new lines in the market. Don’t see what you’re looking for in the studio, find it on OMSHOP.
As we introduce our online apparel store globally, OMSHOP is presently offering free shipping on any size order. Hassle free and easy returns are the norm, in addition to a limited time 15% discount on all first time orders (use code OMSHOP15 at checkout).
Through Sunday, January 31st, pick up 20 classes for $295.
NEW and notable for this sale — THIS PACKAGE DOES NOT HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE! Each class with this package averages to $14.75 and is a great fit for any student, particularly those who travel in and out of town frequently.
Please note this package activates after first use, NOT the date of purchase. Pick up this deal before this Sunday, January 31 and activate it at anytime. If you have a current package with us, this package will remain unused until your current package is finished.
Almost 15 years ago, on Sunday, February 11th, 2001 I took a deep breath and walked up a flight of stairs to the original West 72nd Street studio to attend my first Bikram Yoga class. A business colleague had raved about this hot yoga practice and told me it was life changing. He said that it would not only alleviate my stress in the business of representing entertainers and athletes, but I would lose weight, escape from my blackberry and cell phone for an hour and a half and possibly find myself again, after having been somewhat lost for years in the agony (and ecstasy) of living and working in NYC.
So there it began. And 90 minutes later, soaking wet, exhausted and out of breath (and overweight), I was hooked and knew I had found something special. Many of the people that stood near me in that first class are still at the Bikram Yoga NYC studios to this day and I smile each time I see them in class. My most memorable class was on September 12, 2001, the day after the terrorist attacks on NYC. The room was not only filled with sweat, but with heartache, tears, anger and trepidation but most of all there was genuine hope and love for each other, for NYC and for the unfortunate families who lost loved ones. To be embraced by this yoga community on this horrific day was indescribable and it will forever be etched in my mind.
Having Bikram Yoga in my life and being part of the Bikram Yoga NYC community has been rewarding beyond words, not to mention the cosmetic effects of a 30-40 pound weight loss and a daily 105 degree (or more !) facial. This practice has given me balance in my life, kept me on a daily healthy path and taught me spiritual and life lessons that I believe have made me a better human being.
There are too many teachers to thank for guiding me over the 15 years but I must thank my first teachers – Emily Weinberg, Mike McArdle and the incomparable Georgia Ballagian for their inspiration and Donna and Jen for providing this sanctuary for our Bikram practice. I have practiced around the world and it is always great to come home to my (almost) daily practice at Bikram Yoga NYC.
To conclude I must mention my friend and teacher, Kathryn Leary. In her spiritual Bikram class she quotes so eloquently various philosophers and I have taken many of these brilliant statements to heart and they have become personal mantras. I would like to share the following two which have resonated most in my life:
Rumi: “What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs.”
Buddha: “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
And as for my favorite posture…. that’s easy – party time ! (or any posture when Angela is by my side?).
Last October we announced a handful 75 minute classes were being added to the Bikram Yoga NYC schedule. In December, we added 60 minute classes to the schedule. Today, all told, we offer almost 40 either 1 hour or 75 minute classes across all 4 locations!
We understand that as a busy New Yorker your time is valuable. While we absolutely encourage students to take 90 minute classes when possible, to get the full benefits of the series, we’re delighted with the reception our shorter classes have received.
Both slightly abbreviated classes consist of all 26 postures and two breathing exercises. During the 60 minute class, only one set of a few of the postures is performed. The 1 hour class also has a short flow sequence from Camel to Rabbit.
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