What year did you attend training? Why did you go?

I attended TT in Spring of 08 in Acapulco Mexico. I had been trying to attend for 6 years prior but was truly grateful in the end that I arrived when I did as it made me a much better teacher.

What is your favorite thing about being a Bikram Yoga instructor?

My favorite thing about being a Bikram yoga teacher is the ‘lil shorts of course lol. That – and it is the one kind of yoga that I truly believe reaches the widest spectrum of different students of all ages and abilities.

Tell us about your own practice. Which posture is most challenging for you and how do you get through it?

My practice? It is a huge source of comfort, therapy, and joy in my life. From my first class on the UWS in the Summer of 2002 as a 19 year old with incredibly bad knees, acne,  asthma, and anger (both from my rocky childhood as well as living through 9/11), I was hooked and not only knew I had found my practice but also that I would teach (which kinda terrified me honestly because I knew my life was changing in a beautiful but unexpected way).

I find all the postures challenging, some more than others at various times. These past few months I have been struggling with intence vertigo so it is Balancing Stick pose that is the bane of my existence. To get through it, I simply follow the instructions and CHARGE with intention and intensity. It has just recently started improving after many months so STICK with it ya’all
;-)

Outside of yoga, what projects are you involved with? What do you do for fun?

Outside of yoga you can find me either performing as a singer/songwriter  in a myriad of ways here in NYC and internationally as well as hanging from various industrial things for Greenpeace as an avid climber/activist. Or eating. I LOVE TO EAT! ;-)

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote or saying?

My favorite yoga quote is from one of my first teachers Aiko: “Try and have a little fun and lightness with your yoga”

What are you currently reading or listening to?

I am currently reading “The Mallorean” by David Eddings out loud to my husband. I LOVE “His Dark Materials” series by Phillip Pullman too, I think its brilliant and beautiful. I am currently obsessed with the new musical American Psycho as well, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Duncan Sheik.

You’re a performer, can you tell us what you’ve worked on lately or when your next gig is?

This past year I was a headliner in a new play at the Asian American Theater Festival in Philly called Chang(E). It then came to NYC this Fall at HERE ARTS. In addition to that I am currently recording my own album “Dreamscaping”. Stay tuned. Im ALWAYS looking for a rock musical to be a part of too ;-) so if you are casting… Check out some of my stuff on my backstage profile or my Youtube channel Daniel Luke and share share share ;-)

Any final words?

This yoga is life. Life is yoga. Come. Smile. Sweat. Look. Laugh. Love. Werk ;-)

What is it about Bikram Yoga that keeps you coming back?

Life is crazy in New York City.  Chaotic crazy.  And I’m a creature of habit. But I also crave a challenge, and as a child therapist, I need a way to begin my day at peace so I can bring peace to my clients or to exorcise my demons at the end of the day.  I love that Bikram Yoga is the same 26 postures every class and I know what I am going to get. 

But I also love that every single Bikram class I have taken for the last six and a half years has been different, and challenged me in different ways.  I won’t lie though, it is the heat and the intensity of the postures that has become almost addictive.  I love challenging my body in new ways, and I owe every advance I make in my practice to the incredible teachers who take the time to notice my postures and what I can improve on.

Has being a regular practitioner of yoga helped your work life?

Not only has being a yogi helped my work life, my work life has helped me reach a different level as a yogi.  I am licensed social worker and child therapist, and I have been able to use many aspects of yoga in order to treat my clients.  In fact, yoga has been proven very effective in treating Post traumatic stress disorder, and I have used aspects of yoga such as deep breathing, mindfulness, and the mindbody connection in treatment. 

On the flip side, anytime I feel like I am having a difficult class or am frustrated with myself or my body because my practice isn’t as “good” as it was the day before,  I think of the incredible obstacles my clients are working through or have overcome, and  it really lends perspective.

What would you say to someone new who’s unsure if Bikram is for them?

I would say you will never know if you don’t try.

Do you live by any inspirational quotes?

I don’t necessarily live by any quote, but I do make up a mantra for myself for each class I take and repeat it over and over.  Maybe I am dedicating my class to somebody else, maybe that mantra is a positive thought during a hard time I am having, or maybe it’s an intention I have to accomplish.  But it really helps focus my practice.

As far as my regular life, I just try to take every day as it comes.

What is the one thing you love about Bikram Yoga NYC?

Just one? Hahaha. Well, I LOVE the flexibility in class times because I work long, varied hours in the Bronx.  And I do have to give a shout out to those incredible teachers and staff who have gone above and beyond to showing me that they care about me, not only as a customer or yogi but as a person.    

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.

image4-1Favorite posture?  

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!

Final thoughts? 

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.

Clinic sponsored in part by OMSHOP

Clinic sponsored in part by OMSHOP

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.

Workshop includes:

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  • kundalini meditation techniques to remove blockages
  • chakra clearing
  • pranayama breathing techniques
  • free write journaling
  • heart-centered meditation
  • 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
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1pm to 4pm
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1. Start thinking of food as medicine.

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

Ingredients
  • 1.5 cup water or coconut water
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ lime
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 small piece fresh turmeric (or ½ teaspoon ground turmeric)
  • Optional: frozen banana, kale, parsley
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a powerful blender and drink immediately.

On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Swift talks about her love for yoga, when teachers get caught up in a correction and a new yoga posture she invited: Pegacornasana. Watch the video below!

#yogashorts #parody #grammys #pegacornasana

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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.

me3) 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.

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