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.

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.

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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).

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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.

This sale has ended

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IMG_0605-(002)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?).

See you all soon in the hot room.

Namaste.
David

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.

Haven’t tried one of these classes yet? Click below to sign up!

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Are you ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle in 2016? Want to lock in one of our best rates that allows you to come and practice every every day? We’re excited to announce for the first time ever we’re offering a 6 month plan!

Purchase this package for $799 and get the 7th month free! That’s 7 months of yoga for $799.

Stay in shape and warm all winter, keep your practice up through the spring and get ready for summer, all with one package. Visit us up to 30 times a month, enjoy a complimentary towel set with each visit and earn 799 Reward points when you pick up this deal.

Questions? Email us! Would rather give us a call? A list of studio numbers are at the bottom of this page.

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Start the year off right with a brand new Bikram Yoga NYC brand yoga mat! This month they are on sale for 20% off. We have these mats in a variety of colors but if you don’t see one in the color you’d prefer, as the desk manager to call another location to see if they have the color you’d like!

Regular price: $25
Sale price: $20

Bikram Yoga NYC brand mat bags are also available in a variety of colors for just $15!

A list of contact numbers for the studios can be found at the bottom right corner of this page.

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:

  • 75 min vinyasa flow and backbend workshop to ignite your heart
  • 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, January 24th
Bikram Yoga NYC Upper East Side
173 East 83rd Street – 2nd Floor
1pm to 4pm
$45 in advance $55 at the door

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Georgia Balligian has been practicing Bikram Yoga since since January, 1971, a total of 45 years next month.

Georgia graduated from New York University in 1970 with a degree in Film and TV production. Post graduation, she traveled through the South Pacific and ended up out of funds and in Hawaii. Soon she was waitressing in the Wailana Coffee Shop in Honolulu.  As fate would have it, Bikram Choudhury, newly arrived from Tokyo, was teaching his yoga in a small studio in downtown Honolulu.

Georgia’s first class was about 2.5 hours long and had a total of 7 students in it. Everyone was working hard, getting a lot of laughs, encouragement and lots of “tough love.” At the end of class, Georgia tells us, there was the “unforgettable moment.”

Bikram looked at Georgia with an intense, but kind gaze and said “I don’t know what you did in your past life” (yogis believe in reincarnation). “You have no strength, no flexibility, no balance, but, I can fix it. You have to take class every day for 2 months and I will fix you, I will change your life if you trust me.” Georgia went to class every day for nearly 2 years, Bikram “fixed” her, and the magic continues to this day.

Since 1997 she has been teaching non-stop for Bikram Yoga NYC, averaging 9-10 classes a week and we’re so incredibly fortunate to have her amazing spirit and presence at the studio. In closing, she wanted us to pass along this quote:

You’re never too sick, never too old, never too bad, to start from scratch once again. See you in class!

Please take a moment to visit Facebook to see this post, and share a comment with Georgia. We are collecting them all, likes and shares included, and printing out a list for her as a surprise! 

Join us on New Year’s Eve for our annual 10pm class at Bikram Yoga NYC Upper East Side!

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Accompanied by music and guided dialogue, the room is also lit with ambient and celebratory lighting to create a unique atmosphere. Expect a great class with Dan Heching, post-class prosecco, snacks and a midnight toast!

December 31st, 2015
Bikram Yoga NYC Upper East Side
173 East 83rd Street – 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10028
212.288.9642
Doors at 9pm
Class at 10pm
Toast at Midnight
Post Class Snacks

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