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2016 in Review + January 2017

With 2016 coming to an end, we wanted to extend our sincerest gratitude for being part of our community and supporting our local, privately owned business. 

Since many of you are such strong practitioners, this year we felt it was time to introduce new classes that complement the Bikram practice – such as Hot HIIT and Yin Nidra Yoga. You’ve embraced these changes beautifully, and we look forward to finding new ways to motivate, challenge and inspire you in 2017.

We’re working hard to complete many upgrades at the studio and want to thank you for your patience. After years of researching the best type of studio flooring, we’ve chosen Zebra Athletics, the most safe, sanitary and environmentally friendly flooring we could find. We’re really excited about this change and hope you are too!

With 2017 around the corner, we’re thrilled to start another year of new classes, workshops, special events and more. Until then, enjoy this year in review post and once again, thank you for being a part of our community!

Happy New Year!
Donna Rubin & Jennifer Lobo

Studio Renovations

As seen in our Mannequin Challenge at the Upper East Side studio, we’re in the process of installing new flooring in each of our studios. With just two room left to complete, we’re almost there! We are also in the process of upgrading, renovating and painting all of our location lobbies, hallways and locker rooms.

New Classes

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Perhaps our most notable change in 2016 is the addition of new class types to our schedule. For our Bikram method offering, we’ve continued to expand the number of shorter (60 & 75 minute) classes to the schedule, while continuing to offer a large number of 90 minute classes each week.

We also are very proud to be the only studio in NYC offering Hot HIIT classes. They’ve been so popular, we’re offering a Hot HIIT Teacher Training this January. The deep stretching and meditation practice that is Yin Nidra was also added along side our Intermediate Series. Book any of these classes on our app, or by visiting our schedule page.

Special Events

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We’re very lucky to have so many talented instructors on our staff! We’re also fortunate to have relationships with teachers from around the world who offer their incredible guidance in our special events and workshops. Pictured above is one of two sold out Master Classes offered by Rajashree Choudhury. Special thanks Pamela Herron, Cynthia Wehr, Joseph Encinia, Kathryn Leary, Yarrow Kae, BridgettAne Lawrence and Omri Kleinberger for their amazing events as well.

January 21st, 2017 – Special Event with Zeb Homison! Stay tuned for details

Series: Student Stories

Nothing makes us happier than to hear about the progress our students have made at the studio, with their bodies, minds, and in their lives as a whole! This is our motivation. In the last year we’ve heard so many stories from our students about the impact our classes have had on them. Quickly flip through all of them here and get inspired!

Series: Teacher Features

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In 2016 we ran features on nearly every single one of our 50+ incredible instructors, including our founders Donna Rubin and Jennifer Lobo. We asked them what teaching classes means to them and about the joy they get seeing students progress. See a full list of every instructor we’ve interviewed here and connect with them at the studio. Show them a gesture of appreciation, guaranteed they’ll appreciate it!

Series: Healthy Living

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Ania Dunlop, Certified Nutrition Expert and Chief Editor at Food for Zen has been supplying BYNYC exclusive content, recipes, strategies and educational programs to help encourage a healthy lifestyle outside the studio. This post covers a comprehensive 21 Day Food Detox Program. Clicking this link will reveal at least half a dozen other recipes and ideas to encourage healthy living.

Series: Quizzes

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Bikram Yoga classes can sometimes be challenging, and there’s a lot to understand and remember. In 2016 we put together this fun quiz series that can help educate and inform students about the nuances of the practice in a fun and entertaining way. Take the quiz above, or to see our full list click here.

Series: Posture of the Week

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For each posture in the Bikram series we’ve authored a “how to” complete with 3-5 tips to help you better understand the pose. Compiled by a variety of our teaching staff, the tips are short, easy to understand instructions designed to help you get the most out of your practice. To search for a particular posture, use our search function, or to see them all click here

Series: Yoga Shorts

Hilarious short films we’ve put together that use footage from events like the Oscars, Super Bowl and the Clinton/Sanders debates, television clips from Seinfeld and Game of Thrones and films like The Departed. Click here to check out our take on the DiCaprio / Nicholson scene in The Departed, or here to watch the full series on Facebook.

My 30 Day Challenge

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In 2016 we took our 30 Day Challenge to the next level! We conceived, designed, implemented and deployed a comprehensive 30 day email campaign that acts as a virtual coach for your challenge. After signing up for the challenge, participants receive 30 consecutive emails starting on Day 1, each with motivational messages from our staff, exclusive 1-2 minute posture videos and a daily dose of inspiration designed to help motivate you. Interested? Sign up for the challenge starting January 1st!

We Supported Charity

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In early November 2016 we announced a partnership with Causely, a program where each check-in on Facebook at the studio would help fund educational programs about prostate cancer that would reach at least 13 men. In December each check-in helped to deliver a toy, book or gift to a less fortunate child via Toys for Tots. 2016 also marks the 2nd consecutive year of our Holiday Charity Challenge where BYNYC donates $50 to the charity of a students’ choice.

We Turned 17

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Bikram Yoga NYC opened it’s doors on August 8th, 1999 at 797 8th Avenue, near Times Square. Since then we’ve gone on to open 7 yoga rooms across 4 locations in Manhattan. As part of a retrospective in August 2016, we look a look at 10 Historical Facts about Bikram Yoga NYC that you might not know!

Trending: Yoga Science

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We’ve always been a supporter of Medical Science as it relates to our classes. So much so, that we hosted New York City’s very first Symposium on the subject in February 2014. In May of this year, we authored a post titled Yoga Science: Why Does Bikram Yoga Make You Feel So Good? which went on to be shared over 2000 times on Facebook. Our follow up post Yoga Science: How Bikram Yoga Effects Your Mental Health was equally well received.

January 2017 & Beyond

Having laid substantial groundwork in terms of renovations, new classes, special events and our overall offering at the studio, we couldn’t be more excited moving into 2017! Here’s a taste of what to expect at the studio this January:

  • More Hot HIIT classes being added to the schedule
  • Hot HIIT Teacher Training – January 13-15
  • Special Event with Zeb Homison – January 21st
  • Regional Asana Championship – January 22nd
  • Key Anatomical Concepts for Yoga – January 27-29
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5 Reasons why you NEED our Free App

1) It’s FREE

Who doesn’t like free things? Get your copy of the official Bikram Yoga NYC app by simply searching ‘bikram yoga nyc’ in your Apple or Android app store. Download, login and book a class. The app will remember your login too, so when you’re ready for another just open it and book one.

2) You can perform just about any transaction with it

Our state-of-the-art, managed app, is constantly being updated with new features. Currently, Version 3.0.1 of the app allows you to not only book classes, but also purchase packages, update your account info, cancel reservations, see your visit history, contact/call any of our locations and much more. Cut the cord and go mobile!

3) Guarantee your spot in any class – even our most popular

Sure, you might prefer booking on your desktop/laptop or walking in and booking a class, but what about when you’re on the go and want to get a spot in that popular evening class? Guarantee it anytime the urge to book strikes by firing up the app and booking in a few clicks. Never miss your preferred class time again.

4) It’ll make you sexy

Yes, you read that right. Downloading our app may increase the frequency of your visits to Bikram Yoga NYC. More visits means a healthier you and a healthy you is a sexy you. So, App = Sexy you!

5) Get out of the dark ages – the future is here!

Our analytics point to 62 out of 100 of our students reading our newsletters and visiting our website from a mobile device. And while our emails and website are both “mobile-friendly” why not step into the future and book exclusively with our app? Class bookings on our website using a mobile device can take up to a minute. In comparison, in our app it takes only 10 seconds.

The Bikram Yoga NYC App is available by searching your Apple or Android App store for ‘bikram yoga nyc’

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Thanksgiving 2016 Schedule

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re pleased to announce 12 classes on the schedule for Thanksgiving Day 2016. Please note the cancelations on Wednesday, November 23rd and Friday, November 25th as well. Hope to see you over the next few days.

 

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Flatiron Flooring Replacement

This Saturday we’re replacing the flooring in the 3rd floor studio at Bikram Yoga NYC Flatiron. This will be our third time installing the new anti-microbial flooring (UWS and UES North room complete) and the first time at our Flatiron location. Luckily, we only need to cancel two classes in order to get the job done.

  • 7am with Sandra Lerner – Canceled 
  • 10am with Omri Kleinberger – Canceled

From Zebra Flooring, the manufacturer:

Made from recycled materials, our studio tile flooring is not only smell resistant, but it is easy on muscles and joints, allowing yogis and their instructors to focus solely on breathing and posture. This ease on muscles and joints also allow for a quicker recovery, allowing yogis the opportunity to get back to their practice a lot faster.

Below are the remaining classes for Saturday, Novembe 28th at Flatiron.

 

Upper East Side Schedule Weekend of Nov 19 & 20

UPDATE: 11/19/16 – 6:10pm

The 8am, 10am, 12pm, 4pm, 5pm and 7pm classes this Sunday, November 20th have been added back to the schedule. See below to reserve.

We’ve been approved by the landlord to replace all the exterior windows with insulated glass which will help keep the rooms heated during the cold upcoming months. The upgrade is scheduled for this weekend. Unfortunately, due to a large crew of workers who will be working quickly to complete the job, the entire studio will be closed on both days, Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

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November 2016 at Bikam Yoga NYC

November 1st

Yin Nidra Yoga

yinnidraapp1Last week we announced the addition of Yin Nidra classes to the November schedule at Bikram Yoga NYC. If you missed the announcement (or want to read it again), please see this page with a full explanation of Yin Nidra. Still not sure if these classes are right for you? We’re offering them FREE OF CHARGE for the entire month of November!

The Schedule linked above is live. Reserve your spot today.

Hot Pilates

hotpilatesapp1Starting November 1st, we’ve expanded our Hot Pilates schedule from 8 classes a week to 12. Havent tried a class or curious to know more? Visit this page to read an overview of the practice and see the live schedule. Short overview: Hot Pilates is a training system that combines High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Pilates principles. It combines muscle toning and cardio in a room heated to around 100 degrees.

November 12th

We are thrilled to welcome back Cynthia Wehr – International Yoga Asana Champion and owner of Bikram Yoga Mountain View – to lead the next installment of our Master Class series on Saturday, November 12thCynthia will lead the 26&2 core postures of the Bikram method series attending to specific details and posture alignment to improve and re inspire your current yoga practice. Read more about this event and/or reserve your spot

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November 23-25

Yesterday we uploaded our Thanksgiving 2016 schedule. Please take a moment to see which classes are being cancelled Wednesday, November 23rd and Friday, November 25th. This year, on Thanksgiving Day itself, we are offer 11 classes that begin as early as 7am, with the last class of the day at 1pm. While the schedule below does not yet allow reservations in these classes, we encourage you to make a note to login and book your class on Friday, November 18th. 

These classes fill up quick!

 

Classes Being Added Back Post-Labor Day

Starting Tuesday, September 6th, the following classes are being added back to the schedules at Flatiron, Upper West Side and Upper East Side. As usual, our scheduling window opens one week in advance (i.e. – Classes on September 8th can be booked on September 1st) over on our schedule page.

FLATIRON:

8am – Sunday -Paul Buschman

UWS:

2pm – Monday – 60min – Donna Rubin
9:45pm – Monday – Upkar Chana
8pm – Friday – Emily Vartanian
1pm – Sunday – Mark Farr

UES:

8:45pm – Monday – Mark Farr
8:45pm – Wednesday – John Mabry
8pm – Thursday – Nick Graham
2pm – Sunday – Maja Wampuszyc

Independence Day Weekend Schedule

We have schedule changes from this FRIDAY though MONDAY, July 4th. Due to limited class availability, please be sure to reserve in advance!

Memorial Day Weekend Schedule

Please be aware we have a variety of class cancellations this upcoming weekend on Monday. We expect the remaining classes to be busier than normal so please make your reservations in advance. Thanks and see you this weekend!