Thomas attended his first yoga class at age 50. Now 55, he reports having the energy of a 25 year old, takes no medication and after having years of difficulty trying to fall asleep, now does so effortlessly.

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!

As a former professional tennis player, David found himself with a few more injuries than he’d hoped. Watch and listen as David discusses how Bikram Yoga helped him heal.

It’s no mystery that Bikram Yoga is a challenging practice. The conditions in the room, while ideal for gaining flexibility without chance of injury may not seem favorable, especially to a beginner. More often than not, life is very similar. When are all aspects of your life in perfect order? And how often are you in total control of each and every aspect? Rarely! The way we practice will often reflect upon the way we face our challenges day-to-day. Cultivating patience, stillness, faith and breath may come naturally to some and take time with others, but a regular practice will indefinitely transform one’s behavior outside of the hot room. Feeling overwhelmed in class? Here are some suggestions on how to get through (because in most cases, the only way out IS through):

Breathe: always through your nose with your mouth closed (with the exception of our two breathing exercises Pranayama and Kapalbhati). Slow nose-breathing will calm down the central nervous system allowing your body to make the transition from merely surviving a class/posture to finding relaxation within it. Mouth breathing will evoke panic and activate a “fight or flight” response. Make your breath inaudible to your fellow yogis, only audible to you. Slowing down your exhale can further calm down your central nervous system and prevent you from going into panic mode.

Take Breaks: real breaks! Both beginner and veteran practitioners often need a break. If you are unable to control your breath, feel dizzy, light-headed or nausea a break might be necessary. It is nothing to be ashamed of, in fact, it should be applauded because it’s an indication that you are listening to your body.

Taking a break is NOT sitting down for 15 seconds and then popping right back up. Sit out of an entire posture or several to reestablish calmness and breath. This will only serve in enabling you to finish your class strong. During the standing series try to keep your head above your heart when taking a break. Either take a knee or sit upright. Lying down and closing your eyes is not recommended. When you lay down blood pressure drops significantly which will cause dizziness when you get back to standing. Furthermore, closing your eyes will take you out of your practice entirely. Keep your eyes open and observe the class, you will likely learn something new!

Stillness: resist the temptation to fidget, move around, drink water (during postures) or wipe sweat. Fidgeting stimulates your sympathetic nervous system, promoting a “fight or flight” response and induces tension/stress in the body. Stillness is the key to gaining a calm and focused mind, giving you the opportunity to really listen to your body. It teaches you how to relax regardless of your surroundings and any discomfort you may be feeling.

Sweating is unavoidable; learn to love it! Keeping sweat on your body helps to regulate body temperature. Sweating is our bodies “natural air conditioner”- the evaporation of sweat off the skin prevents us from overheating. If you wipe sweat away your body will use energy to create more which will have the adverse effect of disrupting homeostasis making you even hotter.

Faith/Patience: have faith in yourself and the practice. Postures that once seemed impossible eventually become easier. Same goes for dealing with the conditions of the hot-room. While the effects of Bikram Yoga are often felt immediately after that invigorating post-class shower, do not expect changes to develop overnight. Nothing worthwhile and long-lasting occurs instantaneously. Bikram Yoga is NOT a fad (how did that Cabbage Soup diet work out for you?!), the series was created over 50 years ago with roots dating back to the 11th century. Keep a positive attitude knowing that millimeters eventually turn into milestones. Have faith in the journey. It may take you five years to touch your forehead to your knee…so what? The gratification felt after five years of hard work will certainly surpass any feelings of accomplishment if you were able to nail “head to knee” on your first day.  

Come back: return to class the next day ESPECIALLY if you struggled. If you wake up sore, find solace knowing that you worked hard. Muscle soreness is a buildup of lactic acid. This may seem counterintuitive, but the best way to relieve soreness is by stretching in a heated environment. Waiting too long to come back feels like starting all over again.

To derive maximum benefit and enjoy prolonged health, the series should be practiced on a regular basis. Bikram Yoga can be practiced daily, unlike most forms of exercise where rest days are necessary. As the frequency of your practice increases you will notice improvements, not only in the hot-room but in your life! Embrace the challenge that is Bikram Yoga…“with a smiling, happy face,” of course!

Donna stumbled upon Bikram Yoga by accident while visiting her sister in Florida. The only yoga studio in the area was a Bikram inspired studio. After 3 days she was hooked when she realized that her body felt better, more flexible, and more in shape than after anything other form of yoga or exercise she did. After practicing regularly she realized that the physical and emotional benefits were something that needed to be shared and that set in motion a career transition from performer to yoga teacher to studio owner.

Inspiration – these words helped inspire real change in my life.

Do the best you can for today.

As long as you try 100 percent the right way you get 100 percent of the benefits.

This really helped me not be so hard on myself and gave me the space to be open to change.

Nicole is a busy New York City mom with 2 kids, 2 jobs, 2 cats and 1 husband who also happens to be getting her Masters. Find out how any why Nicole makes Bikram Yoga a part of her life.

Why Bikram Yoga NYC is Making Strides

Almost everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way, so we’ve decided to make a difference by walking and raising money in our local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. The donations our team raises will enable investment in breast cancer research as well as provide free information and services for those diagnosed with the disease. More than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday this year!

Why We Support the American Cancer Society

Saving lives from breast cancer starts one team, one walker, and one dollar at a time. We know that the American Cancer Society is the leader in the fight to end breast cancer. We know that supporting them will ensure that if you need someone to talk to anytime of the day or night, they’ll be there. If your friend is losing her hair from chemo, your mother needs a ride to treatment, or a loved one needs a place to stay when treatment is far from home, they will be there to help.

How You Can Help

Join us and thousands of others in Central Park this upcoming Sunday, October 18th at 8am as we walk to support Breast Cancer Research. Want to help but can’t make it to Central Park? Visit our team page where you can make a donation to support the cause. To visit our team page please click here.

We are meeting at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue at 7:30am prior to registration. The walk begins at 8am. If you have any questions, please use the email icon in the bottom right corner of this screen to send us a message. Thank you and hope to see you there!

Details

Date: Sunday, October 18th, 2015
Time: 7:30am meetup, 8:00am walk
What to Wear: A Bikram Yoga NYC shirt or tank if you have one
Meeting Point: SouthWest corner of 72nd and 5th Avenue
Weather Forecast: Partly Cloudy. Low of 39F, High of 54F, 41% Humidity
More Information or Donate Online

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