We are thrilled to welcome Sumit Banerjee to Bikram Yoga NYC during the weekend starting Friday, September 23rd! Sumit, Founder of Sumit’s Yoga which has been franchised to 16 locations nationally, will be leading 7 special events starting Friday evening and ending Sunday Evening.
He will be offering 5 Yin Nidra classes and 2 Hot Vinyasa classes (schedule below) over 3 days and we’d like to invite you to any or all of them. The rate to join any of classes is $25 and is separate from any package you may already have.
About Yin Nidra
YinNidra is a class that begins with 55 mins of Yin Yoga Poses and then leads into a 25 mins of Yoga Nidra. The first part of the class Yin Yoga is designed to open up the body by deep stretching and prolonged holding of the yoga poses in a cool room. This also opens up the chakras meredians internally and creates a body and a mental state that is ready for a deep relaxation. Yoga Nidra which means Yogic Sleep is a systematic approach to move from the conscious state to the sub conscious state of awareness leading to a highly meditative state.
About Hot Vinyasa
Sumit’s Hot Vinyasa was created based on Sumit’s own years of experience practicing and teaching various yoga styles including Bikram and Vinyasa. His set sequence and style of teaching reinforces his primary objectives as a teacher: helping others to realize the powerful wellness benefits of yoga including a stronger, toned and more flexible body and an improved state of mind encouraging relaxation, self-acceptance and awareness. Sumit was one of the first to combine the Bikram and the Vinyasa flow class into his own set sequence of postures.
Sumit started his yoga journey in America when he moved to LA from Mumbai India in1997 when he was 19 years old. He moved to Los Angeles to study computer science and because of his connection with Bikram he was staying at the studio on Wilshire . Going to school during the day and working at Bikrams Yoga College was a fun good life for him but he had not yet done any hot yoga but only yoga that what taught in india in the schools and had not much interest in hatha yoga . In summer of 1999 , Bikram had a summer training and not knowing what to do in his summer break Sumit signed up for the Bikram Training . The teacher training changed his life and life path as he moved to Arizona to open few Bikram Studios from year 2000 to 2004 .
In 2004 after having taught 26 classes a week for almost 3 plus years he found himself losing the passion to teach Bikram and looking back it surely was a burn out . Instead of teaching 90 minutes of yoga he was finishing his classes in 70 minutes and didnt look forwards to teaching . Finding himself on the crossroads he had to self reflect on everything in his life and after a huge personal struggle decided to do his own thing by creating a new recipe for his class . He created a all levels yoga based on Bikram and Bryan Kests Flow . He wanted to create a fusion of Bikram hatha and Flow and aded some music to make daily yoga a celebration . Not knowing what to class this new class he named it Sumits Yoga .
Last few years he has been loving the healing benefits of Yin yoga and Yoga Nidra and just like how Sumit made a fusion of Bikram and Flow he decided to combine the Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra together .