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Water is your second lifeline, breathing is your first

Photo by Monica Felix @

Photo by Monica Felix @

When you’re practicing yoga in a hundred degree room with forty percent humidity for ninety minutes straight, the natural inclination is to medicate your suffering with water. Because it’s cold and refreshing and hydrating and satisfying.

But as my teacher loves to remind his students, water is your second lifeline, breathing is your first.

Think about it. When a person experiences a health emergency, the first thing the paramedics provide is oxygen. Nobody inserts a water tube up your nose. People need air. Breath is life. It’s the source of all things.

And nothing against water. It’s a close second on the scoreboard of human survival. But you can survive for three days without water. Oxygen is only three minutes.

And so, in yoga class, when the dizziness and the leg cramps and the dark thoughts come crashing in, the smartest response is to breathe, not drink. No matter how much money you spent on that shiny new vacuum insulated double stainless steel water bottle that keeps contents icy cold for up to eighteen hours, the smartest response is to breathe.

Oxygen first, water second.

It’s a perfect metaphor for life outside the yoga studio, too. Because when our suffering becomes intolerable, we’re given that same choice. We can reach for a crutch to soothe our pain, or we can regulate and refresh and rebuild ourselves with lifelines that are healthier.

And don’t make us have to pee every twenty minutes.

What’s your preferred method of medicating?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and workstudy volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.

Community Acupuncture

Community Acupuncture

Drop in any Tuesday from 1:30 – 4 p.m. at our Lefferts studio to receive community style acupuncture from Maryam Mehrjui, LAc, RN of HeartBodyMind Acupuncture.  This is acupuncture made affordable by treating patients simultaneously in a large and comfortable community room, such as our commons space in our Lefferts studio.

Maryam offers personalized acupuncture and herbal treatments as well and sees this work as part of a growing movement in affordable healthcare. She is committed to making holistic care as affordable and accessible as possible. These treatments are offered at a significantly reduced fee compared to the standard, private room acupuncture treatments.  The rate is $25 for each visit.

Community AcupunctureMaryam is a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of New York.  She is also a Nationally Certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, which includes Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology from the National Certification Commission for Acupunture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  She has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and Holistic Nursing at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and holds a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine.As a Registered Nurse, Maryam has worked in many New York City hospitals, mostly in Emergency, but also in Pediatric, Psychiatric and Neo-Natal ICU.


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Spice Up Your Life

There is nothing better than a really great spice to cleanse and invigorate the body and spirit. Cinnamon is known to regulate blood sugar, turmeric reigns as a popular anti-aging supplement, while cayenne provides relief for joint pain. And a 7am class with Robbin can seriously add a delightful kick to your daily routine by providing laughter and sun salutations by early morning light.

But have you ever heard of Flowering Chives?

I only recently discovered them while cruising the Farmigo New and Notable section. The prettiest plant you ever want to see.

Scramble them into eggs, garnish your garlic hummus – the classic potluck contribution. They impart the perfect touch of bright, green flavor. The beautiful caps and flowers are just as edible as the rest of the plant! Add these color additions to Local Goat Cheese Crostini. You will immediately become the hostess with the mostest. Oh. I smell a mighty good time.

Brandi is a fresh food enthusiast who knits often and whistles after yoga. 




Honey Me Happy Tea

With spring officially here, we can welcome chirping birds, potlucks in the park and rowdy barbecues by live music. If you’re anything like me, this also means a sneeze that always seems to happen in threes. I am excited to share with you a homemade remedy for seasonal allergies using items you know well. You can get your honey from Andy who sets up his beehives in farms and backyards throughout upstate New York. Andy is more of a bee caretaker than a beekeeper, making sure to never harvest more than he needs so the bees can feed their young and stay safe through the winters. Did you know one hive can produce upwards of 25 pounds of honey?

With a kick of cayenne to clear your sinuses and lemon known for its respiratory benefits, this tea starts your mornings right.

Honey Me Happy Tea for Allergies (Makes 2 cups)
4 tablespoons Raw Local Honey (or to taste)
Juice of one lemon
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons ginger, juiced or grated
Combine in a mug. Set aside half for later tonight or tomorrow morning.
Add 6-8 ounces hot water. Stir. Drink within 15 minutes. Enjoy!
And if you’re reading this draped in an oversized winter sweater, this recipe also works magic against the common cold. Versatility at its finest.
Brandi is a fresh food enthusiast who knits often and whistles after yoga. 

Talking Food? I’m Listening.

Our Farmigo family is steadily growing and in full swing! With new delicious and local goods arriving at Bikram Yoga Lefferts weekly, let’s go ahead and answer some FAQs.
  • Farmigo’s Help Page is very useful. Swing by and read some of the frequently asked questions about Farmigo and how to manage your account.
  • When is pick up? You must place an order Thursday before midnight if you would like to pick up the following Monday 6pm to 8pm. So if you place an order on Friday, your food will arrive the Monday after next.
  • Hey! What happened to my potatoes?! Depending on your product, Farmigo will contact me and you to say an item is not available and adjust the cost of your order accordingly. For the bundle packages, like Eat the Rainbow & The Soup Kit, you may receive more of one product to compensate if other veggies are not ready to harvest.
  • Who is in charge of managing my order? Farmigo customer support is here for us! You can email Pete and Nora at and they will respond to you ASAP to resolve any issue that may arise for you.
  • My name is Brandi and I’m your Farmigo organizer. I’m the bald one. Hello! You can email me directly at purlBknit@gmail.comYou are my foodie yogi family and I’m here for you too. As we grow and figure out what systems work best for us, I thank you all so much for your patience and warm spirits.

Click here to place your Farmigo order.

Need inspiration? This week I just have to recommend one of the Poulet Rôti Chicken Salads available in spices like curry, lemon & thyme and chipolte. A few tablespoons on a Petit Caramelize Onion Batard with some local Frisee? Be sure to let me know what time is dinner.

To quick satisfying meals after a long warm shavasana!

Brandi is a fresh food enthusiast who knits often and whistles after yoga.