Nancy Cuervo

Give it time, keep coming, don’t push too hard all at once, drop your ego.

What inspired you to compete?
In 2010 I met a teacher from Amsterdam who competed and made it seem like a great way to expand my practice. I’d never known about competing before and the concept was strange to me. But her quiet seriousness combined with her beautiful practice made it seem like a mystery to unlock, a potential to tap into through training for competition.

How long have you been practicing bikram…and how long have you been prepping for competition?
I’ve been practicing Bikram exclusively since 2009. My first competition was in January 2011. I went to training in April 2011. My second competition was in 2013.

What is the most important thing you have learned about yourself in the training process?
I can change my mind. Postures that were impossible one day seemed to materialize miraculously the next. Some of these postures happened through consistent grunt work, but many others seemed to happen by just relaxing my brain from its immediate “No, I can’t do that” response and just trying.

That has been the biggest lesson to apply to every aspect of my life. Trying to enter any challenge in my life with fresh eyes, a relaxed state and a willingness to work.

Would you do anything differently if you were to start again?
I consider myself lucky that I started training with strong mentors and examples around me. If I were to do it all over again I would have started meditation or relaxation exercises right away for preparing to get on stage.

I would tell anyone considering competition to really adopt a beginner’s attitude to the intermediate/advanced classes. It will seem “impossible” at first. But just give it time, keep coming, don’t push too hard all at once, drop your ego. The intermediate and advanced classes are a wonderful way to learn more about the beginners series which I still love with all my heart. Just try. It will change you.

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New Year’s Eve Party

We look forward to bringing in the new year together!

To celebrate the closing of our first studio and the beginning of a new year, we are hosting a New Year’s Eve Party! The party kicks off at 10 p.m. and we will be going strong into the new year! Bring yourself, some food and drink to share, and all the love you have built up in your yoga practice. It’s time to welcome in 2015!

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December 31, 2014
10 pm – break of dawn
289 Flatbush Avenue
BYL (bring your love)
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Memories of Flatbush

From BYPS teacher Yaniv Nord:

I will miss this studio very much, and especially the room; will always be my home studio.

2004-2006 many early morning classes, day in day out with Robbin and Saya and Dara and Christian and Colleen and Roody and others, who helped me fall in love with the practice in that room.

The geometry and quirky heating always gave the space a great energy – intense and powerful when crowded, spacious and forgiving on quiet days. A nice breeze with open doors, a pizza oven with the heat blasting. Nearly fainted more times than I can count. Killed myself in that room.

I’m sure whatever comes next will be just as special in it’s own way, but Flatbush will always have a place in my heart.

Namaste.

At the end of 2014, we will say goodbye to our first studio at 289 Flatbush as we search for another space in the neighborhood that will have the capacity to grow with our community. While we are excited about this relocation, we recognize that so many memories live in our first studio. Please share your memories with us via Facebook or email.

OPAAT

Heal the World: One Posture at a Time (OPAAT)

Bringing yoga to recovering addicts residing in and out of rehab and detox facilities.

Join us as we launch our First Fridays Community Class Series on November 7th at 7 p.m. at our newest studio home in Prospect Park-Lefferts. We are delighted to begin this donation-based class series by giving all proceeds from this class to One Posture at a Time (OPAAT). We first learned about this organization from fellow BYPS teacher, Frank King. We hope you will feel as inspired as we do to support this group’s work and get on your mat for the cause! Read below for more information about what OPAAT is, who they serve, and how they came to be in the first place.

COMMUNITY CLASS LOGISTICS

  • What: Donation-based class (Suggested donation: $20)
  • Free: mats & towels + Pure Action T-Shirts for first 30 donations of $20 or more
  • Time: 7 p.m. (Please get there by 6:45 to set up your mat and towel)
  • Place: 507 Flatbush Avenue
  • Questions: Call 718.399.3369 or email info@bikramyogaparkslope.com

One Posture at a Time

WHAT OPAAT IS

One Posture at a Time is a Hatha Yoga practice specifically designed to restore the addicted person to an improved state of health, wholeness and well-being.

OPAAT’s vision is to bring Yoga to all recovering addicts residing in and out of long term state regulated drug and alcohol detoxes and to research and document the medical benefits received so that we can change policy at the state and government level for EVERY addict in treatment to have access to yoga.

HOW OPAAT WORKS

Our 60 minute guided moving meditation uses Bikram’s proven series of ancient healing yoga postures (asanas) to not only ease the pain of chemical detox but to reduce the emotional, mental, and spiritual harm caused by the toxic lifestyle of addiction. By expressing each posture, one at a time, the negative blocks of shame and ‘dis-ease’ – the issues in the tissues – that have lodged deep in the body from years of harmful living are removed, so that the innate sense of self-respect, self-love, and self-control which exists deep down inside every human being, can be restored and fully realized.

HOW OPAAT STARTED

Happy MeOPAAT directly arose from Founder, Jeanne Heaton’s real-life experience of addiction and her path to healing. Her journey to Bikram Yoga began with a deep realization that if she were to save her life she would need to change it, entirely. An actress and musician, she arrived in NYC in search of fame and fortune but instead found drugs and alcohol. Penniless and homeless, she checked herself into a long-term residential rehab facility to finally detox all drugs, but when she re-entered the world the physical damage her body absorbed was taking its toll and that’s when her friend bought her a 30-day Bikram Yoga introductory package.

The moment Jeanne entered the hot room, she knew Bikram Yoga was the missing ingredient to her recovery. Jeanne is the proud recipient of Bikram’s 2010 Teacher Training Scholarship. and is dedicated to teaching all people that ,”no matter how bad you think it might be, it is never too late to start from the scratch once again”… One Posture at a Time.

You can read more about Jeanne’s story on the NY Times here.

Training for the NY Marathon

Training for the Marathon?

BYPS instructor Frank King shares how Bikram Yoga supports and enhances his training for this year’s New York Marathon.

BYPS: How many marathons have your run?

FK: I have run two marathons to date: Philadelphia 2011 and Harrisburg PA 2012. I am currently training for NYC 2014.

BYPS: How have you integrated your yoga practice in the past with your cross training and how is that different today?

FK: In the past I dialed back my practice to only a few times a week. Working a full time job and managing a training schedule that included running five days a week made it tough to balance a yoga practice, as well. Now as a teacher I am able to create a better balance between practicing and running, which has made the training so much less grueling. I now have an easier time with the endurance of the long runs, and the stretching postures in our 90 minute practice decreases the amount of time I need for recovery between runs. In general, the thermal therapy and the deep stretching of Bikram Yoga alleviates a lot of the aches and pains from marathon training, making the process more manageable and less damaging.

BYPS: What are some of the greatest challenges in your Bikram Yoga practice as you train for the marathon?

FK: The other day I took a class and my flexibility had taken a step backwards. This continues to be my greatest challenge in class, although I feel the benefits of the practice and feel significantly better after the class. Like we say in Bikram, the more you need it, the more benefits you receive from the practice.

BYPS: What is the greatest challenge in your marathon training that Bikram Yoga supports?

FK: The greatest challenge that Bikram Yoga supports—aside from learning how to breathe more efficiently while running and the decompression I get on my ankles, knees, and spine from yoga—is the head noise or negative thinking that can make or break a run. Bikram Yoga teaches me how to quiet that noise and helps me to recognize my strength and ability to run long distances.

Before I started practicing Bikram I had not run more than 2 miles straight. After a while of practicing consistently and running a few 5k and 10k races, I thought if I do this yoga for 90 minutes in this heat, surely I can run for several hours. That was the turning point and the beginning of my growth with running.

BYPS: How do you want to grow in your training and can you recommend Bikram Yoga to other athletes?

FK: I have trained for two sprint triathlons. Next year I hope to extend the distances to Olympic, and half iron man lengths. I know that Bikram Yoga with be vital to the training process.

I can recommend Bikram Yoga as a cross training method for other runners and endurance athletes at any level because it

  • relieves joint pain pressure that training puts on the body
  • teaches you to breathe more efficiently
  • helps improve dexterity in movement
  • builds the mental fortitude to endure when your body is pushed for hours at a time

Frank teaches at all three Bikram Yoga Park Slope studios. Join one of his classes and be sure to ask him about his training (and perhaps his favorite ice cream) as we get closer to November’s marathon.