Join our next benefit class on Friday, December 5th at 7 p.m.
Mats and towels will be free. Suggested donation is $20. All proceeds will go directly to Liberation Prison Yoga. This is a silent class to music so get ready to party!
Refreshments are provided afterwards in our beautiful new space and instructor Saya Ishii Velazquez will be selling and signing her new book, Yoga Baby.
507 Flatbush Avenue, 2nd Floor. B, Q, S train to Prospect Park or B41 to Lincoln Rd.
What does Liberation Prison Yoga do?
- Serves jails and prisons in New York City and State bringing trauma sensitive yoga and empowerment programs to incarcerated women, men and youth (16+), and trains yoga instructors to work inside the prison system.
- Has 19 weekly programs in three NYC jails and two NY state prisons.
- Works with 22 volunteer yoga instructors, many with backgrounds in social work and psychology, who use the trauma-sensitive approach while sharing their yoga style. Each class is comprised of hatha yoga and meditation. Some programs also include discussion, free-flow writing or other healing modalities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
OPAAT 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.
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.