Utkatasana

Here we go! The next in the line up of our postures we are releasing once a week in the Bikram series. Use these videos to support your practice when you find yourself away from your home studio and remember to send us a shot of you in your favorite pose @bikramyogaparkslope #itsmyhotasana

 

 

Here are some benefits to Utkatasana:
  • Relieves sciatica, arthritis, rheumatism and gout in the legs
  • Firms all muscles of the thighs, calves and hips
  • Creates traction in the spine, increases strength in the weight-bearing joints
  • Improves blood circulation in the knee and ankle joints
Channing Burt

Teacher of the month: Channing Burt

BYPS teacher Channing Burt shares about her practice…

Why did you start practicing Bikram yoga and how long have you been practicing?

I took my first class in May 2005 looking for some grounding at a time of change in my life soon after moving to Brooklyn and finishing graduate school. That first class was at Troy and Aiko’s studio in Brooklyn Heights and I never looked back. Not long after I moved closer to the BYPS Flatbush studio and practised there 2-5 times a week for almost 10 years including the final New Year’s Eve class in December. I’ve had the chance to travel and practice at studios farther away including Berlin, Glasgow, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Shanghai and Melbourne.

How has your practice affected your life (this can include, health, work/career, relationships, etc.)

Bikram yoga has helped me develop and maintain discipline, focus and courage along with physical strength and flexibility. It is an investment in my health and those around me. It’s been so wonderful sharing this experience with fellow BYPS practitioners and instructors over the years.  

What keeps you coming back for more?

It is always and never the same. Bikram yoga is an essential part of my life. It is like breathing; it is breathing.

Do you have any advice for new yogis?

Don’t underestimate yourself.

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Testimonial: Alessandra De Almeida

Why did you start practicing Bikram yoga and how long have you been practicing?

I started practicing Bikram because I was interested in going a bit further with my practice. I love all different kinds of yoga and believe that they each serve beautiful purpose. I was looking for something that would push me physically further. I started doing Bikram yoga 11 years ago.

How has your practice affected your life?

The greatest thing that this practice has taught me is patience, both with myself and my body. If you push too far beyond your limits in a Bikram class, you get dizzy/sick or uncomfortable. However, finding that beautiful balance of challenging yourself while being kind and acknowledging when and where you should stop or slow down is wonderful. It has given me insight into how to self-care in other aspects of my life.

What keeps you coming back for more?

The heat and community. I love warmth and sweat, and it makes me feel like I have worked out. Our community at the Bikram Yoga Park Slope studios is so awesome, I love all the ages, peoples, and bodies that practice there. Its not a competitive place.

Do you have any advice/insight for new yogis?

Be gentle on yourself, this isn’t a competition. Enjoy the postures and find grace in them. HYDRATE!!!!!!

Kangen_Water

Introducing Kangen Water

Have you discovered the water and technology being used by the most forward thinking, heath aware people in the world?

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Here’s what you need to know:

• Kangen Water has been used in Japanese Hospitals for 40 years

• Kangen Water hydrates 4 to 6 times more effectively than other drinks

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• Kangen Water can help our planet and environment by stopping plastic bottle waste

• Kangen Water can lead to an increase in energy, improved digestion and better sleep

“A person cannot eat enough fruits and vegetables in a day to come anywhere near the antioxidant power of one glass of Kangen Water.”
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Next time you come into our studio, try Kangen Water for yourself! Also, check out this incredible story about how Kangen Water changed the lives of one particular athlete.

And, if you have questions about hydration, connect with us on Twitter or Facebook to find out more!

Cheers to your health!

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Teacher of the month: Peter Finlon

BYPS teacher Peter Finlon shares about his practice and why he keeps coming back for more.

I started practicing on New Years Day in 2009, which makes 6.5 years of practice.  I was (poorly) recovering from a surgery and unable to go to the gym, and a coworker recommended that I try Bikram.  I was frustrated and desperate at that point, bought one month unlimited, and honestly had very low expectations for myself. I was surprised to notice a dramatic change in my mobility, stamina, ability to sleep, and mood. I ended up going nearly every day that month, and started a 30 day challange immediately thereafter.  In fall 2010, I completed teacher training.

The biggest changes occured in the muscular adhesions that resulted from improper wound healing, and the emotional issues connected to the places in which I was physically stuck.  I started out barely able to lift my arms over my head for half moon and completely incapable of keeping them straight!  Illness, injury, and immobility can have an immense psychological impact, and I know that first hand.  My body felt broken and alien.  Doing something athletic to address and and even reverse physical limitations in a fun and supportive environment made me feel strong again.  This experience lead me to become a massage therapist, a teacher, and recently, to finish my degree and pursue a career in public health. 

I keep coming back because my body is in constant flux and the practice helps keep me aware of that.  Especially living in New York, it is easy to be overwhelmed with outside stimuli and that can take focus away from what is going on physically, mentally, emotionally with myself.  Bikram yoga guarantees that for 90 minutes, I have no escape, no “out”, no distractions, no choice but to tune in.

My advice to new yogis ties into the above.  Don’t be afraid to tune in!  It is normal to try to create special personal rituals and distractions to avoid being with yourself and the practice for 90 minutes.  We all try to escape at some point.  Go to that scary place in which you don’t have that extra sweat-wiper towel, the cell phone,  that different version of triangle that makes you feel stronger and more capable, or that mental to-do list in savasana that keeps your mind busy.  If we get rid of these road blocks and directly face whatever is scaring us in the room, we’re building useful neural pathways that will allow us to do the same when faced with fears and challenges outside of the hot room.