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Exploring Vocal Power

ORIENTING OUR YOGA PRACTICE AROUND OUR CORE and BREATH

Every yoga posture can be an opportunity to tone and condition the entire body, to deepen the power of concentration and our relationship to breath and core strength. Discover how professional-level singing tools can provide us with insight into our yoga practice.

Leslie Helpert, composer/performer, teacher of voice and yoga, shares her long-standing modalities of vocal performance and orientation technique with the Brooklyn/Leffert’s Bikram studio on January 23rd at 2 p.m.

In this 70 minute long workshop, students of all levels are invited to participate in discovering their diaphragmatic pathway and “vocal body” in asana, warm-ups, workshop exploration and sound creation. Complementing the 90-minute Bikram form, this short Saturday course will help provide students with tools to approach yoga practice with a greater sense of center, balance, concentration and breath power. Expect to make noise (sing), improvise and play with the power of your own voice! Come if you’re an experienced singer or completely a novice, all welcome!

For more information on New York and Barcelona-based artist/teacher Leslie Helpert, please see www.HelpertTheAgency.com

Come as you are, optionally mat/water and wear comfortable clothing!

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Tocando la Luz

Join South Slope yogis Jen and Tim for the NY premiere of their film Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light) at DOCNYC next Sunday 11/15 at 4:45PM! The film will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger and a reception hosted by PBS’ DOC WORLD.

Trailer & Tickets: http://bit.ly/1ScNVR6Indiewire exclusive clip of a baseball game for the blind: http://bit.ly/1Sdqrfq

Synopsis from the DocNYC catalog: Havana, Cuba. An up-and-coming singer searches for confidence, a young woman in love longs for motherhood and a veteran of the Revolution comes to terms with the death of her husband. Three women, united by blindness and a desire for independence, guide us through Cuba’s current economic and social landscape while pursuing their dreams and breaking through personal and societal limitations.

Garudasana

Watch BYPS instructor Carrie Torres lead us through a demonstration and description of Garudasana, also known as Eagle Pose. 

 

BENEFITS

Like many yoga poses, Garudasana helps improve concentration and your sense of balance. In addition, it opens up the 14 major joins, stretching the thighs, hips, shoulders, and upper back, along with strengthening and stretching the ankles and calves.

Dandayamana Janushirasana

Say hello to Roody Senecal, owner of and teacher at Bikram Yoga Park Slope. This week Roody leads us through Dandayamana Janushirasana, also known as Standing Head to Knee. The warm up series is over and now we begin balancing.



Benefits

This posture like many of the Bikram series helps develop concentration and determination, while improving your balance and patience. Physically it tightens the abdominal and thigh muscles and improves your hamstring and hip flexibility.

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Running Yogis

Starting Thursday August 27th at 6 p.m. Bikram Yoga Park Slope will be hosting “Running Yogis,” a group of dedicated runners and yogis led by Bikram Yoga Park Slope instructor, Natalie Phelps. We will be meeting at the Lefferts Avenue studio at 6pm and running for about an hour around Prospect Park and the surrounding neighborhoods returning to the studio in time to take the 8pm class. Please come and join us regardless of your pace or running experience.

Why running and yoga?

Yoga is a wonderful activity to increase balance and flexibility for runners and help prevent injuries. While running is a great cardiovascular activity, it can lead to repetitive stress injuries (such as runners knee, IT band syndrome, tight hamstrings) if not properly balanced with strength and flexibility training. The repetitive movements of running contract the muscles over and over again which can result in shortened muscle fibers, imbalances in the musculoskeletal system, and reduced range of motion in related joints. A regular yoga practice can help runners create length in those shortened muscle fibers and increase strength in underused muscle groups that cause musculoskeletal imbalance.  Yoga can also reduce stiffness from post workout lactic acid buildup and improve breathing.

A little about Natalie

Natalie has been practicing at our studios since January 2012 and joined the Bikram Yoga Park Slope team this May after attending the Fall 2014 Teacher Training in Thailand and traveling as a visiting teacher for 6 months. She has taught in studios all over the world but is happy to be back at her home studio in Brooklyn.

Natalie has been an avid long distance runner since her teenage years on the track and cross-country teams. She has run 8 full marathons, at least 16 half marathons and countless shorter individual races and relays. Natalie tried Bikram Yoga for the first time after running her first marathon as a way to stretch and strengthen her muscles after pounding the pavement for 26.2 miles and was instantly hooked. She is currently training for the Detroit marathon and would love to share her running experiences with the yoga community.