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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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Student Story: Vivian

Why did you start practicing Bikram yoga and how long have you been practicing?
I started practicing yoga later in my life (in my 30s) for a number of reasons; my mom had taken me to a hatha yoga class when I was in grade school and while I was terrible at it, I loved the savasana at the end and it planted a seed in me that told me I would need and love yoga later on in my life. Later, in my 20s, I was living in Park Slope, swimming at the nearby branch of the Y for an hour a day which I loved, however when I moved to Prospect Heights in 2003, the Y was inconvenient to get to regularly. One day I walked into the Flatbush Bikram studio, and I just loved it immediately. I enjoy all kinds of yoga but at that time, my wrists were very weak and downward dog was painful; the Bikram method was great because it didn’t have that.  The Flatbush studio was close to where I lived and it’s always been important that my workout place be nearby otherwise, I know I won’t go.

How has your practice affected your life?
I like to say that it cures suicidal tendencies (and homicidal ones, too!).  But seriously, this yoga method really is wonderful for putting things in perspective and clearing your mind and body of interference, negative thoughts, and general worry.  Also, as a musician, I use my body a lot and I find the practice to be essential as a restorative therapy for holding your arms up asymmetrically with an instrument that weighs 8 pounds around your neck for 6 hours a day.

What keeps you coming back for more?
I always feel better after class, no matter how the class itself goes.  If I’m worried or confused about something in my life and I can’t stop worrying about it and trying to figure it out, I notice that after class, even though nothing has changed, I feel more confident and empowered to keep working to figure out a positive solution.  Also, I really like the community of people at the Lefferts studio, which I still go to even though now it’s a mile and a half away.

Do you have any advice/insight for new yogis?
The main advice I have for new yogis is to breathe, listen, and be patient.  Most importantly, do not force postures; if you cannot maintain your calm breath, then leave a posture out and stand in mountain savasana. Breathe and stay as still as possible.  Our tendency in this competitive world is to only hear the teacher when they say, “push”, but not hear them tell us to maintain calm and focused breath. I often see new students huffing and dramatically trying to make every pose and I want to tell them that I’ve “candy-assed” my way through some classes, only doing one set of every posture because I’m too tired or sick and at the end, as long as I maintained a calm focus on my breath, I will still feel as great as if I’d “kicked butt” on every posture.

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Student Story: Wayne

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

The idea of a hot  yoga was/is appealing to me, although I practice all types of yoga as well. I started doing yoga in order to feel better and stay young, and started practicing Bikram in 2001.

How has your practice affected your life?

My yoga practice, including Bikram, provides me with peace of mind, a feeling of well-being, ‎and the luxury of feeling young as I grow older.

What keeps you coming back for more?

The heat‎, and desire to stay “forever young,” and the opportunity to find spiritual meaning to life.

Do you have any advice/insight for new yogis?

Do it! You will grow older whether you do it or not. Make excuses to yourself  and no one will care. ‎You can grow old feeling old and rickety, or you can grow old feeling healthy, strong and alive … It’s that simple!

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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.

Cynthia

Cynthia

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

I began doing Bikram yoga to become calm and focused. I have practiced on and off for 10 years.

How has your practice affected your life?

I have learned more about my body and calmed my tendency to hurry.

What keeps you coming back for more?

I enjoy the  teachers, the classmates, and the clean space.

Do you have any advice/insight for new yogis?

Enjoy yourself, stay hydrated, and take your time . Bikram yoga is always helpful in a different way each time you come.