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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.

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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.

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
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Student Story: Scott Smith

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

I began in January 2011 after starting an exciting (and high-stress) desk job in Philadelphia. I needed relief from the sedentary activity of desk jockeying all day, and there was a Bikram studio right around the corner from the office. The practice helped with physical, mental, and general well-being, and I loved the teachers.
How has your practice affected your life?

I have Increased energy, appetite, physical stamina, mental clarity, overall happiness … the full bag. I wish I could practice all the time!
What keeps you coming back for more?

This yoga makes me feel healthy, young, and vibrant. It impacts every other activity in my life in a positive way. I crave that burst of inspiration that I always get right after my yoga class.
Do you have any advice/insight for new yogis?

Just go, no excuses. Getting to the hot room is the hardest part. Everything falls into place once you practice regularly.