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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!!!!!!

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Liberation Prison Yoga

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.

For more information, please visit their website www.liberationprisonyoga.com and check out their Facebook page too www.facebook.com/LiberationPrisonYoga.

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Memories of Flatbush

From BYPS teacher Yaniv Nord:

I will miss this studio very much, and especially the room; will always be my home studio.

2004-2006 many early morning classes, day in day out with Robbin and Saya and Dara and Christian and Colleen and Roody and others, who helped me fall in love with the practice in that room.

The geometry and quirky heating always gave the space a great energy – intense and powerful when crowded, spacious and forgiving on quiet days. A nice breeze with open doors, a pizza oven with the heat blasting. Nearly fainted more times than I can count. Killed myself in that room.

I’m sure whatever comes next will be just as special in it’s own way, but Flatbush will always have a place in my heart.

Namaste.

At the end of 2014, we will say goodbye to our first studio at 289 Flatbush as we search for another space in the neighborhood that will have the capacity to grow with our community. While we are excited about this relocation, we recognize that so many memories live in our first studio. Please share your memories with us via Facebook or email.

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Heal the World: One Posture at a Time (OPAAT)

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 info@bikramyogaparkslope.com

One Posture at a Time

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

Happy MeOPAAT 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.