Latest in our posture videos: Camel

Watch the latest in our posture video series: Camel, or Ustrasana. Watch Bikram Yoga Manhattan’s Rachel Kaplan demonstrate a wonderful Camel posture, while Raffael Pacitti explains why it is so valuable and so challenging at the same time.

Catch up on our whole posture video series — and teacher interviews — on our YouTube page. Subscribe and get alerts on future videos!

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Our new 2011 BYM class schedule

As you know, the end of 2010 came with disruption and change with the closing of our Greenwich Village location. We have now updated our 2011 schedule with more classes and more times at our Penn Station/Chelsea and Soho locations. Please join us for lots of these classes!

Join us for a happy and HEALTHY new year!

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Celebrate and sweat: BYM’s holiday schedule

Here is our adjusted holiday class schedule, still with plenty of options to keep your practice going over the holiday weekends. Soon, we will be announcing the new January schedule, with more classes and new times at our two studios!

Thurs, Dec 23
Soho: 12noon, 5:30pm
Penn Station: 6:45am, 12noon, 5:30pm

Fri, Dec 24
Soho: 10am
Penn Station: 10am

Sat, Dec 25
Closed both locations

Fri, Dec 31
Soho: 10am, 4pm
Penn: 7am, 10am 4pm, 6pm

Sat, Jan 1
Soho: 11am
Penn: 12pm, 3pm

All other days have a normal schedule. Namaste!

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Moving forward, with a nod back to the Village

They say the only constant is change, but usually “they” are saying it when something happens that you didn’t want to happen. So “they” provide almost no comfort on days like today, when we close the doors to our beloved Greenwich Village studio after tonight’s classes.

The news came with great sadness. For many of us, the Village studio was “home.” Sure, Sixth Avenue is loud and Gobo’s habit of playing loud (sometimes disco!) music during savasana was not exactly conducive to meditation and the plumbing had the nasty habit of springing creative leaks, but who didn’t love the patio during warm weather and the camaraderie of the students who brought the place to life?

But we move forward, as we always do when the economy or other outside forces knock us off our path. We hope you join us for classes at Penn Station/Chelsea or in Soho. We will have a new schedule for those studios starting in January, with the same dedicated teachers and fantastic atmosphere and of course, Bikram Yoga!

We have great hopes that 2011 will bring new beginnings and more positive business news. Thank you for being part of our family and we hope a location shift does nothing to harm that bond. “Home,” after all, is where our hearts are.

Consider bringing your hearts and practice to Penn Station/Chelsea at 150 W. 30th St., near Seventh Ave. or Soho at 148 Spring St., btw W. Broadway and Wooster.


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Today’s sad announcement: the closing of our Greenwich Village studio

Here is the news, from Raffael Pacitti, on the closing of our Village location. Today, Monday, Dec. 13 is the last day of classes there. Schedule adjustments for the Penn Station/Chelsea and Soho studios will be coming in January.

Dear Students of Bikram Yoga Manhattan:

We regret to inform you that as of Tuesday, December 14, 2010 the Greenwich Village Location of Bikram Yoga Manhattan will be forced to close its doors.

Due to a very difficult year in the current economy and the expenses of operating our school, coupled with issues between the New York City Dept. of Buildings and our landlord, we are no longer able to offer classes at this location.

We assure you we did everything in our power to keep our beloved Greenwich Village location going in the past several months. We are committed to making this a smooth transition for all students and we deeply apologize for the inconvenience.

Please be advised that all current BYM memberships will be honored at the following locations:

Bikram Yoga Manhattan Penn Station/Chelsea Location
150 W 30th St. 4th Fl (Near Penn Station) Take the 1 Train to Penn Station

Bikram Yoga Manhattan Soho Location
148 Spring St. 4th Fl (Between Wooster & W Bway) Take the C, E Train to Spring St.

It is with deep sadness that we leave but we are optimistic and hopeful for an opportunity to bring Bikram Yoga to the wonderful community of Greenwich Village.

Raffael and the Staff and Workstudy of Bikram Yoga Manhattan

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Meet Bikram Yoga Manhattan teacher David Ryan

Watch the latest in our video interviews with Bikram Yoga Manhattan teachers. In this one, David Ryan tells how he found Bikram while rehabbing from an injury so he could compete in tae kwon do and how it helped him recover from being hit by a car.

Watch, share, comment and catch up on our entire video series on our YouTube page and remember to Like us on Facebook.

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Why 90 minutes?

Stick around for the whole series, it's worth it.

People are often surprised when they come to our studio and find out a class is a 90-minute commitment. That is a long chunk of time in our convenience-addicted culture, probably more time than we spend on one continuous activity other than sleeping. It’s a yoga class, so why 90 minutes?

The simple explanation is that Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures that lasts 90 minutes. The difference at our studio than some others is, we are sticklers about it. Some studios request that students stay the whole time, many don’t flinch when students come and go and some even ask those planning to exit early to set up by the door. But we ask for a commitment. It probably scares some people off and might not be the best for high-volume business. What if we feel lousy, people ask. What if I’m squeezing this in between appointments? Why can’t we just leave?

The long answer is, what we are doing is staying true to our beliefs and Bikram’s teaching. He designed the series to work all the systems of the body systematically, which is lost if you approach it a la carte. And when you start the class, you join in a collective energy with everyone else in the room, an energy that is fractured when anyone leaves.
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Join us for a night of music with Rachel Hundert

From Bikram Yoga Manhattan director Raffael Pacitti:
I would be honored to have you at this event I’m producing. A dear friend and FABULOUS young singer is doing an evening of music at one of my favorite spots, Etcetera Etcetera, this coming Saturday, Dec. 4.

The show is called “Man Oh Man!” and consists of songs normally sung by MEN.

Rachel Hundert, “this generation’s BETTE MIDLER” according to Eric Rauch of Papermill will be performing these songs as she gets into the male psyche and delivers a night of fun and great music.

Some of you came to the last event I produced with Rachel and are still raving about it.

Tickets are only $20 at Smarttix and there is a 2 drink minimum that night (food is also available if you’d like).

This will be a fun, inexpensive night out and a great way for us all to celebrate each other, the holidays and, of course MEN!!!!

Hope to see you all Saturday!

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Latest in BYM’s posture video series: Bow

Watch the latest in our posture videos: Dhanurasana or Bow posture, the culmination of the spine-strengthening series. Watch as Bikram Yoga Manhattan’s Byron Joseph Franklin demonstrates what “two wheels in one base” actually looks like and gives hope that we will all see our toes over our heads one day. BYM director Raffael Pacitti explains the benefits that emanate from a strong and healthy back.

Watch, share, comment and keep up with all our videos on our YouTube page. Get updates on everything at Bikram Yoga Manhattan by liking our Facebook page.

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Meet BYM teacher Matt Hockersmith

In the latest in our series of interviews with Bikram Yoga Manhattan teachers, meet Matt Hockersmith. He tells his story of growing up on a farm in Wyoming, chasing his dream of acting in New York and how Bikram yoga tumbled into his life at just the right time to help his acting, his life and his weight.

Catch up with our whole video series on our YouTube page or get regular updates by liking our Facebook page. Share with friends and come to one of Matt’s classes!

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