172 Allen Street, 2nd floor (btwn Stanton & Rivington)

Riji Suh

1) Why do you like it hot?

Love being warm; hate being cold. And we get to sweat out gnarly cityness… making room for beauty!

2) What are your personal tips to Bikram Yoga Lower East Side students?

We complete the hottest studio in the NYC in all definitions of hotness, so you must breathe even more deeply, more slowly, more fluidly than the “average” hot yogi…

3) As a child, what did you want to be “when you grew up?”

Nancy Drew. Then a fashion designer. Then an actor.

4) Tell us about your first kiss: who, when, where?

David, the hot Latin troublemaking boy, 6th grade, behind the gymnastics mats at the end of the gymnasium… total and worthwhile trouble.

5) What’s your most prized possession?

My love for love.

6) What’s your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate. Dark. And I refuse to feel guilty about it.

7) What is your most embarrassing moment on the teacher’s box?

Wow. Not on the box, but on the sweaty studio floor in Honolulu; I slid like I was on a very long, exaggerated, banana peel while all the students (50 or so) waited patiently, with arms parallel for Triangle…

8) What were you doing the day you decided you were going to be a Bikram Yoga Teacher?

Sweating in Georgia’s class. Like many a youngbuck NYC Bikram workstudy.

9) What’s the best/worst thing about being a Bikram Yoga teacher?

Attention to detail. Exhilarating for new discoveries, exhausting to discover it can’t all happen in one practice.

10) What was the first concert you went to?

Dave Matthews. Giants Stadium.

11) Who was your childhood celebrity crush?

Donny Wahlberg.

12) Describe your perfect yoga shorts.

Tight, Short, easy to wash, easy to dry, light even when wet.

13) What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?

Ooooh. Stretch.

14) What’s your sign and birthday?

Scorpio baby. Double. November 3rd, same as the one and only Johnny Salvatore!

15) Have you ever been in love?

Twice. First love, now guardian angel. Lukey Haid, September 23, 1980- June 17, 2009.
Last greatest love so far, inspiring groms in Latin America. Soul-surfer absolute, belleza pura.

16) Say one nice thing about the person who first told you about Bikram Yoga.

I researched for a healing practice that could give me the same intensity and high as running… though I do remember a fellow student in the Flatiron women’s locker room telling me after my first class: “You think that was tough, just wait til you take Georgia’s class.”

17) Words or phrases you overuse:

Awesome. Rock-stars. Stunning. Breathe. Relax your jaw. I mean all of it.

18) What song(s) best describe you?

November Rain. Kingston Town. Under the Bridge, Soul to Squeeze by Red Hot Chili Peppers. Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Iz. Summertime, Louis Armstrong version. Juicy by Notorious BIG.

19) Do you remember what your first Bikram class was like?

I was wearing basketball shorts, and a t-shirt. I was shocked by the smell, and how no one seemed to notice it.

20) What was the first album you purchased with your own money?

Paula Abdul. Forever Your Girl.

21) What’s your guilty pleasure?

Again, Dark Chocolate.

22) Do you have a “most memorable Bikram moment”?

While on staff for Bikram training in Hawaii, lying in final savasana in Claudia’s amazing class while “Dear Prudence” by the Beatles washed over us… total goddess power and total love…

23) If you could have any job, what would it be?

Actually, what I’m doing with all the jobs I have now, as a yogini, a teacher and an artist, except on a larger scale that includes World travels and takes care of my family, with the given flexibility to teach and practice somewhat freely and regularly.

24) What’s your more favorite smell?

Gardenias and coconut together. Oooh and the salty ocean!!!!

25) What’s your favorite place to hang out in the Lower East Side (besides Bikram of course)?

Ooooh, Carrie and Ezra’s casa, especially when Carrie makes some yummy vegan dish- and they always give me chocolate!
On sunny days, the park between LES and Whole Foods, watching the ballers talk smack and foul each other hard and think that’s defense.