Bikram Yoga LES Bits
On April 17th Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host a conversation at the Lower East Side Girls Club (check out that gorgeous new website, y’all!) as part of the Clinton Foundation’s No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project. The event, geared towards teenage girls, will be live-streamed across the country. For more information and how to get your school or organization involved, visit the Clinton Foundation website.
Julia Werman is a licensed social worker and health coach, specializing in nutrition and eating. She will be leading a mindfulness-based eating workshop at an upcoming retreat at Stonover Farm in the Berkshires.
Tell us about yourself! What is your nutrition background?
For most of my life, my relationship with food was a struggle. Growing up in Los Angeles, I always felt pressure to be thin and “perfect”. Diets and food were a main topic of discussion amongst my peer group and over exercising was seen as a positive. As I got older, moved away from LA (though it is a great city) and found myself in my own skin for the first time in NYC, I realized my relationship with food just wasn’t working anymore. The amount of time I spent thinking about food, what to eat or what not to eat, how much exercise I needed to feel “sane” – was all driving me a bit insane. I felt alone and knew there had to be another way to relate to food. I began to explore the world of healing, and through my journey have encountered many different modalities that have helped me to create what I have today…a healthy and sane relationship with food and my body. I am a licensed Social Worker (LMSW) and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) where I earned my credentials as Health Coach.
I have experimented with several different dietary theories (Raw, Vegan, Paleo, you name it) in order to figure out what feels best for me mentally and physically. I work with women to help them deal not only with the emotional side of eating, but the practical as well. What we put into our bodies has a huge impact on our energy levels, cravings, moods, and so much more. Food is medicine, and we can heal many of our common physical and emotional ailments with a shift in how we nourish ourselves.
What is mindfulness-based eating?
When it comes to our food we often spend much more time thinking about what to eat, rather than how we eat. Choosing to eat “mindfully,” in other words, giving food and eating our full attention, allows us to have optimal satisfaction and enjoyment of our food. Mindful eating makes it possible for us to experience the difference between physical satisfaction and fullness. Mindful eating also allows us to feel more satisfied with smaller quantities of food. Learning to savor our food simply makes eating more pleasurable. We claim to love food, so shouldn’t we want to be present for it? I will be guiding the participants of the Kosmic Kitchen retreat in exercises that will help them gain a better understanding of their relationship to food, where it stems from, and how to connect to and begin to cultivate a healthy relationship with food.
How does your yoga practice inform your nutrition work and vice-versa?
Yoga has taught me how to truly BE in my body. When I practice, whether alone or surrounded by others, it is my time to connect with myself. It is nurturing and loving and feels good spiritually and physically. My yoga practice, just like my food, has grown and changed over the years. I have tried almost every yoga practice out there (or at least in NYC), just as I have tried many different dietary theories. What I have learned through both my food and yoga journey is that I must listen to my body. When I’m present and in tune what’s not working will present itself and I can make gentle changes.
What can folks expect at a Kosmic Kitchen retreat?
Katherine Miller is the founder of Kosmic Kitchen and the creator of the 7-days to Radiance Cleanse. Kosmic Kitchen melds the sensual delight in food with your desire for radiant health and vitality.All the programs and courses are founded on her experience of the healing properties of whole-food, nutrient dense, plant-based eating. She combines that with her knowledge and skills gleaned from practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for a truly holistic approach to health.
The retreat is held at the beautiful Stonover Farm Inn in The Berkshires. It will be a small intimate group of 12 women, including instructors, and it will be a chance to relax, re-juvenate, connect, hike, and participate in special yoga classes lead by Melissa Stevens. Massage is also available in the afternoons.
The focus in on providing fantastically good food in a beautiful and relaxing environment that will give participants an experience of radiant health. We’ll be learning first hand why eating whole, plant-based meals is the optimal way to cleanse and heal. Each meal and snack will be a mini cooking class in the rustic Stonover Farm kitchen. We’ll experience the role of pleasure in healthy eating, as well as how to include more nutrient dense foods into our everyday meals, and make them super delicious. There will also be special times set aside to explore how those meals are eaten with mindfulness guide Julia Werman.
Katherine has a very accessible “no problem” teaching style. Together with Julia and Melissa, participants will have a holistic and celebratory experience of health and wellness. They will leave with:
• a manual with recipes and guidelines that can be followed at home
• practical strategies for improving their diets as well as the know-how to re-create great tasting dishes in their own kitchens
• insights on how to use mindfulness to support their health goals
• special yoga and breathing exercises to facilitate everyday cleansing
For more information contact:
Julia Werman, LMSW, HC, BCHHP
Specializing in Emotional, Compulsive and Disordered Eating
2014 is just hours away, and I asked a few Lower East Side-ers to share their New Year’s Resolutions with us. One wise yogi, Ms. Mila Ghose, responded that she does not make resolutions—that resolutions only set us up for failure. Instead she likes to set intentions for the new year. She credited LES instructor Corinne Idzal for sharing this advice during a class a few years ago.
Of course! I thought. How kind, generous, and grounded. I (Eli, the blogger) am someone who makes an annual list of “resolutions” that are inevitably broken (I even usually give myself a few false starts, and let myself start over a few weeks later with the lunar new year), so I especially appreciate the thoughtfulness behind setting an “intention” rather than a resolution. Intentions are about the journey, about our mindsets, and about how we feel about ourselves along the way. Intentions are about acceptance and allow us to make room for who we are and where we are at in achieving our goals.
(A selection of 2014 calendars to inspire us)
I did a little Googling about New Years Intentions, and found that many have adapted this framework. Here are a few articles to read while you meditate on your 2014 intentions:
HAPPY 2014, Lower East Side!
The Lower East Side of NYC is home to single grrrls & bois, transplants from various cities around the world, service industry professionals, and people of various spiritualities and traditions (some of us are all of the above!). This means we don’t always celebrate December 25th the same ways that Hallmark and Disney and the Catholic church do.
Luckily, our hot pink home will be open on the 24th, and 25th, offering us a warm place to grasp some peace regardless of our connections to the Baby Jesus and Santa Claus (or my personal xmas deity, eggnog).
(And don’t forget our infamous NEW YEARS EVE NITE SWEATS!)
December’s NITE SWEATS featured a photo booth by Larry Bercow. Larry is the Creative Director/Photographer behind Cool For School Photo, a company offering gorgeous school photos that capture kids’ natural personalities (without the cheesy backdrops, rigid poses, or forced smiles we all endured as kids). What happens when a bunch of hot yogis get a chance to ham it up in front of the camera? See below for a slideshow!
Tricia and Bikram Yoga Lower East Side are featured on AOL.com in the jobs section in a piece titled “What It’s Like To Be. . . A Yoga Instructor.”
What is the best part of the job?
“I get to go to work barefoot and make people feel better,” says Tricia.
It’s time for NITE SWEATS! On this Friday, November 1st, NITE SWEATS will celebrate the launch of LES yogi Radhika Philip’s new book Being Here, which is a compilation of interviews with New York City jazz musicians. Radhika answered some questions for us about her book and creative process:
When did you first become interested in Jazz music?
About ten years ago when I walked down the stairs at Smalls in the West Village. It was the music and the joyful and intimate ways in which the musicians related to each other, gave to each other, and to us, the listeners.
What made you inspired to write a book?
I had always wanted to document a New York City creative community, to pay homage to this city, if you may. When I came upon the jazz scene, a highly creative and collaborative space, that idea found a place to take root and grow. It was serendipity. The important thing was the initial intent, which found its expression years later at the right moment and place.
What was your research and writing process like?
I listened to music, and asked musicians about artists who they thought were influential and truly experimental – pushing themselves to do things differently, and discover new expressions. I would then go to a performance where I knew the musician I wanted to speak to was playing, and ask for an interview. I have interviewed close to 80 musicians at this point, only 24 are in this book.
Editing was hard, because there was so much beauty and things of importance in each person’s story. One day I want to have the entire unedited interviews available to people.
I couldn’t have done any of this without the generosity of the musicians, who gave their time, and shared their innermost thoughts and feelings.
What do you hope people learn from your book?
Maybe most importantly, that there is no one way to follow your intent. People do it in different ways. The important thing is to persist and work at it. There will be hard times, but you will find support, often from unpredictable places.
The other thing – to balance focus and openness in whatever you do. That dialectic between the two is needed to develop and realize creative expression, and the self over time.
How has your yoga practice supported your work as a writer?
My yoga is essential to my life; it gives me the time to move and breath. That process creates channels for movement within me. Sometimes things leave me, sometimes they resolve themselves, other times new ideas find themselves. This process creates a cleansing and coherence, which I take with me when i walk out of that room. What’s been a blessing, and perhaps underlies the process that goes on in the room, is the love that the people at the LES studio give us – Tricia, the other teachers, Nick at the front desk, and other yogis. They sustain me without knowing what they are doing sometimes.
You can read more about Radhika and the book, as well as watch a video and see audio excerpts at RadhikaPhilip.com
Join Corinne and Olivia, where you will:
- better understand how and why your body benefits from practicing yoga asana
- identify common misalignments in the expression of the postures
- learn how to deepen your practice
Your Body & Your Yoga Workshop:
Saturday, November 9
9:00am – 3:00pm Lecture and Discussion
Sunday, November 10
9:00am – 1:00pm Lecture and Discussion
2:00pm Yoga Class at Bikram Yoga Lower East Side
The Lofts @ 177 Prince St
$155.00 per person
Advanced reservation is required. Please use this PayPal link.
We also accept cash or check.
On Friday October 4th, NITE SWEATS is back! This time, the event will be sponsored by our very own LIPSTICK QUEEN, Ms. Poppy King, who is launching a new color–a sheer navy blue(!) lipstick called Hello Sailor– that leaves a cool, berry tint when applied.
What inspired Hello Sailor?
I had a hunch that a sheer navy lipstick would turn the lips a gorgeous berry color, and it does!! And I love everything nautical or naughty-cool in this case :)
Who are some of your personal style icons?
Women I see on the street. I am not into celebrity or movie stars. . . its the real women I see that dress with their own imagination and spirit that I admire very much. I try to do the same!
What is one piece of advice you’d share with aspiring creative professionals in New York City?
Lose your fear of rejection by learning how to give something your best shot, and then let go of results . . . being creative means not everyone will respond to what you do, so all you need are the right ones who do and to let go of the ones who don’t.
What role does Bikram yoga play in your life? Have you ever had any lipstick/creative inspiration while holding “standing head-to-knee” ?
Bikram is essential to my creative process as it allows my subconscious to come to the surface, and I find so many ideas there. I came up with the name for the Kate Spade lipstick I did called Supercalifragilipstick in standing head to knee!
Everyone who attends NITE SWEATS on Friday will receive a complimentary Hello Sailor lipstick (while supplies last)! 10$ minimum donation. All proceeds benefit the Lower East Side Girls Club. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org, or reserve at the desk or online. Doors at 9:30pm, Class at 10pm.