Past. Present. Future.

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in On Our Blog

Past. Present. Future.

By Alison Feller Here at Lyons Den, we’re all about learning from the past, living in the present, and making bold moves for the future. In the spirit of “past, present, and future,” we asked the Lyons Den instructors what moved them most in the past year, what they’re enjoying in the present, and what they’re looking forward to in the New Year. What was your most poignant moment from 2014? “He proposed. I said yes!” —Terri Bahr “The moment my husband and I saw our baby on the screen at our first ultrasound. We found out we were expecting this past fall. That first look, where we saw the heartbeat and tiny legs kicking away, will forever be my favorite and most cherished memory of 2014.” —Sara Packard “When my newest niece was born, and finding out she would be named about my mom, who passed away in 2011. It meant so much to see her remembered that way.” —Andrew Bass “My Baptiste Level One training in Hawaii and Level Two training in Sedona. They were life-changing experiences for me. One year ago, I had no plans to become a yoga teacher. It’s remarkable how much my life and world have changed in just one year.” —Julie Brazitis “Leaving South Africa to move back to New York City. I left my 14-year career as a schoolteacher to pursue my passion for teaching yoga.” —Meg McNeal “Celebrating my dad 10 years after his passing. For a long time, I believed that accepting and moving forward was not only unlikely, but it was impossible. Thankfully, I was wrong. My father taught me to stand strong and proud, to love fiercely, take chances, and believe in myself. We are one badass family of Polish people!” —Michelle Swiatkowski “Joining the Lyons Den family!” —Annie Fisco “Sharing one of my most guarded circumstances in life with my fellow Level Two trainees and feeling nothing but love, compassion, and support in return. I was letting myself be seen and, in doing so, was able to see others and accept what they were offering me at such a vulnerable moment. Truly and example of what community is all about.” —Veronica Naughter “Most poignant: losing my ‘second mom’ and dear family member, Barbara. She was one of the boldest lionesses I have ever known, and I hope I carry on a piece of her loving, no-holding-back spirit. Top moment(s): teaching in Times Square and celebrating the one-year anniversary at The Den.” —Bethany Lyons What’s your favorite thing about the holiday season? “Seeing the pure excitement in my children’s eyes and the innocence in their nervous laughter as they anticipate Santa’s arrival.” —Veronica “Taking our family Christmas photo! We always do a formal picture and lots of silly pictures. The silly ones are my favorite. They show who we really are: nuts. Seriously. We are all crazy...

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Lyons Den Holiday Giving Guide

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in On Our Blog

Lyons Den Holiday Giving Guide

By Alison Feller In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in the holiday spirit in a big way here at the Den. We’re decking the halls on Church Street while decked out in reindeer antlers during down dog (seriously)! And, of course, we’re all about giving: giving love, giving presence, giving gifts, and giving back. If you’re in a giving mood, too, read on. We’ve compiled our first annual Lyons Den “Shop Local” Giving Guide, with something for everyone on your list (or a little something special for yourself — we’re sure you made it onto the nice list this year!). For the New Yogi or Yogini A jewel-toned Nalgene bottle. Den-goers tend to sweat and hydrate quite a bit during class. Keep your new yoga pal refreshed and hydrated with a super-durable bottle that holds enough water to last you through even Bethany’s fieriest 90-minute flow. ($24) A U Fit No Slip Yoga Towel. It’s frustrating to be on the brink of something great — say the best Side Angle ever — only to slip on a sweaty yoga mat. The U-Fit No Slip Yoga Towel will prevent that from happening. Savasana just got a lot cozier! ($65 for a Den-branded hand towel and mat towel combo) Baron Baptiste’s Being of Power book. In his book, the founder of the Baptiste method explores “the nine practices to ignite an empowered life.” Think of it as a beyond-yoga self-help book that’ll inspire you on and off the mat. A must-read for yogis of all levels. ($20) For the Longtime Lyons Den-Goer Show your Lyons Den pride by wearing it! All Lyons Den apparel — like our lioness flow tops and roar capris — is made by Royal Apparel, which is the best in the business, (& made in the USA). Everything is soft and comfy, and great for class, brunch, or bed! (prices vary) Bring home the comfort of the Den with our signature holiday scent: Golden Cypress by Voluspa. ($10 for 3 oz. candle, $28 for 12 oz. candle, $19 for spray) For Someone Very Special Eye of the Sea bracelets. Made of black onyx, lava stone, labradorite, power red crystal, and hematite, these lush bracelets are more than fashion statements: Each stone holds a unique and powerful meaning. (Think inner peace, willpower, or physical and mental strength — things we can all use this holiday season!) Made by a local jewelry artist in the West Village. ($55 – $70 each) An Io Jewelry necklace. Liven up office attire or add some shine to a party outfit with a ruby necklace or a long layering necklace featuring gold pendants. ($75 for short necklace, $120 for extra long – can be worn as a necklace or a bracelet, $250 for ruby necklace – only 2 available!) For the Do-Gooder Consider making a donation in someone’s name, or making a donation...

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Tis The Season for Thanks . . .

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in On Our Blog

Tis The Season for Thanks . . .

What the Lyons Den Team is Thankful for This Year By Alison Feller Starting with Thanksgiving and going straight to Hanukkah, Christmas, and into the New Year, the holiday season brings out our most grateful and reflective sides. From community to crow pose, and savasana to Starbucks, here’s what the Lyons Den team is thankful for this year. “I’m thankful for the warmth of Lyons Den on a cold windy day, my voluptuous kitty cat (named Brie), my health, my apartment’s proximity to Stumptown Coffee, wine and chocolate, and chocolate and wine.” —Diamond Zuchlinski, Instructor “I’m thankful for all the students who come to class and allow me to assist their practice and take them to greatness for that pose that day. I’m thankful for the great LDPY founders and staff for supporting me on my process to Certification. I’m thankful for a loving, supportive husband, who practices beside me, and all the friends I have made through Baptiste yoga. And I’m thankful for brunch at Butterfly’s, a hot shower after class, and Josie, the studio party girl and watch-dog.” —Christine Sebor, Asssist Team “I’m thankful for my girlfriend, Michelle — more than words could possibly say. I know, so cheesy, but it’s true. And for Bethany and John, for bringing Baptiste yoga to New York City, where it is so desperately needed. Plus, they created a space where I could meet Michelle!” —Andrew Bass, Instructor & Founding Pride “I’m grateful for students who show up on the mat ready to play big. Leading a class of New Yorkers who are totally present and committed to the process inspires me big-time. On top of that, I’m grateful for the LYPY community — I’m so happy to finally have a true yoga home in NYC — and for Andrew Bass, the love of my life. I’m thankful for NYC diners, puppies, sleeping in, and my family.” —Michelle Swiatkowski, Instructor & Founding Pride “I’m thankful for my remarkable family and friends, the endless supply of New York pizza and California Zinfandel within steps of my apartment, the onset of ski season, and pigeon pose.” —Julie Brazitis, Instructor & Assist Team “I’m thankful for my Baptiste yoga family, NYC during the holidays, and the yoga glow my students have when they leave class.” —Annie Fisco, Instructor “I’m thankful for my kids’ sense of humor and their laughter, a yoga practice that breaks down the nitty gritty, a yoga community that believes in building each other up to shine brighter as a whole, and caffeine—in coffee or chocolate, preferably the latter. I’m thankful for friends who are there in good times, and especially in hard times. And I’m thankful for snow days (and yoga!) that remind us there’s nowhere to go, nothing to do—just be in this moment.” —Veronica Naughter, Instructor & Assist Team “I found out I was pregnant shortly after returning...

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