How We Rang In 2016 At The Den

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in On Our Blog

For some people, the ideal New Year’s Eve is at a raging, bottle-service-fueled dance party. For others it’s a cheese pizza (OK, two cheese pizzas) on the couch and snoozing at 12:02 AM.  But for us? Well there’s nowhere we’d rather be at midnight than on the mat, ringing in the new year with intention, excitement, and a whole lot of sweat. This year, we upheld tradition by hosting a two-hour class — led by Bethany Lyons — counting down to the midnight ball drop. Why spend New Year’s Eve at The Den? Here’s why some of our fearless warriors chose to spend the holiday with us, powering their way through 16 sets of handstand preps and 16 breaths while holding Wheel. NBD. Natasha Henry: “My fiancé, Brandon, and I usually dedicate the holidays to visiting our families. But this year our schedules brought us back to New York City in time for New Year’s Eve, and we both knew what we wanted to do. “Yoga has always been a cornerstone of our life as a couple. When we began dating, Brandon invited me to my first class — with Bethany as our teacher! — and it has become our version of church. This New Year’s Eve practice was our first holiday spent doing something alone and together. We think it’s special and important to be able to create our own traditions and memories for our family unit, especially as we move into a marriage. “Practicing at The Den that night was exciting and intense. I loved walking up the candlelit stairway and entering a room bursting with joy. I was surrounded by a community of individuals who each made the same decision to show up on their mats. This was the energy I wanted to enter 2016 with. It was an intense reminder and a call to be the best version of myself. I loved the love I felt and hope to do this again next year with Brandon. “Oh, and another important takeaway from the two-hour class: Definitely do not eat cake before class.” Alice Pucheu: “On New Year’s Eve 2014, my fiancé, Sean, and I had both recently lost loved ones and couldn’t bear going to a house party or bar. But we didn’t want to grieve all night in our apartment. I received an email from Lyons Den about the New Year’s Eve class and instantly thought, ‘I could get out of bed for this.’ My grief was in the phase where getting out of bed was a major accomplishment. “I have studied with Bethany for about a decade, so she has seen me on my mat through numerous life changes. I knew Sean and I, no matter our mental and emotional states, would be fully welcomed — and I was right. We connected, celebrated, and laughed with everyone there. “2015 was a year of magical thinking for...

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Get All Your Holiday Shopping Done At The Den!

Posted by on Dec 12, 2015 in On Our Blog

Get All Your Holiday Shopping Done At The Den!

From functional, fashionable, sweat-approved yoga gear to gift cards, candles, and everything in between, we have something for every yogi (or yogi-to-be) on your shopping list this holiday season. Start by getting your favorite yoga lovers some Den-branded gear, which is better than ever this year! Here are instructor Katie Richey’s picks for everyone on her “Nice List” (herself included). “This combo is the holy grail of comfy things. The beanie is the perfect dude gift—just a little bit of Lyons Den love, and a whole lot of comfy. The sweatpants are great for girls and guys alike—they’re fleece on the inside, so they’re warm and incredibly soft. Plus they’re the perfect thing to put on after you eat 38 Christmas cookies and need a little room to breathe. The “Present” tank ties them all together, and the stylish gold foil makes it look like you tried a little bit to look nice while you lay on the couch and digest your food!” Beanie, $24 Jogger pants (unisex), $52 “Present” holiday tank, $46 “This hoodie is awesome for layering, and it really reps NYC, so it’s a great gift for anyone who loves New York. And it’s fleece on the inside, so you get maximum softness. The puffer jacket is the ultimate luxe gift. It’s extremely functional, and has a chevron pattern plus ribbed inserts in the sides and arms, so you won’t look puffy wearing it. It’s totally downtown chic and perfect for those of us—like myself—who live in all black.” “Roar” camo hoodie, $68 Alo Yoga puffer jacket, $148 For the spunky and fashionable yogi in your life (or for yourself—go ahead!), check out our selection of printed Onzie leggings and Alo Yoga gear. Plus, we have Voluspa candles, Jade yoga mats, Den-branded Nalgene bottles, a full line of Lulitonix blends, and gift cards for classes at The Den. “The Voluspa candles smell great, look great, and are perfect gifts for hostesses, moms, and yourself. They come in lots of different sizes and colors. The ultimate #treatyoself gift!” We’ll see you on the mat—or shopping in the...

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What We’re Thankful For At The Den

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in On Our Blog

What We’re Thankful For At The Den

Happy Thanksgiving, yogis! Today and every day, we’re thankful for you, the incredible Den community. Thank you for bringing life, love, laughter, and joy onto your mats every single day. We are fully immersed in the holiday spirit—here’s what the Den instructors are thankful for this year… “I’m thankful for fall in New York City, airline miles used to visit family, and hot coffee in my cold hands. Oh and Lululemon and wash and fold laundry service.” —Katie Richey “I’m grateful for my new husband and the extraordinary life we live together. Thank you, Lyons Den, for giving us a place to meet!” —Michelle Swiatkowski Bass “I’m extremely thankful for having Lyons Den in my life, which literally changed my life by bringing Michelle and me together. I’m thankful for Michelle, who makes my life so much brighter and more fulfilling than I could have ever imagined. And it’s cliché but true: I’m so thankful for my family and friends. Having Michelle’s and my families come together at our wedding and becoming one family was a truly amazing experience.” —Andrew Bass “I’m thankful for every time my kids call me mama instead of mommy or mom—there’s a sweet innocence and tenderness that comes with it. I’m thankful for my family, our health, and our home; for sweaty practices that make me feel like anything is possible; for my kids’ giggles, snuggles, kisses, imagination, never-ending stories, and everything in between.” —Veronica Naughter “I am grateful for the amazing sense of community within New York City and at the Den. I’m so grateful to be a part of Lyons Den. I’m super grateful for my kitty cat, Brie, who always snuggles right beside me and makes the most adorable cat sounds.” —Diamond Zuchlinski “I’m thankful for my family and friends who love me unconditionally, and for banana bread pudding ice cream, which really is the most amazing ice cream ever.” —Brooke Easton “I am thankful for my mentors and teachers, who often double as my friends and loved ones. In their own ways, they each inspire me to be up to something bigger in my life, and remind me that the best place to begin anew is not in the past, but in the present moment. I am thankful for the people who take a stand for me by telling me the things I may not like to hear. Out of these situations arise endless possibility, and for that I am now and will be forever thankful.” —John Murray “I’m most grateful for the community of students, teachers, and mentors at Lyons Den that have supported my growth as a teacher and as a person throughout this past year. I taught my very first yoga class last November and became a Certified Baptiste teacher this November. I couldn’t have accomplished any of this without our powerful, compassionate community that truly stands for one another’s...

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“Be The Person To Give Something”

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in On Our Blog

Nechama Rosenberg has been a student at Lyons Den Power Yoga since it opened two years ago. She recently shared how the yoga community — specifically the Den community — has changed her and opened her up to new possibilities. Take it away, Nechama! I remember being in class with Bethany one day. We launched into Warrior III and pushed our arms back, and Bethany yelled out, “Now grab onto the hands of the person next to you.” Um, really? “Yes, touch them, touch their hands.” Ew. Gross. The room is heated, and we’re 52 minutes into a 90-minute power vinyasa class. There’s sweat. A lot of it. And I’m supposed to touch the person next to me? But I decided: I’m already in Rome.   At first it was just an awkward tap on the sweaty hands of the person to my right. But then Bethany repeated, “Push into their hands. Don’t just stand there awkwardly. Let go of whatever is holding you back and let their hands bring you higher.” So I did it. I pushed my sweaty hands up into theirs. Finally letting go of that fear of touching the sweaty person next to me, it hit me: Pushing into their hands did let me lift higher. My back started doing that up-dog thing. My leg was straighter. My Warrior was stronger, flying higher than ever. And that was the lesson of the day.   As tired as I often am in class — as exhausted and as overcome by the humidity — when Warrior III is called, I’m there. I’m not in Child’s Pose. I’m not outside getting air. I’m present, and I’m a YES to the person next to me. I’m present to assist that person and elevate his or her practice. I’m there to let go of all my fears, all my inhibitions, and fly. That action brings my own Warrior to new heights, and it helps the people next to me elevate their practice, too. I get to help another human being in a way that would be impossible if not for me. That’s a takeaway right there: community.   I’ve found that too often in life we can be too stubborn to realize that we can succeed by merely letting go of just a few of our hesitations — just a few of our fears. With that, we can let in the person to our right and the person to our left, and that place we wanted to go, well, we’ll already be there. It won’t even be a thing anymore. You’ll have to create a new “thing,” now six feet ahead of where the original thing was. You create the next place to go, and with the help of others — with that support — you can go so much further. So I say, don’t be the person to give nothing. Be the person to give something....

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Showing Up Big: July 4th Weekend at The Den

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in On Our Blog

Showing Up Big: July 4th Weekend at The Den

We’re celebrating Independence Day in a big way at The Den. In addition to regular classes, we have a few special events in honor of July 4th. FRIDAY, JULY 3 10 AM — Join Dan Nevins, Ret. Staff Sergeant and Wounded Warrior (and Baptiste instructor!), for a 30-minute inspirational talk followed by a 90-minute yoga class (with Bethany Lyons assisting). *This is a donation-based class.   2:30 PM — Freedom Beats with Terri Bahr SATURDAY, JULY 4 8 AM — Freedom Beats: A powerful Beats class inspired by our country’s birthday. We promise a BORN IN THE USA kinda time. 9:15 AM — 90-minute Power Flow co-taught by Bethany Lyons and special guest Dan Nevins 11 AM — Freedom Beats with Terri Bahr 12:30 PM — Free(dom) Class: Bring a first-time friend for free! Call the studio to book. SUNDAY, JULY 5 10:30 AM — Free(dom) Class: Bring a first-time friend for free! Call the studio to book. Call The Den at 646-490-8888 to reserve your classes, or book online starting Sunday, June 28, at 6 PM. Check the schedule for some time changes to regular classes. See you on the...

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