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Have you heard the news? Lyons Den is expanding!
We are so excited to announce that we are DOUBLING our size in TriBeCa (we’ve taken over the second floor!), and are opening a second location in Chelsea.
Lyoness in her natural habitat


What does this mean for you? 
More room to BREATHE . . . more room to MOVE . . . more room to SWEAT. And more room than ever to ROAR (and shower!). Here’s what you need to know about our growth and expansion…
Den Team ready to check you in . . .
All the action in TriBeCa will be happening on the second floor for a little while.
We transitioned on Thursday, January 12, to check-in on the second floor at 279 Church Street, where classes are also be taking place. (The second floor will eventually operate as our second, more intimate studio once everything is complete.)

Book your mats in advance!
There is less space available in the second studio, so we highly recommend signing up for all of your desired classes ahead of time during the TriBeCa renovation period. Weekly sign-ups open every Sunday at 6 PM. (Reminder: All class cancellations must be made by 5 PM the day prior to the class booked.)
In our new jewel-box studio, Studio B(e Courageous)
We’re shifting the schedule — just a bit, and just for a little while.
We will be offering a temporarily altered schedule over the next few weeks, including slightly shifted class times and additional class options. We’re doing this to keep the Den open so classes can resume during the entire time we’re renovating and upgrading.
There’s more space to shower!
Available NOW: expanded showers and lockers rooms for men and women!
Can we get a roar for that?
ALL THE SPACE . . . !!!
Here’s what else to expect…
  • a quadrupled lobby size and new front desk and check-in area (don’t worry — there’s still a doggy door for Den Mascot, Josie)
  • a larger main studio on the third floor
  • an additional second studio on the second floor,
  • four showers in the more than twice-as-big women’s locker room (along with two bathrooms)
  • two showers and two bathrooms in the double-the-size men’s locker room
  • loads more easy-to-access lockers
  • expanded retail section and Den-branded gear
  • a fresh filtration and water-filling station
  • an upgraded sound system
  • the same quiet, clean, pain-relieving and healing infrared radiant heating system simply expanded
  • more classes and options than ever before
Core Team opening morning after the transition.
The transition won’t take long — just a few weeks this month — and we so appreciate your patience and understanding during the process.

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HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY 145PM-345PM at The Den

Meditation Intensive with NICK DICKINSON (visiting Baptiste Teacher from Boston)

Delve deep into breath, bandhas and drishti in this meditative vinyasa workshop.

Using the heat and flow of Journey Into Power we will pause to dive deeper into guided meditations and breathing exercise to access power and space.

Think: less instruction and more direct experience of the creative power of physical and mental vinyasa. You will sweat, find power through creative breathing techniques and bliss out in three guided meditations.” sign up NOW by calling the studio 646.490.8888 or under ENROLLMENTS under SCHEDULE online.

Investment: $49

Sunday, November 6th

1:45pm – 3:45pm

Wear yoga attire.

Nick has been studying and practicing meditation for over 30 years. He spent ten years as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition where he taught meditation practice and guided many workshops and retreats. After starting to practice Baptiste yoga 16 years ago he came to appreciate the deep connection and benefit that comes from both a regular asana and meditation practice. Since that time he has been teaching meditation instruction at various yoga studios, wellness centers and universities.

 

At Lyons Den Power Yoga we practice Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga which is a dynamic practice with movements that contract and lengthen our muscles. This style of yoga is considered Yang Yoga where through full body integration we build fire (tapas) and create space through breath and focus. On the other side of the spectrum, Yin Yoga is a deep practice that encourages the body to relax rather than engage. Yin is a perspective shift, it is as much a mental practice as it is a physical practice, moving inwardly to find a balanced state of peace. In this practice we focus on releasing the connective tissue “fascia” to create range of motion in our joints and muscles by targeting ligaments, bones and joints. Yin generally targets the hips, lower back and legs. Yin Yoga is the perfect counter to the firey Yang practice of Power Vinyasa.
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Join seasoned teacher, Braxton Rose for this two-hour workshop where you will learn and practice:

-The Three Principles of Yin Asana

-Releasing Connective Tissues (Fascia, Tendons, Ligaments)

-Freeing Emotions Stored in your Body

-Postures as a Therapeutic Experience

-Understanding how Trauma is Experienced Spiritually, Emotionally, and Physically

-Yin Asanas such as Dragon, Saddle, and Twisted Root

-Establishing Knowledge to Continue a Home Practice.

This workshops is suitable for all levels of students: avid yoga practitioners, athletes of any kind and anyone looking to take some time to slow down in their busy lives.

 

When: Saturday, July 30th

Time: 3-5pm

Investment: $49

 

**Please note: signing up for a workshop is like buying tickets to a concert – once you’ve purchased them, they are yours! No cancellations or refunds. If you cannot attend and want someone else to take your place & you arrange this swap, we are happy to accommodate that request! Thank you!**

Whether you are wanting to start meditating or wishing to refine and enhance your existing practice: this is the perfect workshop for you!
This is an all-in-one comprehensive exploration of meditation practice suitable for all levels. Just as in an asana class a teacher guides your body through verbal cues, Nick will guide you through cues for your mind- leading you into a profound state of clarity and peace, grounded in the present moment. The content is completely non-denominational and not religious in nature. It can be used to create a daily practice or enhance an established practice. All levels welcome.In this two hour workshop you will:
• Explore how meditation and asana practice support one another.
• Engage in three guided meditations.
• Participate in discussion with time for questions and answers.
• Gain the tools to establish a daily meditation practice that fits your lifestyle.
Nick has been studying and practicing meditation for over 30 years. He spent ten years as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition where he taught meditation practice and guided many workshops and retreats. After starting to practice Baptiste yoga 16 years ago he came to appreciate the deep connection and benefit that comes from both a regular asana and meditation practice. Since that time he has been teaching meditation instruction at various yoga studios, wellness centers and universities.

INVESTMENT: $49.00

WHEN: Saturday, July 23rd from 3-5pm

HOW TO SIGN-UP: Under ENROLLMENTS on the website class schedule now, or by calling the studio (646-490-8888).

**Signing up for a workshop at The Den is like buying tickets to a concert – Once you’ve purchased them, they are yours! No cancellations or refunds – If you cannot attend and want someone else to take your place to sweat it out & you arrange this swap, we are happy to accommodate that request! Thank you!**

Also note: This meditation workshop is a great introduction to Lyons Den Power Yoga’s meditation program with Nick, to begin this fall!

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 10.47.50 AMWe are so excited to launch the Lyons Den Power Cubs program: yoga for children! At Lyons Den, we are committed to community empowerment, and we believe the earlier the seeds of strength, confidence, connection, and concentration are planted, the better.

That’s why we’re proud and eager to invite your kids to join the Lyons Den community! Power Cubs is a 12-week program for children ages 3-5 and 6-9, led by Trista Krone and Eda Ozman, kicking off in February. The groups will meet twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays. (Ages 3-5 will meet from 11 am-12 pm, and ages 6-9 will be from 3:30-4:30 pm.)

Meet the Teachers:

Trista Krone met LDPY co-founder Bethany Lyons while attending Baron Baptiste’s Level 2 training in Tulum, Mexico, in 2013, and has been a part of the Lyons Den community since 2014. Trista has practiced power yoga for more than 10 years and brings 800 hours of specialized yoga training to the Power Cubs program. In addition to graduate studies focused on positive youth development, Trista has worked as a facilitator and program manager for Girls on the Run, a youth development program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Trista completed kids yoga training at Karma Kids Yoga in Manhattan. She is passionate about teaching children and translating the principles of yoga in a fun, imaginative, and playful way.

Eda Ozman completed teacher training in the Baptiste style at Down Dog Yoga in Washington, D.C. She immediately knew she wanted to share the practice with children. Eda has since completed children’s yoga training programs at YoKids in Washington, D.C., as well as Karma Kids Yoga and Little Flower Yoga in Manhattan. Eda has extensive experience working with 4-H, which is the nation’s largest positive youth development and youth mentoring organization, empowering six million young people in the U.S. She can’t wait to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness to children, and empower Den Cubs to be happy, healthy, and strong.

Interested? Please click here to complete a short survey so we can best serve you and your kids. All feedback is appreciated!

Thank you for sharing with us. We look forward to seeing your Den Cubs on the mat!

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. 

Den Mascot Josie, taking her duties very seriously as always.
Den Mascot Josie, taking her duties very seriously as always.

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 and Brandon, ready to start practice!
Natasha and Brandon, ready to start practice!

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.”

The festive setup.
The festive setup!

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 us. Not only did we learn how to live our new normal with our losses, but we also got married after 10 years together. When we were discussing how to celebrate the end of such a year, we thought it seemed fitting to close it where it began. This year’s practice was much different than last year’s, being filled with gratitude, joy, and optimism for a stellar 2016. But what was the same? We were fully welcomed and had fun. So much memorable fun.”

Annie after class — ready for 2016!
Annie after class — ready for 2016!

Annie Wang:

“I’ve got a thing for genuine people. I celebrated New Year’s Eve at The Den because I wanted to surround myself with people who got ‘it,’ where ‘it’ is the magic created within the four walls of 279 Church Street.

“I wanted to set the tone for 2016 and all the exciting things to come by creating energy with a community that I both respect and learn from each time I step onto the mat. I wanted to be with like-minded people who believe in themselves and each other, and know that ‘if you can, you must,’ and are a yes for not just themselves, but the people around them. I wanted to surround myself with people who believe in committing, growing, and being present.

“In true fashion, New Year’s at The Den was everything I could imagine, with champagne and an impromptu dance party as the cherries on top. I threw my hair in a bun, downward doggie-d like a boss, and handled it. 2016, I’m coming at you with a roar!”

Michelle, upside-down and ready to roar!
Michelle, upside-down and ready to roar!

Michelle Lehrman, Lyons Den Pride Karma Team Leader:

“When Lyons Den opened, I attended class when I could, but not as frequently as I would have liked. Last winter, though, I had some extra days off from work around the holidays, so I reached out to The Den to see if they needed any volunteer help. They did, and my life hasn’t been the same since.

“I joined the Pride Karma program on December 23, 2014. I was taking more yoga classes than ever before, and I loved it. I completed the 40 Days to Personal Revolution program, and then became the Pride Karma team leader. I attended my first Baptiste training in September, and started assisting Den classes soon after.

“2015 was a year of decision and transition for me. Every big decision I made this year was influenced by my time and my community and Lyons Den. There is always someone to talk to, to ask for advice, or simply to hug. I’m so proud to be part of a community that is full of the qualities that first drew me to Bethany and Baptiste yoga. These people are kind, generous, and amazing.

“This year, I happily turned 30. I found the courage to start — and end — a relationship. I left a job I had been wanting to leave for a while. I finally left my gym. I am stronger than ever and I feel, for the first time in my life, that this is who I am. I would change nothing.

“I chose to be on the mat on New Year’s Eve because I couldn’t wait to celebrate with everyone. If starting 2015 at Lyons Den had any effect on how great this year has been, then 2016 is going to be pretty roaring incredible.”

Happy 2016, Den community! We can’t wait to practice with you all year long.

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).

Give the gift of something soft and snuggly.
Give the gift of something soft and snuggly.

“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
Lyons Den supermodels, Katie and Katy.
Lyons Den supermodels, Katie and Katy.

“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
Prints, and patterns, and pants, oh YAY!
Prints, and patterns, and pants, oh YAY!

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.

Give the gift of something shiny and scented!
Everyone loves something shiny and scented!

“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 lobby!

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

The new Mr. & Mrs. Bass!
The new Mr. & Mrs. Bass!

“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

Some of the lovely ladies of Lyons Den
Some of the lovely ladies of Lyons Den

“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

Julie, Brooke, and Bethany—power trio!
Julie, Brooke, and Bethany—power trio!

“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 greatness.” —Julie Brazitis

“I’m thankful for big things: my family (including the animals), New York City, this community, love, courage, and faith. For little things: pumpkin pie (I’m a huge fan), receiving handwritten cards and letters, the sound of Josie snoring, second gear in a really great car, being woken up with fresh coffee, and waitlists on the regular. And I’m thankful for helpful things: my coffee thermos, Sharpies, delivery service of everything you could ever need or want in NYC, sunglasses (thank God for them), the fact that the traffic lights are timed in New York City (pure brilliance), and bandanas.” —Bethany Lyons

Den squad in action in Bryant Park
Den squad in action in Bryant Park

“I’m thankful for my family—my husband, daughter, and dog, but also our enormous extended family. I’m thankful for jobs I enjoy and am excited about, for coffee, water, big salads, and the subway. And yoga. Duh.” —Camille Heller

“I’m thankful for the people in my life who love me unconditionally, for my hair that seemingly only looks better the more I teach and practice in a hot room, and for Fresh Direct delivering heavy things to my apartment (always on time).” —Meg McNeal

“I’m thankful for cats being afraid of cucumbers, for fruits and nuts, for holiday puns (“Menorasaurus!”), for a seriously great pair of parents, and for roommates who are as excited about pickling as I am.” —Annette Shantur

Happy Thanksgiving, yogis!

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.

Bethany and Nechama at the Den's grand opening celebration
Bethany and Nechama at the Den’s grand opening celebration

 

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.

New Year's Eve at Lyons Den!
New Year’s Eve at Lyons Den!

 

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.

Nechama and Bethany after yoga on the pier this summer
Nechama and Bethany after yoga on the pier this summer

 

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. Anything. Just give.

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.  

Dan Nevins in action
Dan Nevins in action

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 mat!