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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Our very first “Den Love Story”

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in On Our Blog

Our very first “Den Love Story”

By Alison Feller When Lyons Den opened its doors in November 2013, there were immediately quite a few “regulars.” Two of them were Michelle Swiatkowski and Andrew Bass. Michelle and Andrew—both now instructors at The Den—met on the mat. And eventually they talked to each other, which led to them spending time together beyond the studio, which led to a first kiss, and an eventual “I love you.” And on March 6, Michelle and Andrew got engaged! We are so excited to share their full love story here. (And hey, next time you catch eyes with that cute yogi a few mats down, strike up a conversation after class—love is in the air at The Den!) We know you two met at The Den—who sparked the first conversation? Andrew: I remember one day I arrived early for class, and Michelle set her mat up right behind me, so I just turned around and started talking to her. Michelle: I was talking to someone about attending Baptiste Level 3 training the following week, and Andrew chimed in that he had attended Level 1 earlier that year. What were your first impressions of each other? Andrew: I thought she was nice, and she was definitely a yogi. There was a part of me that thought she may be a bit of a “yoga snob”—after we first met, she continued to set up her mat away from mine…even when we were the only two people in the room! Michelle: I thought, “This guy is cute, he wants to talk to me, and he’s at yoga all the time. Score!” The more I talked to him, the more I realized I had a crush on him. Soon I started to get nervous when I saw him before class, and one day I remember him being the only one in the room, but I was too nervous to talk to my crush, so I put my mat kind of far from him. That made it awkward! Tell us about the first date. Andrew: She asked me out on Facebook! We planned to have a pre-game drink or two before the Super Bowl, but we ended up getting dinner and staying out together until way after the game ended. Michelle: Our first date was after Sunday Service at The Den! We went to Coffee Shop in Union Square, drank Malbec, missed the entire Super Bowl, went next door for noodles, and—five hours later—Andrew walked me home. And the first kiss? Andrew: It was on our second date, at a bar in the East Village. I figured I should make the first move since she asked me out. What’s it like both being teachers at Lyons Den? Andrew: We take each other’s classes and provide feedback. Being in a relationship, taking constructive criticism from Michelle has taken some getting used to on my part. There’s no...

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“GIRL TALK”

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in On Our Blog

“GIRL TALK”

guest blog by: Zovig Garboushian I was asked to do this blog post because of something I shared on Facebook as part of participating in the 40 Days to Personal Revolution (or 40 Days at the Den, as we called it) at Lyons Den. It was about a massive overhaul in my thinking about something I thought could never change—a love/hate, conditional relationship with my body. Here’s what I said: GIRL TALK: As a result of doing so much yoga, my physical body is changing. I’ve lost weight and tightened up. The beauty of this is that I WASN’T EVEN TRYING. I am proud to say that for the very first time in my 36.5 years, I have barely given thought to what my body is NOT and instead, TRULY BEEN LOVING what my body IS because of all it CAN DO: • a 90-second wheel • push-ups in wheel • planks for days • relentless dancers poses that go higher with each iteration • high-plank/low-plank like nothin’, AND, • enjoying the falling out The voice has calmed. This b*tch is strong. Can I get a AMEN?? I ACTUALLY GOT IT. It finally clicked. The key to loving my body—not just on a ‘skinny’ day, not just in that one dress, not just when I’m wearing heels—is to USE IT, ALL THE TIME. And, I discovered this by doing yoga. Listen up y’all: Yoga is hard. I know, because I do it almost every single day at the Den. But what I have witnessed each time I lay out that mat is that my body does exactly what I tell it to precisely as I ask. Contrary to my life-long internal dialogue, my body is not out to ruin my life. This knowledge is brilliant and life changing and revealed power I didn’t know I had. In the Program, I have made some definite physical changes—lost a little weight, gained strength, lightness, more grace and flexibility. But that wasn’t the overhaul I shared about. Instead, I recognized an incredible “shift in vision” about my body—I saw it from an utterly new place and purpose. OLD VISION: My body’s purpose was to impress others, prove my value, and gain praise. NEW VISION: My body is a powerful machine that I control and it does whatever I request; it’s my tool to express myself as I choose (side note: unleashed self-expression was one of my goals in the 40 Days program). Through yoga, I have developed a new body awareness that is positive, nurturing and grateful, compelling me to honor it, not tear it down. Before 40 Days, I liked my body when it was “good” and scolded it when it was “bad”. Now, I have a growing appreciation for how powerful my body is and I want to fortify that power by using it as much as I can, and...

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