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BYL JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER

21 June marks Summer Solstice and the International Day of Yoga! Read up on studio news and events!

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA ON 21 JUNE! 

In 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga. The basic tenets of harmony, peace, and self-discovery –have empowered our amazing community of yogis and have taken on a new level of importance in the current world. As we celebrate the Summer Solstice, many of our students, both ‘newbies’ and ‘veterans’, remind us of how yoga has made them healthier, happier and experiencing life in a completely new way! It serves as a wonderful reminder that the Canary Wharf studio community is the reason this project continues to be so important to our us!

FROM 19 - 25 JUNE, yogis will be joining in practise around the globe, sharing the spirit of peace and love across humanity to mark the Summer Solstice. Book your classes for MON 19 - SUN 25 June and come participate in this amazing global experience!

BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE ON WEDNESAY 21 JUNE!

For ONE DAY ONLY on Wednesday 21 June, to celebrate the Summer Solstice and the International Day of Yoga, bring up to 3 friends for a lovely FREE class at the Canary Wharf studio!* Note, your friends must be first timers to the studio, and you must be an existing member on any regular package and attend the class with your friend(s). 

Please ask your friend(s) to register in advance on this website by clicking the REGISTER link at the top of any page (they should register all their contact details, but do not need to proceed all the way to the cart). Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the class with your friend(s), who must show a valid government-issued photo ID. 

Bonus: Your friend(s) as first-time visitors to BYL Canary Wharf are also eligible to buy the INTRO OFFER on the same day (INTRO would then simply activate at their 2nd visit)!  

TERMS: The 'Friend for Free' is only available to friends who are first time visitors to the Canary Wharf studio. A valid, government-issued photo ID (e.g. drivers license or a passport) is required, otherwise the friend will be charged at the normal Drop-in rate of £20. You, as an existing BYL client on any current BYL package (not a first-time visitor) must attend with your friend(s).

10-CLASS PASS PRICE CHANGE AS OF 1 JULY 

As of 1 July, the price of our 10-Class Pass, which has remained at the same level since 2009, will be raised by £10 (from £130 to £140). At only £14 per class for some of the most exciting hot yoga styles London has to offer, this continues to represent great value for anyone who averages around once a week or so in their practise! Buy one or more 10 Class Passes at the current, cheaper rate before 1 July (and enjoy a year to activate), or if you practice twice a week or more, grab one of our excellent value subscription packages instead!

NEW BIKRAM MUSIC BEATS (90 min) CLASS THU’s AT 6PM! 

In the right hands, music and yoga are a powerful, beautiful match! BYL offers several classes with music soundtracks, including Hot Vinayasa Flow, Hot Power Flow, Warm Jivamukti, and BYL Music Beats Express. On a Thursday evening in May, we decided to play a soundtrack in the 6PM Bikram yoga class, and wow, what a hit it turned out to be! Due to popular demand following additional trials, we are thrilled to announce that the Thursday 6PM Bikram yoga class, led by BYL dynamo Lizzie, will now be changed to Bikram Music Beats performed to a funky, hot groove. Come join the party! Book into Music Beats!

ALMANIA COLOMBO, 2016 WORLD CHAMPION 

We’re excited to announce that the reigning World Yoga Champion, Almania Colombo, has just moved to London and joined our studio to teach Bikram yoga here, initially on a cover basis until we find her a regular class. A German national who grew up in Italy, Almania has danced professionally in Germany, France and the U.S., where she tried her first ever Bikram yoga class in NYC. Sporting sweatpants and a long sleeve shirt she left that class early, vowing never to return. Years later, she ventured back in, and after only two weeks, enrolled in the 30 Day Challenge, which she extended to 60 straight days. She attended Bikram’s teacher training in 2011, and upon graduation travelled the world, teaching and practicing. Almania entered her first yoga competition in 2013, finding that consistent preparation significantly improved her practice, and finally won the International Yoga Championship in 2016. Come get inspired! Book a class with Almania. She is teaching on 1 July and 8 July, both 8AM and 10AM.

BACKBEND WORKSHOP ON 10 JUNE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS! 

On 10 June, we hosted our first ever workshop on a single technique – the all-powerful backbend. In the sold out workshop, a number of yogis (and no less than 7 BYL teachers!), gained valuable insight and practise into achieving deeper backbends from BYL Advanced teacher Sam Magee. Backbends are the core of the Bikram yoga series from Half Moon to Standing Bow, Cobra, Locust, Floor Bow or Camel. Regular, aligned and correct backward bending lays the foundation to a healthy spine to help prevent back injuries and herniated discs. Students learned how to better explore their full range of motion and were even let into the time-honoured practise of ‘wall-walking’, a great tool to condition the spine for deeper backbends. People came away uplifted and eager to try out their newfound knowledge! If you missed it, stay tuned for our next workshop announcement! View the photos on Facebook!

LARGER NEW LOCKERS COMING SOON 

We are now completing our total makeover of the Canary Wharf studio with brand new, larger lockers as well as new benches! These will complement our new shower rooms, new Amtico flooring, underfloor heating throughout, new, freshened colour scheme, new yoga room carpet, new retail display area, wall panels and other upgrades we have instituted. Also, as we had some subsequent water damage in both the Men’s and Ladies’ changing rooms, we have been redecorating those areas after hours this past week. Our aim is to create the cleanest, most appealing and peaceful boutique yoga space we can for our community!

£14,000 RAISED FOR ACTION ON POVERTY 

In March, we completed our 2nd BYL/APT 5-Class Charity Challenge for the charity Action On Poverty UK, which has the mission of helping the world’s poorest. BYL Yogis practised 5 classes in a single day, raising a total £7500. These funds will enable APT to provide key skills and micro-level financing, allowing communities in war-torn countries to become self sufficient. Over the two APT charity challenges, BYL yogis have now raised a whopping £14,000! Thank you again to all of you who helped make it such a huge success!

EXCITING NEW BYL CLASS OFFERINGS 

With transformation at the core of our mission, our business has continued to grow and evolve, and so 2016 welcomed exciting new additions to our class schedule. We remain at core a Bikram yoga studio, adding synergistic methods and styles, including Hot Vinayasa Flow, Hot Power Flow, Warm Jivamukti, BYL Express, Bikram Yoga Candlelit and our popular BYL Music Beats Express. Whatever your core yoga style love may be, we encourage you to spread your wings a little and try out all of these amazing classes this summer! Each has been carefully selected to complement each other and offer something special for your practise. View our classes!

30 DAY CHALLENGERS NOW COMPLETING 

This June, we have many yogis taking part in the BYL 30 Day Challenge, some for the first time ever, and others on their 2nd or 3rd Challenge! It’s not always easy, but the rewards, both physical and mental are without any doubt worth every bit of the effort. Please be sure to send lots of positive vibes their way as they stretch through to the finish! If you missed this Challenge and can’t wait for our October one, you’re welcome to do your own Challenge anytime!

As always, we welcome your feedback and are always available to speak with you. We wish you an amazing Summer of with lots of lovely yoga!

“Step up your practise with us as we celebrate the Summer Solstice this June!”

DATE 16.6.2017

WRITTEN BY the BYL Team

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