New York City Tax Department: Yoga Studios Not Subject To Local Sales Tax

Media Advisory – Tax Department Issues Guidance Regarding Sales Tax Treatment of Yoga Facilities in New York City

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has issued guidance…

…charges for yoga classes by facilities in New York City that offer only instruction in various yoga disciplines are not subject to the New York City local sales tax.

Bikram Yoga Posture #9: Triangle Pose – Trikanasana

Posture #9
Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose is the pinnacle of the standing series. This pose is a very integrative pose, in that you have to use a tremendous amount of balance and strength as well as flexibility and breathing, to maintain the posture. Challenging on a physical level, it is also extremely demanding in the way your mind must micromanage your body in so man ways simultaneously. Your body must constantly adjust and respond. Once again, the right way is the hard way. Triangle addresses every system, organ and gland of the body. As a result, it may be the most therapeutic asana of all.

Bikram Yoga Posture #8: Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose – Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimotthanasana

Posture #8
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose
Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimotthanasana

In this posture you will use your strength to create flexibility. Notice how the power you generate by pulling on your heels stretches the legs, hips and spine. Remember to tighten the thigh muscles– they should be hard like rocks!– to help lock the knee. This stretching pose opens up the whole back side of the body, starting with the legs, moving into the hips, then into the spine– one day providing a 360-degree, full body stretch.

Bikram Yoga Posture #7: Balancing Stick Pose – Tuladandasana

Posture #7
Balancing Stick Pose

This 10-second posture is designed to further increase the heart rate to strengthen the cardiovascular system, along with all-over body strength. As in full inversions, including Headstand or Handstand, in this posture you lower your heart below your hips, which sends large amounts of blood rushing into the heart. It’s like giving yourself an intentional heart attack, so you become stronger and never have one of the accidental and unwelcome kind. And despite what you may think, this is actually more demanding than those other inversions; it can be much easier to stay in a Headstand for an hour than it is to do this one-legged Balancing Stick correctly for 10 seconds.

Bikram Yoga Posture #6: Standing Bow Pulling Pose – Dandayamana-Dhanurasana

Posture #6
Standing Bow Pulling Pose

In yoga, the bow is a powerful metaphor. To hit your target, you must first pull back to the still, quiet point from which you can become clear about your goal, then act with the full power of your intention. The bow poses remind you to dive deep within yourself to find your quiet, unbounded place of pure awareness. When you act from this domain of expanded consciousness, your intentions will be powerful and your success more likely.

Bikram Yoga Posture #5: Standing Head to Knee Pose – Dandayamana-Janushirasana

Posture #5
Standing Head to Knee Pose

The first posture of the balancing series, this posture deepens concentration, as well as builds strength throughout the body. It is a forward bending posture, working to increase the strength of the back and muscles surrounding the spine. This is where you begin to employ one of the most misunderstood principles in Bikram Yoga. It’s also an apt metaphor for living the life of a yogi, with determination and balance. In the dialogue, the instructor will demand that you: “Lock the knee! Lock the knee! Lock the knee!”

Emmy Cleaves on Bikram Yoga

In one of my favorite articles of all time, Emmy Cleaves, a teacher of almost 40 years breaks down why Bikram Yoga is so incredible. Enjoy.


By Emmy Cleaves

Bikram Yoga, sometimes also called “hot yoga,” is a system of a set 26 yoga posture sequence practiced in a room heated to 100+ degrees and lasting 90 minutes.

Bikram Yoga Posture #4: Eagle Pose – Garurasana

Posture #4
Eagle Pose

In the first three postures we’ve stretched the spine and strengthened the body in many ways. Now we move into a compression posture– you are going to squeeze your body like you’ve never squeezed anything before. Stopping the compression will release all the tension that’s built up in the previous poses and open up all the major joints in the body: hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and wrists. It is the final posture of the warm-up series, and a short break follows this asana.

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