Updated 11:00am 8/25 – Women’s locker room renovations at Bikram Yoga NYC Upper West Side are are coming along nicely! A huge thank you to the men at UWS for being so accommodating during this upgrade.

As we work quickly to complete the renovation, encourage UWS men to visit our other 3 locations while we complete the renovation. Any male Upper West Side regular practitioner will be provided with a complimentary mat at any location during this time. Additionally, extra towels will be provided to men free of charge at the UWS to dry off with. If the men wish to shower, they are welcome to wait for the women to finish. We ask that our ladies please be considerate and time conscious.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and thanks for your patience.

Status: Undergoing Upgrade [as of 11:00am 8/25/2016]

Estimated Completion: TBA [as of 11:00pm 8/25/2016]

Please visit our schedule to see class times and all 4 locations.

Though July 31st we’re offering a 10 Class Card for $149. Note that this package has no expiration. You can purchase today and use it when you’re ready.

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At Bikram Yoga NYC, we strongly believe that every person who starts their practice with us should feel as comfortable as possible.  We understand that as a “first-timer” you may feel apprehensive and not know what to expect.  And this is completely normal! It is with this in mind, that we have developed a comprehensive Private Class program that caters to every level and every body, including more advanced students, or those wanting to dig deeper into an existing practice.

New Yogis

This private is designed for anyone who has never tried yoga or Hot Yoga before. 

Our experienced teachers will give you a general understanding of the benefits of yoga and walk you through the Bikram Method series of postures.  The instructor will address any individual concerns you may have whether it be due to a physical limitation from injury or concerns about the heat in the room. Based on your personal needs, you will be given modifications of postures (if needed) as well as tips on how to handle the heat in the regular group class. 

The New Yogi private session will only be moderately heated in order for you to be comfortable and adapt to the feeling of the heat while working through the postures. After you have attended one New Yogi private session you will most likely be ready to attend a regular class.  However, based on your personal needs, you and your instructor may decide that another private session would be beneficial.

PLEASE NOTE: Brand new beginners are welcome in all of our classes and you will find that our regular yogis are very welcoming and encouraging to beginners as we have all been beginners once!

Instructors AvailableDebbie, Sandra, Blayne, Riji, John, Emily V, Mark, Yarrow, Peni, Regina, Chris. Kiara, Dionne P, Maja, Corinne, Kathryn, Dionne M, Dan, Mary, Yanina, Kyla, Janet, Pamela, Olivia, Maura

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Grow your practice

This private is recommended for those yogis who have been practicing for a while and feel that they might be doing some of the postures incorrectly and not getting the full benefits of particular poses. Our teachers do their best to give individual and group corrections, however, it will never be the same as a one-on-one session where you have the ability to address all of your concerns. You may also need certain modifications that are specific your own body.

In group classes the direction from the teacher is more on a general level and by practicing regularly you will in time understand how to do all the poses properly. However, in just one private session you will reduce that time and make quicker progress. With more confidence in your ability to perform the postures correctly, you will be that much closer to experiencing and enjoying the true benefits of yoga such as the meditative benefits.

Advanced Techniques

This private is for clients who have a very strong understanding of the postures and are looking to bring their practice to a more advanced level. You will be instructed by one of our more senior teachers or one of our yoga champions who can teach you how to prepare for some of the advanced postures in the series. After your session you will be able to work on some of the advanced postures  in class that will satisfy your desire to be more challenged. You will also feel more comfortable to join one of our intermediate classes.

Hot Vinyasa Basics

This private class is recommended for people who are new to Vinyasa-style yoga. It will focus on the basics of Vinyasa such as how to properly execute a plank, chattaranga, downward dog and upward dog. The instructor will also offer modifications in these areas as well as several other postures in the flow.

Overcoming Injuries

This private is specifically designed for clients with injuries or physical limitations.  The Bikram Method series in a hot room greatly alleviates pain and helps heal many ailments including (but not limited to) back, knee, neck, elbow and wrist pain. This class is also recommended for people with other medical issues such as obesity, arthritis and diabetes.

Custom Private Class

This private is for clients who want to personally customized a lesson. You may just want to be challenged while doing an entire class or you may need a class time that best suits your busy schedule. We offer custom private classes to suit a variety of needs including:

Group Privates with Friends or Colleagues – Bachelorette parties, Birthday parties (De-Tox, Re-Tox!), Team Building event, etc.

Hot HIIT Private – This private is for clients interested in a one-on-one or small group High Intensity Interval Training. Our HH Instructor will work with you on the alignment of specific exercises and give modifications (if needed) for you body.

Yin Nidra Private – Work one-on-one with one of our Yin Nidra instructors. You will be given tips on working into tight areas as well as any needed modifications.
An extra HOT or extra Cool class  – tailor the temperature gage to you! You get the idea!

1) We opened our doors on August 7th, 1999

This undated photo shows Bikram Yoga NYC’s original location, Midtown (797 8th Avenue) before our signage went up.


2) Later that year Lynn Redgrave produced “Women at Risk”

Part one of a two part series produced by TV and Film icon Lynn Redgrave features interviews with owner Donna Rubin, former instructor Nancy Cronkite (daughter of the late Walter Cronkite) and Dr. Oz.

3) Prior to opening, Founder Donna Rubin was in Phantom of the Opera

Donna payed Meg Giry in the Toronto version of Phantom of the Opera during it’s 10 year run from 1989 to 1999.


4) In 2000, Bikram Yoga NYC Expanded to our Original UWS Location

We opened an outpost on West 72nd street, but not at our current location, a block West of where we are now. Fuji TV came to visit in 2006, just before we moved in 2007, and here’s the story they filed.

5) In 2001, Jennifer Lobo joined as co-owner

Jen is the proud Mother of 3 boys and practiced Bikram Yoga during all 3 pregnancies. Not only that, but she practiced the day before birth all three times! This photo of Jen in Camel pose was taken in 2015. Looking great Jen!

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6) Georgia Balligian, having practiced Bikram Yoga since 1971, became one of our first instructors

Georgia’s amazing life story is briefly covered in the 2015 interview video below. Notably, she was one of Bikram’s very first students in Hawaii in January 1971.

7) In June 2004, the Flatiron studio opened, with only one floor

2004 saw Bikram Yoga NYC expand downtown to 182 5th Avenue, directly across from the Flatiron Building. The following year a class led by John Salvatore was filmed by Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

8) In 2006 Bikram Yoga NYC expanded to Manhattan’s Upper East Side

New York’s Upper East Side neighborhood was without a Bikram Yoga studio until 2006 when Bikram Yoga NYC opened our first eco-friendly outpost there. The studio was complete with environmentally friendly bamboo flooring, EnerJoy heating panels and side by side studios. In 2014 SELF Magazine came by with a couple of comedians and filmed this segment “Girls vs Sweat.”

9) In 2012 we led the largest ever Bikram Yoga class with over 3,000 students

In 2012, Donna Rubin, Jen Lobo and Rajashree Choudhury led what was (and still may be) the largest Bikram Yoga class every produced. With over 3,000 students practicing yoga at the cross roads of the world, the event made headlines and continues to be talked about to this day.


10) Also in 2012, we co-produced the National Asana Championship with the United States Yoga Federation

Nearly 200 champions representing every region in the United States gathered in NYC in early March of 2012. The 3 day event, attended by thousands at the Hudson Theatre on 44th street, is often referred to as the best produced in the event’s 13 year history.


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Tuesday, July 12th
4:30pm to 7:30pm
Bikram Yoga NYC Upper East Side
173 East 83rd (corner of 3rd Ave)

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