We have come along way in the last 16 years!
Today, we are taking a moment to remember the day we opened our first Bikram Yoga NYC location in Manhattan’s Theater District. Back then, opening a yoga studio was a bit of a gamble. There was not a single Bikram method studio in New York and we wondered if people would appreciate the practice as much as we did. But we went with our gut instincts and opened our Midtown studio on August 7th, 1999.
Fresh out of Teacher Training in LA and in the best shape of our lives both mentally and physically, we were confident that sharing the practice with New Yorkers was the right path for us. As classes at our little studio began to fill, we saw our students lose weight, and they told us they were less stressed and felt better. We were thrilled!
Since then, we have been blessed to open 3 additional locations and are humbled to report we recently topped 3 million visits since opening (that’s 78 million postures!). We are grateful for every single new student that walks through the doors because with each visit, we know students are getting healthier, and that was the goal from day one.
Since that low-tech age of 1999, we have embraced many of the things that make talking a yoga class easier. From selling apparel and accessories, to fresh juices, to online booking (no one had heard of an app in 1999!) and locker room amenities. Expanding these offerings, and our locations, have helped us be on the forefront of the launched the “boutique fitness” movement in New York.
We are truly blessed to have met so many wonderful people at the studios. We have seen many of our students meet their future spouses in class and make long-lasting friendships. Many of our students have become teachers, managers and or go on to open their own yoga studios around the world. Our Bikram Yoga NYC family aims to be a community for you, to provide a safe and welcoming environment, with knowledgable teachers and and friendly managers to enjoy the yoga and the benefits of a consistent practice. We thank you for bring your positive energy to the studio space and share that energy with others.
A truly heartfelt thank you to our long-time students for your ongoing commitment to both Bikram Yoga NYC and your own well-being. To our newer students, welcome to the studio and we look forward to having you be a part of the community for a long time to come. We have many exciting announcements in the works, starting today with the launch of our new website, our new Rewards program and shopping channel. We are constantly learning and evolving and are always appreciative of your feedback.
Donna & Jen