At bodē nyc we pride ourselves in working with a diverse group of people from various backgrounds with amazing stories. We celebrate diversity and you can see this reflected in our team and through our practitioners. As long as you are dedicated to becoming the best version of you – whoever you are – we welcome you to our family.
Jen Lobo & Donna Rubin
Jen Lobo Plamondon, a native New Yorker, co-founded bodē NYC (previously Bikram Yoga NYC) with Donna Rubin in August 1999 bringing the hot yoga revolution to New York City. With a career background in sports marketing and a passionate athlete herself, Jen turned to yoga to cross train and keep doing the things that she loved outside of the hot room. She also feels that 26×2 series really fills her need for a hard workout and a great feeling afterwards.
“Keeping a consistent yoga practice has kept my body healthy,” Jen says, confidently. “I see so many of my friends my age undergoing surgeries for sports injuries, back and neck problems due to too much time in a chair, and I am so thankful that I have yoga in my life. I would never be able to feel so strong on the ski slopes, run without ankle and knee pain, and play basketball with my boys, without my yoga. And the best part, I am not sore the next day!”
While running any business in New York City is often stressful and always a struggle, Jen says it has been a rewarding career in that she has seen so many people overcome both physical and mental challenges through their practice at bodē nyc.
“When a person walks in and says they are not a yoga person and not flexible, I get excited because I know their life is about to change if they stick with it. The crazy conception that people can’t do yoga because they are not flexible has always blown my mind. How are you going to get flexible if you don’t do yoga??? We all lose more and more flexibility as we get older so every single person on this earth should be doing yoga. I certainly was NOT flexible when I started – I could barely reach my knees due to all the marathon running and soccer. Now I can put my hands flat on the floor with high heels on!
“The biggest challenge for us as a business is to convince people to come in and try and to try at least 3 classes,” she says. “People put all sorts of limitations in their minds (bad back, bad knees, don’t like the heat, etc) before they can give themselves the opportunity to feel great. When we can get people back 3 times, we know that they are already starting to experience the magic, and they will stick with it and find their optimum health and well-being.”
Jen is excited to be part of bodē nyc’s first teacher training and to share her 18 years of teaching experience with others this Spring.
Jen is married and lives in Tribeca with her husband and 3 athletic boys! Another reason she needs her yoga!
Donna Rubin is a co-founder and instructor at bodē nyc. She has been teaching the Bikram Method style of yoga since 1998 and is certified in Bikram Yoga, Ishta Yoga and Barkan Yoga. As a former professional dancer, Donna performed with the National Ballet of Canada, in the role of Meg Giry in the original Canadian company of Phantom of the Opera and later made her Broadway debut in Carousel at Lincoln Center.
After being in business since 1999 and bringing the original “Hot Yoga” to New York, Donna is very excited to launch the new Brand “bodē nyc ” which features the best of Bikram Yoga NYC as well as many new offerings which she believes will enhance the experience of the customers.
Donna was integral in launching both the regional and national USA Yoga Asana Championship series and served as one of its first judges. Donna has also taught workshops in Costa Rica, led conferences in New York and has headlined the Summer Solstice “Mind over Madness” in Times Square.
Hobbies that are close to her heart include producing Cabaret Shows in New York featuring the talent of many customers and employees of bodē nyc. She also received several awards for the documentary she produced called “An Improbable Dream” that aired on CBC Canada featuring her and her classmates from Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto.
Donna is also available for private sessions and specializes in teaching the absolute beginner to make them feel comfortable in the yoga environment as well as helping clients to practice in a safe way so as not to injure themselves. After all, we teach yoga and practice yoga for our overall well being