Farewell to Midtown 2

It is with heavy hearts that today is the final day of classes at the Midtown studio. The last Traditional Hot Yoga Class will be with Donna Rubin at 6pm. Join us for a champagne toast after class!

The Midtown doors opened in August 1999 and became Manhattan’s first Bikram Yoga Studio. Since opening the Midtown location, the studio expanded to the Upper West Side, Flatiron and Upper East Side. Even though all studios are loved the same, there is something to say about the first. After all, it was the first studio to spread the amazing benefits of the practice that would soon make a mark on the best city in the world- a city in need of this healing and detoxing most of all. 

When the studio rebranded to bodē nyc, the meanings behind it were very fitting. As many of you know it is the beautiful hybrid of the below three concepts:

bodhi in the yoga tradition means “enlightened one”

your body is the vessel for wisdom and growth

bodē is short for abode or home

A couple months ago when we shared the news about the Midtown location closing, there was a tremendous amount of love and support. The decision to close was not easy as we know it’s been a home (bodē’s 3rd meaning) to so many teachers, students and staff. That said, there’s no better way to end an era than with each other.

We like to think that each drop of sweat we have collectively put into this home, displaying strength, determination, love, compassion and so many other wonderful things that we have allowed ourselves to feel and observe towards ourselves and each other, will remain forever in the heart of NYC. The energy that we have diffused into the not-always-so-zen Times Square will be missed, but only from a distance. See, a home doesn’t have to be a means of location, it can be where one feels supported, challenged, loved, overall a sense of togetherness. 

Thank you for allowing us to be part of your personal yoga tradition. 

Thank you for allowing us to be there along your journey to wisdom and growth. 

Last but certainly not least, thank you for making our home your home.

We’re truly grateful for the last 20 years. Your support means the world to us. We look forward to continuing our yoga journey together with you at bodē nyc our other 3 locations.

The messages of support from our community have kept our spirits up and our memories alive. We thought you’d enjoy some of the words from your fellow community:


Please Note: The bodē Midtown Facebook Page will be merging with the bodē Flatiron Facebook Page so you can still stay up to date on what is happening at bodē. 



Oh wow congrats guys your studio helped me to start my journey as a teacher 🙏 – Natalie Surie


Ahh! The end of an era! I am so grateful for you. My first class was in December of 1999. ❤️ – Lori Holmes Clark 


Oh my….that’s crazy!! Twenty years??? Miss and love you both! Congratulations! – Erin Malloy 


Congratulations on a job well done Donna & Jen. You forged a new path to some wonderful experiences for NY!!! (I remember the beginning like it was yesterday). Xox – Gretchen Michelle Helbig 


We are all grateful for creating a wellness healing in Manhattan… thank u thank you and thank you. – Abigail Karina DeVine 


Oh wow! Huge step. I remember countless classes there and hours of work study.  – Debra Flashenberg 


Donna Rubin you also inspired me to realize you don’t need a business background to be a business owner! 

Congratulations on your success all these years! Thank you for also believing in me as a new teacher and joining PYC at the beginning. Congrats 2 studio pioneers!!! You helped so many people achieve physical mental and emotional health. Cheers!!! ❤️❤️❤️ – Melissa Winn 


So thankful for you both. Donna Rubin you were our first teacher, and the practice of Bikram Yoga has saved me over and over again. We took our first class at 8th Ave, so this is particularly hard for us. Sending so much love. You’ve changed so many lives. Thank you for your dedication to this life changing lineage. ❤️🙏 – Eddie Garner 


Such an inspiration! 🙏🏻 – Hye Jin Kalgaonkar


I remember my first class at your studio. Will never forget. And the teaching opportunity we learned from you both. Luv u ladies. 

Yolanda & John Nash ❤️ – Rosco Nash


Long live Midtown in memory! Congrats on all the success including the new consolidations… wishing you more success and ease! – Cammi Darshan Vance


Congratulations Donna & Jennifer! Managing the midtown studio was a formative experience for me all those years ago. Thanks for taking a chance on me, I had a blast! 🥳🔥❤️ – Ezra Firestone


Congratulations to you both. 🎉🎊👏👏 Very thankful to be a part of your studios. Onward & Upward. – Mark Santoro


I remember taking a class from you before you even had a studio! It was just a dream for you! Such an inspiration. Congratulations on your journey! – Fernanda Durand


Half My Life I’ve been practicing there. Thank U for everything Donna &Jen. If I weren’t in rehearsals I would be there♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 – Zoie Morris


 Were some of the best years of my life building up that massage studio w John O’Connor. Wishing u guys only the best… like a lamppost baby!! Raffael Pacitti – Mitch Klein


You’re both an inspiration 😊 – Elizabeth Emanuele 


Love to the Yogis J and D that showed NYC what it B. Your work has creayed a worldwide community that is ever growing and free – Mark Drost


Thank you for paving the way, it’s always been way more than just yoga 🔥 Donna Rubin & Jennifer Lobo – Tricia Donegan 


This transition is certainly an example of non-attachment. The both of you are together, may you continue to partner strong! My classes with Georgia were always in Midtown. Sending lots of love – Anita Rao Well


Changed my life Donna-Namaste to you and Jennifer. – Sherry Boone 


Congrats ladies! You are amazing. – Teresa De Zarn 


Congratulations you two- what incredible work you have done and continue to do 🙏👏🌈 – Barb Leese Smith


Hey Ladies! This is amazing! Thank you so much for all you have done in this community to uplift bodies and hearts! I will miss this studio tremendously as it has been my home away from home and a sanctuary to me in the crazy show business world. I wish you both peace and happiness moving forward!😘 – Janet Saia-Feld


Sending love, light, and all blessings on the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another!!❤️✨🙏🏼 I took my first Bikram class in that studio as a drop in when I was doing a lot of consulting in NYC before I even met Chad!! Thank you, Thank you!! – Char Ten


So many memories for me there! You ladies Are the best and such an inspiration! Xoxo – Heather LeBlanc Sheridan


My first studio, one of my first jobs in NYC, friends that became family. Feeling the weight of this studio closing, sending all the love! – Ashley Diane Currie


Congratulations Donna Rubin & Jennifer Lobo– such a huge achievement – onwards & upwards! I continue to be inspired by you both & all the immense growth, healing & love you have enabled over the years. Your ability to redefine, re-organise & carry on even through the toughest of times continues to give me hope. Thank you again & love you both sooo!!! – BridgettAne Goddard 


Amazing- wow mid town closing.. that’s where it all began for me . My first class was with Heidi. I am grateful for the two of you and the community at that school and everything you do for the people in NYC. 

Thank you xo – Emily Weinberg


You guys are beautiful and what you’ve done together in the yoga and business worlds is truly impressive. Happy Anniversary to two wonderful ladies. – Bikram Norwalk 


Sending lots of love to you both. The space you created will be beloved in so many hearts for a lifetime to come. ❤️ – Jenny Feldon


Wow, aside from UES being first, Midtown was the 2nd studio I went to when I first started in late 2014, early 2015. But I’m excited to see the 3 studios continue, and growing over the years to come. -@anielplslauren

This is so sad!!! Some of our very favorite and most transformative moments happened in the hot room on 8th Ave. All of our love to Georgia and the rest of the team! ♥️♥️ – @intermissionsessions

Wow this studio has such amazing memories for me. ❤️ – @cgrier1609


My first class 3/11/2011!

Some 2000 classes ago🧘‍♀️ – @thomas4707


🙏🏼 had the honor of practicing at midtown before i became a yoga teacher…wish you all the best at the remaining studios🙏🏼 – @stephaniecostayoga

So sorry to see the original go — this is where I first tried & loved bikram yoga in 1999—with dear Georgia, Viraj, Mark & lots of other great teachers: go to the edge, then melt the edge…. Thanks 🙏🏽 for the gift of all those years & I’ll really look forward to seeing Georgia, maybe at flatrion? 🤞🏽- @ericawcantley

Sad to see it go. Spent countless hours in that studio! Onward 💪🏼 – @ryan.uws

I’d better get back there for the last month after (another) break…I’m sorry you’re having to close this location especially because you just improved it….I will miss hearing the firehouse alarm while practicing! – @mknyc12

So grateful to have practiced here when visiting NY. Georgia is a fabulous teacher and the class was magical 🙌 Thank you and best wishes! 🙏💞💫 – @jammerbrown

I absolutely understand the business decision but I am still 💔😢. The Midtown studio, its teachers and staff added to the pleasure of practicing. All the best to everyone! 💖 – @lilyngo806

Ah that’s so sad 😒 I started my yoga journey at this location last year with Georgia’s class. Good luck to everyone and I hope to see familiar faces at the other locations! – @oyeameet

Your midtown studio was my home away from home studio. Thank you for the wonderful years. – @chulesq

End of an era. Midtown 8th Ave won’t be same. Also, hi Jen and Donna 😘 – @lucyckemp


Oh no!! I have goosebumps…you killed it for years and changed NYC’s yoga culture with that gem of a studio. If not for that space you would not have touched and changed the lives you did….including mine. Give her a kiss for me and tell her I said thank you….now go on and prosper and know you are the NYC founder of hot yoga baby. – @amytheplum

I’m so sorry to hear this. I know for sure that something bigger is coming your way. Can’t wait to support your other studios – @flexnflyofficial

Onward and upward! I look forward to seeing you at the other studios! ❤️ – @kathryntuggle

Awwwww sad news 😭 this studio will surely be missed – @camille5953

Thanksgiving Schedule 2017 6

Hot HIIT Demonstrations with Monique Crous 7

We continue to see many new faces in our Hot HIIT classes and have expanded the schedule this summer to accommodate the demand. We’re happy to have everyone and encourage your input and feedback!

Hot HIIT is a training system that combines High Intensity Interval Training(HIIT), interval training, muscle toning, and cardio in a room heated to approximately 100 degrees. This practice promotes long, lean mus­cle mass while burning fat, with rapid results. It strengthens your core, improves cir­cu­la­tion, and increases flex­i­bil­ity.

Haven’t tried the class yet and curious to see some of the exercises? We’ve put together a short video of Hot HIIT creator and Teacher, Monique Crous, demonstrating the following 5 exercises:

  1. Half Burpee
  2. Mountain Climber
  3. Ankle Tap
  4. V-Ups
  5. Reach Though Crunch

Each class is set to upbeat music and are offered at all 4 locations – Flatiron, Midtown, Upper East Side and Upper West Side. Curious to try a class yourself? We’ve included the schedule below. These classes are included in any package we offer at the studio. Have questions? Shoot us an email at info@hothiit.com

Interested in Hot HIIT Teacher Training? Click here


A huge thanks to everyone who joined us in person, in spirit or watched live online! Below is our full class from 1:30pm today.

Marking our 9th consecutive year of participation in the event, we’re thrilled to announce our class at the Solstice in Times Square: Mind over Madness Yoga presented by Aerie. Come find your center at the Crossroads of the World! To celebrate, we offering 20% off most packages, today only using promo code SOLSTICE at checkout.

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Registration Now Open For Free All-day Outdoor Yoga Event

New York, NY (June 1, 2017) – The Times Square Alliance today announced the return of Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga Presented by Aerie – a day of free yoga classes to celebrate the longest day of the year and beginning of the summer season – on Wednesday, June 21st. Starting today, people can register at www.TimesSquareNYC.org/Solstice  for classes beginning at 7:30 a.m. and continuing until 8:30 p.m., just after sunset.

“At Solstice in Times Square, we invite participants to find peace and tranquility beside the mixture of sights, sounds and endless energy of Times Square,” said Tim Tompkins, President of Times Square Alliance and co-founder of the event. “Even at a time when it seems impossible, one can, and should, take a moment to find harmony within their mind, body, and the world around them.”

“Thousands of yoga practitioners come to Summer Solstice in Times Square/Mind over Madness Yoga to cut through the noise of inner unsteadiness and outer distractions to bathe in their own deeper stillness,” said Douglass Stewart, co-founder of Solstice in Times Square.

“Aerie is so excited to sponsor this year’s Solstice in Times Square,” said Jen Foyle, Global Brand President of Aerie. “The #AerieREAL message is our commitment to empowering everyone to feel happy, healthy and confident inside and out. This event is an amazing way to share our message and empower thousands of yogis to love their REAL selves.”

Yogis of every skill level will have the opportunity to participate in seven free yoga sessions throughout the day on June 21st and visit the Yoga Village between 44th and 45th Streets, which will feature booths, giveaways, and activities.  Aerie will be present in the Yoga Village with free flash tattoos, refreshments, and a photo booth where yogis can snap a video for a chance to be featured on the billboard on the American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie store. At the store, visitors can also stock up on leggings from their Chill. Play. Move.™ collection, plus get free personalization that day only.

Situated at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue between 42nd & 47th Streets, the yoga sessions will include:

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: instructed by Douglass Stewart
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: instructed by Sarah Finger
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: #AerieREAL Empowered Flow with Catherine Gignac
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Bikram Yoga with Jen Lobo and Donna Rubin
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: instructed by Aditi Shah and Rachel Cohen
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: instructed by Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee
  • 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: LUNA Deep House Yoga with Lauren Taus and DJ Tasha Blank

Detailed instructor bios can be found at www.TimesSquareNYC.org/Solstice. On June 21st, registered participants who attend will receive a free yoga mat courtesy of Aerie. Footage from classes will also be shown on the American Eagle screen at 46th Street and Broadway.          

Participants and those unable to attend the event are also encouraged to upload yoga photos and tag them with #SolsticeTSq across various social media platforms, and follow live coverage and join conversations on Facebook.com/TimesSquareNYC,  @TimesSquareNYC on Twitter and @TimesSquareNYC on Instagram.

The Alliance has once again partnered with Yoga Journal (www.YogaJournal.com) to reach yoga enthusiasts on and off the mat. Additional sponsors include LUNA; Rodan + Fields®; Essentia; National Mango Board; and Wasa.

Solstice in Times Square has partnered with Times Square’s own Hotel Edison, a Triumph Hotel, to help yogis from afar make the pilgrimage to Times Square for Mind Over Madness Yoga.

iphonebookingIn mid-April we began including notices in our reservation confirmation emails that our window to cancel a class is changing from 1 hour to 3 hours. We’ve found that 1 hour is not enough time for students who are on a waitlist to be fully prepared to visit.

Beginning June 1st, online cancellations will no longer be available less than 3 hours before a class begins. For example, if a class is taking place at Noon, the cancellation window will close at 9:00am. Please note that if  you are on an unlimited packages and do not cancel 3 hours in advance you will be charged a $10 fee. If you have a class class card package, not canceling before the 3 hour window will result in the loss of a class.

We understand there are often circumstances that may occur within the 3 hour window that are beyond your control. If there is situation within the 3 hour window that will prevent you from attending class, please call or email us. As long as you’ve made an effort to advise us you can not attend a previously booked class, the fee or docked class will be waived.

Dear Yogis,

At this time of year we look back and reflect on how fortunate we are to spend every day with all of you – our amazing community. After 17 years in business not a day goes by that we don’t hear from one of you about how the yoga has helped you in your life. This brings us so much joy.

This month, we have many yogis taking part in our Holiday Charity Challenge in which they have pledged to practice 30 classes in 40 days.  In return, the studio will contribute $50 to their charity of choice.  We congratulate those who have committed their time and energy to these great causes during the busy holiday season. A few of the charities this month include American Lung Association, Lineage Project, World Vision and Achilles InternationalAlso this month, we’re donating to Toys for Tots each time one of our yogis check in on Facebook! For more about this program and to help us reach our goal of 500 donations this month, please click here

In 2016, we made some significant changes in our class schedule. While the Bikram method of yoga will always be our core offering, we will continue to expand our Hot HIIT Pilates and 60 and 75 minute class options in the coming months. We’re also offering Yin Nidra Yoga, Intermediate classes and have expanded our Chillax series (Bikram classes accompanied by music). Click here to see today’s schedule of classes

As we move towards 2017, we will continue to make upgrades at the studios including new flooring, paint and other aesthetic improvements. Our constant goal is to create the most comfortable and peaceful settings we can for you and all our community.

As always, we welcome your feedback and are happy to speak with you at any time. We wish you the happiest of holidays and a healthy New Year filled with a lot of yoga!

Warmest Regards,
Donna and Jen