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Bikram Yoga City

6-8 Vestry StreetLondonN1 7RE
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Posted:
10:05 AM 09-03-2010
Bikram Yoga City
  9 / 10
I've been practicing at Bikram City for a few years, as well as other yoga studios in East London. If I can find the time then Bikram City is always my first choice, mainly for the feeling I've had a really good yoga session but also have put more effort than I would at the gym. As other people have noted, the changing rooms can get a bit crowded between busy classes, but most of the other yoga studios I practice at have either one communal shower or no showers at all and they charge just one or two pounds less than Bikram City. I think although it is a bit more expensive, with the heat and the overall experience Bikram is better value than other yoga studios. I guess we just have to accept that yoga studios in London in general are more expensive than elsewhere but so is everything else!
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2:09 PM 05-03-2010
Bikram Yoga City
  7 / 10
I sometimes question the background of people who write some of these reviews - often ignoring any positives in order to spread negative vibes about something. What a shame and very sad for them I guess.
I've not been able to get back to the City Bikram for 2 months now due to a serious injury and I miss it so much.

I agree that the space is tight but you never know the background to these things. I run my own business and when we started out I had to rent a smaller space and was tied into a long lease to get a decent rental rate. As the business grew, we struggled to expand until eventually we got to the end of the lease and were able to move, but it restricts you so much. I don't know the owners but maybe they have the same problem. All I do know is that I miss the sessions and the feeling of complete exhaustion at the end but I'll get back to it eventually. The teachers are also great and it's their experience and teaching that you are paying most for - I love Mark and Kate's classes especially.
The staff at City are friendly, as they are at the other 2 studios in Kentish Town and Kilburn. It's a tight space and must be difficult for them too but they keep a smile and that matters.
So, why don't people describe the whole experience and allow others to make an informed judgment, instead of just slandering something by concentrating on the negative.
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1:20 PM 17-02-2010
Beware Bikram yoga at Vestry st - old street, London
  1 / 10
I was a member at Bikram Yoga City (Old Street) for a year and it left a nasty taste in the mouth. The changing rooms are cramped and over the course of my membership only one out of three showers made available has ever worked on a consistent basis. This means a long queue which is a real drag when you are paying £13 a pop or in my case about £650 over the year. That is a lot of money but the facilities are equivalent to a run-down cuncil gym.

There are some excellent teachers but the people who own the place are clearly just out to make money. Despite complaining politely to them many times the management have done nothing about the state of the showers and have not written to me when they said they would. They also have a policy of letting in people even when they are 10 mins late which disrupts the whole class and usually means people who arrived on good time having to shuffle along to make space, totally ruining their concentration. The teachers hate it but the orders come from their bosses. I am glad my yearly membership is over so I don't have to give them anymore of my money.

There are excellent alternative Bikram centres in Soho and Canary Wharf. It should be a relaxing experience for the money you are paying, not equivalent to being on the Tube for a couple of hours!
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Posted:
1:19 PM 06-07-2009
Facilities at Bikram Yoga City
  5 / 10
I registered purely in order to provide feedback on the Bikram Yoga centre at Old Street, as I feel quite strongly about this:

Upsides:

The yoga itself and the staff are fantastic - very encouraging staff who are very knowledgeable and from the outset I felt well looked after. A few months in and I am really feeling the benefits. I've always worked out a lot but normally pure cardio (running, spinning etc) or weights work in the gym. The yoga has enabled me to tone far more than weights alone, without bulking up too much and I'm very pleased with the results. HOWEVERâ?¦.

The Downsides:

The high price and poor poor POOR facilities are increasingly hard to take with a pinch of salt.

Although there are membership deals (better prices for frequent users/ pre buying term membership etc) even if you go 4 times per week the classes work out at around £10 pre 90 minute session - 40 per week. Monthly membership comes out at around £104. For this sort of price I would expect some seriously fantastic facilities�.My multi function (Nuffield/Cannons) gym in the heart of the City only sets me back £60 per month and the changing rooms and facilities there are outstanding.

However, the Bikram City centre's changing facilities are totally unacceptable. Small, cramped changing rooms without any lockable lockers and only three shoddy fans to try and keep people cool. I am only 5 ft 3 and I often hit my head on the ceiling. Seriously - it's like getting changed in a cupboard. The showers are rubbish and the whole place is just too hot. It must be hard to sort out as the studio (obviously) is very warm and the building is old. However, getting ready for work after a morning class is unbearable and that really puts people off - this is a city studio after all - people go to work wearing suits and should look professional, rather than arriving at work sweating and with wet hair as it's just too hideous to use a hairdryer in the hot hot hot changing rooms.

Additionally - charging £1 for towels when the classes already cost loads is just not ok. And they should really install water machines for people to fill up their bottles.

Come on bikram - you get so many things right and I love the classes. But you cannot seriously expect people to pay so much for such rubbish facilities. Drop your prices or move to a better location that can cater for city clients properly.
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1:19 PM 06-07-2009
Facilities at Bikram Yoga City
  5 / 10
I registered purely in order to provide feedback on the Bikram Yoga centre at Old Street, as I feel quite strongly about this:

Upsides:

The yoga itself and the staff are fantastic - very encouraging staff who are very knowledgeable and from the outset I felt well looked after. A few months in and I am really feeling the benefits. I've always worked out a lot but normally pure cardio (running, spinning etc) or weights work in the gym. The yoga has enabled me to tone far more than weights alone, without bulking up too much and I'm very pleased with the results. HOWEVERâ?¦.

The Downsides:

The high price and poor poor POOR facilities are increasingly hard to take with a pinch of salt.

Although there are membership deals (better prices for frequent users/ pre buying term membership etc) even if you go 4 times per week the classes work out at around £10 pre 90 minute session - 40 per week. Monthly membership comes out at around £104. For this sort of price I would expect some seriously fantastic facilities�.My multi function (Nuffield/Cannons) gym in the heart of the City only sets me back £60 per month and the changing rooms and facilities there are outstanding.

However, the Bikram City centre's changing facilities are totally unacceptable. Small, cramped changing rooms without any lockable lockers and only three shoddy fans to try and keep people cool. I am only 5 ft 3 and I often hit my head on the ceiling. Seriously - it's like getting changed in a cupboard. The showers are rubbish and the whole place is just too hot. It must be hard to sort out as the studio (obviously) is very warm and the building is old. However, getting ready for work after a morning class is unbearable and that really puts people off - this is a city studio after all - people go to work wearing suits and should look professional, rather than arriving at work sweating and with wet hair as it's just too hideous to use a hairdryer in the hot hot hot changing rooms.

Additionally - charging £1 for towels when the classes already cost loads is just not ok. And they should really install water machines for people to fill up their bottles.

Come on bikram - you get so many things right and I love the classes. But you cannot seriously expect people to pay so much for such rubbish facilities. Drop your prices or move to a better location that can cater for city clients properly.
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