Bikram Yoga Middle East

Bikram Yoga Middle East

Tecom-C, Icon Building next o the Byblos Hotel
Tecom
4.0 star rating 16 Reviews
$$$ - Mid-Range
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About this business

Located right off Sheikh Zayed road, Bikram Yoga will strengthen, lower stress levels, and help you enjoy a better quality of life.

16 Reviews

Bikram Yoga Middle East
21/08/2014 

I bought a cobone voucher to try this Bikram studio,, it was my first time to try the hot yoga, It was intense as I have to admit,, the room gets quite hot during the session, the instructor was kind enough to open the door to let the cold air to enter the room,, it was sort of a treat hhhh... I liked the place, it was clean, but little bit chaotic.. however, the last session I went the room was toooo hot, that most of the students couldnt even handle and left the room.. then we came to know that they turned on the heater 2 hours prior to the class instead of one hour,, after that session I never went back,,

I might go back in the winter,,, but during the summer I will never do it..

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Bikram Yoga Middle East
12/06/2014 

Bikrams Yoga is not something for me.
I felt suffocated in the hot room.
Tried 1 class n never returned again.

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BobbiB
 Dubai, UAE
Bikram Yoga Middle East
20/05/2014 

So my significant other kind of dragged me to an event with Bikram Yoga Middle East last month. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind Yoga, but have never really been into sharing my hard earned sweat with a hundred other people in the same room doing Doggie Down at 40 degrees! That said, we arrived at the Bikram Yoga ME studio in Icon Tower Tecom, which by the way is huge and signed into the Candlelight Yoga and Meditation class. For the un-initiated (AKA me..) Bikram Yoga was founded by Bikram Choudhury in India in the 1940's after a leg injury that was meant to leave him never to walk again and he used Yoga and his new technique Bikram to heal himself and the rest is history! Bikram yoga aims to increase general health and followers believe that a heated room will help drive a deeper stretch while preventing injury. Bikram consists of a set of 26 poses and two breathing exercises. History lesson finished!!
Back to me and Candlelight Bikram Yoga. My partner thankfully gave some very sensible lesson prior to my first Bikram Yoga session and they are as follows:-
1. Drink a ton of water to hydrate before hand and another easy litre for the 2 hour session
2. Bring your own mat
3. Bring a mat towel so as not to destroy your yoga mat. The towelhas a Yoga name I cant remember
4. Dress sensibly
Being a guy, Point 4 I thought was a bit meaningless but after only about 20 minutes into the event I began to fully comprehend the necessity of good clothing. Do not wear light grey pants. Do not wear white pants. Do not wear tight, tight anything. Sweat makes clothing do weird things and whilst the rest of the guys reading this might be thinking cool, it is 100% not. It's enough to get through your own sweat let alone being subjected to someone else's.
As for Bikram Yoga Middle East, the instructor was excellent, the studio was busy but well organised and surprisingly people just lined up and got on with it. The best part was definitely the candlelight, it glittered and reflected off the glass and was really a great focus for the mind whilst trying to clear it off white pants images. Overall it was actually a unique experience and one that when I got home (and showered), I fell asleep almost instantly with the pressures of the week gone. No gone into white pants...just gone!

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ReviewDivaDXB

ReviewDivaDXB Awesome review!

21/05/2014 - Report

ChithraUnni

ChithraUnni Funny :D

01/06/2014 - Report

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Bikram Yoga Middle East
20/05/2014 

It was my first time yesterday attending this studio and I have to say it had a very zen feeling to it. They are very flexible with packages, I told them Im travelling in summer so they offered an extension on my account :) I ended up paying for 6 month package that is normally 2800 but 30% off.
The instructor was great and sweet very thorough with her directions. I started Bikram when I lived in singapore but Im happy to find a studio here that I feel comfortable with. also tried club stretch but found that the instructors are too strict and its like an oven.

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Sarayogini
 Dubai, UAE
Bikram Yoga Middle East
01/05/2014 

m recently loving their new timings and especially they are offering different classes. Been going there the last couple months and have had no class cancellation. There is new ownership apparently now. I find the studio always clean and staff super friendly. Everyone always has their own expectations and experience. Its worth giving them a shot.

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Dxbyoung
 Dubai, UAE
Bikram Yoga Middle East
29/04/2014 

Extremely frustrated with this studio. When it opened it was great. Clean , comfortable, good range of timings. This is no longer the case. There is no way to keep a routine as they constantly cancel, don't show up, and change the schedule on a whim. Offering vouchers is a great idea but I am fed up of wasting my money as once you buy them the schedule changes and you can't use them. The number of times I have woke for a 6:30 am class to have the instructor not show!
Discounts are not the way to go. Proper management and providing what your customers are paying for is! I will no longer rely on this studio and will make the switch to rawr yoga in the marina. In the 18 months bikramyogame has managed to alienate their customers, rawr has exceeded theirs!
Extremely unhappy customer!

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Bikram Yoga Middle East
03/11/2013 

Terrible ownership. We called, after buying a deal, asking if we could use the voucher of 10 sessions over 2 people. The part owner/manager told us no it cannot be done, so we then asked if we could buy another set of the same and said plainly no without even considering anything. After a few more questions the "part owner" then simply decided to close the phone in my wife's face and not answer again. Very un professional snobs!!!

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Reemaa
 Dubai, UAE
Bikram Yoga Middle East
27/10/2013 

Actually i agree with the groovy girl, i admit that the place is nice but they are getting unprofessional, last Tuesday i went for the 9am class ,the instructor didn't show up, and there were no body to apologize ,she could at least write a note for us, the girls were so mad, of of them said that , this is happens so often,again i went today for the9am class and agin no body was there, not even a receptionist,my friend bought 2 vouchers as i told her it very good place but now one on them will going to waist , there is no time to redeem it, i think mona the owner should do something about this, now i promise my friend and i will never go back again.

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LondongirlinDXB

LondongirlinDXB I was there on Friday and it was a full class. I have always found them to be friendly and approachable. Did you speak to the owner? I always go at weekends/evenings so don't know about morning problems. Perhaps an emergency...try to approach them. I do agree that it's not nice to come for a cancelled class.

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Kat
 Dubai, UAE
Bikram Yoga Middle East
06/10/2013 

I have to agree with groovy girl - the studio used to be awesome...lots of good trainers and a nice set up. Unfortunately the owner does not give a **** about what's happening anymore and her sister does not only teach without a license but also doesn't know anything about Bikram Yoga :( I used to go 5 times a week and had a 6 months membership...I'm not going anymore as the quality of the classes has really suffered, unfortunately...! I'm thinking to give it a try again every once in a while whenever my favorite teacher is training but my passion for the studio & classes has really vanished.

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Morty
 Dubai, UAE
Bikram Yoga Middle East
26/01/2013 

Having been to a few places in Dubai for Bikram Yoga, I have to say that, the Bikram Yoga Middle East comes on top of all. The staff is both very professional and extremely helpful. The studio is kept at the right temperature during the sessions. It is warm enough to benefit from Bikram Yoga, but not too hot, so that you are able to breath. Changing room is spacious and clean. I am glad to have found the right place for Bikram Yoga.

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Yoggie
 Dubai, UAE
Bikram Yoga Middle East
20/01/2013 

I have been practicing Bikram Yoga for the past 6 years in so many countries around the world, and honestly this is my favorite studio, i love this place its very clean and the staff are so friendly and the instructors are awesome and very professional. NOTE: To Groovygirl review. The essay which you have written doesn't reflect facts, and your comments sound very revengeful, i wonder why.. Also you have used some keywords that yoga instructors usually say, which scares me to actually read your review and find it helpful.. i think you need to practice more yoga to discover yourself within, don't hate, instead love yourself and spread the happiness.. life too short for competition.. peace, and stay groovy :)

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groovygirl

groovygirl I'm not being competitive, nor revengful in my review. I'm stating the facts as I experienced them. This is for individual reviews based on experience and I'm merely stating mine here.

27/09/2013 - Report

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groovygirl
 Dubai, UAE
Bikram Yoga Middle East
15/01/2013 

The good, the bad, and the ugly. I actually give it 2.5 stars, not 3 but the system won't let me so 1/2's. And this is being generous. Giving it the 1/2 because they do Cobone deals which are the right price. I've been going to Bikram Yoga ME for several months, and what started out as a fantastic studio has come spiraling down in the past few months. I went in with very little knowledge of the practice and have learned so much through different teachers that have passed through the studio - and there have been many. The good: The studio is appointed nicely and is clean, although I'm wondering if they still mop the floors after class as they used too. Each student always gets a locker and towel for free. First timers get a mat for free, after your first time you have to pay for mat rental. They do many Cobone deals. They now have a "spa", which seems like an odd thing to put here, but the massage is nice. Haven't had one of their facials, but there is no water in the room which makes me wonder how it's done properly and hygienically. The bad: Things change like the weather. From the teachers, to the room temperature, to the timings...there is NO consistency. The online schedule says one teacher but you show up only to find it's another. Studio is rarely at the proper temperature. The owner used to have such passion for the studio and her students but that has diminished tremendously. The ugly: I understand when a new business opens one has to figure out what works for clients, but come on! The hours have now been changed because of "high-value" clients? What's that about. You don't value all of your clients? The 4pm is now gone, if you miss a morning class you have to wait until 6pm for the next one. The most unfortunate part is that they now have an UNQUALIFIED "instructor" teaching at least 2 classes per day. From what I understand this person is the sister of the owner but that shouldn't give her a pass to teach, especially when she doesn't know how. I feel bad for the first-time students who take her class, don't know what they are doing, and are being taught incorrectly. Part of this practice is to let go and de-stress, but sadly I come out of her class more stressed and irritated than when I walked in. I'm no expert but I have come to learn when the dialogue and timings are right. She does neither. I don't try to take her classes but unfortunately as mentioned above, the teacher on the schedule is not always the one who shows up to teach the class. A few months ago I would have rated this studio 5 stars, but can't give it that kind of rating anymore.

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Chindias
 Dubai, UAE
Bikram Yoga Middle East
11/09/2012 

Love the place and the instructors. Atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Classes are very professional. Great that they started having apples now!!! Perhaps a juice bar would be good to have because people socialize a lot in the open spaces. Maybe another solution needs to be found for the restocking of the towels. Will get my 6 months UNLIMITED membership, which, by the way, can be suspended when you travel - I find that VERY generous! One more thought.... could there perhaps be a chance to give a reduced price to working people who have an income below a certain amount, i.e. AED 5000?

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Chelsea
 Dubai, UAE
Bikram Yoga Middle East
16/07/2012 

I finally got to give this studio a try. The building is easy to find & there is free parking outside. The reception area is really nice & you are greeted by a warm & professional receptionist. I forgot to bring my large water bottle & the studio only sells small water bottles, so I had to purchase a couple to get me through the class. The changing area is lovely & clean, the hot room is also great with lots of natural light. The room however did not get hot enough for me & the class was made up mostly of beginners. I have to admit I missed the buzz of the Marina studio at Club Stretch & being surrounded by all the hard core Bikram junkies. Bikram Yoga Middle East is in a good location & has a good following of people, but I will continue to be loyal to Club Stretch as I like their set up & also have my favourite instructors there.

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Chelsea
 Dubai, UAE
Bikram Yoga Middle East
14/07/2012 

I have heard a lot of good things about this Bikram studio & have been encouraged to check it out. I am a regular at Club Stretch, however, am open to mixing it up, so will be going to an afternoon class tomorrow.

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Bikram Yoga Middle East
18/06/2012 

Finally - options for Bikram on the south side of Dubai. This spot recently opened up in TECOM next to my office and I am ecstatic. I’ve been practicing Bikram for about four years at a few different studios and found this space to be one of my favorites so far. The rates are comparable to other spots in town - just a little cheaper at AED 60 for a single session. Mat rental (optional, could bring your own) is AED 5. Your practice towel is free, additional towels are AED 5. Water is also for sale. Multi-class packages start around AED 600 with special offers for new clients. The practice room is very spacious and gets a lot of light. The instructor was very enthusiastic, creating a welcoming atmosphere for all participants regardless of experience. Since it’s brand new, the number of classes on offer is currently a little limited, but I assume more may be added as the clientele is built up. Check it out.

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