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Sohot Bikram Yoga
Sohot Bikram Yoga
Threeways House,
40-44 Clipstone Steet, Bolsover Street Entrance, London, W1W 5DW
United Kingdom

Yoga Studio

Sohot Bikram Yoga
Threeways House,
40-44 Clipstone Steet, Bolsover Street Entrance, London, W1W 5DW
United Kingdom

Opening hours

Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sohot Bikram Yoga part of Sohot Bikram Yoga

Our 4,000 sqft space has been specially designed to give you the best possible environment for your yoga practice and also make your overall experience the best it can be from the moment you walk through the door.

We have two studios giving us the opportunity to offer private tuition, workshops, Rahjashree’s Pregnancy series and group bookings. Similar to Soho, Victoria has large changing rooms, spacious chill out area, hypoallergenic flooring and our signature high-tech heating system, giving you the quality of air and consistency of heat you have come to expect.

Membership between Soho and Victoria are interchangeable.

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Posted 2 weeks ago
I have practiced Bikram yoga in many studios in the US and UK. Sohot was one of the first studios in central London and they do have good facilities. Over time, they have suffered from arrogance and bad management which has caused them to loose some of the best yoga instructors and clients. The customer service for Sohot is below par and disappointing. They do not seem to focus on the student or have a willingness to help or address any problems. The approach is unbearable. I will not return to any one of their studios unless they fix their poor management and customer service issues.

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Posted 1 year ago
i am in middle of the 21day trial and am enjoying the challenge. so far the teachers have been lovely except for today. unfortunately i found her manner and voice grating. she was loud and never shut up for very long. so along with trying to control my heart rate and concentrate on the posture you had to contend with her constant shouting which wasnt dedicated to teaching as much as it was on how to educate people how to live their lives. she kept harping on about when you stop or dont attempt a posture putting pressure on you. what about health and safety.
she wasnt rude but not my style of teaching at all. she stressed me out to be honest and i felt like i wanted to walk out of the class.

i havent done bikram for a very long time. as teachers you need to be aware that you have a responsibility to your students they may have health problems they may have injuries or joint issues. you shouldnt pressurise them otherwise you should assume liability. dont tell people not to drink water if they need to.

sometimes i have to stop briefly as i feel so dizzy. i had to stop more today this teacher was shouting instead of teaching. i wont be attending if she is taking the class not worth the earache. its different if you felt you were learning.

even in the last posture when you breathe for 2mins in corpse pose i wondered if she would shut up. but she didnt and i struggled through every moment leaving annoyed and anxious.

the facilities are not that great when you consider the drop in and membership fees. the ladies changing room is clean but very small and gets so busy that youre bumping into people .

also i noticed that there is only one studio which they fill to capacity. i understand re the hot element but when youre toe to toe with people in this heat you wonder how its oxygenated and clean with all these people in this heat but that maybe just my niavety and its fine but i did wonder and try to get to an earlier class to i dont get squashed

for me yoga should be challenging but calming too. i expect an experience where i feel better afterwards. i expect it to be clean and spacious and good value for money.

the two teachers i had before today were interested in teaching and not the sounds of their own voices they were considerate towards beginners and to people that might need to stop at some point.
note to self check the timetable re who is teaching

also apart from the into offer they dont really have any other offers, how to continue my bikram yoga journey????

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Posted 2 years ago
[NB: My reviews focus on aspects of each venue/business which may particularly affect customers with atypical requirements due to disability, illness, or injury]

Attitudes:
Teachers mostly seem well-trained, but some appear to have little interest in atypically-functioning bodies. They tend to stick to a 'script' which makes no allowances for the different body types that may be in the class, and unlike some other studios, the teachers (of the classes I attended) do *not* like the idea of alternatives and modifications for people with disabilities or injuries. Some ignore it, some actually come and tell you off. The thinking appears to be that if you cannot put a particular limb into the same position as a 'normal' person, you should just sit out those exercises completely. This is unacceptable to me.

Access:
Sorry, can't recall! Think it was stairs down to basement.

Other:
Unusual flooring made of strands of plastic fibre (I think). No sweaty smell, but a bit of a plasticky smell instead. Temperature not quite hot enough for my liking (but I like my Bikram very hot).

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Posted 3 years ago
I tried my first ever Bikram yoga class yesterday. I've been doing yoga for years but not hot yoga, or at least not at the high temperatures required by Bikram.

I must say that you can feel the difference in terms of flexibility and the sense of lightness afterwards.

The instructor, Simone, was excellent and explained postures and their benefits very clearly, specifying which muscles and organs we were working on.

The facilities are quite frankly in need of a spruce up and I had to queue for the shower. Apart from that, and that guy who placed his mat in front on mine blocking my view (you are supposed to stagger the mats according to a pattern on the floor so that everybody can see the mirror) I must say that I will go back to Bikram as I can see it can work well for back tension and general aches and pains.

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Posted 4 years ago
Good studio.

Like others on here, I was delighted at the lack of smell. They have a higher level of security than most with their lockers and the mat rotations are much more hygienic (all used mats are placed in a different area to new ones) than the general all in one pile system most studios use. I also liked that the floor had marked spaces meaning that you had enough space to practice without bumping into others.

The class was demanding and I am going back like anywhere the venue is only as good as its teacher and I found Sandi to be demanding, which is great for me but maybe a little intimidating to newbies?

My only gripe is that they don't do very competitive deals for when you finish the trial. After you finish for Bikram City you get 2 months for the price of one.But nothing here.

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Posted 4 years ago


I am a disabled person and have been happily practicing bikram yoga for a few months.I have had a very positive experience in other studios and have been given modifications over the last few months. The teachers kindly give me further modifications once I am ready for the next step up in the practice and I am therefore very committed to this kind of yoga.

Unfortunately I have had a very DISTURBING experience today (21/04/11) in the SOHO studio. The teacher was demanding me to perform postures that I simply can't because of a very restricted knee joint. I explained several times that I can't bend my knee and she would not listen.
Then she ambushed me on the way out. At this point I was already upset and very offended. She has demanded that I can't do modifications under her care, she has subsequently followed up with an offensive letter from reception.

As a disabled person I feel discriminated, not to mention my anger and hurt feelings.

I will be following up with a formal complaint with the Director of the studio.

If you are a disabled person, stay away from soho and victoria as some of the younger teachers are very inexperienced. They have had a very intensive course of nine weeks and they think that they know everything about yoga but in reality they are not classically trained, and don't understand structural yoga or yoga therapy. Not to mention they are extremely inconsiderate and emotionally vapid when it comes to dealing with people with disabilities.

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Posted 5 years ago
Amazing space very high tech, and crucially for a Bikram centre odour free!
As a novice I found the classes quite tough, but more advanced yoga goers might feel they were well within their capabilities.
I attended three sessions and felt great after each one, although the extreme heat might not be to every ones taste.
Price wise, the centre is excellent value.
My only slight gripe was that one of the teachers went a little bit too quickly through some of the positions for my likeing, but I still benefited immensely from each visit.

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5 years ago
I agree that the centre is odour free - that is impressive given the amount of sweating going on!

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Posted 5 years ago
This being my first time, I was pretty scared, but I went with a friend which helped. Also, the Bikram center allows you to test drive 10 days for only £20 - a great deal to see if you like it!

OK, first things first - the room is at 110 degrees Fahrenheit (or around 44 degrees Celsius), as expected. What I did not expect was that the class is one and a half hours long - I expected it to be only an hour, so I was a bit light-headed towards the end. The instructor (and my friend) said the most important part is to make sure you stay in the room for the entire class, so although I was a bit slow towards the end, I did make it. The exercises and poses are fantastic...i really enjoyed it, and would recommend it to people who have always been curious to try it. I am not that flexible, but I still really liked it. Some tips below though..

A few tips I would advise to first timers
- I would personally advise doing a normal Yoga class 3 to 4 times before doing Bikram so you can get used to the poses; its tough to concentrate in the heat, so you want a basic understanding of some of the poses. I think it makes it easier. And if you are not flexible like me, other classes where instructors can direct and assist you could be useful.
- Get to class 5-10 minutes early to get used to the heat
- bring a bottle of water
- bring two towels (one for the class, one for showing afterwards)
- it gets sweaty, so you need clothes that hold up well to the sweat...I ended up going topless
- Don't overtax yourself early on..conserve your energy
- The instructor told us to keep our eyes open to remain "present"...which i actually liked, as I found myself shutting my eyes a lot
- I did not feel uncomfortable or competitive or judged by people...after the first 5 minutes, you completely are working from within, so other people do not matter, in case you are wondering about that
- Towards the end, it really tested my mental strength...which was great. You need to block everything else out and concentrate on doing the poses...its great focus training

At this location, you remove your shoes before entering reception, which i thought was nice.
Lockers need a £1 coin, so bring along! SHowers & changing room were spot on - clean and basic.

I have 10 days, so I will probably try to go 2 times each week and see if it continues to go well.

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5 years ago
Great review! I have often thought about trying out Bikram Yoga but always been put off by the heat. Is it a continual 44 degrees at each place or can it vary?

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5 years ago
Hi charleymarley - all Bikram studios are meant to have the rooms at the same temperature (110 degrees F / 44 C) - the description on Wahanda says "Bikram is a system of 26 postures (called asanas) and two breathing exercises (called pranayama) designed to work the entire body. Though exercising in an atmosphere of at 40.5°C (105°F) heat and around 40% humidity might feel a bit odd at first, it's thought to increase flexibility, and getting a bit sweaty will help purge your body of toxins too"

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5 years ago
Although the one I went to had a thermometer that said 110 degrees...hmm, maybe it was too warm in there!
Here is a link to the description on Wahanda: http://www.wahanda.com/treatment/bikram-yoga/description/

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5 years ago
Buster, thanks for the review, very helpful. How did the rest of your trial at Bikram Soho go? I was thinking of taking it up at Bikram City but the studio by every account is pretty disgusting. From what you say in this review, it seems this is not the case at the Soho studio -- is that right? Cheers, Michael

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Posted 6 years ago
Bikram studios can be really smelly and dank. this one--perhaps because it is new--was lovely and clean. I had a great teacher called Simi. Apparently it gets mobbed but i went in the middle of the day and there were only about 15 people. And the showers were perfectly good, too.
I'm so happy I've found a decent Bikram studio near where I work. In a way i don't want to review it so i can have it all to myself

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6 years ago
I have always wanted to try Bikram...is it intimidating if you are not already an advanced "normal" yoga student? Or are they patient with the newcomers?

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6 years ago
Yes. they are extremely nice. Lots of beginners there. The dialogue is super easy to understand. Lots of people sat through a lot of poses. its for all levels. And the studiop is nice and big so you can get 'lost',

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