This is a fantastic Bikram studio. The room is large enough for something around 40 students, it is always the right temperature and humidity, there are tons of classes, more than any other Bikram studio I am aware of, starting at 6:30 in the morning and going all the way until 10:00 pm. The teachers are consistently among the best I've encountered, and although there's always some turnover this studio has a large core of experienced teachers, and they also practice there, so there is a sense of community. The studio also has a very large group of regular practitioners who are quite good, it is my home studio and by far the most tightly disciplined studio I've been in.
Once in a while a newcomer who doesn't get it or can't handle it will make a disturbance, that's the kind of people most of these negative reviews come from and it's really sad because this is a particularly great place to take up Bikram. I've read all the other reviews here and on Yelp, and one thing that keeps coming up is Ted, the studio owner. Ted is a great teacher and a really wise guy. He will challenge you. He might have you hold a posture for longer than usual. And having said that, more than one time I've seen people have a problem with Ted. I think what happens is that, because it's his studio, he doesn't have to tolerate the bad behavior or bad attitude when somebody does not do well with the yoga (or him) usually either a first timer or somebody visiting from another studio who doesn't understand the discipline and culture of Bikram Studio City. But before he decides not to tolerate it, he tries to help people get through it, and sometimes they truly can't handle it, they should just leave. So in short, some people just can't be helped. I've never seen Ted or any other teacher be ""mean"" or ""yell"" at a student. I can't imagine anybody who practices Bikram regularly ever giving this place less than 4 stars.
Many people don't realize that even though there's all this buzz about Bikram yoga, most studios are still sole proprietor small businesses, the corporate money hasn't really gotten into it yet. So facilities are usually pretty meager, there are only a few Bikram studios around the country that could be fairly compared to a really nice gym in terms of facilities, most are much worst.
This particular studio is about top 20% I would guess. It has showers and lockers, but they are upstairs and it is in a little strip mall so it is not easy-peasy. Many people who come here regularly are local so they just shower at home after class. There are restrooms in the back for changing at the beginning of class. I don't deduct any points for that because it was it is, if a fancy place had terrible teachers I would take off points.
Most bad reviews of Bikram studios seem to come from first timers who have never tried it and have some miscommunication or problem with the teacher or the concept as a whole, it's really too bad, better if more yogis shared notes about more studios.