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Some Like it Hot Yoga

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Wow. I have been taking classes here steadily since it opened. I wrote one of the first reviews, even! I no longer live in NYC, but return frequently to see family and always come...

Worst

I have never previously written a review before but felt compelled to write something as the experience I had at some like it hot studio this week was nothing short of bizarre and...

What's going on? 9/16/2009

Does anyone know what's going on with this studio? For months the website has said 'new management/new owner coming soon - membership honored.' No one is returning calls, my letters were returned as undeliverable, and the studio still has a lot of students' mats and money. So much for a stress-free experience! Pros: ...used to be a great studio Cons: Ran away with my money and mat! more

Pray for Yola... 6/3/2009

Yola is a very sick woman - She needs your prayers right now- at the end of the day she had a mental break down- I hope she takes this time to get some real help to address her issues- If it wasnt for this place I would of never started my practice- so for that I am grateful- Pros: Great space Cons: Yola the owner more

Website schedule says new owner?? 6/1/2009

Just an FYI - the some like it hot website schedule now says new owner and that classes are canceled. Has anyone confirmed this? I hope we get our mats and towels returned -- what a mess more

SLIHY needs a Yoga Retreat :( 5/29/2009

I also received this email from Yola. I thought it was yet another schedule change - the main reason I stopped going six months ago. But after reading it, I had to look at these reviews and see what was going on. And even as I was just considering last week to go back, I realize that is probably not going to happen mainly knowing Isauro, Carlos and Kristi - the BEST yoga instructors in NYC - are gone. When I first went to SLIHY, I was going through a divorce and after a few amazing classes I stopped therapy and used the budget for yoga at this studio. It got me through the toughest time in my life. But over the two years of my practice I watched Yola slowly lose it and I think she just finally cracked. I only hope she takes a long retreat and shows her power to heal by coming back even stronger than when she started years ago. Pros: unkown at this point Cons: clearly identified in these reviews more

yola just told all her students to go to hell 5/29/2009

I have been a dedicated member of SLIH for 5 years & went 6 days a week. I actually said it was my ""home"" & my ""family"" when I was going thru a divorce. But I cannot believe what the owner, Yola has just done on Friday to violate every member of the studio - via email. Yola has always be difficult, rude and v inappropriate. I was always trying to avoid her, to avoid being verbally abused or worse. And clearly, I wasn't the only one who felt this way, as I found out, thanks to Yola herself. Friday she sent an email to her entire SLIH database basically threatening to press charges on people for publishing bad reviews about her on Citysearch and other sites. Well, I hadn't actually looked at her reviews on these sitesm but after that email, I certainly took a good look. 43 reviews later - most all of them are negative, I realize that we've got a real problem on our hands here. She is not a business person, and certainly needs some help with her PR efforts -- by telling her paying customers to go to hell. Here's the email I am referring to: URGENT UPDATE FROM SLIHY - MAY 28, 2009 TO THE SLIHY COMMUNITY: To the loyal and kind members of the SLIHY community who have enjoyed being a part of our family, we have greatly appreciated your business and presence; and look forward to many more years of affiliation. HOWEVER....for those of you who have taken my childhood, hard work and loyalty and turned it against me via slandering my name and business on Citysearch and other websites; you will be sued if your posts and comments are not removed from such websites immediately! All I ever wanted was to create a safe, harmonious and sacred environment in the middle of Manhattan and some of you have unfortunately taken my soul and spirit and abused it. Some of you, and we know who you are, have specifically said that your devilish desire was to put me out of business....well I hope when you look at yourselves in the mirror you feel great about the way you treated me, Yola Romeo, my staff, teachers and other studio members. You call yourselves YOGI's...suggestion for the day...take a good, hard look in the mirror...it does not lie! Sincerely, Yola Romeo- Proud Owner of Some Like it Hot Yoga Pros: the space on 63rd street is clearly going to be up for rent Cons: where do I start?? Lets start with the owner: Yola more

yola is the anti-yogi 5/29/2009

I joined the studio because of the heat and variety of Bikram and Vinyasa classes. but I began to notice the abusive way she talks to people, paying customers and her own staff alike, and curses and humiliates.i don't believe she even practices yoga but is constantly telling her students and staff they don't know what yoga is. well I know what it isn't: it isnt yola romeo. the turnover rate of staff and teachers is incredible. now I recieved this insane email suggesting i ""take a good hard look in the mirror...it does not lie."" take your own advise yola. you ruined yourself but you can not ruin other people. on top of everything, she has cancelled classes for today and tomorrow. she is a low class theif and fraud. I Hope her teachers leave her. they deserve better. yola is an energy sucking narcissist and should become the subject of a reality tv show. Pros: good strong vinyasa and hardcore bikram Cons: yola and yola. oh, and yola. more

Wow. 5/28/2009

Wow. I have been taking classes here steadily since it opened. I wrote one of the first reviews, even! I no longer live in NYC, but return frequently to see family and always come to the studio to see Yola and take a class. I have studied at many, many, MANY studios in the city and always come back to this one because of the consistent personal attention you receive there and the fact that it's the nicest studio on the UES--great facilities and teachers. It seems to me the height of ridiculousness that someone would use this space to personally denigrate a human being! If you don't like the space, then don't use it; by all means offer your opinion on the internet. But remember that to verbally abuse the owner--someone who I KNOW is seriously committed to her practice and her business--seems contrary to our practice as yogis; your strident tone discredits your opinion, your hostility reads as childish! I hope that these city-search flames DON'T discourage people from trying out this studio. I certainly have logged in many, many hours here and miss it. I haven't been around since January, but will definitely come by this summer... Pros: Studio facilities, teachers more

Stay away from this place 5/28/2009

I really wanted this to work, so last spring impulsively, without doing much research, after taking only a single class I signed up for a nearly $500.00 package. After a couple of classes it became clear that it was a big mistake. 1. the schedule completely ignores the need of people who work 9-6 or so, 2. the instructors are a very mixed lot, 3. some classes are completely empty and people having lunch and reading the paper inside(!) the yoga studio, and other classes are so overcrowded that you get limbs of other people literally all over you. 4. The changing room is way too small. 5. And on top of all this the owner is rude and condescending, her actions are completely against any kind of yoga spirit (of course only after you paid, because initially she was extra charming) So after the yoga class you are more frustrated -- the experience is comparable to being on a rush-hour train -- than before. It was such a miserable experience that although I am on a tight budget, I decided to take my losses and after about four classes I've never went back, and forgot about the whole darn thing. The reason I'm writing now is because I've just received an email-blast from miss Yola, threatening everyone who dares to give a bad review of her studio. Unbelievable. Cons: expensive, overcrowded, rude and greedy owner more

Hostile staff 5/28/2009

I recently bought a pkg from SLIH because I was excited that they has early morning classes -- then I find out that those early classes were cancelled. When I politely enquired about the matter the staff got very defensive. Nonetheless I am STILL on their e-mail list -- check out the e-mail that they just sent their ""community"" -- URGENT UPDATE FROM SLIHY - MAY 28, 2009 TO THE SLIHY COMMUNITY: To the loyal and kind members of the SLIHY community who have enjoyed being a part of our family, we have greatly appreciated your business and presence; and look forward to many more years of affiliation. HOWEVER....for those of you who have taken my childhood, hard work and loyalty and turned it against me via slandering my name and business on Citysearch and other websites; you will be sued if your posts and comments are not removed from such websites immediately! All I ever wanted was to create a safe, harmonious and sacred environment in the middle of Manhattan and some of you have unfortunately taken my soul and spirit and abused it. Some of you, and we know who you are, have specifically said that your devilish desire was to put me out of business....well I hope when you look at yourselves in the mirror you feel great about the way you treated me, Yola Romeo, my staff, teachers and other studio members. You call yourselves YOGI's...suggestion for the day...take a good, hard look in the mirror...it does not lie! Sincerely, Yola Romeo- Proud Owner of Some Like it Hot Yoga Cons: lots more

used to be addicted, but turned off by yola 5/28/2009

i loved the studio and went for many years but over time yola's negative energy consumed the environment such that the yoga classes were so stressful (she picks on her students in an unnecessarily aggressive, angry manner and simply makes everyone on guard, tense, and anxious) that i wanted to leave upon arriving but was too afraid of her wrath to do so. Pros: opening - 2007 Cons: post 2007 more

Worst Yoga Studio EVER 5/15/2009

Been going to studio for over 1 year. Every good teacher is now GONE. Owner has scared all away, she (YOLA) is crazy. This is no good karma at this yoga studio. Cons: The Owner Yola more

Some like it NOT 4/29/2009

Really a shame that Yola has let the studio get to the state its in. About a year and a half ago, I first checked out Some Like It Hot. At that time, classes were always full and the teachers were great. On top of that, it was, and still is, a truly beautiful space. I continued to go back after I moved out of the neighborhood despite how expensive classes were. I stopped going after a disagreement with the studio about the expiration date of my classes - I was so put off by the owner's stingy, negative attitude that even my favorite teacher couldn't provide enough incentive to stick around. Recently, I decided to go back and check it out again. What HAPPENED to this studio? Yes, the stingy owner is still there, and the bamboo floors are still nice, but where are all the real teachers who actually know yoga?! Where are all the students who actually practice yoga?? The first class I attended upon my revisit to this studio was entirely empty; I was the only student. This was because the class was supposed to be Paul Tong's arm balance class but it turned out EVERYONE at the studio was on vacation. A private lesson would have been great had the teacher been anything more than a gym aerobics instructor type who took me through what was like 5 sun salutations in a lukewarm room. I didn't even break a sweat. The second time I went back expecting Yola herself to teach, but the schedule had changed last minute - again. The second instructor was even worse than the first. She frequently lost both her balance and her place in sequencing and again took us through only the most basic, boring, uninspiring sequence of poses. Worse than her terrible class was the fact that she cranked the heat up to bikram heat for a vinyasa class. Even when vinyasa is done hot, it's not done at 110 degrees. None of us (all six of us) could stay in the room for the entire period of time. I was supposed to go today to check out the arm balance class, but AGAIN the schedule has been adjusted. Is there even a reason why the schedule exists?? Bottom line, I love beautiful studios with small classes, but it is clear that the classes have diminished because the instruction is so egregiously bad and the classes are so worthless. Once the studio was lovely and full of light and life; now the only thing preventing it from disintegrating completely is the space itself. The only other consistent thing is the EXORBITANT price of classes. Do NOT pay attention to the positive reviews! They are obviously written by Yola herself. Pros: Nice space Cons: Terrible teachers, unreliable class schedule, uptight owner more

DONT GO TO THIS STUDIO - THE OWNER IS CRAZY 4/20/2009

The owner will not only take your money BUT ban you from her studio. This place is crazy with bad negative energy. DONT BOTHER. All the best teachers and students have left. Pros: Nothing Cons: She will steal your money and leave you hanging. more

Reply to YolaYoga 4/14/2009

Yola...... please stop! You have gone this low to write your own review which is you living in a complete fantasy world. No matter what your write about yourself or how many people you make write nice things about you... in the end your still a joke. Caring? Yeah right! Yola Romeo only cares about herself! Can't you see that everyone hates you? The fact that you think the world of yourself shows how disconnected and disturbed you are. You are the most toxic, nasty, disgraceful excuse for a human being that the yoga world has ever seen. Some Like It Hot is a big joke now in the yoga world..... just like your name has always been. Open your eyes wider and see that NO ONE LIKES YOU and your classes along with your assists are DISGRACEFULL! Do yourself and everyone else a favor a let Some Like It Hot rest in peace, as it once was a great studio..... before your completely lost your mind. You deserve everything that?s coming to you; we all know that the end of Some Like It Hot means end of Yola Romeo. Good luck to you..... you'll need it! Pros: Used have the greatest teachers... now its just a joke Cons: Disgraceful excuse for a human being as an owner more

Beautiful clean space with bamboo floor and its hot! 4/13/2009

in the words of J. kRISHNAMURTI real life is doing something which you love to do with your whole being so there is no inner contradiction, no war between what you are doing and what you think you should do. life is then a completly integrated process in which there is tremendous joy. That being said, I work hard all week and when I pass the threshold of SOME LIKE IT HOT I am in complete peace with the choice I made to be there, and through practice in that sacred space I touch upon liberation from the mundane. I started with Bikram, and I look forward to my Bikram Yoga classes as SLIH. the teacher Kathryn has guided me in a soft, open, caring way-not like the BYC of India's throughout the city who force you to practice on swampy,bacteria ridden carpet and who yell at you for having a sip of water of having to pee.She teaches Bikram's sequence pure because she believes in it and the healing benefits of the series. she's just lovely, and even demonstrates sometimes for us, which no other Bikram teacher will do. I know, Ive been around. Her goal is self-actualization for all, not an impossible concept especially when we can experience stillness and a pure mind through asana.I also practice hot vinyasa, and Steven Chang with his Dharma Mittra influence and hot vinyasa flow is truley a great addition to the teachers roster. His class is polished and he teaches from his heart. If an asana is too tough he gives options; if the posture is too easy-quess what? he gives advice on how to go deeper. Paul Tong is very strong man and hot with his flow-lots of arm balances but also a serious vinyasa flow culling from various traditions. Halle Bekker really will rock you with her power hot vinyasa taught from a beautiful heart while she imparts wisdom and also a rocking playlist!. Micheal Mcardle has a fun approach pulling from various methods all leading to one result: your body and mind better for the experience.as for Yola Romeo, I can tell you this much: the woman has a serious kick butt athletic class and you shouldnt be scared of her. students leave her classes all the time talking about how they never experienced someone who cares so much about thier alignment. I wish compassion would start as soon as we enter the space. if we see someone hurting do not add to their pain. come for the yoga. detach from the drama. then you will love what you do, and out of that love there comes an extraordinary feeling of creativeness. Pros: hot variety, BAMBOO floor! beautiful oasis more

Let's get real. This place ain't so hot anymore. 4/8/2009

I'm completely disturbed by Yola's bad behavior and her teachers disappearing left and right. She's not worth my time or money anymore. I feel utterly out of sorts and think I'll need a yoga retreat or therapy to get over this break up! Pros: It's hot yoga - which I love. Cons: It's become a bad yoga studio - which I hate to admit. more

Yola is the best!!! 4/7/2009

Yola, the owner of Some Like It Hot, is the one of the greatest people I?ve met. People try to bad mouth her all the time because she is as real as it gets. People say she's crazy but honestly she isn't. Her name has been thrown around and she looks like the bad guy when all she wants to do is help. The first time I ever met with Yola we sat down and had a long talk about everything. I could tell something was wrong but I just couldn't put my finger on it. She is a hard- working woman who has had her studio doors open for almost 7 years with no one's help. She is one person I can say that if someone needs help and she can give it, she will be the first to say I will help you. If you don't know what she has been through and what goes on behind closed doors then honestly you can't judge her based on what you see in front of you. People may think she is being rude when she says certain things but she isn't rude to people unless they are rude to her first or if they talk about other clients or her staff in a rude manner. She can't stand when people gossips so don?t do it in her presence and she can't stand when people talk down to people who they think are beneath them. Yola is an outstanding person who if you take the time out you will love. Pros: She cares about people no matter who you are and she's real more

THIS IS NOT EVEN A REAL BIKRAM STUDIO! 4/3/2009

I had never taken any bikram yoga classes, but was thrilled to find one close to my apartment. I called ""some like it hot yoga"" and spoke to yola- the owner. she told me to come in and try her $35 special rate for a week. I gave her all of my credit card information, including address, security code, etc. She told me I was registered for the class. And she told me to come 1/2 hour before class so she could ""look at my body."" I figured, wow- that is really nice. WELL. i get there 1/2 hour before class, and not only is she not there, but there was no record of my name in the system, nor was i signed up for the class. In addition, the studio smelled. The class was ok, but when I spoke with friends who do bikram, they told me this was not a certified bikram studio. Classes were not as long as they should be and it is not offered everyday. I was the only new person in the class and the yoga instructor didnt come over once to correct me or tell me i was doing a good job. for the kind of $ classes cost, the instructors should be extra attentive. In addition, we were running about 5 minutes over time so the instructor rushed us through the last 3 poses. Yola is a fake and a fraud. I called to tell her how dis-satisfied i was. She never returned any of my calls. Finally a week later she picked up the phone and I told her how unhappy I was and she said there's nothing she can do. and she hung up on me. how UNPROFESSIONAL. and just plain rude. do not go here- plenty of other CHEAPER/CLEANER studios in nyc where instructors actually care about your experience. Also- a week after class, i got a planters wart. which also reiterates the fact that the studio is DIRTY. do not waste your time or $!!!!! Pros: good area Cons: rude/unprofessional owner/not real bikram/DIRTY more

When yoga goes bad! 4/1/2009

This review is for all the people that have been a part of Somelikeithotyoga and to all those that thinking of trying the studio for the first time. At one point this studio was created as a haven, a beautiful place where people could practice yoga, learn about the union between body and mind and spend a beautiful hour without stress and craziness. IT ALL WENT BAD! Totally bad because of Yola Romeo, the owner of the space. Yola is a mean, evil and manipulative person. She is what yoga is teaching of all us NOT to be. She not only hurts people in class with her crazy adjustments, but she also abuses people verbally and lately even started to do illegal acts such as charging credit cards without any authorization from the holder. She is banning people (I mean paying students) left and right for no particular reason, yelling at them and throwing them out the door. (I have never heard of any other studio that would do such a thing ever before). She has hurt so many students and wonderful teachers that somehow lasted at the studio for years because they felt some love for the space and the practice of yoga. Somehow we all tried to help her at one point, but now it is time to set the record straight. Finally almost all of the good teachers are gone. One wonderful teacher, Isauro has finally realized it was his time to let go and had his last class last Saturday. I am waiting for another couple of good teachers to realized that stying at SLIH is extremely negative for their reputation and lower their chances to go and teach in other studios in NYC. Anyway, I will be back writing more reviews. For now I want to tell you all to stay away from Yola Romeo and Some Like it Hot, this studio is filled with anger, negativity, evil energy and abuse. We don't need you Yola, you are replaceable and easily so! You are a monster, a real monster! Pros: Example: best croissants in town Cons: evil, rude and derange owner more

this makes me so happy.... 3/31/2009

i was a member at some like it hot in '06 and i had a ""run-in"" with yola. she basically talked down to me in such a patronizing and condescending fashion. i have never had anybody speak to me like that, especially not in a yoga studio. thankfully, my boyfriend at the time gave her a piece of his mind and she alologized to me. i swore at that moment that i would NEVER return to the studio and i stayed true to my word. I have been practicing yoga for many years and have never had anybody treat me like this in a studio. i recently went on the website to see that she raised her prices to $27 per class!!!! how outrageous!!! yoga is not about money or clothes or being cool. she does not get it at all. i am so happy to hear that her venture has failed. i do not wish badly upon people but after reading the reviews here, she clearly is in the wrong line of business. i have since been frequenting yoga to the people, which offers donation based classes. they accept everyone regardless of their economic background, age, clothes, etc. i have also since seeked out isauro fernandez ( by far my favorite yoga instructor of all time!) at other studios. good luck to everyone and keep on practicing in a healthy and a positive environment! Pros: isauro Cons: yola; $27 per class!!?? more
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  • Hot classes include Bikram, vinyasa and specialty Baptiste Power yoga. Hypo-allergenic studio. Private instruction available.

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