BODE NYC 173 East 83rd St.
Walk-ins are welcome at this traditional yoga studio that offers a challenging, invigorating selection of classes. Owners Donna Rubin and Jennifer Lobo opened their Bikram practice in 1999, as a total experience featuring core strengthening classes and guided meditation — Hot Bode Flow for upper body and Yin Nidra for deep stretching. They offer a 21-day introductory membership for $49; drop-in classes are available for $30. Clients say the staff is friendly and the instructors are nurturing and patient.
PURE YOGA 204 West 77th St.
Memberships can be a bit pricey at this high-end yoga “spa,” but devotees say it's well worth it. Founded in 2002, and popular across Asia, Pure Yoga arrived in New York in 2008. The club's mission is to “empower seekers to create their new yoga body and mind.” Clients praise the serene surroundings, friendly, knowledgeable staff, spacious showers and saunas. Pure offers 350 classes across 20 yoga styles, including hot yoga, meditation and ashtanga.
MODO YOGA 434 Sixth Ave.
This popular yoga spot in the West Village offers hot yoga classes, with or without music. Modo's sweaty program combines hot yoga with the precision of therapeutic yoga and the foundation of traditional yoga. They offer classes all-day long and accept drop-ins for $20. It's a small space that attracts a youngish crowd that fills virtually all classes. Member Marcelline says she has been doing it over a year and it has helped her lose 54 pounds and “has changed my life [and] attitude.”