Jimmy Barkan is a Master Yoga Teacher certified by Ghosh’s College of India, Calcutta, India in 1981.   One of the pioneers of Hot Yoga in the United States, Jimmy practiced daily under the guidance of Bikram Choudhury as his most Senior Teacher, an accomplishment very few have since obtained.

Jimmy’s first yoga studio, Yoga College Of India, opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in January 1983.   Jimmy has worked with of our country’s top professional athletes throughout the years including members of the NFL, NBA, NHL, The 1997 World Series Champions Florida Marlins and PGA Tour players.

Since 1986, Jimmy has certified over 1500 Bikram and Barkan Method Teachers.

Rebranded in 2002 as The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga, Jimmy’s Level I Barkan Method Teacher Training programs are based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and held all over the world.  In recent years Barkan has trained students in Japan, Iceland, Hungary, Australia, to name just a few.   Barkan also offers Level II, and III Teacher Training programs throughout the year in Fort Lauderdale and Costa Rica.

Students can find studios practicing The Barkan Method (LINK TO HOT YOGA LOCATOR) in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, South America, Thailand, South Africa, Ireland, The United Kingdom and throughout the United States.


Barkan has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from New York University. His original dream, to be a singer and actor, is his foundation to help teachers find their own voice and personal expression.

Jimmy’s experience in teaching since 1981, along with his experience as a performer on stage, helps him direct trainees to become better communicators and yoga teachers.

Teachers will have a sense of confidence and accomplishment upon completing his training and Jimmy’s unique background creates an experience you will not find elsewhere.

Jimmy has three children, Bobby, Sean Barkan Amy Barkan, daughter in-law Jen Barkan one grandson, Max, and lives with his wife Corinne.  (https://www.connectedliving-fl.com) in South Florida.  His passion is yoga and teaching students around the world and continues to live his original dream as a singer/entertainer.