About Jimmy Barkan
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 three to four times daily under the guidance of Bikram Choudhury. In the late 1980’s Jimmy earned the title as Bikram Yoga’s Most Senior Teacher, an accomplishment very few have since obtained.
Jimmy received his Kriya Yoga initiation on March 30th 1983 by Paramahansa Yogananda’s organization, Self Realization Fellowship!
Barkan’s first yoga studio, Yoga College Of India, opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida January 20, 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.
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, Costa Rica, Iceland, Hungary, Switzerland & Australia, to name a few. Barkan also offers Level II/III Vinyasa Teacher Training programs throughout the year in Fort Lauderdale and all across the world! Since 1986, Jimmy has certified over 1600 Bikram and Barkan Method Teachers.
Students can find studios practicing The Barkan Method in Costa Rica, 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 for over 38 years, 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 and Amy Barkan, one daughter-in-law Jen Barkan and one grandson, Max. Jimmy lives with his wife Corinne, a Doctor of Family Therapy: (https://www.connectedliving-fl.com) Barkan continues to live his dream as a singer/entertainer and performs all over the Southeast. Check out Jimmy’s singing career and show schedule: Singing Website