Jimmy Barkan first came to South Florida in 1983 and opened one of the first yoga schools in the area. This was the very first Hot Yoga studio to open in Fort Lauderdale which was very controversial! Turn on the heat in South Florida in the summer?? It took a while for the general public to understand the value of turning up the heat to assist the body to become more pliable. But within a few years the school, (back then school was called Yoga College of India), the concept took off making Jimmy Barkan a pioneer in the Hot Yoga World! There are now Hot Yoga Studios, (mostly owned by Jimmy’s students), every 3 to 4 miles from 17th st. in Fort Lauderdale all the way to Palm Beach county!!