Print Print Comment Comment Add to Favorites
Log in to save to My Yoga Journal!
Add to Favorites
Bookmark Bookmark

Meet the Innovators: Bikram Choudhury

This teacher to the stars aims to save America through yoga.

By Holly Hammond

Proprietor of the Yoga College of India in Beverly Hills, Bikram Choudhury, a.k.a. "yoga teacher to the stars," is a man with a mission: saving America through his yoga. His intensive two-month teacher training course turns out 200-plus teachers a year, many of whom go on to open schools bearing his name, all across the country. He is currently building a health resort and yoga college in India, where he plans to train 500 teachers next summer.

Bikram began training in his native India at age 5 with Bishnu Ghosh, brother of Paramahansa Yogananda. He teaches a rigorous, aerobic yoga, in which a standardized set of 24 poses and two pPranayamas are repeated twice during 90 minutes, in a heated room. He urges his students to push beyond their limits, insisting, "Pain is good."

"Americans have built the best country in the world," says Bikram. "But do American people have the best life in the world? No. Something is missing. The American people are now beginning to wake up from a long, deep sleep. To make the best life in the best country, you need to know one thing: yoga, the discipline of self-realization."

Print Print Comment Comment Add to Favorites
Log in to save to My Yoga Journal!
Add to Favorites
Bookmark Bookmark
Full Name
Address 1
Address 2
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email (req):

Reader Comments

Add a Comment »

Your Name:

Comment:

Stay Connected with Us!

Yoga Journal Live events
ep14 YJ LIVE! Colorado
Estes Park, Colorado
Sep 14-21, 2014
Register
florida YJ LIVE! Florida
Hollywood, FL
Nov 13-17, 2014
Register

More Events

Join Yoga Journal's Benefits Plus
Liability insurance and benefits to support
teachers and studios.
Learn More
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 4 FREE GIFTS
Your subscription includes
Yoga for Neck & Shoulders • Yoga Remedies
Yoga for Headaches • Calm, Cool, Collected
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Yoga Journal
and my 4 FREE downloadable Yoga Booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions