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When it comes to the politics of yoga, no figure is more controversial than Bikram Choudhury. The founder of Bikram Yoga often comes under scrutiny for legal battles over his trademarked 26-pose sequence, his wealth, and his promotion of yoga competitions. It might not come as a surprise, then, that the “World Famous Yoga Guru” is also getting involved in politics.
Earlier this week, YogaDork reported that Bikram is hosting a “VIP photo reception and cocktail hour” for Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley at the Palms Casino Resort for $1,000 per person. The event, taking place on September 23, will be in Bikram’s private suite.
Berkley is a member of the Democratic party and has been serving in the the U.S. House of Representatives since 1996. She’s come under investigation for using her position to advocate for a policy that would benefit her family’s finances.
Of course, Bikram isn’t the only famous yoga teacher to get involved in politics this year. Seane Corn’s nonprofit Off the Mat, Into the World, partnered with Huffington Post to offer yoga and massages to delegates and media at both the DNC and RNC earlier this year and her YogaVotes campaign is working to get out the vote among yogis.