Bikram Choudhury


Bikram Choudury (born 1946) is the founder of Bikram Yoga, a copyrighted series of 26 hatha yoga postures that are performed in a hot (105 degrees Farenheit or greater) environment.

Born in Calcutta, India, Choudhury won the National India Yoga Championship four consecutive years in his teens. As an adult he opened yoga schools in India and Japan, and in the early 1970s opened his first U.S. school near Hollywood, California. In the Nineties he began offering 9-week teacher certification courses, and certified instructors now number in the hundreds with franchised ("Yoga College of India") schools all over the world. Generically known as "hot yoga," Choudhury's style remains unique as the only popular method of yoga done in a heated room.