Who is Bikram Choudhury?
Bikram Choudhury is the founder of Hot Yoga. Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began Yoga at the age of 4 with India’s most-renowned physical culturist at that time, Bishnu Ghosh, the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda (Author of the most popular book on Yoga, The Autobiography of a Yogi, and founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles).
Bikram practiced Yoga at least 4-6 hours every day at Ghosh’s College of Physical Education in Calcutta. At the age of 12 he was the youngest ever national champion of India, holding the title 3 consecutive years until Bishnu Ghosh, his guru, asked him to stop competing for the sake of the other participants. Bikram went on to pursue an athletic career as a marathon runner and a champion weightlifter setting world record lifts and competing in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.
At the age of 20 , a weightlifting accident severely crippled him and was told he would never walk again. With the guidance of his guruji and mentor, Ghosh, Bikram created the Hot Yoga sequence which restored his health and healed this knees. Quickly he established several Yoga schools in India and due to their success, he travelled to Japan and opened more schools there. Combining Eastern doctrine with 3 years of working with Western doctors and scientists at Tokyo University Hospital, Bikram perfected his comprehensive system. He has since brought his curative methods of Yoga therapy around the world. His first school in the United States was established in 1973.
Check out both these interviews with Bikram Choudhury filmed in Thailand:
Filmed and published Jul 2014 via YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5rt6ZLehTg#t=58
Filmed and published Feb 2013 via YouTube http://youtu.be/CQSrKEJMzho
For more information visit the main headquarter’s website http://www.bikramyoga.com/