Choudhury (Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class) has been called the "Bill Gates of Yoga," but readers may detect a bit of P.T. Barnum in this "hot yoga" showman. Born in India, Choudhury has lived in Hollywood since the early 1970s, when he founded his Yoga College of India. His brash style and personal wealth have drawn fire from the media and American yogis. His somewhat militant, "no pain, no gain" rhetoric and franchised, one-size-fits-all approach may seem contrary to the principles of yoga; Bikram claims his system is the most authentic yoga taught in the U.S. The Bikram Yoga sequence consists of 26 postures, two breathing exercises and brief resting periods performed in a room heated above 100 degrees. This method, Choudhury claims, can cure everything from physical injuries and serious illnesses to troubled relationships and spiritual poverty. Some readers may be put off by frequent name-dropping of famous students (Shirley MacLaine) and those who have received miraculous cures (former President Nixon). (Apr.)
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Bikram Choudhury, who won the prestigious National India Yoga Competition at the age of thirteen, is the founder of the Yoga College of India, which has its headquarters in Beverly Hills. There are more than 1700 Bikram Yoga studios worldwide that teach his exclusive style of Hatha Yoga.
I am in YTT for Bikram Hot Yoga and the book is very informative since I started practicing this form of yoga since February 2015 and started training 5/24/15. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Celesta Smith
I am a big fan of Bikram Yoga. The only thing that bothered me is that the book keeps suggesting that you need to go to an actual Bikram Yoga studio.Published 2 months ago by Suzanne Kelly
Easy to read and great, concise information! I had taken about 10 hot yoga classes prior to purchasing this book and it has helped me to understand my practice more.Published 4 months ago by Susie
Seems interesting - it's a gift for my daughter that was on her wish listPublished 8 months ago by Lois E. Stern
I love Bikram yoga and book explained how it works in theory. If you are on the fence about trying Hot Yoga, read this book and give it a try.Published 19 months ago by WWJAD
I love this book. I wanted to learn more about Bikram's life and the spiritual figures that guided him such as Yogananda.Published on August 10, 2013 by Silvia Schumacher
Most yogi's in hot yoga training should or are required to read this book. I especially enjoyed the part where he describes the health benefits of each pose.Published on June 6, 2013 by L. McNaughton
Read this book before you do Bikram Yoga. You will understand and benefit from all the poses. Very interesting and it all makes sense.Published on May 19, 2013 by nirka benitez
The book provides a very good overview of the health benefits that can be derived from yoga if practiced on a regular basis. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Bertha Paulse