The seedy world of Bikram yoga

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 11:51:21 AM. WARNING: Distressing content.
Bikram Choudhury Teaches Yoga Class WARNING: Distressing content. HOTTER than the 40 degree rooms his faithful yoga followers sweat in is the heat of the spotlight on Bikram Choudhury right now — the man behind the international phenomenon of Bikram yoga. For five decades, Choudhury reaped the benefits of his 26-pose yoga sequence, making millions of dollars and being adored by millions more. But there’s a dark underbelly to the world of Bikram yoga, something the practice’s founder can no longer hide from. Facing millions in legal judgments from a number of women alleging everything from sexual harassment to wrongful dismissal, Choudhury and his company have declared bankruptcy. The mounting pressure on Choudhury comes weeks after countless allegations of sexual misconduct, rape and sexual harassment are told throughout Hollywood, which started with producer Harvey Weinstein. But for Bikram Choudhury, the sexual harassment is only the beginning. Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury. Source: Supplied THE BANKRUPTCY Bikram Choudhury Yoga, the company started by the Indian yoga guru in the 1970s, declared bankruptcy on Friday after being dogged by $US16.7 million ($A23.4 million) in legal judgments. The 70-year-old fled the US after a number of his yoga practitioners, students, instructors and teacher trainees alleged he had sexually assaulted them. There has been a warrant out for his arrest since May ever since he failed to pay one of his former legal advisers Minakshi “Mikki”...Read more
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