Bikram Choudhury began learning hatha yoga poses in his native India at the age of 3. At 5, he began studying with Bishnu Ghosh and quickly became a yoga champion. At age 11, he was the youngest contestant ever to win the National India yoga Competition. At 14, Swami Shivananda declared him “Yogi Raj” (King of the Yogis). At age 20, a weight-lifting accident crippled Bikram. With the guidance of his guru, Bikram created his 26-posture series, which restored his health. In a United Nations sponsored research project at Tokyo University, Bikram helped doctors prove that yoga regenerates tissues and cures chronic ailments. Combining Eastern discipline and Western medicine, Bikram perfected his comprehensive system making it suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.
Bikram Choudhury, often heralded as controversial, is forthright in his convictions. All of our teachers, train under him directly and will often quote him to motivate and inspire. He teaches that in order to achieve self-realization through physical yoga, one must use their English Bulldog determination and their Bengal Tiger strength. His faith in the yoga has enriched tens of thousands of lives around the world. Check Bikram out on dateline here.
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