‘Never too old, never too late, never too sick, never too bad to start from scratch and begin again’ —
Bikram Yoga is a style of yoga that consists of a series of 26 postures (asanas) carried out in a heated room during a 90 minute class.
Bikram Yoga was developed by Bikram Choudhury who was born in Calcutta in 1946. Bikram began practising yoga when he was 4 and by the age of 13 he won the National India Yoga contest. At 17, Bikram sustained a serious injury to his knee during a weight-lifting accident and with the guidance of Guru Bishnu Ghosh used the healing powers of yoga to rehabilitate himself to full health.
In a United Nations sponsored research project at Tokyo University, Bikram helped doctors demonstrate that yoga can regenerate tissues and alleviate chronic ailments. Bikram, realising the remedial potential of yoga combined Eastern discipline and Western medicine to develop his 26 posture yoga series.
Bikram arrived in the United States in 1973 at the invitation of President Nixon and soon after celebrities, athletes, and others began to practise Bikram Yoga.
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