There are many names who have contributed in yog, like Yog Guru B K S Iyengar, Indira Devi, Paramahansa Yogananda, Sri Aurobindo, Jaggi Vasudev, Baba Ramdev. But one name which often is not taken in general is Bikram Chaudhary . He spread yog in its unique way and style across America. Not only he created his fan following but also he has created his own empire with estimated net worth of $ 75 million.
Bikram Chaudhary is from India who migrated to USA in 1970. He is considered Master of Hatha Yoga, which he started learning when he was just 3 years old. Later on he became disciple of Bishnu Ghosh (who is brother of Famous yogi Paramahansa Yogananda ). Besides, Bikram Chaudhary also won National India Yoga Championship for three consecutive years as a teenager.
There is a series of 26 poses of Yoga , which Bikram Chaudhary claims are his own creation and is best to have good health. His yoga is famous as Bikram Yoga . It is also known as Hot Yoga , because it is practiced at the room temperature of 40 degree / 105 degree Fahrenheit. He says it is done so , to copy the Indian continent general hot temperature.
In 1990 he started nine-week teacher certification courses, for which the fee is quite high. There are now more than 1000 Bikram yoga Certified instructors across world , who are teaching this yoga in Bikram Yoga studios.
There are not a single name who are famous and not have any controversy attached to them. Same story is with Bikram Chaudhary. Besides, his yoga, his name is now in headlines for sexual harassment and sexual attack on this female students. Many women have taken legal action against him , however he denies every charges .
The other controversial case was his claim that his yoga postures are his copyright and none can use it without his permission .