Bikram yoga was developed by a very learned yogi. Bikram Choudhury studied at Tokyo University with leading doctors and certainly has put in the work and research it takes to become a yoga expert. Bikram Choudhury, a former yoga champion in his native India who came to America, befriended celebrities, built a global franchise and made millions.
He created and successfully runs already 7th Annual Bishnu Charan Ghosh International Yoga Asana Championships.
This man became millionaire in a very creative way. Entrepreneurial Hindu managed to patent in his honor his own yoga style- Bikram’s Yoga, that he copyrighted and franchised.
Bikram Choudhury view of yoga is different to what ancient yoga represents. He views Yoga as a SPORT. The future goal is just fantastic – bring Yoga to the Olympic pedestal.
Furthermore, Choudhury began notifying yoga instructors several years ago to the effect that they must attain a license from him to teach Bikram yoga. Choudhury also began demanding that yoga instructors seek license from him just to use the term ‘Bikram Yoga’.
We all know yoga is relaxation and not like stressful exercises ?! Bikram Choudhury states that you come to yoga classes to Suffer.
If the Asana is practiced in HOT ENVIRONMENT (temperatures about 105 degrees Fahrenheit) as it is done in some styles of Yoga, the heart rate, respiration rate and blood pressure increases, though muscles expand and one can stretch the body more, this may harm the muscles. Ideally the Yoga should be practiced in normal environmental conditions.
Many medical experts all over the world have raised concern over the excess strain exerted on muscles in Hot environment (temperatures about 105 deg. F). In this environment there is always a danger of muscle or ligament stretched beyond biological limit and may get Damaged.
In a lot of cases, Bikram himself causes the controversy. He’s a performer and he really likes to poke people, show them their weaknesses, show them their anger and their reactionary nature. And on another level he knows controversy sells product, and he is very much a marketer. It’s just not appropriate to violate people’s personal philosophy all the time. It’s just not right. There are already too many differences in the world that create misunderstandings, and I think Bikram sometimes perpetuates that.