A Change.org petition is calling for Bikram Choudhury to resign as CEO of Bikram Yoga, Inc. and requests that his name, image and person be removed from the brand. The petition, addressed to the Bikram Yoga Headquarters and created by former Bikram teacher Chantelle Edwards, goes on to say that the presence of Bikram Choudhury has made the teaching and hot yoga community unsafe.
“He has lost our trust as a leader, and accordingly can no longer function as an effective teacher, trainer of teachers, or figurehead for this community,” the petition reads.
The full text is below. At time of publish there were 158 supporters with a goal of 200, which we expect will be increased.
Bikram Yoga Headquarters
The Request for Bikram to Step Down in Respect of Ethics and Yoga
In light of the mounting allegations of sexual and ethical misconduct, we are demanding that Bikram Choudhury resign as CEO of Bikram Yoga Inc., and request that his name, image, and person be removed from the brand. We strongly believe in the yoga we teach; it is a unique and important part of the yoga tradition that has enriched countless lives. However Bikram Choundhury’s presence is incompatible with maintaining the open, safe, and financially stable community that we as teachers, studio owners and students require. He has lost our trust as a leader, and accordingly can no longer function as an effective teacher, trainer of teachers, or figurehead for this community. This is not a decision that comes easily, however it is one we feel is necessary for us to move forward.
See the full petition here.
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