Big news. The Bikram Yoga power couple may soon be no more. Could we have predicted this? Rajashree, wife of Bikram Choudhury and a partner in his Bikram Yoga empire, has filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences according to the court documents obtained by TMZ (no less).
Bikram Choudhury has been facing six lawsuits made against him over the past few years alleging rape and sexual assault (amongst other things). Although Rajashree Choudhury is implicated in the cases (many of the suits are versus Bikram the man as well as the corporation of which Rajashree was/is a huge part), she has been distancing herself from the man for a while.
As head of the United States Yoga Federation (USA Yoga), Rajashree has led annual national yoga asana championships and has been working to bring yoga to be in the Olympics as a competitive sport. But recently, the ties to Bikram Yoga have been increasingly severed, most notably with the glaring absence of a previous fedora’d staple at these events. However, as evidenced by her website, she is still very much involved with Bikram Yoga in general.
Last April in an interview with CNN, Bikram Choudhury expressed how his wife Rajashree wouldn’t look at him since the sexual assault lawsuits were filed. He also denied any wrongdoing, said he felt sorry for the accusers and claimed that, “Women like me. Women love me. So if I really wanted to involve the women, I don’t have to assault the women.”
Apparently, the woman he’s been married to for 31 years has decided it’s time to call it quits. According to initial reports, Rajashree is requesting spousal support and is staking her claim to various community assets, including properties in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and Honolulu. Rajashree has been very involved in the entire Bikram Yoga empire which is worth millions, and has been in the brink of dissolution.