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If you caught the Bikram Choudhury segment on last Tuesday night's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, we're very sorry. Because perhaps you went through the same roller coaster of emotions we did sitting through the 20 minutes that felt more like a year, stuck in 105 degree heat, with no water and no exit. Real Sports [...]

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Bikram Choudhury gets the Bryant Gumbel treatment on the October 25 episode of HBO's Real Sports. And if you thought he said outrageous things before, this is a whole new level for the shockingly outspoken yogapreneur. In the segment, Real Sports correspondent Andrea Kremer goes to India to question Choudhury on the multiple claims of sexual [...]

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I’m going to write about sex. Heaven help us. And about Jivamukti, Holly Faurot, and Ruth Lauer-Manenti. I’m going to suggest that hips are soulful, complicated things.

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How many gurus' feet have you kissed? Asana kissers are everywhere, even in yoga, but that's not what this is about. It is about power dynamics and student-teacher relations and cult-ish environments. And sexual harassment and boundaries, and integrity and dignity. In February, news broke about yet another sex scandal in the yoga community. A [...]

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This does not involve Bikram Choudhury. A Jivamukti Yoga teacher has been accused of sexually harassing a student in a $1.6 million civil lawsuit filed against the teacher and the studio, a major staple in the NYC yoga scene for decades. Yoga teacher Holly Faurot says 20-year veteran Jivamukti Yoga teacher Ruth Lauer-Manenti sexually harassed [...]

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Bikram Choudhury is finally speaking out in response to the six sexual assault and rape claims made against him. In a CNN exclusive interview that aired today, Choudhury denies assaulting any of the women. "I never assaulted," he said, adding, "I feel sorry for them." He says that the lawyers are the ones egging on [...]

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A letter from a Bikram Yoga teacher addresses the greater Bikram community, calling on them to drop their fears, to speak up and sign the petition asking that Bikram Choudhury step down, shedding light on the shift that is happening within the Bikram yogasphere. Shared Tuesday on the newly created The Request for Bikram to Step Down [...]

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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 [...]

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In light of multiple lawsuits against Bikram Choudhury alleging sexual assault and rape - there are six, presently - the Bikram Yoga community is now left to figure out what next. This post is intended to open a discussion forum, to create a dialogue and to bring to light any questions, concerns and thoughts held [...]

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