February 23, 2015 10:00 pm -

“Hot yoga,” as it’s called is under fire because of sexual assault claims against its founder.


…a day of legal reckoning is drawing closer for the guru, Bikram Choudhury. He is facing six civil lawsuits from women accusing him of rape or assault. The most recentwas filed on Feb. 13 by a Canadian yogi, Jill Lawler, who said she was raped by Mr. Choudhury during a teacher-training in the spring of 2010.

This month, a Los Angeles judge cleared away several challenges to a lawsuit from a former student who said Mr. Choudhury raped her during another 2010 teacher-training.

The first complaint was filed two years ago. As more surfaced, and more women spoke publicly about accusations of assault and harassment, their accounts have created fissures in the close-knit world of yoga students and teachers who have spent thousands of dollars to study with Mr. Choudhury; opened studios bearing his name; and found strength, flexibility and health in his formula of 26 yoga postures in a sweltering room.

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

8 responses to Bikram Studios Distancing Themselves From Founder Amid Sexual Assault Charges

  1. tiredoftea February 23rd, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    You mean that isn’t one of the prana positions, yogi?

    • tracey marie February 23rd, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      I hate this type of yoga, the rapey thing does not help

      • tiredoftea February 23rd, 2015 at 11:41 pm

        As if the rapey thing helps anywhere! This is not news at all to anyone who has been involved with this franchise. The NY Times did an article about his exploits a couple of years ago.

        • tracey marie February 23rd, 2015 at 11:50 pm

          I went to a hot yoga class once….I thought I would die.

          • tiredoftea February 24th, 2015 at 12:11 am

            Yeah, it’s a dangerous practice for a lot of people. But, it’s th new place to pick up women who are sweaty and excited by the workout, wink, wink! Kinda the new Jay and Silent Bob spot.

    • fahvel February 24th, 2015 at 3:33 am

      Boo Boo coulda tolder that it’s not good to fool around when it’s really hot.

  2. rg9rts February 24th, 2015 at 4:48 am

    They paid for the honor too?

  3. tracey marie February 24th, 2015 at 9:46 am

    the men with there junk all sweaty and hanging out is not very attractive