Meet the Founder
“Lock the knee!”
That’s Bikram Choudhury guiding you through the Bikram yoga experience. Bikram, through experimenting, learned fifty years ago that the wrong way of doing any posture would hurt a student’s well-being. He explains further, “If you follow my instruction and do my yoga posture sequence to the best of your ability, you will live a better, healthier and more peaceful life.”
The Early Years
Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India™. Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began Yoga at the age of four with India’s most-renowned physical culturist at that time, Bishnu Ghosh, the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda (Author of the most popular book on Yoga, The Autobiography of a Yogi, and founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles).
Bikram practiced Yoga at least four to six hours every day at Ghosh’s College of Physical Education in Calcutta. At the age of thirteen, he won the National India Yoga Championship. He was undefeated for the following three years and retired as the undisputed All-India National Yoga Champion.