This guy Bikram had done – what in my view was a sacrilegious in the Indian viewpoint.. that of patenting Yoga. Yoga is remnant of that great generation of Rishis who were the pioneers in “Open Source” movement in Spirituality. To then take a few moves add some heat and patent it is inherent facetious! I really dont have much empathy for this Choudhary guy.
On the other hand, I would say that there seems to be – behind the scenes maybe – a move to target the Indian Yogis in the US.. specially the ones who become a bit high profile and famous.
The city attorney’s office charged yoga magnate Bikram Choudhury with 10 criminal safety violations at one of his studios.
Choudhury, his landlord, American Sunroof Corp., and its president, Christian Prechter, were charged with overcrowding, failure to maintain emergency exits and obstructing exits in the converted warehouse. Each misdemeanor count carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
“Los Angeles is not known as a place that has fires in warehouses and we would like to keep it that way,” City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said.
Choudhury denied the charges and said employees of the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety have engaged in a five-year campaign to harass him. As a result of the charges, he will move the world headquarters of his Yoga College of India to Honolulu.
“Thanks a lot, L.A.,” Choudhury, 60, told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview from Bangkok, Thailand, where he is opening a studio. “I’ve made up my mind.”
Bikram yoga consists of a sequence of 26 postures, repeated twice and performed in a studio heated to between 100 and 105 degrees.
Choudhury pioneered what was believed to be the world’s first yoga franchising operation and made headlines last year in a legal fight over his claim of a copyright on his yoga poses.
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