Bikram Choudhury started yoga at the age of four.
At 12, he was the youngest ever national yoga champion of India, holding the title three consecutive years until his guru, Bishnu Ghosh, asked him to stop competing so that others might have a chance. Bikram went on to pursue an athletic career as a marathon runner and champion weightlifter, setting world record lifts and competing in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. At age 20, a weightlifting accident crushed his knee, severely crippling him. He was told by doctors that he would never walk again. Under the guidance of his guru, and with the practice of yoga, he was able to heal his knee.
Combining Eastern doctrine with three years of working with Western doctors and scientists at Tokyo University, Bikram perfected his comprehensive system of 26 postures, designed to work the whole body, for all ages and levels of fitness. Bikram has scientifically formulated and demonstrated yoga's ability to regenerate tissue and heal chronic ailments.
He and his wife Rajashree have been teaching his method all over the world for over 30 years, bringing health and happiness to millions.