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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 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, judged by the renowned author and yogi BKS Iyengar. He was undefeated for the following three years and retired as the undisputed All-India National Yoga Champion.
At seventeen, an injury to his knee during a weight-lifting accident brought the prediction from leading European doctors that he would never walk again. Not accepting their pronouncement, he had himself carried back to Bishnu Ghosh's school, for he knew that if anyone could help to heal his knee, it was his teacher.
Six months later, his knee had totally recovered. Ghosh was a celebrated physical culturist and the first to scientifically document Yoga's ability to cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body.
Bikram was asked by Ghosh to start several Yoga schools in India. The schools were so successful that at Bishnu's request Bikram traveled to Japan and opened two more. He has since brought his curative methods of Yoga therapy around the world.
Visit Bikram's website at www.bikramyoga.com
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How should I prepare for my first class?
What should I wear?
The studio is very warm! Women should wear shorts or thin cotton leggings, sports bra or tank top. Men should wear shorts.
What if I'm not flexible?
Then this is the yoga for you! Yoga is not about how flexible you are, but about strengthening your body and spine in all directions. All that matters is that you try the right way, go to your personal edge and you will get 100% of the benefits.
What kind of people come to the class?
From school kids to pensioners, from professional athletes to great-grandparents, from common wealth games hopefuls to spine surgery recoveries - everybody and anybody can come to the class and get just what their body needs. Just do what you can and take it easy on your first few visits to the studio.
Do I need to do 20 days of yoga in a row?
No - our introductory offer is £20 for 20 consecutive days. You don't need to come every day but the more you come the more benefits you will get.
I don’t like the heat! Can I try just one class rather than your introductory offer?
We don't recommend doing one class by itself because it can take a while to acclimatise and get used to the different moves. The heat is very therapeutic and is actually the main reason why yoga is so effective at healing the body and mind - your blood circulation speeds up and provides nutrition and oxygen to every muscle, nerve and fibre of your body and brain. In India, where yoga originates, the yoga postures are used to treat everything from depression to arthritis.
However in your first class the heat can be quite intense so we recommend just taking it very easy - sit down when you need to. Just watch and observe more than anything else, and try a little bit of each posture. The second time you come to the class you will receive a completely different experience and will be amazed at what happens.