Bikram Choudhury founder of Bikram Yoga

Bikram was born in Calcutta in 1946. At an early age he began to practice Hatha Yoga and by the time he had reached just five years old he was studying with Bishnu Ghosh (ParamahansaYogananda's brother).

Bikram practiced Yoga for four to six hours a day with 6000 other students at Ghosh's College of Physical Education in Calcutta. He continued with his success and in his early teens became the youngest ever National Yoga Champion of India and remained undefeated for three consecutive years.

Bikram went on to pursue an athletic career in an array of competitive sports. He set world records and competed in Olympic style weight lifting competitions and continued to hold many other titles.

After a weight lifting accident bringing an injury to his knee, Bikram was told by leading European doctors he would never walk again. Not accepting their pronouncement, he had himself carried back to BishnuGhosh's school. He knew that if anyone was to help him heal his knee, it would be his Guru, Bishnu Ghosh. Six months later he was fully recovered.

Ghosh then asked Bikram to open several yoga schools in India and Bikram then continued his success travelling to Japan and to the United States of America. This is where Bikram's journey began and he devised his 26 postures. The series of postures combined with the 40 degrees heat has a profound healing power on your body and mind. Bikram has taken his method of yoga around the world and is the founder of the worldwide Bikram's College of India.

It was not until 1994 that he began offering a full-time, intensive training course for future Bikram Yoga instructors and now certified instructor's number in the thousands with Bikram Yoga studios all over the world. Today, Bikram Yoga is one of the most popular forms of yoga practiced, with over 500 certified branch studios worldwide spanning all continents.