Bikram Choudhury

Bikram Choudhury
Bikram Choudhury
  • Born: February 10, 1944
  • Nationality: Indian, American
  • Profession: Yoga









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Bikram Choudhury is an Indian yoga teacher and the founder of Bikram Yoga, a form of hot yoga performed in a series of 26 hatha yoga postures done in a hot environment of 40 °C (104 °F). After several lawsuits were filed against him alleging sexual assault and various forms of discrimination against racial and sexual minorities, courts in 2017 awarded ownership of Bikram Yoga to former employee Minakshi “Micki” Jafa-Bodden after Choudhury fled from the United States to India.

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American men are like women. Women
America's biggest problem is too much freedom. Freedom & Liberty
Any kind of problem you have in your life, you come to Bikram. Your life becomes the best in the world. Life
Because I'm a sweet, kind guy, everybody thinks I'm an idiot, I'm weak.
Before me, there was no money, no business with yoga. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Money, Coins & Minting
Do you know, every yoga school in India is free?
Every human being in this world is interested in certain things. Everybody has a hobby. Some people like art; I know nothing about it. Some people like books, some people like fishing, some people like music. I like to look at cars. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
For months, I slept at work, even though I had an apartment. I'd fall asleep on the floor at 4:30 A.M. By 7 A.M., I was up and ready to start teaching every class. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Growing up in Bombay, I saw many sick people.
I always forgave my students, like Jesus.
I always teach celebrities, all my life. Life
I am tough, and sometimes I tell it like it is. Tough love can work wonders. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I bought a 1964 Bentley for $1,600 and re-built it over five years. When I drove it in Tokyo after that, it was the pride of the road. That car would command at least $150,000 today because 'Bikram' has restored it.
I didn't come here without a visa, like everyone from China and Vietnam and Cuba. I came here by special plane... received by the ambassador, by the president of the United States. I should be the most honored man in your country.
I don't chase money, money chase me! Money, Coins & Minting
I don't listen to anybody. You need my help: Come to me, shut up, forget who you are. I will take care of you. And I do my job.
I fix the human chassis, I tune up human engines, I recharge human batteries, and I adjust human transmissions.
I guarantee you, yoga will compete with computers, music, sports, automobiles, the drug industry. Yoga will take over the world! Sports & Athletics ;Music, Chants & Rapps ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I have both English bulldog determination and Bengal tiger strength.
I have so many choices in America; it's home to so many good things. I'm smart enough to enjoy all the good things that are offered.
I have the biggest and the longest mouth in the world. Everybody's scared of my mouth.
I like money. You like money. We need the money. But, money is not going to bring humanity and spiritualism into your life. Life ;Money, Coins & Minting
I started with nothing. Zero.
If you can, you must.
If you do Bikram Yoga, you exercise your body 100 percent.
If you don't suffer, you don't get anything. Nothing easy in life. Life
If you want to live a hundred years, how do you want to live your life? At the age of 100, you should go shopping with your great-grandchildren, but not in a wheelchair. Life
I'm a yogi, not a businessman.
In America, they say, you can take a horse to the pond, but you can't make him drink. My way is different. I only take the horse to the pond to make him drink. If he doesn't, I'll cut his head off.
In India, nobody sues anybody.
Indians do not like Indian teachers; they prefer foreigners, but there is a huge demand for Indian teachers around the world.
It wasn't easy in the 1970s when I initially started on my mission - to take yoga to the world. Nobody knew what it was in Japan. When I met Bill Clinton for the first time, he asked me if it was a form of yogurt that you eat! But I kept my faith and never gave up on my quest. Time ;Religion & God
Lady Gaga listens to me. Her mantra is only one word - 'Bikram' - because Bikram makes her what she is today. It works.
Maintaining spirituality and humanism are the keys to success. It's a balance. Success
Most researchers sit at a table and read books. My research, since three years old, has been to use my own body.
Movie stars, rich people - oh, they have so many beautiful cars!
My friend said to me, 'You don't look good,' - because all the time I have to think about law and justice and courts. Time
My system works, as long as people let me do my job my way. It is not just the sequence, it is how you do it: the timing, the mirrors, the temperature, the carpet. But if people only do it 99% right, it is 100% wrong. When someone tries to mess with it, the people won't get the yoga benefits.
Natural hydration is a key factor in any type of sports performance. Sports & Athletics
Negative attitude is nine times more powerful than positive attitude.
Nothing in the world can take my peace away from me. War & Peace
One student was mixing my yoga up with other kinds, and I said, 'No, you cannot do that.' You cannot put calamari in the sushi and call it sushi.
Since my asana techniques increase circulation to all organs in the body and increase lung efficiency, I recommend Bikram Balance natural whole food beverage as a way to provide all the critical nutrients to oxygenate the blood and restore the acid/alkaline balance. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
So many people are stealing Bikram Yoga. It's like you're practicing medicine, but you're not a doctor.
The meaning of yoga is connection of mind, body and spirit. If you have a bad telecommunication system, your body gets sick. Yoga helps fix that.
There's nothing wrong with material things as long as you don't lie, cheat and steal.
Truth is the most bitter to accept, swallow and digest it. The moment you speak truth, you lose your popularity. But I don't care. Truth
When actress Shirley Maclaine arrived 30 minutes late for a class, I asked her to leave.
When in Rome, I must do as the Romans do. When in America, make Bikram copyright and trademark.
When President Ronald Reagan asked me a stupid question once, I called him an idiot in public! I thought I was going to be arrested, but he laughed and appreciated me.
Why must everyone need a doctorate to teach? You can be a graduate from my institute in two months and for $11,000.
Worry makes you sick. Worry less, live as long as you like.
Yoga competition is an old Indian tradition.
Yoga in America is a joke.
Yoga only works one way.
You cannot drive the car if you do not have a driver's license. You cannot do brain surgery if you are not a brain surgeon. You cannot even do a massage if you don't have a license.
You cannot steal somebody's intellectual property. Law and justice protect.
You go to Starbucks, and you know what you're going to get. It's the same with my yoga.
You treat an idiot like an idiot.
You use the body as a medium to bring the mind back to the brain. Perfect married between body and mind. Then, you can knock the door to the spirit.

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