Bikram Choudhury began learning Hatha Yoga postures in his native India at the age of three. At 13, he was the youngest person ever to win the All-India Yoga Championship. After holding the title for three consecutive years, Bishnu Gosh, his guru, asked him to stop competing for the sake of other participants.
Bikram went on to pursue an athletic career as a champion weightlifter, setting world record lifts and competing in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. At age 18, a weight lifting accident crushed his knee, leaving him severely crippled. With the guidance of his guru, Bikram created his 26 posture sequence, which restored his health. Bikram arrived in the United States in 1973 at the invitation of President Nixon. Quickly, he established himself as a world expert teacher. Since that time, he has been healing thousands of students at his school in Los Angeles and traveling the world extensively, bringing the benefits of Bikram’s Yoga to millions of students worldwide.