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 four to 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. 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.
Rajashree Choudhury is our inspiration. She began practicing yoga at age four. She was the undefeated five-time winner of the All India Yoga Championship from 1979 to 1983. She holds a degree in Hatha Yoga Therapy from Calcutta, India and specializes in yoga therapy for persons with chronic diseases and disorders.
She co-manages the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training Course with her husband, Bikram Choudhury. She lectures around the globe and shines her brilliant light on the subject of Hatha Yoga so that we may grow and transform as yogis and yoginis.
Becoming a Teacher
I have been practicing yoga intermittently since 1995 trying different styles searching for a way to help rehabilitate myself after a major back injury. It was not until after a near fatal accident with my right arm and a full ankle reconstruction that I was introduced to Bikram Yoga and took my first class in 2005.
I discovered the benefits of this style of yoga was what I had been looking for, for some time and wanted to learn more, even as challenging as it is.
As Bikram would say “the right way is the HARD way”. So, I continue my practice regularly for 2 years slowly rehabilitating my body from inside out, bones to the skin and fingertips to the toes and signed up for the teacher training in Acapulco Fall 2008.
Together with my previous education in the health and fitness industry and my first hand knowledge of rehabilitating the human body, I found yoga to be more than a style and practice yet a way of life. For that I wanted to share the benefits with other and give back the Yoga that was given to me.
As a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor I was trained and certified by world-renowned Yoga Master Bikram Choudhury himself and his tremendous team of senior instructors and health professionals.
Certification involved 9 weeks of intensive teacher training and over 500 hours of study and a consistent Bikam Yoga practice. As an up and coming teacher while at the Bikram Yoga College of India you spend every waking breath studying and practicing Bikram Yoga. Course study includes Asana’s, anatomy, therapeutic applications and health benefits of Yoga, nutrition and philosophy of Yoga, with re-certification being required every 3 years. Teachers further their development by attending Bikram’s seminars and posture clinics and by maintaining a personal practice.
Why is certification important?
Bikram yoga is a very specialized, precise form of yoga. To get the greatest benefit, you need an instructor that is also highly specialized. Bikram Choudhury personally trains and certifies his instructors, ensuring that his methods and philosophies are preserved.
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