Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began Yoga at the age of four with Bishnu Ghosh, India's most renowned physical culturist at that time. Ghosh, younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda, one of the greatest yoga masters of the XXth century (famous author of "Autobiography of a Yogi" )was the first to scientifically document Yoga's ability to cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body.
Bikram practiced Yoga between four and six hours every day at Ghosh's College of Physical Education in Calcutta. At the age of thirteen, Bikram won the National India Yoga Championship. Undefeated for the following three years he retired as the undisputed All-India National Yoga Champion.
At seventeen Bikram suffered a serious knee injury during a weight-lifting accident. It was the opinion of European doctors that Bikram would never walk again. Not accepting their opinion, Bikram returned to Ghosh's school, for he knew that if anyone could help to heal his knee, it was his Guru, Bishnu Ghosh. Six months later the knee had totally recovered.
Bikram was asked by Ghosh to start several Yoga Schools in India. The schools were so successful that Ghosh asked Bikram to travel to Japan where two more schools were opened.
Bikram has since brought his curative method of Yoga therapy around the world and is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India.
Bikram believes that a body with a strong healthy spine wants to and will cure itself; that regular yoga practice is an effective and natural method of healing.
There are today more than 700 Bikram Yoga studios in the world (400 in the US only !), 8000 teachers, and millions of practitioners…